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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Swarm Press (June 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193486109X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934861097
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,143,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Matthew Wayne Selznick is an author and creator living in Long Beach, California. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Matthew Wayne Selznick is an author, creator, and creative services provider living in Long Beach, California. He's the author of the Parsec Award nominated "Brave Men Run -- A Novel of the Sovereign Era" as well as his latest novel, "Pilgrimage" and a number of other titles set in a variety of storyworlds.

Currently on Matt's creative plate are a non-fiction critical analysis of the first twelve issues of "The Amazing Spider-Man" with an eye on lessons for writers, a short story set in his giant monster storyworld, and his ongoing free fantasy serial, "Walk Like A Stranger: Passing Through Home."

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I listened to half of the podcast, then picked up the book.
Michael Dean
I really loved the characterization and felt that the characters and the story were really well written.
M. Solocinski
I strongly encourage anyone who has ever been a teenager to read this book.
Mark Lefebvre

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By B. Press on February 20, 2006
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I've been listening to the podiobook of this book (available at [...]) and it has completely captivated myself, my wife, my 11 year old daughter and my 14 year old son. Told as a revealing and personal narrative, the story is dramatic, well paced, intriguing and very accessible. It's also a great blast from the past for those of us who were in high school and/or college in the fabulous 80s! Warning: Some of the content is probably more suggestive than a pre-teen should be exposed to, but it is relatively brief and easily by-passed for younger consumption.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By P. G. Holyfield on May 8, 2006
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You don't see many examples of "super-hero" stories in novel form (unless you are speaking of graphic novels, of course). But 'Brave Men Run' begins its existence in a non-graphic form, both written and as an audiobook (actually, the better term is podiobook in this case). I could definitely see 'Brave Men Run' as a graphic novel, but for now I am very happy to have experienced it in its current form.

As with most good novels, when you peel back the layers of 'Brave Men Run' you find more depth. On the surface it is a coming of age novel. The main character endures high-school during an alternate-Earth Reagan era. He falls in love and is transformed by the events that take place around him.

'Brave Men Run' is also an origin story, in comic-book terms. It introduces what character William Donner calls 'The Sovereign,' similar to the 'mutants' of X-Men stories. The twist here is that the story is told through the eyes of main character Nate Charters, a boy with definite differences that has no idea if he is one of these 'Sovereign.' that have announced themselves to the world.

The tone of the story is that of an outsider seeking normalcy in an 80s world. But if being a misfit in high school wasn't enough, this 'Sovereign Declaration' produces a new form of alienation for Nate Charters.

'Brave Men Run' has been called "The Breakfast Club meets the X-Men", and "Spiderman as directed by John Hughes." The 80s feel is realistic across the board, and the voice the author gives to Nate Charters (especially in the podiobook) is on the mark. Children of the 80s will enjoy the references, comic book readers will enjoy the references to the 'silver age' of comics, and the story is enjoyable to boot.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Chrispian Burks on October 31, 2005
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Brave Men Run is a rare find in books today. The story of Nathan Charters is very easy to relate to and just flat out fun to read. The story is of Nathan Charters, who was born a bit different. He's got some special gifts and finds they also have a knack for getting him into trouble. The story is a coming of age story of friends, first loves and responsiblity. Brave Men Run takes place in the 80's where Nate is attending High School where being different is a curse. Nate has to learn to live with who he is before he can live up to his potential. If you like character driven stories, you'll love this book. If you like comics, you'll like this book. If you are a fan of the 80's, you'll probably like this book. Buy the book and tell your friends about it!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Christiana Ellis on July 13, 2008
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I listened to the audio version of this book and absolutely loved it. It begins with a perfect sense of time and place, set in a small high school during the 1980's, then adds well-developed, compelling characters, and a genuine mystery. From there it develops into a fascinating alternate history, a remix of superheroes, an adventure story, and a emotionally honest coming of age story with some real surprises. I loved it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paul Fischer on July 13, 2008
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Brave Men Run brought me right back to my time in high school. It brought back all the memories of what was good in the 80's colored by an amazing super-hero story. Matt Selznick's writing takes this story above so many others in the genre. He made me really care about the characters and what happened to them. His dialog is flow effortlessly and his plot had more than enough twists to keep me guessing at what would happen next.

Matt Selznick is in the top ten of the new genre writers this year and Brave Men Run is a book you don't want to miss.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Raphael on July 13, 2008
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Originally debuting via free podcast form, author Matthew Wayne Selznick manages what seems at first blush an impossible hybrid: a mixture of 80s teen movie nostalgia and superhero comic book angst. Not only does Selznick somehow combine these into one seamless whole, but he does it with tremendous verve and flair. He writes with a distinctive voice that somehow makes the familiar fresh and new, but don't underestimate the nostalgic value of the familiar here. If you were alive in the 80s -- and especially if you were a teenager -- Selznick offers a powerful trip down memory lane, with no shortage of pop culture and historical references.

Beneath this veneer of nostalgia, however, lies the beating heart of a powerful coming-of-age story that transcends its comic book inspirations to appeal to any type of reader, not just comic book fans. This is not a cape-and-tights story, here, but a tale about what most teenagers feel at one time or another: being an outcast.

Buy it to relive your 80s youth, buy it to enjoy the comic book tales of misfits and outcasts that you loved, but more importantly, buy it because it's a damned good book that transcends the very classics it pays homage to.
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