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Deadwind Sea Paperback – March 20, 2012

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About the Author

Josh Wagner was living in the middle of the desert with his dog Lucyfurr in 2008 when Ape Entertainment released his first graphic novel, Fiction Clemens. Since then he’s traveled all over the planet, spinning stories out of what he finds. Outside of his comics work Josh is the author of three novels: Smashing Laptops, Deadwind Sea, and The Adventures of the Imagination of Periphery Stowe, as well as half a dozen plays (including Salep & Silk, Ringing Out, Bleach Bone). In his spare moments he reads too much, gets lost in the woods, and dances until they kick him out of the bar. In 2014 Josh is releasing two books: a new novel through Asymmetrical, and his novella, Mystery Mark, a collaboration with illustrator Theo Ellsworth and Viscosity Theatre. Josh blogs and promotes the arts at NothingInMind.com. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (March 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439265038
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439265031
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,030,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Josh Wagner is an American novelist and playwright based primarily in Missoula, Montana. He also writes graphic novels, short stories, and screenplays. His style is heavily influenced by metafiction, folk tales, and magical realism.

He has released four novels ("Shapes the Sunlight Takes," "Deadwind Sea", "Smashing Laptops," and "The Adventures of the Imagination of Periphery Stowe"), several stage plays ("Salep & Silk" and the collection "Bleached Bones"), graphic novels ("Fiction Clemens", "Sky Pirates of Neo Terra"), dozens of short stories, and the novella "Mystery Mark," illustrated by Theo Ellsworth.

His first graphic story appeared in Image Comics' "24Seven vol. 2," nominated for an Eisner award.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Daniel on February 16, 2010
Format: Paperback
Loved it! And here's why:

- A compelling protagonist
- An abundance of humor both wry and slapstick
- A fantastic journey full of imagination and originality
- References to real-world myths and historical figures
- Stories interlocking and overlapping that drive the main narrative
- A true love story
- The meanest, toughest, meanest, monster-killer...EVER!
- Mysteries abound around every corner
- Qualities that will appeal to readers of almost every genre of fiction and literature
- This book has fun, with itself, it's story and the reader

More than anything, `Deadwind Sea' is audacious, for all of these reasons and more. The author and the resulting story try where few other narratives do. Reading it, and the pages do turn wonderfully, I felt like Josh was not willing to leave a word on the page not invested with a vitality worthy of his protagonist and the reader's time and attention and there are passages and phrases that are so utterly stunning in their lyrical word choice that I found myself trying memorize them as I went.

You'll want to read it aloud, you'll want to laugh out loud and you may just choke back a tear or two...

This book is satisfying in the same manner that `The Life of Pi', `The Alchemist' or `Simple Prayers' transport the reader and deliver us back to the everyday mundane transformed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jon Aaseng on January 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
Josh Wagner does more than spin a yarn, he weaves a tapestry of lyrical beauty which transports the reader through the undulating, mystical, mythical rhythms of space-time fabric right alongside the unfortunate yet admirable hero of Deadwind Sea, the shepherd boy Sergio. I couldn't stop reading, but couldn't bear to reach the final page, wishing the tale would continue endlessly. This is a pivotal work in Wagner's young but flourishing career, and exemplifies his unique literary voice. If you love good writing, read this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mobiusgirl on January 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
A fantastic book where the storyline is propelled by an artful weaving of myths and characters. I read this in one sitting and was captivated by the truly original way in which the story unfolds and then folds back in on itself. Wagner's combination of creative ideas and pure story-telling skill really shine in this novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michelle M on January 14, 2010
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Deadwind Sea is an amazing book, I couldn't put it down! I read it all in one night and its one of those books that I will read more than once. It was moving and exciting and surprising all at the same time (and at different times). I really loved this book and I can't recommend it enough!
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Josh Wagner entered my list of favorite writers when I read The Adventures of the Imagination of Periphery Stowe. But with Deadwind Sea he shot right to the top of that list.

Not only is Josh an amazing storyteller, he’s also a poet. And I don’t mean the sappy, beatnik, I-feel-embarrassed-for-this-guy kind of poet. What I mean is that every one of his sentences is like a little bit of word magic. He can paint entire worlds, dimensions and alternate universes with just a few unlikely, but perfectly chosen words in such a way that it will move your soul.

Deadwind Sea is the story of Sergio, a 14th century Spanish shepherd boy, who travels to the Land of the Dead to bring his true love back. But it’s not just that story. There’s stories upon stories entangled inside this story, and if you thought Inception was deep, you might want to fasten your imaginary seatbelt, ‘cause Josh will take you on a damn wild ride.

What starts out as lighthearted comedy quickly delves into much darker, much deeper and much larger tales than I could ever have anticipated. The stories that flow forth from Josh’s imagination feel like they were actually passed on through countless generations, countries and cultures, and each one reveals more about the intricate nature of Josh’s unfolding worlds.

By the end of the book, I felt as if I’d actually been on an epic journey through ages, eras, lands, seas, dimensions and worlds, and I wanted nothing more than to see Sergio reunited with his one true love. That might not sound like something special, but this is coming from a guy who doesn’t believe in one true love, marriage or even monogamy. I am pretty much allergic to romance and especially to romance stories (let alone “romance novels”).

I find myself at a loss to find anything even remotely negative to say about Deadwind Sea, so I think you can just call me one of Josh Wagner’s true fans. I humbly tip my old imaginary hat to you, sir.
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"You could spend your whole life chasing a single story and the only ending you'll find is your own."

Comics writer Josh Wagner is best known for his own series FICTION CLEMENS and the multi-media spin-off SKY PIRATES OF NEO-TERRA, but his debut novel reveals a writer with even more varied talents than his graphic bibliography previously suggested. DEADWIND SEA has all the visual creativity of Wagner's sequential storytelling, but perfectly adapted to the chosen medium. Wagner's narrative is intelligent and imaginative, and his genial prose creates a vivid world of fairy tale and myth.

DEADWIND SEA is the story of Sergio and Ivette, the village idiot and the beautiful orphan child who falls in love with him. Set in an undisclosed time in an invented land, the tale takes off after their brief courtship and even briefer marriage. Ivette dies days into the union, and convinced that she can yet be saved, Sergio sets off to find the Land of the Dead. His journey is an ingenious trek across the map of storytelling itself. Wagner creates a Russian doll with words. As one tale is told, another is buried inside, and so on until we are deep into multiple anecdotes, each adding to the thematic growth of the other. Wagner's lines crackle with the pacing and familiarity of the oral tradition, making DEADWIND SEA a kind of missing link between Boccaccio and David Mitchell, whose CLOUD ATLAS comes to mind for the way multiple narrative lines run into each other like a string of fictional dominoes. It's a fun trick to watch unfold, each tumble inviting the reader to roll right into the next.

Impressively, DEADWIND SEA never gets predictable.
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