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Dislocated [Kindle Edition]

Max Andrew Dubinsky
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Plagued with insomnia and a killer hangover, William Scott - grocery store clerk and disgraced computer hacker - awakens from an alcohol-induced blackout to discover something horrific has occurred in his sleepy hometown. He drags himself out of bed to face the day, spits out a few bloody teeth, and it's a downward spiral from there. His beloved, Valerie, has just left a panicked series of messages on his phone about evacuating before it's too late. Clumsily investigating what happened while he slept, he discovers it is, in fact, too late, and he's all alone to face an insidious threat lurking in the silence outside.

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About the Author

Max Andrew Dubinsky is most likely living in California right now, and is the author of the acclaimed collection of short fiction, We Can't Go Home Again. This is almost his first novel.

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  • File Size: 943 KB
  • Print Length: 69 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009WIJ8CC
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  • Lending: Enabled
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A roller coaster with no brakes October 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is not a genre I usually read, so much so I'm not even sure what genre it's in.

William Scott wakes up with a killer hangover. Well done and believable, but I'm thinking so what? Then things get strange. Wolves in the hallway, birds that won't fly, dead neighbors. It gets worse and worse faster and faster.

It's a quick read that keeps your attention. I read it in a little over an hour and couldn't have stopped if the house was afire. I especially enjoyed Will's character, and how he makes bonehead decisions but still manages to pull through.

There were a few glitches that popped me out of the story world, but I dove back in and was sucked right along. For example: there are hungry wolves in the building, hungry enough to take on a living Will, but not hungry enough to scavenge the dead neighbor in the hallway. For example: Will looks at himself in a mirror, a few scenes after he smashed said mirror with a baseball bat. For example: He rolled a Lamborghini. That's virtually impossible with a car that low slung. Spin out, yes; roll, no.

And then we come to the ending, and alas I was disappointed. He's escaped plague, wolves, another human in better shape with better arms, and even an exploding town. He's stuck at a gas station and what saves the day? Not Will: a phone call from some previously unmentioned group of people who were secretly cheering for him.

And too many things are left hanging. I don't need everything to be wrapped up with a bow, but honestly, in this story nothing is wrapped up. We don't know where the plague came from. We don't know why Will survived it. We don't know who the secret group of people are or why they couldn't save Will sooner.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Yet! October 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
These were the words that were running through my head as I reached the final pages of Dislocated - "Not Yet!!" I did not want this book to end. I had become one with Will, as consumed in his heart-racing experience as he was, one minute hoping against hope, the next minute defeated, only to find myself hoping against hope all over again. The way that Mr. Dubinsky tempts you with little tidbits about Will's past, his relationship with Valerie, the reason behind his almost-prison stay, makes you want to read the book through a second time, just to make sure you didn't miss any pieces of the puzzle. I was so impressed by the visualization Mr. Dubinsky created; I could fully imagine the feel of a wolf pulling on Will's pants-leg as he tries to make his way up the stairs.

Although this is definitely not the type of book I usually read, it wouldn't hurt my feelings at all to read it once again, and to seek out anything else that Max Andrew Dubinsky writes in the future. And as for a follow-up to Dislocated? Color me there!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Still Dislocated! October 28, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is definitely not a genre I would usually read. I'm not one for suspense, thrillers, end-of-the-world stories. I am *certainly* not one to tolerate a non-ending.

In all honesty, it was the non-ending that has me the most perturbed about this novella.

OK, I'm not a big one for 4-letter words, blood-and-guts (literally or figuratively), and so forth. I *am* a sucker for a 1st-person narrative, which this book delivers in spades and another suit or two. The author definitely gets you into the fevered mind of the protagonist, often leaving me wondering whether what we're reading is real or just a vision he's having. Even the stupid things he does makes sense in context. With that in mind, I can just about forgive the foul language.

The ending, at least in the review copy, revs up full-speed to the point where you finally think you've got the solution ...

And it drops you, flat on your back, directing you to a web site where you can eventually read the rest of the story.

Had I known it would be essentially serial fiction in the first place, I might be a bit more forgiving about that.

I didn't, so I'm not.

Four stars up until the very last page, then zero stars for cutting the reader off at the knees. Result: two very generous stars, and someone who probably won't be following the rest of the story, at least not until it's actually DONE.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wolf in the hall is no big deal at all October 25, 2012
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Will Scott wakes up hung over. He doesn't know what day it is. He doesn't have pants.

Will's day is like a car crash. You can't look away.

From the first hysterically surreal encounter with a f*****g wolf in the hallway (which, as he notes, is far different and not to be confused with "just a wolf in the hall, like it's no big deal at all") to totaling his neighbor's orange Lamborghini, you can't stop...because Will can't stop.

Will is a compelling character, far from perfect and more than a little coarse, but you just have to root for him. He's real. He's a mess. He's just been in a bar fight, and our first glimpse of him is watching him spit his teeth into the sink. But he worries about his mom and he misses his ex. He has regrets. Wounds.

He gets scared, but he knows it's push on or die.

Dislocated is a quick, engaging read that can transport you, for a few minutes or a few hours, into a day that's a lot worse than the one you're having, but that's also got excitement and heart.

I can't wait to see what's next.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Max is a genius
The descriptions, the imagery, the symbolism. He puts you right there in the middle of it. Mixing tragedy with subtle comedy and self deprecation. Such a good read
Published 15 months ago by O. Forrest, Jr.
Incredibly frustrating. Decent beginning, even if the worldbuilding is a bit amateurish. Not the best out there, but better than many self-published authors. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Tensai
3.0 out of 5 stars Just Starts Gettin' Good & Then It' s Done
This was just starting to get interesting and then it ended. I wasn't expecting the end that came and because of it I'm left with more unanswered questions than the story started... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Jessica M. Bush
4.0 out of 5 stars OK, this was strange...
...and I loved it. So weird, develops quickly, crazy ending, def worth the read. So strange a tale that I told others about it (well, other people like me who really like the... Read more
Published on April 15, 2013 by Ms Beastle
2.0 out of 5 stars A fine story but . . .
With 20% of the book left, every other page was in some other language. So for the last fifth of the book I could only read every other page. Read more
Published on April 2, 2013 by WMC
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent.
This book was beyond great- the style reminded me of Marcus Zusak. Very well-written and engaging. I couldn't put it down!
Published on March 26, 2013 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
I normally steer away from short stories. I recognize them as their own form but very few people can do them well and I find that I just get frustrated at the end. Read more
Published on March 24, 2013 by M. Randall
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad...
Turns out this was only a sample. But I enjoyed it...kinda got hooked, actually. Either way, not bad. I'm gonna have to find the rest of the book.
Published on March 23, 2013 by Nicholas S. George
5.0 out of 5 stars OH MY WORD.
I was unaware of the existence of the online graphic novel, so understand this is my first encounter with this writer and this world. WOW. Huge, huge wow. Read more
Published on January 16, 2013 by Ruthanne Reid
5.0 out of 5 stars Ending made it for me
Dislocated is a great quick read. I'm currently reading Stephen King's 'the Stand' at the moment, and Dislocated runs along a similar theme. Read more
Published on December 18, 2012 by M. Mooney
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