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Product Details

  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466243090
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466243095
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,492,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

So...who is this Holand Peterson fellow, anyway? Word on the street is that this curious scamp makes his home in the wild, exotic realm commonly known as Boise, Idaho. He lives with his dear wife Cheri (Nefarious Queen of the Harpies!), along with an insidious menagerie of hell-beasts masquerading about as common household dogs and cats. When Holand is not wholly engaged in pouring out the absurd and bizarre ramblings of his imagination onto the page, he makes time for the higher, dignified pursuits of watching movies/animation/TV shows, playing video games, reading comics/graphic novels/books, and many other similar mature, refined activities befitting a man of his breeding. Feel free to contact him at holand@holandpeterson.com

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So...who is this Holand Peterson fellow, anyway?

Word on the street is that this curious scamp makes his home in the wild, exotic realm commonly known as Boise, Idaho. He lives with his dear wife Cheri (Nefarious Queen of the Harpies!), along with an insidious menagerie of hell-beasts masquerading about as common household dogs, cats and ferrets.

When Holand is not wholly engaged in pouring out the absurd and bizarre ramblings of his imagination onto the page, he makes time for the higher, dignified pursuits of watching movies/animation/TV shows, playing video games, reading comics/graphic novels/books, and many other similar mature, refined activities befitting a man of his breeding.

Holand's works include the sci-fi/fantasy/comedy/adventure novels Eville, Eville's Most Wanted and The Eville Protection Plan, along with the whimsical "Snaggle Stories" for children.

Feel free to contact him at holand@holandpeterson.com. Holand genuinely loves keeping in touch with his readers as well as being up for author interviews and the like. So don't be shy!


Customer Reviews

Very fun, goofy characters and likeable main character.
Amanda Taylor
I found myself chuckling or straight out laughing at some of the things Alex had to deal with.
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If you want to know the meaning of that, you are just going to have to read the book!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen McIntosh on November 18, 2011
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Many would classify EVILLE a sci-fi fantasy adventure. I classify it as FUN and worth reading.
Alex Hobbs, alone, loveless, jobless, and very recently homeless, accepts a job that appears almost too good to be true. Of course it is. He is plunged into the bizarre world of Eville, employed by a deranged inventor, mercilessly picked on by her cynical, crabby housekeeper. And facing constant, terrifying threats to his sanity and his life.
Encountering an assortment of even odder characters, Alex and his employers begin a journey that is at the same time frightening, absolutely funny and oddly compelling.
This is a great start of what promises to be a fun series. It took me a chapter or two to be hooked by the story, but stay with it and you'll be rewarded. Peterson's quirky humor outweighed some grammatical issues that might have been caught with one more round of editing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By qwerty4476 on August 22, 2013
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Overall I feel the premise of the book was intriguing - a "normal" guy ends up in a community filled with "supernatural" species and characters. The writing was well done and set the scene nicely. I could picture the scenery with little trouble.

I did find some things a bit off-putting and it made me struggle a bit to get through the entire book.

1. Alex's behavior didn't strike me as particularly mature in some areas. He would fluctuate wildly and in some instances came across as more teenager than grown man.

2. Relationships were forged too quickly. Alex was only there for one week and he seemed to win over EVERYONE in that short amount of time, despite his tendency to gawk and point and act as indiscreetly as possible when he encountered some new species. (Example--he's in a town with vampires, werewolves and hunchbacks but stops in the middle of the street to point at and draw attention to himself when he spies a goblin. Really?)

3. There were a lot of run-on sentences. A LOT. Entire paragraphs were sometimes a single sentence. Many of these could have easily been split into numerous smaller sentences to convey the same thought, and may have carried a more powerful impact because the reader wasn't trying to keep the momentum going line after line, comma after comma.

4. The real meat of the plot didn't happen until about 2/3rds of the way through the book. Before that it was all about Alex meeting with people and pushing back against his perceptions of how things are supposed to be. I found myself wondering if there was a larger plot or if this was just a more "meet the characters" type of story.

5. When the climax happened, I had a feeling of "That's it?" The wrap up and resolution seemed to happen very quickly and easily compared to the rest of the book.

As I said, overall it was good. I enjoyed it for the most part and may read it again.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Conda V. Douglas on December 20, 2011
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Eville was a delightful romp through Holand's strange and unique world. Holand has the ability to spoof a lot of tropes in a fun and different way. His characters are empathetic, sympathetic and weird. I laughed out loud at least thrice! It's rare that a book makes me do that. So if you enjoy Terry Pratchett, Robert Aspirin, and possibly Abbott and Costello, read Eville.

A note on formats: I read the paperback version of Eville. The print was very small for my...um...more mature eyes. For us...um...more mature readers, I would suggest getting the e-book version of Eville.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By SuperCalvin on October 4, 2011
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Quite the entertaining read. I thoroughly enjoyed my time reading and anxiously await the next story. The characters are easy to identify with. The story is serious but told with enough humor to make it quite fun and easy to get involved with the plot.
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By Ann on April 17, 2014
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This story takes what you already know and turns it upside down. Each character is different from your first impression. The author is a master of surprise in a delicate way.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Swan on July 29, 2013
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Oh, please. It was a dark and rainy night. The deep, thick, black, tar like clouds overhung the misty shrouded alley, filled with human refuse and littered with lost hopes and dreams, crying out with the rough textured voice of the aged and gray infirm, who crawled on through the deep unknown. The air filtered through the gritty smog and filled the lungs with the after taste of spoiled macaroni salad, the relevant urine shed by the decomposing bodies of fat fed rats while my addled brain cried out "A book. "A book. I must write a book." Lots of words and big descriptive paragraphs do not a good book make. Nuff said.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. Petrilli-Massey on February 28, 2013
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Eville
Eville is laugh-out-loud hilarious, except for explosions and nasty beasties. Serene Necrosia portrays the mad scientist to the hilt. Poor Alex Hobbs plays the poor put upon sidekick outrageously and Quasimoody the all around handywoman with aplomb. Tim Burton would have fun with this script.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Worton on November 2, 2012
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Review 6******

I was given a copy of this book by the author in return for an honest review.

This has got to be the quirkiest sci-fi/fantasy adventure I have read in a long time, if ever! I absolutely LOVED it!

Alex Hobbs is a fantastic character! He is one of the good guys. I found him to be extremely levelheaded, even when the situations he faces would be enough to leave me in a mess! Although, I think he was only holding on to his sanity by a thread at one point! Unfortunately, he has found himself in a bit of a predicament. Everything that can go wrong, does so in spectacular style! When a job opportunity comes up, little does he know what he's letting himself in for!

Serene Necrosia is a wonderful character! To me, she is a cross between a mad scientist/inventor and Morticia from The Addams Family. She has a brilliant mind, but her experiments have a nasty habit of biting back!

There are some other very colourful characters in this book. Quasimoody (AKA Moody) is a hunchback and indentured to Serene. Then there is Josiah, the Werewolf and Marco, Serene's ex-husband, and not to forget Dante, Serene's pet tarantula. The list goes on! This book is full of wit and sarcasm, not to mention the gross bits that made me go "Eww!"! I absolutely loved the repartee between Moody and Alex. They have my utmost respect for putting up with Serene and her crackpot ideas!

When I first read the blurb, I burst out laughing! I decided there and then that I just HAD to read it! Holand Peterson has a vivid imagination, and it shows in his writing. This book captured me from the first page, and has left me wanting more! I'm not sure what age range this book is aimed at, but I would highly recommend it to the older YA reader (15+), as well as adults who have a twisted sense of humour. I am now looking forward to reading the next book in the series. - Lynn Worton
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