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Product Details

  • Series: A (Somewhat Neverending) Short Story
  • Paperback: 53 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989903303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989903301
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,018,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book focuses on Ian's life.
SteveB
Sentences exist in one, simple form to explain defining moments in one, simple man's life.
Blake C
It was wrote very well and having a very relatable character was such a high point.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Blake C on November 13, 2013
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To explain my excitement in receiving this edition of Hranica's new book would be some injustice: there are no words. I read it once, then read it again. At 53 pages, it is not a treacherous read. The theme du jour for the text is the senselessness of existence in an often unfeeling, stagnant world convinced that it is the best of all possible worlds. The setting is middle Americana, and through the story's protagonist, the stillness and immobility of our lives are called into question.

The text is rather claustrophobic. Hranica writes short sentences only interested in the most essential narrative components. Initially, I wanted to slant him for this. It wasn't until I realized the power in such a style: it can be seen as commentary even as it comments, short expressions of this-and-that cut short by a period. The rhetoric is quick, but never moves out of its shallow boundaries. Two or three times, the narrator begins a sentence with "still," giving more abstract meaning to what is trying to be accomplished, stylistically. Sentences exist in one, simple form to explain defining moments in one, simple man's life. It's really ingenious to construct the story this way.

The narrative aside, like I've stated above, Hranica is interested in philosophical issues. However, we do not get lengthy, Conradian thought-wanderings. Though the philosophical pondering might be considered ramblings, one must not misconstrue their purpose. Rarely do these ponderings reveal anything ground-breaking about human existence. That is not the aim of the text, though. Like our own thoughts of our existence, we often find the outside world creeping in with loud sounds, preoccupation, and need for us to consume it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DGiff on March 11, 2014
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Simply put, it is worth reading.

The message is delivered in such a way that that is vague enough to relate personally, but grimly colorful enough to provide life to the story.

My last say: The beauteous short story provides the perfect vehicle to drive the weight of the messages within.

I'm looking very much forward to further publications from Hranica.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mason Cox on January 16, 2014
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Great book great author. Couldn't have asked for more. Mike Hranica really proved to be a hell of a writer in showing his skills as an author rather than strictly song writing
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This book is written by the frontman of the band, The Devil Wears Prada. It is essentially a short fictional work behind the song by the band entitled, "Home For Grave." The short story tells the tale of a character named Ian. The book focuses on Ian's life. The idea of the novel is to open the eyes of people and show the perilous mediocrity that fills the lives of nearly all of humanity.

This book is not written to have a happy tone. The book indirectly and vaguely despair of the mediocrity of nearly everyone's life through the fictional character Ian Mitchells.

Home For Grave is dark and brutal, like the music. Instead of Mike showing his brutality through the written word rather than his usual blood curdling screams in the band's music (which I highly recommend if you're a fan of metal or metalcore).

I enjoy One and a Half Hearts better than this book, but this book is still well written and you again see how much of a genius Mike Hranica really is.

I highly recommend.
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it was a short book which i actually liked- it was really well written and i can't wait to see what mike has in store for the future.
great price- worth the purchase.
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By IXDoubleDXI on April 4, 2014
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Pretty good book. Picked up as I'm a fan of TDWP. Would recommend it as it's a good read for 1 sitting.
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