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Product Details

  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Eraserhead Press (October 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1621050688
  • ISBN-13: 978-1621050681
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,482,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Imogen is a blue-haired, blue-eyed freelance House Hunter who takes down houses for the good of mankind.
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The Positive: An all-around good story, with lots of action, and engaging cyber-fi characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bob Milne on January 16, 2013
Format: Paperback
A part of the New Bizarro Authors Series, House Hunter represents the debut novella from S.T. Cartledge. It's a fun read, with a subject matter that is entirely fitting for the Bizarro style, along with a narrative style that makes it immediately accessible. Even those readers who don't regularly dabble in the Bizarro may find themselves drawn to this one.

Cleverly constructed around the theme of what makes a house a home, this is a story that's entirely self-aware of its puns, its tongue-in-cheek moments, and its literary influences. There are moments where you get caught up in the excitement, cheering Imogen on in her fantastic battles, that you entirely forget it's an entire freakin' house she's attempting to either take down or tame. In her world, just one half-step removed from our own, buildings are living, breathing, sentient creatures, loyal to their owners, and protective of themselves. Sometimes they do go rogue, however, and battling a multilevel dwelling that can crush you with a single step is a task best left to the professionals.

There are so many little touches here that keep the reader engaged, long after the initial novelty has worn off. Cartledge does something interesting with the idea of haunted houses that I quite liked; the twist on the proverbial Housing Association is a bit obvious, perhaps, but fun; and the mythology of the Jabberhouse is almost worthy of a story all on its own. There's a definite insect influence throughout the story, but it's never dwelt upon, allowing it to be just another part of the story/setting that occasionally pokes you in the arm and smiles back from the page.

The characters are a bit thin and lacking in emotion, but serviceable; the world-building is extraordinary; and the action very well-done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sheldon Nylander on November 22, 2012
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"House Hunter" by S.T. Cartledge follows Imogen, a house hunter by trade. But she isn't your typical, everyday house hunter. Imogen hunts down and trains wild houses. You see, in her world, houses, skyscrapers, temples, and pretty much every structure is a living (and moving) creature. When she becomes wise to a plot by the House Hunters Association (think of the most evil Homeowners' Association you can think of) to find and control the Jabberhouse, a building of legend, and remake cities in their image, she has to stay one step ahead of them and find the Jabberhouse before they do.

"House Hunter" is part of the 2012-2013 class of the New Bizarro Authors Series of books, meaning that this is author's first published novel. Unfortunately, it shows.

Let me start with what I like about this book. The world the author has come up with is certainly interesting and imaginative. The idea of an actual house hunter is kind of cool, if not a little funny. The various creatures are great, and the idea that even ancient legendary structures like temples and castles could be living creatures of great power is an awesome idea, and I had very little trouble picturing the scenes in my head, even playing them out like a movie. The author is great at describing scenes and battles, making this one of the more action-packed books in this year's NBAS so far. It adds a sense of fun to the book.

However, there are editing problems. So far, the other books I have read in this year's NBAS have not fallen into this trap, something I've complained about with several bizarro books in the past. It's been a pleasant surprise, as technical editing is something that sticks in my craw and can really take a reader off the page and out of a story if it's not done properly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ross E. Lockhart on November 24, 2012
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S. T. Cartledge's HOUSE HUNTER starts with a bang, as titular House Hunter Imogen single-handedly takes down a rampaging farmhouse with specialized weaponry and a skill-set rivaling any action heroine. But soon, what might have been a five-star debut becomes bogged down in a rambling quest narrative hobbled by editorial inconsistencies.

The worldbuilding in HOUSE HUNTER is its strongest suit, as semi-sentient houses skitter about the countryside on multiple insect legs, a shadowy Housing Association exerts control, opposed by a cult of architects, and independent House Hunters like Imogene intercede on the fringes of the Association's domain. Set pieces abound, and the landscape of HOUSE HUNTER is large enough to encompass not only wandering houses, but domiciles locked in house-to-house combat, a temple huge enough for houses to wander through, a locomoting labyrinth, and a crazed castle.

But HOUSE HUNTER falls short on an emotional level, its architecture never quite feeling like a home, and continuity errors abound. One such example comes when a character loses an arm, but throws her hands into the air in frustration in the following chapter, only to have another character comment on the missing limb a few paragraphs later. Sloppy.

Despite the flaws of HOUSE HUNTER, author S. T. Cartledge does come across as a talented, engaging, and entertaining storyteller, and I look forward to reading more from him in the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 100-letter thunder-word on November 22, 2012
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If you're interesting in reading "House Hunter" by S. T. Cartledge, then chances are you're already at least a little familiar with Bizarro fiction and you're looking for something new. I'll write this review for you.

Bizarro comes in a lot of flavors. Some of it is more meditative/introspective, while some of it is more about all-out action and entertainment. "House Hunter" falls into the latter camp, so if that's your preferred flavor, then you're looking in the right place.

This book reminded me a lot of some insane anime that just never lets up. Cartledge has a great, vivid imagination when it comes to dreaming up scenes of Bizarro hyper-violence. Like a good giant-monster movie, the book is pretty basic and could probably be summed up in just a few words: "Houses fighting". Yet it's all so frenetic and deliriously detailed that it leaves your brain reeling.

If anything, there is almost too much action for my tastes, and I would have liked to see some deeper character development. But within the context of what the book is trying to do (and Cartledge says right in the introduction that he just wanted to entertain), it succeeds admirably for a first book.

Also, huge kudos for working "Jabberwocky" into the fabric of the story, since the Jabberwock is one of my favorite things ever.
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S.T. Cartledge is an Australian writer of action/adventure Bizarro fiction, often bordering on the fantastical, with rich world-building and fast-paced action sequences inspired by anime, manga, and the works of D. Harlan Wilson, Carlton Mellick III, and Cameron Pierce. He lives in Perth, Western Australia, where he studied creative writing at Curtin University. In 2013 he graduated with first class honours.

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