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Product Details

  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: LegumeMan Books (October 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980593816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980593815
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,268,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Australian writer Matthew Revert purposely disregards the boring limits of consensus reality in favor of a better experiential flow for author and audience. He's been called a "bizarro" writer, but prefers the tag absurdist.

The stories in A Million Versions of Right are irreal, but not confrontationally so. Revert distorts familiar experiences while retaining enough of the commonplace to make them universal for even the most staid of readers. A consistent motif is the unremarkable reactions of his protagonists when faced with circumstances beyond the unlikely (like ejaculating a series of mustachioed tillers, as occurs in the title story, where readers are introduced to the narrator's "clockwork father"). --Denver Examiner, April 16, 2010

A Million Versions of Right, Mister Revert's collection of short stories, is an amazing achievement. Why? Well, because I hate short story collections. There's only one other short story collection I liked and that was the Bauchelain and Korbal Broach collection by Steven Erikson. But those were different. Very different to these. I just can't stand getting into a story and then being flipped out and told to get into the next, which is doomed to be not as much fun because I kind of just wanted to read more about that character. I prefer novels.

And what makes them so great isn't their ideas. It's the style. Mister Revert has, simply, one of the most efficient and highly readable styles I've ever read for this genre. In most cases you can feel the author's desperate need to try and impress. You can see they're just trying to one-up the weirdness. But Mister Rever succeeds in keeping a natural eccentricity which is toned down greatly by a near precision-based editing exercise. You can see he's worked and reworked each story - and if he hasn't, then the man needs to be wired up to a machine which forces him to write, because if this is what he can do without effort, then he needs to give us something he tried. It would kick our brains out.

If you like it weird, and you like it intelligent and you like it to challenge your mind, you can't go wrong with A Million Versions of Right, because no matter how wrong you think a short story is, this book will prove they can sometimes be all right. --Lateral Books, April 18, 2010

This book offers a crucial and refreshing difference that should instantly establish it as a prototype of the Bizarro genre (perhaps New Absurdist? Subject for a debate no doubt). That difference is: in these stories, the nonsensical actually makes sense and the illogical is firmly grounded on logic, i.e. they have a raison-d'être.

Granted, perhaps testicular annihilation and scrotum aesthetics shouldn't be appreciated by all. And the paralysing fear that one or more of the `men' contained in `semen' may be what decides to burst forth at that next toe-curling moment is rarely a popular water-cooler topic. Ditto for power blinks, malfunctioning bookmarks, and one particular comb-jar deep in the Hair District... But all these things fill the pages for a reason, brilliantly described and brought to life to reveal the shocking silliness that exists in those things we call conventions. --Full of Crow, December 27, 2009

From the Inside Flap

"Revert is an absurdist with dirty hands and a dirty mind, willing to take words to weird places to make you laugh when you shouldn't--and yet still do."
Kris Saknussemm, author of ZANESVILLE and PRIVATE MIDNIGHT

"Revert takes everyday human experiences and distorts them into until they are totally bizarre while keeping enough of the "everyday" around so it brings to mind the things that many of us experience in our lives. And that is why this book is totally sweet."
Bradley Sands, author of IT CAME FROM BELOW THE BELT and MY HEART SAID NO BUT THE CAMERA CREW SAID YES

"Revert's off the wall humor, which can be at times amazingly sharp, totally nonsensical, out of third base, or subtle enough to miss if your not paying attention, bring the stories to the level of bizarre fever dreams."
Ray Fracalossy, author of TALES FROM THE VINEGAR WASTELAND


More About the Author

Matthew Revert is the author of Basal Ganglia (Lazy Fascist Press), How to Avoid Sex (Copeland Valley/Dark Coast Press), The Tumours Made Me Interesting (LegumeMan Books) and A Million Versions of Right (LegumeMan Books). Revert has had work published in Le Zaporogue, The Best Bizarro Fiction of the Decade, In Heaven Everything Is Fine: Fiction Inspired by David Lynch, The New Flesh, The Bizarro Starter Kit (Purple) and Gone Lawn Journal among others.

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Some of my friends told me it was the creepiest book they have ever read.
FabulousRaye
Each story is more astounding, more amusing, and more well ... just more strange than the one before.
Lucas Thorn
Power Blink is a quick little story that crams a lot of ridiculousness into just a few pages.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Romana Vora on July 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
Nothing could prepare me for the content of this book! To simply say its `warped' or `bizarre' barely scratches the surface. These are quite possibly the six strangest stories I have ever read. The level of imagination involved is breathtaking and the creepy depths many of these stories reach made me feel very uncomfortable.

I'm a fan of unusual fiction and was pretty certain there was nothing left that could really surprise me but boy was I wrong. I didn't even know fiction like this was possible! `A Million Versions of Right' is a truly original book and that's something I don't say every day. It's probably destined to go unrecognized, which is a real shame. This kind of thing doesn't come around every day.

Recommended to anyone who genuinely loves the strange!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bradley on April 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
I read this book a while back. It was an e-book. The publisher has a deal where you can buy two e-book for the price of one. Since this book and author was unfamiliar to me, it was my second choice.

There are certain books that are easier to read on the computer screen-simplistic writing, not proceeding at a rapid pace with tons of stuff happening, one after another. This book isn't an "easy" e-book. Not that the writing is "busy." Instead, it's rich and baroque. While reading it, the classical absurdist writers came to my mind. While other authors who are the modern day equivalent of this include Rhys Hughes and Ray Fracalossy.

So while the book isn't so "e-book" friendly, I pushed forward because the stories were so good. They were also rather long.

The stories are an extreme mixture of lowbrow and highbrow. Having a gross out, dick joke sort of vibe going on, but really contrasting it with highbrow subject matter.

The content is absurd and often unreal, and the unique thing about Revert's writing is that it's primarily concerned with how a person would ordinarily react when faced with the absurd and unreal. He takes everyday human experiences and distorts them into until they are totally bizarre while keeping enough of the "everyday" around so it brings to mind the things that many of us experience in our lives. And that is why this book is totally sweet.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ashley Miller on September 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
I bought A Million Versions of Right because I know the author. I read the first story because I was bored. I finished the book in two days because I absolutely could not put it down once I had started.

This book does not even come close to being like any other book you have ever read. Even if you are familiar with absurdist fiction, this book will take you by wonderful surprise. From cover to cover, this book manages to corrupt every single one of the reader's most basic sensibilities. It explores sexuality without even the faintest hint of pornography. It effortlessly touches on feminist principle without even trying. It contains the most fantastically apropos similes ever read. It creates multiple worlds where all the rules change. The book flawlessly follows rules that have never existed before.

As a pleasure read, the book is like watching a midget at a salad bar: shamefully entertaining. As a basis of psychological study, the book is unprecedented. As a literary work, A Million Versions of Right will undoubtedly become a noted example in an all-but-unnoticed genre.

It is illogical. It is immoral. It is indescribable. It is perfect and altogether wrong all at once. A triumph, Mr. Matthew Revert. Well played.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 9, 2009
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Mr. Revert finds stories in the most unlikely places. Buried inside barber's comb jars, in the destruction of a pair of testicles, within a defective pair of headphones. This is the sort of book I usually avoid, for the most part because it's very hard to pull of correctly, and secondly many writers use shocking images to conceal a lack of ideas and imagination, and instead are simply out smokescreen you, bombard you with mental disturbances and hope you don't notice the difference. This book could have easily done likewise. It didn't. Matt's off the wall humor, which can be at times amazingly sharp, totally nonsensical, out of left field, or subtle enough to miss if your not paying attention, bring the stories to the level of bizarre fever dreams.
The writing was spot on, reminding me at times of many of the Bizarros, (I saw touches of Mellick, Krall, Prunty, and definite dashes of D.H. Wilson in his story telling, which is descriptive and flows easily from the page. Parts of it even reminded me of a more perverse version of some Woody Allen stories from years past.
I'd definitely highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Bizarro literature, and stories outside the norm. This is one NOT to miss.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carpet Master on July 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is one of the most original books I've ever read. The scope of the ideas involved cover some of the most bizarre topics ever printed. His characters and the situations they find themselves in are highly unusual to the point of absolute absurdity, which makes the stories strangely charming.

The topics touched upon in this book are confusing and difficult. But that's what makes it so good. It is paradoxically light reading yet challenging due to the twisted ideas and the insistence on challenging logic.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes fiction of an off-beat nature.
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