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  • File Size: 638 KB
  • Print Length: 281 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: February 9, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004NBZLN8
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Douglas Anthony Cooper is the author of two critically acclaimed novels for adults. The first, Amnesia, was a national bestseller - it was shortlisted for the Books in Canada First Novel Award, and longlisted for the Commonwealth Prize. Delirium, which followed, was the first novel to be serialized on the Web.

He has published two bestselling novels for young adults: Milrose Munce and the Den of Professional Help, and Milrose Munce and the Plague of Toxic Fungus.

Cooper lives in Oaxaca, but collaborates regularly with artists and architects around the world: most recently on Chain City, a video installation with Diller Scofidio + Renfro at the Venice Biennale.

For five years Cooper was a Contributing Editor at New York Magazine, where he wrote and photographed the travel features. His essays and photography have appeared in Food & Wine, Rolling Stone, Travel+Leisure and The New York Times; and he has been collected in The Best American Travel Writing (ed. Pico Iyer).

Douglas Anthony Cooper's journalism has won numerous awards, including a National Magazine Award in Canada, and the Lowell Thomas Gold Medal, America's most prestigious travel writing award.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By marythea on July 18, 2011
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Douglas Anthony Cooper has done it again! Open up the dictionary under "teenage sarcasm," and you will undoubtedly find a picture (ok, a drawing) of Milrose Munce. In this wonderfully funny novel, Munce saves another day with the assistance of his unusual girlfriend, his more unusual friends, and the outrageously unusual individuals he meets in the Park. Cooper is exceptionally gifted in the art of alliteration and the quick response, giving ammunition to his teen readers, and making adult readers only wish they'd been half that good at it in high school. What's more, this is an intellectual book which might just promote depth of thought on architectural and philosophical notions. Read "Milrose Munce and the Den of Professional Help" first. Then, expand your horizons into this book! (No foreknowledge of mushrooms required.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By a Penny for the Guy on March 17, 2011
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This is the sequel to "Milrose Munce and the Den of Professional Help" and the two books should really be read in order since the "Den of Professional Help" provides a great deal of background to the "Toxic Fungus" story. Most of that background is either taken for granted (not explained) or only briefly explained in "Toxic Fungus". However, each book's actual storyline stands alone. That said, I think I preferred "Toxic Fungus" as the story was a bit deeper and darker, and the characters were made to think about their lives and decisions more. In other words, they were growing up a bit! Mr. Cooper's style of writing is the same, and he has an incredible ability to 'turn a phrase'! There were a few times while I was reading that I laughed out loud, but they were because of the mental image conjured by the words rather than an incident in the story itself.

The story itself was geared to the YA age group, but could be enjoyed by adults as well. As I said, it was a bit deeper, darker, and more thoughtful than the first book. While this was by no means a serious book, it might be a good book for a parent to read with a YA and discuss afterwards some of the moral and ethical dilemmas that Milrose and his friends faced. Definitely recommended for anyone, of any age, with a very quirky sense of humor!

Note on Kindle formatting: Very good, but not perfect. Most of the book had several lines between paragraphs, most obviously during conversations. That gave the feel that there were incredible pauses between responses. There was one section where there were no spaces between paragraphs at all, and that didn't strike me as 'quite right' either. Neither of those actually impacted reading, and if I remember correctly, the "Den of Professional Help" also had the multiple spaces between paragraphs, so that may be intentional. Either way, it's non-standard but only takes a minute or two to get used to.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DelusionalAngel VINE VOICE on March 3, 2011
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Milrose and Arabella are back. Still talking to the air in front of them. Or so most people think. Yup, they're still considered freaks and outcasts. The world at large still completely unaware of just how much the two did for them (if YOU don't know, STOP! See Milrose Munce and the Den of Professional Help (Extended Edition) - really otherwise this book will just remind you of a story told elsewhere and wouldn't you like to know?).

The few who don't find this dynamic duo odd? Well they're dead. They're the air that the two are talking to. Okay, maybe they are even a few wise (or not so wise) among the living who know the truth and/or accept them as they are. Kitty Muell, for example, Arabella's biggest fan (besides Milrose, of course). Caroline Corduroy, the principal.

When the usual cast starts to notice something odd - like the fact that the chalkboards are no longer green for the normal reason, but instead because plants are growing from them, Milrose gets a little concerned. More so when Arabella starts acting odd(er). The principal goes missing. And the evil Loosten is suddenly smack dab in the middle of everything... again. And that's just the beginning... I wouldn't want to spoil too much for you, now would I?

Can Milrose and his dead buddies save the school and come out of this one alive (and dead as the case may be?).

This book is listed in children's books - and it is. But even if you don't love those or "YA" books (which I do), you'd probably still find this one a bit different. It's smarter than the usual children's series. Yes it uses the occasional big word.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 14, 2011
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"Milrose Munce and the Plague of Toxic Fungus" is quite possibly the best book I have read this past weekend. It surpasses all others in its clever use of wit and sarcasm (in the best Muncian tradition), and it has a thrilling and exciting (if not excitable) story. While I must say that Mr. Cooper's previous epic on the life of the heroic Munce is a fine book, "Milrose Munce and the Plague of Toxic Fungus" is even better than that. All in all, an extremely enjoyable book. (I do wish there there had been more about Italian Greyhounds, but one can't have everything. I understand if Mr. Cooper, the author, wants to hold back information on that admirable hound, if only for his third book in the Munce series.)
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