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Milrose Munce and the Plague of Toxic Fungus [Kindle Edition]

Douglas Anthony Cooper
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Book Description

This is the second gruesome volume in the Milrose Munce saga. The first, Milrose Munce and the Den of Professional Help, was on the Financial Times bestseller list, and was named a "2008 Book of the Year" by Lovereading4kids in the UK. It was also #1 on both the Children's and Teen bestseller lists on Amazon, and received all sorts of pleasant reviews from newspapers and magazines around the world.

All schools have ghosts, of course, but the school attended by Milrose Munce, our sarcastic hero, is unusual by virtue of the sheer number of disgusting ghouls that waft cheerfully through its halls. These phantoms -- most of them Milrose's close friends -- have thus far been assaulted by a world-class exorcist, and it is difficult to imagine things getting much worse. After all, the new Home Economics teacher is a benevolent warlock of no little renown, and he specializes in humiliating world-class exorcists.

Unfortunately, his skills are not well suited to the latest assault on the school: a conspiracy of shady students bent on creating loathsome and voracious forms of magical plant life rarely witnessed in even the scariest gardens.

These plants -- which are reasonably intelligent and repulsively large -- tend to separate happy couples, either by devouring one party, or by turning the other party into something mossy and indigestible. Milrose and his beloved, the exquisitely pretentious Arabella, are chief among the couples threatened in this way.

As if this isn't vile enough, rumors of something even more powerful and grotesque begin to filter down into the unhappy school: somebody, or something, is determined to resurrect the monstrous Corpse Flower.


“Appealing to the misfit in all of us, Milrose Munce is a grand, gigglesome read.” - The Financial Times (London)

“One of the funniest books I've read this year.” - Sowetan (South Africa)

“Readers who enjoyed such books as A Series of Unfortunate Events or the Pure Dead books by Debi Gliori will love this.” - Back to Books

“Magnificent ... Rapid-fire repartee, puns, and wordplay grace almost every page.” - Books in Canada

“This brims with knowing and sly humor.” - Literary Review (London)

“Absolutely flawless. A cunningly subversive young-adult novel from one of the only living writers of English who knows how to craft a sentence.” - Joseph Suglia, author of Watch Out

“An incredibly unique, quirky and snot-pop-out-my-nose-hilarious book! ... Simply brilliant.” -

“Twisted.” - The Magazine


“(AMNESIA's) elliptical narrative style recalls works by D.M. Thomas, Paul Auster, Sam Shepard and Vladimir Nabokov.... One gradually comes to appreciate Mr. Cooper's copious gifts: his ability to manufacture odd, cinematic images; his talent for creating a musically patterned narrative out of repeated symbols and motifs; his willingness to tackle ambitious intellectual themes. ” - Michiko Kakutani in The New York Times

“Douglas Cooper's AMNESIA is a compelling, obsessive nightmare of a debut novel -- Catcher in the Rye for a darker, more cynical age.” - The Austin Chronicle

“(AMNESIA's) ritual style with its overt symbolism recalls the haunting incantations of Jean Genet. Cooper handles narrative symbolism even better than Margaret Atwood. His musing speculation invokes Beckett. ” - The Toronto Star

“Douglas Cooper's DELIRIUM is beautiful and frightening -- the most transfixing novel I've read in the last two years. ” - Mikal Gilmore (winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Shot in the Heart)

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  • Print Length: 281 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004NBZLN8
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! 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
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars The Triumph of the Munce 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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5.0 out of 5 stars More Milrose Munce .... !!! February 11, 2011
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Fans of Douglas Anthony Cooper's first Milrose book, Milrose Munce and The Den of Professional Help, may be surprised by how dark this new one is... The writing is still hilarious, of course, yet The Plague of Toxic Fungus has much more emotional depth, and is way more creepier. Whether you prefer this latest Milrose book or the first one, I would guess it depends upon your sensibilities. Myself, I am more impressed with The Plague of Toxic Fungus, but I like morbid things... A great book for kids of all ages; this is a splendidly... creepy morbid freaky funny tale by Mr. Cooper!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase least those are the top categories it has been selling in. I find that type of categorizing almost as funny as the book itself!

I'm quite sure many of the readers are adults for one thing...though, thanks to the magic of Kindle, I have been able to put a copy on my son's reader at the same time as my own, so we aren't tussling over who gets to read first (I won the race though, I finished first).

The book has quite the appeal to both a 13 year old boy who loves all things cars, baseball, yo-yo and electronic, as well as the middle-aged scifi/urban fantasy/mystery (and cough-cough, romance) reading mother. Definitely fits the 'Humor" category and the 'spine-chilling' well, maybe in the drank-liquid-nitrogen sort of way---horror light. Things happening, but not like a adult splatter-horror/on-screen kind of way.

It did take me longer to read than many of my more mainstream and (allegedly) adult books. A large part of that is because the book actually makes you stop and think about the words. The characters, even or most particularly the most minor ones, make you stop and wonder more about them (exactly what does make one become an experimental bassoonist rather than a traditional one?). The book is wry, witty, intelligent, and most certainly expects the reader to have a brain that functions--without regard to the age of the brain.

How can you not love a book that has a character (named Bored Beulah) who notes "Charlatans are a menace, whereas Loosten is an entirely different class of being: an unholy terror. There is a subtle difference" ? That one made me stop and share and even learn how to engage the highlight function on the Kindle.

Oh, and as a Kindle/e-book being published by the author, don't let that scare you off.
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3.0 out of 5 stars a twisted kind of humor
I liked the first book in this series better than this one, but this one isn’t bad at all. It has a twisted kind of humor, and uses some big words, so I’d recommend it for the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Silvara Wilde
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for grown ups too!
The Milrose Munce books are categorized as "young adult". I got over being young a long time ago, but I still enjoyed this book immensely. Read more
Published on October 28, 2012 by Marilyn Reese
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
As several reviews for this book are already rather detailed, I will keep this short and say that I can't wait for the next book about Milrose Munce by this author.
Published on April 15, 2011 by Jwb52z
4.0 out of 5 stars Love Milrose
As some others have noted, this book is a lot darker than the first and actually took me a bit to fully digest it. Present are the rapid fire dialogue that we all know and love. Read more
Published on April 3, 2011 by Labrynth
4.0 out of 5 stars Another fun romp with Milrose and Arabella
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... Read more
Published on March 17, 2011 by SEPpietoeing Around the Maypole
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Frivolity...Greater Responsibility
For the seditiously unpopular (among the living, anyway...the dead actually think quite highly of him) Milrose Munce, life couldn't be better. Read more
Published on February 25, 2011 by Tracy
1.0 out of 5 stars I Just Don't Get It
I am in a minority when it comes to Milrose Munce.
Most reviewers rave about these books.
I did not care for the first on (I got it for free). Read more
Published on February 23, 2011 by a Reader from Pittsburgh
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read for All Ages, And a Great Price!!
Downloaded the Sample, moved Right to Purchase (even though this is over my Monthly Book Allowance, is Dead Dad now Going After me? Read more
Published on February 11, 2011 by Cold In Seattle
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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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