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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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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for grown ups too! October 28, 2012
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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. Cooper is a clever writer, and the story kept my interest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Frivolity...Greater Responsibility February 25, 2011
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For the seditiously unpopular (among the living, anyway...the dead actually think quite highly of him) Milrose Munce, life couldn't be better. After triumph against an evil guidance counselor (and all around bad chap), he and his girlfriend Arabella are basking in the golden era of goodliness at school, firmly ensconced in their own superiority of all things wickedly weird. But life being what it is, something new and grotesquely horrific is quite literally growing in those not-so-hallowed halls...and in the vents, and across desks and blackboards and even...if they sit still long enough...the students.

This verdant oddity definitely attracts Milrose's attention; he even musters up some mild concern, but his darling Arabella seems peculiarly (which for the girl should make her almost normal in comparison, yet truly doesn't) unfazed by the creeping cornucopia. Then two of the people most dear to Milrose disappear, and more than his concern is mustered.

First, the new and beautiful principal, Caroline Corduroy is suddenly gone from her office, an office that is now completely overrun with flagrant flora, then his soul mate, the reason for every ounce of the happiness in his heart, his Arabella, disappears without a trace...or topiary. Disturbingly heartbreaking, her loss truly incites Milrose's panic and occasional despair, but also births his determination to deflower this current pernicious threat as it spreads through the school.

Milrose, along with his creepy coterie of grotesquely gruesome ghosts (great guys and girls, all...well...except maybe for Percival), must discover the cause of the spreading fungal malignancy and alter its aliveness before Arabella and the almost as wonderful Principal Corduroy are lost forever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! April 15, 2011
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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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love Milrose April 3, 2011
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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. A few new interesting characters in it, but unless you've read the extended version (I have not), you will likely feel like you're missing some of the story somewhere. At least I did. The themes are certainly darker in this one and we might not see some characters again.

Overall I enjoyed another romp thru Milrose's world and look forward to the next.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another fun romp with Milrose and Arabella 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Rumors are planted by the wise in order to lead the ignorant astray
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. Read more
Published on March 3, 2011 by DelusionalAngel
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 This is supposedly a "Children's Humorous Spine-Chilling Horror"... least those are the top categories it has been selling in. I find that type of categorizing almost as funny as the book itself! Read more
Published on February 19, 2011 by Jackie-the-Greyhound
5.0 out of 5 stars The Triumph of the Munce
"Milrose Munce and the Plague of Toxic Fungus" is quite possibly the best book I have read this past weekend. Read more
Published on February 14, 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars More Milrose Munce .... !!!
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... Read more
Published on February 11, 2011 by Tara Marie
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the first one!
GREAT characters, funny situation... and really FUN language. What more could a kid (or Mom) want? As soon as my son finishes it, we'll post another video! Read more
Published on February 11, 2011 by lisasiouxfalls
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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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