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Product Details

  • Paperback: 462 pages
  • Publisher: Admiral J Press (September 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615532136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615532134
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,018,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"sexy, clever and funny with plot twists at every turn that will leave you guessing to the very last page." - Novelicious.com

"In the end ... it's the narrator's way with words that is sure to stay with the reader." - Publishers Weekly

"He skillfully moves the reader from scene to scene, keeping us involved with his characters while making a strong case for visiting Stockholm as soon as possible. (In fact, the Swedish tourism board should be distributing his book.)" - readingreview.com

"Witty and genuinely heartfelt. Exciting and emotional. I can honestly say that it has been a long time since a story has impacted me the way this book did." -thebookhookup.com

"My Sweet Saga is a frenetic, crazed, indulgent romp that recalls Chuck Palahniuk, Steve Hely, Lee Henshaw" - readinasinglesitting.com

About the Author

Brett Sills is a multi-optioned screenwriter, freelance ad writer from Los Angeles, California. He earned a degree in English from Reed College in 2001, and has been trying to use it to the best of his abilities ever since. My Sweet Saga is his first novel.

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Customer Reviews

I simply could not put the book down, and felt sad that it was over when I read the last page.
JCN
I liked how honest the words were, every emotion, every thought the main character has is something that most of us can say we've felt at one point or another.
Ziggi
What a wonderfully hilarious and well developed character study Brett Sills has created in MY SWEET SAGA!
Richard S. Friedman

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By JAC on September 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
Brandon is an average guy with a less than average life. He's struggling to accept what the future holds for him; a meaningless job, an upcoming marriage he's not sure he wants and disapproving, impending in-laws that constantly remind him that he is not nor never will be good enough for their daughter.

As he attempts to focus on what should be the happiest time of his life, his marriage to Clarissa, Brandon's extremely wealthy yet absent father suddenly reappears, insisting that Brandon accompany him on a spur of the moment trip to Sweden to meet a mysterious man that will supposedly change their lives forever. Although Brandon is reluctant, he gives into his father's demand, prepares himself for the worst and goes to Stockholm. But things don't go as badly as he anticipated... actually, it's quite the opposite. Brandon meets Saga. A beautiful, Swedish woman (obviously not his intended bride) that steals his heart and shows him that there is more to life than just suffering through it.

My Sweet Saga is unique. Witty and genuinely heartfelt. Exciting and emotional. I can honestly say that it has been a long time since a story has impacted me the way this book did. It was written from a guy's POV which produced a truthful and refreshing take on love and life and let me just say this book is beyond hilarious. The author definitely has a brilliant sense of humor. There were so many different parts throughout that had me cracking up... out loud.

Brandon's dialogue is extremely blunt at times, uncensored and brutally honest and perhaps a bit shocking when you first begin reading, but it's one of the main reasons I enjoyed this book so much.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Dana on September 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
So ... what can you expect from this book ... well firstly I think I should tell you what not to expect. Don't expect a short, quick read (it's a solid 453 pages) and don't expect to be immediately engaged (it took me about 50 pages or so to get really interested). What you can expect is to chuckle - maybe even laugh - often, once you get into the book. You can expect to be set back on your heels at the language and stark descriptions of sex (it gets very crass so be warned). You can also expect to finish reading with a smile and the feeling that the hours spent reading have been well worth it.

Brandon has quite the boring life when we first meet him: a little weird, but boring. Well, as boring as the life of a young Jewish man, engaged to a young Chinese woman and working in an office where he is the token white in a sea of black, can be. Then his lottery jackpot winning Dad shows up and things start to get really wild! Pretty soon Brandon finds himself impersonating a NASA employee with hopes of becoming an astronaut, juggling two fiancee's over two continents and attaining hero status for an act of desperate stupidity. Needless to say, his life is no longer boring!

My feeling is that this is one of those books that readers will either love or hate. It doesn't lend itself to
ambiguous feelings. The language is strong, the characters are strong, the story is strong so the feelings we have, as readers, are likely to be strong. I started out on the dislike side of the fence but, after meeting Dad, moved solidly over to the love side. As the story progressed, the characters grew and developed, which pleased me. Secrets, I had no idea were being held, were revealed, which pleased me.
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful By S. D. Parker on March 11, 2012
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This is close to, if not, the worst book I have read. I thought it was self indulgent, sexist and racist. I'm sure the author would claim that I have missed the point - that he was trying to make the main character unappealing, but I don't believe it. There is too much time and too much pleasure taken in the denigration of the female characters (apart from the idealised perfection of his love interest) and the pot shots taken at various cultural stereotypes. Either the author does really take pleasure in these comments, or he lacks the skill to pull off dark humour.
I thought that it is no more than an adolescent fantasy, complete with Penthouse letters sex fantasies, heroic rescues, perfect females who for some reason can't help but fall for him and oh so funny cultural commentary - read college-boy snobbery. He tries to put a self-deprecating slant on it all, but it is just not believable. Again I come back to thinking that the author actually thinks that school-boy sexual and racial slurs are actually quite funny and if you get offended you are just too PC. I wasn't offended, I just thought it was crass and lame.
The epiphany at the conclusion was unbelievable and cliched and was more of his "flawed hero" fantasy that the author is convinced that he is. Why did I read it to the end and not put it down? Because i hated it so much i wanted to be able write an honest review of it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sasha on January 5, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
*** spoilers ahead ***

Brandon is a thirty-year-old guy who goes through the motions through life. His fiancée, Clarissa, is a complete nag, and his job at an African-American broadcast station where he is the only white employee is as rewarding as a wet rag. So when Brandon gets an out-of-the-blue phone call from his Powerball-winning father, who barely calls twice a year, asking him to accompany him to Sweden, Brandon is looking for a way to escape.

Okay, I have to get a couple of things out of the way: one, I'm not really sure I liked the narrator, Brandon. Some of his comments were offensive, and stated in an offhanded manner that did not quite make it to funny. Also, the fact that he saw nothing wrong with cheating on his fiancée while on an unannounced vacation with some Swedish woman he just met and subsequently fell in love with (?) gave me severe pause. I get that you're frustrated with your life and your fiancée, Brandon. But I still don't like that he cheated in every sense of the word on Clarissa, no matter how annoying she was.

Two, I wasn't quite convinced with Brandon's Swedish love interest, Saga. He meets her by chance and then ends up falling head over heels for her... but even he admits several times throughout the book that he has no idea who she is. I guess you've got to believe in love at first sight in order for that relationship to seem realistic, and in order to overlook the complete lack of chemistry between these two. Plus, Saga was pretty one-dimensional in my opinion. Sure, she is really pretty and she and Brandon end up having great sex or whatever but there was zero character development, something that wasn't resolved by book's end.
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