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Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: StoneGarden.net Publishing (November 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600761682
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600761683
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,910,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ami Blackwelder on October 26, 2010
Format: Paperback
A great novel by peter Swanson. I enjoyed the fresh take on an urban look at life. Punk, raw, real, even heartfelt at times.

I enjoyed the novel and especially enjoyed the unique take. I don't run across many novels written like this and so his style was engaging and left me wanting more (in a good way).

I hope other readers will pick this up and appreciate the entertaining story he has woven here.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sheila Deeth VINE VOICE on December 16, 2010
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Peter Joseph Swanson is an expert at telling story and creating place through dialog. His characters become real almost as soon as they open their mouths, and they open their mouths a lot. They talk about the world, politics, drugs, imagination, drink, drugs, clothes, music, drink, drugs... They cook pizza. They sell pizza. They fasten the rips in their garments with safety pins that are so out of style. Oh, and they swear, because they're real, and real almost-grown-ups in uptown Minneapolis at the end of the 80s talked like that. I believe it, because it's so convincingly and powerfully told.

There are some truly classic conversations in this book. Can the F-word be used in a home-grown movie to be shown on cable TV? Is it, indeed, a catch-all safety word that avoids offending people, or a hugely taboo offensive word that sends old ladies into fits? Or can it be both? Do cultures clash? Of course they do. But this novel invites the reader into a culture that really isn't trying to clash with anything, just to find its roots and exist.

There's symbolism too--Peter Joseph Swanson is a master of modern symbolism. Drug-hazed images appear and reappear. Events are told through the eyes of truly unreliable narrators, and they ebb and flow into patterns and logical conclusions.

Quick judgments about these characters would be more flawed than the characters themselves. Superficial on the surface, they all have intriguing depths, curious pasts perhaps or futures, dreams and very human desires. Best of all, the author weaves them into a story that has its own path through the waning year of the decade. A long-awaited party forms a focus for even-longer-hidden mysteries. The images paint themselves from corners to center, fill the page, and the movie is done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deborah J. Sloan on December 12, 2010
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Wow! I am blown away! Punk Minneapolis by Joseph Swanson opened my eyes to a whole new culture that I only vaguely was aware of during the 1980's era. I admit I was a bit put off by the language used when I first started reading Punk Minneapolis, but I knew I had to over look that because that was who these people were at that time and the dialect of the times. And I really wanted to give this book a fair shake in my opinion so I stuck with it. And I'm glad I did because I really enjoyed reading it. It has ghosts! hehe

Punk Minneapolis is the story of several friends in Minneapolis during the Punk culture time period of the 80's who work in a pizza place. These friends in their beer induced, drug induced, desire to be the coolest punkers have a mind set of hating money and the need to have it for everything, hating hippies who are now passé, and a few other ideas that are just out there. You'll find within the pages of this interesting read ghosts, death, music, paganism, drugs, and a bit of confusion, but you'll love it still like I did.

Perhaps I wasn't aware of this culture because it didn't hit our area as much as it did the East and West coastlines and their adjoining states. I'm not sure why.. But I know you'll love reading this book and will have friends on your list who will love it too. The ending will surprise you! You can find Punk Minneapolis by Joseph Swanson at Amazon $11.01 and Barnes & Noble $12.82. A great stocking stuffer!
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By zephyr on May 25, 2012
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The premise, and setting of this novel was good at first. The overusage of one character's term "groovy tunes" became an annoyance. The characters seemed overly trying to be "cool". After ready 20 or so pages, I put the novel down and did not finish it.
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