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  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: good words right order (January 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578044463
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578044460
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.9 x 4.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,180,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patrick's work ranges from the autobiographical, to the absurd and fantastic. Describing himself as a "writer raised by Economists" his perspective on the world is naturally unusual. From violent revenge and musings on the value of life from a character who is dead (Unkillable) to the rage and frustration of a consultant who grows so sick of having his advice ignored that he decides to take over the world (How to Succeed in Evil) Patrick's work is high-concept, penetrating satire that manages twists and turns while never shorting true psychological insight into fascinating characters caught in desperate situations.

In 2005, feeling that "he wasn't putting any torque through the axle of the world" he started the Seanachai podcast (http://www.theseanachai.com) He wrote and produced an original short story or essay every week for a year.

Among his influences, Patrick cites Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, Mark Helprin, S.J. Perleman, H.L. Mencken, Albert Jay Nock, Hafiz, Homer and George RR Martin.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Bailey on March 24, 2010
Format: Paperback
I'm a long time listener of the podcast this book draws material from, The Seanachai. When I found out the audio stories were available in book form, I jumped at the chance to buy it. If you're wavering about whether or not to pick the book up, check out The Seanachai and listen to a few stories, see if you like it. You probably will.
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By Scott Churetta on January 31, 2014
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I too was introduced to Mr. McLean by way of his audio works, particularly The Seanachai. "The Vampire in my Attic" is the first story I heard, and it hooked me. It's a story that doesn't take itself, or vampires, seriously, but at the same time immediately engages you. Actually, all of his stories do that.
My words cannot even come close to doing justice to describing how good Mr. McLean's storytelling is. Do yourself a favor -find the audio and buy the books. You'll be happy you did.
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By Devil's Advocate on August 17, 2013
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I love seeing how writers (good ones, at least) mold language in new and creative ways. The best I have read thus far is Mark Twain. Although I won't compare Mr. McLean with Mr. Clemens, I did get great enjoyment out of his mastery of the English language. His ideas are creative and offbeat, and his characters, though absurd, can be identified with. I have checked out his online material and look forward to reading more of his work.
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I found Mr. McLean by accident. I had googled the words "Irish" and "Storytelling" and just "found" his site. I loved his story podcasts. He has a great storytelling style. Then saw I could buy his book. I already listened to all the stories in the book when I bought it, but I bought it anyway because
1) I want the script for the stories so I can rip off parts for my own stories
2) I wanted to help financially support Mr. McLean so he can keep doing what he does.
Greg
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