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SwitchFlipped [Kindle Edition]

Greg Stolze , Tim Dedopulos , David Southwell
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Book Description

SwitchFlipped is a fast-paced, gritty urban fantasy novel set in the cracks behind what we think of as reality.

The love of Jasper’s life has been a missing person for the last five years, so he’s completely dumb-founded when she wakes him up in the middle of the night and drags him to bed. Twenty-four wild hours later she’s gone again, as suddenly as she appeared, without so much as a hint of explanation. Jasper is left without answers, without hope, and without any idea what to do about his current girlfriend.

The only clue that Jasper has is a peculiar word, accidentally blurted: “Switchflipped.” Compelled to go digging for answers, he is slowly drawn deeper and deeper into the occult underground. Reality, it turns out, is a lot less real than he’d imagined. Jasper finds himself sinking into a lunatic world where people can turn into electricity, where the undead live suburban lives, and where nothing is impossible if you’re prepared to pay the price.

Thrown into a vicious fight that he didn’t seek and doesn’t even really understand, Jasper has to look deep into himself to uncover his true nature. When your contemporaries include a woman who’s also a building, a miracle-working saint, and one of the secret monarchs of American automobiles, the choice between love and power is harder than ever.

Product Details

  • File Size: 602 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ghostwoods Books; GWD004 edition (July 29, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FA30NO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #782,568 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I really, really wanted to like this book, BUT: October 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really, really wanted to like this book.

I've loved Greg Stolze's writing style ever since discovering UNKNOWN ARMIES, and I've followed him through several successive game books (WILD TALENTS, REIGN). So I was stoked to pick up one of his works of fiction, especially since it looked similar (though clearly not identical) to the UNKNOWN ARMIES milieu. And the setting itself is interesting: seedy loners adopting the power of "totems" and operating in an occult underground.

But the writing style did not work for me at all.

Stolze's "mundane" characters - the people who don't already operate in the occult underground, but are swept up in the chaos - all speak in the same hyper-literate, hyper-literal spray. There's more than one scene where characters are having an emotional exchange of dialogue, only to interrupt and correct each other's pop cultural references. It's a jarring contrast in tone and it dragged me out of the scene every time I read it, preventing me from caring about the characters.

Not that there's a lot of work invested in making me care about the characters anyway. There's Jasper, whose long-lost girlfriend reappears one night and ambushes him for hot sex. That's interesting enough to keep me reading, but I never really felt invested in Jasper's struggles. And I hesitate to call him "the protagonist," because we spend just as much time with other characters already enmeshed in the occult underground, like Kung Fu Pete and the Thunder Saint. They're also interesting, but the character development with them is all set-up with no payoff. (For instance, we get a lengthy backstory on Kung Fu Pete and the source of his powers right at the climax of the book, grinding the action to a halt.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You're switched, you're flipped, you're hooked August 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Greg Stolze developed a deserved reputation over the last decade as one of the most inventive, creative and balls-out talented writers in the roleplaying game industry. Like many other RPG writers he's now largely left that business behind, but gaming's loss is urban fantasy fiction's gain, because now we have 'SwitchFlipped'. This ensemble novel follows a host of characters, both normal and anything but, as they weave and blunder through secrets world and bizarre agendas.

It all starts with Jasper, a regular guy whose long-lost fiancée Jane reappears for one night and then vanishes again, leaving behind a re-broken heart and the word 'switchflipped'. Jasper's quest to find out what that means and learn what happened to Jane drags him into the world of bizarre people like Kung-Fu Joe and the Thunder Saint, of ancient witches and mad electricity worshippers, of the royal family of automobiles and a man who eats burning light. Into the world of the Switchflipped, who inhabit 'the world of thunder and shadow'. But as weird as these people are, they're still very normal and very human, and when Jasper blunders in he throws their world out of whack, and that upset soon leads to battles, alliances and terrible deaths.

Stolze has once again created a consistent metaphysic that moves away from the now-traditional (and tired) wizards and fey and werewolves of most urban fantasy to create an original mashup of fantasy, horror, low-level superheroics and high weirdness. The Switchflipped follow the principles of force without form and form without force, and they gain powers and abilities (and limitations) by making themselves more or less real than the concepts that they try to emulate.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It September 1, 2011
By TroyP
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a great novel. It had me hooked early on, and after that it was very hard to put down. Greg Stolze creates an interesting world that compels you to read more. I love the concept of the world and there is defiantly room for a great sequel to this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now I want to be flipswitched August 11, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Often it takes me pages and pages to get hooked into a book, but Stolze got me right away from the first sentence. The first chapter is mysterious, sexy, and funny all at the same time, and at the end of it, I was dying to know what the term `flipswitched' meant. I don't want to give it away here because the experience of following Jasper as he tries to figure out why Jane, his ex-fiance. disappeared and then reappeared for one day five years later, which includes figuring out what flipswitched is, well, that's really the heart of the book. There are a lot of other memorable characters and events in the book which I can't describe in detail without talking about what flipswitched is.

I was extremely impressed with the way Stolze handled dialogue. Each of his many characters has a unique voice and the scenes where characters are talking flow together seamlessly, actions and dialogue fitted together so naturally that it was like watching a movie in my head.

My one initial disappointment with the book is that Jasper doesn't find Jane again by the end of the book, but after a few days to think about it, I realize that Stolze has left it open for possibly more from these characters.

This book is a bargain, well-worth the price and the time.
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