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"TV Snorted My Brain is (Sands') best work to date. Call me crazy, but I think this generation has found its own Vonnegut." - Verbicide

"TV Snorted My Brain is the funniest book I have ever read." - M.C. O'Neill, author of The Ancients and the Angels series

"There oughta be a law against Bradley Sands. Once again America's satirical arsonist sets pop culture on fire. TV Snorted My Brain ties the King Arthur legend to the tracks and runs it over with a TV-powered train." - Patrick Wensink, author of Broken Piano for President
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: LegumeMan Books (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0987302833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0987302830
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,052,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bradley Sands is an author of bizarro fiction. He wrote Dodgeball High, TV Snorted My Brain, Rico Slade Will F*cking Kill You, Sorry I Ruined Your Orgy, and other books.

Visit him at www.bradleysands.com

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Moschgat on October 24, 2012
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The product description gives you a good idea of what the book is about so I won't go into that. From the very first sentence I was hooked. I read until I got to the last page and was disappointed that I had finished.
Artie is a great character who meets a bunch of strange people as he makes his journey to save television land. I laughed out loud at certain points and found myself rooting for Artie hoping that he would be successful in his mission.
If you have read anything by Mr. Sands, you need to read this one as well.If you haven't I say this is a great place to start and I look forward to what he comes up with next!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Goutis on November 23, 2012
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This is exactly the type of story that I've come to expect when I dive into something that Bradley Sands has written. It's weird, yet there is a clear story here. It's super fun to read and keeps you wondering what he's going to do next. The characters aren't normal, but you find yourself really caring about them still.

They say that it should be a goal to learn and understand all of the classic story forms and plots if you want to become a writer. This story is a great example of what can be done when sticking to one of those story lines. It's something you have never seen or heard of for sure.

Bradley seems to just keep getting better and better with each new release. I can't wait to see what he does next.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emory B. Pueschel on January 19, 2013
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It's difficult to say much about "TV Snorted My Brain" without ruining the experience or spoiling the story. Author Bradley Sands has once again displayed a gift with bizarro fiction and its forms while also employing older methods in a strange synthesis of compelling literary modes. This is a fun story, short but evenly paced and in the same satirical vein of Sands' "Rico Slade Will F***ing Kill You."

What can be said about the plot is this: our protagonist is high school student Artie. He is a self-professed anarchist who wants to do a lot of anarchist things like blow up his school, burn lots of money, and kill his stupid mom. He does none of this because the rest of the world has yet to descend into anarchy. Except the blow up school bit, but he doesn't get to that because in his quest for some double-"A" batteries to power the timer on his pipe bomb, he gets sucked into the family television along with everyone else in the house. What happens once there TV land you'll have to read.

"TV..." is similar to other bizarro tales that seek to rewrite, retell, or otherwise improve older well-known narratives like Gina Ranalli's "Chemical Gardens" or Vincent W. Sakowski's "Not Quite One of the Boys." Where it differs is in that instead of a straight rewrite, Sands has used the plot to make a really nice commentary about the state of entertainment media over the last three decades. This does date many of the jokes and precludes "TV..." from timeless status, but it is still funny.

More impressive than the social commentary is Sands' use of the classical hero's quest in a less than epic-length work while maintaining the import and urgency such a framework demands.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 19, 2014
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Like much of Bradley Sands' work, TV Snorted My Brain is itself a sort an exercise in controlled anarchy: anarchy of plot, character, theme, and morality. So it’s appropriate that this insane parodic retelling of the Arthurian legend begins with the line, “Anarchy f**king rules.” This book is a must-read for fans of bizarro and absurdist humor and a great starting point for readers new to Sands' work, as it is more accessible than some of his earlier stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M.C. O'Neill on August 7, 2013
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"TV Snorted my Brain" is the funniest book I have ever read. The Arthurian myth is so easy to parody, this is true, but when told from the viewpoint of a teenage scumbag, one can't help but love it. Artie Pendragon probably listens to Crass all day, yet doesn't understand a freaking lyric. Who cares? Anarchy is anarchy, right? Every page of this novel had me busting out in total laughter. I do mean every page. It's King Arthur on Ritalin. No, I'm not kidding. Just read it and make sure you have spare underwear. You will need it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason Wayne Allen on March 7, 2013
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TV Snorted My Brain is a hysterical, mind bending trip inside your TV where Artie Pendragon learns he has become king of TV Land but his rise to power is thwarted by his uncle--a professional wrestler, and impostor to the throne. His Uncle has taken Artie's mother, his kingdom, and his queen. Artie will not wait for everyone to go anarchy to blow up his uncle's head and with the help of an eclectic crew of knights Artie is on a quest to do just that.

Artie Pendragon is the Bizarro Holden Caulfield, except Artie Pendragon is kind of likable. Holden Caulfield sucks! I've never been disappointed by a Bradley Sands story. They are always funny, surreal(or irreal), or thought-provoking, with edge of your seat action.
Fans of Sands work will dig the references to his other stories that are peppered throughout TV Snorted My Brain. I did.
TV Snorted My Brain rules! Don't wait for everyone to go Anarchy get this book.
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Having a soft spot for YA adventure stories, I found this bizarro send-up (based on Arthurian legend) to be a treat. The tone is a flippant one, chocked full of expletives and repetition, like a foul-mouthed teenager trying to write epic poetry. The protagonist, Artie, feels very authentic, at times sympathetic and at others utterly childish. He grows as a character and we feel his victories when they occur. The world itself is a fun, ultra violent wonderland that only modern television could produce. It genuinely made me laugh out loud.

Not everything works, of course. Some of the repetitive language elements, particularly with one of the knights, began to wear on me. The biggest disappointment is Gwen's character because she doesn't have any real personality. The opportunity was there to create an interesting female love interest, someone as equally authentic and quirky as Artie, but she turns out to be vacuous and easily duped. After Artie leaves on his quest, her role is reduced to a mere, cringe-worthy refrain: "my girlfriend is being tricked into blowing my uncle" (paraphrased).

All told, TV Snorted My Brain is an energetic read that most can enjoy...assuming they aren't devotees of Proust who take themselves too seriously.
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