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"Simon is such a character that I couldn't wait to find what he did next."

--Great Books Under $5

"A very good novel that was humorous throughout." --Red Adept Reviews

"Overall a very good and funny read." --Ashton the Book Blogger

"The actual story was humorous, and the character of Simon, while not especially likable, drew you like a car accident might. You just could not help but wonder what he would do next." --Literary R&R

"Verdict: An ambitious, enjoyable read with a superb ending that changed my interpretation of the entire text." --IndieReader.com

About the Author

Scott Semegran lives in Austin, Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in English. He is a cartoonist and a writer. He can also bend metal with his mind and run really fast, if chased by a pack of wolves. His comic strips have appeared in the following newspapers: The Austin Student, The Funny Times, The Austin American-Statesman, Rocky Mountain Bullhorn, Seven Days, The University of Texas at Dallas Mercury, and The North Austin Bee. His short stories have appeared in independent publications and literary journals like The Next One Literary Journal from the Texas Tech University Honors College. He is a Kindle bestselling author.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sugar Skull Books; 4th edition (January 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0557028329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0557028320
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,988,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scott Semegran lives in Austin, Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in English. He is a cartoonist and a writer. He can also bend metal with his mind and run really fast, if chased by a pack of wolves. His comic strips have appeared in the following newspapers: The Austin Student, The Funny Times, The Austin American-Statesman, Rocky Mountain Bullhorn, Seven Days, The University of Texas at Dallas Mercury, and The North Austin Bee. His short stories have appeared in independent publications and literary journals like The Next One Literary Journal from the Texas Tech University Honors College. He is a Kindle bestselling author.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Rocz on June 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book cracked me up. I would think about Simon during the day and wonder what was WRONG with him, or ...was I like that !?..., or was he just one of those slightly paranoid, brilliant types. The main character (Simon) grew on me by the second chapter. Very entertaining to read. You won't be disappointed! I wish the book was longer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lynn McNamee on August 21, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Plot/Storyline: 4 1/2 Stars

This novel tells the story of a man on a trip to New York to promote his soon to be published first novel. He takes a small detour to visit an old Junior High friend. The entire story is about this trip and the people he meets on the way.

The book is told entirely from Simon's viewpoint. Simon is not a very likeable guy; as a matter of fact, he is a self-centered, pompous jerk. But for some reason, it's pretty fun to be inside his head, mainly because he is an inadvertant, oblivious jerk.

The storyline does go off on tangents now and then, but they are fairly short ones. In these, you will learn Simon's views on smoking, cleanliness and going to the bathroom, just to name a few. There were times that I laughed out loud.

Simon has an opinion of each and every person that he runs across, even tangentially. Even when he kind of likes someone, he finds reasons to dislike them. His opinions are mercurial depending on events in a particular moment.

The ending was not well told. I would have rather had more explanation. Although, you can extropolate what happened, I like my ends tied up a little more neatly. It was almost more like you would end a short story rather than a long novel.

Character Development: 5 Stars

Simon's character was the only well developed personality in the book. That's as it should be as it was told solely from his viewpoint. The author never `cheated' so that Simon or the reader knew more than what Simon should have. The author did a terrific job of painting Simon. He was predictable only in that the reader gets to know him so well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Libby Cone on June 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
This funny picaresque novel features the insight-challenged Simon Burchwood, off on a quest for fame and fortune as a great writer, making his journey from Texas to a reading of his début novel at the flagship Barnes and Noble store in New York City by way of Montgomery AL, where his boyhood friend Jason signs on as his Sancho Panza. Simon is a fine example of a "you spot it, you got it" personality type, exceedingly critical of everyone he meets, tilting at windmills that have his own name painted on them. Semegran manages a first-person narrative that is simultaneously derogatory, clueless, and energetic. Simon is constantly launching into little asides, some of which make one want to scream "TMI!" His meanderings will remind birders of the song of the house finch, which emits a long trail of descending, insistent-sounding notes, finishing with a querulous, whiny three-note ascending and descending phrase at the end; Simon's songs always end with the assertion "It's true!" He's a stingy tipper to boot; this is tolerated somewhat better in Montgomery than in NYC.

The action picks up substantially during his time in Montgomery, where he runs into old acquaintances and revives his assorted petty grudges against them that had been dormant for years, refreshing his relationships with people as what I think folks nowadays call their "frenemy." He disparages Jason's slovenly lifestyle and makes fun of his old car, calling it a "turd-on-wheels." The reader will tightly grip an imaginary steering wheel while Simon, often half in the bag, rides around the dark Alabama streets in Jason's other car, his father's lovingly restored 1967 Mustang.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bitsy Bling Books VINE VOICE on May 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
Simon is like most of us, he wants to be someone someday. Also like most of us, he can't help but constantly judge, assume, hypothesize, condemn, envy and pity (just to name a few) people of the world. You're probably judging me right now thinking who does she think she is accusing me of such things? I think I am the all seeing, all knowing writer of this review! Forgive me I digress! Simon Burchwood is a reflective character that forces a reader to look at the shameful, dirty parts of our humanity. Can he help who he is? No more than any of us can. His perception is comical and ironic as well as sadly maddening because of its truth. Perhaps, not our truth, but nevertheless the truth according to Simon Burchwood's world and just in case you doubt what he says, he'll kindly punctuate the wisdom he shares with a `it's true.' This is key because near the beginning the reader is told this is a dream and that we're not to forget - but you can't help but forget. It's debatable and when the `dream' plot is used well (which it is) it can be thematically complicated in a mind melt sort of way. In addition, there is plenty of evidence peppered throughout the story to support one way of thinking or another. I particularly zoned in on the possibility of dream symbolism and how it could be analyzed and applied to what was happening in Simon's life. Is any of it real or is Simon's journey to the Barnes & Noble flagship store in New York just a really messed up fantasy?
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