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Trailer Park Juggernauts [Kindle Edition]

Jesse Anderson , Catherine Viel , Jesse Cunningham
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Trailer Park Juggernauts is a collection of short stories about hillbillies with superpowers. A landlocked angel battles a midget and his army of parasites. A mermaid working the nine-to-five in a crab shack finds her freedom through a stalker. The reborn prophet of Rastafarianism and his green thumb leave the oilfield to square off against the religious right. Conjoined twins with deadly harmony take a break from brewing moonshine to take down an ex-ATF agent who loves murder and methamphetamines. In short, this book is a campy exploration into a world wherein working class heroes have godlike powers as well as blue collars.

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About the Author

JJ Anderson is an Alaskan transplant currently living in the Southwest. His love for campy fiction and offbeat characters led to a bid to become an author in his own right. JJ’s publication credits include Tales of the Talisman. Trailer Park Juggernauts, a collection of short fiction about hillbillies with superpowers, is his first novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 334 KB
  • Print Length: 187 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1469952890
  • Publisher: J.J. Anderson (January 20, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00704HK6Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #834,532 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind blowingly creative! November 8, 2012
Format:Paperback
I try to read as widely as possible but until this book the only superhero stuff I had ever really been into was Superman. I initially wondered what I would make of a collection of stories about normal people (albeit sometimes a little bit gross) with superhuman powers. Well, I can tell you, I would definitely do it again, and I am planning on doing just that! Having read this book I am going to go back to the beginning and have another go, because I am sure there will be things I have managed to miss along the way.

There are many depths to this book and I can't put my finger on exactly what it is that I felt hooked by. It could be the fact that in places it's almost poetic in its descriptions, but then there's also the obscure and varied powers that the characters posses. I loved the ease with which I could pick it up and dive in and the entertainment value that could be gained in such a short sitting. It may even be that, for me, this book feels much more than fantasy superhero stuff - it feels more like the writer's view of the world and the people that occupy it, explored through the medium of bizarre individuals with often grotesque powers. You could simply read it at face value and be entirely happy, but I couldn't help but see something deeper in almost everything that was written - I found that quite fascinating. The stories made me stop and think, smile, laugh, almost cry and shudder in places.

The superpowers were brilliant and mind blowingly creative, but I think the characters and themes could stand just as well on their own, and I think that is quite rare and clever. Take Superman for example: without the phone box, space flying, world spinning stuff he does, he's just a guy in an office who fancies a woman who hasn't even noticed him.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Author Doesn't Like His Characters May 1, 2013
By PedEx
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If you don't possess a solid middle class derision for people who live in trailer parks, this might not be the book for you. The superpowers are unique and the story lines are well executed, but the author doesn't think that his subjects have much in the way of redeeming values. By the end of the book, I found that author's condescension had become intrusive and was making me unable to maintain the willing suspension of disbelief.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and unique! January 22, 2013
By EAOKC
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This is one of the most unique sets of short stories I have ever read. There is a nice variety of story lines, some simple and funny, some serious and dark. Extremely creative plots and characters. I guarantee you will have never come across some of these ideas before. Great new author, I look forward to his work in the future, especially as he grows as a writer. With his singular perspective on the world, he makes you look at everyday people and situations with new eyes. Someone to definitely watch. If you want something unconventional, fun, and thought-provoking, then this is a book for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars New author with an inventive imagination! February 19, 2012
By tuck
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This guy can turn a phrase like no other I've read in 60 years. I'm reminded of Heinlein in his way of creating worlds within worlds. His characters clearly are better off for living in the worlds Anderson has created than those into which they were born. Any of the short stories could be the basis for a full length novel but several left me wanting more. I think this author's a keeper; I'll be checking back to see what else his mind creates. Definitely worth a read or maybe three.
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Jesse Anderson has filled Trailer Park Juggernauts with a variety of topics, from kitten rescuing angels and Hell-bound overlords to alcohol-fueled squid chasers and Frankensteinish big-girl sitters toting ancient swords. The variety of topics will certainly kept you guessing. Every time I finished a story I knew I was going to be surprised by what the next one was about. Who would expect a gator wrestler to end up in a fight with lightning wielder?

One thing that tied all of Jesse's stories together was the type of characters he employed. Not to say that his characters were too similar, because they most definitely were not, but each of them were, as Jesse puts it, "hillbillies with superpowers." The characters hailed from places like the Deep South, Alaska, New Mexico, and similar areas away from the big cities and supposed refinement. For anyone who has lived or visited these places, you'll definitely recognize them, and chuckled at some of the local oddities locals know all too well. Jesse's accurate descriptions and skillful use of familiar culture brought each setting to life, and his unique choices in characters and even more unusual special gifts turned the familiar into something completely new.

Reviewing every story in Trailer Park Juggernauts would make this review way too long, so I'll touch on my three favorites and then move on to the book as a whole. So here we go...

In Kismet, I really enjoyed the simplicity of its beginning. Checking the mail is nothing unusual, but a young woman checking her mail at night, gives it an edge. Add in a kitten named Monday, purposely injured, and a lurking presence unseen by Catelynn, and I was eager to figure out what Catelynn's power was, because I suspected she was going to need it.
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JJ Anderson is an Alaskan transplant currently living in the Southwest. His love for campy fiction and offbeat characters led to a bid to become an author in his own right. JJ's publication credits include Tales of the Talisman. Trailer Park Juggernauts, a collection of short fiction about hillbillies with superpowers, is his first novel.

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