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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Eraserhead Press (September 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933929758
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933929750
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,953,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A hauntingly beautiful story...Terry Gilliam would feel right at home directing an adaptation of this." - LITERARY STRANGE DIGEST

"Especially satisfying!" - THE CHICAGO CENTER FOR LITERATURE AND PHOTOGRAPHY

"An extremely entertaining and touching work of fiction from Bizarro author Andersen Prunty, Zerostrata proves to be an amazingly compelling and insightful story about the loss of innocence, and the struggle to regain what was lost." - THE DREAM PEOPLE

"Absolutely beyond belief!" - LANCE CARBUNCLE, author of Smashed, Squashed, Splattered, Chewed, Chunked and Spewed

"Zerostrata looks at lost dreams and dysfunctional families while providing a most unusual romance inside of a warped re-telling of a classic fairy tale." - The Antibacterial Pope


More About the Author

Andersen Prunty is the author of FU*KNESS and HI I'M A SOCIAL DISEASE, among other books. He lives in Ohio.

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This is the third book by Andersen Prunty I've read.
J. Krall
Some of the more "out there" books that I have read really seem to try too hard to show how bizarre they are and it comes off as forced and detracts from the story.
Lance Carbuncle
The girl becomes like a goddess to him, and he does everything he can to get her, hoping, like the quote says, that it will make his life okay again.
A.O. Dali

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Krall on November 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is the third book by Andersen Prunty I've read. The first was THE OVERWHELMING URGE which I liked despite my general dislike of flash fiction. The second was JACK AND MR. GRIN a Koontz-like suspense tale with enough weirdness and hinted-at perversion to really keep things interesting.

My finances finally allowed me to get another batch of books and one of those was ZEROSTRATA, the third book by the author to be published by Eraserhead Press. I'll be honest that I was not as excited to go into this one only because from what I've heard, it was basically a love story with a positive theme and I guess I like my reading material to be on the darker side of things. Still, since I already liked Prunty's work I knew I had to give it a try because I also heard that it was a deeply personal book.

First, it's well-written so that's always a plus. Second, the plot is very dream-like without being overly weird. It reminded me of that children's book The Petite Prince a little bit. In fact, I'd say this could easily be adapted into a children's story or movie. The theme of "coming home again" is a common one but here it's done in a mysterious yet positive way.

I guess it's the cynic in me that would say that if you don't like love stories or ones about finding that true happiness, then you might want to skip this one in favor of another Prunty book. But even I found it entertaining, funny, and intriguing so even if you are a cynical person, skipping it might be a bad idea because aside from those themes, the situations in this book are unique and funny. At the very least, it's an entertaining page-turner and what else could you want from a book? But it has a lot more heart than most page-turners.

The whole book really comes across like a big dream...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sarah A. Shaw on July 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
Can you go home again? If you do, are you sure that you wanted to? Hansel Nothing returns to his family's depressing home after ten years of doing things that he can't remember. When he meets the girl of his dreams (actually, it's someone else's dream) Hansel is introduced to a world where anything is possible. I adore this story. Simply, it's a story about life, love and the pursuit of happiness. It's also about shedding the past and moving on. Oh, and trampolines. It's also about trampolines.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lance Carbuncle on November 19, 2008
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I am a fan of Andersen Prunty's books so it's no surprise that I enjoyed Zerostrata. Mr. Prunty has a knack for telling a whacked out story and making it believable. Some of the more "out there" books that I have read really seem to try too hard to show how bizarre they are and it comes off as forced and detracts from the story. It's as if some authors have to scream it at you, "look at me, I'm crazy and so is my book. My book is so crazy and hard to follow and if you don't get it then you're just a big square." Not so with Mr. Prunty's work. That is where his talent lies. He can tell a story that is absolutely beyond belief, yet the quirky and surreal aspects of Mr. Prunty's writings actually enhance the story. Once again, Andersen Prunty does a fine job of representing the Bizarro movement with Zerostrata.

Lance Carbuncle, author of Smashed, Squashed, Splattered, Chewed, Chunked and Spewed
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emory B. Pueschel on January 29, 2013
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All the Bizarro I have read since being introduced to the genre has had some sort of depressing element to it. Either a tragedy right from the start, or a bleak ending, or some sort of horrible event in the middle that taints the story overall. These are not bad elements, each has worked in its way to tell the story the author intended.

Andersen Prunty, however, has written a strange tale that starts out with a tone of "meh" and becomes increasingly bright and hopeful as the reader goes further. "Zerostrata" is quite possibly the happiest Bizarro book I have read.

Our narrator and protagonist, Hansel Nothing, returns to his childhood home after a ten-year absence to find things have physically changed very little. His father left to become a superhero. His brother stays in the basement creating "New Music." His mother indulges in pills, wearing a cat on her head, and sleeping with a strong but hairy man in his father's absence. None greet him like a prodigal son, more like someone who was a bit late from an errand.

Hansel also finds his childhood treehouse, the titular "Zerostrata" still soaring above the backyard. He decides to take up residence within it, and from its lofty heights he sees Her. A girl who runs, rain or shine, naked through the neighborhood every evening. This will begin a strange, endearing, and beautiful courtship. But only after Hansel makes the choice to do things differently in his life.

There are so many wonderful things that happen within this book's short 130-odd pages. So many themes: love, finding your passion, letting go of the past, redemption, forgiveness, the list can go on and on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edmund R. Colell on December 20, 2010
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Andersen Prunty's warm romance set in a town called Grayson has, like a one-night stand, given me mixed feelings.

Hansel Nothing is the lucky recipient of this romantic plot, though before the words "That was when I saw her" end an early chapter, he returns to his childhood home. His mother and his brother, Zasper, in drug-dependent and floor-dwelling disrepair, have decayed as much as the eponymous tree house, Zerostrata. Hansel does not feel disgusted by this return to old memories, however, especially not when he returns to Zerostrata's loft. Up there, he mutters the aforementioned line when he sees a luminescent woman running naked down the street, and with some cynical advice from his psychologist he finds the courage to pursue her. Literally. The first chase proves fruitless, though with continued chases a romance does blossom between Hansel and the woman who introduces herself as Gretel Something. What flows from there is an imaginative experience, including the likes of the father of the Nothing family who has left to become a superhero, a ladder to the moon, and more. Dr. Blast, the aforementioned psychologist, may be the most interesting character of his kind ever encountered in fiction. In his first appearance alone he wins a make-you-say-something-first contest with Hansel using only a pair of skimpy black underwear and his flexing butt cheeks before suggesting a pistol duel in case of suicidal thoughts and jumping through a window in case of actually wanting to turn your life around. Towards the end, Zerostrata takes on a very dreamlike quality which was comforting to read through.
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