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A Million Versions of Right Paperback – October 14, 2012

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Australian writer Matthew Revert purposely disregards the boring limits of consensus reality in favor of a better experiential flow for author and audience. He's been called a "bizarro" writer, but prefers the tag absurdist.

The stories in A Million Versions of Right are irreal, but not confrontationally so. Revert distorts familiar experiences while retaining enough of the commonplace to make them universal for even the most staid of readers. A consistent motif is the unremarkable reactions of his protagonists when faced with circumstances beyond the unlikely (like ejaculating a series of mustachioed tillers, as occurs in the title story, where readers are introduced to the narrator's "clockwork father"). --Denver Examiner, April 16, 2010

A Million Versions of Right, Mister Revert's collection of short stories, is an amazing achievement. Why? Well, because I hate short story collections. There's only one other short story collection I liked and that was the Bauchelain and Korbal Broach collection by Steven Erikson. But those were different. Very different to these. I just can't stand getting into a story and then being flipped out and told to get into the next, which is doomed to be not as much fun because I kind of just wanted to read more about that character. I prefer novels.

And what makes them so great isn't their ideas. It's the style. Mister Revert has, simply, one of the most efficient and highly readable styles I've ever read for this genre. In most cases you can feel the author's desperate need to try and impress. You can see they're just trying to one-up the weirdness. But Mister Rever succeeds in keeping a natural eccentricity which is toned down greatly by a near precision-based editing exercise. You can see he's worked and reworked each story - and if he hasn't, then the man needs to be wired up to a machine which forces him to write, because if this is what he can do without effort, then he needs to give us something he tried. It would kick our brains out.

If you like it weird, and you like it intelligent and you like it to challenge your mind, you can't go wrong with A Million Versions of Right, because no matter how wrong you think a short story is, this book will prove they can sometimes be all right. --Lateral Books, April 18, 2010

This book offers a crucial and refreshing difference that should instantly establish it as a prototype of the Bizarro genre (perhaps New Absurdist? Subject for a debate no doubt). That difference is: in these stories, the nonsensical actually makes sense and the illogical is firmly grounded on logic, i.e. they have a raison-d'être.

Granted, perhaps testicular annihilation and scrotum aesthetics shouldn't be appreciated by all. And the paralysing fear that one or more of the `men' contained in `semen' may be what decides to burst forth at that next toe-curling moment is rarely a popular water-cooler topic. Ditto for power blinks, malfunctioning bookmarks, and one particular comb-jar deep in the Hair District... But all these things fill the pages for a reason, brilliantly described and brought to life to reveal the shocking silliness that exists in those things we call conventions. --Full of Crow, December 27, 2009

From the Inside Flap

"Revert is an absurdist with dirty hands and a dirty mind, willing to take words to weird places to make you laugh when you shouldn't--and yet still do."
Kris Saknussemm, author of ZANESVILLE and PRIVATE MIDNIGHT

"Revert takes everyday human experiences and distorts them into until they are totally bizarre while keeping enough of the "everyday" around so it brings to mind the things that many of us experience in our lives. And that is why this book is totally sweet."
Bradley Sands, author of IT CAME FROM BELOW THE BELT and MY HEART SAID NO BUT THE CAMERA CREW SAID YES

"Revert's off the wall humor, which can be at times amazingly sharp, totally nonsensical, out of third base, or subtle enough to miss if your not paying attention, bring the stories to the level of bizarre fever dreams."
Ray Fracalossy, author of TALES FROM THE VINEGAR WASTELAND

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: LegumeMan Books (October 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980593816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980593815
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,907,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nothing could prepare me for the content of this book! To simply say its `warped' or `bizarre' barely scratches the surface. These are quite possibly the six strangest stories I have ever read. The level of imagination involved is breathtaking and the creepy depths many of these stories reach made me feel very uncomfortable.

I'm a fan of unusual fiction and was pretty certain there was nothing left that could really surprise me but boy was I wrong. I didn't even know fiction like this was possible! `A Million Versions of Right' is a truly original book and that's something I don't say every day. It's probably destined to go unrecognized, which is a real shame. This kind of thing doesn't come around every day.

Recommended to anyone who genuinely loves the strange!
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(NOTE: Please excuse the parenthetical silliness and obfuscation in this. Amazon rejected it the first time, so I am replacing anything that that their prudishness may cause them to object to even when said "naughty" word is in a title.)

Matthew Revert's A Million Versions of Right is one of the best collections of bizarro short fiction that I've read. There are only six stories in it, but most of them are fairly long, and all of them were enjoyable.

The book opens with the titular "A Million Versions of Right." This is the story of a young man who discovers that when he (makes super happy Fun in his pants), he will occasionally release a miniature tiler instead of the expected (male Reproductive cells) . The first time this happens he ends up having most of his body covered in tile before being rescued by his father. The whole experience tends to warp his (thing that can only be legally done by two consenting adults) life very badly.

The next story is "The Bricolage (Round Parts of the Male Dangly Bit)," which is about (two round friends in a sack who live on opposite sides of a cyclops). A school principal has hired two local boys to pulp his (sack with two balls in it)in front of his students because he hates (two parts of the little friend who lives in his pants). The boys manage to destroy their own (I hope you can figure out what I'm talking about because I've run out of metaphors for this body part) while practicing. Also there's an advocacy group that wants to stop the exhibition.

Then We have "The Great Headphone (Monkey Spanking)," which is about a man who has a job insulting walls. He is given a pair of headphones that only produce the sounds of (an activity that is generally performed solo). Weirdness ensues.
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Warning this book has a lot of talk about genitals.

The first three stories deserve the four stars. The Great Headphone Wank coming in first.

Imagine a pair of headphones you brought from the music store only played the sounds of a man yanking it. And now you and your girlfriend are addicted to the sounds like drugs. Oh and that's not all. The sounds actually help you find a lime that had been trapped behind a wall for many years. A really bizarre story that Revert tells with an absurd vocabulary.

The Bricolage Scrotum is a laugh out loud must read. I won't get into details just trust me on this.

So just like some little ghetto kid grab your slonge and pick up A Million Versions of Right.
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I read this book a while back. It was an e-book. The publisher has a deal where you can buy two e-book for the price of one. Since this book and author was unfamiliar to me, it was my second choice.

There are certain books that are easier to read on the computer screen-simplistic writing, not proceeding at a rapid pace with tons of stuff happening, one after another. This book isn't an "easy" e-book. Not that the writing is "busy." Instead, it's rich and baroque. While reading it, the classical absurdist writers came to my mind. While other authors who are the modern day equivalent of this include Rhys Hughes and Ray Fracalossy.

So while the book isn't so "e-book" friendly, I pushed forward because the stories were so good. They were also rather long.

The stories are an extreme mixture of lowbrow and highbrow. Having a gross out, dick joke sort of vibe going on, but really contrasting it with highbrow subject matter.

The content is absurd and often unreal, and the unique thing about Revert's writing is that it's primarily concerned with how a person would ordinarily react when faced with the absurd and unreal. He takes everyday human experiences and distorts them into until they are totally bizarre while keeping enough of the "everyday" around so it brings to mind the things that many of us experience in our lives. And that is why this book is totally sweet.
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I bought A Million Versions of Right because I know the author. I read the first story because I was bored. I finished the book in two days because I absolutely could not put it down once I had started.

This book does not even come close to being like any other book you have ever read. Even if you are familiar with absurdist fiction, this book will take you by wonderful surprise. From cover to cover, this book manages to corrupt every single one of the reader's most basic sensibilities. It explores sexuality without even the faintest hint of pornography. It effortlessly touches on feminist principle without even trying. It contains the most fantastically apropos similes ever read. It creates multiple worlds where all the rules change. The book flawlessly follows rules that have never existed before.

As a pleasure read, the book is like watching a midget at a salad bar: shamefully entertaining. As a basis of psychological study, the book is unprecedented. As a literary work, A Million Versions of Right will undoubtedly become a noted example in an all-but-unnoticed genre.

It is illogical. It is immoral. It is indescribable. It is perfect and altogether wrong all at once. A triumph, Mr. Matthew Revert. Well played.
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