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TV Snorted My Brain Paperback – October 1, 2012

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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
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,701,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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"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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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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I remember when I was a 13-14 year old kid. Everything sucked, it sucked because all day people were telling me what to do and I had no choice but to do it. I hate being told what to do, to this day if my boss starts getting a little to bossy I'll be like "Hey! Don't tell me what to do!" He normally tells me what to do even louder after that, but the point remains.

Anyways, "TV Snorted My Brain" captured that 13-14 year old punk kid that was I with the main character. Although Sands took his teenage awkwardness and ideals to the extreme, I could really relate to the kid. I wish there were more books out there that spoke to 13-14 year old me the way this one did. Sands did a good job of taking me back through time and going on an adventure as a still-scared-of-girls-preteen, moments away from puberty. It's an awkward time for a young man, a time I can reminisce about fondly even though I hated every minute of it.
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