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Twisted: Tales to Rot Your Brain Vol. 1 Hardcover – October 1, 2011
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Thompson shines at using unexpected or multiple perspectives to breathe new life into conventional tales, with story endings that are surprising and skillfully foreshadowed. This balance between the unpredictable and the expected rewards rereading. -Kirkus Reviews
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Top Customer Reviews
I have to say, that although I loved every single piece of this book, I think my favorite was "Testophobia." As a college student I can relate, and loved being able to laugh at the very thoughts and phrases that I have had in my own head many times. I also ADORE the "Lobotomy Pie" drawing.
I will treasure this book always. Yes. It is that good.
I went through intending to find one or two of my favorites to include in this review, but I ended up with a list that encompassed half of the book. Can't wait for the next one!
Nora Thompson, the illustrator behind the-rots.com, creates her first book of flash fiction with Twisted Tales to Rot Your Brain Vol. 1. The collection is a very quick read, easy to finish in one sitting, with chapters ranging in length from one to several pages. While the entire book is, in a word, strange, the author does a good job of creating something creepy and, of course, twisted that is appropriate for the young adult audience. Readers who are familiar with the Scary Stories series or the poetry of Shel Silverstein or Jack Prelutsky will find this collection comes across as a combination of the two. Some of the most enjoyable chapters in the book are "Hairy Eyeballs," where the narrator must contend with a bristly hair inexplicably growing from the back of his throat, "Headache," where it feels like something is trying to claw its way out of the narrator's skull (and it just might be), and "Chula," a story that will make anyone think twice about keeping a pet tarantula. Overall, any teen reader who is okay with the grossout/twisted nature of the book will find something that they enjoy in Nora Thompson's collection. Funny, clever, and unique, the world of young adult literature has something to look forward to in Nora Thompson's creations.
I don't often read collections of short stories and poems, but when I heard about this one (and saw the cover) I decided to give it a try. I have to admit that, in general, I am really not a fan of poetry/lyrical writing in book form, but I actually enjoyed this collection.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nora Thompson has a wonderfully frightening way of telling stories about not only things that are classically terrifying, but also things that we encounter and fear in our everyday... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Meggers15
If you like to be scared, but not TOO scared, this book is for you. Written in "flash fiction" style, the short story is over before you have a true chance to be terrified, leaving... Read morePublished on November 10, 2013 by Kimberly S. Trout
I didn't watch a scary movie, but I read TWISTED on Halloween! Perfect timing! As an adult, I enjoyed the read. The twists and turns of each short story kept my interest. Read morePublished on November 2, 2013 by lucy a.prinkey
A collection of short stories that are both creepy and intriguing.... They catch your interest & leave you just in time to get your mind wandering... Read morePublished on October 25, 2013 by Pen Name
My first encounter with Nora Thompson was with her work, The Square Kats in Pictures and Descriptions, which was part of the Sketchbook Project (look it up - you won't regret it). Read morePublished on October 21, 2013 by Jessica R. Olin
If Edgar Allen Poe and Shel Silverstein had a baby, this would be it! The stories are short, descriptive, and twisted in more ways than one! Read morePublished on October 18, 2013 by Cassie Rudiger