Fiction - Short Story/Novela
173 Pages
Reviewed on 07/28/2015
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Author Biography

Nick Alverson lives in Los Angeles. He writes stories with fun characters, set in crazy and absurd situations. Nick's writing is like riding a roller coaster in the dark with a piece of the track missing. You'll never predict the twists and turns and eventually the car is going off the rails.

Writing is his passion. He does it everyday. He does it every weekend. He's probably doing it right now. Nick has a lot of stories in his head trying to get out.

Insane-O-Tron is his first book. He's also written screenplays and is currently working on a follow up to Insane-O-Tron.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite

Wow! Insane-O-Tron by Nick Alverson is just what the title says…Insane! There are some writers out there that leave me in awe in terms of their creativity and just trying to figure out how their minds work. Based on this book, I would definitely say that this is true of author Nick Alverson. Each of the six short stories in his book took me on a wild ride of adventure, humor and even a few warm fuzzies. Even the character names (Fruitcup Smith, Mallard Quackenbush, Ms. Crabenscab) made me giggle, not to mention the author’s creative way of re-naming common trademarked items like “Murcedes Bents” cars and the Timeosaurs from “Cretaceous Park.”

Insane-O-Tron is a wild romp of a book, from the first of the six shorts to the last. You'll laugh and be intrigued by all of the stories. Never in my life did I ever think I would read a story about an earwig named Ernie, but I'm glad I did! I think many readers would love it, but it might have a special appeal for young men who love adventure, goofiness and humor all at once. When reading Nick Alverson’s work, I frequently found myself marveling at the inventive way he twisted and turned his tales. He is a true creative, a story-teller for sure. If I had to sum up all the stories in Insane-O-Tron in one word, that word would be FUN! Read and enjoy at your own risk!

Dennis Garcia

Insane-O-Tron is a befitting title for this collection of 6 short stories by Nick Alverson.

Like a kite looping wildly across the sky,
the twisted plots of Insane-O-Tron dipped, soared, and spun to the amusement and enjoyment of this reader.

The characters, (an orange plastic pumpkin, magical ponies, an ear wig and several more) wander about in a fantastically dream-like world. It is this free reign, where causation no longer applies, that gives the stories their charm, although a dappling of crude words may make the stories inappropriate for very young readers. They are not meant for the Mother Goose age group, but for any one else long weaned off the bottle.

Nick’s writing and story telling skills are unencumbered by the rules of logic and predictability. The plots and characters are original, screwy, and most importantly, funny.

Isane-O-Tron will give the reader a well-deserved break from reality; a break, in this hectic and fast-paced world, as refreshing as an afternoon of not flying a kite, but being the kite, soaring and laughing in a world of imagination, high among wind swept clouds. Four stars!