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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!