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Freaks [Paperback]

Caroline Smailes , Nik Perring , Darren Craske
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Book Description

12 April 2012

The weirdest stories you will ever read.

A bizarre collection of short stories, each featuring a character with an unusual superpower.

Meet The Photocopier, a woman who can reproduce herself at will and who attempts to teach her daughter to do the same.

Or the zombie hairdresser who is able to reanimate every time she dies.

And the man who can break his way into his lover’s dream.

Over fifty freaks and misfits feature in this unforgettable book, and each is illustrated by comic book artist Darren Craske.

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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: The Friday Project (12 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007442890
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007442898
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 771,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Read it and be amazed! Before you finish you’ll already be thinking of who to buy if for. It’s a circus sideshow made of words: dare to enter and become astonished to discover yourself on stage, in the staring role. I guarantee that by the time you finish reading this book you’re not only recognize your inner freak, but you'll have learned to love it.” ANDREW KAUFMAN author of All My Friends are Superheroes

About the Author

Darren Craske began his career writing comic books and lives in the south of England. The Equivoque Principle was his first novel and the start of the Cornelius Quaint adventures.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An original collection of stories 4 May 2012
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This is a collection of flash fiction pieces, presented with black and white illustrations in a comic book style. Each story begins with the introduction of a super power, and the subsequent tale explores the joys or pains of possessing such abilities. Often the super power works as a salient analogy, reflecting real life concerns. I have to confess, this idea, which I thought highly original, is right up my street - I was bound to love it, and I did! There were one or two stories which I wasn't sure I 'got' but I'd happily re-visit any of the stories - all were engaging and well-written. I think it contains some real gems: 'The Photocopier', 'Clipped Wings', 'Dream Lover (Two)' and 'Betty' were among my favourites.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Freaks are COOL! So's this! 19 May 2012
For as long as I remember, I've been such a die-hard fan of the superhero-genre. It's a wonderful, colourful and ultimately diverse world where imagination and creative writing/artwork (in my opinion) are at their finest. I mean, the cultural impact of Batman, Spider-Man, Superman etc cannot be stressed enough. It's simply phenomenal.

Over the years, the concept of super powers has become more and more sophisticated and more dimensional. Particularly the notions of super-heroism, super-villainy, and how having powers can drastically affect normal life/society.

Freaks! is a collection of short stories written and compiled by Nik Perring and Caroline Smailes (with illustrations provided by Darren Craske). In the spirit of things like Heroes, The Incredibles, Mur Laffety's "Playing for Keeps" and Austin Grossman's "Soon I Will Be Invincible", Freaks! explores so many different aspects of this genre and does so with a degree of originality.

Fame, revulsion, humanity, notoriety, family, power, elation, love, hatred, hope, despair, sex, homosexuality, tragedy, friendship; all these adult themes (and more!) are touched upon in Freaks! and together, Perring and Smailes have put together some deep, highly memorable and thought-provoking stuff. The short stories are all very well written indeed, each supported and strengthened by the absolute quality of Darren Craske's illustrations, all of which are excellent, detailed, eye-catching and drawn in true comic book style.

The short stories themselves have either been written by Nik Perring or Caroline Smailes or jointly. Those who've read Nik's "Not So Perfect" collection may be able to deduce who's written what, as the writing styles do differ slightly from story-to-story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For everyone who never quite 'fitted' 11 May 2012
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Like a miniature GU chocolate pot, you may promise that one of the stories will be enough for now, but you end up gorging on the whole thing and going back again to scrape the last bits from the bottom.

I'm not quite carrying that metaphor, am I? Never mind. I don't have to. All you need to know is that these stories do.

Wonderful, silly, sad, happy, and every emotion in between, this collection is never quite what you think but each tale has you caring deeply about the characters in sometimes little more than 50 words.

My favourites - if pressed to name them - would be 'They are there to listen' and 'Zombie Bangers'.

Brilliantly illustrated by Darren Craske.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Freakishly excellent! 8 May 2012
By Kathryn
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I was totally sucked in to every story in Freaks. Of course, one of the beauties of short stories is that you can dip in and out of them at a moment's notice. However, I carry it around with me in my handbag and keep being late for things because I'm so engrossed.

The interaction between the text and graphics is truly dynamic. I play a little game: I read the story first and then the speech bubble at the beginning defining the super power held by the character. Weird, perhaps but it works for me!

The narration is so direct, real, dark, funny, sad. It will be in my handbag for a long time to come.
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