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Freaks Paperback – 12 Apr 2012

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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: 13 x 1.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,078,614 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

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Wood TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 May 2012
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Golden on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rusty McGee on 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.

Buy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn on 8 May 2012
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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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By Pee on 6 Jun. 2012
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Bought this as I liked the concept and seeing as it was only 99p, it wasn't a hard decision, and boy oh boy, am I glad I clicked to purchase.

It's a collection of 50 short stories (some only a few lines) with comic book illustrations, and they all deal with super powers - some deal with actual super powers and I found less interesting, but most deal with the super power in a realistic way and are either metaphorical or allegorical to things that we have ALL experienced at one point, in a twist on what the power is.

Some of them, for the length of them, just blew me away. I was actually stunned into silence and had to re-read the particular story again to see if what I just read was right.

The chapter dealing with superhuman strength titled "Dancing with Annie" punched a hole in my gut, the Invisible Girl story started off funny but ripped the rug out from under my feet and the story of the parents trying to contact their dead son just about had me wailing !!

And I've never been chilled to the bone as much as I did as in the story of the man whose power is the understanding of any language.

Oh, and the girl who can see the future....

Snifters of pure unrivalled joy are jumbled in with deep sadness and melancholia, verging on the heartbreakingly tragic, often all in the same story, and the result is a collection of short stories that stay with you for longer than you imagine, and made me feel genuinely ashamed that I spent so little money for it. After I finished it, I bought all of the books available by Smailes and Perring by way of rebalancing karma.

As a Kindle owner, you have a duty to own this book.

As a human being, you'll utterly love it.
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