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Emer Bruce
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1 Oct 2013 Stress City
When Mrs D arrives in Stress City, and takes on the job of City Problem Solver, the inhabitants are delighted, thinking their problems are over. Yeah, right... Jack and Dundee's problem is that everyone in Stress City thinks they are idiots. No matter what they do, trouble finds them. Bad luck follows them around. And they are beginning to think the Universe has got something against them! At the suggestion of their pal Duggey, who owns the local book shop, they decide to visit the City's new problem solver, Mrs D, who has just opened a cafe in the woods. But Mrs D is not at all what they expect.... "LIKE MARY POPPINS MEETS HITCHHIKERS GUIDE." Mrs E Darlington, Cafe owner.

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  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Stress City Headquarters Ltd; 1 edition (1 Oct 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 0957632509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957632509
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 12.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 783,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Emer Bruce, author, screenwriter

After twenty years of corporate hell Emer Bruce resigned in order to complete her first novel. With her best friend, Lizzie Life, she formed Stress City Headquarters in 2013 - a publishing company and creative hub, providing an outlet for sharing music, myth and inspiration.

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About the Author

Emer Bruce is an author, screenwriter. After twenty years of corporate hell Emer Bruce resigned in order to complete her first novel. With her best friend, Lizzie Life, she formed Stress City Headquarters in October 2013 - a publishing company and creative hub, providing an outlet for sharing music, myth and inspiration. Follow Stress City Headquarters Lizzie Life and Emer Bruce www.stresscity.co.uk www.facebook.com/Stress-City-HQ @HQStress on Twitter

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4.0 out of 5 stars What an adventure 4 Feb 2014
By Lorraine Sears TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Stress City, A fairy Tale Gone Wrong. In the interests of disclosure: I was approached by the author and offered a free copy of this book (paperback) in exchange for an honest review.

Stress City, it must be said is like no novel I have ever read before. It has a wealth of larger than life, vivid characters, many of whom are inspired by the mythical, the mystical and folklore legend. And it has a plot that somehow manages to span the real and the surreal, putting it, even among other fantasy books, in a league of its own.

The fundamental concept behind the story is the battle between good and evil, for all the souls in Stress City. And while there is a clearly a tie between the fictional Stress City and today’s booming rat race, the book is positively overflowing with fantasy.

Written in true fairy tale tone, with plenty of wit and humour, not a page turn goes by without drawing a smile, be it humorous, sardonic or wry. And it’s packed with moments of genius, like a path that will slowly take you around in a circle if you refuse to look toward the future, or a castle that decides when and if it’s going to reveal itself to you.

Although there is nothing graphic in this novel, it’s really not for children as there is adult humour and observations. This truly is a fairy tale for grown-ups; for those people who miss the magic of Grimm or who need a little bit of magic to make the everyday routine go away. Give Stress City a try, you might just be glad that you did.
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4.0 out of 5 stars not your average fairytale 30 Jan 2014
Format:Paperback
If i’m being honset, I’ve never actually read a ‘fantsay’ book at all. I have no logical reason as to why, I guess I always thought they were going to be a little far fetched. But thats what fantasy is all about. It’s allowing whatever you wish to happen, happen. A good imagination with the skill to write a book, can unleash the most amazing of stories.

I enjoyed this alot. The characters where all written wonderfully. My favourite had to be the two so called ‘idiots’, Jack and Dundee, but I also loved Duggey because, i’m a sucker for book shop owners. I do think with a lot of the other characters, there’s more to them that what we read so far.

It’s a fast paced book, which at times can be a little confusing but once you understand who at the time is telling of the story, it’s pretty simple. The switch between Stress City and the Otherworld was fasinating. I loved, Story World.

Overall a great debut. It’s humorous, fun and the first of three books. I am going to have to make sure i get my hands on the next two. I also have to add a little note about the cover, its stunning and fits with the theme of the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical! 4 Dec 2013
By Mark
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Sit with your bag of popcorn and you'll feel as though your watching a film. The scenes are so vividly written, weaving back and forth from the Otherworld, willingly being carried away by the characters, always wanting more. Intriguing plot with many interesting twists and turns. The author takes you on a thrilling journey with the essence of Chitty Bang Bang, the mad world of Oz to the delights of Willy Wonka. A refreshingly modern Fairy tale for young adults to your favorite aunt!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! 16 Oct 2013
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Well done Emer for writing a book that is so imaginative, moving seamlessly from the familiar to the world of fairytales and back again and weaving the two together. On the one hand light and humorous but suddenly a surge of darkness. I cannot wait to read it again, especially now I know the characters and can watch out for their antics even more the next time round. So visual, I could have been watching a video. Perfectly set up now for books 2 and 3 which is such a treat and means that the author can take their time to fully develop the backdrop and scenes. Do not think that I have ever read anything like it. Buy it for yourself, but also give others a treat and send them a book in the post to read. I have done it and it has been such a lovely unexpected treat for them. Looking forward to hear how the story unfolds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars E's review 16 Oct 2013
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Do not give up on this book because of the vastness of this trilogy it takes the author 60 to 70 pages to set the scene. Then is off on a wild ride. The author has so much room for her imagination to roam about in the possibilities a endless. The characters are great. Except for a few naughty bit you could read this your to young kids and they would love it. The book is printed on good paper. The cover is really appropriate. The typeface size, leading and margins are excellent. Alas, the book suffers the vagaries of auto pagination. Being an old time Compositor, some of the splits in this book are appalling. There are more widows and orphans than you can shake a stick at thus, making a well produced book not typographically correct. Apart from somebody like me it does not spoil this great book. Looking forward to the next one bad splits and all. BUT IT, BUY IT, BUY IT
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Prepare yourself to enter a world of Celtic conundrums, where life is never what it seems. A mesmerising place where zeros can become heroes, and the opening of one door can change your life.

I found this book funny, intriguing and slightly confusing sometimes all at the same time. Rarely I have enjoyed having my head scrambled and served back to me with such aplomb. Can't wait for the next helping. Come on Ms Bruce some more Dundee and make it snappy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Escapism for the adult.
I was approached by the author of this book to read it and give and give an honest review.

It was a book I enjoyed immensely and I am liking more and more the fantasy... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastical fiction
This is the most fantastically overwhelming and unique novel that I've ever read. An assault on all the senses, it seemed as though every page turned to reveal new, bizarre and... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gone Wrong should read Gone Vividly Wild!!!
I was approached by the author a few months ago regarding read for an honest review and have really devoted my time to this book. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bluesarat
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully imagined.
Thank you to the author for the copy of this book for review. Great cover!

So here we have an entertaining and slightly different "fairytale" following the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Liz Wilkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful imaginitive fairytale that deserves a second read!
Tried to read this as a bedtime book and it just didn't work for me. Realised that it required far more time than three or four pages a night in a sleepy state. Read more
Published 6 months ago by F R Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read.
Set in the fictional Stress City, this book is mainly about the Fenian cycle of Irish and Scottish mythology. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Pyewacket
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good humorous fantasy
(I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for a review).

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Published 6 months ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars More books should be like this
Wow what a funny fast-paced, rollicking good read. A book to really make you smile and laugh out loud. Characters so rich, funny and engaging they just leap off the page. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Gab_London
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun filled magical romp
If you love fantasy worlds with a good deal of humour you'll love this book. The characters made me laugh, hurtling through different magical realms on a quest for a missing key... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mouse123
5.0 out of 5 stars Future Cult Classic
A super tale that is a rip roaring saga, had me and my teenage niece rolling about with laughter. This is so going to be a cult book.
Published 7 months ago by Anonymous
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