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Nefarious Twit

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  63 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
Madness. Murder. Children’s literature.

Nefarious Twit, the ferociously clever debut from author Tony McMillen.

After his mother commits suicide, Rick Lime decides to finally find his father, the legendary children’s book author known as Nefarious Twit. The same Nefarious Twit who disappeared from the public eye 22 years ago abandoning Rick and Rick’s mother at the height of
Paperback, First, 310 pages
Published December 1st 2013 by Branch Hands Books
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Tony McMillen
Dec 04, 2013 Tony McMillen rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Well, I mean, I wrote it, so five stars, obviously.
David Katzman
Dec 05, 2013 David Katzman rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I read a pre-release copy of this book and provided editorial comments for Mr. McMillen. I'm also providing him a promotional blurb but only because I think this book deserves it.

So say I:

A twisted road trip featuring deranged characters narrated with razor-sharp wit, Nefarious Twit manages to pack one hell of an emotional wallop. And P.S. killer illustrations.

Illustrations (including the cover) were created by Tony himself. Bravo.
May 19, 2014 Gordon rated it really liked it
Nefarious Twit is a road novel driven by our Wandering not-Jew on a mission to find and kill his famous-author father who abandoned the family two decades ago: the symbolic scapegoat for all their problems since. Weighing him down are his dim, violence-prone half-brother and a manic pixie dream girl in need of adventure. The brother provides much of the story’s tension, with his unpredictability and endless messes to clean up.

First novels are so often about the writing process itself, but Twit
Jan 17, 2014 Jonathan rated it it was amazing
An excellent debut novel from the mind of an immensely imaginative author. The book deals with relatable concepts like family, loyalty, forgiveness, and the desire to occasionally escape the pressures of everyday reality. Tie all that together with personality-rich characters, a series of unfortunate and uncontrollable events and you end up with a truly captivating story. However it doesn't stop there; the book leaves breadcrumb clues compelling the reader to read between the lines and look ...more
Mar 12, 2014 Lori rated it liked it
Read 2/28/14 - 3/9/14
3 Stars - Recommended to readers who can forgive a cool story its rough writing
Pages: 298
Publisher: Branch Hand Books
Released: Dec 2013

Debut novels are tricky little things. Especially when you read reviews where said debut is described as "if so-and-so-super-famous-author and so-and-so-super-famous-author had a baby and that baby ended up on an acid trip and wrote a book". Cause you know... I mean, c'mon, you KNOW it's not gonna compare to those super-famous-author peoples.
May 10, 2014 Amy rated it really liked it
A debut novel of great scope and wit. Author Tony McMillen explores family, loyalty, and trust through the lens of Terry Gilliam or David Foster Wallace.

What is the point of revenge? Are some promises better left unkept? Where do we draw the line between supporting a family member who has problems and enabling and perpetuating those problems? Most events in everyday life don't have clear boundaries of beginning or end; in the same way, the events in McMillen's Nefarious Twit seem to fade in and
Feb 02, 2014 Carli rated it really liked it
I'm going to be biased when talking about this book because I know the guy who wrote it and I enjoy his writing immensely. It's usually like if Chuck Klosterman and Palahniuk had a baby who then went on an acid trip with Hunter S. Thompson. David Lee Roth is probably in there somewhere too.

That being said, I'm going to try to be as unbiased as I can be about Mr. McMillen's debut novel.

Nefarious Twit is a very good start to what could be a long, illustrious career. The writing could be rough some
Tracy Fleming-Swehla
Another reviewer stated that people sensitive to violence should probably pass this book by. I found that I'm one of those people.... but only in the cruelly violent passages did I feel like I wanted to close my eyes (which made for difficult reading).

I loved the narrative voice throughout the story. By the end, I felt like he was my pal, giving me instructions on how to navigate the next chapter, and he was always right. Loved that! I also loved the drug addled mind bending scenes, while at th
Jan 30, 2015 Brianna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I never write reviews, but a mutual friend of mine and Mr. McMillen's suggested I buy, read, and review this book, so here it goes!

The writing style of this book definitely isn't one I enjoy, but I won't let that affect my rating. The author narrates the entire book, reminding readers what has already been read, and telling them what will happen next. I personally prefer to get lost in a book, and focus on the story, instead of continuously being reminded that the author wants me to read it a ce
David Keaton
Oct 23, 2015 David Keaton rated it really liked it
Some of the best books I've read have worked to either "make the alien familiar" or "make the familiar alien," but this might be the first case of making the alien alien, because when I dove in, I assumed I was dealing with a more straightforward man-goes-on-a-journey tale, with some psychedelic Phantom Tollbooth action for flavor, or the most obvious influence, of course, Shel Silverstein, which is weird enough to start with (and also pretty subversive if you dig deep enough into Silverstein's ...more
Jan 13, 2016 Anthony rated it liked it
Ok. This book was ok. That said, I think it needs trigger warnings for two things:

First, because maybe a third of the way in one of the main characters gets a blow job from a trans woman and then murders her when she tells him that she's trans. The book does not condone his actions and he feels remorseful about them but I probably would've skipped the book if I'd known that was coming since I dislike books with transphobic violence. I feel like there is enough of it in the real world.

Second, b
Aug 04, 2016 Blake rated it it was amazing
Okay, so when you see "debut novel" your first thought is something along the lines of "oh, that's nice of them."
But this isn't your everyday debut novel. (or your everydebut as they call it in the biz)
this novel comes at you full-force, riding the dirtbike you never got for christmas, blaring black sabbath's Die Young, up to the point where you think it's going to crash into you, but instead the novel leaps off the dirtbike, spins mid-air, and kicks you straight in the teeth. But you don't get
Jan 11, 2014 Erin rated it really liked it
Solid storytelling from a debut author. I'm not always up for a drug narrative, but luckily there's a lot more to Nefarious Twit than weird hallucinations (though there are plenty, if you do enjoy them). There's a strong plot, great world-building, and some deep truths in there, too. Besides, at the heart of it, this is a book about books, especially children's books, the key to my heart. I particularly enjoyed the Darjmainian folklore and other mythological aspects to the tale. In addition, I ...more
Christopher Irvin
Jun 01, 2015 Christopher Irvin rated it really liked it
NEFARIOUS TWIT is smart, thought-provoking, odd, & awesome. It's going to stick with me for a long time. Still trying to wrap my head around what to say about it, but it's a book that should be read, if only for how unique it is. McMillen works some magic here.

Check out BOOKED for the review that instantly made me want the book -
Brandon Tietz
Dec 29, 2014 Brandon Tietz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
McMillen's debut is a lot of things: dark, drug-addled, deftly gritty...but above all else, it's just really f*cking good. Here's hoping that "Nefarious Twit" is but the first of many releases from this talented new author.
Just Deborah
I have to think about it.

What makes me stop to ponder about this book is that I can rip out the last page and it doesn't change anything. Also, just a thought, it does not begin and end with the same sentence. Why do you think that is?
Johanna Breiding
Description of any kind will lack in comparison. I've been lending my copy to all my friends... well every friend I know will give it back. I eventually I hope to get my hands on a signed copy for sure

Alistair Book
Jun 06, 2015 Alistair Book rated it really liked it
This was the first book I reviewed for my vlog A. Book's Review

I called it "A romp through a dark, drug-altered perception of reality ... well-worth climbing the ladder to find 'where will this lead me?'"
Feb 17, 2014 Robb rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
Hear my complete review on my podcast:
Feb 17, 2014 Bookedpodcast rated it it was amazing
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Kaycee McClary
Apr 14, 2016 Kaycee McClary rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Let me start by saying, this is not children's literature and children should not read it. It is very much an adult book, with some whimsical allusions to children's literature. This book had me intrigued from the first chapter and held my attention throughout the entirety of the book and did not disappoint. From the characters, to the plot line, to the description of the drug trips, I believed everything this book presented to me. It is a rather strange experience to read a book and have the ...more
This book needs an editor! (Perhaps I was reading a pre released copy?) I found it incredibly difficult to get over the grammar/sentence structure errors. The narrator could also be very distracting in the introductions to many chapters; it seemed almost pretentious. All of this is disappointing because it really is a very imaginative and exciting story! I was invested in the characters, despite the poor writing. And the themes about revenge and addiction are definitely relevant and worth ...more
Steven Eggleton
Oct 02, 2014 Steven Eggleton rated it did not like it
Wow –what can I say? Does Diablo Cody teach an on-line writing course? Does she refund student tuition? This book had all too many words. The author seemed more preoccupied with sounding clever, than actually telling a meaningful story. Gaudily adorned with flashy purple patches, there were moments I wanted to rip my eyes out. Brevity is a beautiful thing, Mr. McMillen. You would do well to familiarize yourself with it. A writer is nothing without his ear, and yours isn’t too good.
Feb 21, 2014 Jessica marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Maybe I will come back to this someday. Initially I found the story interesting and funny. 1/3 of the way through I realized not only was I no longer interested but I didn't even care about any of the characters.
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Tony McMillen is the author of the novel Nefarious Twit as well as the writer behind the pop culture humor column "Touch The Wonder" published by DigBoston.

He grew up mostly in Tucson, Arizona but now lives in the Boston area. If you wanna party with him find him on Facebook. If you are David Lee Roth time displaced from 1984, don't worry, he'll find you.

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“By the time Genghis Khan arrived to give his newest subjects their religious freedom, after first brutalizing them into submission, Darjmainia had developed its own very complex, partially amalgamated collection of sacred stories” 1 likes
“Boneima, the more dutiful reader may remember, is a two-headed red wolf, a cunning and tempting creature, as well as the basis for Nefarious Twit’s character Bonemo from his book Where the Ladder Leads.” 1 likes
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