5 Novels: Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy from Mars / Slaves of Spiegel / The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death / The Last Guru / Young Adult Novel
Pinkwater is the master of finding the humor in the angst of teenage outcasts, and making even geeky kids (like me) feel good about themselves.
I'm sure you'll need several copies - for yourself and all your friends.
The cover art is the best piece except for the writing inside. There may be aliens and teenage Dadaists and old cities enveloped by new cities and irrelevant moral of the stories.
Alan Mendelsohn- 3.0~ seemed to take longer than it should have. Interesting and funny however.
Slaves of Spiegel- 3.5~ A story about a bizarre fast food competition. A hoot, but not amazing.
Snarkout Boys- 4.0~ already read this. Really great stuff.
Last Guru- 4.0~ Took it a bit, but turned out to be a great satire of fads and new age spirituality, which makes it dated, but still biting and funny.
Yound Adult Novel- 4.5~ My favorite Pinkwater work. Too crazy and absurd no ...more
A collection of five Pinkwater novels:
+ Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy from Mars
+ Slaves of Spiegel
+ The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death
+ The Last Guru
+ Young Adult Novel
I had never read Pinkwater before -- it was a real treat. Most of the novels start out quite ordinarily and gradualy become stranger and funnier as they proceed. Great fun.
Young Adult Novel is a comic masterpiece for the ages, or at least for the ages of 12-18. In between attempts to revive Dada, its teenaged protagonists keep writing vignettes about Kevin Shapiro, Boy Orphan, a funnier forerunner to _South Park_'s Kenny.
Five very thoughtful and highly interesting stories in this collection.
Pinkwater gets the outsider like none other, and it would seem he hated school as much as I did.
I'm still try to up my successful snarks number.
I once met a man who told me that ALAN MENDELSOHN, THE BOY FROM MARS changed his life. Yes, Daniel Pinkwater has that kind of power.