Jack and Mr. Grin
Jack Orange is a twenty-something guy who works at a place called The Tent packing dirt in boxes and shipping them off to exotic, unheard of locales. He thinks about his girlfriend, Gina Black, and the ring he hopes to surprise her with. But when he returns home one day, Gina isn't there. He receives a strange call fr...more
This is the ninth book in my Kindle Unlimited Experiment. For the 30 day trial, I'm only reading books that are part of the program and keeping track what the total cost of the books would have been.
This is my fourth Andersen Prunty novel and m...more
Jack's cell phone rings and suddenly a nasty man is saying nasty things and making nasty promises. Jack now has just 24 hours to find Gina, or Mr. Grin will make her disappear forever.
And so begins a sick, twisted, and twisty treasure hunt..
This is a taut horror/thriller with supernatural elements and nightmarish imagery. It is violent and oh yes, NASTY a...more
I'm sure I've said this before but I'll say it again - Prunty has a wonderful talent for writing relatable bizarro fiction. His characters are not flashy, they are more along the lines of everyday folks, and they have everyday problems. I like this. I also deeply appreciate how the weirdness in his stories creep up on the reader. Prunty writes real stories not for the sake of shock. His stories have something called a plot. I dislike the trend of bizarro writer...more
Jake leaves his girlfriend, Gina, at home while he runs out to pick up breakfast one Sunday morning. When he returns, Gina is missing and in that moment Jack just knows that something terrible has happened. When he receives a phone call from Mr. Grin, his worst fears are confirmed, and Jack has 24 hours to find th...more
Considering that the only thing I have read of Andersen Prunty’s work was his flash fiction collection THE OVERWHELMING URGE, I was a little unsure about how the author would approach a full length work. As I stated in my review of his previous book, I’m not a huge fan of flash fiction and prefer longer works. Well, Prunty answered my prayers with this bizarro cat-and-mouse suspense novel.
JACK & MR. GRIN really captures th...more
I decided to listen to this book solely...more
This bizarre but delightful horror novel has a "down the rabbit hole" sense of wonder. The main character sounds fairly average in every way but his job (packing dirt?) and his biggest problem is how to propose to his girl friend. He then get a call from someone who has his girl and sounds like he has a perpetual grin (shades of...more
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of mystery/thrillers with paranormal twist, bizarro
Trigger Warnings: Violence against women, including sexual assault
Disclosure: I picked up this book from Amazon on a free promotion. All opinions are my own.
Synopsis: Jack Orange is a twenty-something guy who works at a place called The Tent packing dirt in boxes and shipping them off to exotic, unheard-of locales. He thinks about his girlfriend, Gina Black, and the ring he hopes...more
I related to Jack, who has a job he's not necessarily turning cartwheels over but puts in his hours so he can get his fulfillment through his personal life. This is working out fine until his beloved girlfriend Gina is kidnapped. Let me just say that as a woman, I appreciate the positive aspect of Jack and Gina's...more
Full of contradictions...more
Despite the fact that the author is gorgeous, he is also very talented.
Jack Orange has been living with his girlfriend Gina for a few years and now he feels ready to take their relationship to the next level. He goes to get the ring and comes back home to propose, G...more
Jack and Mr. Grin isn’t straight forward Bizarro, it has some Bizarro elements to it, but really it’s more of a Bizarro thriller. One lazy S...more
It's the best bizarro fiction I've read so far. Which is primarily because it's weird but it still makes sense - and it's not too difficult to follow the plot (which in bizzaro can be rea...more
Jack goes on a journey to find his girlfriend, a couple twists brings us to a utility shed with what he lease expected.
A bloody horror read for Halloween (or anytime of the year) of what a man will go through to bring his lovers soul back to him.
Jack & Mr. Grin was my first bizarro...more
My biggest complaint is that, though was written by one of the masters of bizarro, it's sloppily written and filled with annoying "author patches," errors the...more
The story itself is interesting - but by far the best part of the entire story was the way Mr. Grin speaks. As the quick blurb in the listing on Bizarro Central suggests, you can literally feel the creeper grin in Mr. Grin's words. I al...more
This book is a thriller, that amps up the tension with every turn of the page, as Jack tries to rescue his love from the twisted Mr. Grin. The story is more of a waking nightmare, than Bizarro, but still very entertaining. With a smoo...more
This is the 1st book I've read by this guy and I kind of want to find numbers 2 and 3. So, that says something.
Jack and Mr. Grin would be fairly similar to that book, but probably a little better.
Interesting premise, interesting twists - perhaps could have been fleshed out a bit more?
While it was very predictable, it was still an engaging read about a man trying to find his abducted girlfriend and rescue her from the possibly supernatural evil that had taken her.
I just wish it had been a little more surprising than not.