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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  110 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Truly some of the strangest stories ever told. In his debut collection Matthew Revert has concocted a bizarre vortex of fiction by turns hilarious, disturbing, thought-provoking and just plain odd. A Million Versions of Right will force you to find logic in the illogic and shun anything resembling common sense. Like the faecal scrawl of a madman without the unpleasant smel ...more
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Published October 23rd 2010 by LegumeMan Books (first published 2009)
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A MILLION VERSION OF RIGHT is a difficult book to describe. It has a lot of the elements of gross-out fiction but there’s something deeper and more disturbing at work. If you quickly gave the synopsis of each story, they’d sound like funny/goofy little tales but they are so much more.

The first story A MILLION VERSIONS OF RIGHT is the most disturbing to me personally. Not sure why… but I’ll never look at tile or mustached guys the same way again. I think the story is supposed to be weird and funn
Daniel Clausen
First of all, the five stars that you see above are deceptive--they don't tell the whole story. The stories in this collection are fun, honest, and seemingly effortless, but at the same time the subject matter might discourage the average reader from giving the book five stars. It's subject matter--on the surface scrotums, genitalia, and wanking--is also deceptive. And perhaps would deter some from calling this book "great" or "literary." But that's what this book is. Fiction always lies in this ...more
Douglas Hackle
Two of the stories in this collection, “A Million Versions of Right” and “The Great Headphone Wank,” were highlights for me when I read the Bizarro Starter Kit – Purple, so since encountering them there, I’d been looking forward to reading the full collection to check out the other four tales. I was not disappointed. Revert employs an oddball wit, a sophisticated prose style that never becomes excessively baroque, and an absurdist flair so that the often lowbrow subjects of his stories--things l ...more
Kevin Shamel
Matthew Revert is absurd! He's perfectly absurd. This book is a beautiful example of simple, thoughtful, gorgeous, bizarro absurdism.

The stories are fantastic. They're funny, and horrid, and wise. They're filled with perfect sentences, bits of juice and stray thoughts that tie paragraphs together instinctively and excitingly. Seriously, sometimes I had to close the book for a second and think about just how elegantly written it was. Inspired, intelligent and insane all at once, this book is sol
It seems that everybody is jumping on the Matthew Revert bandwagon and I can see why. His first collection, A Million Versions of Right is really more of a short novel with a bunch of short stories thrown in for shits and giggles. Revert, an Australian author, jumps right in and vigorously mucks about in the most absurd premises. Yes, much of his work is vulgar and juvenile (okay, that’s a plus in my book). And if you don’t mind stories about scrotum popping, whacking off, mustachioed ejaculati ...more
Donald Armfield
Warning this book has a lot of talk about genitals.

The first three stories deserve the four stars. The Great Headphone Wank coming in first.

Imagine a pair of headphones you brought from the music store only played the sounds of a man yanking it. And now you and your girlfriend are addicted to the sounds like drugs. Oh and that's not all. The sounds actually help you find a lime that had been trapped behind a wall for many years. A really bizarre story that Revert tells with an absurd vocabular
In order to get this nutty, tasty, treat of a book, I had to send the hilariously trashy "How to be Famous" by Heidi & Spencer Pratt to the author.

Some of my other author friends told me it was the creepiest book they have ever read. They had serious fears on how it would affect me.

I chose it-perhaps mistakenly-to be my bath & bed time book. Every night, I read it, I was nicely plagued by demented dreams. Every morning, I described the current story to my non-legal husband Mr. Bunny. He
Sep 27, 2010 Kate rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Absurdists
This is the first time I've come to the page to write a review and have found myself to be utterly speechless.

Let me be honest, I didn't know what to make of this book. It was one of the most bizarre and absurd tomes I have read to this day and I enjoyed it, don't get me wrong, but it wasn't the kind of book I could read all at once. I had to read it in drips and drabs otherwise it would overwhelm me.

Now that I'm done and have thought about the book for a few days, I must admit that Matthew Re
I read this book a while back. It was an e-book. The publisher has a deal where you can buy two e-book for the price of one. Since this book and author were unfamiliar to me, it was my second choice.

There are certain books that are easier to read on the computer screen-simplistic writing, not proceeding at a rapid pace with tons of stuff happening, one after another. This book isn't an "easy" e-book. Not that the writing is "busy." Instead, it's rich and baroque. While reading it, the classical
Shayla Fish
This was the first book I purchased "virtually" for my Kindle out of pure spontaneous desire.

For starters, Matthew Revert is the literary god of absurdity. I admire the "what the fuck am I reading" reaction I had from each and every story. If you can giggle at the thought of ball sacks, look no further, because Revert combines intensifying wit with the humorous thought of dick and ball action-Taking nonsense to a more thought-provoking level. This book exceeds the levels of bizarro humor to the
Matthew Revert is an absolute genius! The collection of stories that he put together are nothing short of remarkable. Unlike many books in the bizarro genre, these stories were expertly written. Sentences flow, nothing is choppily written, and it actually reads profoundly poetic.

Six stories are built around normally quite mundane objects or situations but the imagination behind them is brilliantly random. I can never look at headphones in the same way, jars that contain combs suddenly appear to
Christy Stewart
I've never read a book that began with masturbation, let alone such a corse description of one, and so I didn't have any preconceived notions about how this book was going to play out. Despite that clue, the book was still surprisingly sexual.

Very weird, very gross very funny; I don’t usually get grossed out but this book found the sweet spot over and over again so I have to give it props.
This is the first book I've ever given two stars. I generally applaud what I read from small press publishers however, this particular book read like literary masturbation with the occasional nonsensical description. While the author seems to aspire to writing in the Bizarro genre, his efforts fall well short of every other Bizarro book I've read.

The book consists of five short stories and here is the break down:

A Million Versions of Right - The tale of a man who ejaculates small mustachioed t
If words were weapons, Revert is writing with smart bomb bunker-busters. If I were Osama Bin Laden, I would declare a JIHAD on anyone who doesn't, while perusing the pernicious, depraved tales penned by Revert, get dragged kicking and screaming into an alternate reality where headphones touch themselves at night (and any other time it pleases them), where omelettes contain dreadlocks, and where wank fairies expel miasmic gasses 24/7.
Revert has, in this cuckoo collection, far transcended the limi
Jonathan Moon
A Million Versions of Right is a collection of absolute absurdity from Matthew Revert (pronounced Rev Air, and I only mention so you don’t sound like a fool when recommending this book to all your friends).

I confess right off the bat it has taken me far longer to write this review than it should have. Despite the fact A Million Versions of Right is one of the most entertaining works of literary mayhem I’ve EVER read. Despite the fact I’ve read it over and over in the few short months I’ve owned
Alan Michaels
I’m going to try to write this review without gushing too much. Up front I want it known that I’m in love with this book but I want to provide compelling reasons to read it and not dwell on hyperbole.

This is one of those books with a description that doesn’t really tell you much. After reading the book though, I’m not sure how else you’d describe. It’s a book that dwells in the gutter as the blurb suggests, but it’s a divine gutter. The filth and vulgarity within has been imbued with something p
Edmund Colell
It's a good idea to imagine these stories in way that is just as untoward as their texts describe them. After all, The clockwork father of the titular first short story describes approaching something untoward through the act of shoving the untoward up his own ass. Later advice given through the book includes the following: balls are aesthetically unpleasant (and must be popped), menstruation conspiracies are meant to be uncovered, keeping a wound open is proper protocol for being professional a ...more
Made DNA
Before "if you touch my junk" became an Internet meme, Matthew Revert published this gem about worlds where school authorities lend their junk to students for presentations; tiny, ejaculated builders cover their procreators in layers of tile; scientists try to reverse menstration in women; and earphones play nothing but the sounds of masturbation.

A MILLION VERSIONS OF RIGHT is a collection of "terribly unusual short fiction" that will burn in the reader's mind long after the book has been digest
As a fan of the unusual, the weird and the absurd, I absolutely loved every bit of this collection. The sheer brilliance of Matthew Revert's stories blew me away. His storytelling abilities, his humor, his mind-boggling imagination and originality bring a breath of fresh air to the Absurd/Bizarro in particular and literature in general.
My favorite story of the bunch is "The Great Headphone Wank" for its curious and unsettling (in a good way) concepts and setting.
A Million Versions of Right als
Jason Armstrong
I'm not sure if Revert is a genius or a madman. Either way, I suggest you buy this book and decide for yourself. Because I'm telling you: in ten years this guy is either going to be famous for being the greatest writer in the world. Or he's going to be infamous for being the greatest monster in the world. Either way you can say you knew about him before anyone else.
I can't review this book. I enjoyed the first story and I can see why there are so many 5 stars for this author. The second story was longer and so absurd that I just couldn't muster enough interest in it. I did something very rare for me, which is give up on a book. Maybe I'll return to it one day.
Chris Bowsman
Lots of grossout humor ends up being neither gross nor funny, but stupid instead. The over the top style of these stories end up making the gross stuff so much so that's it's not longer gross but absurdly funny. I enjoyed this one a lot.
The first two stories irritated me, they seemed to be trying so hard to be shocking simply for the sake of it.
From the headphone story onwards, though, I started to warm to the book a bit more. It wasn't purely about scrotums and such.
I couldn't get past the first story. It was well written and constructed from a literary point of view, but the stories were so stupid and disgusting, I lost interest pretty quickly. I suppose this kind of text just isn't for me.
I has a signed copy and I'm so rapt.

Very well written...but not my "cup of tea".
Having said that, I DID enjoy the last story in the book: "The bookmark that wouldn't work".
Pascal-Denis Lussier
You can call me lazy... Rather than rehash words, I offer a link to a review/interview.
Ruby  Tombstone [With A Vengeance]
"Like the faecal scrawl of a madman without the unpleasant smell". I will read this purely for that line in the synopsis.
better than average bizarro. the weirdness felt integral rather than tacked on.
Ive read two of the four stories and Im done. Im really not in the mood!!
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Matthew Revert is an author based in Melbourne, Australia. His work tends toward the indescribably unusual and patently absurd and defies easy genre classification.

His first book, 'A Million Versions of Right' was released in July 2009 by Australian-based press, LegumeMan Books. It has been very well received by those kind enough to read it, which to be honest, isn't that many people.

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