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Joe Turk is a gallery exhibited surrealist painter, animator, professional hand double, licensed architect, gaming enthusiast, and collector of amusing cat photos.

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Joe Turk When I get stumped for a name, I refer to 19th century baseball rosters. The history of baseball is rife with memorable and sometimes weirdly…moreWhen I get stumped for a name, I refer to 19th century baseball rosters. The history of baseball is rife with memorable and sometimes weirdly evocative nicknames.
However, in 'Breaking the Toy', the main character's name is 'Gob/Gobalian'. And I got that name from Dickran Gobalian, otherwise known as 'Leon Redbone', Mr. Gobalian/Redbone is a musician known for songs that recall the 19th and early 20th century. But in addition to his nostalgic music, he's known for giving bizarre interviews. He has insisted that he is 'very old', 'thousands' of years old..."I just keep coming back". And when asked about his parents, he said he was the son of Jenny Lind and Paganini. Jenny Lind was a Swedish opera singer born in 1820...which would make Leon Redbone roughly 160 years old Leon Redbone maintains these details of his backstory, to this day, never once 'breaking character'. And if that isn't strange enough, if you look at photos of Jenny Lind and Leon Redbone...they have VERY similar bone structures to their faces.
Since you've read, 'Breaking the Toy', you know the premise involves living multiple lives, so it seemed appropriate to appropriate Mr. Gobalian's name. It's an added bonus that 'gob' means mouth, since the book character tends to say what she/he thinks, regardless of consequence.(less)
Joe Turk Thank you for asking! I was looking at lists yesterday, trying to find something to read. I couldn't find anything geared toward humorous dystopia or…moreThank you for asking! I was looking at lists yesterday, trying to find something to read. I couldn't find anything geared toward humorous dystopia or humorous apocalypse, but I personally considered pulling a book from these two lists, so it'd be nice to find MM on there some day...
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Recently, I've found readers who are politically active have been picking it up, so maybe it would fare better with on one of these lists...

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Making Monsters

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Two years ago, I'd never read a self-published book. Honestly, I hadn’t read a book that wasn’t a bestseller or literary classic, or at the very least, had established a cult-like following. (And I considered myself an avid, open-minded reader.) There’s a very limited amount of ‘reading time’ in my life and I didn’t want to waste my precious few recreational reading hours on an unproven book.

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“Hell is empty and all the devils are here.”
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