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House Hunter

(New Bizarro Author Series)

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Finding a good house is a house hunter's job. If you want a great house, you need Imogen. She's the best at capturing young houses and training them to be homes. But all of her skills will be tested when the Association goes after the mythical Jabberhouse in order to breed houses in captivity. With a mysterious helper, Imogen and her house fight to stay alive and keep hous ...more
Paperback, 104 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by Eraserhead Press
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Dan Schwent
Jan 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: bizarro, 2013
In a world of sentient houses, Imogen is a house hunter. When dark forces seek the mythical Jabberhouse for their own nefarious purposes, Imogen must sacrifice everything she holds dear to stop them...

Another year, another round of the New Bizarro Author Series. As with past NBAS books, you never know what you're going to get.

House Hunter is a bizarro adventure tale, more akin to fantasy quest stories than most bizarro tales. It reminded me more of the 1980's classic movie The Labyrinth more tha
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young lit crits with a penchant for criticizing capitalist democracy
When I first started reading this book, I was drawn in by what I thought might be a nod to Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. Therein we have a female protagonist who understands an invasive species: powerful, lumbering creatures that either intentionally or inadvertently destroy the world around them. We as viewers/readers are blind to how graceful they truly are because of how alien they are to us. We view the creatures as a threat perhaps. But the similarities end there. In Nausicaa, the inh ...more
Bob Milne
Jan 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: bizarre-extreme
A part of the New Bizarro Authors Series, House Hunter represents the debut novella from S.T. Cartledge. It's a fun read, with a subject matter that is entirely fitting for the Bizarro style, along with a narrative style that makes it immediately accessible. Even those readers who don't regularly dabble in the Bizarro may find themselves drawn to this one.

Cleverly constructed around the theme of what makes a house a home, this is a story that's entirely self-aware of its puns, its tongue-in-chee
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Imogen is a House Hunter. Those suckers have legs and just take off. Don't you just hate it when that happens, but that was a nice view house. No I want to stretch my legs here, but you're a house house shouldn't you stay in one place. Not in bizarroland.

Bizarro how I love it. Unique reads entertain me like few others. Yes I like the big popular reads that many know about and read but bizarro gives me something different. Gives me a chance to stretch my brains legs and go wander places.

Imogen an
Nov 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: bizarro, fiction, own, fantasy
House Hunter by S.T. Cartledge follows Imogen, a house hunter by trade. But she isn't your typical, everyday house hunter. Imogen hunts down and trains wild houses. You see, in her world, houses, skyscrapers, temples, and pretty much every structure is a living (and moving) creature. When she becomes wise to a plot by the House Hunters Association (think of the most evil Homeowners' Association you can think of) to find and control the Jabberhouse, a building of legend, and remake cities in thei ...more
Anita Dalton
May 10, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a 3.5 star review.

I am torn about this book because it has so much going for it yet pings a lot of problems I have with female characters in fringe literature. It’s almost become a cliche to me that when a badass female character is introduced and she has an unnatural hair color, I’m gonna hate her because her hair serves as her personality. Imogen, the heroine of this book, has blue hair and is not my cup of tea, so my dayglo-hair theory is still intact. The characterization in this boo
Ross Lockhart
Nov 23, 2012 rated it liked it
S. T. Cartledge's HOUSE HUNTER starts with a bang, as titular House Hunter Imogen single-handedly takes down a rampaging farmhouse with specialized weaponry and a skill-set rivaling any action heroine. But soon, what might have been a five-star debut becomes bogged down in a rambling quest narrative hobbled by editorial inconsistencies.

The worldbuilding in HOUSE HUNTER is its strongest suit, as semi-sentient houses skitter about the countryside on multiple insect legs, a shadowy Housing Associa
Michael Allen Rose
Sep 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Imagine a world in which a shadowy agency funded by the government pulls strings behind the scenes to create a state of perpetual war and devastation in the name of progress. No no, wait, I don’t mean OUR world, I mean the fascinating and violent world of S. T. Cartledge’s House Hunter. Okay, well there might be some allegory at work here, it’s true, but at least we don’t have enormous buildings wandering around our skeletal cities pounding the hell out of each other with lightning cannons. We s ...more
R.A. Harris
Nov 22, 2012 rated it liked it
One thing this book does give you is plenty of bang for your buck. S. T. Cartledge's exceptional ability to produce entertaining and easy to follow action sequences featuring houses of all things will keep you reading right through to the end.

The plot in HOUSE HUNTER follows Imogen as she sets out on an adventure that will take her from her day job of taming houses (oh yes, one thing you should know is that houses in this book are personified) to possibly preventing a world changing plan involvi
J.W. Wargo
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Id Says:
Our house! In the middle of our... gladiatorial arena?? Shitbricks! Shitconcrete and Shitplaster while you're at it, because these houses are wild. It takes a professional like Imogen to wrangle these strange beasts and train them into the kind of homes families can be proud of.

Trouble is, there's this House Hunter Association 'round the land that sees fit to take out people like Imogen so they can corner the market. There's even talk that these douchebags are looking to capture the myth
This is a fairly decent start for Cartledge. He writes a rather fantastical tale about houses that have legs and walk around, House Hunters-who do exactly what they're named, the Order of the Architects-who are a bunch of Zen-like monks, and finally the House Hunter Association-which is a sort of nefarious organization that is wants to do um bad things with houses.

Imogen is kind of a renegade House Hunter, she left the HHA under circumstances that aren't quite explained. She meets up with the my
Melanie Catchpole
May 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
You'll never look at your home in the same way again. And i am thinking about giving mine a name.. how do i find out if it is male of female?

I got lost alittle bit at the final fight scene, trying to picture buildings fighting it out is not all that easy, even when the writing and descriptions are pretty good. I got the gist of it though :)

I didnt care much for the characters (you dont get to know them too well), but the story is non stop action and kept me interested till the end.

I won this b
Andrew Stone
Sep 22, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a good book. The writing is solid for the most part and the story is really interesting/bizarre. However, something about the book kept me from getting really into the story. I thought about it for days and couldn't pinpoint what it is that kept me out of the story (Anyone else feel this way?). So I'll leave it at this... If you like bizarro or surreal fiction, buy this book. Give it a chance. I'm happy I did. Also, I look forward to reading Cartledge's next book whenever it drops.
Steve Rueffer
Jan 22, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: bizzaro
While I have found myself quite fond of the bizarro genre in general, this short story failed to pull me in at all. The writing style is solid enough, but the plot is dull and the characters leave you thinking "who cares" with every major event. Glad to have this one behind me. Back to some Konrath to help me get back on the metaphorical bizarro horse, after falling off with this one.
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