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The Introvert

(The Introvert #1)

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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  120 ratings  ·  63 reviews
A vacuum salesman by day, the introvert lives a quiet life alone with his dog until a work relationship and a dark secret from his past team up to create an uncomfortable imbalance in his otherwise ordered life, one that soon finds him squarely at the center of a murder investigation. With his thoughts continually urging him to make people “red and open” and to “achieve it ...more
Paperback, 1st, 160 pages
Published November 26th 2016 by Black Opal Books
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    Miriam Smith
    Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: signed, kept-book
    "The Introvert" by Michael Paul Michaud......Oh how I loved this! I read it in just one sitting, there was just no way I was putting this down! I am growing to like this type of genre - black humour - more and more and found this quirky book just brilliant. It was so easy to read and follow and you find yourself engaging with the story and the main character immediately. You never find out his name which adds to the intrigue, he's such an adorable anti-social, anti-hero even when he's having his ...more
    Jules
    I love how even before the story starts, it says “For the weirdos”, which made me think, this sounds promising.

    The Introvert is a novella about a man who generally keeps to himself, but has issues when it comes to controlling his urges to harm certain people. Luckily, he’s reasonably selective, making him more of an anti-hero. This story is a mix of crime and dark comedy, which I thought worked well. The main character is certainly a bit quirky. Oh how I love getting into the minds of weirdos.

    As
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    Jules
    Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
    I love how even before the story starts, it says “For the weirdos”, which made me think, this sounds promising.

    The Introvert is a novella about a man who generally keeps to himself, but has issues when it comes to controlling his urges to harm certain people. Luckily, he’s reasonably selective, making him more of an anti-hero. This story is a mix of crime and dark comedy, which I thought worked well. The main character is certainly a bit quirky. Oh how I love getting into the minds of weirdos.

    As
    ...more
    Sarah
    Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: fiction
    I have to admit to start with I found The Introvert slightly slow and didn’t really know if it would be for me. The further into it I got though the more interested I was and by the end I loved it.

    The Introvert himself, we never actually find out his name, I found quite odd. He lives in an apartment with his cocker spaniel mix, Molly, and works as a vacuum salesman. He pretty much keeps himself to himself and doesn’t really like to talk a lot. To be honest you can understand why I wasn’t really
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    Minx
    Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
    True rating 3.5 stars

    This is my first time reviewing black humor which is a genre of comedy that usually touches on themes that are taboo or usually considered too serious to touch on. It is usually sardonically humorous involving morbid or grotesque situations that deal with suffering, anxiety or even death. This book is a perfect fit within that genre.

    The story is told from the view point of the main character. The first thing that struck me is that I read the entire story and not once was the
    ...more
    Colette Lamberth
    Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
    Well that was short and sweet but maybe that was part of its charm. When I'm reading first person it's really important to me that the voice sounds right and this was spot on. No surprise I suppose given that I am an introvert and while I don't ever think about making people "red and open" I could definitely relate to the idea of being "only quiet with my words" and "usually loud in my mind".

    I like a quirky or oddball character but jeez Louise, The Introvert is all that and then some more.

    I rece
    ...more
    Philippa Mckenna
    Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: tbc-widget
    They say the best things come in small packages, and that is certainly true in the case of this smashing little novella. With a penchant for 'achieving it' with his girlfriend, Donna, and wanting to see anyone who winds him up as 'red and open', The Introvert is a strangely likeable character. Gruesome, dark, funny; I was only disappointed that this wasn't twice as long! Loved it.
    Noelle
    Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
    My thanks to the author and to Black Opal Books for an ARC of this novella.

    Well OMFG! What a fantastically weird, twisted and absolutely quirky novella The Introvert was! So much so, I am not even sure where in the world to begin! The cover is simple, yet eye-catching and pretty much gives you a feel of the wickedly wonderful writing you will stumble across as you delve into the world of The Introvert!

    The majority of this book takes place in either an office, The Introvert‘s home/neighbourhood o
    ...more
    Sheetal Maurya - Godse (Halo of Books)
    Black humor is a genre which I started loving after reading the book Susanna's Seven Husbands. But after that, I have never actually picked any book of this genre. So when the author provided me an advance copy of this book to read and review then I can’t resist my joy. Big thanks to the author for giving me chance to read this book.

    Plot summary:

    The Introvert is the Vacuum Salesman, whose life revolves around work, completing the target, getting his dog Molly for a walk. He seldom talks to anyon
    ...more
    Cheryl
    Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
    This is one of those books that you can both love and hate it at the same time. Ok, maybe hate is a strong word. More like a "what am I reading". This is a train wreck but it is so good that I can't stop reading. This book is told from the first person. I am mixed on first person books. Some I have read are good and others were not so good. This book is in the good category.

    The main character is so socially awkward that again this was a situation where it was both painful and funny to watch how
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    Ellen
    Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    Now, I love an anti-hero and The Introvert is definitely one of those. A quiet, unassuming vacumn salesman who loves nothing more than keeping himself to himself and walking his rescue dog Molly. All is not as it seems and we have clues to this quite early on in the novella. With comments about imagining people "red and open" and a mysterious event that happened two years ago, I knew I was in for some surprises. There are laugh out loud moments and a little gore; I really enjoyed this book. A fa ...more
    Lori Tatar
    Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
    I won The Introvert from Goodreads and received a bookmark as well, and I must says, contest or no contest, The Introvert is wholly original. I found myself immediately immersed in the story of a man who truly loves animals, and perhaps takes that affection and care for their well-being a bit too far.

    I found myself completely understanding the discordance of his exterior with what was going on in his head; it's pretty much how we all become socially acceptable and functioning human beings. The d
    ...more
    Mrs Mac McKenzie
    This is a quirky and quick read about a young mans quest to get through his life without causing too many dramas that upset him. Similar in vein to "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time" where the protagonist is slightly dysfunctional and whose behaviour can be triggered by certain actions by others, leading to unexpected, possibly life changing events.

    I would recommend it to people who like a bit of black humour, quirky characters and a plot where you are not really sure where you
    ...more
    Simon Leonard
    Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    this is a very dark novella which I enjoyed lots. I started reading it last night and got to chapter 20 before I even realised it. it follows a man who has very dark thoughts about evil people and wants to make them open and red. at the start he lives alone with his dog in an apartment and works as a vacuum cleaner sales man but as the story progresses he meets a woman and dates her but his dark thoughts keep coming. it is a brilliant read which I enjoyed and would recommend
    Linzie Aucote
    Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
    This story has left me confused... With myself. I found the writing style not to my taste at all, very repetitive and just a little uncomfortable yet the story had me intrigued, so much so, I started this an hour and half ago and I've finished it.

    This is definitely different to anything I've ever read before and although I found the writing style difficult, that could just be me and this is why I've given this story 4 stars.

    Thank you to TBC and the Author for sending me a copy of the book.
    Maree Hodgess
    Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    I received this book in the mail today and have already read it cover to cover.
    I love the writing style! I felt completely invested in the main character 'the introvert' and was taken in by how his inner thoughts could be both chaotic and yet strangely ordered at the same time.
    I could be taken aback by his violent urges and his need to make someone 'open and red' but at the same time I found his feelings relateable. I suspect most people have secretly harboured similar thoughts at some point i
    ...more
    Fiona Hanrahan
    Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
    The Introvert
    I loved this book! Dark, funny yet not funny. The story of an introvert but he is more, so much more, than that. He could be sitting across your work desk looking benignly at you but thinking that he would like to see you "red & open"!! To the outside world he is the mild mannered vacuum salesman who likes order and quiet; to be left alone to his ordered life and walks with his dog Molly.
    In this short novel the introvert's life begins to unravel as event after event threaten t
    ...more
    Noelle
    Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    My thanks to the author and to Black Opal Books for an ARC of this novella.

    Well OMFG! What a fantastically weird, twisted and absolutely quirky novella The Introvert was! So much so, I am not even sure where in the world to begin! The cover is simple, yet eye-catching and pretty much gives you a feel of the wickedly wonderful writing you will stumble across as you delve into the world of The Introvert!

    The majority of this book takes place in either an office, The Introvert‘s home/neighbourhood o
    ...more
    Ashley
    Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 2018, favorites
    Five brightly screaming stars. However as a fellow introverted salesman who enjoys quality time with her dog and has a distaste for bad landlords, I may be slightly biased.
    Sharn Hutton
    Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    At just over 100 pages The Introvert is a quick read that I got through in four easy sessions. Being so short, I wondered whether the story would be lacking or the characters shallow, but happily neither was the case.

    Seen entirely through the eyes of the central character, the story is coloured by his quirky and twisted view of the world. He felt like the kind of character you could root for – unselfconscious, simple and naive, but his propensity to imagine people around him ‘red and open’ when
    ...more
    Laura Furuta
    Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    The Introvert
    By: Michael Paul Michaud
    5 out of 5 stars

    The story The Introvert by Michael Paul Michaud is a thrilling crime book. It tells the story a man we will call “The Introvert” through a time in his life when he is top at his job in sales, is starting a relationship and also has him right in the middle of a murder investigation. When reading this book I found myself smiling at both the main character and the actions that he takes. He has his own way of viewing the world and his own sense of
    ...more
    Lee
    Jan 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: fiction
    I wasn't clear how to even categorise this book. It's a fairly quick read and at the outset I had a pretty low opinion of it. The title is misleading and that I think threw me. My view was that this is a book written by an extravert trying to portray what it's like to be an introvert. I still feel that to a degree. The writing is a bit clumsy in places.

    However, the main character isn't an introvert really or maybe I'm just offended. He's more high functioning aspergers.

    I've read comparisons to '
    ...more
    Susan Corcoran
    Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it
    This book is a dark comedy with a central character who is socially awkward, but who at the same time oddly charming and very endearing. Its a novella at just over a hundred and fifty pages and makes a perfect read between longer books. He prefers his own company but past events and his own dark urges to hurt people that anger him, leave him caught up in a murder investigation. He is the perfect anti hero. If you like your humour dark and your hero's flawed, then this is the book for you.
    Asimah Akhtar
    Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
    This is a short read, which I read in one sitting. A quirky dark-humoured story about the introvert, whose name we never discover.
    Told in first person by the introvert himself, we discover he is not all he seems to be. An interesting read. And you can't help but like him, even with his vivid imagination that sometimes becomes reality.
    thebookgeordie
    Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    The Introvert is a hugely funny, entertaining, gruesome roller-coaster of a ride. The story follows a man who’s name we never find out, we only know him as “The Introvert”. We learn a lot about The Introvert quickly through the fast paced, short chapters. He is a vacuum salesman, he sometimes sees people as “red and open” and he loves his dog Molly.

    It is clear that The Introvert suffers from some psychological illness however this not totally expressed in the book (don’t want to give too much a
    ...more
    Sharon Gallup
    May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
    This book is a WIN FROM THE GIVEAWAY CONTEST. . When i got it i looked at the title and thought hmmm a scientific book. I thought of all the different kinds of books that i have won and figured i could now add a scientific book to the list of murder, mystery, real life war stories, romance and yes even two i thought as xxx sex books. But what a surprise when i started reading. this book is about a man telling his story of what he thinks, how he wants to put his thoughts into action but knowing h ...more
    Mark
    Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
    This is a darkly humorous tale of a man with murderous urges. Choosing to tell the story in the first person was a bit of a coup on the author’s part, as it opens the reader up to just how a psycho-killer’s thinking can all-too easily blend with our own. After all, our anti-hero has a lot of thoughts that would spill through a normal person’s mind, he has a sense of humor, a loving heart, a pet dog—which I hear humanizes us all… And so it goes that it is perhaps a little too easy to be inside hi ...more
    Andy Thorn
    Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    I really enjoyed The Introvert. Written from the unique perspective of the title character, whose name we never learn, we read about the events in his (at first) seemingly dull and monotonous life. As the title suggests, he is economical with his speech and prefers solitude or the company of his pet dog to interactions with other humans. Despite this, his brutally honest and direct approach make him a surprisingly successful vacuum salesman and his ordered, introspective, logical and slightly wa ...more
    Grey
    Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This book was very short and sweet! The story progressed relatively fast and it kept me hooked! The way the main character thinks, in a style of one thought leading to another thought "thought train" style was very quirky to read. It was great at first; however, this writing became slightly monotonous after a while. It was a very weird but very good book, with a type of plot that I've never seen before and an ending that was slightly absurd. Overall, I enjoyed the book.
    Alex  Jones
    Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
    The Introvert in question, is a very quiet, slightly odd, socially awkward Vacuum salesman. We don’t ever learn his name. He is the Introvert. Living alone with his dog Molly, he keeps himself to himself, and just seems to amble along.

    When a work colleague starts to show an interest and he starts a relationship , and a disagreement with his landlord follows, a very different ‘Introvert ‘ shows his colours.

    This isn’t a long read, it’s at times a little slow, but does pick up and it’s really quite
    ...more
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