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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  18 reviews
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In the smallish American city of Grand River, things are not so grand. The river is hopelessly polluted. City officials are in the pockets of oligarchs. And its best hope for meaningful change is a platitude-spouting eight-foot giant named Reason Wilder running for mayor.

Gray Davenport, a veteran political operative, isn’t faring much bette
Paperback, 300 pages
Published March 7th 2018 by 7.13 Books
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I'm working with the author to help promote this novel in advance of its release date in March.

If you're ready to read a satirical novel with equally fabulous doses of dirty inside politics, quirky candidates, and secrets of ... um... frankensteinian proportions, this is your bag right here! It's just the thing you need to escape from our current f-ed up times. If you want a digital review copy, send me a message and we'll hook you up!

Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
It couldn’t be real. Just couldn’t. Besides, if someone brought a cadaver to life today, it would be under controlled circumstances—in a lab at some university, with the media and religious protesters in attendance. It would go viral on the web. He would have heard about it.

Still, Gray couldn’t dismiss the possibility. His timid psyche often cleaved to the supernatural, if only to explain the failures in his life. And dead men had been ele
Frank Morelli
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had the opportunity to snag an ARC of Joe Ponepinto’s forthcoming novel, Mr. Neutron, in exchange for an honest review and I jumped at the opportunity. What struck me most about Mr. Neutron was Ponepinto’s ability to create such a timely political landscape; one that deftly questions the limitations of a democratic society. Ponepinto shines an intensely bright spotlight on how easy it can be for the few to manipulate the ideas and actions of the many. And he does it through his larger-than-lif ...more
Robert Hoffman
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I like this book. I laughed out loud when least expected. I shared one-line zingers with Sylvia and anyone around me when I found them. I found enough of them. This is not a page-turner; I doubt that satires would normally qualify. But it is a chapter turner. I would end a chapter and 'take a peek' at the next few lines until I realized I'd worked my way through the next half of the next chapter. Good stuff. But, like they say: dying is easy, comedy is hard. In no way would I put Mr. Neutron in ...more
Ben Arzate
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Mr. Neutron is an uneven novel. The satirical elements rarely hit and are far too broad to be meaningful, but the story remains funny, entertaining, and Joe Ponepinto's prose is is well-crafted. I'd recommend this if you want a fun, humorous science fiction story.
Owl Pellet
Overall I found this book to be an entertaining but ultimately only average read. I liked the storyline, the characters were well developed and the plot was easy to follow. Still something was missing.

Maybe my problem with the book is I cared too much about the main character, Gray. Initially, he is portrayed as a lost soul. I especially liked the author's analogy describing him as an atomic neutron. Like the particle, Gray was neither positive or negative, had mass and took up space. He desired
Oct 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a tricky one to sum up. It left my head spinning. I liked this book. It was funny and clever, it had twists and turns I didn't expect, but it wasn't exactly a page-turner for me (and that's probably because political fiction with deep satire are outside my comfort zone, reading-wise).

I think my favorite aspect of the book is the main character, Gray. I couldn't stand him! He's misogynistic, ableist, etc. Super cringey. But people are complicated, and the way the author portrays Gray real
Nancy Au
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
NOTE: I requested and received an ARC from the author in order to write this review.

Mr. Neutron, Joe Ponepinto’s second novel, is a fantastical narrative that is evocative, meticulously researched, wry, and full of moments of impossibly beautiful writing. The author weaves speculative elements with lyrical prose, humor and satire, in a way that mirrors one of the central characters in the novel, Reason Wilder, an ‘undead’ 8-foot tall giant: each distinctive element is stitched together and elect
Furious Gazelle
Apr 16, 2018 rated it liked it
In a troubled election, Gray Davenport must prove that Reason is dead.
Reason Wilder, the new mayoral candidate in Grand River, is a crowd pleaser. He has a certain energy about him that people love. There’s just one tiny problem: Reason seems to be a Frankenstein’s monster, and Gray Davenport is the only one who’s noticed.

Mr. Neutron, Joe Ponepinto’s debut novel, is a biting satire about the craziness and politics that go into elections. Gray Davenport, the beleaguered, unpaid campaign manager f
Mar 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Former journalist and campaign aide Gray Davenport is scouring the political scene in his town of Grand River only to discover that the favored mayor candidate may be Frankenstein-ish. Alone Gray sets out to prove his theory—that the favored opponent might be among the walking dead.

The author has prose that I’ve admired for some time. Lines like this ring: “A pitfall of his outsider status. A pitfall of his lack of tribe, lack of affluence and fashion sense—his size forty Men’s Wearhouse off-the
Kim Lundstrom
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joe Ponepinto’s satire is at once a rollicking good time and a deeply unsettling look at the fragility of democracy. Its flawed hero, Gray Davenport, is a Walter Mitty-esque character who finds himself embroiled in an increasingly surreal political campaign in a small, down-at-heels American city, where a (possibly undead) giant has mesmerized the electorate. Gray embarks on a quest to get to the bottom of this strange situation, and thereby prove himself to a beautiful mystery woman and to his ...more
Connie Connally
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is crazy, but that's the point. The book is a combination of weirdness, somewhat other-worldliness, sensuality, symbolism, mystery and bleak humor. In "Mr. Neutron" we see a corrupt, nonsensical world through the eyes of a narrator so used to being ignored that he has almost lost himself. The strange ending is a challenge: has the main character lost himself even more, or has he found some crazy form of redemption? It would make for interesting discussion, and Woody Allen could make a ...more
Charlotte Morganti
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fun read, Mr. Neutron will get you thinking at the same time as it entertains. Joe Ponepinto’s wit shines throughout. One of my favourite lines popped up when two characters shared wine in a hot tub. The wine was a white, of course, because “red doesn’t go with chlorine.” This book will appeal to readers who enjoy satire fueled by politics.
Read Cook
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Curtain Calls and I was excited for Ponepinto’s latest. Mr. Neutron is totally original and effortlessly funny. Ponepinto makes the fantastical and absurd relatable, and his ability to put the reader into Grand River, and each setting within it, was masterful. I think Randy deserves his own spinoff story!
Leo Robertson
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interview with author coming soon :)
Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I will be writing a review for the publication I work for, but just to give you a taste... could have been better.
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This comedic satire by novelist Joe Ponepinto had me laughing out loud. The chain of events catapulting Reason Wilder, a candidate from nowhere, into the mayoral office of a small American town is eerie, suspenseful, incredible, and entertaining. The interesting, and potentially controversial, plot of this book is all the more so due to our current political climate. What's prescient about the book is how Ponepinto conceived of and wrote it long before the 2016 presidential election. As a former ...more
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Joe Ponepinto's novel, Mr. Neutron, was published by 7.13 Books in March, 2018. He was the founding publisher and fiction editor of Tahoma Literary Review, a nationally-recognized literary journal that has had selections reproduced in Best American Poetry, Best American Essays, Best Small Fictions, and other notable anthologies. He was the winner of the Tiferet: Literature, Art & the Creative Spir ...more

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