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Major Inversions

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Your roommate says you should date more, that all those spandex nights on stage paying tribute to hair metal and banging faceless groupies only amplify your Jekyll/Hyde syndrome. That this quicksand town of floozies, fiends, and filmmakers will survive without your commercial jingles. And your narcotics. That you should turn in your daytime security-guard badge and settle ...more
Paperback, 278 pages
Published August 7th 2009 by Createspace (first published 2009)
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Colin McKay Miller
Jun 23, 2010 rated it liked it
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Gordon Highland’s debut novel, Major Inversions, takes a little while to get going, but the whole winds up being greater than the sum of its parts.

Odds are you won’t like the main character, Drew Ballard. He plays in a hair metal cover band, sleeps with groupies, works off and on as a security guard / commercial jingle writer (everyone is a ‘slash’ in Highland’s town), does too many drugs and torments his nerdy roommate, Barron Vaughn, more than he seemingly deserves. While some readers might h
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Simon West-Bulford
Aug 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Major Inversions isn't the sort of book you can casually pick up and read. This book demands your attention. Usually I'd say that because the plot has enough complexity to ask more from you than average, but that's not the case here.

The demand from this book is in the prose. The subject matter isn't my cup of tea, but the language is rich, the choice of words meticulously thought out, and there are layers and undertones worth watching for. All that's great, but at times it feels like you're wadi
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Pela Via
Mar 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing

This novel blew my mind. I loved it.

I expected competence from Highland's debut novel, I assumed he could write well enough, but this novel didn't seem to be my thing; I couldn't tell where the story would lead or how it would manifest any depth, as these things go dangerously unadvertised in the book's description. In fact, the storyline alone is fantastic. Unexpected, interesting and moving, it covers all the points of a high-quality novel. Above that, the narrator is among the best I've rea
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Caleb Ross
(this review originally appeared at Outsider Writers Collective

Gordon Highland’s Major Inversion is a first-person meta-tale dominated by the seductive and confident Drew Ballard, 80’s tribute and Jazz fusion guitarist by night, commercial jingle scribe and drug enthused security guard by day. Highland writes with a narrative voice so full of wit and humor, it would be wise to read with a cynical cock-blocking fat friend at your side; the hair-metal spandex and verbal dexterity can make a persua
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Chris Deal
Mar 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Drew Ballard is perhaps the least likely protagonist ever. For one, he’s not all that likable, being a drug-dealing and abusing rent-a-cop with musical talent – he plays in a hair metal tribute act, The Down Boys, a jazz fusion act called, Feu Jeune, and works as the jingle writer of choice for the Wilmington area. He’s also a slacker despite his workload, with no real goals beside the next gig. The only thing he wants to do with women is of the carnal desire. He really shouldn’t be the center o ...more
Luke
May 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
This review is for the audiobook version, available at Audible.com. 'Major Inversions' is a hilarious black comedy that oozes wit and intelligence, despite its protagonist and narrator being somewhat of an underachieving slacker. The most impressive part of the novel by far is the prose. You could literally open it to a page at random and fail to find a single line that resembles anything close to "bland" or "dry". Maybe it's a bit of a reach, but it almost reminded me of Nabokov in a way. The u ...more
Richard Thomas
Jul 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is a funny, dark book, that stays with you. If you like 80s music, hair bands, pop culture, and humor, then this is the book for you. I've seen references to Nick Hornby, and that is a great example, correlation. This was a fun read, very enjoyable.
Perry Martin
May 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Major Inversons is written and narrated into audiobook format by Gordon Highland. The Author suggests one: "reads the synopsis first... as the book is Hilarious and Profane." Profound is more accurate. The book starts out at a fast pace, due to my belief that the author was high on adderal at the time of this books writing. The further you listen to the semi-coherent monologue the slower and more sober the story gets. I am not saying slow as in boring but the pace of the reading slows down and l ...more
Paul Eckert
Feb 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Major Inversions surprised me, and in the good way.

Drew Ballard writes commercial jingles and plays in various bands, ranging from white-collar jazz gigs to glam rock 80's bands. Oh, and he's also a part-time drug dealer and security guard. The line between his interests and the way he makes money is definitely blurry. He is funny, self-deprecating, and even a bit cocky. His life seems to be a semi-functional equilibrium of loneliness, drugs, music, and interior observations, and the first few
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Gordon Highland is the author of the novels Flashover and Major Inversions, as well as Submission Windows: a collection of stories and verse. He's published short stories in Word Riot, Noir at the Bar 2, Warmed and Bound, Black Heart Magazine, and many others. Gordon lives in the Kansas City area, where he makes videos by day and music by night.
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