"My Author is Dead"
Not your Usual Dystopia.
Not your Usual Satire.
For sure, Adam is weird—although “weird” is all relative. Weird is problematic, but tolerable. What’s forbidden though is talking to Kafkaists, who are nothing but dangerous worms guilty of “moral turpitude”—cockroaches that the Author most probably forgot to erase. So helping Kafkaists wasn’t the brightest thing to do.
Unfortunately, he didn’t have a choice. For one, June was a Kafkaist—cockroaches can’t possibly have such dazzling blue eyes. Second, well… he had to make things right.
All he needed was a plan. An infallible plan. In normal circumstances—although “normal” is all relative—it’s that simple.
If only Adam was good at making plans.
Paperback: 305 pages
Publisher: CePages Press
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
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2017 Garcia Memorial Prize for the Best Fiction Book of the Year
and Winner, 2017 Reader Views Reviewers Choice Award - 1st Place in the Fiction Novel category
Awarded by a panel of judges who are experts in their fields (as well as avid readers), on the basis of content/originality, presentation/design, innovation, social relevance, production quality, enjoyment/impact, and plot/story line. The Readerviews commendation of the novel's unique qualities is reported in the "Reviews" section below.
the reader may wonder where the story is going, but those who
stick with the book are in for a real treat (...). If causing
readers to think about who is in control was Bruneau's
objective, then he nailed it. Originality: 10 out of 10
— Booklife (by Publishers Weekly), September 2016
"Bruneau is a genius of undertones, and you can tell
he really enjoyed playing with this talent in “My Author is
Dead.” Because of all the fun he must have had creating the
plot, we readers now have one of the smartest and clever reads
of 2016. His writing style is vivid. His characters are so
genuine I forgot at times that they were characters in a book.
The story was so captivating it took me away into its plot and
wouldn’t let me go, not even in the rare moments I managed to
put the book down. This is a book that readers should make time
to read to savor its clever cynical tone. I didn’t the first
time I read it and couldn’t imagine not wanting to read it
again, so I did, but took my time to enjoy the ride. Although it
can be an easy read, I truly enjoyed it even more the second
time around when I read it over the weekend with no rush or
constant interruptions. Overall, “My Author is Dead” by Michel
Bruneau is a very well written, five-star, unique, clever, fun,
and memorable read. Not your average book! "
— Readerviews, January 2017
"This is the story of a society divided
by a wicked belief system, and the boy who defied the rules. My
Author Is Dead by Michel Bruneau is a deeply gripping
Kafka-esque story that explores social divisions and injustices,
love, and defying the rules.
central character's unique take on the way of life around him
and beyond is one of the story's main hooks. Even in his darkest
hours, Adam's unique look at things never fails to lighten the
mood for the reader. Michel Bruneau used an engaging sense of
humour and cynicism to infuse some light into the gloom that
formed the general mood of the story. - 5
— Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite, October 2016
is a fascinating and well-written, genre-defying story that fans
of Kafka, young adult literature, and libertarianism will enjoy.
It's kind of set in a dystopian future where absurd rules are
sancrosanct. If you're looking for a smart read, touching on
real political issues in a metaphorical way, this is for you. "
— Amazon.com Reviewer, September 2016
"Stranger than Fiction, but
better. I really enjoyed reading this one right from the get-go."
— Audrey Terry, Goodreads Review, November 2016
fascinating story. It is perfect for Kafka fans. (...) Once I
started reading, I just couldn’t put this down. (...) Very
cleverly thought out and written in an engaging and quirky
manner. (...) Great book, I love the writing style and highly
recommended for anyone who wants an entertaining read. - 5
— Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite, September 2016
"My Author Is Dead is a strange book
which carries with it some unsettling, though thought provoking,
Cleverly crafted, it pokes and prods at the very basis of
perception and reality while spinning a charmingly tangled love
story. I would recommend that you read this book with no
preconceptions and an open mind. - 5
— Charles Remington for Readers' Favorite, October 2016
"Je me suis laissé prendre par
cette histoire de procès dans un village de morons. J'aime la
façon que les idées dansent sur la page et toujours cet humour
décalé. Les personnages secondaires sont pissants de vérités et
l'intrigue nous tenaille. Un vrai bonheur." Approximate
Translation: "I have been won by this story of a trial in a
village of morons. I love how the ideas dance on the page
and the offbeat humor. The secondary characters are
truthful caricatures and the plot is gripping. A true
— Amazon.ca Reviewer, September 2016
“The characters in My Author Is Dead definitely do have an
unusual outlook on life. This will lead to many surprises for
readers. (…) The more you get into the story, the more you get
drawn in. (…) I enjoyed how some of the current political
problems can be found in the story; not obvious, but in a very
well done way that makes you think (a lot). This book is a
strange read - but also strangely compelling. (…) In a world
where so many books are the same, this is a very pleasant
surprise! 4 Stars."
— Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite, November 2016
"My Author is Dead is a book that I will
be recommending to others. (...) Michel Bruneau really hit a big
one with this story. -
— Samantha Dewitt (Rivera) for Readers' Favorite, October 2016
Reading Groups and Book Clubs: Please download the Reading Group Guide for "My Author is Dead" here.
Steven and Ron (Spieldberg and Howard that is) have not called yet, but the phone should ring any minute now. If you wish to acquire the movie rights first, I'll be pleased to talk to you, unless you envision turning some characters into vampires or cast "the Fonz" in the lead role (although, I could be convinced otherwise if Henry Winkler calls me up personally).
Studies conducted in controlled environments by unbiased
experts have demonstrated that reading "My Author is Dead" could
improve interpersonal relationships and add years to your life
expectancy (as long as you don't drive or operate heavy
machinery while reading). It would be wise to experimentally verify this odd phenomenon with the
people you love.
Note: This "Michel Bruneau" should not be confused with his namesakes who have written books on acoustics, mathematics, or history, and most certainly not with the one who has written cookbooks (the birthday cake the author of "The Emancipating Death of a Boring Engineer" once lovingly baked for his wife made her wonder if he was trying to poison her, so don't bother asking him for recipes).