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The Benevolent Lords of Sometimes Island

Scott Semegran

Mutt Press, 316 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781087878645
(Reviewed: May, 2020)

Scott Semegran’s captivating novel, The Benevolent Lords of Sometimes Island, poses the question: what would happen if four pre-teen boys got stranded on an island? The author describes his book as a response to William Golding’s Lord of the Flies (which was Golding’s response to R.M. Ballantyne’s The Coral Island).

The titular “benevolent lords” refers […]

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To Squeeze a Prairie Dog: An American Novel

Scott Semegran

Mutt Press, 330 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9780999717387
(Reviewed: November, 2018)

Scott Semegran uses his comic sensibility and keen eye for detail to weave an amusing yet heartwarming romp about the workers in Unit 3 of the Texas Department of Unemployment and Benefits and their lottery pool.

The story alternates viewpoints with everyone in the office—all cogs in the state bureaucracy—but focuses especially on J.D. Wiswall, […]

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Scott Semegran

Mutt Press, 171 pages, (paperback) $14.99, 9780692470114
(Reviewed: February, 2018)

In this collection of two short stories and a novella by Scott Semegran, the male characters—boys and young men—pursue their dreams as they struggle with life’s difficulties.

The two stories, “The Great and Powerful, Brave Raideen,” and “Good Night, Jerk Face” stand alone. The former features a boy who nearly makes a grave […]

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Sammie and Budgie

Scott Semegran

Mutt Press, 290 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9780692926925
(Reviewed: January, 2018)

In the amusing and at times mystical third book of Scott Semegran’s Simon Adventures series, single parent Simon Burchwood is back, this time with a story centering on his 6-year-old son, Sammie.

After Sammie spectacularly predicts an accident early in the novel, Simon realizes his son has a special ability that allows him to see […]

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