THE TERRORS OF WONDER is perhaps one of the quirkiest
I’ve encountered in this year’s contest, and certainly one of the most original.
A mere summary of
the plot (someone is trying to steal a young heiress’s
do justice to the book’s odd structure: it’s made up of narrative, graphs, charts, footnotes, and appendices.
All of this helps
to lend the book a sense of verisimilitude—we feel as
though we’re reading
a collection of documents about an actual event. Strasel calls the book a tragicomedy, and it in fact is:
there’s a great deal of humor in the book, but it’s about rather a serious topic.
Much of the writing
is quite good,
and the verve of the book comes from its structural oddities.
Strasel is to be
applauded for the innovation of his work, and the
imaginative guts and playfulness with which he’s infused his book. "
- Judge, 25th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards