Things Grak Hates Grak hates things Lots of things And with a peculiar intensity too Grak s contempt is so strong in fact that it often leaves his fellow tribesmen bewildered And when attempting to describe his perso

  • Title: Things Grak Hates
  • Author: Peter J. Story
  • ISBN: 9780990749301
  • Page: 343
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Grak hates things Lots of things And with a peculiar intensity too.Grak s contempt is so strong, in fact, that it often leaves his fellow tribesmen bewildered And when attempting to describe his personality, they find themselves in need of words with greater nuance Neurotic is typically used Sociopath and narcissist are also common terms The most popular descriGrak hates things Lots of things And with a peculiar intensity too.Grak s contempt is so strong, in fact, that it often leaves his fellow tribesmen bewildered And when attempting to describe his personality, they find themselves in need of words with greater nuance Neurotic is typically used Sociopath and narcissist are also common terms The most popular descriptor, however, is pathological Grak, on the other hand, sees his situation in a rather different light He finds his behavior necessary and selfless, or even benevolent when his mood is just so Most often, though, he simply attributes his nature to being human But of all the things Grak despises, his antipathy for olives takes precedence In his efforts to be rid of this nuisance, he gets his first taste of power and ignites a series of events with troubling consequences Unwilling to give up his newfound influence, he sets about honing his only true talent manipulation But as his grip tightens, Grak s naively selfish exterior crumbles to reveal a dark and malicious evilIn his debut work, author Peter J Story brews a robust psychological satire infused with dry humor and a pinch of emotion Set just prior to recorded history, Things Grak Hates chronicles the life of a bizarre nomad and his descent toward evil Along the way, this unconventional and introspective allegory explores a variety of complex issues Among them power, politics, religion, redemption, the dissemination of ideas, and human nature itself.

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    1. Peter J. Story

      Peter J Story lives in San Antonio, Texas with his wife and their two pugs He writes code by day and fiction by night, considering himself an author of deliberate, genre free stories with a soul While his is not a pen name, he does enjoy chuckling to himself about how well it suits his passion.Being extremely shy as a youngster, Peter spent his days in two primary hobbies studying people and reading He found both pastimes equally fascinating Among his favorite characters were Encyclopedia Brown, Sebastian the Super Sleuth, and Sherlock Holmes When in search of new mystery stories, he read Murder on the Orient Express and found the tale intriguing Unfortunately, he felt that the name Hercule Poirot was unseemly, and abandoned any further inquiries in the character s direction.Then one day, at the age of ten or so, Peter s uncle introduced him to the work of J.R.R Tolkien, and his world changed forever He was carried away by the story and tried his hand at mimicking the epic Unfortunately, due to his existing love for Star Trek The Next Generation, this took an unholy turn toward a hybrid of the two worlds But he enjoyed it, nonetheless, and isn t that what matters most Of course it is.As he grew, Peter learned to enjoy a variety of new writers, such as George Orwell, Leo Tolstoy, Herman Melville, Ernest Hemingway, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Stephen King, Dave Barry, and C.S Lewis, all of whom had a tremendous impact on his writing style He planned to go to college with a vague notion of majoring in something to do with literature , then decided to instead spend seven years as a missionary mostly in Mexico City The time paid off, however, and taught him even about human nature and the art of telling a subtle, character driven story.

    844 thoughts on “Things Grak Hates”

    1. While I admit that I m the author and my opinion should be judged accordingly , I also feel it should be valued if presented with as little bias as possible If I give my book four stars, then I m either lying or didn t give it my all And if I give it five stars, but lie about that, then it s just as useless.But I honestly feel that Things Grak Hates is a five star book The story is dear to me It s a robust psychological satire full of emotion, dry humor, and hidden meaning It s an unconventional [...]


    2. Quite an unique story line Coming from a first time author, the writing is also quite fresh and with an interesting and funny prose, the book proves to be a hilarious ride for me Who is Grak A pri historic nomad belonging from an primitive era Grak is stupid, can t do a single thing with a fault in it, have no skills, better to say almost useless.What is his problem He is himself is the problem to his tribe People from his tribe openly make fun of him.Height of stupidity Grak hates Olives With s [...]


    3. Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely Lord ActonLeaving behind all discussions with regard to intent, the Platonic concept of philosopher kings, or benevolent dictators, what remains are the all too unfortunate and numerous individuals whose characters are an unsavory amalgam of weakness of will, questionable morals, shaky ethics, narcissistic tendencies i.e the ends always justify my means , greed or all of the above Tragically, we know how events can transpire when the [...]


    4. Love this book It s tone is snarky and light hearted, and yet it contains a surprising amount of depth if you re paying attention I started reading because I wanted to find out why Grak hated olives as much as I do, but by the end of a first chapter I was totally hooked Of course I hated the character and as the story wore on, but that s the point Definitely a book worth reading.


    5. Things Grak Hates by Peter J Story literally blew me away Who is Grak and what does he hate Grak is a tribesman that sees life in a peculiar way In fact, Graks fellow tribesmen are confused with what Grak feels is necessary in life Graks has guilty pleasures of watching children being scolded and witnessing the agony of others He feels he is not a total monster because he does feel some concern with others tribulation.Grak hates everything Out of everything Grak hates, he despises olives the mos [...]


    6. I rarely do book recommendations or reviews because, well, either I recommend stuff people know I ve already read and have previously ranted about or I simply don t find new books that have me all excited Things Grak Hates is the exception to the latter I was completely enthralled by this tale, which I honestly believed was going to be the silly ramblings of a prehistoric tribesman And yet, the portrayal of the issues faced in our modern world come alive in this story in a simple and straightfor [...]


    7. Grak made me hate himI have disliked characters before.but Grak, Grak made me hate him His manner got on my nerves from the very first chapter and it just seemed to get worse as the story went on I felt for the rest of his tribe


    8. The first and most important thought that I had in mind while reading this book was that the writer, Peter J Story is so talented His book made me laugh out loud literally but unlike other books I ve read, the humor in it isn t silly it is in fact extremely meaningful The book is well crafted and perfectly written The writer seems to put part of himself, part of his heart into his writing in order to fabricate a beautifully fascinating masterpiece This book is different it is genre free in a goo [...]


    9. I received this book as a Giveaway.This was a thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable look into human nature As the book progresses, you will be bewildered by Grak s behavior and, so, by his children I look forward to reading by Peter J Story.


    10. This was my first ARC and I would like to thank Peter J Story and Paper Newt for giving me a copy in exchange for an honest review Peter was very pleasant to deal with and we discussed the book via email first to make sure it was the right fit for me.The first thing I should say is that this book is not a lazy Sunday afternoon easy read It s a novel designed to make you uncomfortable and force you to think about the darker elements of human nature that you would normally rather avoid Grak s beha [...]


    11. It s interesting to note that big events often hinge on seemingly inconsequential things Small, otherwise unimportant factors can set off a chain reaction and in some cases, this chain reaction affects many, many than one would ever anticipate.Such is the case with Grak His journey begins on a rather innocuous note He hates olives Unfortunately for Grak, olives are a consistent feature on the menu of his nomadic tribe While meat supplies fluctuate, olives are pretty much a constant And this bri [...]


    12. I just stumbled upon this book, and I have to say that I was quite impressed Story has crafted a character that is just too easy to hate This small minded despot is a fascinating microcosm of the worst in human nature What s interesting though is that in hating Grak, the reader essentially becomes Grak Hate is never a productive emotion, and the author did a wonderful job showing just how far it can go Looking forward to what Peter J Story comes up with next.


    13. openbooksociety article thBrought to you by OBS reviewer Scottourney back to the early days of hunter gatherer tribes and into the world of Grak Within Things Grak Hates are all the fine points that go into an entertaining novel hatred, greed, lust, suspense, intrigue and power The novel, in its own charming way, describes the rise and fall of Grak, a finicky character who succumbs to his whims often than he listens to reason or just listens for that matter It s a tale, however, with morals tha [...]


    14. I recently won a copy of Things Grak Hates, the debut novel by Peter J Story, as a Giveaway I m glad I did, as Things Grak Hates is the best book I ve read in quite awhile AND the first book I ve given 5 stars to under my new rating system The book is described as a darkly funny and occasionally horrifying tale about a man who hates olives and the depths of sociopathy It is so much than that The story is told through the eyes of Grak a selfish, lazy, unskilled and, we come to find out, VERY man [...]


    15. This is an unusual book about a really unusual character Grak is probably one of the most unlikeable characters I ve encountered but oddly enough, that didn t keep me from loving the book.There seems to be quite a lot of intricate detail worked into the plot line of Things Grak Hates, but I think it s easy to miss much of it if you re not paying attention If you re reading casually, you re just going to find a quirky story about a rather pathetic individual As I read though, I noticed a number o [...]


    16. Grak hates olives and stews over it until he hatches a plan to get the cook banished from the tribe He soon figures out how to use his devious nature to gain power and rid his world of things he hates What he doesn t count on is that, instead of simplifying his life, his actions make it complicated and render his desires harder to get than ever.This book starts out light and humorous, but gets dark halfway in It ends up being an allegory of any type of power political, religious, business and h [...]


    17. If you re going to read a book this year, make it Things Grak Hates Peter J Story has crafted a tale that delves into the human condition and examines the course man takes when left to his own devices In his uniquely wry, witty style, the author tackles the concepts of power and politics, religion and redemption, and the most unfortunate aspects of human nature.This is a thoughtful book a refreshing change from much that I ve seen and read lately It s the kind of book that you ll read two or thr [...]


    18. I met Peter at a book festival in Houston and picked up his book on a whim The premise seemed pretty clever and the author was funny and entertaining plus, he has pugs Now, this isn t typical reading material for me I read mostly classics books that have stood the test of time I m usually a bit wary of contemporary work even when it s on the Bestseller lists but I have to say that I d be very surprised if this book doesn t eventually become a classic in its own right.Things Grak Hates hits all t [...]


    19. 4.5 StarsA great satirical story told with emotion and humor Starting with an event caused by Grak s hate for olives and his charming personality we watch him lying and manipulating his way to power Never satisfied and always looking for new ways to increase his power, we experience Grak s descent towards the darkest depths of his mind And we love it.An original story, intelligently woven and well written, with a pleasant rhythm and great humor I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjo [...]


    20. Things Grak Hates employs off the wall humor and satire to examine psychological and political themes It reminds me a bit of George Orwell s Animal Farm due to it s satire and the exploration of the evolution of political problems It also reminds me of Bradbury using fiction to analyse problems in society This book seems unique in the subtle and humorous way these elements are explored The book has dark elements as well as spots of humor Things Grak Hates is well written The story flows well, th [...]


    21. I LOVED Grak s Inner DialogueThis is a hilarious mashup between the style of George Saunders and the character of Ignatius P Reilly The author breaks a lot of the conventional rules surrounding literature, but he does so in a surprisingly masterful way For a debut novel, I d say this one is a homerun.I loved all of Grak s inner dialogue He s constantly talking to himself, and the author really captured realistic thought patterns Grak struggles over ways to get people to notice his less than mast [...]


    22. Every now and then, a book comes out and hits you right between the eyes This one certainly did Poignant, pithy, and brutally honest about human nature None of us want to see ourselves in Grak but if we re honest, I think there IS a little Grak in each of us.Highly recommend this author and look forward to future work.


    23. On few occasions have I been willing to put down a book unfinished This book is one of those occasions.I met Peter J Story at a book festival in San Antonio, Texas The over all premise of a pre historic man finding power and using it to help his people was very appealing Skimming the cover, a few pages, the overall physical feel, the texture, of the book, I found myself captivated It also helped that Peter J Story is pretty cool at least he was for the five minutes my wife and I hung out with hi [...]


    24. It s interesting to note that big events often hinge on seemingly inconsequential things Small, otherwise unimportant factors can set off a chain reaction and in some cases, this chain reaction affects many, many than one would ever anticipate.Such is the case with Grak His journey begins on a rather innocuous note He hates olives Unfortunately for Grak, olives are a consistent feature on the menu of his nomadic tribe While meat supplies fluctuate, olives are pretty much a constant And this bri [...]


    25. As a society, we tend to take it a little easier on victims In many cases, we ll take horrible acts almost in stride and simply chalk those acts up to the difficulties faced by the perpetrator This seems to be the case with Grak This neurotic nomad obviously had a rough go of things as a child He didn t really have any desirable skills, and even his best attempts at building, crafting, etc were maligned and mocked He experienced great loss, was the brunt of bullying, and dealt with tragedy Thus, [...]


    26. has heartGentle humor about human nature Fun read Free of genre tropes Free of genre Looking forward to from this author.


    27. This is a really good book It reminds me of Animal Farm, in a sense, as an exploration of how dictatorships form, and how good intentions lead to despotism It starts off amusing, with Grak a lovably misanthropic protagonist As the story goes on, it becomes less and less funny, and Grak becomes less and less likable There s always a degree of sympathy for him, but it s a reluctant sympathy, as he does become a truly awful person, as any dictator inevitably must in order to hold onto power The sto [...]


    28. In Peter Story s first novel he tells the story of life through the hyper focused eyes of a Nomad named Grak The story takes place in primitive time before recorded history Grak belongs to a tribe of tent dwellers.The author gives us a very detailed look of life through the mind, and heart of Grak, who is honest in expressing his hatreds of olives and cooking and lazy people and whiners, etc and his fears and odd pleasures Through his rise to leadership he turns out to be a lying, scheming manip [...]


    29. I hate GRAK He sees most everyone else as lazy, but he is the lazy one He takes leadership of his tribe so he doesn t have to do anything The tribe before this did not have a leader, they just all worked together He manipulates people, actually he is amazing how he gets away with what he does In the context of someone having power, which he does by being the leader now, you can see the age old need to keep everyone in line and the beginning of beatings and discipline This could be written in an [...]


    30. Grak s Controlling Nature Ends Up Controlling HimThis was quite an interesting look into the mind of a controlling, manipulative personality Grak doesn t really have any real useful skills, but he does stumble upon a knack for manipulation Because his tribe is naively trusting, he s able to just bend them to his will When he runs into any resistance, a bit of torture or discipline gets people right back in line.What I find really interesting though, is that ultimately, Grak s controlling nature [...]


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