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Read reader ↠ Things Grak Hates ebook ↠ Grak hates things Lots of things And with a peculiar intensity tooGrak’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 “R “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 conseuences Unwilling to give up his newfound influence he sets about honing his only true talent manipulation But as his grip tightens Grak’s na 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 straightforward way that opens ours eyes to the to put it frankly stupidity of it all My boyfriend Sam Fuller shared it and it has become a top favorite of mine now I'm definitely wanting a hardcover copy if it's still available

Things Grak HatesR “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 conseuences Unwilling to give up his newfound influence he sets about honing his only true talent manipulation But as his grip tightens Grak’s na 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 straightforward way that opens ours eyes to the to put it frankly stupidity of it all My boyfriend Sam Fuller shared it and it has become a top favorite of mine now I'm definitely wanting a hardcover copy if it's still available

ePub ↠ Things Grak Hates ó Peter J. Story

Things Grak Hates ☆ Grak hates things Lots of things And with a peculiar intensity tooGrak’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 behavio “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 uestionable morals shaky ethics narcissistic tendencies ie “the ends always justify my means” greed or all of the above Tragically we know how events can transpire when the “shaky” members of society grab some power with their acuisitive little hands The course of human civilization abounds with a veritable legion of individuals who have taken power and corrupted it to serve their own ends; ranging from politicians pick up any newspaper on any given day and you will be regaled and disgusted with their shenanigans minor officials and petty dictators all the way up to a person who through cold canny acumen manipulation mendacity and intimidation take over entire countries committing crimes and evils against humanity that are almost impossible for an evolved individual to fathomThese themes are the structure around which Peter J Story’s novel is built And it should come as no surprise that we are not going to spend the next 300 pages hearing about how kind and benevolent Grak is So make no mistake about it by the end of this novel I can tell you uneuivocallyPaula hates Grak No not the novel Just Grak And so should you If not I hope you live in a galaxy far far away The novel has a rather innocuous beginning We are introduced to Grak and the tribe of which he is a very unimportant member This is a primitive society with a simple regard for each other They follow the deer herds through the seasons and forage for the rest of their food nuts berries etc They are industrious content and happyWell except for Grak Grak is never industrious and he is seldom content and happy He harbors petty resentments against most of the tribe because they seem to be able to do well everything better than he No matter the job his results in hunting carpentry sewing etc are mediocre at best He is a paranoid little gnome of a man who thinks everyone in the tribe – except for his friend Doran looks down on him and makes fun of him behind his backGrak’s trajectory to dictatorship begins as many such journeys very small and rather humorously His trigger He does not like olives Actually he hates them not only because of the taste but also because of the way they make his mouth pucker which provokes some good natured ribbing from his fellow tribe members and which he definitely does not receive in a good natured way Since olives are a major food source for the tribe it is difficult for him to avoid them To rub salt into the wound the tribe loves the very name “olive” and so begins a tradition of naming their daughters Olive Olives the food source and females named Olive are everywhere What begins as a series of seemingly innocent lies lying is an unknown concept in the tribe told in order to avoid the hated food is so surprisingly successful it gets Grak’s reptilian little brain clicking as he reflects upon his gratifying and effortless success Grak is all about obtaining things with the least amount of effort Inevitably he begins to explore how to expand his methods attacking and eliminating other things he hates which becomes an ever expanding list and how to get what he wants which is also an ever expanding listUp to this point we are a little uncomfortable but still laughing at this rather pathetic little guy who has no skills and is smelly awkward boastful and intensely hungry for approval Someone who longs to possess a sense of importance and rank within the tribe He wants their approval their love but most importantly their recognition and acknowledgment that he is special It is in how Grak strategizes to attain his desires and how those desires evolve into an insatiable appetite for obeyance and adulation that Mr Story weaves his disturbing taleDuring the course of the novel we discover that contrary to our initial impression Grak does indeed possess an entire arsenal of innate talents He is a master of deceitfulness manipulation intimidation fear mongering and uick wittedness combined with a complete lack of empathy and a disturbingly cold blooded merciless approach when it comes to levying retribution for violations of his long lists of rules All of this is as easy to him as breathing and he comes to enjoy his ability to manipulate and persecute the tribe For him it’s not only rewarding it’s funMr Story does an excellent job of developing Grak’s mental pathology and escalating violent behavior as he gains and control over the tribe We can easily euate Grak’s dark disturbing trajectory with other human monsters in our historythe endless rationalization for actions taken“I wouldn’t have to do these things if they didn’t make it necessary””If they would only listen””If only they would stop uestioning my authority and realize that I know what’s best for them” As their behavior escalates so does their paranoia and they project their own dark tendencies upon the personalities of those with whom they surround themselves Everyone becomes a foe an enemysomeone not be trusted because they themselves are not to be trusted Liars and manipulators always assume that everyone else must be lying and manipulating as wellThis is Mr Story’s first novel and the writing is generally tight and well constructed As I said he absolutely nails the mental pathology of someone with narcissistic personality disorder and what can happen when such individuals are allowed free unrestricted rein over others We usually assume that a dictator’s rise to power be it over tribes districts cities states countries – are the result of some sudden coup As Mr Story reminds us this not always the case Instead such takeovers can begin very small These monstrous manipulators are like spiders spinning webs The web oh so gradually becomes bigger and bigger one small sticky thread at a time At first just a few people are ensnared or enthralledthen then Until everyone is caught in some way – either as an active enableror a victim However as much as I appreciate Mr Story’s impressively successful portrayal of a cruel despot in the making I found it was a book I appreciated on a clinical intellectual level than I actually enjoyed reading as a novel Although Grak’s behavior and hold over the tribe becomes increasingly dangerous; as much as he literally destroys the balance and harmony of the group replacing it with fear and violence it is difficult to appreciate how truly chilling these events are This is partly because of the rather shallow cartoony nature of the portrayals and events I believe I read somewhere a suggestion that this would make a good graphic novel and I would agree I think Mr Story’s tale would be better served in that format Perhaps this would be an interesting adaptation project he could pursueThe other weakness in the novel is that we spend almost the entire time riding around in Grak’s head We see others and experience events only through his eyes and how he perceives them This is a problem Narcissists have no empathy for others Other people aren’t really people to them they are merely human tools that only have relevance in how they impact the narcissist A narcissist feels about people like you “feel” about your refrigerator It has importance to you but you don’t think about it at all unless it gives you trouble or it doesn’t hold everything you want or makes too much noise It’s just something you usesomething that serves your purpose And that’s it If it gives you trouble and doesn’t live up to your reuirements what happens You become exasperated with it – and maybe you just get rid of it Such is the perception of the narcissistBecause Mr Story never personalizes the ePub ↠ Things Grak Hates ó Peter J. 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Peter J. Story ó Things Grak Hates reader Ively selfish exterior crumbles to reveal a dark and malicious evil In 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 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 good way I thought I was going to enjoy reading it and I wasn't wrong Giving Things Grak Hates 5 stars is just fair Giving it less than 5 stars means it is imperfect or it contained some not so good parts or any disappointments whatsoever which is absolutely not the caseI'm so looking forward to read Story's next work