Anchihiiroo - Origin of an Antihero

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Anchihiiroo, the hero of Animetown in Toonopolis, had a tragic past yet still became a hero. This is his origin story. More
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Published by Portmanteau Press LLC
Words: 21,600
Language: English
ISBN: 9780983425304
About Jeremy Rodden

I spent the first ten years of my professional life in retail sales, working my way up to store management positions in two different Fortune 500 retailers. Along the way, I managed to earn a BA in Religion and English Writing from La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA and an MA in Secondary Education from Holy Family University, also in Philadelphia.

After completing my Masters, I began teaching high school English. When my second son was born in May, 2010, however, my wife and I decided that it would be more prudent for me to be a stay-at-home dad, taking care of the new baby along with my first son, who was born in June, 2005. I have since had the challenge and pleasure of being a homemaker.

It was at this time that I finally grasped the stories that had been in my head since I was a teenager and wrangled them to paper. Toonopolis began as a silly interactive fiction game played with some real life and virtual friends. The game only lasted a few years but the world I had created and my characters never escaped my thoughts.

As a writer, I consider C.S. Lewis and Lewis Carroll as my strongest influences. They were able to create magical worlds that readers of all ages enjoy, which is exactly what I want to achieve with Toonopolis. It is a lofty goal, indeed, but the only goals that will invariably be unachievable are the ones that are not set.

Welcome to my world. I hope you have as much fun as I do.

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Review by: Erik Gustafson on Nov. 07, 2011 :
I am a big fan of the Toonopolis world and this one did not disappoint!
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Review by: Bookblogger on Nov. 02, 2011 :
Anchihiiroo by Jeremy Rodden tells the in depth story of one of the "rogue" toons from Toonopolis: Gemini. I was happy to see this short, as Animetown was possibly my favorite section of Toonopolis from Gemini. With that in mind this could be a stand alone story to help you decide to read the full length book, but I really feel that it works much better after reading Gemini and having an understanding of the world Jeremy has created.

Anchihiiroo was born Yoshi in a simple fishing village. One day his village is attacked by pirates during the ninja pirate war. He escapes the destruction and is found and taken in by some kind people in the next town over. Unfortunately that town is also destroyed leaving him once again as the lone survivor. When Yoshi is taken in by the monks at the Suzaku temple, where a phoenix egg is awaiting a hero of legend to hatch.

The story tells of a young man with a tragic past who feels his life is totally outside of his control. This book is a wonderful supplement to fans of the Toonopolis universe and serves very well as an appetizer to hold you over until the next volume of the main story is released. While a bit more serious than Gemini there is still a good amount of humor. Anyone from the age of 8 and above can enjoy the world that Jeremy Rodden has created and I recommend picking this up for anyone in the family.
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Review by: Amanda on Oct. 29, 2011 :
I'm not sure what book dancingqueen67 read, but I'm don't think we read the same book. The Anchihiiroo I read was well-written, and easy to read. I enjoyed reading Yoshi's story and learning how he ended up being the anti-hero he hated so much. This short isn't as funny as Toonopolis: Gemini; it's a more serious story, but it has funny moments. And of course, a snarky sidekick.
I'm still wondering about the whole brother issue, but I suppose I'll have to read the next Toonopolis installment for those answers. I think I can handle that.
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Review by: dancingqueen67 on Oct. 24, 2011 :
This reminds me very much of Japanese Anime fiction. It's hard to tell who the target audience is for this story, a child would find it hard to read, I had my kid read a few sentences and he struggled. As an adult it didn't hold my attention at all, I stopped reading after a few pages.

Is it standard American English to have short choppy sentences and use full stops instead of commas? It breaks up the flow of the plot and distracts the reader, I had to go back and read a few paragraphs to make sense of them because of it. The english is a bit breathless on one hand and stilted on the other.

I'll give it a star because I like Anime.
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