Early reviews!



“As an author, there’s a moment when noble emotions such as “admiration” and “respect” for a fellow scribe cross over into outright, green-eyed jealousy. And, about midway through reading Molly Elwood’s page-turning novel, Spartacus Ryan Zander and the Secrets of the Incredible, my appreciation for her quirky, breezy style quickly gave way to wanton prose-envy of the worst kind.

The book is the story of charming outsider Spartacus Zander, AKA “Poop Lip.” As exotic as his name is, Spartacus grounds the fantastical events of his story in a deeply affecting and relatable way. His insights and feelings at being a runaway in a difficult situation at a difficult age hold your metaphoric hand as Elwood leads you, circuitously, to the inevitable big showdown at the Big Top. But it’s the various roadside attractions and delightful deviations along the way that make her story sparkle like the creepy-shiny eyes of a carnie. But I’m a better person for every mile spent with Spartacus on his darkly comic road trip. And, if you’re from inner- or even outer-Portlandia, you will derive extra joy from the numerous inclusions of various beloved landmarks, twisted like a helium-filled balloon animal into Elwood’s wonderful story.”

– Dale Basye, author of Heck, Where the Bad Kids Go


“An eccentric kidnapped mother, a malefic circus, and more evil clowns than on a clear Halloween night. Spartacus Ryan Zander and the Secrets of the Incredible is fast and furiously fun.”

Gary Ghislain, author of How I Stole Johnny Depp’s Alien Girlfriend and The Goolz Next Door series


“Spartacus is like any great circus: exciting, surprising, dangerous, full of colorful characters, and containing at least a couple poop jokes.”

Alex Falcone, comedian and author of Unwrap My Heart

“I couldn’t put it down. Literally. Never pick up a book while eating a caramel apple. But if you are going to be stuck with the book for a few days, I advise you make it Spartacus Ryan Zander and the Secrets of the Incredible.”
Gerry Swallow, author of Blue in the Face: A Story of Risk, Rhyme, and Rebellion


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