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Anchihiiroo – by Jeremy Rodden (Sunday Shorts – No. 12)

Sunday Shorts – No. 12, plus a Guest Review and a Recipe!

Sunday Shorts is a fun and unique meme. The rules are easy, a short story, an anthology of short stories, a novella, or a quick weekend read that is also short on your wallet!

Please join us at our Goodreads Group and see whats on our shelf! Also please add your link below so everyone can easily hop from blog to blog and read your short! This is a brand new Meme that I hope will grow! If you do not have a blog, you can leave it in the comment section, add it to the group list, share it with your friends on Twitter, just use #sundayshorts when you share! Just remember to have fun!

Today’s Sunday Shorts is also the Discover Fantasy Tour’s first stop!! It is a change of pace to my usual fare, but here at the Cabin I like to mix it up a bit (get it.. cooking humor people!) It is middle-grade literature, but  did read and enjoy, alas I am at a loss on how to review it! I am handing the reigns to someone else, so everyone welcome Matti! (Though I will interject SOME of my view feedback, as in the finer points of using pee in a book for middle-schoolers! I give it five stars!)

I would say this book is falls within the target range of  ages of 10 up. Some of the vocabulary may have them needing to ask you what a word is but for the most part I think this is a good age group,  As a mom I enjoyed the story but as a straight up adult reading a book for review, I was a bit lost since I have not read the chapter book. However It is easy to follow and very enjoyable and let’s face it, it has Ninja’s and Pirates, despite the fact they are acting very naughty.

Oh, and if you have a son (or a daughter like my 13 year old) this age, he will love it because the phoenix pees and what little boy (or girl) of that age does not get a kick out of any character from a book peeing! For 99 cents for your Kindle, how can you go wrong, especially with talking birds you can fly, ninjas, pirates and peeing

MY RATING OF FIVE, yes FIVE PIECES OF MOOSE POO (THANKS Liam, my 12 old son, for pointing out this would be very appropriate, so for those missing the funny part I did rate this 5 stars as in AWESOME)

Anchihiiroo – Origin of an Antihero (Toonopolis Shorts, #1)

In Toonopolis: Gemini, Anchihiiroo (aka Han’Eiyuu) is the former hero of Animetown who turns Rogue after meeting the devious Shadowy Figure, forcing his creator to change him into a villain instead of the anti-hero he once was. Yuki, the albino inventor of Wan-Wan, described Anchihiiroo’s background:

“He had a terrible childhood. He was orphaned at an early age when his parents were killed in a war. Then his orphanage burned down, and then a flood wiped out the town his orphanage was in. He was the only survivor.”

Learn the full origin of Anchihiiroo, from his tragic childhood as Yoshi of Higeki to the warrior training that allowed him to put a stop to the Ninja-Pirate War that plagued Animetown. Witness his relationship with the phoenix Suzaku and his inevitable Rogue turn after meeting the mysterious Shadowy Figure. It is a story about destiny and a young man’s desire to make his own path in the world.

Novella – 68 pages – cost 99 cents

I have a special book this week in kicking off Discover Fantasy Guest reviewer, daughter of Alchemy of Scrawl –

[This story] inspired me to write more of my own stories to try and become as good as this story. My favorite character was the Phoenix bird because a Phoenix is just full of awesomeness. I liked the imaginary world. I would recommend this book for 12 years old and up because of the vocabulary.

There isn’t a lesson because this is like an expansion pack to a game. You have to read Anchihiiroo in order to understand why he turned rogue and how that fits the story of  Toonopolis. He did not want to be the hero because everyone was bossing him around in his life.

Review written by an 11-year-old girl named Matti, and she likes the book so much she reads it over and over. To thank her I am also posting her favorite recipe, today that is! THANK you Matti!

4.8 from 6 reviews
Matti's Homemade Chicken Florentine

4.8 from 6 reviews

4.8 from 6 reviews
Matti's favorite dish. She helped me out by reviewing the book so I wanted to share her favorite dish with you)
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
  • 1 package of Chicken Breast Strips
  • 1 bunch of Spinach
  • minced Garlic to taste ("but no onion, I do not like onion")
  • 1 regular sized can of Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 ½ cups of White Cheese ("Mom says it is the Italian blend one that is already shredded because she does not like shredding cheese anymore")
  • milk ("if needed, since sometimes Mom puts a bit too much cheese")
  • olive oil
  1. Season the chicken with the herbal spice and saute (do not fry) in pan over medium heat, adding garlic and then add spinach with the stems cut off
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions and drain, put back in pan
  3. Heat up soup and add a big handful ("Mom size handful") to soup and stir, if it is to thick add some milk
  4. Cut the chicken strips up and toss the spinach and chicken into the pasta pan.
  5. When the cheese is melted and sauce is the right thickness pour over pasta and chicken mix and stir till blended.
  6. Serve with Garlic Bread (see notes)
"HEY! only kind of bread is TEXAS Toast Garlic Bread! hehehe"

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 to be 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.


(Don’t forget to head on over to the Discover Fantasy and enter their Giveaway for a $100 Gift Certificate!)



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  1. Thanks bunneh and that tour looks awesome

  2. Great post all round Kriss.

    Thanks for kicking off the Discover Fantasy Tour in style 🙂

    I have yet to read Anchihiiroo but I loved Jeremy Rodden’s Toonopolis so this book is definitely near the top of my TBR pile.

    Enjoyed the review too. You’ll be retiring soon, Kriss, given the competition there 😉
    Show me some love!

  3. Fantastic post – lovely looking recipe too. Definitely one to bookmark.

    Thank you for kicking off the Discover Fantasy Tour in epic style!

    Show me some love!

  4. Kriss,

    Thanks for the review… and the emphasis on Suzaku peeing. But hey, if you were trapped in an egg for 100 years, wouldn’t you need to pee? (Think Austin Powers!)

    Also glad to see Matti’s kind words popping up here. I look forward to my interview this month with Coral and Matti on Blog Talk Radio.

    Appreciate the participation in our Discover Fantasy tour and kicking it off with style! Thanks again.


    Show me some love!

    • Ahaha thanks and glad you enjoyed this multi-contributed post!

  5. Yep she read it and laughed out loud! And when I asked her if she had anything to add – Always be prepared for whatever comes your way. She is a card! You’re going to have your hands full Jeremy.

  6. I didn’t hit the 5 stars fast enough…

  7. Moose Poo ratings?? I don’t think I can go there unless I really hate a book.

    • I rates it 5 stars above. I’m from Alaska, my 12 year said if I was going to mention the Phoenix peeing that it would be funny to rate it five moose nuggets! I do rate with moose tracks, as again he pointed out. I loved the book and even my snobby son did, though he wouldn’t write me a review lol

    • I was under the assumption that moose poo was a form of currency in Alaska.



      Show me some love!

      • In some bush towns it is actually. And if you bring them Rudolph’s nose, which he sheds each spring in a special form of shedding, your family is paid a full season of whale blubber and first spot on the dip netting chain!

        By doing this assures his placement out front of the tract and it also makes sure all the damage from the Elf-Dust he snorts is not in evidence when the AVMA comes up and does their yearly drug testing he passes. So yes, it is a positive rating, especialyy from a 12 year old boy!

        Show me some love!

  8. 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.

    Show me some love!

  9. Very cool! Tour sounds fun.


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