Science Fiction Comedy Adventure – The Adventures of Markus Waffler

The Adventures of Markus WafflerThe Adventures of Markus Waffler
By Helen Rusinoff
Publisher: 978-1618974440
ISBN: Strategic Book Publishing
Published: September 2012
Pages: 56
Genre: Fiction / Science Fiction Comedy Adventure

The hilarious sci-fi romp The Adventures of Markus Waffler takes place on the planets of Mabog and Calypso. Calypso is a beautiful but dangerous planet inhabited by toxic, intelligent plants.

The Mabogians, who live on the neighboring planet of Mabog, can’t decide what to do with these plants, which from time to time swarm Mabog’s cities with spores that can dissolve whole buildings into liquid goop. A military organization is set up by the Mabogians to fight the plants.

Markus Waffler has just graduated (or rather flunked) school. He is only 121 years old, a fairly young age for a Mabogian. He seems to not be very good at anything in particular and ends up being drafted into the military to fight Calypso’s plants. On Calypso, Markus meets Dr. Murke, a strange man who seems to be meeting with someone or something in the forest every day.

What in the world (of Calypso) is happening? Will Markus finally succeed at something or will these wicked weeds get the best of him?

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Historical Memoir – Dad’s Reminiscences, Reveries and Ruminations

Dad’s Reminiscences, Reveries and RuminationsDad's Reminiscences, Reveries and Ruminations
By Henry Frederick Cathcart
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781466291058
Pages: 244
Genre: Memoir/History

“Dad”, son of a Union Civil War soldier, and one of nine children, was born in 1872 on a farm on the great plains of Nebraska. Although Dad was born to be a farmer, he always had an insatiable desire for travel and adventure.

“Dad’s Reminiscences Reveries and Ruminations” was written in 1918 By Henry Frederick Cathcart (“Dad”) while stationed in France during World War one, where he served as a Mess Sergeant. It was there where he acquired the nick-name “Dad” because he was so much older than most of his fellow soldiers.

First published in 1919, “Dad’s Reminiscences, Reveries and Ruminations” includes Dad’s memoirs from early childhood on the Nebraska farm to his Army days in France. They are full of adventure, romance, and tales of sad and happy days from farm life to war in stories told mostly in poetry form that are all true, and give the reader a glimpse into the life of a plain-spoken but gifted storyteller nick-named “Dad”.

From an historical standpoint,”Dad’s Reminiscences, Reveries and Ruminations” shows insight into the first-hand experience, background, and personal life of a WW One soldier who joined the fray at a time when “doing my bit” was considered an admirable undertaking, as it still is for today’s soldier.

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Mystery – Is That Your Mother-In-Law Under The Bed?

Is That Your Mother-In-Law Under The Bed?Is That Your Mother-In-Law Under The Bed
By Barbara Oliver Fletcher
Publisher: Abbott Press
ISBN: 978-1458205872
Published: September 2012
Pages: 192
Genre:

Edna Barnes and Edith Johnson are sisters and widows in their late fifties who enjoy quiet lives together in a double-wide mobile home in a pleasant mobile home park. Things are pretty peaceful for the pair—until Edna’s daughter Ellen shows up, suspicious that her husband of seven years, Roger, is cheating on her.

Edna and Edith jump into action to find out the truth about Roger and his supposed mistress. Edna uses common sense, while Edith relies on her son the police officer as an inside connection. What began as the case of a cheating husband, though, soon turns into the search for a murderer.

When greed, sex, and heartbreak get involved, anything can happen, and Edna and Edith know this all too well. Their initial investigations into Roger turn up evidence that could solve three cold cases—and they’re discovering that the adrenaline rush of solving crimes is much more enjoyable than daytime television, bingo, and quilting parties.

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Contemporary Fiction – Sun Burn

Sun BurnSun Burn
By Arthur V. Campbell IV
Publisher: T. Plate Shift Publishing
ISBN: 978-0615573861
Pages: 184
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary

he last psychedelic novel?

SUN BURN is an art novel involving graphic art from around the world interlaced with an amusing exercise in wit and dry humor involving Porsches, French-speaking aliens, a pipe organ, a Citroen, a master mechanic, lonely beat cop, and a society in which no one seems to do anything (except the bar tender). The book has no sex, no violence, and no bad language, though it does have some French language (translated in the ample footnotes ). 5.5 x 8.25 x 185-page paperback includes 180 art illustrations, including 3 by author.

The pump boy pumps gas at a station that only serves Porsche turbos evidently, and the mechanic obviously only works on other cars grudgingly. He is able to repair intergalactic devices, a skill that serves him well in this odd mix of 1950s science fiction and current literary pace. Great coffee table piece and conversation starter.

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Health/Medical – Transform Mind and Body with the Lap-Band

Transform Mind and Body with the Lap-BandTransform Mind and Body with the Lap-Band
By Lisa Gentile
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1456528003
Published: June 2012
Pages: 110
Genre:Bariatric Medical Nutrition

This book provides readers with insightful knowledge and understanding to bariatric Lap-Band treatment. Beyond nutritional guidance, emotional and physical aspect related to utilizing the Lap-Band as a true tool is obtained in the pages of this book. Gentile’s multidisciplinary, holistic approach to Lap-Band surgery will enlighten and inspire readers to take better control of their health by connecting mind, body and spirit.

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Memoir – The Long Escape

The Long EscapeThe Long Escape
By Jeff Noonan
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781466434264
Published: January 2012
Pages: 326
Genre: Memoir, Naval Adventure

Jeff Noonan was raised in the mountain country of Montana in a happy home…until his father turned to alcohol and became a violent abuser. In early adulthood, Jeff’s globetrotting in the military did nothing to extinguish the pain of that abuse, but through perseverance, hope, and an iron will, he transcended his abuser to create a successful and fulfilling life. An extraordinary tale of courage and horrific violence, this memoir is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and that through perseverance happiness can be achieved.

As a child, Jeff idolizes his father: a former boxer, park ranger, and congressional candidate. As the boy grows older, however, his father’s transformation into a full-blown alcoholic results in increasingly abusive behavior that involves, one by one, the horrific beating of his mother, himself, and his seven siblings. Life becomes a daily struggle, both physical and financial, for the boy and his family. After working as a laborer for several years, he is still in his teens when he joins the service to escape the abuse and provide an income to his family.

From Asian adventures and shipboard hijinks to killer typhoons and Hong Kong bar battles, he fights his way to acceptance in the rough and tumble world of a destroyer sailor. But you can never run from yourself. He is continually drawn back to Montana where his meetings with his father become predictably more violent until an epic confrontation where Jeff’s younger brothers emerge as his greatest allies. In the meantime, he is assigned to an entry-level position scrubbing Navy bathrooms. Through hard work and non-stop studying, he eventually becomes a Navy leader, supervising teams that work on experimental shipboard guided missile systems.

A sobering, visceral, and shockingly real portrait of domestic violence, the boy’s relentless drive for survival is nothing short of extraordinary. An uplifting journey to redemption and self-acceptance, The Long Escape sends an unforgettable message to the abused that there can be hope and love in their futures if they can find a way to escape.

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