Literary Fiction/Humor – Cities of the Common Man

Cities of the Common ManCities of the Common Man
By Ben Hasskamp
Published: June 2017
ASIN: B071JZMZJ5
Pages: 452
Genre: Literary Fiction – Humor
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The week before his 30th birthday, once-renowned New York chef Billy MacPherson learns his restaurant is bankrupt, he’s been evicted from his apartment, and his estranged father has dropped dead. Against his better judgment, Billy agrees to return to Oregon to face the family and friends he callously left behind.

During the reading of his father’s will, Billy’s extended family is left hundreds of thousands of dollars in estate money, while Billy’s only bequeathment is his father’s beloved 1985 Back To The Future-replica DeLorean. With no restaurant, no money, no prospects, and only a DeLorean to his name, Billy sets off on a journey down the Pacific coast meeting up with distant friends from college, ancient rivals from culinary school, and old flames who still flicker in his heart. All while fighting the terrible—yet, inevitable—prospect of turning 30.

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Fantasy/Satire – Falstaff’s Big Gamble

Falstaff's Big GambleFalstaff’s Big Gamble
By Hank Quense
Publisher: Strange Worlds Publishing
ISBN: 978-1478116196
ASIN: B008W87OJW
Genre: Fantasy, Satire
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This fantasy adventure is Shakespeare’s Worst Nightmare.

It takes two of the Bard’s most famous plays and recasts them with fantasy characters.

You don’t have to know anything about Shakespeare to enjoy this fantasy comedy. Hamlet is now a dwarf, Othello is a dark elf and Falstaff is a human. If that isn’t bad enough, these two tragedies are now comedies with Falstaff, Shakespeare’s most popular rogue, thrown in as a bonus. Both Hamlet and Othello are plagued by the scheming Falstaff, a human.

Hamlet is the Prince of Denmarko and is striving to start a private business — bee-keeping — to demonstrate his competence and independence from the court. He is shocked to learn, from a ghost, that his uncle Clodio murdered his father. Indecisive, he tries to balance his love of bees with his mother’s demands to help Clodio and the ghost’s insistence that he avenge his father’s murder.

Othello, using a tarted-up resume, is named to the post of Minister of Homeland Security in the city of Dun Hythe. Once he assumes the post he realizes his responsibilities are much greater than he imagined they would be. He soon discovers his appointment was engineered by his wife’s grandmother who heads the local crime syndicate and demands that Othello illegally award her the contracts to rebuild the Dun Hythe’s walls.

Falstaff is a life-long schemer and scam artist. He calls himself Sir John Falstaff since he won the title ‘Sir’ in a card game with the knight. A deserter from the army, he travels around the country with his batman, Poulet, searching for opportunities. During the story Falstaff sees Hamlet and Othello as easy marks and gulls both of them.

Falstaff, claiming he and Othello once fought in the same battle, accepts money from Othello to recruit a force to put down the piracy that plagues Dun Hythe’s port. Instead, he steals two ships and goes into the piracy business on his own.
Later on, Falstaff decides to give up piracy as it is getting too dangerous. He saves Hamlet’s life after Clodio tries to assassinate the prince. Falstaff helps Hamlet avenge his father’s murder, then accumulates vast power by persuading Hamlet, now king, to let him take over the burden of ruling. Falstaff convinces Hamlet that Dun Hythe and Othello will invade Denmarko shortly and their only hope is to attack first. Falstaff recruits an army and leads it , along with Hamlet, to attack Dun Hythe where Falstaff plans to make himself king over the richest city in Gundarland.

Othello, incapable of leading the defense of Dun Hythe, turns over the responsibility to his subordinates and they prepare the city for an attack. Falstaff’s arrives and, expecting to attack an undefended city, sees the now formidable defenses. His army falls apart without striking a blow and Falstaff scampers off to seek new prospects. Hamlet and Othello agree to end the attack and declare peace.

In the end, Hamlet becomes comfortable with ruling Denmarko, Othello is considered a hero and a success for the first time in his life and Falstaff continues a life of running scams.

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Humor – Trailer Trash, With a Girl’s Name

trailer-trash-with-a-girls-nameTrailer Trash, With a Girl’s Name
By Stacey Roberts
Publisher: Sons of Joy
ISBN: 978-0615933887
ASIN: B00IX0MIAO
Genre: Humor
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When the author was born, his mother did the unthinkable. She gave him a girl’s name—Stacey. But Stacey’s name was just the first hurdle he’d face in his uphill climb from birth to manhood. He also had to deal with an entitled older brother, the hodgepodge of different men his mother was involved with, and the nomadic lifestyle he was forced to endure for five years. And to top it all off, his mother couldn’t cook a decent meal to save her life. Trailer Trash, With a Girl’s Name is Stacey Roberts’ lighthearted, often hilarious account of growing up in an unstable household during the 1980s. Full of humor, history, and hope, it follows Stacey from the hospital room where he was born to the Winnebago that carried him across the country, filling in the gaps with a wit and humor that anyone with a dysfunctional family can appreciate. So go ahead and start reading. Once you hop aboard the Winnebago with Stacey and his quirky family, you’ll find that you’re in for the ride or your life, where what you learn along the way is not only entertaining, but also enormously enriching.

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Romance, Humor, Women’s Fiction – Matched In Heaven

Matched In HeavenMatched In Heaven
By Angela Page
Publisher: Caliburn Press
Published: October 2015
ISBN: 978-1629293295
ASIN: B0161XSE9I
Genre: Romance, Humor, Romantic Comedy
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Jake and Mimi are dead and riddled with guilt. They both left their spouses, Samantha and Sydney, back on Earth with young children and many complications.

Now in Heaven, Jake and Mimi join a support group that includes a celestial matchmaking service for their partners on Earth. They quarrel while negotiating a May/December romance for their spouses. A match is made in Heaven with the help of the support group leader, Marcel, a former disgraced priest, and Carmella, a new arrival and former psychic.

The Earthly couple embarks on a passionate, whirlwind romance with dramatic consequences. But when the match looks doomed both Marcel and Jake are in competition to become Samantha’s’ next Earthly suitors. They plead their case with the spiritual authorities to be reincarnated. Who will win and how do they deal with a third suitor?
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Humor – Sexual Confessional

Sexual ConfessionalSexual Confessional
Confidential Admissions From Social Media
Author: Nicole Delacroix
Published: November 2015
ISBN: 978-1517061654
ASIN: B015DFMLHG
Genre: Humor
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Discovering secrets is titillating.

Everyone wants to peek under the covers, be a fly on the bedroom wall, or read someone’s diary. The juicier the secret, the more people want to know it, and sex is the most taboo of all subjects.

It’s human nature to be curious about what everyone else is doing. What do people like about sex? What are their fantasies? How far are they willing to go to please the one they love? These questions and more are explored, where everyday people offer up their most intimate secrets about sex.

One part social experiment – one part personal journey mixed with a little shock value, a whole lot of confession, laugh-out-loud comedy, deceptively thought-provoking questions and answers, all in the name of self-awareness.

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Memoir – Snapshots From My Uneventful Life

Snapshots From My Uneventful LifeSnapshots From My Uneventful Life
By David I. Aboulafia
Publisher: Library Tales Publishing
Published: July 2015
ISBN: 978-0692474624
ASIN: B012IZRAOI
Genre: Nonfiction; Humor; Memoir.
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In this hysterical, irreverent and sometimes thought-provoking collection of essays, the author take us on a journey through everyday, real-life events that started as out “uneventful,” but wound up being anything but! “Snapshots” is a book that everyone can identify with, and that will have you holding your stomach with laughter and shaking your head in wonder!

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