Sci-Fi, Magic and Love … with some alien aircraft for good measure

Eviction Notice, Robyn Wyrick by capability momA Review of Eviction Notice, by Robyn Wyrick

While I don’t get paid to read, I do get asked to review books (free books!) and a chance to break out of my usual reading mode and it’s good for me to shake things up. For example, my children encouraged me to read The Hunger Games trilogy and now I am also a fan – even of dystopian fiction.

Eviction Notice is not dystopian fiction but a mash up of sci-fi, love, friendship, crop circles, teens, large space ships and ensuing battles, aliens, magic and reconciliation in a tremendously engaging story – I read it straight through (and had to wrest it out of one teen’s hands) over Thanksgiving break.

The book opens with an alien attack over fields in central Iowa and our narrator (Sarah Jones, a senior in high school) is dead by page six. Not an auspicious beginning I know, but hang in there.

The first chapter reads like the opening shot of a great action movie and it is no surprise that the author is also a screenwriter and is working on the screenplay now. Mr. Wyrick wrote with Amy Adams in mind for the role of the main character but I think Jennifer Lawrence might be a good choice, too.

In a flashback, you meet the main characters in rapid succession:  Alice Able, (her attempt to take her own life is interrupted by, of all things, aliens), Johnny (town Sheriff and overall good guy and former flame of Alice), Sarah Jones and friends (who pulled the prank of making a crop circle that called on the attack) and a motley but interesting group of aliens who have various roles in the planned removal of all life forms (it involves more paperwork than you might think).

A great read from start to finish, this book is a pleasurable escape into an alternate reality. Funny, insightful and smart, I wanted to follow the characters into their next adventure and given the ending, I may just see some of them again soon.

Click on the image to buy this book, also available in ebook.

Author info:

Robyn Wyrick

Leftovers: A Novel by Arthur Wooten – A Review

Leftovers: A Novel is the latest novel by the wonderful Arthur Wooten, (“If Armistead Maupin and David Sedaris had a love child, it would be Arthur Wooten.” – Greg Archer, The Huffington Post). Leftovers has a strong female protagonist, in the 1950s no less, and manages to capture the spirit of the time period with a peek into the years of change to come.

Our heroine, Vivian Lawson, is beautiful, smart, hard-working, driven and only slightly damaged but not at first. When we first meet Vivian, she is a hot mess of a 50’s housewife leaving a wrecked marriage to a disaster of a man and even her own (moneyed and coldly critical) mother barely has time for her. Vivian trawls around town in a dowdy old shirt dress (not belted due to an early childhood trauma) and spirals into a bad place but she pulls herself together with help from her friends and the not to be underestimated transformational power of Tupperware®. Her personal and professional growth are compelling and you cheer for her to succeed. Vivian has a way with people that surprises even herself; she is self-deprecating, funny and utterly believable as the self-proclaimed worst cook on the planet and using this gift, manages to climb the ranks of Tupperware sales in a bold way.

Arthur Wooten captures the wonderful parts of this time period and even references an all-time favorite book, Marjorie Morningstar, much to my happiness. Show tunes, bad decorating choices and a make-over from on high make this a read you will not want to miss. No spoiler here, you’ll want to read all about Vivian’s travels yourself. Here is the link to Arthur Wooten’s site – if you haven’t read anything by him yet, you will thank me. You are welcome. If you have, then you know you are in for a treat.

About the author:

Arthur Wooten is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Leftovers, Birthday Pie, On Picking Fruit and Fruit Cocktail. He’s also penned the children’s picture book Wise Bear William: A New Beginning and the collection of short stories, Arthur Wooten’s Shorts. A playwright, his works include the award winning Birthday Pie, which had its world premiere at the Waterfront Playhouse, Key West, FL. His one act plays, Lily and The Lunch, have been produced Off-Off Broadway and for two years he was the humorist for the London based magazine, reFRESH. Arthur grew up in Andover, MA and now resides in New York City.

Cream puffs, a rainy day and a book

Book Group book

Of all the kids in the seventh grade at Camillo Junior High, there was one kid that Mrs. Baker hated with heat whiter than the sun.  Me.”  So starts the The Wednesday Wars,  a Newberry Honor winner and deservedly so. It is set in 1967 and the hero, Holling Hoodhood (a name if there ever was one), is starting seventh grade and convinced his teacher is out to get him.  It is funny and beautifully written and appeals to young and old alike.  Shakespeare, baseball, acceptance of others and all in one great read.  The cream puffs are there, too, and you will want at least one after this book, maybe two.

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