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Albert of Adelaide

Albert of Adelaide [Kindle Edition]

Howard L Anderson , Cary Goldstein
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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A story of the Australian Outback, a duck-billed platypus on a quest, and what it means to be a hero.

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Albert is a duck-billed platypus, who has escaped from a zoo in Adelaide to look for somewhere that may, or may not, exist: Old Australia, a place where humans never venture, and animals still rule. Albert knows it's somewhere in the middle of the Outback - not the ideal habitat for a water-loving animal - but now he's lost and close to death.He's saved, though, by Jack, a pyromaniac, sardine-loving wombat, who promptly gets him into even worse trouble taking him to a marsupial-only bar run by a kangaroo called O'Hanlin, getting him drunk and then burning the bar down. And this is just the beginning of Albert's adventure ...A glorious romp of a novel, Albert of Adelaide is a story of friendship, loyalty and heroism. And marsupials. Pacy and poignant, it's completely original -- a book for people (and animals) of all ages.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 347 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1455509620
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail (26 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008O5AZSK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #375,472 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I gave up screenwriting about twenty years ago and went back to being a criminal defense attorney. Before that I had directed a low budget film and had been a prospector on the Colorado border with New Mexico. I have worked at a slag plant in Pittsburgh and on the docks of Kodiak, Alaska. Somewhere in between I ran a ski lodge in Colorado and had a key to the bar. As a result I was very popular on Sunday mornings when the liquor stores were still closed.

"Albert of Adelaide", my first novel, was finished in 2009 and published in 2012. I have just completed my second novel called "TJ" wish is currently up for adoption and have given up the day job.

I lived in Buenos Aires for awhile and have a deep love for Argentina and the Spanish language, which I speak badly. I miss my clients from Mexico.

My times in Australia have been spent along the coast from Melbourne to Mackay. I have never visited the deserts in the interior of the county. If you bought a copy of "Albert" hoping to learn about the geology or the flora and fauna of the Tanami Desert, you wandered down the wrong aisle of the bookstore.

I have noticed that there is a direct correlation between those that write in their bios that they like playing with kittens in their spare time and those that don't like "Albert". I want to assure these people that no cats were injured in the writing of the book.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a journey I'll do again 5 Aug 2012
By Sheenagh Pugh VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I couldn't resist trying this novel because of the quirky blurb, but I was slightly worried that, as so often happens with quirky blurbs, it would turn out to be the best thing about the book, and sure enough, it did.

Just to make clear what it isn't, because it would be possible to be unintentionally misled by the blurb into thinking this was (a) a comedy romp or (b) aimed at children. It is neither; it's a quite serious adult fantasy novel whose main characters are Australian marsupials who wear clothes, carry guns and eat tinned sardines, among many other things. Now there's no reason this can't work, in theory; you suspend your disbelief and accept that fantasy universes have different rules. Talking, clothed mules work for Magnus Mills in "Explorers of the New Century"; a platypus on a quest, accompanied by an arsonist wombat and encountering a Tasmanian Devil who is clearly an avatar of Conrad's Kurtz from "Heart of Darkness" could work here. But it didn't, for me. This is partly because the writing style itself is rather flat and over-explanatory - at one point he spends a paragraph explaining that Albert can't go into town because his face is on a wanted poster, a fact so blindingly obvious that it had never even occurred to me to question why someone else goes instead.

The other reason is that, when writing a fantasy, it is necessary to be very well acquainted with the reality in which it is grounded, which I don't think he is. He's an American who has never set foot in Australia; this alone needn't prevent his depictions of it from convincing, but they don't really come alive for me. More seriously, he doesn't seem at all well informed about the nature of modern zoos in advanced countries, nor indeed about animal nature in some respects.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Misleading blurb 14 Nov 2012
By marcoscu TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I don't know what I was expecting from this book - an Australian Wind in the Willows perhaps? Certainly something a little gentler than this. This is no children's book, it's an often violent and bloody tale - a Western, really, dressed up in animal costumes. It could easily have been written as such, with human characters. There's really no good reason why all the characters are animals, other than novelty, to gain a wider readership and it worked on me. I would never have picked this up had it been a straightforwardly-told tale about humans. The fact that it's animals, and Australian animals at that - a whole plethora of them; roos and dingoes, bandycoots and wombats, a Tasmanian Devil, and the eponymous Albert Platypus - certainly makes it stand out as something different. It feels like a trick and I found myself a little aggrieved by it. Which is not to say that Albert of Adelaide is in anyway a bad book. It's a good, straightforward, well-told adventure tale, as Albert and his wombat companion wander, lost and always searching, for Albert's fabled land of Old Australia. It's not cute and it's not funny. It's actually a rather dark tale. Not what I was expecting, and in all honesty, not my cup of tea.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Platypus Story of Redemption. 23 Aug 2012
By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER
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This seems to have had a mixed reaction and I can see why, I personally found it engaging and touching, It sort of sold itself as a comedy, but it is more of a tale of friendship, greed and marsupial violence.

Albert is a Duck Billed Platypus and he has escaped from Adelaide Zoo to find the Old Australia where animals still rule their old kingdoms. Weighed down by the trauma of being captured when he was younger and the death of his mother he feels that anything is better than the zoo. He first runs into Jack, a Wombat with a penchant for starting fires, but handy with both sardines and tea. This leads him to his first adventure, but no sooner is he left to his own devices than he gets into trouble again. On the way we have bar tending kangaroos, an American racoon some barmy bandicoots and more than a fair share of dingoes. It is all set in the outback and has a feeling of the Wild West about the settings and story line, but with a great dollop of Aussie culture smack in the middle of it.

As I said I thought this was going to be funny, but it is freely a human story using the animals as the vehicles to take that forward. We still do have their characteristics being given to all the animals but underneath there are almost lessons for man and his self destructive nature.

Howard L. Anderson has an easy writing style that both flows and is accessible and I found this to be quite compelling once it got going. So if you are up for a story of gun totin marsupials with a few messages along the way, this could be the one for you.
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By P. A. Pendrey VINE VOICE
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We meet Albert a duck-billed platypus, lost and alone in the Australian outback. He had escaped from Adelaide Zoo to search for old Australia rumoured to be a place where animals ruled and where humans did not venture. Now Albert was struggling through a sandstorm, exhausted and close to death when he heard singing. Following the sound he stumbles into the camp of Jack, a fire loving wombat. Saved by Jack, Albert becomes his close friend. They travel together to a remote mining station run by O'Hanlin, a wily kangaroo. Albert gets drunk and joins a gambling game of two-up. Things go wrong and a fire starts. Albert and Jack run away, but are soon pursued by a fierce troop of kangaroos and wallabies. A poster shows Albert to be a wanted platypus. Of course, the other animals have never seen a platypus so they are wary of him and blame him for the fire.

Eventually Jack leaves Albert, who finds a sign 'Gates of Hell' which turns out to be a store run by a disreputable duo Bertram, a wallaby and Theodore, an evil possum. Albert is robbed by the pair but is saved again by TJ, a racoon. They travel together and TJ tries un unsuccessful attempt to be a robber. Albert is not much help as he cannot shoot very well. Albert is left alone again after TJ is taken away by some dingoes.

Albert decides to try and find Muldoon, an old champion wrestler. Jack had spoken of him, but would not answer questions about their relationship.

After finding Muldoon, camped by a waterhole, and again meeting up with Jack, now limping and TJ who was befriended by the dingoes the foursome rest in their camp. They hear a battle and soon shells are falling nearby.It is the posse of kangaroos and wallabies led by Theodore and Bertram against the dingoes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this
This is a glorious romp of a novel. It is a classic story of friendship loyalty and heroism. It is a full on blood and guts western set in the bad lands of Australia, a rip... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Clockwatch
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
They say you should never judge a book by its cover but you should surely be able to judge one by its promotional blurb. Read more
Published 4 months ago by IWFIcon
3.0 out of 5 stars You have to ask, why?
The blurb for this book looked quite promising, if a little silly. A duck-billed platypus, on the run from the zoo where he has been housed for some years, has a number of (rather... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Glasgow Dreamer
2.0 out of 5 stars Stodgy and unoriginal
The title is inviting - but it's a dull party. We have a routine story, often padded, which I managed to finish only by skipping passages too purple even for Precious Bane. Read more
Published 9 months ago by T. Russell
4.0 out of 5 stars Attempting to be an Australian Fable
I enjoyed this book. There is a rip-roaring heart to it that just gallops away. Part western, part gangster, part Redwall with a healthy dash of Ned Kelly- there is a poignancy... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jack Chakotay
3.0 out of 5 stars Wind In The Willows this is not
I really have no idea what to say about this crazy Western-style tale featuring a platypus.

One the one hand it was quite a fun adventure, but on the other it was filled... Read more
Published 12 months ago by J. Charlesworth
4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected and strange, yet in the end quite refreshing
As other reviewers have pointed, Albert of Adelaide is not a kids book. What it is is a colourful tale about talking marsupials which caught me totally by surprise. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mr. A. Mcgregor
3.0 out of 5 stars A little bit different
I almost wish that I liked this much more than I did. It is a little different to the norm and it is a little quirky but I think that it would have worked far better if it was... Read more
Published 16 months ago by The Emperor
2.0 out of 5 stars not recommended
This is a pretty weak story and not very interesting at all. It got me through a few days of the commute but in no way gripped me and didn't at all make me want to pick up each... Read more
Published 17 months ago by S
3.0 out of 5 stars Strange but enjoyable!
This book was from the beginning interesting. Surprisingly it wasn't long before you forgot the characters were animals - their personalities so believable. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Andi
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