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Barfly [Kindle Edition]

Max G. Bernard
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Book Description

While a myriad of giant green and yellow butterflies from outer space landed in Chicago, the other spaceship only had one occupant--a sentient lead elephant. The lead elephant that landed in its own spaceship, and appeared on my block, was as different from the butterflies as night from day. As salt from sugar. As reality from dreams. Had the butterflies actually launched their interstellar flight as part of a quest for a soft drink? And what was the lead elephant doing here?

Steve and I nicknamed the lead elephant Prudence Pachyderm. When it got drunk enough at our neighborhood watering hole (which took a lot of liquor), it wasn't half-bad when it sang along to "You picked a fine time to leave me, Lucille" on the jukebox.

About the Author

Max G. Bernard is the pen name of a writer with around 45 years of writing, editing, publishing, and journalism experience. He wrote for student, "underground," and radical newspapers in the 60's and 70's. He lives in the Midwestern region of Woodstock Nation, and is residing in the 1960's until something better comes along. He is involved in writing science fiction, mysteries, weird cross genre stories, and semi-autobiographical pieces. A fan of Bob Dylan's music, Alfred Hitchcock's movies, and Philip K. Dick's science fiction. He is married, with two children, and one dog.. He is a fervent opponent of DRM (digital rights management) in publishing. He agrees with Tom Robbins that it is "never too late to have a happy childhood," and with the spirit of the statement, "Be realistic, demand the impossible."

Other works by the author available on Amazon include The Big Circle, Learned Counsel and the Threee Bears, Meeting of the Minds, Second Time Around, The Reader Suffers The Loss of Dostoyevsky, and Another Place, Another Time.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 102 KB
  • Print Length: 9 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008J0BSSG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,142,242 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Max G. Bernard is the pen name of a writer with around 45 years of writing, editing, publishing, and journalism experience. He wrote for student, "underground," and radical newspapers in the 60's and 70's. He lives in the Midwestern region of Woodstock Nation, and is residing in the 1960's until something better comes along. He is involved in writing science fiction, mysteries, weird cross genre stories, and semi-autobiographical pieces. A fan of Bob Dylan's music, Alfred Hitchcock's movies, and Philip K. Dick's science fiction, he is married, with two children, one dog. He agrees with Tom Robbins that it is "never too late to have a happy childhood," and with the spirit of the statement, "Be realistic, demand the impossible."


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amusing little Ditty 17 Oct. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A short piece with a very amusing ending. I found that Max managed to give us the feeling of living in a world with the fantastic butterflys and the odd elephant, he lead us along nicely and then.... well I won't spoil the ending but I found it oddly satisfying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Syfy that made me laugh out loud. 17 April 2013
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This book was an hilarious read from beginning to end.

With Alien butterfly's, a talking alien gin swigging elephant.

The ending some might find strange but I found plain funny. This weird and wonderful little story would make a brilliant short film for TV.

In my opinion it is well worth a read, enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Barfly, Short Story 19 Oct. 2012
By Julia Busch - Published on Amazon.com
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Bet you can't read just one. This little sketch is so offbeat, so odd, really weird even, yet so intriguing, I am left thinking...what the hell did I just read? Yet, I'm ready for more. Go figure...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Single Short Story Wishing It Was A Collection 17 Oct. 2012
By 4Nbahu - Published on Amazon.com
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I have to admit. I LOVE Short Stories. When done well it is a tightly written gem that should cause an extreme thought or emotion. In this, (not telling how, it is only 9 pages read it yourself), Mr. Bernard was extremely successful. The first person style of writing filled with just enough snarky insight hit the spot. The ending, all I can say worked. Now I have to look up and see if he has a short story collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surreal science fiction. 18 July 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Okay. I'll admit it; I am a big fan of Max G Bernard. His work is odd, interesting and cheap. Okay, I probably wouldn't buy it if wasn't free but, at eleven pages long, this is short sharp and sweet. This is probably one of his oddest pieces and a lot more work is put into setting than plot (which remains unresolved). Still, this short, sweet and oddly amusing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wierd, Funny Science Fiction 21 Dec. 2013
By Rose Shapiro - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Love this short story about an encounter with an interstellar, drunken elephant . . . and so much more. Want to read more of this writer's work!
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