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Housewife with a Half-Life [Kindle Edition]

Alison Wells
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The housewife's answer to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Susan Strong is a suburban housewife who is literally disintegrating. When Fairly Dave, a kilt-sporting spaceman arrives through the shower head to warn her, she knows things are serious. When she and her precocious four year old twins, Pluto and Rufus, get sucked through Chilled Foods into another universe it gets even messier. Where household appliances are more alive and dangerous than they seem, Geezers have Entropy Hoovers and the Spinner's Cataclysmic convertor could rip reality apart, Susan Strong is all that's holding the world together.

Through this madcap, feel-good adventure, Susan and Fairly Dave travel alternate universes to find Susan's many selves, dodge the Geezers and defeat the evil memory bankers. From dystopian landscapes and chicken dinners, to the surreal world of Las Vegas and bubble universes, can Susan Strong reintegrate her bits and will it be enough to save us all?

About the Author

What is a housewife to do when she becomes 42? Write a book about life, the universe and everything. A.B.Wells is the living embodiment of chaos theory, being the mother of four children, three of which are that particularly alien species called boys. As Alison Wells her writing has been shortlisted in the prestigious Bridport, Fish and Hennessy Awards and she’s been published in a wide variety of anthologies and e-zines, including the Higgs Boson Anthology by Year Zero, Metazen and The View from Here. One of the as yet unsolved mysteries of the universe is whether the B in A. B. Wells stands for barmy or brilliant. In her former life she worked, among other things as a clerk like Albert Einstein, as a technical writer and before that studied psychology and communications where, in the college library James Gleick’s book Chaos fell on her head. For more from A.B. Wells see www.abwells.com and additional musings at www.alisonwells.wordpress.com. She's on Twitter @alisonwells

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 556 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0080PU5QQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #270,535 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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What is a housewife to do when she becomes 42? Write a book about life, the universe and everything. A.B.Wells from Bray, near Dublin, Ireland, is the mother of four young children, three of whom are that particularly alien species called boys. As Alison Wells her more literary writing has been shortlisted in the prestigious Bridport, Fish and Hennessy Awards and she's been published or in a wide variety of anthologies and e-zines, including the Higgs Boson Anthology by Year Zero, Metazen, Voices of Angels by Bridgehouse, National Flash Fiction day's Jawbreakers and the sci-fi collections Eighty Nine and Deck the Halls V2 by Literary Mix Tapes. She recently won the fiction category of the Big Book of Hope ebook with a flash fiction medley. She blogs for the popular Irish writing website, writing.ie. One of the as yet unsolved mysteries of the universe is whether the B in A. B. Wells stands for barmy or brjavascript:void(0)illiant.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Unique and Delightful Novel 20 May 2012
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Susan Strong is the Housewife from the title, and although she is the main character, she is surrounded by many other fascinating characters, some human, others surprising.

I love the "voice" of the narration. There is some amazing humour in that, and some parts of it I had to read several times as it amused me so much.

I can honestly say I have never read anything like this book before, the closest to it would be The Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy audiobooks which we listened to as a family.

I would describe the book as a whole as fresh, interesting, fun-packed and definitely a book to read more than once in case you miss any of the details.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming and enchanting with a dash of science 25 July 2012
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Susan Strong is falling apart. Her being is decaying like a radioactive isotope. A man from outer space called Fairly Dave plops into her shower tray after squeezing through the showerhead from another dimension. He has come to try and help restore her bodily and spiritual integrity. For she is at the centre not only of her twin boys' universe, but of the very universe itself. If she disappears, the universe likely will dissipate with her.

In the same way she holds the universe together, she is fighting to stem the perennial tide of domestic chaos, of cleaning, laundry, cooking et al. But it is this humdrum existence that is at the root cause of her disintegration, for somewhere in her unconscious she doesn't feel whole, remaining unfulfilled with life. Her husband seems remote and receding from her. With Fairly Dave as guide, she undergoes a series of journeys through time and space to reintegrate parts of herself lost and forgotten, or trapped as frozen memories or as less well defined traces such as a smell or a sound. And in this scary new universe where anything can happen, Wells ingeniously shows the mundane tools of the domestic to be persecutory monsters stealing her energy and soul away, such as hoovers, fridge freezers, garden gnomes and lost socks. Ironing boards however can go either way! "Everyday you are saving the universe from your kitchen sink" Dave tells her, which is neatly double-edged, as she both keeps the universe orderly through being stationed at her sink with Marigold gloves, and yet the kitchen sink et al, are also revealed to be a threat requiring rescue from. She needs liberating from the realm of the domestic.

The book is charming, whimsical journey through a world where the domestic meets hard science.
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5.0 out of 5 stars House wife with a half life just pure genius 12 July 2012
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this book was recommended to me and really didn't know what to expect but wasn't able to put it down, fantastic, funny and pure comedy from start to finsh 10/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars Suz 16 Jun 2012
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A brilliantly humorous book which had me laughing from the start! I loved the way the whole book was written as if telling a story, a refreshing change. This is not a traditionally written book and as such a few people might have problems with it, however we welcome the change and think its good to read a book as a reader.

Really enjoyed it and cant wait for next book to come out :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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A unique book which combines Susan's personal journey of self-discovery with hilarious side trips to other dimensions.

The fluid and imaginative writing really pulls you into the alternating worlds that Susan inhabits and brings you on a pacey journey that jumps between the mundane "real" world and other strange dimensions. The interesting thing is that the more you are drawn into these alternate realities the more you discover and learn about Susan's own private world.

The voyage is a fun one with plenty of nice wittisms, finely observed humour and where strong visual imagery supports the development of the plot. Most importantly though, she creates in Susan a throughly likeable and credible character whom I could easily idenify with and who articulates a central concern for us all - what does life really mean for us. The other characters are engaging and funny in their own right, especially Fairly Dave who is a less perfectly packaged Clark Kent who always comes through in the end.

A fun and hugely entertaining read and I really look forward to the next one!
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