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How to Build A Skydeck

How to Build A Skydeck [Kindle Edition]

David L. Bradley
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Ever wonder if our species' development is guided by a greater intelligence? Or if your goofy-looking neighbor is really an alien on an assignment of global scale? How much soul should one be willing to swap for a little comfort? Who wants to trade for a baloney sandwich? Stan Davis ponders this and more throughout his day as a white laborer on an all-black crew in the Deep South. Shoved from the nest at 19, the bright but indolent son of luxury struggles to make his way in a world of country clubs, convenience stores, topless bars and trailer parks.

"How to Build a Skydeck" is a pre-Digital Age tale of black and white, rich and poor, pot-smoking aliens, angels and God. Despite the irreverent setting and blue-collar characters, this very human, deeply thoughtful and occasionally sarcastic tale will forever change how you think about the origin and destiny of humankind.

About the Author

David L. Bradley hails from a good family by way of an extended visit to the wrong side of the tracks. He knows his way around a construction site and considers his time spent there “a necessary evil.” He currently lives in Atlanta with his wife, two children, a dog, a cat, and a collection of antique hardcover books, none of which he has never read, saying he collects them for their smell. He enjoys grinding coffee, passing ludicrous judgments, and baking muffins.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 398 KB
  • Print Length: 212 pages
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  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars A surprise 20 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a great story, it has a great ending. The suspense is held to the last chapter when everything became clear.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 4 Dec 2013
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This was well written and a very good read, inventive and interesting. I look forward to reading more by Mr. Bradley
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs Up For a Fresh, New Voice 27 Sep 2000
By A reader in Northern Virginia - Published on
Tired of the same authors peddling their rapidly generated, poorly edited, mass-market novels that clutter the window display in your ubiquitous shopping mall mega-book store? Frustrated that American publishing houses prefer to engage and promote recognizable names rather than new voices? Well, here's your opportunity to try something new and, more importantly, satisfying. David Bradley's CD-Rom book is unlike anything you've read before. At one level How to Build a Skydeck is a novel, with characters worth getting to know. At another, it's a passion play, a study in race relations and class consciousness -- an examination of the human spirit questioning why we get out our beds each morning. Simultaneously, there's a healthy dosage of humor and a taste of classic science fiction, where the willful suspension of disbelief means more than the meaningless techno babble that plasticizes today's sci-fi trade. Bradley will draw you in with well developed characters experiencing the human condition until, well, until they confront the unexpected. Then, Bradley's creative, fresh plot, which propels itself forward without fail, will keep your attention riveted to your screen. Also, the CD-Rom format is worth trying -- as a neophyte to electronic text reading, I was pleasantly surprised by the convenience and comfort of reading on my computer screen. Similarly, compared to a lifetime of reading conventional books, I was ecstatic when I learned that I could search the text when I wanted to recall a carefully placed detail or hint that Bradley had introduced earlier in the work. Bradley will make you laugh, but more importantly, he'll make you think. Give it a try. You won't be disappointed.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great First Novel! 5 Nov 2000
By Dr. Gregory R. Wood - Published on
In his freshman novel, Atlanta based author David Bradley cooks up an interesting recipe that calls for 1 cup coming of age, 2 cups new age science fiction, 1/2 cup workers rights and diversity issues, a tablespoon of modern management theory, and 1 full ounce of perfectly cured cannabis indica. Surprisingly, the unusual mixture results in an awfully tasty little treat entitled How to build a Skydeck.
Bradley follows nineteen year-old Stan Davis' fall from upscale suburbia, country clubs, cable TV, and a full refrigerator into a manual labor construction job and a small sub-let room in a trailer park. From this humble station, young Stan comes to better understand himself, the people around him, and his place in the Universe.
I loved reading this book. Bradley successfully conveys the message that while life isn't always easy, it does have a purpose. There is a reason for all the pain and frustration. Watching Stan try to figure out his purpose will make you laugh, but more importantly, it might just change the way you think about your life. Very few books have that kind of impact on people.
I strongly recommend you give this one a try. It gets two thumbs up, three cheers, and five stars. Based on my enjoyment of this most excellent novel, I anxiously await Mr. Bradley's next effort.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an avid reader praises How to Build a Skydeck 2 Oct 2000
By Christine M. Huffman - Published on
This book aims directly into the heart of the stewardship of a soul. On a par with Madeleine L'engle, David Bradley moves his characters deftly through loss, poignancy, love, humor, intrigue, danger, transcendence, with graceful skill, and a spiritual energy to make one believe in the profundity of life.
Bradley writes fully formed characters, personalities who suffer, disappoint, enlighten, and live with a realness this natural born writer conveys seemingly effortlessly. Stan accepts with humility the trials of life and conscience. His story and the characters who leave their impressions will capture you to the final page. You will be reminded of the exquisite breathlessness of falling in love, know the love of a mentor for his charge, find compassion in the most unlikely stiff, experience a desire for acceptance that perseveres to the very root of suspicion and fear, and face mortality with a long forgotten key. Exquisite. Read and be awakened.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it twice! 5 Aug 2002
By A Customer - Published on
I read the book twice because I loved it so much the first time! And I bought the CD-ROM so I could sneak the reading at work...
Seriously, though, this is one of those books that you really have to sit down and read, not just race through in a hurry. The characters are real and easily draw themselves in your mind and I found myself casting the movie. But, putting that aside, it appears to be deceptively simple until you realize just how much is really happening around the edges.
Bradley writes for the thinking Sci-Fi readers, not just those who are into little green men and shoot-em-ups on Jupiter. There's a richness to his story-telling that you might now see at first, but it creeps up on you and never fails to surprise. Readers who want to think about what they've read would do very well to read Bradley's works, especially this one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rare Find 3 July 2001
By Edwin Robinson - Published on
I must consider myself lucky to have happened upon this work. It is rare to find an unknown author so polished. His story is told from a unique perspective. His characters are unexpected, and controversial. His heros are bad boys,...and I find myself cheering for them. I loved this book, the only disappointing thing was that it was over too quickly. I eagerly await more from this guy!
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