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The Decapaphiliac: or love in the time of cappuccinos [Paperback]

Alex Weinle , Gareth Sleightholme
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7 Nov 2013
While two lovers tussle with the foibles of twenty-first century romance, a rotund academic finds a reason to give up the fifth meal of the day, another patient is seen by the fruitiest practitioner on Throgmorton Street, Sisyphean tasks of repentance are performed among the discarded fruit boxes at the back of a market, love wields a jealous knife in a Turkish corner shop and a comatose writer becomes a most productive patient. Seven stories in a honey stew of comedy and tragedy designed to expand the compassion muscles of any reader.

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  • Paperback: 110 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; First Edition edition (7 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1493703692
  • ISBN-13: 978-1493703692
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 480,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alex Weinle is the friendly arms dealer of the literary world; he has almost no respect for genre or contemporary expectations - what he provides is explosives. His work has been published in academic anthologies and science fiction magazines. He is a welcome outsider flicking lit matches into the paper basket of twenty-first century fiction.

His graphic novelette in conjunction with artist Damian Street The Boatman is an invented ancient fable available now at https://www.facebook.com/theboatmancomic.

On Care of a Wamloodle is a treatise by the pioneering female scientist Malina Baranova soon to be released both digitally and in print.

His collection of short stories The Decapaphiliac tells seven stories about humans and compassion from the depths of hospital wards, corner shops, dusty libraries, corporate interviews and coffee shops.

Alex blends science, philosophy, history and literature for which his life of physics, travel and business, in lands foreign and domestic, have prepared him poorly. He lives in Cambridge, England in a cottage that consumes bulbs of unusual wattage.

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About the Author

Alex Weinle is the friendly arms dealer of the literary world; he has almost no respect for genre or contemporary expectations - what he provides is explosives. His work has been published in academic anthologies and science fiction magazines. He is a welcome outsider flicking lit matches into the paper basket of twenty-first century fiction. His graphic novelette in conjunction with artist Damian Street The Boatman is an invented ancient fable available now at https://www.facebook.com/theboatmancomic. On Care of a Wamloodle is a treatise by the pioneering female scientist Malina Baranova soon to be released both digitally and in print. His collection of short stories The Decapaphiliac tells seven stories about humans and compassion from the depths of hospital wards, corner shops, dusty libraries, corporate interviews and coffee shops. Alex blends science, philosophy, history and literature for which his life of physics, travel and business, in lands foreign and domestic, have prepared him poorly. He lives in Cambridge, England in a cottage that consumes bulbs of unusual wattage.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Genre-bending Short Stories 26 Jan 2014
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This short collection of deeply unnerving stories contains some of the most effective experiments with genre that I have had the pleasure of consuming for a long time. Especially recommended is the title story "The Decapaphiliac", which based on the conventions of modern chick-lit subverts every expectation you might have had going into it, leaving you severely troubled about the nature of love and sexuality at the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing accounts... 11 Nov 2013
By P
Format:Kindle Edition
...of real life in the fractured dimensions hidden behind the commonplace. This is a compelling collection of short stories, each of which transported me to a disturbingly familiar, if surreally warped, mirror-land of the strange world around us. It's a mixed bag of tales, a trifle experimental here and there, but always very entertaining.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual wattage 9 Nov 2013
By MR
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Not since I discovered an old collection of Tales of the Unexpected stories on my Grandad's bedside table have I enjoyed a short story collection as much as this one. Most especially as this collection didn't leave me feeling slightly seedy, steeped in the 1970's and full of ennui. Mr Weinle has a fine turn of phrase and a delicacy of style that left me feeling uplifted by all of his stories... even the slightly disturbing title story - which promised to be seedy but ended up leaving me feeling refreshed and hopeful - I think I'm slightly disappointed by not being more disgusted in all honesty.

I think The Disassociate was wonderful, especially as it held so very many resonances with my previous career as a psychiatric nurse and I'm pretty sure that I've met some of the management types in it. I thought that leaving my previous career would mean that I'd spend less time with psychopaths, not more!

The Glasses Adjuster is lovely too, a proper feeling of fairytale going on there and it left me feeling all warm of snuggly.

All of the stories were brilliant but these three stood out for me, and for this price you can't go wrong... after all Mr Weinle has to make enough to keep on feeding his cottage bulbs of unusual wattage.
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4.0 out of 5 stars thank you 27 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
There were three stories in this anthology I found particularly interesting, very well written, exciting and moreish, but the namesake of the book I didn’t like much – found it too bizarre and I must agree with another reviewer on here that I didn’t like the cover either; but the cover is no reflection of the writing within.
“The Decapaphiliac” was in my opinion, slap-dashed and I didn’t like it, sorry. **Two star rating
However the second story of the book “The Glasses Adjuster” was brilliant and to me that should have become a lengthier story/novel, I love stories like that; it had a very Neil Gaiman feel to it. ***** Five star rating
“Eurofood drama” I liked a lot, it was thrilling, exciting and well written. **** Four star rating
“The Throgmorton Street driller” was well written but I didn’t enjoy it, although it did portray the fear of being at the dentist quite well, the end was confusing. *** Three star rating
“The Lift “please forgive the pun but I couldn’t get into it. * One star, sorry
“The Dissassociate” I loved because I used to work with people with mental learning difficulties and I too, have spent time in a hospital as a teenager overcoming quite severe post-traumatic stress syndrome, I found it sweet. I knew a girl who didn’t understand money like the character in this story – she used to hand it out to anyone who wanted it and I was forever trying to stop her doing that so she didn’t get into trouble with her social worker. I’ve also found difficulty into getting into work because of my past, so I related to the character very much. ***** Five star rating
“The Editor” I found this interesting but I didn’t really like it as a piece of fiction.
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