- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (15 May 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1475234740
- ISBN-13: 978-1475234749
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,558,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Housewife with a Half-Life Paperback – 15 May 2012
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
But then one morning, a leather-clad, kilt-wearing, time traveller hunk called Dave plops out of her shower (don't ask) to declare himself her Fairly God Father. Fairly Dave, it would seem, has come from the furthest reaches of space to help her pull the threads of her life back together and save the universe from total destruction.
And so begins a fantastic interstellar road trip, that takes Susan and Dave on a series of wild and hilarious adventures, from weird and wonderful galaxies far far away to the memories, dreams and recollections of Susan's world-weary and fragile mind.
A.B. Wells has carefully crafted a superb and inventive novel that is a joy to read from beginning to end. The book fizzes with energy and original ideas, soaring through time and space at breakneck speed. For those hoping for a classic sci fi romp you won't be disappointed. Housewife with a Half Life is a masterful epic that playfully signposts the great and the good of the genre including Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Dr Who, Bladerunner and Star Trek.
But Housewife is so much more than the parts of its sum. It is also a witty and acerbic satire on 21st Century womanhood. Think Bridget Jones on acid, or Dorothy- off to see the Wizard -about a divorce.Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First off, it took me a long time to read this book. Not because I didn't enjoy it - on the contrary I enjoyed it very much - but because I bought an e-book copy when it was on... Read morePublished on 14 Oct. 2013 by Laura Wilkinson
This book started well and I thought I'd enjoy it, but after several meanderings through different realities I found myself wondering when anything was actually going to... Read morePublished on 20 Sept. 2012 by Al Catraz
I've only read the sample, but it seems to be a draft of a promising work. Off the wall & funny, but with too many glitchesPublished on 14 July 2012 by Mr. A. P. Styles
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 10/10Published on 12 July 2012 by Caroline Dancer