Thursday, April 24, 2014
ON A STARY NIGHT...ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN...
A ten-year-old, Alex, studies the starlit sky from his bedroom in the rural county of Somerset. A bright stream of light hurls toward him at incredible speed.
His eyes widen and they lock on the image.
He presses his face against the windowpane. Slowly his mouth opens as the meteorite collides with the lamp post across the street and crashes through the roof of his house, hitting him in the head…
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Scars remain, along with incredible seizures from the aftermath. Alex is forced to stay at home until his fits can be controlled. He keeps himself amused with tales by Tolkein, corresponding with the local meteor expert, and working in his mother’s spiritualist shop.
Time passes and he returns to school. Everyday is a new torment from bullies, but Alex continues to believes he is special and manages to survive.
A week or so later, the bullies chase Alex and he hides in a ramshackle shed. He waits a good hour or so and peers out the slatted door. His, neighbor, Mr. Peterson says, “You can come out now. They’re gone.”
Alex slowly creeks open the door.
He steps toward Mr. Peterson and for the first time he has a conversation with his neighbor.
For the first time he has an unexpected adventure…
The first of many…
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Now, seven years later, Alex drives off the ferry at Dover and is pulled over by the customs agent. Mr Peterson by his side in an urn, along with 133 grams of marijuana in the glove compartment.
As the agent asks question after question, a seizure overtakes Alex. As he tries to control it, he is taken away by the police…
Another adventure begins…
The Universe Versus Alex Woods
His final with Mr. Peterson.
I must say this one has a most unusual premise. Leave it to a British author to come up with something so original. Since I didn't have a "U" book I found this one in Goodreads. It received a four star rating with over 4000 reviews. It must be pretty amazing.
Tomorrow I'll be introducing another Goodreads pick. I hope you enjoy it as much as this one.
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