Thursday, April 24, 2014


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


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His final with Mr. Peterson.

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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.

Thanks for stopping by everyone! Have an AMAZING Thursday!


  1. Hit in the head by a meteor and later in life he smuggles marijuana? Quite the mix of elements.
    Awesome name for a character I might add...

  2. How do you survive after getting hit in the head by a meteor?I would think the marijuana is to control his seizures?? I'm guessing. Sounds totally interesting.

  3. Wow, that is a different premise. And ouch to being hit in the head by a meteor. That must have hurt.

  4. That meteor did something to his brain, that's for sure.

  5. I like the character's name, reminds me of our Ninja Captain ;) Nice premise.

  6. This looks good. I love the premise.

  7. Alex vs the universe -- the odds sound terrible! :-) No wonder the Ninja Captain liked the title!!

  8. If a meteorite hit me in the head, I would say the universe was out to get me, too. :)

  9. I'm interested in finding out about those adventures!

  10. Great premise, so I'm sure it's going to be a good read.

  11. This is wonderful. I'm adding this to my TBR pile! Thanks!


  12. Curious. I haven't heard of it before, but I would probably like it.

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  13. I was wondering what you'd do for U...:)

  14. Great title and a promise of a good book.

  15. It sounds like an interesting book. Maybe that kid should have been named Job.

  16. Our Ninja Captain liked the name too. Sounds a very different concept, not your usual run of the mill by any means.

  17. Even the author's name is intriguing. Good find & nice intro. :)

  18. Alex's adventures sound fascinating! You're doing a wonderful job with this series, Michael.

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  19. Great intro! I'm also loving the cover on this one. :D

  20. Great intro Michael. I"m a bit worried about Alex!

  21. Okay, so this is really different and unique. I'm definitely curios about his adventures now. Gee, thanks Michael...'cause my list of books to read wasn't long enough already... lol