tireless: is a Kirkus Reviews Recommendation, June 14, 2013
'Tireless: certainly deserves no less than 4 out of 4 stars, for its completely original storyline and Spaid's respectable writing skill.' OnlineBookClub official review
Harassed? Unloved? Just watching life go by? Take this hilarious ride through the narrator's painful world and find others who are even worse off than you. You'll meet the dysfunctional neighbours, as well as the appalling Rat and his companion, Roquefort, who'll work their way into your life as they do with everybody else. In this satire on human behaviour, they're not fair, not fair at all.
Tom, an unemployed teacher and aspiring writer, lives in London. When Jim and Olga move in next door, his imagination is fired by the unhappy wife's nude sunbathing and the pompous husband's breathtaking tall stories. He recalls his comic victories in the classroom, while fantasizing that Britain's south-east has broken off from the mainland. He remembers his own schooldays and considers the impact of young Miss Bugler. These anecdotes, like Jim's stories, highlight the casual cruelties and misunderstandings in human behaviour and the evasive nature of fulfilment. A turning point is Jim's recollection of a night in India when he hallucinated, suffering the taunts of the giant Rat and his close friend, Roquefort, a miniature cat. Humiliated by publishers' rejections, by the rudeness of Jim's daughter, Daisy, and even by his barber, the narrator transfers his sense of failure to Rat, who enters the narrative in a series of disturbing, yet uproarious adventures which merge illusion with the real world. The narrator removes the barber's head, takes revenge on Daisy when she develops an infatuation for him, and finally publishes something, in contrast to a now unlucky Rat, who is arrested, almost has a nervous breakdown, is refused restaurant service, and disappoints as an undergraduate at Oxford, where the noisy love-making of Bill and Penny emphasises his loneliness.
'A colon comes in handy here, before examples: two dots on top of one another, like the cowboys who copulate on Brokeback Mountain, on a slope so far away you need binoculars to see them properly.' ... from the chapter RAT ARRESTED! in tireless:
From the author...
tireless: celebrates the creative urge while satirizing the people who create. I wanted to write a book that would keep attention on any page you turned to, so the person who looked over your shoulder on the train to see what you were reading would only look away when their station had come.
The General and the Frogs is a tale of the incredible power of humour and of the triumph of the human spirit at a time lived most dangerously.
After receiving a sign that the Commies are infilterating their Brooklyn neighborhood, Operation Top Secret is born. While investigating Commies Headquarters, Nicholas bumps into a thief who has just blown a mob bosss safe. After the thief drops the bag into a sewer, the boys fish it out and discover it contains sacred relics. Earnest and Nicholas hide from mobsters who will do anything to find the bag. Gutsy Gus helps the boys out of this and other jams. Suspicions increase when a limousine stops in front of the stoop and one very classy doll with a Russian accent pays a visit to Gutsy Gus.
On the Stoop shares the rollicking adventures of two Brooklyn boys as they investigate suspicious events while dreading an even bigger problem: the nuns at St. Marys.
As Peoples and the two other visitors agree to separate and launch solo investigations, he begins his romp through ten strange, frightening, and laughable lands where he is confronted with humorous social and non-political spoofs as well as personal struggles that eventually lead him to shed his optimistic persona and embrace pessimism. Forced to question his beliefs, trust in strangers, and face danger, Peoples manages to survive his journey and return home, only to discover he has lost everything. Now jobless, aimless, and without a purpose, Peoples must somehow find his way back to a happy life.
Visit to the Circus of Fools shares a heros entertaining, satirical journey through various lands as he learns more than he ever imagined, especially about himself.
U.S. President Boyd Lamm, burdened with numerous unresolved national issues, and opposed by a former backer who owns the Atlantic Ocean, seeks to set America on the road to progress via the most ambitious public works project in human history – the Trans-National Canal (TNC), the project that will unite America – by cutting it in two!
The TNC succeeds in inspiring, but its disastrous execution (much of Los Angeles is destroyed) at the hands of his ne’er-do-well son and a uniquely bizarre EPA-head (founder of the Organization for the Prevention of Cruelty to Inanimate Objects), forces the president to pursue an unimaginable means to achieve the desired end: the United States will transition from a democracy, back to a monarchy.
Lamm’s secret role model is England’s King Edward I, the infamous and ruthless 13th century leader, who bore the nickname, the Hammer of the Scots.
King Boyd I, America’s final president, aided by Count Bzdak, a Belgian royal and long-time friend, leads the nation on a still-more egregious path (including public executions broadcast by Fox News) that displays all the worst characteristics of centralized power.
Peppered with outrageous events, at all stages, including the televised burning of the Constitution; construction of the White House moat; the permanent freezing of Chesapeake Bay, and the remarkable ascendance of Malibu Greenberg, the world’s worst stand-up comedian, The Final President concludes with an unexpected and hilarious transition of power.
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This book could also be called ‘What is Wrong with the World & How to Fix It’.
A subtitle that should immediately explain its content and purpose to the reader.
William J Hatten the author & his spiritual Boot Camp created characters of
Alf & Stephen Gripes are the narrators.
It is written from a spiritual acquired (and satire intended) understanding & reality
of the world we live in. Its main theme concentrates on describing humankind ancestral
inherited gone-wrong affairs which, unknowingly, plague every generation and every
Nation & spiritually explains how to dissolve this perpetuated chaos in humankind.
The United Kingdom: is just that, a unity of four nations, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Southern Ireland left in 1921 and gained its independence, renamed as Eire.
Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales have devolved parliaments.
In 2016 it appeared the UK had voted to leave the EU but when the vote is broken down regionally, Scotland voted stay in the EU, Northern Ireland voted to stay in the EU but Wales voted to leave.
Scotland has threatened a second independence vote, to allow it to remain in the EU.
Snowball has a big job ahead of him. Not only must he enlist his animal comrades to join the counter-rebellion; he must also negotiate with human leaders to establish animal-led communities in the United States and elsewhere. After many years of hard-won progress, the citizens of Animal Farm USA elect their first pig president and history repeats itself, both as tragedy and farce. The citizens of Animal Farm USA learn hard lessons about how even a mature democracy can be subverted by malign forces from within and without.
Animal Farm USA is in the long tradition of political satires embodying Lord Acton’s timeless truth: power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
And because he's self-aware, and because he's smart and reasonably witty, his Mom and Ernie the next door neighbor make a video. They ask Little Alex questions and he answers from within the womb. And he gets most of them right (although he's not that good at math). And the next
day, Ernie posts the video on YouTube and it goes viral. And before ya know it, Little Alex, the world's first and only "Amazing Talking Fetus," is interviewed on Dr. Phyllis:
"What's it like in there?" she asks. "It's dark," he replies.
"Who's your favorite President?"
"Get a load of this kid!" Dr. Phyllis says. "So what's the thing you'd most like to do, Alex?"
"I want to run for President!"
And the world is amazed. Including an ultra-secret group of billionaire king makers known as "The Florists." To keep their party in office, they need someone who's bullet-proof to run against Mallory Blitzen. And who better than Little Alex? He's already world-famous. He's scandal-proof. He's the ultimate single-issue candidate! And according to the latest poll, Americans will vote for a white male fetus over a woman for President seven out of ten times, and those odds are pretty good.
So Alexander Jackson Rett becomes the President of the United States. But he discovers that life on the inside may not be all it's cracked up to be.