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Alien Blue [Kindle Edition]

DeAnna Knippling
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Bill Trout didn’t set out to get involved with aliens. He just wanted to run his damned brewery and heal up from being abandoned by his ex-wife. But that ain’t the way things worked out, and now he has some bodies to bury, an alien kid who’s wanted for murder—mass murder—to hide, and a planet to save. But Bill won't go down easy.

Fortunately, the aliens, who are a blue ooze that takes over your body and are real hard to kill, have no tolerance for alcohol. So now Bill has a new beer on tap: Alien Blue.

He just has to be careful who he serves it to.

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About the Author

Every summer as kids, we would host one group of cousins or another and jump off hay bales, create mazes by crawling the patterns through the tall grass, and steal green apples out of the garden. We also branded calves, killed chickens, and stole steak knives to threaten skunks with. But that’s growing up on a farm for you. Now I write fantasy, science fiction, and horror—and most of it comes from the worlds that I created as a farm kid, one way or another. Find me at: www.deannaknippling.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 1398 KB
  • Print Length: 362 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1475005792
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Wonderland Press (February 20, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007BICIRC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #806,911 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
For all you SF-beer aficionados, this is your wet dream (I didn't tell you to spill the beer). The setting in a small New Mexico town, close enough to Roswell to get lost tourist, is the perfect setting for conspiracy buffs looking for proof of the advanced alien scouting party. Come for the beer, stay for the invasion. Seriously, (slightly that is) this is a fun read for all those looking to learn of aliens, well-crafted boutique ale, and the mystery of why so many tourist seem to disappear in the backwoods of New Mexico. I heartily recommend this for those of you looking for something really new.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rapid-Fire Science Fiction Farce Soaked in Suds March 6, 2012
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Science fiction, like all genres, has developed a number of sub-genres, and one of them is a humorous, farcical brand represented by books such as the Hitchhiker series by Douglas Adams, and the Callahan's Crosstime Saloon offerings by Spider Robinson. This same sub-genre is popular in sci-fi movies, too; notably flicks such as Men In Black, Mars Attacks, and more obscure films, such as The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai.

It's science fiction only in the sense that it features weird and exotic intergalactic aliens as props for gags and creating situation comedy, dark comedy or melodrama. Another feature of the genre is that characters confronting the aliens tend to be down-to-earth, small-town folksy types -- bartenders, mail men, nurses, cops, farmers - and they all favor swilling a lot of alcohol, which in turn inclines them to be cheerful, witty and bristling with funny quips, puns, lightning-fast repartee and pithy observations.

But there is almost another sub-sub-genre of these humorous brands of science fiction involving bars. The Hitchhiker books start off in a pub, but also features another kind of bar, The Restaurant at the Edge of the Universe. There's Callahan's, of course, but we can find any number of other science fiction tales centered around bars, such as Tales from Gavagan's Bar by L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt; the anthology, After Hours: Tales from the Ur-Bar and quite a few more. (Even Edgar Allan Poe as a bar story with a speculative edge!)

ALIEN BLUE is solidly of this realm, and those readers who enjoy these kind of works will certainly enjoy this novel by DEANNA KNIPPLING.It is competently written, and is at least as clever, and speeds along as quickly as anything by Adams or Robinson.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Aliens and Beer March 9, 2012
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Alien Blue is definitely a different story than I am used to reading. I read very little sci-fi and this one has all the makings of science fiction. I did laugh quite a bit in the beginning. Bill, the owner of the bar, had quite a few good one liners. In the beginning. However, as the story progressed he didn't seem as funny any more.

There were quite a few characters to keep track of. I found it difficult to keep Mel and Mimi straight. They were completely different (Mimi was a teenager and Mel was a secretary) but for me their lines blurred a lot. And once disaster strikes I found it even more troublesome keeping everyone straight.

The storyline which entailed turning blue alien goo into beer was a really unique idea. And through to 70% of the novel I was really enjoying it. I did find it to be quite convoluted in the end and I'm not really sure I'll read part two.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Confusing April 22, 2012
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I kept feeling like I was reading the second book in a series, there seemed to be so many references to events that may have been prior to this book. I could not find a book by this author that was book number one of a series though. It was just really confusing, and the book wasn't really that great anyhow. I stuck it through to the end because I kept thinking it would get better, but it didn't.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Book Thoughts: Alien Blue April 12, 2012
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Alien Blue by DeAnna Knippling is a complex little gem of a story. There are so many plot twists that occur and keep occuring straight through to the end of the book. You read on in wonderment, What will happen next?

Briefly, (on the surface), Alien Blue is a story about aliens coming to Earth and going to a small town in New Mexico (near Roswell). These aliens came thousands of years ago and tried to harvest humans -- unsuccessfully. Another alien was sent but this one, somehow, had Mankind's best interests at heart -- but by his actions it was difficult to discern his true intentions.

The story mainly takes place in and around a bar in the town of Haley, New Mexico. The town's top brass are all trying to stop the little blue aliens from putting all of Mankind under the alien's dominion and making "meat puppets" out of them. But, how do you do so without knowing, for sure, who is alien-infected and who is not? This is where the plot twists and the red herrings rear their heads making this a page-turning read.

Ultimately, this story is about how we as humans savor and embrace who we are as individuals. Without this understanding, the human race is easily broken apart and conquered.

A very long opus, Alien Blue makes you think and question: What would we do if coerced to do things against our beliefs by a hostile third party?

While there are noticeable typos and grammatical errors in the book, the story is so intricate and well-plotted that you can disregard them and still digest and enjoy the overall work.

[P.S. - Yes, there's a ton of blue beer in this story and it would be a spoiler to tell you the role it plays. And it's not what you may think it is!]
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Suggested buy
I was suggested to buy this book.. I struggled through reading it and found it uninteresting. It wasn't the best short story I've ever read.
Published 11 months ago by nerida
5.0 out of 5 stars Free
It's hard to complain about a book I got for free. This one is a great read and very interesting. I recommend it.
Published 15 months ago by Alexandra Romanov
3.0 out of 5 stars It was ok
I do enjoy some sci fi stories and movies. I favor the likes of H.G. Wells in the sci fi department. This one is completely different from the genre that I like. Read more
Published 17 months ago by road warrior
4.0 out of 5 stars Risky approach paid off
This is a bit different for me as I don't usually read comedy SF. Because I like just a couple of examples in the genre, and some of the tropes annoy me, I really didn't expect to... Read more
Published 21 months ago by SpecFabFic
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Long
Cute premise, but it dragged on too long! I thought it could have ended much sooner but it didn't. I did enjoy it for awhile.
Published 21 months ago by bobrw
2.0 out of 5 stars Confusion
I liked the initial premise, and even though I was a little confused I kept thinking it would all be explained. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Domino
3.0 out of 5 stars Labatt... no Alien.
Into a small Nevada town comes an alien (inside a human surrogate). Anam is being hunted for presumed crimes against his own kind. Read more
Published 23 months ago by M. DeKalb
2.0 out of 5 stars Long and confusing
I have to say, the description of the book is very misleading. I expected a funny alien invasion story with an inventive twist, that they can be defeated by alcohol. Read more
Published 23 months ago by myrtleturtle
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Read!
Clever use of banter, character development and interaction in a really good story. I'm looking forward to the next installment and more of these characters!
Published 23 months ago by Sara Smiles
3.0 out of 5 stars Blue used to be my favourite colour
If you're driving through the southwest and see a sign for Haley, just press on the accelerator a little harder and get that place in your rear view mirror. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Anthony McFadden
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Every summer as kids, we would host one group of cousins or another and jump off hay bales, create mazes by crawling the patterns through the tall grass, and steal green apples out of the garden. We also branded calves, killed chickens, and stole steak knives to threaten skunks with. But that's growing up on a farm for you.

Now I write fantasy, science fiction, and horror--and most of it comes from the worlds that I created as a farm kid, one way or another.

My first novel, Choose Your Doom: Zombie Apocalypse, lets you choose how you're going to fight a zombie invasion. Warning: you die. Sometimes, you turn into a zombie and then you die. But can you save the world before you kick the bucket? See any major bookstore in order to buy a copy.

"This is how I like my zombies: fast and funny. Choose this book, and you won't be choosing your doom. You'll be choosing hours of gooey, gory hilarity."
- Steve Hockensmith, New York Times best-selling author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls


Website and blog: www.deannaknippling.com.

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