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Aunty Ida's Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only) (An Aunty Ida Comedy Invention Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Isa-Lee Wolf
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Book Description

You know that case on LawTV? The one where the judge lost it on national television?

Yes, that was Margaret.

But Ida – who insists you call her “Aunty Ida,” if you want to (no one ever seems to want to) – is there to help. That Margaret doesn’t want her help doesn’t dampen Ida’s delight in playing with her mind-altering toys and calling it therapy.

Besides, the courtroom thing was only a big deal because of the cameras. OK, so it was Margaret’s courtroom, and yes, she was hearing the biggest case of her career, and yes, the LawTV commentators were all over it, but these things always get sensationalized. The restraining order her husband got against her was only temporary.

So she’s suspended. It’s nothing she can’t fix.

Sure, Margaret has no idea who this Ida person is, but if she can get her to sign a form, she’ll be back on the bench in no time. Unfortunately for Margaret, Aunty Ida knows exactly who Margaret is. And Margaret isn’t going anywhere.

With relentless optimism, Ida dives into curing Margaret of her problems, one odd treatment at a time. But Margaret knows there’s nothing wrong with her.

She was set up, and she’s determined to prove it.

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About the Author

Isa-Lee Wolf lives in Chicago, where she enjoys reading author bios, but apparently does not enjoy writing them. Her two titles, AUNTY IDA'S FULL-SERVICE MENTAL INSTITUTION (BY INVITATION ONLY) and THE GREAT PARADOX AND THE INNIES AND OUTIES OF TIME MANAGEMENT, are currently available in e-book editions. Keep an eye out for more books coming soon. She says "Hi."

Product Details

  • File Size: 1599 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Montraps Publishing (January 7, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XD8QT2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #777,937 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wildly inventive February 12, 2012
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I feel privileged to be able to be the first to review this book. I'm not interested in going on at length as some people who review books on Amazon do, but think short, succinct and to the point works just as well.

I was highly entertained from the very first page. The characters, plot, and environments are unpredictable, humorous, quirky, and charming. I enjoyed it so much that I'm actually reading it in one day and for a hyper person such as myself, who can barely sit still for an hour, that is unusual. I also bought the author's second book without reading a sample, which I almost never do.

If you want to be delightfully entertained and put your troubles and worries aside for a while, read this book.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A study in frustration May 8, 2012
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The title caught me and dragged me in... unfortunately the story itself didn't live up to its promise. There was incredible potential in the premise for a rip-roaringly funny story, and while the plot tried, it just couldn't quite make it. Plot devices that were supposed to be clever or snarky were amusing the first time they appeared, after that they fell flat. The premise of a well-known personality having a meltdown in public and being forced to spend some time 'resting' can be found in just about any newspaper at any time, in one form or another. If the time spent 'resting' was at Aunty Ida's, the possibilities would, theoretically, be endless.

Ida starts out as a pleasantly oddball character, and goes downhill from there - her conversations make less and less sense, and her behavior becomes more and more self-centered. The same can be said for just about all of the staff at her 'institution'. Margaret, the 'patient', starts out as a relatively unsympathetic figure, and by comparison becomes more and more sympathetic. The only truly likeable character is Stevie Sr., and he doesn't appear until about 2/3 of the way through, and then in a relatively minor role. The author seems to be trying to make this story 'about' something, whether it be corruption in politics/government or perversion of justice or a character study, but none of those subplots seems really able to get off the ground. They're in the background, and you can sense that there are things that should be said, but they aren't able to stand on their own and give some body and substance to the story.

I personally found the writing style to be very difficult.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read May 1, 2012
By Molly K
Format:Kindle Edition
Although this book caught my attention with its catchy title, I was disappointed with the plot. The book has great ideas and for the most part keeps you moving forward, but the plot jumps all over and at times I was wanting to flip back to the beginning to figure out who characters were. The ending of the book, I felt, was cut short and we were left wondering what happened to the main characters.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun easy read, enjoyable farce June 1, 2013
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I really enjoyed this book and would have given it 5 stars if it wasn't so difficult to get into the story. The beginning is quite confusing because the main character is confused and we only know what she knows. When I start to get frustrated with a story, as I was getting with this one, I check the end. I know, the reader isn't supposed to know how a story ends--for most people that ruins the fun. But if I know all will end well I can keep reading without worrying about starting to care about a character who may have something awful happen to them.

Spoiler alert: This story ends really well. I can't do a synopsis because I'm not really sure how it all happened. But it was a fun read and I enjoyed the trip--what more can a reader ask for. Here is a quote from Wikipedia on the definition of "farce" that describes this story really well: "a farce is a comedy that aims at entertaining the audience through situations that are highly exaggerated, extravagant, and thus improbable.[1] Farces are often highly incomprehensible plot-wise (due to the large number of plot twists and random events that often occur), but viewers are encouraged not to try to follow the plot in order to avoid becoming confused and overwhelmed."

This story was definitely exaggerated, extravagant, and improbable--and I had a great time reading it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Isa-Lee Wolf specializes in completely unique stories! October 20, 2012
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This book is awesome! This author seems to specialize in completely unique stories. Like with The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time, this is an original concept. I have never read anything quite like this.

The main character is at a crossroads. Is she crazy, or has everyone around her turned against her? Yes! Yes! Always yes! What is real? What is illusion? This book has technological marvels, fascinating characters, and deals in a major with a hot button issue, almost on the periphery (I know how that sounds).

I can see this book as a movie, with a clear steampunk theme, at least at times.

I've said it before... Isa-Lee Wolf is going to be huge in character driven, quirky sci-fi. Get in while she is still up-and-coming, so you can say "I read her before she became famous!"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really interesting story line October 25, 2013
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I don't usually read authors I haven't heard of, but this one looked interesting. I am glad that I took the chance because it was very good. The story was great and definitely different from other stories I have read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Clunky dialog but a good premise
It was okay. The premise was good and funny but it suffered from too much dialog, I think. It was hard to keep track of who was saying what. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars easy read
I enjoyed the quick pace of this book. The details were very good and led me to want to keep reading!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book
I loved this book. It has an original and quirky story, a lot of fresh and well-observed humour, well-drawn characters you can see and (in appropriate cases) care about, it has zip... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tiny Bulcher
5.0 out of 5 stars FRIGGEN HOOT!!
I enjoyed every page of this book. Must admit I was a little confused at points, only made it more fun! Good read!
Published 9 months ago by Billie
4.0 out of 5 stars A Refreshing, Funny Read
Funny, funny, funny....a refreshing break from the crushing realism of most novels! Long after reading this book, I think back and remember the crazy characters, settings, and... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Character Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Roll on the movie
This is a really funny and unusual roller-coaster of a read. The quirky characters and events are somehow entirely believable and Margaret, the protagonist, plays her straight role... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lark Spring
2.0 out of 5 stars awkward
From the opening and throughout, this story was bizarre and awkward. Semi-creepy even. The author knew where she was going but I only went along reluctantly. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Pureresearch
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Different Story
This book had potential to be much better, but I still enjoyed it enough to give it 3 stars. Its quirky characters and strange storyline require concentration in order to figure... Read more
Published 11 months ago by marefish
5.0 out of 5 stars Made me LAUGH
The first few pages I kept asking myself "what the heck is going on here?" Then I decided to stop trying to figure it out and simply read to enjoy. It was great! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Laura Piawlock
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but too long
The book was good, the story line was confusing. I found a lot of it hard to follow. I had to go back and re-read chapters to get things straight. Read more
Published 15 months ago by bratj
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