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Housewife with a Half-Life [Kindle Edition]

Alison Wells
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Book Description

The housewife's answer to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Susan Strong is a suburban housewife who is literally disintegrating. When Fairly Dave, a kilt-sporting spaceman arrives through the shower head to warn her, she knows things are serious. When she and her precocious four year old twins, Pluto and Rufus, get sucked through Chilled Foods into another universe it gets even messier. Where household appliances are more alive and dangerous than they seem, Geezers have Entropy Hoovers and the Spinner's Cataclysmic convertor could rip reality apart, Susan Strong is all that's holding the world together.

Through this madcap, feel-good adventure, Susan and Fairly Dave travel alternate universes to find Susan's many selves, dodge the Geezers and defeat the evil memory bankers. From dystopian landscapes and chicken dinners, to the surreal world of Las Vegas and bubble universes, can Susan Strong reintegrate her bits and will it be enough to save us all?

Editorial Reviews


Original and imaginative... glorious scientific allusions and illusions in a fast-paced and sparkling tale...a nuclear fusion of a novel..Move over H.G., A.B. Wells has written the time-travelling tale for the 21st century!

Tania Hershman, author of The White Road and Other Stories
and My Mother Was An Upright Piano: Fictions.

About the Author

What is a housewife to do when she becomes 42? Write a book about life, the universe and everything. A.B.Wells is the mother of four children age 11 and under, three of whom are that particularly alien species called boys. As Alison Wells her more literary writing has been shortlisted in the prestigious Bridport, Fish and Hennessy Awards and she's been published or is about to be in a wide variety of anthologies and e-zines, including the Higgs Boson Anthology by Year Zero, Metazen, The View from Here, Voices of Angels by Bridgehouse and National Flash Fiction day's Jawbreakers. She recently won the fiction category for the Big Book of Hope ebook with a flash fiction medley and has a litfic novel The Book of Remembered Possibilities on submission. She blogs for in the guest blog: Random Acts of Optimism. One of the as yet unsolved mysteries of the universe is whether the B in A. B. Wells stands for barmy or brilliant.
In her former life she worked, among other things, as a clerk like Albert Einstein, as a technical writer (and a HR. Manager) and before that studied psychology and communications where, in the college library James Gleick's book Chaos fell on her head. Her ambitions include a desire to travel to see the Northern Lights and to really travel with Dr Who's David Tennant in a Tardis.

Product Details

  • File Size: 556 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0080PU5QQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,041,609 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Housewife with a Half-Life July 27, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a light, entertaining Science Fiction read that also happens to be quite witty. Hope to see more from this author in the future.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and engaging July 26, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the two main characters and despite the sci fi setting found them very believable and engaging. The story line was great and loved the idea of travelling through time to find the bits of yourself you lost over the years! Very funny too. Would recommend it highly .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant book from the brilliant brain of A.B.Wells August 15, 2012
By tjreids
Format:Kindle Edition
Meet Susan Strong, a bored-rigid stay-at-home mum, half- married to absentee husband Nigel, whose life is slowly disappearing beneath piles of unironed laundry, and soul-grinding daily rituals of washing, cleaning, school runs and relentless trips to the local supermarket. But Susan has a bigger problem. She is quite literally disappearing, and her slow fade from the fabric of existence has potentially catastrophic implications for the rest of humanity, the universe and everything in it.

But then one morning, a leather-clad, kilt-wearing, time traveller hunk called Dave plops out of her shower (don't ask) to declare himself her Fairly God Father. Fairly Dave, it would seem, has come from the furthest reaches of space to help her pull the threads of her life back together and save the universe from total destruction.

And so begins a fantastic interstellar road trip, that takes Susan and Dave on a series of wild and hilarious adventures, from weird and wonderful galaxies far far away to the memories, dreams and recollections of Susan's world-weary and fragile mind.

A.B. Wells has carefully crafted a superb and inventive novel that is a joy to read from beginning to end. The book fizzes with energy and original ideas, soaring through time and space at breakneck speed. For those hoping for a classic sci fi romp you won't be disappointed. Housewife with a Half Life is a masterful epic that playfully signposts the great and the good of the genre including Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Dr Who, Bladerunner and Star Trek.

But Housewife is so much more than the parts of its sum. It is also a witty and acerbic satire on 21st Century womanhood. Think Bridget Jones on acid, or Dorothy- off to see the Wizard -about a divorce.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Distracting grammar and punctuation May 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I can't comment on the novel as a whole, as I didn't get too far into it before the unconventional punctuation became too distracting for me (hence the 3-star rating). I'm leaving this comment because I liked the concept of the novel well enough to start it -- and I'd be happy to try again if the book were better edited.
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