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About the Author

Winifred Halsey received a Bachelors and Masters degree in Biology. She spent over a decade doing medical research before turning to information research and analysis for high technology companies, including Abbott, Motorola, NutraSweet and Royal DSM. Her love of reading and writing speculative fiction began at the age of twelve. She is a long time member of the Society for Creative Anachronism and attends science fiction conventions fairly regularly. She feels her writing is more speculative fiction, rather than science fiction. A case of what might be rather than forecasting the future of science.

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  • File Size: 2857 KB
  • Print Length: 134 pages
  • Publisher: Speculation Press (April 12, 2014)
  • Publication Date: April 12, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JNK03N2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,060,802 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Edward S. Tonry on April 19, 2014
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Visiting space aliens need a place to stay, and here it is. Men in Black shows what they jobs they do here on Earth, but where do they live? Now we know. Katie O'Leary has a house in 1870s Chicago full of very weird boarders, some nice, some not. She's quite nonchalant about them, almost blase, and isn't afraid to put them in their places when they step out of line.

It's science fantasy - the space travel is essentially instantaneous- but it's internally consistent. It's well written, and the aliens have distinct personalities, abilities, and histories. There's good action, and a wonderful story of the mesmerizing effect of "Beauty". And there should be more stories to come - the alien "cow" hasn't kicked over any lanterns yet.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Barbara on April 19, 2014
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You have tentacles instead of arms? Fine. Six furry legs? Not a problem. Body of a cockroach? Okay. Feed on light? You’ll want a south-facing room. Slugs for dinner? That’ll cost extra. Embroiled in an extra-terrestrial power struggle? Whatever. Just pay your rent on time. And if you have a problem, just talk to Mrs. O’Leary, because the buck – um, I mean the exotic currency of the Hisrow Empire – stops with her.

This is a fun, smart, witty and engaging read, and I sure hope there’s going to be more, because I haven't had NEARLY enough of Mrs. O’Leary and her oddball guests.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tricia on April 14, 2014
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Aliens, a Cat Empire and a post Civil War Chicago!!! Very well written, by an amazing author, I just LOVE IT
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Katherine M Tindill on April 21, 2014
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I enjoyed the stories. Lots of humour and likable characters. A boarding house for aliens certainly has its surprises for both the boarders and proprietor.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Francine Schwieder on July 8, 2014
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A pleasant collection of little stories to read on a summer afternoon. You'll like Mrs O'Leary and find her guests, er, interesting. I found the last story particularly touching, which rather surprised me, at least a bit. The book has aliens and alien kitties (sort of), and aliens less savory. When I finished the last story I was ready for another. I want to know not only what happens next, but what happened before, just how did Mrs O'Leary get into her odd line of business? If you enjoy a bit of whimsy I think you'll enjoy this collection of tales, gently told.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jmb on July 6, 2014
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Wonderful Stories! If you like aliens and a strong heroine, this is the book for you. It is really a collection of short stories & novellas centering on a boarding house in Chicago after the Civil War. Katie O'Leary ran a boarding house that catered to men, many of whom were soldiers from the war and were having difficulties,such as flashbacks that sometimes caused bullets to end up in the wall above her bed. No wonder when she was approached about renting rooms to aliens, she thought that was a better alternative. The characters were interesting, their reasons for being on earth were varied, and the interaction with the landlady was very entertaining. I hope there will be many more stories about the boarding house and its inhabitants.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 3, 2014
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Enjoyable book of short stories--a nice evening's read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Scott on July 1, 2014
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I enjoyed the stories and look forward to more in the series. The author provides interesting characters and twisting plots.
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