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Once Upon a Time Ferret [Kindle Edition]

Stephen D Palmer
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Book Description

Time is melting, the Universe is doomed, and Umperor Rodgarr is out for blood. The fate of all things lie in the incompetent paws of Riffic Gorripp. But is he bothered?

"None of this ever happened. The idea that it could be based on a true story is quite ridiculous." - Dipmopian Council.

"Excuse my language, but WTF???" - Airport Book Reviewer.

"Seriously, I have no idea what this book is about. Things melt, aliens get their heads bitten off, a planet gets turned inside-out, and an Urknod makes a bowel movement. What? Perhaps I'm not intelligent enough to appreciate it fully but I enjoyed it nonetheless." - The Daily Galaxy.

"The Micheal O'Handsome films don't sound so bad to me. I wonder if the author holds some sort of grudge against the Zathian film industry." - Watchitt and Readitt Reviews.

"This book portrays the Umperor in an entirely unfair manner. He most certainly does not partake in petty cannibalism." - Urknodopedia.

"The Sea of Infinity does not exist and it is sad that the myth runs so strongly through this otherwise sparkling book." - Galactic Atheist Weekly.

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  • File Size: 1757 KB
  • Print Length: 279 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008AC7IIC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,243,837 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Surprised! July 30, 2012
By bhunter
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
On page one I thought I was going to have to force myself to finish this book, but I was pleasantly mistaken. Although I felt the characterization and character naming conventions could have been much better, overall this book kept me turning page after page. It almost felt like the author struggled some with the plot but he certainly made up for it in narration. This book would be appropriate for young adults and adults alike who want to lose themselves in a fresh new sci-fi story, and the price can't be beat.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun YA Sci-Fi Story September 7, 2012
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The universe is melting and the Time Ferret, AKA Riffic, is called on to fix it. It seems only fair. After all, he caused the problem. First, the warlike Urknods abduct him to prevent their own destruction. He escapes them. Then his boss, the Fisherman, assigns him the task. Riffic himself would rather direct mindless, but very popular, good vs. evil movies. He is not given the option.
There is a good deal of Hitchhiker's Guide influence in this book and several Star Trek references. The Urknods are very much a comic space villain. They're ugly, powerful, crude, and thoroughly repugnant. They remind me of the Vogons from the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, although less bureaucratic and more mindlessly aggressive. They are fun bad guys. The Time Ferret is a peculiar but likeable hero. He's not really the main character throughout the book, though.
About 25% of the way in, it becomes clear this is a Young Adult novel. Robbie (boy), Molly (girl), Doug (boy), and Dave (dog) become the central characters. I was never sure of their actual ages, but the human members of this band are somewhere between the ages of 10 and 13, I think. They stumble upon Riffic in a field in England and become entangled in his efforts to avoid the Urknods and save the universe.
I won't reveal the plot details because that would be a spoiler, but the story twists and turns in a wild and fun adventure with Robbie serving as the story's protagonist from this point.
The story concludes satisfactorily, but there are a few loose threads and unanswered questions at the end. Interesting minor characters appear briefly and never return. Do Robbie's parents resolve their issues? Does his dad switch to a more normal job? Who and what is the Fisherman? What, for that matter, is the Time Ferret?
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