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Length: 492 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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About the Author

Edward Aubry lives in Rural Pennsylvania with his wife and three daughters, where he has taught high school math for the past twelve years. He is currently working on his second novel, Caprice.

Product Details

  • File Size: 726 KB
  • Print Length: 492 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 098282730X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: WorldMaker Media; 1 edition (September 24, 2010)
  • Publication Date: September 24, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0044KM0AK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #506,781 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. Buchanan on October 8, 2010
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Let me say first, if I had known there would be "magic" in the storyline, I most likely would have passed on this book. That said, I'm glad it didn't say so in the product description as I was very pleased with this read. I've always been a fan of post-apocalyptic/parallel universe fiction mainly for the reason I enjoy visiting places similar to our own but with obvious differences. Either of those genres have characters based in a world that has met some type of major disaster (EOTWAWKI) or on a world in a parallel dimension, this fulfilled my taste quite well. The magic was a nice change since I haven't read any books with magic in them since I was in my teens (and that was a LONG time ago) and it fits in well with the story. Basically it was a nice blend and I didn't overload on pixes, spells, etc.

It's worth the time to read and you won't regret the purchase!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kate Hellenga on October 5, 2010
Format: Paperback
Wow, I had a very different take on this book than Claudia (whose Amazon review, on this page, I just finished reading). I think this book is really good, especially (but not only) for a first novel. The setup is familiar - Some Big Event has altered our world, eliminated most of the people and changed the terrain (not just the physical terrain, but the nature of "who's here" and "what is possible"). Our protagonist finds himself alive but alone (at first), and the book details his geographic and human/social journey. The thing is, the dialogue is clever and sharp and believable, as are his interactions and misunderstandings with his improbable traveling companion (a pixie with a lot of attitude). I'm reminded a bit of Joss Whedon's humor in _Buffy_ and _Firefly_ - there's something wry and smart and just a little jaded going on, with genuine caring underneath. In any case, I often find the characterization and dialogue to be weak in fantasy (and science fiction) novels, because the focus is on the magic, or the creatures, or the bells and whistles, or the war between the species. I usually have to go to "literary novels" to find dialogue and characters I can connect with, but here I got to have all of it in one place.

Besides that, I found the plot and its twists and predicaments interesting and compelling, and the description of humans and others adapting to the new, strange situation to be thoughtful and believable. There are some first-novel kinds of problems - sometimes the plot slows or stumbles, sometimes it feels like the author tried to do too many things at once - but I found that the story itself gave me enough good will to get past those things.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ari Strock on October 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed Static Mayhem. Without spoiling the story, it takes place in a world where everything has been scrambled and most of the people are gone. Advanced technology and fantasy have fused together. The world that the author creates is vivid and real. The characters are well developed and although there is a relatively large cast, I didn't feel that there were so many that I lost track of each personality. Both the description of the technology as well as the settings are not so farfetched that you can't imagine what the item or place might look like.
This book is not a swashbuckling high fantasy novel, nor is it a hard science fiction book. But it takes elements of each genre and packages them in a new, and I think refreshing way, all set in a world that has been shaken and stirred quite a bit. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a fresh take on the post-apocalyptic theme.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karen on October 25, 2010
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I will start with my disclosure... the author is someone I went to college with (a couple of decades ago now) and that was my initial reason for picking up this book. That and because I like both sci-fi and fantasy genres. I don't know the author well, we are not close, and I had no expectations about it when I started in.

That said~ I really enjoyed it. I found it a good blend of sci-fi and fantasy. I like that it is written with humor. The plot is interesting and has some great twists. The pixie character is particularly entertaining.

Why only 4 stars and not 5? I wished that more of the characters were as well-developed as the pixie. And I found there was a little too much deus-ex-machina going on for my tastes... where something just a little too conveniently happens to save the day.

Is it Great Literature? No. But it is a thoroughly enjoyable story, well-conceived and well-rendered, with imperfect characters that you come to care about. I'm glad I read it, and will be glad to read the sequel when it arrives.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sweetmyrrh on February 8, 2011
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I always enjoy EOWAWKI stories, so I downloaded this book to my Kindle.
I've read the other reviews here, and I just want to say, one, I loved it, and two, I don't know the author, never met him, guy is a total stranger to me. Static Mayhem won't be everyone's genre, granted, but I
am really impressed with his imagination. I've tried writing some short stories myself, so the time and work it must have taken to create this world, and these scenarios, I salute you Mr. Aubry. The hero, Harrison Cody, will probably drive you somewhat crazy, but I loved the pixie, Glimmer, and actually enjoyed reading about her wardrobe changes. It was a sweet touch. If you want deep, serious reading, you'll have to buy something else, but if you want a book which will take you to a totally different world, and keep you interested throughout, I think you'll enjoy this one. I did. And I'll be there if and when there is a sequel.
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