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Product Details

  • Paperback: 442 pages
  • Publisher: Inkblot Books (September 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932461175
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932461176
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,979,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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K.A. Thompson is a long time freelance writer and the former editor of "Martial Artists Wired." Now in Northern California, she has lived all over the U.S. courtesy of Uncle Sam and the USAF, as well as a few years in Germany as a child. Writing since her teen years, she is the author of several novels, as well as being the human "help" for feline author Max Thompson, author of the popular "Psychokitty Speaks Out" books.

She also has absolutely no shame, and has been known to wander around San Francisco in neon pink spandex, and will dye her hair just about any color in order to raise money for her favorite charitable organizations. Seriously...look for hot pink hair early September 2012, and blue or orange hair in March 2013. Her personal blog can be found at http://kathompson.blogspot.com, where you can point and laugh, or just follow along for the kicks.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Danielle on October 10, 2009
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Although I'll always have a soft spot for the original and excellent Charybdis, I personally think "The King and Queen of Perfect Normal" is one of the best in the series.

Of course, I am in love with both Terry & Chip - they have a remarkable & enviable relationship - nearly 30 years married & more hopelessly in love than ever, and despite their mistakes along the way, have raised a wonderful family. That absolutely shines through in this book; their unconditional support for one another even when they can't stand the sight of each other, or when faced with some frankly embarrassing and awkward problems!

"The King and Queen of Perfect Normal" has a slightly different tone - maybe a little more mellow than the rest - but that's fine. As each book has progressed to the next, they've all changed somewhat. But it keeps the style of multiple narration, and the characters have stayed completely true to themselves. Reaching middle age, Terry & Chip are still passionate, still fiery, & still as pushy as ever, and they've passed those traits along to their kids. So when they hit some major hurdles, and both also have to face awkward questions and answers about their past, they deal with it as we know they will: strong, forgiving and together.

Very well written, and a joy to once again peek into their lives.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lynn McNamee on September 16, 2009
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Plot/Storyline: 4 1/4 Stars

It was very hard to judge this fourth novel without making comparisons to the first three in the series. After finally realizing that I couldn't just separate it, I had to admit failure enough to at least make some small comparisons.

This novel does fall short of the first three in one major aspect. Each of the first three seemed to have some sort of danger, a bad guy, if you will, for the family to fight. In this installment, the `bad guy' is a medical diagnosis. So, there was a sense of the danger, but it just didn't have the climax or thrill of the first three. Throughout, I kept waiting for someone to die, get kidnapped, get shot, or even receive a threatening letter, but that's not what the novel is about.

However, I don't think I would have enjoyed this one as much as I did had I not read the first three. A major portion of the pleasure of reading this came from knowing the full history of each character.

This novel is an excellent follow up to the first three. All of the favorite characters are there as if only a day has passed. It has the same flow that I enjoyed, also.

There is just enough back story given to remind the reader of prior events, but not so much as to make you feel like you are reading them all over again. This is difficult to accomplish, but the Ms. Thompson does a great job. Not only are there reminders of the past novels, there is also a bit more information given, usually clarification of a character's thoughts at the time.

The story is told mostly from the viewpoints of Chip, his wife, Terry, and the youngest son, Kevin.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Frerichs on April 16, 2010
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First, allow me to confess... I have not read the previous books in this trilogy... yet. After reading the King & Queen, and having fallen in love with this family, the other books are now in my Kindle & ready to enjoy. I found this to be a delightful read that kept my interest and just felt good, all along the way. After just having read several heavy books, this was like a little gift to myself & I enjoyed it immensely!!
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