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Green Light Delivery by [Johnson, Anne E.]
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  • File Size: 1078 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Candlemark & Gleam (June 14, 2012)
  • Publication Date: June 14, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008BP8STG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,748,465 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ganpril Webrid is a Yeril. That means he’s on pretty much the lowest rung of the social ladder in Bargival. Yet, in spite of his claws and hulking size, he manages to be quite the ladies’ man—at least in his own mind. He pushes a delivery cart through the dirty streets. It’s not a glamorous job, but it’s what he knows, what he’s good at.

So good, in fact, that he’s accosted on the street by a mysterious robot. In a hauntingly familiar voice, it “calls” him. At first, Webrid doesn’t know for what. A special delivery, it turns out, of something surreptitiously implanted into his own hairy body.

Thus begins a rollicking journey. I was instantly charmed and increasingly enchanted as Webrid stumbles toward his goal.

For sci-fi authors, the establishment of a story world is a challenge, a balancing act. Too much detail and the story bogs down. Not enough detail and readers give up. In "Green Light Delivery," we receive only the barest of tantalizing clues about what Webrid’s world looks like and how it works. But these details are provided just as they are needed, and we build that world for ourselves, clue by hilarious clue.

Highly recommended.
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First off, this is a well constructed mystery/thriller/action novel. An everyman is handed a parcel and he has to deliver its unknown contents to an unknown recipient in a strange and unfamiliar place, while being pursued by numerous bad guys and while torn by doubts about whom to trust and whom to avoid. It sounds like a classic Hitchcock plot or the premise of any of a number of movies or popular novels. The writing is tight and the narrative has a strong forward momentum.

But then, make the confused but earnest hero, Ganpril Webrid, an alien being and put him on various alien worlds, surrounded by a vast array of distinct and distinctive alien creatures. Mix together lots of common motifs - bars, snitches, grifters, booze, robots, cops, gangsters, femmes fatale, hangovers, muggings, and all the other noir and detective staples, but give them all alien and sci-fi flavors and angles. Make sure the hero drinks Valestin-Hundred Proof and eats ground janz on a bun and flirts with babes that have suckers, at least three mouths, and multiple protuberances. Especially make sure the hero comes across as a regular guy with a hidden Philip Marlowe tough guy decency, a slow burn and gumption.

Then make the whole thing funny. Not stupid funny or jokey funny, but smart and snappy funny, with sharp dialogue, snarky robots, dark humor, clever asides and subtle digs, colorful side-kicks, and the hero's constantly engaging and amusing interior dialogue.

That's pretty much what you get here. The writing feels effortless; there isn't a lot of huffing and puffing as the author strains to dot the i's and cross the t's of her complete and perfect imaginary worlds.
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In this thoroughly enjoyable, fast-moving tale, both Webrid and his unexpected interplanetary mission (the green light delivery of the title) are full of surprises. While the hero is repeatedly distracted by food, alcohol, women, and his own erratic thought processes, he manages to escape from one misadventure after another, sometimes by virtue of his street smarts, and sometimes thanks to the crew of co-adventurers he acquires along the way. Webrid lives in a society plagued by organized crime, corruption, government surveillance, and other issues that are all-too-familiar to twenty-first-century Earthlings, but refreshingly free from interspecies rivalries. Our hairy hero is a strong, hulking Yeril, and his alien comrades include the feathery Stravin, diminutive, multilimbed Zatell, and slender siblings Leshi and Debney. It's easy to identify with Webrid's confusion and admire his spunk as he is beset by one enemy after another and the significance of what he has to deliver is gradually revealed. The worlds of Bexilla, Cheed, and the entire Raralt Planetary Circle are well worth a visit, and thanks to author Anne E. Johnson, it's easy to book passage there.
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I was not too sure I would like this book, but I found myself captured right away with these creatures descriptions from the very beginning. I rated the book five stars~ I found myself wanting to know more and more about Webrid's journey. In the end- I was happy with the book the ending was a bit different than I was expecting. It was light hearted~ I would recommend this book to everyone looking for a fun~ light~ summer read! Anne E. Johnson did a great job with the character descriptions painting a awesome visual for readers. I did have a hard time putting this book down*** The main character is very likable and this is one of my favourites for 2012.
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I just finished Green Light Delivery and really enjoyed it. I was amazed at the foreign world and characters Ms. Johnson created while at the same time anchoring everything in terms that were easily understood. No easy task. The main character, Ganpril Webrid, was a totally engaging if not at times frustrating character, but always likable.
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