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How to Build A Skydeck by [Bradley, David L.]
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Length: 212 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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From the Author

Welcome to my first novel, written at night, usually after midnight, while I was employed as a tradeshow and convention installation specialist. Is it a mythologized account of my first blue-collar job and my experiences upon leaving the US Army at the age of twenty? Could be. Then again, every single word of it could be true, and most of it is.

Marketing the book was a challenge. Agent after agent told me what a great book it was-- especially, what a great first novel it was--, but they all declined to represent it, for reasons you probably understand, if you've read the thing. If you haven't yet read it, when you do, try to imagine overserious New York literary agents reading it, trying to find within it the next Great Marketable Thing. It will provide an extra level of humor, I promise. I recently had to re-read it while formatting it for the Kindle. I had the chance to make changes, but except for nagging typos, I left it just as I wrote it between '96 and '98. It was a lot of fun getting to know Stan, Rebecca, and the fellas again. The characters are all people I knew, and if you see yourself in one of my books, drop me a line. If I bothered to remember you this long, I might like to hear from you.

If you see me in Kroger, say hello.

About the Author

David L. Bradley hails from a good family by way of an extended visit to the wrong side of the tracks. He knows his way around a construction site and considers his time spent there “a necessary evil.” He currently lives in Atlanta with his wife, two children, a dog, a cat, and a collection of antique hardcover books, none of which he has never read, saying he collects them for their smell. He enjoys grinding coffee, passing ludicrous judgments, and baking muffins.

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  • File Size: 585 KB
  • Print Length: 212 pages
  • Publication Date: March 3, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007GZIWXO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,105,809 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Tired of the same authors peddling their rapidly generated, poorly edited, mass-market novels that clutter the window display in your ubiquitous shopping mall mega-book store? Frustrated that American publishing houses prefer to engage and promote recognizable names rather than new voices? Well, here's your opportunity to try something new and, more importantly, satisfying. David Bradley's CD-Rom book is unlike anything you've read before. At one level How to Build a Skydeck is a novel, with characters worth getting to know. At another, it's a passion play, a study in race relations and class consciousness -- an examination of the human spirit questioning why we get out our beds each morning. Simultaneously, there's a healthy dosage of humor and a taste of classic science fiction, where the willful suspension of disbelief means more than the meaningless techno babble that plasticizes today's sci-fi trade. Bradley will draw you in with well developed characters experiencing the human condition until, well, until they confront the unexpected. Then, Bradley's creative, fresh plot, which propels itself forward without fail, will keep your attention riveted to your screen. Also, the CD-Rom format is worth trying -- as a neophyte to electronic text reading, I was pleasantly surprised by the convenience and comfort of reading on my computer screen. Similarly, compared to a lifetime of reading conventional books, I was ecstatic when I learned that I could search the text when I wanted to recall a carefully placed detail or hint that Bradley had introduced earlier in the work. Bradley will make you laugh, but more importantly, he'll make you think. Give it a try. You won't be disappointed.
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In his freshman novel, Atlanta based author David Bradley cooks up an interesting recipe that calls for 1 cup coming of age, 2 cups new age science fiction, 1/2 cup workers rights and diversity issues, a tablespoon of modern management theory, and 1 full ounce of perfectly cured cannabis indica. Surprisingly, the unusual mixture results in an awfully tasty little treat entitled How to build a Skydeck.
Bradley follows nineteen year-old Stan Davis' fall from upscale suburbia, country clubs, cable TV, and a full refrigerator into a manual labor construction job and a small sub-let room in a trailer park. From this humble station, young Stan comes to better understand himself, the people around him, and his place in the Universe.
I loved reading this book. Bradley successfully conveys the message that while life isn't always easy, it does have a purpose. There is a reason for all the pain and frustration. Watching Stan try to figure out his purpose will make you laugh, but more importantly, it might just change the way you think about your life. Very few books have that kind of impact on people.
I strongly recommend you give this one a try. It gets two thumbs up, three cheers, and five stars. Based on my enjoyment of this most excellent novel, I anxiously await Mr. Bradley's next effort.
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This book aims directly into the heart of the stewardship of a soul. On a par with Madeleine L'engle, David Bradley moves his characters deftly through loss, poignancy, love, humor, intrigue, danger, transcendence, with graceful skill, and a spiritual energy to make one believe in the profundity of life.
Bradley writes fully formed characters, personalities who suffer, disappoint, enlighten, and live with a realness this natural born writer conveys seemingly effortlessly. Stan accepts with humility the trials of life and conscience. His story and the characters who leave their impressions will capture you to the final page. You will be reminded of the exquisite breathlessness of falling in love, know the love of a mentor for his charge, find compassion in the most unlikely stiff, experience a desire for acceptance that perseveres to the very root of suspicion and fear, and face mortality with a long forgotten key. Exquisite. Read and be awakened.
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This was a very well written story that draws you in. Meet Stan Davis, a young man who's quit college, can't hold a job and is finally kicked out of home when his Mum and Dad decide that he has to stand on his own two feet. It's interesting watching him go from a freeloader to a person who 'crosses the tracks' as it were - leaves the mansion and debutante life for construction and sharing a trailer. The person living next door at the trailer park isn't quite what he seems, so a second storyline develops alongside this young man 'finding' himself, of government agents, aliens, and love!! Sounds corny, but is well written and believable. The only thing I found that made me uncomfortable was the religious angle that developed about 2/3rds of the way through the book. As a non-christian I thought that the author was pushing that particular religion, but he goes off at a slight angle with that too, so whilst I think he could have distanced himself a bit MORE from religion, it did get explained. A thoroughly enjoyable book.
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This story really surprised me, first because the innocuous title doesn't give you a clue what it's about, and secondly the surprise ending. This story is about a young guy who can't seem to find his way in the world, and once out on his own he finds he is so much more once he figures it all out....which, like him, you don't find out until the wild ending. A complete story and a pleasure to read.
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