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Midlife Mouse Paperback – April 30, 2013
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About the Author
Wayne Franklin grew up in the suburbs of Mobile, Alabama, the son of a mechanic from rural Escambia County and an office manager from Fairhope - the inspiration for Decent Chance. Despite this very Southern background, and the fact that he is the creator of the blog real-southern.com, Wayne still has no discernible accent. A career commercial director and editor, Wayne co-founded the Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham and is the co-producer/director of the award-winning documentary Duke & The King. Midlife Mouse is his debut novel.
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Being the kind of scary Disnoid who would STILL READ CruellaDeVille36's trip report, I started "Midlife Mouse" with few real expectations.
Wayne Franklin is a writer who gets the facts right, has a talent for words that leaves my lexicon in the dust, can quote The Bible and the Ashman/Menkin oeuvre in the same paragraph, and who can make you laugh and cry at his beck and call. In the story we fall for Bill Durmer--our highly likable protagonist--as he endures disgrace in his home town, rumor mongering bus drivers, kidnappings, an armed stakeout at a Value Resort, Amazing Things I Won't Spoil For You, and Nescafé. Through all this, Franklin offers a great course in the philosophy of the Magic Kingdom theme park, and also posits a hauntingly inspiring view of where The Walt Disney Company might head if it were under a modern day Walt.
But along the way, you'll be dazzled by Franklin's grasp of trivia (a bus driver is named Cyril, and nicknamed "Proudbottom". Anyone?). You'll be amazed by very clever writing (I wanna quote something here, but I already ruined the Cyril thing). You'll be taken on your favorite Disney attractions, and if you're anything like me, you'll probably get misty-eyed at the end.
I cannot recommend this book enough. What a refreshing and inspiring read. Good work, Wayne Franklin!
The characters are engaging and interesting, especially the main character Bill Durmer who narrates the story and among his anxieties being that his life is being orchestrated by a hack writer. A wonderful device that Franklin uses to great comic effect throughout the book, saving the best for a very satisfying punchline.
There is hint for a sequel, which I anxiously await.
In his debut novel, Wayne Franklin introduces us to an everyday hero, Bill Durmer, heir-not-apparent to Walt Disney. Genius, dreamer and Disney aficionado, Durmer is not aware that his entire, uneventful life has prepared him to assume the title of Chief Imagineer. When his world seems to fall apart, Durmer runs away from home to live in the most magical place on earth, Disney World. (Of course, being Bill Durmer, he has permission from his wife and takes his precocious daughter along for the adventure). Unaware of secret societies operating 'behind' the "behind the scenes" of the Disney empire, Durmer is kidnapped by Snow White and her henchmen, who dress him as a giant pink pig to squire him away. And then things get weird.
I like Bill Durmer. I cheered for Bill Durmer. I'm hoping for a sequel to Midlife Mouse as I am not finished with the adventures of Bill Durmer. I hope that Mr. Franklin isn't either.