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The Survival of Marvin Baines: Humorous Midlife Fiction by [Meyer, Michael]
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"Mixed in with all the humor and wit is a real life lesson that all of us need to learn." - Albert Robbins III, FREE BOOK REVIEWS  

"An excellent book by an excellent writer" - Nick Russell, author of BIG LAKE 

 "A highly readable and relatable novel about a man coping with his midlife crisis told with humor and lessons in truth. KINDLE READER

"Like I said, this book will stick with you like a healthy meal leaving you feeling pleased with yourself for eating, savoring, and thinking,... yeah, it was a good one." - Karen Luellen

"A book like this could easily become maudlin and dull, but Meyer keeps it moving along at a great pace. The humour is well-judged and never forced, and overall The Survival of Marvin Baines is a highly recommended tale of mid-life dysfunction." - Indie Book Spot

From the Author

I come from a long line of teachers. My grandmother, my dad, my mom, and most of my aunts and uncles were teachers, as are my three sisters and my wife, and many of my first cousins. My father was an English professor, and I wanted to follow in his steps. I love the higher education environment. Colleges and universities are to me like sugar water to a hummingbird.

I have always had a talent for writing, which was driven by my passion for stringing words together to say something that would make others take notice. My teachers, all through the school system, told me so. I have written my whole life. My cupboards are filled with my writing, which spans a forty-five year period. I have bits and pieces of stories, completed short stories, essays, and notes galore.

I became fascinated with books at a very young age. I must have read every CURIOUS GEORGE book out there. At the age of ten, I self-published my first book, a short synopsis of California history. My parents bought the only copy, but I was a published author at an early age. The writing bug struck me hard.

I have written my whole life. My study at home is filled with manuscripts of one sort or another. When I retired from my 40-year career as an English professor, I found that I now had the time to work on the unfinished manuscripts I had started years before. I have now published fours novels on Amazon Kindle, and my fifth book is nearing completion. In retirement I have suddenly found the time I need to devote to one of my lifelong passions: writing. And I also am privileged to have the time to see things through to completion. The unfinished works in my study are quickly vanishing, to my delight.

 I want to write until I die. I love creating characters and plots. Writing to me is like reading. I never know precisely where things will lead. I am in good health, and my doctor told me that writing is a very healthy avocation for someone in my situation: a retiree. I love his advice.

The most difficult part of writing for me is placing the following words on my manuscript: The End. I get very involved with my characters as I write. I laugh and cry with them, and I agonize over their actions and their circumstances. They are like my own children. I am sad to see them grow up and then go off to live their lives on their own. Saying goodbye is tough, even though I know that they have found a very good home on Amazon Kindle.

When I am in the groove, which is the vast majority of the time when I am sitting at my keyboard, working on a manuscript, the characters call out to me, leading me onward, and it is exciting to me, because I never quite know where they will lead me. I have fun writing. It is pleasurable for me. The very second though that something seems too tough to handle at the moment, I stop. I will then go off and live my everyday life, waiting until the trigger I need pops into my head. That's when I run back upstairs to my study and start working once again.

It is a good life. I enjoy writing immensely. Life is too short to do otherwise.

Product Details

  • File Size: 315 KB
  • Print Length: 145 pages
  • Publisher: Pacific Books (January 14, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 14, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005E4I0AE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,370,630 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Marvin Baines is approaching 40. When faced with the idea of his own mortality, he begins to unravel quite a bit. Allowing himself to be influenced by talking grass and songs on the radio, Marvin decides that he is tired of his hum-drum life. He wants to do what he wants to do when he wants to do it!
What I love about this book is that it is in no way pretentious. It is a real story told through the view of a man that feels real. he is someone everyone knows, and very relatable. Anyone with spouses and children who has had to make sacrifices for the sake of the collective "we" can easily understand the frustration of a man who reaches 40 and realizes that he is unhappy with his life.
Throughout the story Marvin often reminisces about his past, asking himself over and over again "what if"??? When finally faced with the reality of his "what if", Marvin learns a real lesson about the difference between fantasy and real life.
After watching Marvin flop around crazily, grasping at survival, in the end you will be pleasantly surprised to find that he does.
Overall, Myers has written an endearing story that Joe Everyman can relate too. That is the magic of Marvin Baines.
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Overall Feedback: Mixed in with all the humor and wit is a real life lesson that all of us need to learn. Michael has this innate ability to draw you in with his humor but still manage to get you to learn something. Makes it seem he must have been a teacher in a former life. Doh! Check his author profile and you see that he is a former professor from a community college. That sly devil, not making that apparent and teaching me a lesson. Okay, all jokes aside this is book that must be read and you must be the one that reads it.

Point of View: Marvin Baines is the character you follow and you will learn from.

Voice: Wit and humor will always compel you to read further, especially when it is well timed and drives the story.

Character Development: Marvin becomes endearing to the reader and lessons are learned.

Plot: Without giving away anything this would be hard to describe. Oh wait, to quote the description, "Wake up call".

Dialogue: Genuine and fitting.

Pacing: The pace compels the reader throughout the story and keeps your interest page to page.

Setting: We can all relate in our own lives and setting with the setting in this book.

Continuity: I could not locate any loose ends or parts that did not mesh. A complete and perfectly told story.
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I thought the beginning was a little chaotic and jumpy and I also failed to see the humour in it, but that is something which depends on the reader and their interpretation. It was a sad yet realistic look at how a man can lose himself in his own life. Somehow he begins to question eveything around him and fixates on what he imagines to be a lost opportunity for love, lust and adventure. It sheds a light on how destructive a mid life crisis can be and how Martin expects to be able to pick up all the pieces and glue them back together after his selfish emotional implosion. I received a free copy of this book for my review.
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I know a dozen guys like Marvin Baines, and saw a bit of myself in him as well. It took me a few pages to get into the book, but once I did, I really enjoyed it. There is humor, regret, longing for experiences never lived, questioning the choices one makes and wondering "what if" and all of the things men feel at a certain point in their lives. At times I wanted to say "Man up, Marvin, deal with it." And in the end, he does, in the way that works best for him, as we all must do as we follow our own paths in life. An excellent book by an excellent writer who's work I have learned to appreciate.
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The Survival of Marvin Baines is a funny and poignant modern morality play in novel form. The art of author Mike Myers is such that I came to care about Marvin while I was laughing. In particular, I thought the author's crisp style was perfect for the story.
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**possible spoilers**

Marvin is losing it. Oh, yeah. He's making irrational discussions, bases life-altering decisions on whatever song pops into the air waves around him, talks to inanimate objects, and basically treats those things around him that should be his most precious points of light like the litter he's determined to clean off the side of the highway. I kept shaking my head at this protagonist, begging for him to wake up and be the man I knew he must be just under the surface of his misfiring actions. Like I said, this book will stick with you like a healthy meal leaving you feeling pleased with yourself for eating, savoring, and thinking,... yeah, it was a good one.
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By Crossy1975 on November 29, 2011
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It's been a while since I read a novel with such a strong and fascinating protagonist. The Survival of Marvin Baines really is a very well-paced and memorable tale, written in an original and distinctive style. Memorable. Loved it, and will be reading more by the same author.
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