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by Eric Griffith
     
 

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Sam Terra is having a bad week. . . He lost Molly, the woman he secretly loves, when she vanished before his eyes at the exact same time that ten percent of the inhabitants of Earth disappeared. Naturally upset, Sam follows clues about the global vanishing with questionable help from his friends including a misanthropic co-worker, a childhood pal with his pregnant

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Sam Terra is having a bad week. . . He lost Molly, the woman he secretly loves, when she vanished before his eyes at the exact same time that ten percent of the inhabitants of Earth disappeared. Naturally upset, Sam follows clues about the global vanishing with questionable help from his friends including a misanthropic co-worker, a childhood pal with his pregnant girlfriend in tow, and a dog obsessed with the human crotch. When Molly reappears-in the body of a dude-during a night of monster-laden devastation, Sam finally learns the truth. Not just about her, but about the planet
Earth and the entire cosmos surrounding it. What we consider mundane reality,
others consider a game . . . and not a very good one. The whole thing is about to be shut down. . .

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Publishers Weekly
Griffith offers up an unusually lighthearted apocalyptic tale. Thousands of people around the world abruptly disappear, including Sam Terra’s mother and the woman he thought he could love. Sam seeks answers, accompanied by his obnoxious friend Melvin and his childhood pal Paulie, and gradually uncovers secrets that in other hands could have led to a deep philosophical exploration of humanity’s place in the universe. Instead, Sam’s adventures border on the absurd as he travels from New York to California to Australia while the world at large inexplicably ignores the insanity thrust upon it. The humor can’t quite hide the lack of finesse in the writing, but with the focus on escapism, Griffith’s stylistic awkwardness isn’t as big a stumbling block as it otherwise might have been. (Dec.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780983953104
Publisher:
Hadley Rille Books
Publication date:
12/20/2011
Pages:
278
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author

Eric Griffith lives in Ithaca, New York, with his girlfriend and anywhere from three to five dogs, depending on the day. He writes features for www.PCMag.com but refuses to do your tech support. You can follow all of his online exploits by starting at

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dreamer2229 More than 1 year ago
When I first started reading this book I thought it was like a “B” movie. I mean here was this story in third-person limited following this schlep, Sam, a big beefy, man who is secretly in love with a pixyish woman, Molly, at his office. His office is a Dilbert-ish office, complete with his best friend, office loud mouth Melvin. Then the day he finds out that the girl he likes also likes him, she quits. He follows her down the stair and they share a sweet kiss. He offers to go with her, take care of her, unable to understand what is going on… when she vanishes. (GASP, what?!? Then what?) Well that was certainly a sharp twist. Now I really want to read the story. This twist definitely moved it up to an A+ grade. Unfortunately due to computer error, I only received the first chapter… thus the gasp, what?, and a sharp cry because I SO want to know what happens next. I give this preview a 4 out of 5, leaning toward 4.5 with the fabulous twist in the end of chapter one (be sure to read the excerpt). This product or book may have been distributed for review; this in no way affects my opinions or reviews.