The Terminator's Wifeby Walter M. Ellis
THE TERMINATOR'S WIFE is not science fiction, but rather a "screwball" comedy, set against the urban sprawl of contemporary Los Angeles. Warren Stelling is a young graduate student at UCLA who finds himself at odds with the status quo. The stuffy professors of the English Department are hopelessly tied to tradition, ritual, and special interests. The epitome of these professors is Sebastian Bateman, who is called the "Terminator" by his students because of the sadistic pleasure he seems to take from failing and humiliating them. Warren accidently runs into Bateman's young and beautiful wife Evie at a record store, and they fall in love at first sight. First and foremost, THE TERMINATOR'S WIFE is a love story about two people who find each other amidst trying and often hilarious circumstances. It is a fast-paced, funny, and contemporary look at the eternal war of the sexes.
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Having read Walter M. Ellis's ME AND THE DEVIL BLUES, for which he won the coveted 2002 Darrell Award for Best Mid-south Novel of the year, I eagerly awaited THE TERMINATOR'S WIFE. This novel deals with the same main characters, metamorphosed into a modern university setting and from black to white. I have not been disappointed but delighted. THE TERMINATOR'S WIFE is sophisticated, fast paced, and witty. College students enjoy nicknaming the best and worst professors, and those at UCLA are no exception. Sebastian Bateman, who seems to enjoy failing and humiliating those studying with him, is called the "Terminator." Coming up against our villain is Warren Stelling, a young graduate student, who has a low opinion of the status quo. Warren runs into Evie Bateman, the Terminator's wife, at a record store; and it is love at first sight. She moves in with Warren, who must face humiliation at Bateman's hands, the oral exam for his doctorate when he is not doing well academically, and Evie's dipsomania. In his usual clever way, Ellis adds more seemingly hopeless entanglements as he gradually and cleverly unravels the knots and moves to a very satisfying conclusion. All those who have been through the college system will be drawn to THE TERMINATOR'S WIFE. Students currently living some of this will especially appreciate Ellis's wit. And all who have been involved in the war of the sexes will eagerly follow the love stories in the main and minor plots. Ellis's flawless style should be noted. Not all read for style. But those who do will heave a deep sigh of satisfaction.