The Twiller [NOOK Book]

Overview

Ian Harebungler, our hapless hero, just can't catch a break. First, the deli ran out of his favorite cucumber sandwiches. Then he left the gas on at home. But the lowlight was being abducted from his front yard by a particularly ill-mannered alien, one who apparently doesn't believe in anesthetic, no less. Fortunately, Ian is saved by an unlikely ally: the Twiller, whose bravery is somewhat overshadowed by its uncanny resemblance to a floating ...
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The Twiller

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Overview

Ian Harebungler, our hapless hero, just can't catch a break. First, the deli ran out of his favorite cucumber sandwiches. Then he left the gas on at home. But the lowlight was being abducted from his front yard by a particularly ill-mannered alien, one who apparently doesn't believe in anesthetic, no less. Fortunately, Ian is saved by an unlikely ally: the Twiller, whose bravery is somewhat overshadowed by its uncanny resemblance to a floating yellow marshmallow with big eyes.

The Twiller follows the adventures of Ian and his newfound companion as they are whisked around the Universe, and Ian learns how difficult it can be to find his way home to a backwater planet called "Earth." Along the way, Ian must survive the traffic of El Leigh, the enthusiastic protestors of Bez Erkeley, and rampaging politicians in the city of WMD. Even worse, he must contend with exorbitant prices in the city of York, endure the heat and crazy drivers in Fleur Ida, and struggle to escape the small planet of "Huh? Why E?" before he contracts island fever. Astute readers might pick up on subtle correlations to real places here on Earth, but my lawyers have reminded me to state that such resemblances are purely coincidental.

As it starts to dawn on Ian that the bizarre planets he visits suffer from many of the same problems, comical situations, and inane rules all too familiar to him, he stumbles upon an important secret that gives his quest to return home added urgency. Can Ian make it home? Will he arrive in time to prevent a terrible catastrophe? And can he find a flight without a Saturday night stopover? The answer lies with the Twiller…
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Editorial Reviews

Bufo Calvin
A Gulliver’s Travels for the 21st Century… It reminded me of some of the Oz stories (where they wander from one punny land to another), some of Arthur Byron Cover (the Platypus of Doom came to mind), and Daniel Pinkwater (The Snark-Out Boys). … The Twiller is as error-free as any novel that I’ve read. … If you are looking for a light and airy entertainment, a popcorn book with an intergalactic setting, The Twiller is a button-pusher that will keep you smiling.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011830945
  • Publisher: David Derrico
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 168
  • File size: 285 KB

Meet the Author

David Derrico was born just north of Miami, Florida, and developed his appreciation for complex moral issues while receiving a degree in philosophy from the University of Florida in Gainesville. He wrote his first novel, Right Ascension, before attending law school at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). Right Ascension was first published by Bookbooters Press in 2000, and garnered its inaugural eBook of the Year Award.

Derrico wrote his second novel, Declination, during law school, while he was probably supposed to be studying. Nonetheless, he graduated, passed the California Bar Exam, and worked as an attorney at a large, international law firm in Los Angeles for several years. While practicing law (all that practice actually made him pretty good at it), he managed to write some short stories and start work on his third novel, The Twiller.

Recently, Derrico retired from his “day job” as a big-firm attorney and moved back to South Florida, where he finished that third novel. The Twiller follows the (mis)adventures of an unlikely hero and his unique companion on a comic romp around the galaxy. Derrico maintains a website with reviews, excerpts, current news, a blog, and purchasing information for all of his novels and other works at www.davidderrico.com.
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  • Posted August 7, 2010

    Twill!

    I loved laughing along with Ian and his travel-companion, the Twiller through a unique and bizarre universe. This story is funny, interesting, touching and I personally feel it has a good dose of "food for thought" if you have a mind to dig your spoon a little deeper. I once read somewhere that 80% of all jokes are true and I kind of feel a little like that about The Twiller. While it is an entertaining, light read, I think it definitely hits on some unfortunate aspects of modern society.

    I am looking forward to a sequel!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2010

    Whoda thunk a yellow marshmallow would have so much personality?

    Funny, engrossing, and a great escape. The cover hooked me: seeing that little yellow being with the big eyes made me wonder what the book would be like. Our unassuming hero finds himself abducted by aliens, meets his yellow sidekick with its one-word vocabulary, and goes adventuring around the universe in his quest to get home to earth. Along the way, we peer in on him with the author and laugh with him and at him. The poor guy (our hero, not the author) stumbles and bumbles but really shows his stuff.

    Read it for the story, or read it for the laughs. It's a fun ride, either way.

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