Book Title: Golden Gremlin: A Vigorous Push from Misanthropes and Geezers
Author: Rod A. Walters
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 228 pages
Publisher: Omega Man Press
Release date: November 2016
Tour dates: Feb 12 to 23, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (Mild and indirect innuendo to both sex genitalia, a short essay about the fictional "AssBook," an essay on current health-care talk, a teaser "is his cord long enough?" to get readers to choose a short piece on electric cars next, etc.)
Written to make Dave Barry, Lily Tomlin, and Ben Stein laugh, Golden Gremlin: A Vigorous Push from Misanthropes and Geezers delivers the experience of a balanced life, and the wisdom to like most of it, and then laugh at the rest of it. What the heck, Barry lives in Miami, habitat of geezers, and Ben Stein is one. The world really needs that push, vigorous or gentle, from misanthropes & geezers, the world’s most valuable golden gremlins. Misanthropes pretend to not like or need other people, but in reality, they merely prefer their own company much of the time. Geezers, aside from that silly name, also like their own company quite well. Both share the virtue of seeing the world calmly. You get pointy bite-sized life pointers from these experienced gremlins, told in easy bite-size chunks. Laughter included in the price! Two out of three wouldn’t be bad either.
Life is good! So laugh a little at yourself on the way through these pointy essays, and that will buy your laughing at the world’s simpler parts, guilt-free.
Golden Gremlin comprises about 70 short essays bundled into six topic areas:
NATURE: boys, ugly drivers, and coffee cups in the ‘fridge.
WORDS: the real meaning of Caucasian and Genre.
BUSINESS: deafness at the economics conference, and getting on AssBook.
KITCHENS: sushi chefs, and truth about manna.
HISTORY: when Hell froze, and Attila the Honey.
Golden boy gets to be GOLDEN GREMLIN: experience overcomes certainty.
What things could possibly be more important!
This book is a collection of short humorous essays written by an author, "an old gent", who is now in what society calls "the golden age", hence the title Golden Gremlin. Filled with witty remarks, some sarcasm and a good dose of silliness, this book which began with Poppy stealing the Residence's gas-powered mower to get to his publisher, was a fun read. Having worked with seniors in a day center, I find that they have a unique sense of humor. They are no longer afraid to speak their mind and laugh at themselves and others. This certainly came through with these essays.
Mr. Walters tackles a variety of topics, some of which had me in stitches and others which I didn't care for just because they are very much about the American life experience (such as the State of the Union piece) and you really need to be an American to appreciate the humor. Just like some Canadian humor is much more funny to said Canadian than a Southern American, for example.
However, most of the well-written essays challenged me with new words I had never heard of (misanthrope, boppage, troglodyte, entropy...) and had me using my dictionary. Having been an Army officer, engineer, and administrative assistant, the author's experience in these fields is evident in these essays. The book is divided into 5 parts and I enjoyed the essays under the topics of NATURE and KITCHENS the most.
If you like humor and a straightforward take on topics relevant to our day and age from an American senior with a quirky sense of humor, you will enjoy this breezy read with truths behind the funny and silly narrative.
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Rod Walters lives and writes in upstate New York to prove he can be an all-season writer. Since he wants everybody to be all-season persons no matter her or his circumstance, his writing aims sharply toward the practical—without turning into one of those godawful do it ma’ way authors. Life, after all, is practical hour by hour. Self-described as “old enough to know better, and he probably is,” his former life as Army officer, engineer, and administrative assistant could not have better prepared him to write both light and more serious short pieces pointing to creating a balanced life. Chuckling at yourself usually makes a good takeoff, he says. Giving up having to be certain makes for a good landing, especially for one’s friends! Then again, who the heck wants to live a balanced life? Mostly everybody does. That’s why he now writes. Although many friends nudge and badger him to be a Facebook and Twitter butterfly, he tries not to spend many numbing hours a day with circular keyboard tapping. Writing works better.
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