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  1. Jesse Christiansen Jesse Christiansen says:

    When it comes to tasting literature until now I must confess that I have in general been hopelessly marooned in The Ivory Tower like some misguided over educated haughty brother of Rapunzel waiting for a contemporaneous under recognized author to arrive and and free me from my tower dungeon of ignorance with his or her beautiful words I was somehow suffering under the delusion that great literature only came from places the likes of Posthumous Island Bestseller Bay or PulitzervilleWait a moment while I laugh at myself Ha ha ha Ironically I actually met Man Martin at a recent GWA conference while I was reading Crime and Punishment by you know who In fact Man's last words to me as I exited the conference with a signed hardback copy of Paradise Dogs under my arm were something along the lines of My book's going to be uite a shift for youYes Man it was but not in the way you imaginedI held Man Martin's book up to the same scrutiny that I hold any great book up to and I fell in love with it and I know you will tooWhat do great books have in common?Well for one they have many themes that are finely interlaced within and leave us with deep messages that impact our lives Paradise Dogs contains many such themes My favorite theme perhaps is the eternal battle between optimistic and pessimistic real fiction And I think I know which side Man is on after reading this book Another great theme is that through helping others we help ourselves Finally the theme of idealistic versus worldly love brings thought provoking tension to every page And there are many other themes for the reader to discoverGreat books have metaphors that hauntingly stir readers The piteously bungling protagonist Adam a character every reader will fall in love with if for nothing else his endearing humanity shows us that bungling has a deeper meaning at work in the intellectual underbelly of this novel true bungling is when we force our own meaning onto the world rather than letting the world speak to usGreat books have multiple sub stories craftily woven in their denouements kept just out of sight until the reckoning of the super plot at the end Paradise Dog's is entertainingly bold in its far reaching entanglements which makes it a cross genre novel in my humble opinion and so as great books should be unclassifiable and uite original Adam is trying to get his life back There are multiple love stories one ostensibly unreuited There is conspiracy subtle and overt humor mystery and suspense as we follow Adam on his odd journey to the author's uniue version of his salvationGreat books have uotes that you can take with you and great messages My favorite uote is I now forty seven years old in perfect health begin I love this uote Perhaps we are all starting over Everyday perhaps And a great message in this book it's never too late to re claim one's life Also in a twist at the end readers may come to know what love really is at least Man Martin's perception of it which is humble and honest and real Adam can only love when he has corrected his biggest bungle which has to do with someone he forgot to love perhaps his whole life the one we seem to always forgetGreat books challenge and delight readers I had to use a dictionary constantly and as an author myself with an English degree my vocabulary is not exactly shabby Also Man uses his acumen and passion for great literature to perfume his story throughout with elegant allusions poetical infusions reverberating similes and enjoyable descriptionAll in all Paradise Dogs is a book to applaud and cherish and I now forty six years old in perfect health begin that endeavorYours in literatureJGC


  2. Laura Laura says:

    I won this book on Library Thing's early review copy and I found it hard to follow The book is set in the 60's and has a few main characters Adam Newman is yearning to reunite with his estranged wife and recapture what they once had when they ran their legendary hot dog restaurant I did find some things in this book cute for the most part was rather shifty to say the least Adam is somewhat of an eccentric character which is to a degree a bit delusional in assuming other peoples identities This was a uick read but the plot is kind of hard to follow One thing I did enjoy about the book was the descriptive passages of Florida; the author did well in that regard otherwise a mediocre book


  3. Mary Mary says:

    This book has its funny parts but all in all I didn't like the main character very much


  4. DW Andrew Delcourt) DW Andrew Delcourt) says:

    The Video review Paradise Dogs is about Adam Newman who wants to get back together with his wife Evelyn He has a compulsive habit to lie about his identity to help people that need professional expertise He goes to the extent of delivering a baby in the back of a car Saying his name is Dr Bateman In addition he forgets these occurrences regularly and find himself confused when people thank him Adam delusional personality and eventually develops a conspiracy theory in his mind that consumes much of the book Not to mention the bag of diamond he's just lost The Adam drags his son Addison through all of the trouble he causes throughout the book There's a nice contrast between the delusional forgetful impulsive father and the well behaved however discontent son I liked the characters and thought they evolved over the book It is written entirely in third person but he author tells the book from many different character's view points My two major complaints fortunately didn't ruin the book for me I thought the overlying conspiracy was very predictable and the ending was a bit disappointing I felt like the story just stopped rather than an actual resolution Because of this I might have deducted a star and a half However since I can't do that on Good Reads I went with a total of 4 stars I enjoyed it a lot and I thought even with it's flaws Paradise Dogs surely doesn't deserve only 3 stars The characters were well developed the events were all well done and the dialogue was PHENOMENAL The result is a thoughtful funny and clever novel that I hope everyone picks up when it's released on June 7th This book was received for free in a giveaway


  5. Ray Ray says:

    It's a sled No actually it's a restaurant although you never actually set foot inside it the place having been flipped in the early pre Disney days of the central Florida land boom and run into the ground before this story even gets going But it's enough a part of the past of the protagonists Adam and Evelyn see what he did there? to merit the title the front cover and a good part of the backstoryAdam is mostly who you get coming in in terms of speaking voice time just ahead of their son Addison who they weren't Abel to fit the naming pattern despite Evelyn's older son Kean hitting you in the head with it With a karate chop Seriously Dude's a master chop sockier and this comes in uite handy midway through when several different bands of bad dudes are after his father and stepbrotherMartin owes a lot to the Florida craziness novels of Hiaasen and Barry even though this plot predates most of their closer to our time pieces There's a Big Reveal in the final uarter of the novel but you will likely have seen it coming for hours before it finally gets there There's also homaging to the Catch Me If You Can trope of Adam doing a better job at a half dozen impersonated occupations than the mostly sleazeballs he unauthorizedly impersonates Doctor lawyer priest no Indian chief though;There are unintentionally funny obituaries; major body slams of helping professions from religion to mental health to academia; and the ending isn't the ocean of smarm that it might have been A uick trip back to a Florida that's weirder and yet much less scary than the one that's there now


  6. Chris Chris says:

    As a fellow teacher in the same school system I really had high hopes for this book and was looking foward to reading it What a disappointmnet To Martin's credit his figurative language is excellent Great imagery and metaphors I often read a page several times just to enjoy the word play But the characters were confusing and difficult to warm up to It was also difficult to follow the plot since names seemed too similar not ditinctive enough I always thought Dickens got it right when he gave his characters names that matched their personalities and made them easier to follow throughout the bookI may never finish this book I really have not bought into plot or the problems of the main characters


  7. Lea Lea says:

    FirstReads review Adam Newman is engaged to Lily and fighting to get back together with his ex wife Evelyn This adventure coupled with Adam's impersonations for being a doctor lawyer minister etc and a conspiracy that could involve national security lead us on a wild goose chase through Central Florida Adam is helped by his reluctant son Addison and many other colorful characters The story was a little hard to follow for the first few chapters once all the characters were established and you got a sense for Adam's eccentric personality the story flows along If you are a fan of Carl Hiaasen you will enjoy Man MartinAdvance Uncorrected Proofs version


  8. Calvin Calvin says:

    Man Martin was a cartoonist for the school paper at Georgia College in Milledgeville when I started attending there It was therefore gladness of heart for a fellow alumnus that led me to acuire this his second novel But it was good solid writing and a wonderful plot at turns uirky and deadpan that kept me going For all its description both in the text itself and on the book's jacket of where and when the story was set I was still surprised when some of the secrets were revealed laughing out loud at myself for not figuring them out sooner and at Man Martin for setting such clever traps to entangle my intellect and trigger my funny bone A glad good read


  9. Erik Dewey Erik Dewey says:

    A fun book about a marginally functional alcoholic and his crusade to find a lost treasure unravel a communist conspiracy help his son land the girl of his dreams and reunite with his ex wifeIt doesn't go to plan any of it really but the journey is fun and satisfying The writing does a great job of not only carrying the story forward but making it belivable withing the confines of the lates 60s Florida the book is set inA fun read that I really enjoyed


  10. Paula Hebert Paula Hebert says:

    did you ever hear about the guy who would fall into a manure pile and come out smelling like a rose? well you will meet him in this book the protagonist an aging divorced alcoholic manages to ruin everything around him and yet at the same time manages to turn defeats into victories without knowing what he is doing extremely funny with unbelievable slapstick scenes I didn't even know writing slapstick was possible paradise dogs is good medicine for a down day


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Paradise Dogs ❮PDF / Epub❯ ☃ Paradise Dogs Author Man Martin – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Adam Newman once had it all But then he lost it Now Adam yearns to reunite with his estranged wife Evelyn and recapture the Edenic life they once had running Paradise Dogs the roadside hot dog restaur Adam Newman once had it all But then he lost it Now Adam yearns to reunite with his estranged wife Evelyn and recapture the Edenic life they once had running Paradise Dogs the roadside hot dog restaurant now legendary throughout central FloridaHe has a few obstacles along the way For starters there’s his impending marriage to Lily There’s also the matter of a uarter million dollars’ worth of diamonds that he mislaid along with what appears to be a shadowy conspiracy that is buying up land around the Cross Florida Canal and which may or may not be a product of Adam’s alcohol infused imaginationDespite his own troubles and a brief stay in Chattahoochee Adam looks to mentor his son Addison in the ways of love Awkward unsure and employed as the world’s least accurate obituary writer Addison pines for a beautiful and painfully earnest linguistic student but must compete for her attention with his older and sophisticated half brother from Evelyn’s first marriageBut if anybody can set these worlds in order it is Adam who has an uncanny knack for being in the right place at the right time and allowing others to believe he’s someone he’s not Whether it’s delivering a baby rescuing a marriage or exposing a Communist conspiracy our protagonist is up for the job Paradise Dogs from Georgia Author of the Year Award winner Man Martin is a farcical tale of paradise lost the American Dream and the true measures of love.