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How to Build A Skydeck by [Bradley, David L.]
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Ever wonder if our species' development is guided by a greater intelligence? Or if your goofy-looking neighbor is really an alien on an assignment of global scale? How much soul should one be willing to swap for a little comfort? Who wants to trade for a baloney sandwich? Stan Davis ponders this and more throughout his day as a white laborer on an all-black crew in the Deep South. Shoved from the nest at 19, the bright but indolent son of luxury struggles to make his way in a world of country clubs, convenience stores, topless bars and trailer parks.

"How to Build a Skydeck" is a pre-Digital Age tale of black and white, rich and poor, pot-smoking aliens, angels and God. Despite the irreverent setting and blue-collar characters, this very human, deeply thoughtful and occasionally sarcastic tale will forever change how you think about the origin and destiny of humankind.

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David L. Bradley hails from a good family by way of an extended visit to the wrong side of the tracks. He knows his way around a construction site and considers his time spent there “a necessary evil.” He currently lives in Atlanta with his wife, two children, a dog, a cat, and a collection of antique hardcover books, none of which he has never read, saying he collects them for their smell. He enjoys grinding coffee, passing ludicrous judgments, and baking muffins.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 585 KB
  • Print Length: 212 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007GZIWXO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
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By A Customer on Aug. 4 2002
Format: Paperback
I read the book twice because I loved it so much the first time! And I bought the CD-ROM so I could sneak the reading at work...
Seriously, though, this is one of those books that you really have to sit down and read, not just race through in a hurry. The characters are real and easily draw themselves in your mind and I found myself casting the movie. But, putting that aside, it appears to be deceptively simple until you realize just how much is really happening around the edges.
Bradley writes for the thinking Sci-Fi readers, not just those who are into little green men and shoot-em-ups on Jupiter. There's a richness to his story-telling that you might now see at first, but it creeps up on you and never fails to surprise. Readers who want to think about what they've read would do very well to read Bradley's works, especially this one.
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David Bradley takes the basic questions we all ask ourselves and comes up with answers that leave you wondering if he's even on the same planet. (He is, he's just not exactly local.) By turns funny and touching, he gets at the heart of the human condition through some of fiction's kindest characters. Even the villains have something redeeming about them, even if they do remind you in a warped sort of way of Jake and Elwood Blues.
This is an incredibly gentle book, with a genuine heart for not only the characters, but the reader as well. You're a guest in a very unusual home in this work, and it's hard to keep from smiling, even as you find your way out to the skydeck out back, for a double portion of "divine swine." It's hard to not like a book that welcomes you like an old friend. Expect to read it over and over again.
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The spiritual text is thought provoking to some degree but one must be forgiving of the rest of the story to extract anything meaningful. I am puzzled by the near continuous use of marijuana. By any reasonable measure, most of the characters would be instantly identified as addicts. Yet, there are no discernible ill effects of its continuous use and it really doesn't play a role in character development or plot line. Puzzling. At one point, the protagonist wonders why his life is going nowhere, as he lights up his third or fourth high potency joint of the day. Really? Deus ex machina saves the day... and somehow he regains some focus in the end. Parenthood? Is this what we would hope for a child? As a minimum wage labourer or in the end, as a student, the pizza expenses would wipe him out. :). Your take on it may vary of course...
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I must say that I didn't expect much from this book but figured I'd read it based upon a friend's recommendation. Well, the story unfolds very nicely and the character development is excellent. Bradley has a certain Richard Bach (Illusions and Jonathan Livingston Seagull) likeness in his larger than life characters; and the philospohical aspects as metaphor of life underpin my comparison of the authors. All in all and excellent read!
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I must consider myself lucky to have happened upon this work. It is rare to find an unknown author so polished. His story is told from a unique perspective. His characters are unexpected, and controversial. His heros are bad boys,...and I find myself cheering for them. I loved this book, the only disappointing thing was that it was over too quickly. I eagerly await more from this guy!
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