The Outlier #1: Beepers

Rated 3.67/5 based on 3 reviews
Dillon Sharif was the world's greatest big-data detective. It helped to be the handsome grandson of the billionaire founders of the AllDat Corporation - legal owners of all the world's information - but would it be advantage enough to solve the riddle of those invisible things that go beep in the night? Dillon was going to need every bit of his trusty assistants' assistance on this one. More
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Words: 7,340
Language: English
ISBN: 9781311711274
About Tom Lichtenberg

I've written a lot of stories, and one thing I've learned is that stories have a life. They want to be read, and they're brought to life by readers. Readers give them meaning, give them substance and fulfill their destinies. Stories aren't picky about who reads them. They welcome everyone. Money means nothing to them - they don't care how much the reader paid and they equally don't care how much the author made. Stories want to live and they want to be a part of your life. I often think of them as like paper boats you place upon a stream. You never know where they'll end up!

"Author of curiously engaging novellas. His stories are not driven by action but by mood and metaphysics. His premises often begin with fairly standard, often vaguely science-fiction concepts, but he spins those concepts out into melancholy, thoughtful tales in which he explores the emotion and (often) dislocation that people feel when confronted by something outside their normal experience." - Devon Kappa

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Review by: James Jenkins on April 09, 2016 :
Fun, whimsical, not overly good or bad.
(review of free book)

Review by: Nora Black on March 28, 2014 :
I'm a great fan of Tom's. I've read and enjoyed a good number of his books and short stories. For me, those 'fictions', as he often refers to them, were all marvelously entertaining and humorous. I do believe that you need to be a particular type of person to enjoy reading his work, but the same can be said of Hemingway.
This narration is a fascinating celebration of the ridiculous. It is totally hilarious in the most side-splitting and satisfying way. Well before the final outrageous line I had comedy's tears on my cheeks, and laughter aching the muscles of my jaw. Not only does Tom create the extraordinary from mere dust, he manages to make it wildly interesting. His concepts are always mind-bogglingly vivid and thought provoking, he makes you stop, mid giggle and think about things in terrifying and novel ways. Yes, we are only as big as the eyes that perceive us, and yes, a disturbance of cosmic dust which might cause the dissolution of a planet, is only a swirl of color if viewed from earth. I love your humor, Tom, and I'm so very glad I had the opportunity, once again, (at zero cost) to indulge myself in quality.
(review of free book)

Review by: tony parsons on March 10, 2014 :
Dillon Sharif (29) grandson & sole heir of the billionaire Wilkins Sharif (global data collector) grandfather’s estate. Lots of PPL were after his money. Karen Clyde had the hot’s for him. His father Wilkins Sharif (Turkish-Egyptian prince) & his mother Kintara Soh (Japanese-Maori punk) were both corporate attorneys. Dillon was a mathematical genius. Commander Bethany Rush was his driver/pilot.
Cool book cover, great font & writing style. A fairly well written short story (book). It wasn’t very easy to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. No grammar errors, repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of scenarios & a great set of unique characters. the whole story content didn’t really make any sense to me. That said I will have to rate it at 3/5 stars.
Thank you for the free short story (book)
Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)
(review of free book)

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