Einstein in Flamingoland - Confessions of a Fellow Traveler

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With bad actors in close pursuit, a Hopi Indian cabbie motors Maui artist Gille Barker and an illusive Albert Einstein through Arizona deserts and Louisiana bayous to the French Quarter of New Orleans in search of a satchel's mysterious contents and the secret to life's design. More

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About George Brinner

In 2015, after thirty years as a gallery artist and writer on the island of Maui, I relocated to the middle of the Arizona desert. That story is for another time, but my history with those locations is evident in ‘Einstein in Flamingoland’. Other scenes in ‘Einstein’ take place in New Orleans’ French Quarter, my home while a student at Tulane. Further exploration of the surreal world of Einstein’s narrator, Gille Barker, continue on to Chicago and Indianapolis and the farm town of Mason City, Illinois in the prequel, now in progress.

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Review by: Jenna Brewster on May 14, 2018 :
I was hooked from the first pages of “Einstein in Flamingoland” and much to my surprise my interest never faded for a moment! (that’s rare for me with books these days…) I loved the creative and strong characters and plots that continued to build with tension and shock and surprise. Just when you think you know what’s happening, something comes along to throw a wrench in it. This is good because I hate books that are super predictable. And this one isn’t…. faaaar from it. The characters are the coolest/weirdest I’ve met in a long time (Liked Gille, Lightfoot, Jeff, Ed, and of course Einstein!). And although there are some familiar ideas and tropes at play here, the author George Brinner brings a fresh attitude and literary style and makes it all his own and doesn’t just rehash the same old plotlines we’ve seen a million times before which makes this book wholly unique. I’ve read a ton of literary surrealism/magical realism and even paranormal (sci/fi-ish?) books over the years so I’m rarely surprised by anything anymore but I can say that Brinner managed to do it a few times. I appreciated the brisk pace and the descriptive details that really brought the story to life – authentic world building (the character development in this case) is absolutely crucial in selling a story and it is done quite impressively here… A shocking, surreal, sometimes uncomfortable experience that will get inside your mind and soul. Could benefit from some tightening and better editing (mostly punctuation), but still an entertaining, unpredictable and at times even enlightening “ride” with some unexpected topics/conversations/narratives that span from alien life, to hallucinations, violence, romance and humor and so much more!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Anabella Johnson on May 9, 2018 :
"Einstein in Flamingoland: Confessions of a Fellow Traveler” by George Brinner was great! Although I thought the beginning was kind of slow, despite some dramatic events, it seemed to take a while for me to reach that magical spot where I just had to keep reading. But once I was there I was totally hooked. There is some ‘setting up the stage’ of action on the beginning, and the pacing slows when we are introduced to new key players – some more ‘fantastical’ than we might expect, but then it all starts to make sense and we are caught up with the bizarre, surreal actions of the various characters on this journey. The characters are good… and bad…and both (depending on your perspective I guess) and there are some surprising turn of events I didn’t see coming. It is a quick read, one I finished in one evening. I was genuinely shocked at a few things that happened, and thought the narrative was great, very tight and almost literary at times, but it definitely could have used more tension (higher stakes or consequences) at times and better editing. Regardless, I really enjoyed it and I will be looking forward to reading more from Brinner. Great blend of dark fantasy, science-fiction, thriller, drama, humor. The artwork at the end is terrific!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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