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Three outrageously funny stories are carefully interwoven around the narrator, Irving and his flaky, but impressively brilliant friend Wilson Wu. Irving is cast into 3 separate misadventures all the while being guided (or lead astray) by Wu. Initially, Irving hunts for brake parts in Brooklyn, for his Volvo only to stumble upon an interplanetary illegal dumping ground from used tires and a city seemingly full of guys named Vinnie. He returns with Volvo enthusiast Wu who discovers a fold in the time-space continuum whereby he devises the difficult recovery of a lunar rover.
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Irving, now moved to Huntsville, Alabama, the home of his bride-to-be Candy, observes curious behavior exhibited by a discarded beaded auto seat cushion as well as his racist, senile, and dangerous father-in-law, Whipper Will. With the help of Wu and a two-by-four board he manages to temporarily stop the collapse of the universe; that has been the cause for random objects in time to reverse their decay, all while casually studying for the Alabama bar exam and ordering double bags of chips with his lunch order.

Finally, Irving and Candy return to his boyhood home in Brooklyn for a pre-wedding honeymoon at the home of his aunt. Strangely, all means of conveyance are running on time. Wu, contacting Irving by any electronic means imaginable from the rain forests of South America, formulates a theory of spare time being drained off to create a new universe. The culprit is a former Nobel Prize winner in Real Estate (since discontinued) abetted by Irving's childhood friend and former neighbor. Surreal and offbeat, Bisson's silly tales of science and technology gone haywire involving Irving and Wu end much too soon.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% Tone of book    -   humorous or laughable FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Parody    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   a lawyer creature Age:    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Planet surface, need spacesuit Which planet?    -   Earth's Moon Earth setting:    -   current (early 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Not Earth, in Solar System?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   an average amount of scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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