Sunday, June 30, 2013

Review of An Alien's Guide to the Human Species

Review of

An Alien’s Guide to the
Human Species

by Deb McEwan

Reviewed by R. Murry

“I wish I was a fly on the wall when they had that conversation.” is a common saying in America.  I don’t know how that phrase is used in English across the pond in the United Kingdom and won’t attempt to try.   Ms. McEwan has other creatures listening, and watching in on English families from the floors and walls in her enjoyable novel of aliens conducting their investigation of the human race.

This family comedy has its aliens translating for their planet and the reader what is going on in the daily lives of a couple from their meeting to marriage up until an event that explodes into pandemonium.  Daily lives of a family are boring, but not seen from the eyes of outsider – spiders with webcam units, reporting back to their planet those normal day to day happenings.    

If you don’t know what a cuppa, a nutter, a nappy, or blokes are, you may need an English dictionary.  I’m just kidding. Deb McEwan's writing is clear cut and clever. 

The alien’s description of an event such as potty training a child is delightful and others are somewhat hilarious to the creatures they are reporting to in the weekly TV report.  To us humans, it’s just life.  And the aliens have their own problems on the mission they’re on – conflicts abound.  They have a life too, as told by their leader.

If you want to have some fun and see what the humans and aliens are doing in England, get Debbie McEwan’s book and read it event by event, laughing in between each events.  

Debbie’s links: It’s available on Amazon in print or as an e-book at these links.