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Walter Stickle and the Galactic Rangers (The Adventures of Walter Stickle Book 1) by [Enright, Larry]
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Walter Stickle is a creature of consistency: from the time he gets up, to the clothes he wears, the food he eats, the way he works, how he spends his free time . . . He does everything the same way. Every day. Boring? Maybe, but he likes his routine. It’s normal. But Walter also likes the Galactic Rangers. He reads the comic strip. He collects the action figures. He goes to the ComicCons. He is obsessed with them. Why? Because despite the sense of security he finds in being normal, Walter has always dreamed of going to the stars. Just once, he would like an adventure. Just once, he would like to be the hero. If only he had the chance . . .
Our story begins with an ordinary man, an anomalous pair of mismatched socks, and a comic strip. It ends with the adventure of a lifetime.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Human Tale 25 February 2014
By EE Wilder - Published on
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When I first saw Larry Enright had released his latest novel, "Walter Stickle and the Galactic Rangers", I posted the announcement via Twitter. An irater Tweeter took me to task. He/she was tired of authors writing about non-human space characters and thought writers should focus on tales about humans. Obviously this person had never read any of the author's previous books or cracked open the cover of this book for there is no one more human than Walter Stickle. I enjoyed the last name Stickle for Walter was a stickler when it came to life routines whether at his home or at the office. You could set your watch by his leaving for work to picking up the newspaper and donuts to walking in the office to read his daily comic episode of the Galactic Rangers. All this normalcy was rattled the morning he realized he was wearing a pair of mismatched brightly colored sox rather than his usual black, the only kind in his orderly dresser drawer. Thus began Walter's adventure. This is a great read for those that enjoy imaginative writing mixed with tongue in cheek experiences. As usual I thought I had the story figured out but as in his other books, the author adds just a bit of twist to make my conclusion an almost which as you know only counts in horseshoes.

Elizabeth E Wilder, author
The Spruce Gum Box
Granite Hearts
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Live Stickle 21 December 2013
By Anthony Palermo - Published on
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Walter Stickle lived very much like a human computer program, mapping his mornings out in minutes, all the way to the comics he loved to imbibe behind his Social Security office desk before the others could steal his Pitville Times.

And then one day, to his surprise, there was his image inside his favorite comic, Galactic Rangers. Even stranger, the cosmic police work of Captain Kleeg and First Officer Gak showed up on his late evening sci-fi TV channel. But Kleeg & Gak were talking to him!

Day after day, the Rangers' search on Earth for an intergalactic bad guy, Tobine, intruded further & further into his daily algorithm, both in the comics and in Walter's real life. Am I slated to be an agent, he thought, in a soon-to-be-produced movie or TV series? This couldn't be the real thing...could it??

In the meantime, his daily routine crashed and burned. He became romantically obsessed with an attorney - for 10 of his SS cases over a 10 year span - whose clients had very little record of having lived a life on this planet. Worse, the attorney, Vivien, had the most beautiful eyes he'd ever seen...until she put on the ugliest glasses he'd - also - ever seen.

And therein lays another Larry Enright tale, served up with enough twists and quirks to leave me scratching my head.

How do you dovetail a Chapter One in outer space with a completely different universe in a Social Security office? How do you reconcile Kelso, an omniscient comics writer, with a Sci-Fi channel that's talking to its one and only subscriber?

What's next? Where is he going with this??

As with other Enright endeavors, it seems like an author painted into a corner. But there are passageways, and wormholes...and Article 13.04. But that leads to a spoiler. I'll stop here.

Some thoughts...

* While I can identify with Walter, I fell in love with Vivien. Her transition from lawyer to acquaintance to love interest was smooth & compelling. The eyes were the selling point for me. Who could resist "the most beautiful eyes in the world"?? [I couldn't - I married two of my own!]

* The device of having Walter rescue someone rendered "goofy" [rather than bloody - too many current stories tread this path] by an interrogation was perfect for the tenor of the story. Poor Walter had to Man Up in dire circumstances - and the one who should have been leading the charge was busy giggling!

* By this time, too, Larry's droll imagery has become, for me, quite a perk...

"Karen mastered the art of cracking air bubbles in her chewing gum at an early age and the habit of chewing with her mouth open sometime thereafter."

"'Well I have seen a few more cases than you,' she said, emphasizing the word `few' with a dramatic roll of her fingers that would have turned traffic the wrong way on a one way street or caused the cannons to fire at the wrong point in the 1812 Overture."

* And once in a while, I even pick up a nugget from what I'm guessing was Larry's childhood...

"His younger brother called him `Mr. Clean' because when it was cleaning time at the Stickle house, all the kids found good places to hide except Walter. He hid in the broom closet."

So does Walter win the girl in the end? Well, the tone of this story suggests a lack of tragedy, but it's the How of it all that thrills and satisfies. I dropped a lot of other books to read this one. Long live Stickle.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Read 21 November 2013
By Merlyn - Published on
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Walter Stickle is not a Walter Mitty. He doesn’t just fantasize about heroic acts, he becomes involved in them.

Stickle is a stickler, shackled by rules, boxed in by conventions and hobbled in his repetitious, predictable life. Things begin to change when he, Walter Stickle, begins to show up in his favorite comic strip, The Galactic Rangers, Then when he meets a woman with the most beautiful eyes he’s ever seen, adjustments have to be made.

Readers may bemoan Walter’s dismally-ordered existence and cheer when he begins to step outside the lines and dare to become involved in adventures.

This book is a tale of a man who has been driven by nit-picking rules finally encountering another person more obsessed with bureaucratic than he.

Walter Stickle’s story makes for an enjoyable, light-hearted read.

Highly recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Watch Out Galaxy Here Comes Walter 5 August 2016
By Farmer Jud - Published on
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The Walter Stickle novels are imaginative, quirky and vastly entertaining. For those of you who may be familiar with Martin Scott (Millar) and his Thraxos series, Walter is kind of the anti-Thraxos. Whereas Thraxos' drunken, selfish behavior consistently lands him in one bizarre crisis after another, Walter's obsessive boy scout persona has almost exactly the same effect ... except on a galactic scale! Lots of fun and entertaining characters to enjoy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Loved It. Hoping for a Sequel ... ! 30 November 2013
By Gary Speer - Published on
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What if a galactic peacekeeping force was intent on maintaining and enforcing inter-galactic peace -- but their definition of peacekeeping was potentially dangerous to thousands, even millions, of people on Earth? And what if Walter Stickle, a mild mannered and helpful Common Man, was called upon to save those many and maybe even Earth itself?

I absolutely loved the quirky characters and the unexpected plot twists. Walter learns the difference between a "normal" life and REALLY LIVING as the story unfolds. The story made me laugh and cry -- oh, never fear, they were happy tears! -- and left me feeling better about life, hoping there are lots of truly good people in the world like Walter. Cheers for 'em all!

And please, Mr. Enright, tell me there might be a sequel in the future ... ?

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