Random Musings by Frodosco

Day 88: Newton in the New Age by Joseph Wurtenbaugh

Day 88

Summary From Goodreads

Some people are married to absolutely the right person. Some people are married to absolutely the wrong person. Some people are married to someone who is both the absolutely right and wrong person at the same time. This was the fate that had befallen Richard, a gentle, scholarly man, hopelessly in love with Annie – a firecracker of a woman, as sexy as she is bright, with whom any man could be completely besotted. The one small – actually, rather largish – fly in the ointment is that Annie’s life ambition is to be the best designer of thrill rides on the planet – and Richard is terrified of them.

But when Annie needs some random member of the public to test her newest and greatest device, surely she will call on someone, ANYONE, besides her long-suffering husband. Surely she would not hatch some fiendish scheme to lure him into the role of guinea pig.

Think not? Guess again . . .


It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews! This is where I write a review in the time I have before I go to work or before I go to bed. Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!

If Wurtenbaugh’s name sounds familiar it might be because I reviewed another of his novellas, The Old Soul, last week. I really enjoyed that piece, and though I knew this was an entirely different genre I figured my odds would be pretty good that I’d like this one too. I wasn’t disappointed!

Newton in the New Age is a cute short story centering around Annie and her husband Richard. The sense of humor that Richard has and the storytelling ability of Wurtenbaugh come together to form quite the humorous piece. Richard talks about what he would say to his son, if he had one, about women and often gives specific examples referring to Annie. These were easily my favorite parts and it gave the story a uniqueness that it otherwise might not have had. Oh sure, the thrill ride and Richard getting freaked the heck out were enjoyable, but the banter, most of which was in Richard’s head, was very entertaining. Wurtenbaugh gives us a character that we can sympathize with, we all have our fears and our temptresses, and it makes the ending all the more satisfactory. I can’t wait to read another of Wurtenbaugh’s pieces in the near future, I’m sure I’ll enjoy it. Thanks as always for reading and come back tomorrow for Day 89!

Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #88/365

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