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A Strange Valley | [Darrell Bain]

A Strange Valley

A clerk working in the census bureau discovers a series of anomalies in the population of a small city located in the Ozark Mountains. Intrigued, the clerk continues to investigate. He finds that, on average, the population of the city and surrounding valley, are a little smarter, less religious, more thrifty, marry less, have a higher level of education, are more sexually liberated, have fewer illnesses and many other positive traits.
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A clerk working in the census bureau discovers a series of anomalies in the population of a small city located in the Ozark Mountains. Intrigued, the clerk continues to investigate. He finds that, on average, the population of the city and surrounding valley, are a little smarter, less religious, more thrifty, marry less, have a higher level of education, are more sexually liberated, have fewer illnesses and many other positive traits. The city also refuses government money for schools and roads, has little crime and no sign of racial unrest.

None of these factors would mean much taken alone, but together, they spell out a population that is distinctly skewed from the normal. Surprisingly, hardly anyone in the valley realizes that most of them are different from the average. They simply think they live in a good place among good people. Then the investigation starts.

©2007 Double Dragon Publishing; (P)2009 Action Audio

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    A Strange Valley is a very strange book. It starts off with a nice sci-fi-idea, a nice what-if, but never lifts from the ground. Instead of trying to build suspense the writer spends most of the novel to quasiliberal sexual fantasies that with time get tiresomely lecherous. Quite a disapointment.

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    Carlin 09-29-09
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    The valley is a free love community, embracing straight, gay and menage a trois relationships. The narrator makes up his own pronunciations, adding and dropping letters at will.

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    Renee Princeton, NJ, United States 07-22-09
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    Irritating narrator, silly premise, lots of gratuitous sex.

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