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I once called Tegon Maus the new grandfather of science fiction and he still is The last book I read from him was of a fairy tale than a sci fi book but I still loved it After reading My Grandfather s Pants , I d say that he can write anything that he wants no matter what genre it is I don t know if he would be the new grandfather of another genre but I know he would still make a great story Still, I m waiting for a new sci fi book from him Here, Mr Maus brings us a modern story that has a little bit of magic in it but the supernatural aspects of the book are only secondary Jack Laskin seems like an ordinary guy based on how he talks to people and his work ethic He also has a decent relationship with a woman named Connie On the other hand, he runs his father s hardware store Laskin and Sons and is pretty well known by the people of Redlands, California It seems like the only baggage that Jack has is his overbearing mother, Claire Jack doesn t seem to be bothered too much by his mother because he accepts her getting her own way as a norm It also helps that she doesn t live with him any either One day, things begin to change when Claire gives Jack his Grandfather Henry s thirty year old pair of pants Jack s initial reaction of the pants is not good because of how their age clearly shows After Claire begs and begs, Jack caves in and puts them on.This is where the magic begins I wrote the word magic with quotes because Mr Maus lets us the audience decide on whether the pants magic was just in Jack s mind or if they really did have some supernatural technique Without giving too much away, the magic is connected to Jack feeling like someone else as well as his friends and family seeing him as someone else Is this someone else someone that Jack used to know Like he did in The Chronicles Of Tucker Littlefield , Tegon Maus stepped out of his comfort zone of sci fi and this time, brought us a modern, romantic comedy with just a little bit of magic Mr Maus always has used humor in his stories but in this one, he takes full advantage of his sense of humor Probably the funniest parts are with Claire and her friends from the retirement home always trying to help Jack with Connie He gave them some great personalities which results in great comedy I said in the beginning that I am waiting for Mr Maus next sci fi book what I m really waiting for from him is just any book because I know it will be a good one. As with all of Tegon Maus s books I ve read, I was totally entertained by My Grandfather s Pants It is full of quirky characters and a hilariously entertaining plot As I read My Grandfather s Pants, I kept thinking that this could totally be a Quentin Tarantino movie It just reminds me of the bizarre ness that his movies have.The way that Maus describes the characters in this book brings them to life in blaring color Your mouth will hang open in shock as you get to know some of them you ll see The synopsis of the book only gives you a tiny hint of what is to come Yes, he wears his grandfather s pants, and yes, they re kind of magical maybe.I can t even begin to tell you the plot because it would just ruin the entire book for you Let s just say, this one is for real PG 13 due to some completely crazy ideas.you keep thinking Jack is going to wake up from some wild dream The plot is all over the place crazy, but it totally makes this book Like I said Tarantino You have to approach this book with the thought that you will be cracking up while shaking your head in disbelief.Maus has a talent for taking his readers on a wild ride, and My Grandfather s Pants does just that Buckle up While I found this creative fictional work both hiliarious and seriously action packed, woven within the pages are the internal struggles acted out externally As mother passes grandfather s pants to son Jack her desire and his decision to wear them would attract individuals and situations like never before Both father and grandfather s rotation with women shared by his eccentric mother and friends to son Jack, would add to the fire three enticing women she would boldly introduce to him, testing his affections to the limit despite his love for girlfriend Connie.Jack s mother Claire and her distaste for her sister Olivia Wells will unfold in a series of actions involving revenge, blackmail, and a quest for a keepsake that once obtained does not give the satisfaction desired As Olivia Wells can t forget the past and move forward, Jack on the other hand vacillates from trying to break the traditional grip of multiple lovers, while battling how he can still be alive physically but on paper lose his life and business.As you perhaps identify with the dysfunctional aspects of relatives and acquaintances hold on tight to the steering wheel for mom s friends Stella and Harriet will take you on a wild, hiliarious ride Connie s promising brother Robert s fate will change due to an unruly mishap on his part It will however bring out the devotion Connie extends toward him and how boyfriend Jack would literally fight on behalf of both of them.Author Maus will deeply make you feel the inner struggles of Jack between Connie and Gabriel Discover if he will follow in the same footsteps as his grandfather and dad or break free and devote himself to one Though you can physically get rid of grandfather s pants, it may take a bit courage to shake off propensities that easily desire to ensnare It reminded me fully that we are what we think and perhaps our thinking needs a little refining.Not only do I recommend this book as it is 5 star quality, but too do I recommend Author Maus fantastic science fiction delights An Author with hopefully many works on the horizon, I rate his creativity to be extremely high. My Grandfather s Pants full of quirky characters and unique sub plots the main plot line is what compelled me, and that is why I give the book three stars.Joe Laskin, a young man of about thirty, is now running the family hardware store, after the passing of his father His mother, who moves out of the family home and into a retirement community where many of her closest friends live, plays a significant role in Joe s life Too large a role.Joe and Connie, the girl next door, have had an on again, off again, relationship for thirteen years Keeping their friendship strong through correspondence, they agree to resume their relationship when Connie moves back to town.At about the same time, Joe s mother gives him a pair of his late grandfather s pants Old, out of style, and worn, Joe reluctantly gives into his mothers request to wear them The pants appear to have some magic quality I couldn t decipher whether the magic was literal or emotional but once on, Joe finds them comfortable and people begin to perceive him differently, and he begins to see himself differently.Spoiler Alert Tales of his father and grandfather come to light, and I must admit that it is here that the sub plots of the book fall apart for me Many of the relationships in the book are superficially developed, leaving all the characters wanting Rated PG 13, there are scenes in the book that left me in doubt of that.What kept me reading was the hope that Joe would see his way through the quagmire of his life, and that there would be a redemptive quality that the pants would in fact actually give Joe the emotionally maturity he needed to rise above an over bearing mother, get out of the clutches of a posse of older women who are lewd, a supposed familial predisposition that he didn t feel until the idea was planted and find a meaningful life with a woman who knew him and loved him.Mr Maus has a true talent for writing, and I praise his skills for that Not having read any of his other books, I am left to wonder them.I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Great fun to read Jack Laskin is just an ordinary man he has a girlfriend, looks after his mother and runs the family hardware store When, one day his mother gives him a pair of his grandfather s pants, he doesn t really want them, but she insists they ll be perfect for him.Being a good son, Jack dutifully wears them, then he discovers things change, suddenly those around him treat him differently, it s almost as if he s become someone elseAs the magic continues, he discovers family secrets beyond belief, and when a ghosts from the past come wriggling out of the woodwork, he find himself committed to solving a mystery which spans generations.This story is fantastic It is totally different to anything I have read before As the storyline unfolds, it is sexy, humorous and very entertaining absolutely brilliant Well, I ve heard of stepping in someone s shoes, but their grandfather s pants Oh man, this book had me in stitches That s no surprise as most of Tegon s books are heavy on the satire.Just wait until you find out about those pants Poor Jack There s no way he could have seen his mom and her cronies coming And his girlfriend Connie It just got funnier when she became involved in the scheme those over the hiller s were plotting.There s romance, humor, humor, and a mystery between the covers of this book And the characters I can only imagine what life would be like if I had these hanging around For sure there would never be a dull moment.If you ve not tried one of this author s books, this would be a great one to start with And once your finished, your funny bone will be demanding.I received a copy of this book free of charge from the author. |Download ♕ My Grandfathers Pants ⚔ Jack Laskin Is An Ordinary Man More Than Ordinary According To Some Running The Family Hardware Store And A Life That Would Bore A Snail, Nothing Exciting Ever Seems To Happen To HimThen, At His Mother S Urging, He Tries On A Pair Of His Late Grandfather S Old Pants And Everything Changes Most Importantly His Emerging Love Life It S Not Long Before His Mother And Her Meddling Friends Get InvolvedWhen An Old Friend Of His Grandfather S Tells Jack He Has Something She Wants, His New Found Life Takes Another Turn Having No Idea What He Is Supposed To Have, Jack Looks To His Girlfriend, Connie, And Her Brother, Robert, For HelpIn The End, The Answers Will All Be Found In His Grandfather S Pants This was a very bizarre story I bounced from being kinda weirded out at the actions comments of Jack s mother and her friends to being intrigued at the mystery portion of the story I think this goes into the fantasy category because i wasn t quite sure how the pants his grandfather wore fit into the story Do these pants make the men insatiable when it comes to their physical needs Why are the women ok with there being a harem Why do the older ladies call Jack by his grandfather s name of Henry Lots of unanswered questions.The story isn t bad and was a little humorous in places. This story started out strange and seemed to even out, only to get strange at the end again The rotation with Jack Henry s parents was incredibly odd, as was his mum s idea to force the same onto him Anyone spell creepy That woman was waaaay too much invested in her son s sex life.Other than that, the book was well written and enjoyable, consumed in just over 24 hours with a job and sleep in the middle It s hard not to like them, but I think the Connie Jack Gabby thing could have been done a little better so it didn t feel so forced 4 5 When an author you really don t care about drops the ball, no big deal.When an author you really enjoy drops the ball, though that s a problem.Which brings us to My Grandfather s Pants, by Tegon Maus.Normally, I love Maus novels Short, quirky, and fun Which technically does describe My Grandfather s Pants It has Maus trademark humor, his zanny characters, and his outlandish, go for broke narrative The problem, however, is that the main conceit is so absurd, so patently ridiculous, that I couldn t get into it The entire book read as a series of WTF moments I spent most of time with the book going O kay okay instead of laughing out loud like I normally do with a Maus novel.And if that was it, if my only real problem was that I couldn t buy the premise that these pants turn Jack into some kind of sexual dynamo, I could shrug and say its a matter of taste.ButThe reality is, the book never comes together There is a subplot about a vengeful old woman who is pissed off at Jack because of something his grandfather did many years earlier, and it doesn t belong in the book It has no purpose In fact, there is a weird tonal shift whenever the narrative switches to or from this subplot It s almost as if Maus felt the novel needed a stronger conflict in the narrative.The plot involving Jack s rotation is much stronger, but strangely enough, is never really explained Why are the men in Jack s family sexual dynamos Is it the pants That s what I m led to believe, but the novel really doesn t clarify that for the reader, unless I missed something And the resolution to this plot left me all Ummmm okay okay And what about Robert The book kinda tells us why he went to jail and kinda tells us what happened in jail to make him what he is today, but I think the novel really should have expanded on his character I just don t buy his child like demeanor I don t have enough of a reason to buy it.All in all, I m pretty sure this was a prototype novel I m fairly certain it was Maus first novel, and I think he basically threw in everything he wanted and then forgot to edit down what shouldn t have been there Like I said earlier, it does have all his trademarks the humor, the characters, and the go for broke storytelling.It s not a bad book, but his other books are far cohesive, and everything this book does well, they do better.I give My Grandfather s Pants by Tegon Maus 3 out of 5 stars It s not a bad book It just doesn t have that je ne sais quoi, that certain something special that his other books have.