Lenth grew up in a lie.

Apparently there's more than five people in the world.

Four Brothers live their lives in an enclosed habitat as directed by the silent Rubberman above them. When they disobey, they get shocked. This is normal. It always has been.

When a Brother dies, they learn of death. When he is replaced by someone new, they learn they are replaceable.

When the ceiling above the ceiling cracks open, Lenth plans a journey beyond the known universe:

A third floor.

Up.


 


Rubberman's Cage has arrived!
-and the buzz has already begun!
 

"...his voyage of discovery through successive layers of a neo-primitive, regressed, rigidly defined society makes a truly gripping read. "

"The post-holocaust society is depicted with imagination
and empathy and is completely believable. Tradition
 layers upon developed superstitions
 to produce a warped society..."

"Rubberman's Cage is post-apocalyptic dystopian fiction at its finest. A must read for 2014."

-Tabitha Ormiston-Smith

 


Watch the interview with the book's fictional protagonist:

 


 
Speculative fiction by Joseph Picard.
Click a cover for details and excerpts for each.

 


Formats/Retailers:

6x9" TradePaperbacks are $14.95 or less,
      except for 13 Bites, which is $11.95.

   Hardcovers, while pretty and useful for bludgeoning, are $24.98.

Lifehack Ebooks are FREE at Smashwords,
and the rest are each $2.99.

Oh, and all the profits for 13Bites does to global charities relating to child literacy.
And Lifehack is free at Smashwords...

So... are you CHARITABLE or CHEAP? GOOD or EVIL?

... why not both?

 
 
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A general self-introduction:


 
 
 


 

An excerpt from Lifehack;
Regan just being herself.


Straight ahead at the far end was the reception desk. It was a large, authoritative command centre, staffed by a lone girl who looked abandoned there in her oasis of furniture, in a desert of an otherwise stark room.

As a personified contrast to the entire building, Regan strolled across the floor, casually taking in the room. This place was almost certainly staffed by 100% uptight, busy, fidgety sorts. The girl at the desk was cute. Blonde, big glasses with thin frames. She reminded Regan of Kris, except without the evil. The girl watched Regan walk towards the desk, patiently waiting for Regan to come within 'greeting distance'. Regan smirked as they looked at each other. Was the receptionist flirting or did Regan just stick out that much here? Regan chose to think flirting. Her gaydar skewed considerably to her whims, and often gave false positives.

"Hello, may I help you?" The receptionist said, perhaps seeming a little intimidated in the shadow of Regan's swell in confidence.

Regan slowly and casually leaned down on the desk, sharing a bit of a view down her top should the receptionist choose to look. Regan spoke just soft and slow enough so that the receptionist could choose to notice it or not. "Mmm. Yeah, I'm here to see my brother. He works here somewhere. Harold Grier...?"

"Alright, if you'll wait a moment..." the receptionist tapped a few buttons as she put on an earpiece with a microphone. Regan smiled softly in acknowledgment and tried to read her eyes. Pure professionalism. Bah. She was probably straight. Or just plain boring. Or both.

"Doctor Grier?" the receptionist said, staring blankly into her desk, "Yes, there's a young lady here, your sister, here to see you? Yes. Alright, I'll send her up." She took off the earpiece and turned her attention back to Regan. "Alright then, take this visitor's pass and head up to fifty-three. Doctor Grier will meet you at the middle cafeteria there. It's a non-restricted area."

Regan took the plastic card being handed to her, thanked the pretty but dull girl, and headed for the elevator. As she passed the desk Regan looked back and saw that the receptionist did not have a body below the desk, but instead a base labeled "RECEPTIONIST". Great. She'd been flirting with a machine. Oh well, it's not like it was the first time.

 

 


 

What people are saying about Lifehack:

Regan Grier finds herself in a city infested with technologically driven zombies. She survives on her own for years, until Captain Alisia Terone comes to rescue her. Regan then falls for the inconveniently straight Alisia, which Regan is convinced that Alisia only "thinks" she is straight. Together they hunt for a solution against the ever advancing intellect of the zombies. Hilarious dialogue as Regan will inappropriately hit on Alisia no matter the situation or danger.

-Mason via Goodreads


*le sigh* I've come to the realization that I am getting tired of reading, watching and hearing about things that portray the world as being 100% heterosexual. Plus I'm tired of the male lead being the only person capable of saving the universe. I want to find well written stories in my genres of interest, mainly sci-fi and modern military, that feature women who like women and are capable of saving the day from whatever is currently threatening humanity. I want the stories to feature love as well. I want these girls to be main, lead characters. I want. I want. I want... and I've found a taste.

The taste comes in the form of a book called Lifehack by Joseph Picard. Featuring nanotechnology, zombies and two main girls who who kick total butt, it's a very fun read. There is one sad bit to this whole thing though... like all good stories it'll have to end eventually. Watching Yute by the same person may help extend this taste.

-AlchemistSashi via DeviantArt


A very well written story about two women who have to save the world from a pending zombie apocalypse. I'd gone into this story knowing a little bit about it from the author's illustrations that led to its creation, but I wasn't nearly prepared for just how much this book would keep my nose in it. The fact that one of the primary characters is a lesbian isn't simply something used to promote overly sexual situations within the story, except in a few more humorous parts, but rather is used to pull at the emotions of the reader. I tend to re-read this every couple months, along with the second in the series, Watching Yute, and never get tired of reading it.

-P. Rendon via Amazon


Lifehack was an entertaining experience, I've read enough zombie stories to appreciate the concept that drove this one particularly since it wasn't a standard post-apocalyptic scenario. The characters were nice the story mainly focuses on the two protagonists and they were likable and interesting throughout. The antagonist was eccentric, threatening, and constantly had me excited to see the next chapter.

-'Allen' via Amazon

 


 

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