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Albert of Adelaide

3.42 of 5 stars 3.42  ·  rating details  ·  678 ratings  ·  206 reviews
At once an old-fashioned-buddy-novel-shoot-'em-up and a work of deliciously imagined fantasy, Howard L. Anderson's dazzling debut presents the haunting story of a world where something has gone horribly awry . . .

Having escaped from Australia's Adelaide Zoo, an orphaned platypus named Albert embarks on a journey through the outback in search of "Old Australia," a rumored l
Hardcover, 228 pages
Published July 12th 2012 by Twelve (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Just makes you want to break into song, don't it?

"Mind me platypus duck, Bill,
Mind me platypus duck.
Don't let him go running amuck, Bill,
Just mind me platypus duck."
Holy crap, this book was AWESOME. I never thought, at age 39, that I would utter the words " The duck-billed platypus is adorable." I now have..thanks to this book. It's hard to put it into a genre, because I truly haven't read anything like it. It reminded me- a lot- of Watership Down by Richard Adams. The dialogue and relationships forged by the animals- reminded me a lot of Animal Farm, minus the ominous underlying messages. This is just a book about a duck-billed platypus and his desire for ...more
Mar 01, 2013 Michelle rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Michelle by: Books on the nightstand, unofficial booktopia
Shelves: 2013-read
Maybe my expectations were too high for this one. It is a book about a duck billed platypus looking for old world Australia written by a lawyer from New Mexico. The only thing remotely Australian about the book is that most of the animals mentioned in the book are indigenous to Australia. It reads like an odd western - the first half of the book has glimpses of the television show Firefly, but that disappears in the second half of the book and we are left with a weak western.

I did learn that th
I think this book comes across better if you know the poetry of Banjo Patterson.

In many ways the story in the second half is weak, though the first part of the book was enjoyable enough. It is part travel, part western, and part something else that I am sure I don't know what. Some type of reference to Aussie lit, maybe. Comment on immigration? I don't know.

Not upset that I read it, will keep my copy, but wanted more from it.
This is a western, set in the bush of Australia, featuring some very unusual characters, among them a Tasmanian devil, a platypus, a wombat, some wallabies, dingoes, bandicoots, and memorably, a raccoon from California. Strange though it may seem, this is not a book for children, nor is it a story written by an Australian. Together, all these facts weave a wonderfully strange allegory of life’s circuitous journey to happiness and fulfillment and some measure of wisdom.

When a book appears outside
I don't think I'm giving too much away by telling you that Albert is a platypus, and one I predict you will come to care enormously about. The author Howard Anderson is not from Australia, but describes the desert wilderness of Northern Australia as if he were as familiar as a native with the desert, the cliffs, brush and grasses of that terrain.

Albert himself is not a native of Australia. He has in fact just recently escaped from a dreary existence in the Adelaide zoo. Other animals have told h
From an uncorrected proof:
Albert of Adelaide is the first novel by Howard L. Anderson. Albert is a platypus who, sick of his imprisonment there, has escaped from the zoo at Adelaide, and has taken the train to Tennant Creek in search of the “old Australia”, a land of liberty, promise and peace that the other animals in the zoo kept whispering about. Albert is hoping to find a world like that of his childhood in the muddy banks of the river Murray, or at least, something that’s better than Adelai
Melissa Sodano
A unique book, unexpectedly full of social commentary and observations on the volatile nature of the human condition. Yet, there are no humans in this book, which augments both its enjoyability as well as the statements Anderson attempts to make.

In a nutshell, Albert is a platypus seeking Old Australia—a romanticized place where the past still exists as a paradise for all individuals. On his own, he cannot seem to find this utopia, but by joining forces with other creatures he hopes to fight his
Vanessa Wolf
Albert of Adelaide is everything "Rango" could've been if Rango wasn't "Chinatown" for kids, or rather if the "Wind in the Willows" took place in Australia. Though the time frame is not entirely clear, which I interpreted as a tribute to the Aboriginal concept of Dream Time, there is an implication that it is within a twenty year time frame of modern times. Albert is a zoo escapee on a quest to find the real Old Australia, a paradise, but with no real idea of what paradise is, just what it is no ...more
Steve Moseley
I've read books that have had talking animals that were for kids (i.e. the Redwall, & Narnia series, and books like "Watership Down"), but this is the first book that I have read where the story had talking animals while at the same time targeted to adults. At least, I don't recall animals drinking Gin and getting hung over in the Narnia books.

Albert of Adelaide is quite a likable platypus that has escaped from and an Australian zoo and is looking for a sort of a promised land where other pl
this is an interesting story told from albert's, a platypus, point of view. albert has fled the adelaide zoo where he has lived most of his life. he embarks on a journey in the outback of australia to find what is mythically known as "old australia." this is a utopia for animals where they are free to roam without fear of being hunted or caged.

as albert makes his journey across the land, he also makes a journey into his awareness of what it means to be a platypus. he encounters all sorts of frie
Brenton Gilmore
I was so excited to read this book. I was looking forward to the class/race differences between the different animals and the attributes (I was expecting a little humor) each of them possessed. Turned out to be a pretty simple story with little plot development and the animal characters might as well have been normal human characters. I thought there was a lot that could have been done with the novel, and am disappointed with it overall. I would give it a 2.5 if possible because it was still an ...more
A nice read. And then, near the end, it sort of came out of nowhere and touched my heart. Highly recommend, whether you're 10 or 110.
3.5 stars.
A highly original story, and my favorite book with a talking duck-billed platypus as the main character.
Albert, the Platypus has escaped from an Adelaide zoo and travels by train to Tennant Creek. From there he starts on a quest to find the rumored Old Australia, where animals live in peace and he can swim all day.
Carrying only an empty soda bottle, Albert finds himself in the outback desert, a most inhospitable place for a platypus.He soon meets up with other animals,and becomes fri
Christie Murray
Ok so this latest one was suggested to me recently over coffee. She said that her friend (a bookaholic and fellow reviewer) had begged her to read a book called Albert of Adelaide. When she asked her what it was about her friend said, "I don't want to tell you because then you won't read it" Well it turns out that it is about a platypus named Albert. Yes, it is fiction and No, it is not a childrens or young adult book. This unique premise was enough for me to contact the publisher as soon as I g ...more
Ok, I'm giving this book 4 stars even though the writing's nothing special because it takes place in Australia and there are all kinds of cool animals. There are wombats, bandicoots, wallabies, kangaroos, a platypus,a possum, a raccoon, dingoes, and a tasmanian devil! The hero of the story is Albert, a duck-billed platypus. After escaping from the zoo, he goes in search of his idea of Shangri La; Old Australia.

I was kind of confused by the book, because when it starts out Albert's in a zoo. Pres
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Albert of Adelaide
By Howard L. Anderson

ISBN: 978-1-455-50962-0, Hardcover, Pages 240, $24.99, Publication Date: July 10, 2012, Fiction, Published by Twelve Books a division of HBGUSA.

“Albert of Adelaide” by Howard L. Anderson is very reminiscent of “Animal Farm” by George Orwell, which was published in 1945. The main characters are animals that live their parts on center stage though the travails of lives are vastly different.

Albert is a platypus w
I will admit I picked up this book because I thought, "A talking platypus? That sounds hiLARious." Then a few pages into it I decided that maybe the story wasn't going to be for me after all. And now after finishing it I feel like I've learned something about the world, and not just the many types of marsupials in Australia.

On the animal front we've got wallabies and bandicoots and kangaroos. There's a wombat and a Tasmanian devil. Then there are the dingoes, which are not marsupials. Just like
James Wharton
Alright, I couldn't decide whether to give the book a 4 or 5 star rating because I still haven't completely figured it out and probably won't be any further along if I do six months from now. Yeah, that didn't really make sense, or did it. That's how the book is too. However, it was extremely interesting. You see, every character is some kind of Australian animal. Albert, the main character, is a platypus who escaped from a zoo. That naturally reminded me of myself. He went into Australia to fin ...more
Alyn Rumbold
At least one reviewer described this entertaining little book as what "The Wind in the Willows" might have been like if it had been written by Larry McMurtry. I'd say it's more like what Brian Jacques' "Redwall" books might have looked like had they been transplanted to the 19th century Australian outback. In any event, a fine achievement for a first-time novelist -- Anderson does a nice job of developing his anthropomorphic characters' personalities and keeps the story moving along quite briskl ...more
Anne Flett
Great western, down under, with wise and wise cracking animals... What's not to love?
Erica B
An engaging adventure of a platypus looking for a place to call home. The story makes you band together with the platypus and cheer him on through his trials as he makes his way through the outback. Being the only platypus around, an obvious outsider, trouble arises wherever he goes. However he makes friends with a pyromaniac wombat and thieving racoon and you want to follow his every move, hoping he finds what he’s looking for. Reminds me of other great literary characters, such as Dorothy and ...more
Koby Jargstorf
This was a random find for me at my bookstore, and the cover drew me in before I read the back. It's probably for the best - talking platypi don't really seem like my thing.
I could give an extended review on this book, but I really just want to say how much fun it was to read. This book was filled with the strangest animals I've ever seen, but it was strangely amusing to watch a platypus get drunk and gamble away. I'm not sure how to feel about the fact that a book about talking animals can expl
Was der Autor mit diesem Buch wirklich erreichen und aussagen möchte, ist mir beim Lesen nicht wirklich klar geworden. Er bietet einem eine sehr wilde Mischung aus einer sehr wilden Geschichte, mit einer eher etwas seltsamen Handlung, auch wenn diese im Klappentext noch recht klar wirkt, einem Haufen vollkommen durchgeknallter Tiere, die sich, trotzdem sie Australien bevölkern, eigentlich wie im wilden Westen fühlen und wirklich alle ihre Probleme mit Schießereien zu lösen versuchen und der Frag ...more
Lucy Saint-smith
Albert of Adelaide is a weird and wonderful story that I absolutely loved. It is sort of like an Australian Wind in the Willows for grown-ups. Albert, a duck-billed platypus, escapes from a zoo in early 20th century Adelaide and ends up in Old Australia, where he meets a pyromaniac wombat called Jack and ends up accidentally becoming an outlaw.
This is a very masculine book. It is written in the Western genre (there is lots of drinking, gambling and shooting with fatal consequences - definitely
Book Review & Giveaway: Sometimes my attention is caught by a book cover out of sheer curiosity, and that was the case with Albert of Adelaide by Howard L. Anderson. I’d never seen a book cover featuring a platypus and wasn’t sure what to make of it, so I decided to check it out. After reading the publisher’s description, I still wasn’t sure but there was something about it that intrigued me. Read the rest of my review & enter to win a copy at
I loved it. This is an absolutely delightful book. The characters are wonderful. The story just picks you up and carries you along. Reminiscent of Wind in the Willows. But instead of Toad and friends, you get a platypus, a pyro wombat, a pair of drunken bandicoots, a tasmanian devil and a whole lot of dingoes, wallabies and some kangaroos thrown in for fun.

I'll be pushing this on all my family. What a wonderful way to spend my first free day in months.
Blaine DeSantis
A wonderful book. Simply written, and yet filled with great truths about life. The 2nd half of the book really picks up speed, and by the end you are left satisfied as a reader. Want more? Maybe, but no more is needed for this book to be a stand alone classic. Filled with characters/animals and obvious references to our own Wild West, Albert of Adelaide is a delight, and is a book that can easily be read in 1-2 days.
Harry Casey-Woodward
Think an Australian version of 'Wind in the Willows' with more violence and drinking that is taken 100% seriously, with some humour thrown in when the author steps back and realises 'I'm writing a novel about a platypus called Albert.' This novel is funny, sad, action-packed, imaginative and it works. The vivid descriptions of the outback and the stark violence come close to the power of Cormac MacCarthy's writing. Don't come to this novel expecting anything cute and fluffy. These animals are ve ...more
A fun story, but I don't care much for Anderson's writing style, if it can be called that. The sentences were simple and constructed basically - which on the one hand made for fast, easy reading, but on the other hand, it got very boring very quickly. In some cases it was almost tiresome. Was this a children's book? It didn't appear to be marketed as such, nor did the content lend me to believe it was intended for young audiences. Oh well. I understand that it was Anderson's debut novel, but sur ...more
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"Albert of Adelaide" is my first novel and was written because of a little girl I knew a long time ago and finished years later because I promised myself I wouldn't move to South America without completing it.

It was never intended as book for children, but due to a lack of imagination by most of the publishers, it was sold as "cute" and "funny". People who bought the book hoping for fuzzy bunnies
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