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The Mayfly Man - An Adult Fairy Tale

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"Kids today grow up too quick..." For Mary and Mervyn May, the phrase has become a sick joke: after years of trying, they've finally been blessed with a son - only to be told on the morning of his birth that he'll be dead by midnight.

"What'll he die of?" they ask; "Old age," comes the diagnosis.

For little Barnaby May is suffering from an extraordinary condition: a one-in
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Kindle Edition, 140 pages
Published December 14th 2012
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Lazy Linesman
May 20, 2013 Lazy Linesman rated it really liked it
It advertises itself as "an adult fairytale", and that's a fair enough description. If you're a hard sci-fi sort of reader, then the inexplicable nature of Barnaby's 'condition' is going to infuriate you. If, on the other hand, you're willing to get with suspending disbelief and accept it as a device to have you looking at life from a different angle, then this is an engaging journey into the surreal.

Summed up in a sentence:

It feels like an extended short story: newborn Barnaby ages by about thr
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Neil Bastian
Dec 30, 2012 Neil Bastian rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm the author, so I'm just giving it five stars to get it noticed! You can judge for yourself by reading the opening chapters here:

The Mayfly Man on Amazon.com
The Mafyfly Man on Amazon.co.uk
Lisa
May 01, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Unforgettable. Absolutely.

I just finished this 150 page book in about 2 hours - that's fast even for me! Hilarious, heart-breaking, ridiculous, riveting, poignant, and pulls you right into the story from the very first page - a book that will make you rethink how you are spending your days and the fact that tomorrow is not guaranteed. The sense of urgency keeps you from putting the book down until the end - and I loved the ending! I definitely recommend this one; I'd love to tell you the whole s
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Neil
Mar 05, 2014 Neil rated it it was ok
I'm still not sure what to make of this book. A couple, quite late in life, finally have the child they have been longing for. However, young Barnaby has a slight defect, he has an accelerated metabolism which means that like a Mayfly all he gets to experience of life is just the one day. So I am guessing that the author wants us all to question what we would do in Barnaby's parent's situation, or maybe what we ourselves would wish to experience if we only had a day ourselves. Although quite wel ...more
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