Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Non-virtual Reality

Another strong review for my Silicon Valley novel, Then We'd Be Happy:

his is a fast-paced 192 pages that I read in one sitting ... If you want a quick antidote to the weltanschauung that the tech companies' PR machines churn out, then pick up Al's book. He tells it like it really is."
 Ian D. Griffin, Amazon

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Something Extraordinary

"In Then We'd Be Happy, Riske employs sparse prose, almost poetic pacing and perfectly crafted dialogue to elevate this tale of "ordinary" life to something extraordinary. The characters are people we all know, and the story familiar, yet told in an artful way that draws the reader in from the very first page and carries them along swiftly through to the very end. The Silicon Valley setting is a nice touch, unobtrusive and rendered with appropriate restraint. I highly recommend Then We'd Be Happy."
 Joel Postman, Goodreads

Thursday, October 12, 2017

When Characters Come Alive

I had more fun writing Then We'd Be Happy than anything I've done before. The characters came alive for me and now seem like real friends. They are energetic, funny, insightful, and face life's challenges with the same confusion and frustration we all feel. They have their faults, as you will see, but I can't help loving them all.

Friday, October 6, 2017

All Aboard!

“Reading Then We’d Be Happy is like riding a train through an unknown countryside. The scenery flies by, framed by telephone poles into small vignettes, each of which tells a small story on its own and hints at what lies ahead. Riske is a master at giving glimpses and leaving hints, at employing implication and innuendo, and creating enormous spaces with very few words. Once you start your journey through these pages, you will be unable to stop until you arrive at its terminus, amazed that a trip over so much terrain required such little effort and provided such a rich reward.”
— Douglas Edwards, author of I’m Feeling Lucky

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

An Episodic Journey

"In Then We'd Be Happy, Al Riske leads us on an episodic journey with scenes that seem to be as effortless in their grace and simplicity as they are eternal in their weight and meaning."
— Greg Bardsley, author of Cash Out and The Bob Watson

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Refreshingly Unorthodox

The first review of my new novel, Then We'd Be Happy, is outstanding:

“A refreshingly unorthodox tale of the challenges facing modern, lower-middle-class 20-somethings.” 
— Kirkus Reviews

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

My New Novel

Then We'd Be Happy is a tale of lower middle-class friends trying to fashion futures out of whatever opportunities they can find. Opportunities to make money. Opportunities to be together. Opportunities that fall apart. Opportunities that must be put back together, no matter what.

The friends include a would-be chef, a flirtatious (and unfaithful) waitress, a single mother with a tattoo of Bart Simpson on her shoulder, and an easy-going young man who must make some hard choices.

Living among the ones and zeros of California's Silicon Valley—the coders and big-bucks brainiacs—they band together to pay rent and enjoy whatever pleasures they can.

Theirs is a story about fortune cookies, class warfare, disease-fighting neuropeptides, strawberry rhubarb pie, and what it will take to be happy.

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