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The Lamp Post Motel by Joe Gold
Review by Carolyn Frank
Dailey Swan Publishing PB  ISBN/ITEM#: 0977367681
Date: August 2006 / Show Article /

Elmo Skinner, a nerdy solitary man, owns and manages the Lamp Post Motel, a low-rent structure located adjacent to the Tucson air force base. Noticeable mainly for a magnificent Victorian style lamp post outside the front, the motel caters to bottom-of-the-line travelers, air force and other local types stopping by for quickies, and a handful of longterm losers. Having lost the few people he once loved, Elmo has taken refuge behind a set of computer eyes that monitor the goings on in the motel. Focusing on those rooms where the sexual antics are potentially the most intriguing, Elmo has made a relatively mindless life out of watching and taping and capturing statistics.

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From back of book: Two souls whose lives have been shattered by life's dark edges seek refuge from its challenges. Elmo finds his sanctuary in the Lamp Post Motel, where the unglamourous come to hide. Thea's sanctuary is in her hatred of all things male.

Two thousand years from now graduate students at Saturn's University of the Rings time-hop to our present to conduct anthropology field research during a merciless Tucson summer. In a catalyst for change, a convergence of lives, they find themselves first in Mexico, where they witness the violence of our times. Then at the Lamp Post Motel, where they find motel owner, Elmo Skinner, keeping a close eye on his rooms. There they drop Elmo's mind into the bodies of those he's been watching. And the healing begins...

(Source: Dailey Swan Publishing)

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