Tales of Disquantified mystery
A conundrum of semi-necessary or moral-neutral literary confections
by Brent K. Moore.

This book is dedicated to: anyone who will pay me money to write literature.  It is also dedicated to: my wife, my mistress, my cousins, my parents, my brothers, my sisters, my in-laws, my outlaws, my aunts, my uncles, the last 3000 years of my ancestors, the gubernatorial candidates, congress, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, ad nauseam.

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Table of Contents: The following items may or may not appear in this collection, depending on the laziness of the author.  Therefore, all page numbers might be given in septa-decimal and only a computer scientist has the algorithm to translate the numbers for you.

Contents page;
prologue by Dr. Steven Roberts,
Story: The Toy that Gives Depth to My Sorrow;
The Null Story;
a lame children’s story;
Where Tires Tread and Day’s Dream;
Men are From Earth and Women are too- Get Over it;
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Rowboat;
Alice Doesn’t Live Anymore;
the epilogue;
the analog;
the moral of the story,
the end.

Introduction to the Prologue:

Dr. Steven Roberts was born in Missouri City, Kansas in 1964.  He did his undergraduate and Masters work at the University of Kansas at Missouri.  He received a Ph.D. in Literary Criticizing from the University of Bucksnort college of Linguistics.  He has been writing sarcastic bunk ever since.

By Dr. Roberts

Mr. Brent Moore has a level of  talent which is hard to find.  I feel his real talent is wasted here.  He could not care less about the number of hours he had to put in.  I can assure you that no book would be better read.  I urge you to waste no time in reading this book.  I most enthusiastically recommend this book with no qualifications whatsoever - Dr. Steven Rogers.


It is with my sincerest appreciation for you choosing to read this book.  I know that your life will be truly enriched by the reading of it.  I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did when I wrote it.  Thank you with my warmest regards, Brent K. Moore.

Story 1: The Toy that Gives Depth to My Sorrow

O toy, loathsome toy, why bothersome must you be?
O toy, unchangeable toy, why do you make fun of me?
O toy, electronic toy, bought at a yard sale months ago,
O toy, insatiable toy, my hatred of you doth grow.
Now, it has an alarm. Though would bring me no harm.
I can’t turn it off.  Every night it goes off.
I paid just a dollar and now I must holler, “Why do you wake me up every evening?”
Promptly at midnight it gives me a big fright when those synthesized bells start to ring.
Every time at this hour, the notes start to shower “London Bridge is falling down.”
You’ll see me today so happy and gay at the Institute of Psychopath Clowns.

Story 2: The Null Story

Story 3: The lame children’s story:
A Day with Mr. Freddy

Freddy is sitting in his comfy chair.
Freddy is relaxing.
Relax, Freddy. Relax.
Freddy is watching T.V.
Freddy has a remote control for his t.v.
Freddy doesn’t have to get out of his chair.
Freddy is happy.
Freddy is watching sports.
Go, Packers, Go!
The Packers are winning.
Freddy enjoys watching sports.
Freddy is thirsty.
Freddy is lazy.
Freddy calls for his wife.
His wife cheerfully comes to his side.
Freddy asks her to get him an adult beverage.
His wife is submissive.
Freddy is happy.
Freddy is still happy.
The Packers gave up a touchdown.
Freddy says some things he shouldn’t.
Freddy doesn’t like watching sports.
Freddy turns off the t.v.
Freddy takes a nap.
Freddy starts to snore.
Freddy’s wife brings him an adult beverage.
Freddy can’t thank his wife because he is asleep.
Freddy is so peaceful.
The aliens visit Freddy.
The aliens use their rays to vaporize Freddy.
Freddy’s flesh has burned off.
Freddy’s body is a lifeless pulp.

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On August 7 of that same year, Terry went to trial.  One month later, he was convicted on all six counts of murder by a jury of his peers.  Elaine is still trying to fully recover and move on with her life.  Although her psychotherapy is successful, she will never be able to drink milkshakes again.  Detective Harper was praised for his brilliant, yet unorthodox, work on the case.  He was soon promoted to Lieutenant.  Detective Fano survived the gunshot and is now recovering at St. Jerome’s Hospital.  The citizens of Scranton might someday forget the incident, but those involved will remember in their hearts forever.

Number 10:

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife; nor shalt thou covet thy neighbor's house, his field, or his man-servant, or his maid-servant, his ox, or his ... donkey, or anything that is thy neighbor's.

The Moral of the Story:

It might be brain surgery, but hey, it’s not like its rocket science.


Anthrax: An infectious disease of cattle and sheep. It is ascribed to the presence of a rod-shaped bacterium, the spores of which constitute the contagious matter. It may be transmitted to man by inoculation. The spleen becomes greatly enlarged and filled with bacteria. Called also splenic fever.
Bunk: A piece of wood placed on a lumberman's sled to sustain the end of heavy timbers.
Desesperadamente Malo: Spanish for “horribly bad”
Floatation:  Act of financing, a commercial venture or an issue of bonds, stock, or the like.
Linguistics: The science of languages, or of the origin, signification, and application of words; glossology.
Prozac: a commonly prescribed tricyclic antidepressant; a serotonin-selective re-uptake inhibitor
Technicolor: a trademarked method of making color motion pictures

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