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Simple Treasures

3.58  ·  Rating Details  ·  59 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Newly released from a mental institution, Simple’s first job is caring for Emmett, a crusty drunkard dying of cancer on a ranch in Utah. Simple’s first fragile friendship is with Emmett’s grandson Jude, a gay youth in Gothic drag who gets nothing but grief from his grandfather. In an attempt to help both men, Simple, a Shoshone Indian, decides to perform a ceremony that wi ...more
ebook, 136 pages
Published August 31st 2011 by Dreamspinner Press (first published August 30th 2011)
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Sep 02, 2011 Snowtulip rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
Quiet strength is pervasive throughout this story. Simple is a character that you wish you had in your corner when life throws you curve balls. As with Chin's other works, spirituality, subtle humor, and peace wrap themselves around this story of dignity. Chin is one of my favorite authors and once again he has made me a very happy reader.
Isa K.
Jan 03, 2012 Isa K. rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
3.5 stars

I can think of many things that should have annoyed me about this book to the point of not liking it:
-The MC is a Bagger Vance type character, a magical brown person who will impart sagely wisdom and save everyone
-Goth = drug abuse = self harm >.> Because ugly boots that pinch your feet are a fashion statement, but a lip ring is a sign of depression
-Although I was rooting for Simple and Jude to fall in love, Simple seemed to go from "Oh hey Jude, sup?" to OMG JUDE! Let me hump you
Oct 24, 2011 Feliz rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful story, in the actual sense of the word:
it’s a story full of wonders, from the vivid descriptions of landscapes and artfully woven-in little info-bits on falconry and fly-fishing to the great, multi-layered characters, from the vibrant emotions to the subtle underlying message. Since every new day is a new life to Simple, he goes about everything he does with almost child-like innocence. Yet, he also has the wisdom of an old soul that enables him to make seemingly unsolvably
Carey Parrish
Jan 23, 2012 Carey Parrish rated it it was amazing
Having read all of Alan Chin’s books, I can honestly say that “Simple Treasures” is perhaps my favorite. Alan Chin always tells a story with a unique perspective, usually gleaned from a personal reference, and his characters are never the norm. Rather they are fully dimensional individuals who function within their stories as if it’s not a narrative but a reality within a book that one is reading.

With “Simple Treasures,” Mr. Chin takes us on a catharsis of sorts, introducing us to Simple, a Shos
Sep 07, 2011 Joss rated it it was amazing
This was the first work I've ready by Alan Chin, but it definitely won't be the last. The story pulled me in from the very beginning. The descriptions of people and places are so vivid that I felt I was watching a movie instead of reading a book. In fact, I wish this story was made into a movie or a play - it would be wonderful to see it come to life.

I was surprised and pleased at the way characters who are, in a way, very familiar (the crusty rancher, the greedy son, the rebellious grandson) t
Jan 01, 2012 Sadonna rated it really liked it
Shelves: pdf, mm
I have bought a number of Alan Chin's books but this is the first I've read. I will be quickly moving on the others. No need to give a synopsis of the plot here because you can read that in release notes. What I can tell you is that this a story that will reel you in - like the trout on the end of a fly-fishing line. In this novella, the characters are so well written - you feel their pain. Simple's journals are an interesting device that fill in the blanks of his mind after being abused in a me ...more
Jul 01, 2012 Meggie rated it liked it
This story was unique one. It made me think and it will stay with me for some time. The end was more or less left open, at least for Simple and Jude, but then you couldn't expect more, because it makes sense.
This was a different sort of story than the usual romance. Simple, a Shoshone indian who was forcibly institutionalized and abused, is released to care for a dying rancher. He has no memory, but how he sees the world is beautiful, and the effects he has on the people he encounters are quite wonderful to see. This is really more a story between Simple and Emmett, the rancher, than the romance with his grandson, as the book is too short to develop that aspect as fully, but the tale it tells moved ...more
Lena Grey
Sep 30, 2011 Lena Grey rated it it was amazing
Dignity is a difficult word to define because it has different meanings depending upon the situation. If I had to define it in one word, for Emmett Bishop of 'Simple Treasures' by Alan Chin, it would be harmony. Emmett is dying and he's lost everything—his wife, his health, and his desire to live; but when Emmett loses harmony with himself and all that is around him, he loses his dignity. Fortunately for Emmett, Simple comes into his life with a solution that enables Emmett to regain his self re ...more
A.M. Burns
Aug 26, 2013 A.M. Burns rated it it was ok
Chin's ability to show details is really good. That said, he needs to know a bit more about the things he writes about. The information portrayed about falcons/hawks in general and falconry in particular is borderline deplorable. I spent way too much time cringing while reading about the bird. He obviously knew a small bit, but was too far off for me to be able to truly enjoy this work. The interactions between the main characters almost felt like an after thought. This could've been a much bett ...more
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Sep 17, 2013 Hot Bods Erotica Reviews rated it it was amazing
This is poignant, heartfelt story about struggle, pain, dignity, and the power of love. Chin creates story of complex relationships between characters facing crisis. Emmett is dying, but in his loss, two young men find something worth living for in each other. Jude and Simple are both wrangling with inner demons and each is seeking some form of escape Jude hides in his Goth-strewn anger and Simple hides in his mystic world of spirits and Native American traditions. Chin's beautiful, poetic writi ...more
Mar 13, 2015 Brandilyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, read-2014
Reviewed by Brandilyn for Prism Book Alliance. Simple Treasures is a beautiful journey with a Simple man with an old soul. Simple doesn't have a past, but he knows his grandfather is with him. Each day, he finds a new future. When that present starts to include Jude and Jude's Grandfather, Emmett, Simple uses his old soul, to help Emmett and himself fly free. Simple approaches each day with the guilelessness of a child and the depth of character of an ancient. Find the whole review at http://www ...more
Mar 10, 2014 Ilhem rated it liked it
2,5 stars rounded up to 3
Sep 08, 2012 Sue rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
I'm not really sure what I thought of this one.
I liked Simple and Jude, but I thought the paranormal Native American theme didn't work very well. I couldn't suspend disbelief most of the time, which kind of spoiled the point of the book for me.
It was well edited and the writing was competent; the book just didn't convince me though.
I hovered at 2.5 stars, so rounded it up, as I have like some of Alan Chin's work before and didn't want to short-change him.
Laura M
Oct 05, 2011 Laura M rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, kindle-to-lend
I really enjoyed these characters and this story. Not much sex, but the story didn't need it, and there are a lot of hurt and psychological issues that aren't really addressed, but the book just let these things be part of the characters without trying to resolve them. I'll definitely be reading more Alan Chin.
Nov 17, 2011 tizi added it
i have read it... and i cannot mark it. people who know me and read this, too, will understand why.
it is well written, and an interesting subject. but i am very troubled by it, so no marks.
George Seaton
May 21, 2013 George Seaton rated it liked it
A nice story, and a quick read. Some style issues that, for me, grate, but other than that I suppose it's typical Chin, and that's probably enough said.
Beautiful and memorable novella. 4.25 stars
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Alan Chin was born in Ogden, Utah, where he was christened, Alan Lewis Hurlburt. He was raised in San Jose, California where he enjoyed an undistinguished childhood. After graduating high school, Alan served four years in the U.S. Navy where he learned and practiced the trade of aircraft mechanic while stationed at the naval air station in Kingsville, Texas.
Alan attended four years of night schoo
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