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The Frozen Man. The Translucent Man. The Burning Man. The Wicker Man. The guide known only as the Crossroads, together these are the signposts and totems of the world that the being called the Lonely inhabits. Seeking out the meaning of his journey, the Lonely is a being consumed by philosophical inquiry and adventure. Filled with exotic places and age-old questions, the J ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published November 21st 2011 by Create Space (first published September 17th 2010)
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Karielle
Jul 15, 2012 Karielle rated it it was ok
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The Journey by Dan O'Brien
Release Date: April 16th, 2012
Publisher: CreateSpace
Page Count: 176
Source: Complimentary copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review

The Frozen Man. The Translucent Man. The Burning Man. The Wicker Man. The guide known only as the Crossroads, together these are the signposts and totems of the world that the being called the Lonely inhabits. Seeking out the meaning of his journey, the Lonely is a being consumed by philosophical inquiry and adventure. Filled
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Majanka
Aug 16, 2012 Majanka rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2012, spiritual
In The Journey, author Dan O’Brien takes us on a spiritual journey. Our main character is a soul who’s lost his name as he reached The Crossroads, and is referred to as “The Lonely” for a large part of this book. The Lonely doesn’t know where he is or why he’s here, and neither do the readers. I liked this confusion, this sense of not actually being anywhere, but I imagine not everyone will like it as much. Not only does The Lonely have no idea who he is, where he’s from, or where he’s at, but n ...more
Melissa
Feb 13, 2012 Melissa rated it liked it
***This book was received as a free advanced readers copy***

Ok, I freely admit that I really just did not get this book. But I enjoyed the language in it for the most part, and thought it was interesting. It just made me feel a little dumb.

A being called The Lonely sets out on a journey. There a shape shifter called the Crossroads points him in the four directions of the compass, to meet a different kind of being at each end. To the North, a being of logic, the South, one of passion, the West so
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Literary
Aug 20, 2012 Literary rated it did not like it
The Journey starts with Th'bid, a man or not a man, that either dies or doesn't die and travels in his mind or not in his mind to find the meaning of life, or death, or neither, or both.

Confusing? Yeah, join the freaking club.

Evidently, our author, Mr. O'Brien, likes to make sure that you don't have a damn clue as to what you're reading, let alone understanding. Through the course of reading this book, I felt my sanity slipping ever so slowly away. I'm not sure if this was intentional by the aut
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Nadyne
May 17, 2012 Nadyne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
First sentence: "The open arms of the darkness embraced the being, the one that had been called Th'bir."

Last sentence: "His footprints soon erased from existence, as if he had never walked upon the shore."

From Amazon: The Frozen Man. The Translucent Man. The Burning Man. The Wicker Man. The guide known only as the Crossroads, together these are the signposts and totems of the world that the being called the Lonely inhabits. Seeking out the meaning of his journey, the Lonely is a being consumed b
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Grampy
Apr 23, 2012 Grampy rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
In compliance with FTC guidelines, I'm required to tell you I received this book as a Goodreads First Reads winner. However, it will be a tough one for me to review. It finally really came together for me in the last chapter, but I recommend reading it just on the basis of the thought-provoking lessons to be considered in that final chapter. The world would be a much better place if all 7+ billion of us were to read it and heed it. Leading up to the final chapter, I felt like I was in over my he ...more
Wendy Hines
Feb 23, 2012 Wendy Hines rated it really liked it
The Journey is unlike any book I've ever read. The main character is called the Lonely. He doesn't know if he is alive, if he is dead or what his purpose is. He begins a journey to learn his purpose and to find peace. He wants to know his name and why he exists. His journey begins at the crossroads, and the constantly changes it's appearance.

His journey takes him to the North, East, South and West. At each place, he learns the answers to his questions or what he learns takes him to the next stop
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Teresa Garcia
This book is one that will take you through several worlds and versions of reality. I'd call it an exploratory book mirroring the journey of the soul. Some aren't going to get this book because they do not have the concepts they will need to help them understand that each character met is a piece of the main character, a different facet of the being.

Personally I loved this and will read it again later on. This is one that merits several readings to sufficiently savor the different spiritual and
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Tabatha
Sep 28, 2012 Tabatha rated it liked it
At times I can honestly say I didn’t understand this book. It wasn’t an easy to comprehend novel to read, but that’s probably my fault more than the books. It’s definitely worth a read if you can manage to comprehend the meaning behind it. I think it’s really intense, and I might just not be at the right level of understanding. I did however enjoy the section about the Chameleon. It was definitely my favorite part of the novel.

Did I mention Dan O’Brien is the son-in-law of the people I’m staying
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Jes
Jun 04, 2012 Jes rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
I will start this review off with the fact that I won this book in a goodreads giveaways. The book was a pretty quick read but I just had a hard time focusing on the story. It was sometimes confusing and I almost feel like the author was trying too hard to sound philosophical. I did like how the ending sort of tied everything up, but I just wasn't satisfied, and that to me is a very important piece of making a book good to me.
Frank
Apr 11, 2012 Frank rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Existentialism with a witty dark tone to it. while this might not be an easy read for everyone, is in fact a good read. this is a good story for those readers that enjoy complex writing with complex psychologies. while at the beginning might be hard to follow the end pays off.
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Feb 08, 2011 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers who like a lot of soliloquy and dialogues between characters
3.5/5.0 stars

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I have been writing novels for over a decade and had a couple published by traditional, small houses. Riding the self-publishing boom, I have four books in print that are available in paperback or e-book format. If you are interested in reading them, I am always open to sending out samples (or PDFs) to those who are interested.

I was born on the east coast and spent most of my life moving around.
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