Three buddies on a quest float from Portland, Oregon to the cloud forests of Ecuador. The buddies include a Mystic, a Rebel and Everyman. Everyman i Three buddies on a quest float from Portland, Oregon to the cloud forests of Ecuador. The buddies include a Mystic, a Rebel and Everyman. Everyman is an over-sized, unemployed computer genius whose girlfriend has dumped him. His name is Thom and he doubts himself. The Rebel is an underdeveloped character who flanks Thom along with the Mystic. The Mystic, named Tree, is a skinny hippie with ESP. If you can suspend disbelief for The Davinci Code you can suspend it for this novel. I would like to register a protest about the following paragraph:
"The healing is a symbiotic process between the healer and the one being healed. If the one being healed believes in the treatment, then the healer will be far more successful. Even though your friend was passed out, the effectiveness of the healing is a testament to his willingness to trust outside the normal belief system. (...) What I'm saying is that when the road comes in, her powers will become more or less useless to all but the most traditional people."
Where do I begin? If you have sprained your eyeballs, you will understand why this paragraph ruined the whole book for me. Lets say that willingness to trust outside the normal system is a reference to alternative medicine. How do you build evidence for your receptiveness to alternative healing while you are unconscious? It's as if the author wanted to make a point about openness, then realized the subject was unconscious, so he added a little hand waving phrase. There is no waving away the fact that the point about openness is undone by the subject's unconsciousness. Also, the guy comes from a place with many roads.
When the roads are built, the "traditional people," and we can presume they don't wear wristwatches, will know more and will therefore become skeptical and difficult to heal. Unlike Thom, who is "open," they will be ruined by civilization and Nikes.
OK, after massaging my eyeballs, I feel better. Thanks for reading along. ...more
This is a great review of neurobiology, filled with real-life examples. If you ever wondered what informs hunches, why certain things give you the heeThis is a great review of neurobiology, filled with real-life examples. If you ever wondered what informs hunches, why certain things give you the heebie-jeebies "for no reason," or what neurotransmitters are involved in your "6th sense," this is the book for you....more
This novel starts as an interesting story of a troubled Connecticut family. In a boring moment, it becomes a ghost story. The characters play only oneThis novel starts as an interesting story of a troubled Connecticut family. In a boring moment, it becomes a ghost story. The characters play only one note each, but there are enough of them to keep the story moving at first. When the ghost is doing something uninteresting single-mindedly, you recall that everyone here is single minded. The house of cards falls down, and the book goes on the "I give up" list.
Is it just me, or is the physicist apparently unemployed _because_ all of his research is on ghosts getting stuck in time. Who would hire such a goofball?
People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. Novelists who refer to the large glass house inhabited by the family on almost every page maybe shouldn't throw stone metaphors in every chapter. Maybe it would get heavy-handed....more