The first two-thirds of the book were fantastic. The human interest story of how he came to the condition in which ultimately led to his experiences w...moreThe first two-thirds of the book were fantastic. The human interest story of how he came to the condition in which ultimately led to his experiences was captivating. The book combined the perspectives from what he was experiencing with that of what was happening to his body as it battled the contagion that led to this story. This portion of the story was told in a "just the facts" manner which I appreciated.
However, the final third of the book that delivered the messages he wanted to convey, came across as preachy, and honestly, a little out there and that turned me off.(less)
Just "OK"...maybe because I knew the premise and had higher expectations. Never knew it was a short story but am excited to see the upcoming movie. I...moreJust "OK"...maybe because I knew the premise and had higher expectations. Never knew it was a short story but am excited to see the upcoming movie. I think they can greatly expand upon this timeless idea.(less)
It took too long to get me to shake my initial impression of the ego centrism of Dr. Weiss. I'm certain he is a nice guy, a...moreSorry Darlene & John...
It took too long to get me to shake my initial impression of the ego centrism of Dr. Weiss. I'm certain he is a nice guy, a competent doctor, and a compassion human being. But, as I stated in our discussion while I was reading, my interpretation is that the book feels more about him than anything else. Take the title for example, it starts, "The True Story of a Prominent Psychiatrist...", I'm sure he is but I didn't feel it needed to be called out. His questions were leading and he seemed more curious about whether he was there in her past life than anything else. Some of the questions he asks are inane (e.g. after asking about how her life was (in previous life), he finds out she was poor and lost her son. Dr. Weiss asks, "Do you miss him?").
In the end we finally find out some of the good messages from the Masters which I thought very good but it was all too little too late to save this one for me.
The professional Jeff Bezos (pronounced BAY-zohs not BEE-zohs) is a hard-ass, bad-ass, or a superlative-free just plain ass. I’m not judging, just say...moreThe professional Jeff Bezos (pronounced BAY-zohs not BEE-zohs) is a hard-ass, bad-ass, or a superlative-free just plain ass. I’m not judging, just sayin’. It’s all perspective. If you are an employee or competitor, watch out. If you are a customer, you can count on an advocate with an obsession for customer service and getting the lowest prices anywhere.
Like today’s political environment, my impression of Amazon (no longer Amazon.com) is that it is polarized—people either love or hate the company. I have noticed little middle ground opinions. Count me as an “I ♥ Amazon”-er. I like the low prices and I respect their passion for customer service. I know how difficult customer service can be and with so few companies doing it right these days, I admire those that do it well.
I know that the fanatical degree with which Amazon pursues low prices is controversial but that’s what consumers today demand. This has forced companies to become more efficient and cost conscious. In turn, has resulted in the outsourcing of jobs to countries with lower labor costs. People claim to want to buy American (or local) but nobody wants to pay more for it. As a result, it becomes a vicious cycle with Amazon essentially incorporating the Borg mentality that all (competitors) will be assimilated—two of my favorite companies among them, Audible and Goodreads. Full disclosure: As a former Audible and Amazon investor, I have benefited both financially and from a customer service perspective from these companies. (less)
I was fortunate to win this through Goodreads and found it to be thoroughly researched beyond anything I have encountered. St...moreUm. . .well. . .yeah. . .
I was fortunate to win this through Goodreads and found it to be thoroughly researched beyond anything I have encountered. Still, I could not help but feel most of the book was "out there" and it was a struggle to maintain my interest. On the positive side, it does make you think about how all these myths and legends can transcend cultures with so much commonality. I gotta believe there is something to it.(less)
I was going to write something up on this book but all I could think of was that I would never be able to do it the justice of an Arminius review. Thi...moreI was going to write something up on this book but all I could think of was that I would never be able to do it the justice of an Arminius review. This one is right up your alley, my friend. Unfortunately, he has yet to read this one.
Anyway, I don't typically read reviews/comments from others unless they are friends and then only prior to reading the book. At my age, by the time I finish the book, I've forgotten what they wrote anyway (sorry guys) so at least I'm not influenced by it consciously. This time however, as I was looking for friend reviews, I read the top rated review.
It was from Jay Conner. Click on his name to read it because everything, and I mean everything he wrote I agree with. I would not have gone into all the detail he did but that is an added insightful bonus. Had I written something on my own, my comments would have been around the first paragraph and the last paragraph of his wonderful review.
This is probably only the second time in my 6-year Goodreads run that I have totally agreed word-for-word on a review/commentary.
You've heard of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde the book, right? Well, meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde the author. I've enjoyed Mr. Troost's previous books about...moreYou've heard of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde the book, right? Well, meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde the author. I've enjoyed Mr. Troost's previous books about his humorous experiences in the South Pacific. Evidently, this is his first book after recovery from his alcoholism (which I did not know about). Don't get me wrong, this is a great feat and I am happy for him and his family and do not discount in any manner how worthy this achievement is. However, his self-depricating attempt at humor about this illness was not something I expected when I picked up this book. The chapters that go on about his alcoholism as compared to those with limited references to the topic are as different as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
I'm certain that this book served as a cathartic exercise for him and I am willing to give him a pass on this one. However, I choose to read his books for the humor and the awe of the South Pacific. This book had little of that and ended up as simply sad. (less)
There is a roller coaster of emotion in this feel good book. Dr. Anderson captures every one - from the humor...more Loved, loved, LOVED this book about love.
There is a roller coaster of emotion in this feel good book. Dr. Anderson captures every one - from the humorous, to the joys of life, and the sadness of death as he has experienced them through his life and his medical practice. You'll laugh out loud and shed a tear (yes, even I did). In the end however, you will know there will be a time when we will be reunited with love ones. Those who precede us have fulfilled their journey and they too await our reunion.
Dr. Anderson’s unique position, his stories, his interactions with God, and the life that awaits us all is positive, inspiring, and uplifting. Death is difficult for those left behind but the insights offered in this book can help comfort the living knowing that their loved ones are truly in a better place.
This is one of the rare books that I did not want to end…I wanted more stories and I want to keep that positive, comforting feeling at the forefront of my life. His relationship with (unknown to me previously) Christian music singer-songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman has also had a profound impact upon me. I am now a big fan and have set up a Pandora channel for his music. If you’re a dad with a daughter, then you need to hear his song Cinderella. I challenge you not to be moved. His music is what now helps keep that wonderful feeling in my life going.
I've gotta go...between the book and the song, I'm an emotional mess. (less)
It was a good premise for a book, an alternate history of what the world would have been like had Germany and Japan won WWII. The carving up of the Un...moreIt was a good premise for a book, an alternate history of what the world would have been like had Germany and Japan won WWII. The carving up of the United States was simultaneously disturbing and fascinating. Based upon some excellent reviews by others, this was the reason I chose to read this book. But in the end, it was too deep or too cerebral for me and I just didn't get it, hoping for an exciting conclusion that never came.(less)
If you are into time travel or a time travel author, this should be required reading (or in this case listening). Because there was so much great info...moreIf you are into time travel or a time travel author, this should be required reading (or in this case listening). Because there was so much great information presented in an understandable manner, this might become the only book that I will read after listening to it as I want to ensure I have this one as a reference.
The first third of the book was a good refresher and had me thinking, “I know this stuff”. . in fact, I felt a little cocky and questioned why I chose this book. Then came the heavy stuff. Don’t misunderstand. By heavy, I don’t mean not understandable. By heavy, I mean, wow! awe-inspiring, make you think, and realize your insignificance. Insignificance not only in this world, solar system, galaxy, or universe but instead total insignificance in existing. The possibilities for multiple or parallel universes will leave your head spinning. However, as a time travel aficionado, this is a good thing making for some great reading by clever authors.
It’s amazing to think that our existence is based upon the “Goldilocks” theory for everything. That Earth is exactly the correct distance from the sun, that the sun is the correct size, in the correct spot in the galaxy, that the correct combination of chemicals came together to form us, that the moon is the correct distance from Earth, and on and on.
The mysteries of existence are not found only in a smaller scale as we continue to look for the building blocks of our life but building up as well. Like many others, I have always felt that we were part of something bigger. Nobody can really state what that is other than some form of a collective. My personal theory is (and I’ve never heard it anywhere before) is that our universe could simply be a cell in part of a larger being. Along with other universes that are hypothesized in this book, my theory is that we are physically part of God. So, if our universe is but one of God’s cells, think how many cells comprise a human and then realize how insignificant we are as part of his body. (less)
The author gave me a free copy (thank you!) of this fast-paced, action-packed debut that combines two of my favorite genre: time travel and historical...moreThe author gave me a free copy (thank you!) of this fast-paced, action-packed debut that combines two of my favorite genre: time travel and historical fiction.
There was much to like about this book. In addition to the genre I mentioned, I thought the way the time travel was handled was very clever and in a manner I have not previously encountered. I don’t want to spoil it with the details - - you will have to read it to find out.
I especially liked the historical fiction aspect of the story. Going back to historical events and people and learning of actual history as opposed to a purely fictional angle was unique and educational. Finding out how the bad guys altered true history through Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was ingenious and fun.
I know that I didn’t include much in terms of a formal storyline review but that’s because that’s not my style for two reasons. One, I don’t want to spoil the joy of reading it “blind” for my friends and two, because I think others can do a better job of that than me. There are typically other reviews out there to be read if that information is desired. I simply want to tease others interested in a fast moving, time travel thriller into checking out this Grumpus recommended book. I can’t wait for further adventures in subsequent books. (less)
This book was OK. It is everything you've ever wanted to know about synesthesia and probably more. Very detailed but not written in a compelling style...moreThis book was OK. It is everything you've ever wanted to know about synesthesia and probably more. Very detailed but not written in a compelling style, for me anyway. I like science and can deal with fact-based writing styles but this one I found a little dry for my tastes. However, if you are looking to learn about synesthesia in detail, then this is the book for you.(less)
The amount of research and documentation in this book is outstanding. If you’re interested in understanding the difference between biblical wheat from...moreThe amount of research and documentation in this book is outstanding. If you’re interested in understanding the difference between biblical wheat from the chaff, then this book is for you - - it is essentially CSI: Jesus. Historical forensics detail fact from fiction and present the truest picture of the man and his life that I’ve come across. Goodread.(less)