I loved this book and the following two in the series. Great story, imagination, and melding of the characters with historical facts and locations. ReI loved this book and the following two in the series. Great story, imagination, and melding of the characters with historical facts and locations. Really well done and a great yarn too....more
The book defies description - it is compelling and fascinating. The afterlife that Annie Kagan's deceased brother describes is both believable and surThe book defies description - it is compelling and fascinating. The afterlife that Annie Kagan's deceased brother describes is both believable and surreal. I believe that the author did experience what she says she did, and give her credit for being able to receive her brother's communications. Nonetheless, I am not certain that HIS afterlife need be everyone's afterlife. I believe that the consciousness of every spirit goes on into infinity, and that most beings, whether they realize it or not, end up after death taking another body and having another lifetime - on into infinity. There may be different "heavens" for different people, depending in part on what they believed while alive. But that is a tantalizing question that I hope we may one day find the answers to. ...more
Great fast thriller, well written, main characters sufficiently developed to make them interesting and make you care about them. Had some mystical/parGreat fast thriller, well written, main characters sufficiently developed to make them interesting and make you care about them. Had some mystical/paranormal elements (but I like more). Didn't stop me from racing through the story. Maybe a little too much guy-stuff for me last half (military and fighting gear), but the action was nonstop and there were very well imagined and described non-fighting scenes too. Very good first novel! Will be reading the next....more
From my description (no spoilers): In this novelette of the mid-21st century, Tristan, a handsome, charismatic leading man has joined a dysfunctionalFrom my description (no spoilers): In this novelette of the mid-21st century, Tristan, a handsome, charismatic leading man has joined a dysfunctional film shoot in the sweltering grasslands below Malibu Canyon. Despotic director Greenman has fired three previous actors in the role, and actor Andrew is convinced Tristan will be the next casualty. But all of a sudden Greenman is on his best behavior with everyone. Not even Michelle, Tristan’s leading lady, notices anything odd – but she’s in love with him. Obsessive character collector Andrew is the only one who notices something is not quite right, and goes to extreme lengths and alienates himself from everyone to discover what is really going on.
I'm releasing this for Kindle first - which you can enjoy on virtually every kind of device, including your computer - just download the free Kindle application and you'll have color Kindle books to enjoy. ...more
Update: It has just come to my attention, through internet searches, that a huge controversy attended the publication of this book during the mid to lUpdate: It has just come to my attention, through internet searches, that a huge controversy attended the publication of this book during the mid to late 1990s due to the fact that Marlo Morgan's journey with these Australian aborigines, and what she wrote about the culture and life and religion of the tribe, were reported to be a hoax. Ms. Morgan at one point admitted that it had been a hoax. However, the book attained tremendous popularity and she continued marketing the book and giving lectures around the world on its subject matter. She claimed knowledge of Aborigine culture through her experiences and her lectures were to help people become enlightened through such knowledge. There was huge opposition and outrage at her book and actions among the Australian aboriginal communities, which organized a protest tour to the U.S. and met with many different leaders to try to get Ms. Morgan to cease and desist her misrepresentations of Aboriginal culture.
I was shocked and dismayed to learn of this, as the book is written so convincingly that I believed the story and stood in awe of what it revealed about the Aboriginal culture. The reports I have written unfortunately do not detail what parts of the information are false and which may be true. Knowing that would be of the greatest help to readers.
Unfortunately there is a steep cultural divide relating to this subject matter. Indigenous groups, both in Australia and the U.S., strongly resent non-native persons "appropriating" native culture and religion and using it for perceived commercial gain. Moreover, they especially object to non-native persons starting pseudo-religious movements using purported native religious rites and customs and turning it into profit-making new-age or "native" spiritual ventures. They consider this to be appropriating their sacred religious and spiritual customs and knowledge and altering and misrepresenting it for their own commercial use.
I do understand and agree with the objections and protests of these Native groups and what has been done with their cultures. We have to remember that in both countries (the U.S. and Australia) the indigenous peoples were conquered, murdered en masse, thrown out of their homelands and for many many years deprived of the freedom to worship (practice their own spiritual beliefs). Their cultures were intentionally destroyed. After all that, it must hurt and offend them to have their sacred beliefs and knowledge misrepresented and ripped off to be used by non-tribal members in non-authentic "spiritual" practices.
In modern society, Marlo Morgan has a perfect right to write a novel, put whatever in it she wishes, and sell it. However, morally and ethically, she does not have the right to perpetrate such a huge hoax on her readers and the Native communities, capitalizing on her readers' ignorance of that culture. If she had couched the entire story in terms of science fiction and set the story on another planet, there would have been no problem with her story. But I believed what she was saying - I had no way of knowing it was false. And so what she has done is very disappointing and dismaying - and a big waste of talent. I loved this book, and I loved its insights. I just wish they hadn't been one thing masquerading as something else.
[My old original post begun liks this:] I've only just begun this book, and the insight it is providing thus far is amazing. Don't let the setting or specific subject matter put you off. The rewards and revelations thus far are incomparable. This is advertised as fictionalized true experience. I fail to see how any of it is fiction, just from the nature of the author's narration. This is one of the rare mind-blowing books that broadens your horizons in ways never imagined.
I have to take my review statement back now. If you are into spiritual journeys, you can read it, but don't give it too much credence. I wished it had been true!...more
This was a wonderful, surprising, gritty, satisfying book. The first few reviews describe it very well and I won't attempt to describe it further. VerThis was a wonderful, surprising, gritty, satisfying book. The first few reviews describe it very well and I won't attempt to describe it further. Very very well written....more
I loved this book! I just finished the novel and have to comment on what a GREAT story it was, and how sad I was to finish!
The entire theme and settiI loved this book! I just finished the novel and have to comment on what a GREAT story it was, and how sad I was to finish!
The entire theme and setting totally aligned with the subjects and themes I love and am interested in, and the way the author linked everything together with a really complex storyline, with all the gods and spirits and space travelers, the Mandan and other Native Americans and everyone else was masterful.
The novel also really moved me. It was a perfect mix of adventure and incredible ideas and visionary theme. It was a profoundly positive and hopeful novel, also, and presented a narrative of American Indian history and spirituality that is unique. What an amazing amount of research was woven into this story to show the Mandan culture as authentically as possible.
I highly recommend this book to those who love the historic old west, the Native American cultures, science fiction, and spiritual stories. But even if you don't, give this book a try. ...more
This book imparts wisdom through the retelling of traditional stories used by the Lakota to educate their youth in the virtues held to be important byThis book imparts wisdom through the retelling of traditional stories used by the Lakota to educate their youth in the virtues held to be important by their culture. I found these stories fascinating, with a lot of reality and credibility - even those which contained fantastical elements - and each one illustrated the virtues discussed as no mere pedantic lecture could. Some of them were moving.
After each story, the author, Joseph Marshall, tells more anecdotes about that particular virtue either from his own experience, life or family. I loved this book; it showed me the high spiritual and ethical level of the traditional Lakota culture. By contrast, I doubt that European culture ever existed on this level; perhaps only very scantily by some very honorable few men and women. Certainly the level and depth of honor and values throughout Lakota culture, taught in every family, is admirable in the extreme. It made me long for a new civilization based on the best of such values. ...more