We is a confusing and delightful book that I thoroughly enjoyed! The concept is original and thought out as you are basically struggling right along wWe is a confusing and delightful book that I thoroughly enjoyed! The concept is original and thought out as you are basically struggling right along with the character, Benedict, right from the beginning. I was left wondering (at first) what was going on between the odd protagonist(s?) struggling with, well, himself. What would you do if given the chance to change your own history?
This was a bit like the Butterfly Effect meets What Dreams May Come, but not exactly. The book painted a picture of the subconscious, giving life to Freudian aspects of the psychological, albeit crude, and integrated it with a lot of "what ifs." I can just imagine this poor child struggling through his life with this awful family. Benedict himself isn't even the most desirable person, in all honesty, but his childhood persona is still innocent and likable. He just wanted someone to cling to, and he found this in his sister, Sara. She was flawed, she was defiant, but she was worth saving. Even his nasty older brother, Charles, was worth paying attention to.
I wonder what it would be like to see some of my past childhood experiences through the eyes of my adult self. Better yet, I wonder if I would listen to what my "self of the future" would say, or if I would just watch everything replay as a movie. Great job, Mr. Landweber, you have my attention!
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Azure is a great novel that paints a portrait of what would happen if the government totally took over our lives. The book takes place in the nation oAzure is a great novel that paints a portrait of what would happen if the government totally took over our lives. The book takes place in the nation of Azure (naturally) where droids are sent to patrol the streets to kill unlawful perpetrators. Behind the droids are men like Asher who are chained to their desks and forced to do justice within the walled city.
When Asher begins to silently question the motives of his government, his existence is put on the line. Somehow they know that he isn't in complete agreeance with the punishments being given, which is execution in nearly every case. That's when the trouble starts for Asher and he embarks on a strange journey to the underbelly of society. Well, truly not that strange, but it's a bit scary if nothing else.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It wasn't the best book, nor was it the worst, but the author really shines with his writing style. The story is "believable" without too much sci-fi, but just enough to keep you wondering if this type of scenario could really become reality. I honestly wish that the story would have ended a bit differently with a happy ending for all, but that just isn't realistic. The story kept me engaged either way, though the ending was a little predictable.
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I like the concept of this book. It is about two friends from opposite sides of the spectrum, so to speak, of the religious argument. We have ChristiaI like the concept of this book. It is about two friends from opposite sides of the spectrum, so to speak, of the religious argument. We have Christian the Christian (really? Couldn't you find another name?) and Isaac, the Atheist (I'd have thought Isaac wold have represent a Person of the Jewish religion, but given the title...) who apparently have religious and/or faith-based arguments quite often.
This short story takes place when Christian invites Isaac over for a proposal based on these religious arguments. The dialogue was witty in places and a little "toilet-humor-esque" in others, but seemed like an actual conversation between two good friends. The unfortunate thing for me is that the story lacks a bit of ambiance and focuses on the dialogue between characters. The other unfortunate thing is that the "proposal" is brought up at the very end of the story and wrapped up only a few pages later. Yes, there is a "cliffhanger" of sorts at the end, leaving you to guess at what the final answer was.
I suppose if you're a Christian, you already know the answer to the proposal when you get to the last sentence of the book. This very short story was interesting and worth the read, but didn't really wow me. I liked it, but would have liked more from the author. The only way to have garnered more out of this, however, is to move forward with the proposal and having the author tell a tale from there. In fact, the story would make a great introduction to a novel of the same theme.
If I had the option for 3 1/2 stars, this little quip of a story would have it! Honestly, I didn't even find very many typos, so he edited it well. Kudos and thank you for the thought-provoking read!
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This is a beautifully written book! You know you have a great read when you are on the last page (without realizing it) and you get mad at your e-readThis is a beautifully written book! You know you have a great read when you are on the last page (without realizing it) and you get mad at your e-reader because you cannot turn the pages any more. I think the best thing about this compilation is that the stories are so varied. The last short story was so haunting and scary to me while the first was just so beautiful and magical.
I cannot say too much without giving up the plots of each of these stories, but I was honestly surprised that these were all written by the same author. He has such an imagination and a way of weaving these stories with succinct detail. I didn't think it was possible to be enraptured by characters that only have twenty pages of "get-to-know-me" time, but it certainly is! You will not regret reading this book. My only regret is that there weren't thirty more stories!
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Salt is a charming retelling of an old Russian folk tale where three princely brothers set out to claim their fortunes. Two of the brothers are favoreSalt is a charming retelling of an old Russian folk tale where three princely brothers set out to claim their fortunes. Two of the brothers are favored by their king, but the youngest, Kenya, is a fool in his father's eyes. Since this is so short, I really do not want to divulge the story further than this. I enjoyed the depth that each character brought and their distinct roles. This is very much a tale for those who love Cinderella-esque stories where the main character triumphs despite overwhelming hardships. Within the story there is a bit of "old" magic, a tinge of love, a bit of lust, some hate and sweet revenge. It's amazing that it fits within a scant less than 60 pages!
Kudos to Ms. Marshall and her intricate stylings. She is definitely a wordsmith with a passion for campfire-style story weaving! Upon receiving the first draft of her short story, I am a bit ashamed to admit that I had to write her for clarification about what had happened. Thankfully she obliged and edited a bit of the story to make everything flow together a bit more. Once she did that, I read it again and thoroughly enjoyed it. This is not a children's tale in the way that it's written, but the premise of the story could be one to tell your kids; after you've skipped over the lusty bits, that is!
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