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The Time That's Given

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Have you ever awoken from a vivid dream and wondered which side of waking was real?

Burt Higgins' retirement is not going well. His children have grown, and his wife has gone off to earn a late-life degree, leaving him alone in his sprawling suburban home. With too much time on his hands, he broods on the state of the world, obsessively following the worst of cable news and
ebook, 219 pages
Published November 4th 2019 by Evolved Publishing
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An exceptionally inspiring epic fantasy, with a protagonist who for many reasons is appealing and readily identified with. Shortly into retirement, exciting travel over, spouse away at Cornell studying for her MFA, our "hero" (in multiple senses) suffers an existential crisis of being, an "empty nest" multiplied. He wants to be a hero--to somebody. He wants value, and purpose. And then..... Read and discover.
Jamie Brydone-Jack
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: p-2019, fantasy
Well-Written, if Odd, Fantasy Novel

I am not quite sure what to think about this book. I will admit that I was first put off by the information that even came before the novel itself started. I'm used to some level of self-promotion in books, but it seemed excessive in this book, both with pages of recommendations for the author's other works as well as a somewhat long-winded foreword from the author’s editor about how wonderful the author is and how wonderful this book is. It was just too much.
Michael Long
Dec 06, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was an adventure of a man straddling two worlds... a real one and a fantasy one. In the fantasy world, he seeks to learn the source of all despair, and to save a woman and her children. However, the two worlds tend to blend together and what he does in one affects the other. The prose was brilliant the descriptions of things and places were very well done. However, I did have trouble at times understanding what was going on, what certain things meant or represented. I think my take ...more
Jan 17, 2020 rated it liked it
The author gifted me this book for an honest review. I had a hard time reading this one and all the blame is on me. While I appreciated the authors effort to show how the actions taken in the world of fantasy actually affected his reality, I found it irritating. The author seemed to include life lessons which should encourage you to cherish your life, it could be worst.
Greg Braden
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
A different take , on which is the real , reality in life . I enjoyed this , a light sort of Donaldson read .
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow... I mean wow. This is an incredible read. It's kinda of different from the traditional fantasy novels that cross my screen. I would put this in a catagory all by itself. I would call this a thought provoking fantasy. With definite reflective aspect.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book the characters were well developed. The world was fantastic. The life lessons were subtly but powerfully delivered. What else could you ask for in a novel.
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