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Einstein's Beach House by Jacob M. Appel
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Einstein's Beach House surprised me! I didn't know what to expect from this book and from this author but the overall impact it brought me was beyond my expectations. This book consists of 8 short stories, each with different themes but all in all, coming up with one thing -- life experiences.

The writing style of Jacob M. Appel is so impressive. He has this unique plot and great, three-dimensional characterization and he laces everything with humor and emotional conflict that even if each story was short, I felt as if I was reading a regular-length book.

I made a brief review for each story because I was too overwhelmed with everything in this book and here they are:

1. Hue and Cry

This is the first short story of Einsten's Beach House. It's a dark and twisted story, with an underlying sensitive issue that centers a man who is a sex offender. How he was treated by the people around him totally describes harsh reality. I don't know exactly what to feel about this but I can say that the author very well establishes a great reality-based story.

2. La tristesse des hérisson

This second short story held a very heavy topic which was handled perfectly with humor. It's about a couple who adopted a hedgehog. Sounds a bit normal but the moment they took the hedgehog home, their relationship slowly went downhill because of some psychological issues that were focused on the hedgehog. If you read this book blindly, you will appreciate the hidden message the author was conveying. This short story is beautiful and gripping. It's psychological and an eye-opener. We tend to blame other people for the fault which is entirely done by ourselves and act this defense mechanism which is so-called displacement.

3. Strings

"It's much better to not be okay when you ought to be fine, than to be perfectly content when you really should be falling to pieces."

Well this third short story hits home. It's about a 40 year-old woman who was approached by her ex-lover who's a musician, for a favor. At first I didn't get the message behind the story but when I reached the ending-- wow! The story sent a deep, powerful message that hit straight to the core. It's about defining the value of success and failure and how each person's approach towards these things vary. It's also more about moving on and forgiveness.

4. Limerence

The fourth short story of this book completely stole my heart. It's heartbreaking. It's a flashback story about a teenage boy and a girl whose friendship started right when they were in high school. Despite the girl's imperfections and issues in life, the boy slowly developed feelings for her, which was unfortunately not returned due to the girl's circumstances and misfortunes. I love how this short-length of a story felt longer than I've thought. There was so much emotional depth in this story. The melancholy tone also made me feel like I'm reading a Nicholas Sparks book. From the beginning up to the end, I was pleasantly moved because of the great characterization the author was able to distinguish and the emotions being poured that tugged at my heartstrings.

5. Einstein's Beach House

Now this fifth story is more about the things that usually happen in the family household. It's about a couple with two kids who live in a beachfront house which was perceived as Albert Einstein's beach house. As they later on made the house a source of their income through the tourists that usually visit because of their curiosity, they later on learned that in fact, the house was originally owned by Einstein's niece. What made this short story brilliant was how the author emphasized the essence of sentimental value for a particular thing and how a person values childhood and family relationships. The ending of this short story was so touching!

6. The Rod of Asclepius

By far, this sixth short story is my most favorite of all. I loved the dark theme in which a father and a daughter bonded through some twisted kind of activity. In this story, the father was introduced by the author in a very mysterious way. He pretended to be a doctor whenever he enters the hospital and when he's inside a particular room, he injects random patients, basically killing them. But he always did it together with her daughter who was a seven year-old. As the girl grew up, the memory of what happened still lingered and even served as a traumatic experience to her. This is such a brilliant, dark story. It's cringe-worthy and as usual, very well-written. It also gives a reader something to ponder in the end.

7. Sharing the Hostage

This short story is particularly funny! It's about a divorced woman who wanted her tortoise, which was already in the hands of her ex-husband, back. The ex-couple didn't have a child but the way they value the turtle, sharing a joint custody, as if it's their own child, was so hilarious and strange. The woman and her lover planned to abduct the tortoise from her ex-husband but when they've already had it, they realized that maybe after all, they shouldn't have took it because it won't survive in their planned trip. All throughout the story, I was laughing because of its unrealistic but hilarious approach. In the end, I realized that the story itself shows the importance of giving value to a certain thing-- no matter how small or big it is.

8. Paracosmos

The last short story of Einstein's Beach House is charming. The story centers around a small family consisting a couple and a daughter. The daughter had an imaginary friend whom the couple thought was alarming. This short story is realistic in a way because having an imaginary friend is part of childhood. The message behind the story was also amazing. It emphasizes importance of family bonding and of course, the importance of fidelity.

As a whole, Einstein's Beach House is a masterpiece and a real gem! I am so thankful to have been given a copy of this book from the author because it's a book that I will forever treasure. The contents are all unique, amazing, and very well-written, in a can't-put-it-down way. It's a powerful anthology that explores every sensible and even psychological aspect of life. If you want a wholesome, thought-provoking reads, I highly recommend this anthology!



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December 12, 2015 – Started Reading
December 12, 2015 – Shelved
December 12, 2015 –
page 18
December 15, 2015 –
page 140
78.21% "This is so funny! An ex-couple obsessing over a tortoise lol"
December 15, 2015 – Finished Reading

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Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog Lovely review Sweetie!! :)
Are you finished reading?

Pearl Angeli Not yet, Patty. This book is composed of 8 short stories. I'm still at the 6th. Hahaha! I write reviews for each one. LOL :) Thank you, Patty! :) xoxoxoxo

Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog Pearl wrote: "Not yet, Patty. This book is composed of 8 short stories. I'm still at the 6th. Hahaha! I write reviews for each one. LOL :) Thank you, Patty! :) xoxoxoxo"

I was thinking that but wasn't sure. :)

Pearl Angeli @Patty: ^^,))

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Beatrice ~ Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic Amazing review, sis Pearl! :D

Pearl Angeli Thank you, sissy! :)) This is one helluvah book! :)

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monica ♪ Great review, Pearl :)

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Deanna Excellent review, Pearl!!!

Aj the Ravenous Reader What a great job with those excellent and certainly informative reviews on each story, Pearly! I don't know if I have the diligence to do something like this. Lol! I hope you're doing okay and are safe from the wrath of Typhoon Nona/Melor. :/

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Seemita Pretty good, Pearl!

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NiCoLeTa E. This book seems so interesting, Pearl!!!
Superb review, girl!! :D

message 12: by Henz (new)

Henz wonderful and very detailed review Pearly .. (^^)

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Laxmama Great review. I would have never looked at this one. Add to my TBR

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Jennifer Kyle Fab review Pearl!! xx

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Brandi Great review, Pearl! :)

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Nicole Terrific review Pearl! :)

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Donita Luz Wow, what a great informative review Pearly! I don't think I;ve read a lot of anthology myself.. might have to try this one soon!:)

Pearl Angeli @Monica - Thank you, sis! :)

@Ate Deanna - Thank you, ate Deanna! :)

@AJ - Thank you so much, AJ dear! It was really such a good book and I enjoyed it so much, thus the long review. Hahaha! We are perfectly fine here in our place, weather is so good! I hope you are okay there? Keep safe and dry! :))

@Seemita - Thank you, love!

@Nicoleta - Thank you, dear! You definitely have to check this one out! It's unique and amazing!

@Henz - Thank you, Henzy! :)

@Laxmama - Aww thank you, dear. I hope you will enjoy this as much as I did! :)

@Jennifer - Thank you, Jenn! xo

@Brandi - Thank you, Brandi. :))

@Nicole - Thank you, hun. :))

@Donita - Yay! Thank you, Donita. :) You definitely have to check this out. It's one of the best books I've read this year. :)

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Tabetha Pearl...this is a beautiful, thoughtful review, and your review for each story is short/sweet/perfect! I know this must have taken time to read AND review, and I appreciate your efforts! xxxxx!

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Pearl Angeli Tabetha wrote: "Pearl...this is a beautiful, thoughtful review, and your review for each story is short/sweet/perfect! I know this must have taken time to read AND review, and I appreciate your efforts! xxxxx!"

Aww thank you so much, ate Tabetha! :) I enjoyed this book a lot! It's very sensible and it holds deep and emotional topics. I hope you get to read it one day and immensely enjoy it as much as I did. It's really, really worth it. (I tend to make long reviews whenever I love the book way too much! hehehe) I hope you're having a wonderful Christmas season, ate Tabetha! hugs. :)

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Judith Wonderful review,sweetheart:)

Pearl Angeli Judith wrote: "Wonderful review,sweetheart:)"

Thank you, Judith. :)

~Anna's ƦªϻƁℓℹռg$~ Amazing review, Pearl! xo

Pearl Angeli Anna ☘ wrote: "Amazing review, Pearl! xo"

Thank you, Anna. :) xoxo

Pearl Angeli Thank you, Ana. :) <3

SueBee★bring me an alpha!★ Excellent review Pearl! = ) xo

Pearl Angeli Thank you, Sue! <3

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Exceptional review, as always! xoxoxo ♥

Pearl Angeli Thank you so much, Madeleine. :)

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