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Secret Sidewalk Paperback – October 28, 2006

3.1 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Secret Trilogy Series

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 106 pages
  • Publisher: lulu.com (October 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0557209439
  • ISBN-13: 978-0557209439
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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"Author of curiously engaging novellas. His stories are not driven by action but by mood and metaphysics. His premises often begin with fairly standard, often vaguely science-fiction concepts, but he spins those concepts out into melancholy, thoughtful tales in which he explores the emotion and (often) dislocation that people feel when confronted by something outside their normal experience." - Devon Kappa

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This is a strange story. It starts when a younger brother can't sleep and has the older brother take him to the secret sidewalk behind some bushes near the marina where they live with their mother. As I'm sure it is suppose to be, it is difficult to tell whether this is a real world in a fantasy story or a fantasy world imagined by the older brother to entertain the younger one. There are some interesting characters and stories in the secret world by the secret sidewalk. It was an entertaining story with flying people, invisible people, criminals, and even some sex. There were tribes that each had a specific job that in turn gave them superpowers. (For example, the Compost People can turn anything into super rich dirt, the Hosers have the power of tidiness and can compress themselves into tiny packages that fit into soda cans or other small containers, and the Mountaineers, have the power of magnetism so that they can make anyone do anything and are the most powerful of all the tribes.) Strange but entertaining and appealing in an odd way.
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"When Marcus was eleven and his little brother Ben was only six, they lived on a boat in the harbor with their mother, a hard-working grocery store clerk named Kristen Holmes. Sometimes Ben had trouble sleeping at night and he would climb to the upper bunk and jab his brother in the ribs until he woke him up. Marcus would open one eye, and then the other, and eventually say,

"What?"

"I can't sleep Ben would reply," and Marcus knew what that meant. He would sigh and say "OK," and then they'd both climb down, slip on their shoes, sneak up deck very quietly so as not to wake their mother, leap onto the dock and head out to the secret sidewalk which was right across the street behind the parking lot. "

And so begins the story of Secret Sidewalk, a fantasy thriller of sorts by Tom Lichtenberg. The delightfully talented Marcus builds an exciting world to entertain his brother siphoned from the building blocks of the streets around them. Ben is led to believe eventually that there are others who slip in and out of alternate worlds and these others are in turn protecting and maintaining the status-quo and making mischief or interfering with the solemn laws of life.

However, this is a rather trite explanation of the world Tom Lichtenberg creates in Secret Sidewalk. As many of the characters float in and out of Ben and Marcus' world, many of the world problems are examined through the eyes of a young man, as he speaks with great warmth toward his brother. Marcus is not just a talented story-teller. he is a young philosopher, adept at making observations about the people in his story without judging them in any way.
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By JH on September 2, 2011
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Good easy reading, I would recommend for others to read.
It says Secret Trilogy, I will have to see if there are other
stories go with this one.
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I hadn't planned to comment on this book, but after reading the other reviews, decided to add my two cents.
"Secret Sidewalk" is unlike anything I've ever read. It is not written for children, even though the two main characters are the narrator and his younger brother. The older boy is telling his little brother a very imaginative tale, that grows as it is told. The unique characters in this fantasy world come straight from the mind of a creative pre-teen.
I read this one day that I had several other things planned; definitely held my interest.
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