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Product Details

  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: American Book Publishing Group (May 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589825055
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589825055
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,702,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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J.W. Nicklaus maintains his own personal space between the soul and soft machine in the arid southwest amongst the snowbirds and the Arizona Diamondbacks. After graduating with an Associate of Arts in Journalism and Photography and a B.S. in Telecommunications he's spent the better part of twenty years experiencing life and working in trades as varied as a small advertising firm to a litigation service bureau. An Arizona native, he's lived in the Valley, Tucson, and Flagstaff. He is also a proud father who shares his love of the word and appreciation of baseball with his teenage son.

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Beautifully poetic and breathtakingly real.
A. Pohren
This is a lovely book that I recommend for personal reading or as a wonderful gift.
tmtrvlr
The Light, The Dark & The Ember Between is a collection of fifteen short stories.
Sandra K. Stiles

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tmtrvlr on July 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
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This book is a collection of uplifting images that delve into the reflections of the human condition. These stories will cause you to think, laugh, and even cry at the beauty of emotional memories. You will smile at the thought of love lost and found again in "Paper Doll." You will think about your life's choices in "10:18." You will cry tears of joy while reading about the hidden gift in "Winter Rose." This is a must-have collection of thought-provoking reflections perfect for your bedside or the beach.

My Review:
The Light, The Dark, & Ember Between is beautifully written, and is an uplifting, thoughtful, intelligent, and heartfelt collection of short stories. Fifteen stories in all, each is so very different and from different points of view. All of the stories bring the message of hope to the reader. This is a book that lives up to what it promises - the message of hope as the "Ember Between."

I have to say that this book came to me at just the right time. I needed to read it because it reminded me that hope doesn't just happen. We have to keep our eyes open and watch for it. This is a lovely book that I recommend for personal reading or as a wonderful gift.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Davis on July 12, 2009
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If you are a fan of inspirational short stories, this is the book for you. You will smile a little; perhaps cry a little; and find joy in the pages of this small book that carries with it a deep emotional impact.

The stories I liked most were:
*Streetlamp
*The Run
*Paper Doll
*Blind
*Winter Rose
*In The Name of Love
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sandra K. Stiles on July 10, 2009
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The Light, The Dark & The Ember Between is a collection of fifteen short stories. J.W. Nicklaus is a master at taking romatic stories and showing the range of emotions one can reach as they read them. I had three out of the fifteen that became my favorites: Requiem For Linny, Paper doll, and 10:18. This is definately a book for all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 7, 2009
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Stories can be a lot more than just entertainment. "The Light, The Dark, & Ember Between" seeks to use fiction as a method of exploring the range of human emotion through moving stories. The result is a collection to be enjoyed bit by bit. Readers of short fiction will simply relish "The Light, The Dark, and Ember Between."
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J.W. Nicklaus is a word artist. He paints mental pictures with lyrical prose. "The Light, The Dark & Ember Between" is a collection of 15 short stories whose concurrent theme centers on finding hope in death. Nicklaus' writing is dense with meaning. It is not trivial, light reading. His sentences are filled with complexity in a style that encourages the reader to slow down and savor each word. Each page demands a reader's full attention in order to grasp the vivid emotional catharsis experienced by the characters. Death is a heavy subject, but the participants in each story offer a different look at it. They don't succumb to the darkness, but instead grasp for the light. They are able to persevere thanks, in part, to the deeper insight gained from their travails.

The four standout pieces include:

"Emissary"-After losing his wife in a freak boating accident, a widower begins to experience supernatural occurrences. In coming to terms with the meaning behind these events, he is able for the first time to open up to his son and daughter-in-law about his pain and confusion. This release allows him not to fear these visitations, but welcome them. In trying to find some sense of peace, he embraces these communications from the beyond. They give him a glimmer of hope that she is still there with him in some form. The sensory details-from the coastal setting to the breakfast table-are right on the money transporting the reader directly into the story's setting.

"Requiem for Linny"-With the passing of a cowboy's wife, her death is felt by every man on the ranch. In the Colorado mountains, they prepare her grave beneath a snow-covered tree, a place she selected beforehand. Her husband tries to restrain his grief by hand carving a wooden cross for the site.
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By Frances H. Kakugawa on March 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is not one that can be read in one sitting.
Each story doesn't end with the last page because each story continues on within the reader long after the last word. Thought- provoking stories that leave the reader for pause and reflection.

Nicklaus is a craftsman and artist when it comes to the use of language. Powerful and beautiful language resulting in images that are simply beautiful and strong.

Theme of certain stories may be slightly similar to Nicholas Sparks as commented by other readers because they hit the heart but it stops right there. The presentation of themes are not simple but complicated and intricately drawn like One Washington Diner. This story made me gulp. There is no comparison when it comes to the artistic use of language, also , precise, strong and poetic.

I always told my students that if they came across a book and felt they wanted to meet the author, that's a good book. This is one of those books.
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A classic collection of short stories written in perfection. J.W. Nicklaus, one of my favorite authors of all time, has written a fantastic array of stories that reminds me of the works of Nicholas Sparks. I read The Notebook a couple of years ago and no book has come close to making me feel such as emotion and passion as The Light, The Dark & Ember Between.

Such craftmanship! Nicklaus shines as each word is tempered with deep feeling and unabashed emotion. A work of extreme brilliance and one I'm giving a 5 star rating for its depth, literary prowness and enjoyment. Highly recommended!
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