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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: 0.5 x 5 x 7.8 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: #9,381,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beautifully poetic and breathtakingly real.
A. Pohren
The vignettes of life that often pass as an ordinary moment will resonate with those struggling with mortality or the death of a loved one.
Missy
I look forward to more from Nicklaus, and I encourage everyone to get their hands on this book as soon as they can.
Haley Mathiot

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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 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 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 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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Beautifully poetic and breathtakingly real. The stories contained within The Light, The Dark & Ember Between may be a bit short in length, however what a mighty and powerful punch they pack. I want to be truthfully honest when I say that normally I am not a lover of short stories. Usually I am more the type who enjoys sinking their teeth into a drawn out and lengthy novel. However, this is a collection of fifteen wonderful and diverse stories, by which author J.W. Nicklaus manages to draw the reader into each and every person's world and connect them to the characters and their lives. It is my experience that with short stories, it is hard to really pack the character's characteristics and background into just a few pages, in turn enabling the reader to truly feel as though they are living a bit of that character's lives, yet Mr. Nicklaus displays a magnificent talent and ability to do just that.

Written in such a way, a reader can easily sit down and become engulfed within the worlds created by J.W. Nicklaus and finish in one sitting, or take a few minutes of relaxation and "me" time to enjoy one or two of the stories at a time. Whichever way the reader chooses to partake in The Light, The Dark & Ember Between, they are sure to come away with a bit of a new perspective on life and a lighter heart.

Life is painful and life is difficult, but one must always reach deep within to find some goodness and faith. The Light, The Dark & Ember Between does just that. A couple stories that I found particularly touching were 'Emissary' and 'Broken'. They both touched me deeply, as did 'One Washington Diner'. With such phrases as "Each warm mist of breath hung in the air like temporary lace..." (taken from pg.
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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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