The Old Soul (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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More About the Author
Mr. Berry's first novel was 'Thursday's Child', an epic love story that infused a conventional romance formula with a rich novel of ideas. Since a female pseudonym is all but required in that genre, Mr. Berry chose the name 'Josephine Wurtenbaugh'. (The author is married and the father of two daughters.) He still uses that variant for fiction that appeals primarily to women.
Mr. Berry uses the alternate version 'Joseph Wurtenbaugh' for other work. Three short stories, 'The Old Soul','Warm Moonlight', and 'Newton in the New Age'that appear as Kindle Singles, have been published under that name. He has also published a novel 'Alone in the Fortress' as 'Joseph Wurtenbaugh'.
Mr. Berry's notes on these pieces can be found at this blog - "http://grealistink.typepad.com/thursdayschildepicromance/".
Top Customer Reviews
On this strange journey, we follow along as 'it' hitches a ride from amoeba to dust mite, from flea to fly, from one animal to the next, continuing on in its quest to take root in some other being which will give it a rebirth. This story really does make you think of reincarnation, of past lives and memories, and of those times you may have felt as if you had been somewhere before, or felt as if you had a connection to a place far away from your birth, perhaps another place and time in existence.
The being's journey was complicated, making this reader feel anxiety and a great expectation to see just how this would all play out. Although the utimate goal was surely seen, it made that final destination and new home no less remarkable. The Old Soul is a very interesting read, and although a fairly quick read at 18 pages/300 locations, this short story builds the excitement and leads the reader down a curious path of thinking and wondering about that very thing which makes us more than our human body, to consider just what exactly is the soul and how many homes can it have. Really, an incredibly interesting little story, very well written and perfectly balancing science with the unknown and the mystical.
The details of the entity's journey were fascinating. The term is probably over-used, but this was indeed a page-turner, one that I finished in only half an hour. In one of Tom Clancy's novels, there was a mesmerizing nanosecond-by-nanosecond description of the detonation of a nuclear weapon. Author Joseph Wurtenbaugh's step-by-step account of the microorganism's journey to find another host was equally compelling stuff.
And at the end, you may rethink your beliefs about the significance of a "deja vu" experience.
The other perk is that the small snippets of human characters are very well written. He manages to do a lot of character development in just a few sentences. I just really enjoyed it and think it is definitely worth your time and your dollar to give this single a quick read. Based on this single, I am now reading his novel Thursday's Child, written under the name Josephine Wurtenbaugh.
Imagine a short story in which the viewpoint character is a biochemical molecule!
Well, that's what this author did, and the result for most readers will be a compelling page-turner they'll gobble up in less than an hour of leisurely reading.
One of the things I like about "The Old Soul" is that it defies genre. I can't decide: Is this science fiction, New Age spirituality or perhaps the ancient Vedic concept of reincarnation re-framed with the viewpoint of a modern-day molecular biologist? But that's a side issue. It doesn't really matter because this is a work that stands on its own, and for what it is.
While I found this an entertaining, insightful and provocative read, I dare say it will not be everyone's cup of tea, or I should say, not everyone's bowl of biochemical soup. Our heroic biological molecule will do battle with myxoviruses, rhinoviruses and icornaviruses -make a thrilling escape down the microbiological food chain - only to face absorption by a marauding entamoeba hystolica - which it cleverly outsmarts by blending unobtrusively into the amoeba's cytoplasm! And it's just getting started!
How about that!
A minor mystery for me is the identity of the author, which is listed as Joseph Wurtenbaugh. The copyright is under the name of Frank Dudley Berry, Jr. - and at the end, the author encourages us to check out his (her?) book, "Thursday's Child" which is published as Josephine Wurtenbaugh.
Again, this is a side issue of little consequence. Whether it's by Frank, Joseph or Josephine, this is a fine piece of literature.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The story was interesting enough but I frequently felt that the author was too technical. The terminology use made me feel like I was being schooled. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Kfarver
I wasn't expecting the kind of book this was when I began to read it. . ( Actually it was an audio version downloaded to my MP3 player). It's very different. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Patricia J. Niidas
I found the concept very original and executed very cleverly. The whole idea of death and afterwards was handled in a creative way.Published on October 28, 2013 by donnie joe
All I can say is that the story is different/ original and unlike anything else you've read before. It's well written and while there's no real "point" to the story it's a... Read morePublished on October 26, 2013 by Rakhesh Sasidharan
Too slow, too wordy, I found that I had to force myself to continue to reading. The plot did not seem to be well thought out, but drifted from here to there.Published on October 18, 2013 by Nettie A. Howell
The Old Soul, was nothing, if it were not original! brilliantly written and originally done. I enjoyed following our Soul on to his next place, his next establishment.... Read morePublished on August 4, 2013 by Day Lee
This writer is obviously super intelligent, with an imagination to match. This short, free Kindle book is what led me to "Thursday's Child" by the same author. Read morePublished on July 21, 2013 by Margaret T. Bennett
The content of this story was totally unexpected. I was thinking it would be more along the spiritual side of life after death experience. Boy, was I surprised.Published on June 16, 2013 by Betty
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