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Length: 376 pages

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  • File Size: 826 KB
  • Print Length: 376 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Waking Dreams Press (November 19, 2011)
  • Publication Date: November 19, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006ATXEUS
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Maya Lassiter is a fantasy novelist, living in a yurt in the rural South with her husband and two fabulous children. She has been published in Realms of Fantasy, and has an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. For more on her crazy, gonzo, domestic life, visit her blog at mayalassiter.com.

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Toby has a bit on a problem with omniscience. Well, perhaps not omniscience, but he definitely knows too much. He's abused his psychic powers by reading stockbrokers to discover financial secrets so that he can help his family maintain an affluent lifestyle after his father, also a psychic, disappears. But, the more he reads people, the more trouble he has turning off his powers. Now, he must drink himself to near black-out condition to avoid knowing the deepest, darkest secrets of every stranger he passes. Worse, he also has glimpses of the future, so that he can casually glance at a dog and see the SUV in future that will run it down. He can intervene on some of these futures, but fate has a way of pushing back, and he can't save everyone, can he?

It could be difficult to identify with a character whose powers make him something more than human, but the author does an excellent job of grounding Toby in a believable family dynamic. And, whether or not it was the author's intention to be thought-provoking, I thought Toby's desire to avoid seeing other people's secrets and dooms was a commentary on the very human ability to turn a blind eye to other people's problems that are right before us, and reminds us how truly interconnected we all are. It's not heavy handed or preachy, but it does give this book a moral depth that I liked.
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Some day I'm going to read a recently published book without finding any errors in grammar or spelling, but today is not that day. "Toby" has errors that anyone with a solid 4th grade education (or the equivalent) should have eliminated. Some examples: who's for whose, jam for jamb, it's for its, proscribed for prescribed, one's for ones. Though, I'll admit, pretty clean for a 350 page book.

Speaking of the length of the book, in my opinion some editing could have cleaned and tightened it. And there were a couple of impressive holes in the plot, which I won't mention because of the prohibition on spoilers.

Now, with that out of the way, let me say that I really enjoyed "Toby"; that's why I gave it 4 stars. The plot was good, the characters excellent and engaging, the ending satisfying (and a first class example of how an author can tie up all the loose ends and resolve the plot's questions while still leaving the door open for further adventures of Toby and Company).

If this author does write a sequel, I would be delighted to read it.
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Like many of his family members going back for generations, Toby can see the future, and his visions are only getting stronger over time. This might not bother him except that as far as he can tell, pretty much every one of his psychic forebears has been driven crazy by the gift--possibly including his psychiatrist father, whose lock-down approach to psychic powers actually seemed to be working until he went missing.

Maybe the greatest strength of this story is how comfortable and enjoyable the characters become, from Toby's risk-loving psychic sister to his artistic new neighbor, who sends visions of mermaids through his head, to his morally flexible best friend, a private detective who may just be able to help him find his father--if he actually wanted to see his father again in the first place. If you enjoy immersing yourself in an appealing community of characters and seeing the universe from another perspective, this one is highly recommended.
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This book was incredible! I am so glad I got it, and better yet, I got it for free for my Kindle. I haven't read a better free book yet.

This is a book about Toby Hay, a man who can read not only other people's minds but also other people's pasts, presents, and futures. The only problem is that he reads them too often. Used to be he had to concentrate in order to read people. Now, he only needs to be in the vicinity. His psychic mind is getting stronger...and bringing down his sanity fast. The voices are becoming too much, and the only way he knows to quiet them is to drink. A lot.

His abilities are a generational thing, and none of his ancestors fared well. They all went insane from the voices, and except for his grandfather who's laying in a drug-induced coma and his father who's missing, all of his ancestors killed themselves to escape the voices in the Stream.

Or perhaps not....

Toby starts hearing a voice inside his head. Someone or something is offering him advice, helping him through the insanity. Can he figure out how to ride the Stream without losing his insanity and find his father? Or will he succumb to the voices from his past and decide that death is the only way out?

Part of what makes this story incredible is the author's talent with words. When Lassiter describes what Toby "sees" inside other people's minds...it's beautiful. Even the scarier, darker stuff is described so beautifully.

All I can say is read it yourself. Buy this book, and I promise you'll love it too!
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Most Kindle freebies I've picked up never get read, but the unbelievably striking cover of Toby Streams the Universe got to me and it moveed to the top of my pile. (Seriously, who designed this cover? HE'S STARING RIGHT AT ME. Curse you, Kindle Fire, and your ability to show compelling book covers!)

This is a beautifully written thriller with a dash of romance and a fantastic cast. I loved getting to know each of these characters, and found myself incredibly anxious when it looked like some of theme weren't going to end up okay. Toby makes a great protagonist; he's flawed but hopeful, sad but compassionate, and is trying to balance being a good son/brother with a desperate need to isolate himself. His "visions" are remarkable - Lassiter uses a fine, poetic touch to describe the pain and love that Toby sees all around him, and illustrates the delicate bonds that keep us all together.

I'm really looking forward to more from this author, and would love to see a sequel to Toby Streams the Universe.
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