- 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
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #717,694 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Toby Streams the Universe Kindle Edition
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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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Truly believable characters, satisfying ending. Didn't want it to end.Published 3 months ago by gr8fuldave
Wow! This one is going in my "Best Books" collection to keep on my Kindle and reread when I need a break from a string of poorly written books. Read morePublished 4 months ago by T.O.Powell
I got this title free and downloaded it to my iPad. I liked this book and the characters. The premise was a little different from the usual paranormal/ fantasy that I read. Read morePublished 7 months ago by deborah
It was a good story line and kept my interest. God should have been capitalized and the book would have been better without the foul language.Published 10 months ago by Debilyn
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I think Maya Lassiter has made it onto my auto-buy list. Unfortunately, I think the rest of her books are all YA, a genre I'm avoiding at the moment. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Sadie Forsythe
Loved it. This book is a journey not a destination. Great story that leaves you with much to think about.Published 12 months ago by Cagykmj
Great book worth the wading through the first pages. I am glad I persevered as it is an astounding, satisfying read.Published 12 months ago by Books-fly-2-me