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James introduces his reader to the content in a warm introduction: ‘Beyond The Rainbow's End is a collection of short stories about the pathos of life and the author’s observations of the people and places that he has come into contact with. His playful commentary on such diverse subjects as celebrity culture and the quest for eternal life characterise his interest and fascination with man's relationship between his intellectual self and the environment. Themes of love, culture and identity are explored in a searching critique of what it is to be human in an age of unprecedented change.’ His glimpse into the core of each of the five stories distills what we will be experiencing - ‘a light-hearted and humorous critique of celebrity culture seen through the eyes of an acerbic journalist. A sinister tale about mind uploading and the consequences for those willing to risk everything in return for eternal life. A witty exposé about infidelity and excess within a pampered expat community. An amusing road trip that turns into the journey from hell. The dark narrative of a woman who's troubled past returns to haunt her and destroys the one she loves.’
An example of his style cinches the decision to pursue the book. A Digital Immortality ‘Eminent Scientist, Prof. John Edwards, died today, aged 77. Best known for his pioneering work in the field of wave mechanics, Prof. Edwards helped establish quantum theory as a cornerstone of modern physics. He leaves a wife and four children’. Rami switches off the TV following the news announcement and sinks back into his chair. “All that knowledge and intelligence accumulated over an entire lifetime just gone,” he remarks, “it all seems such a waste.”
In one page James has opened our curiosity, challenged our mind, and demonstrated his ability to entertain. Read him. His is a rich new talent. Grady Harp, March 16
The Morris Winthrop Reports: Fashion Week is a reporter’s view about the celebrities around her. Her bias opinion of people could ruin them because of what she write, but she seems to not care, or understands too well that is what people want to read.
A Digital Immortality was a little disturbing when you think about what neuroscientist could possibly be accomplishing in the future.
The Brunch Brats was my personal favorite. It was light with a bit of humor and mystery about the place the characters lived. Yet it touched everyday topics married couples face.
We can all relate to the story Opposite Directions. We have gotten turned around while driving or been given bad directions. I felt their frustration with the minibus driver.
The Secrets We Hide reveals how even our most restricted secrets can, and will, be exposed. It appears at the end that secrets will come back and haunt you.
Some of the stories are a little hard to follow, hence the 4 star rating. Perhaps someone with a brighter mind than mine would be able to focus and glean the author's intended meaning better than I was able to. The stories are all very interesting, I just found some of them to be a little overbearing. A Digital Immortality and Brunch Brats were my favorites, although they're as different as night and day. That is one thing that I did definitely enjoy, and commend the author on- his ability to write many genres with equal skill. Some authors are really only good at one genre and when they venture outside it we all suffer, but not James Pitter. He seems to have the remarkable gift of being a chameleon of sorts.
Altogether, it was a very enjoyable read. It you like reading things a little out of the ordinary, you will enjoy this.
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