Do Anything - A Mysterious Science Fiction Tale Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B0190IZ2PU
- Publisher : Flying Body Press (January 1, 2016)
- Publication date : January 1, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 239 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 76 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #957,307 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In this book we stroll into the garden with a pretty average happy young couple with pretty average happy little lives. By the time we leave the garden these young people have the most extraordinary new circumstance to deal with. Can they Do Anything to put things right? Will they? Can they ever have their average happy little lives as an average happy young couple again?
Next we enter the life of a young boy at a turning point in his life. Unfortunately for him, he has no understanding of this, dismisses it, and continues on in a life that keeps turning. Intense, mysterious and shocking.
Reading Smitherd's work is seriously a vacation for the mind, and you will not want to return to reality so soon. I always make sure I have the time to read his books from cover to cover in one sitting, even if it requires sleepless nights. He is that good. Read this!
If I could give half stars I would give it a 4.5, mainly due to length, 84 pages is not a lot for $2.99. However just because it is short doesn't mean that it doesn't deliver. It will definitely leave you wanting to discuss the book with others. I would highly recommend it for a book club, for there are a lot of great discussions waiting at the end of the book.
Also I would highly recommend reading the rest of Smitherd's other books. Each one is an incredible read. Smitherd is definitely a hidden gem in the literary world and I would also like to point out that he is in the running for Audiobook of the Year 2015 (UK) for The Stone Man, competing with the likes of J.K. Rolwing and Stephen King.
We probably believe we are moral people. We may believe that will never change--and that is the subject of these two stories. Maybe morality can never be set in stone. Maybe there are no absolute rights or wrongs. Maybe circumstances dictate morality. That is an uncomfortable thought because it means we may be capable of doing what we once thought was immoral--and so is everyone else. That threatens our sense of security and how far would we, or society in general, go to get that secure feeling back? Making rational decisions goes out the door when emotions (such as fear and love) are involved. Would we "do anything" to avoid facing those decisions, including letting someone else decide for us based on a system where morality IS set in stone?
The uneasiness you may end up feeling is the realization that your morals can--and probably will--change throughout your life. You may not always do what is viewed as the right thing and you will have to live with that. You may not be the person you always thought you were. These are the questions the characters face in this book.
1. Closure - In Closure, something precious is taken from a man, which leads him to take something from someone else. He doesn't care if what he did is right or wrong. He only knows that he HAD to do it and it was the right thing for him. Is that good enough? Does he even deserve the guilty conscience he sometimes has or is the entire situation the fault of someone else's bad decision? Does that absolve him?
2. Your Name is in the Book - Sometimes decisions have societal consequences. The people involved may genuinely believe they are doing what is best for everyone, but is that even possible, and, if so, how long can it last? If given the chance to be happy and fulfilled, can people return to living with uncertainty and fear? Or would they "do anything" to avoid going backwards? And what does that mean for the outliers, people who know that uncertainly, indecision, and sadness are normal parts of living?
I highly recommend this book and suggest you read it more than once to make sure you pick up all the subtle nuances in each story. You need to make sure you read the stories, as written, not the ones you may have assumed you were reading when you started. That makes all the difference in the world for this book.
Top reviews from other countries
The headline of anything written by Luke Smitherd is how original, inventive and imaginative it is. It's always the idea and concept that grab me, and then I have to keep reading to see how it pans out, which is rarely as you might expect.
'Do Anything' continues this trend, although Luke has touched on parallel worlds previously. Personally I prefer the full length novels. I find the novella's too short - although I accept that this is the point - it's just that no sooner have I got into the book then it's all over.
Do Anything comprises two stories, Closure and Your Name is in the Book. No spoilers here, the former explores parallel worlds again, but adding in an agonising decision that each must make. What would you do? The second, not surprisingly, involves a huge list of names. What so they mean? Not quite what the main character concludes of course. Luke describes the end of this book as dark, even for him, which it is. However, this was the first time I've thought that, as I've alway been to wrapped up in the story to realise they tend to be a bit on the dark side.
So there we, my first review and I now await to be anointed a Smithereen. Not to much on the actual book being reviewed, but hopefully enough for you to read more than Do Anything, but to explore all the novels and become a Smithereen too. Oh, and write a review of course! :-)
Both stories here are hard to review without giving out spoilers, but they are best read without knowing much about them except to say that they are mysterious and mind-twisting.
Story #1, ‘Closure’, is the shorter of the two stories, in which Gary and Carla are thrust into – well – an event beyond all explaining. A book about choices, it’s bewilderingly thought-provoking.
Story #2, ‘Your Name Is In The Book’, is longer and its concept is quite different. All John knows is that some people’s names are in a huge book, and that this is significant. Again, it’s thought-provoking with a strong sense of the choices we make, as well as some mind-twisting sci-fi.
Generally, I am not a fan of short stories, they tend to leave me a little flat – even with authors I love, I have often found their short stories to be disappointing. Happy to say that isn’t the case with these books – there’s a lot packed into both of them.
The author writes stories unlike any others I’ve read, the plots make my brain hurt (in a good way) trying to understand them, and the characters, dialogue and writing are great. Highly recommended.
Like all of Luke's writing these will keep you thinking for days afterwards, such fantastic concepts. Luke deals in ideas but makes everything feel 'real' as if it's really happening. Every book of his I've read has gripped me, this pair of stories is up there with my favourites - 'the Stone Man', 'Physics of the Dead and 'In the Darkness that's where I'll know you'.
I'm an unashamed fan, still amazed that Luke hasn't had more recognition but glad I've discovered his writing.
I've read a lot of Luke's work and feel he is set for bigger things - get it now while it's less than the price of a pint!
The multi-verse is something that clearly interests the author as this isn't the first time he's explored it, having said that each time its done in a different and unusual way.
Keep up the good work Luke and I shall continue to read.