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Do Not Resuscitate Paperback – April 1, 2015
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"Maybe it's the cadence of the words, or the patter of a slightly odd person talking about the insane world around them, but Do Not Resuscitate continually reminded me of Vonnegut, and that's never happened before, in decades of reading science fiction." - Best-Sci-Fi-Books.com
"Ponticello's style is like a wholesome Palahniuk or less trippy Vonnegut. ... an excellent read..." - Reader Views
"What is perhaps best about Nicholas Ponticello's DO NOT RESUSCITATE is its sheer weirdness and oddness. It's a very difficult book to categorize, and, in many ways, I often feel that that is the best kind of book." - Judge, 23rd Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards
About the Author
Nicholas Ponticello resides in Los Angeles with art historian, Nico Machida, and their five freshwater fish. Mr. Ponticello received degrees in Mathematics and Astrophysics from UC Berkeley, and has studied under Kim Krizan (Before Sunrise, Zombie Tales 2061) and Bruce Miller (Eureka, Medium, ER). His debut novel, Do Not Resuscitate, received honorable mention at the 2015 Green Book Festival, which spotlights "books that contribute to greater understanding, respect for and positive action on the changing worldwide environment," and is a semi-finalist in the 2015 Kindle Book Awards for Literary Fiction.
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Mixed with humor and irony in a very Vonnegut-like fashion, the author writes his main character, Jim Frost, writing his own biography. Meanwhile his daughter Eliza has signed him up to have his brain downloaded onto a microchip to be saved for some future purpose. Ideally, to be downloaded into a new body.
Toying with the idea of living forever due to such technology, Jim frost remembers his own past for the reader and explores what it means to live in die with stories of family issues, friendly encounters, global evolution, mysterious jobs, and present day elderly life. Bouts of light and dark humor jump out from the text in unexpected moments leaving the reader with wry smiles during a variety of emotional moments.
Personally, I found myself brushing through the pages of an easy read that kept the story new and fresh the whole way through. This isn’t to be mistaken for a sci-fi thriller or expansive adventure. It is a book about life and what humans can very well face in the near future. I am a science fiction fan and I love the idea of both near-future and far future stories(Vonnegut, Asimov). I generally like to read science fiction that provides thought-provoking concepts within a variety of time periods; this is one of those stories.
It is an in-depth expedition into life’s big questions. If you enjoy Kurt Vonnegut, you will enjoy this. I recommend.
brain onto a "chip". The time frame of this story is roughly 1970 - 2046. Jim is in his 70's and this is the new idea instead of
writing your life's story. However, Jim is writing his life's story through this book.
I enjoyed reading of Jim's life and loves as he wrestles the idea of downloading his brain. Jim's life was far from common, or
boring. Lots of travel was involved with always that nagging question of "What's in the cooler?"
This was an interesting, slightly futuristic book to read.
It's the memoirs of Jim Frost, a rather cantankerous old gent who, through no real effort of his own, became a wealthy and well-known celebrity. The book is in no particular order, going back and forth through events as they happen to occur to Jim. There's not much really going on; catastrophic events are mentioned in an offhand, casual way. Nothing really happens. And that's why I can't explain what made this so compelling to me.
Oh, and the ending is just too abrupt. It didn't suit the ebb and flow of Jim's story, it was too jarring.
Results: I thought it strange and oddly compelling, and I'm still unsure what it was actually about.
Thank you, Nicholas, I found you by coincidence and I'll keep an eye on your work. I'll post a review on Goodreads as well to support your work. (As a nonfiction author, I know you need reviews to be found!).
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But only one star for the story itself. Each page I wanted to something significant happen. But it never was.Read more