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About the Author
- Publication Date : May 10, 2014
- File Size : 691 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 206 pages
- Publisher : Stillpoint Digital Press; 1st Edition (May 10, 2014)
- ASIN : B00K9SFLQ6
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1938808223
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,697,429 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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He draws on his experience as a lawyer and a professor of legal studies throughout the collection, allowing him to create stories exploring the absurdities of the law alongside his seemingly vast understanding of human nature; from which he delves into the depths of the human heart.
The book is split into three parts: The Law; The Heart and The Law & the Heart.
The Heart takes a deeper look into human nature and whilst not all the stories are easy reading, they are poignant and stay with the reader for a while. "The Orpheus Fountain" takes a profound look at a relationship between a married couple who have been friends, colleagues and lovers for years until an accident causes her husband to lose all memory of their entire relationship. It is a truly beautiful, yet hauntingly sad tale that stays with the reader long after the last page.
Finally, The Law & the Heart explores the necessity of personal relationships, even when the law is involved. "Tenure Track" does this remarkably well, told through a variety of letters and receipts that slowly piece together a story about a professor who volunteers for an extended life-span treatment and then has to deal with the results when it's successful.
Overall, The Law & the Heart is a collection that alternately inspires, disturbs and amuses with skilful story-telling that immerses the reader in every scene.
(I received this book from Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review.)
In the first section, “The Law”, all of these stories deal with legal matters and how decisions made now can forever change the future. The fallacy of going to the past to try and change the future may give us insight on why the Civil War happens, but it ultimately shows that you cannot change the past without extreme consequences. Other laws, based on future medicine and technology, may not work the way we expect them to either.
I particularly loved the EULA for our Body… I knew that I forgot to read something before I was born… Darn!
The second section, “The Heart”, is obviously geared more toward futuristic stories that show us love, relationships, and how even in the future your heart will be conflicted. This section left me with two burning questions: If someone you loved lost twenty years of their memory and no longer knew you or loved you… could you let them walk away without fighting? Also could you kill a child (directly or indirectly) who trusts you in order to save other lives?
The third section combines the two: “The Law and the Heart.” There are only two stories in this section: One asks if you can betray your planet over your heart, and the other walks us through a future where medicine has given us extended lives while at the same time the law has taken our freedoms.
All three sections combined how love and law both change and remain the same… the outside coverings may be different, but the motivations are ultimately the same. Though I received this book free in exchange for an honest review, I am very impressed with the author and will most likely read additional books of his in the future.