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Legend of the Boy, In the Window, and Other Short Stories Paperback – January 11, 2015
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About the Author
Toinette "Toi" Thomas was born and raised in Texas where she learned to appreciate the grandeur of things in life. She was raised by her loving parents, Dennis and Navonia, along with her older sister Tori. Growing up, Toi was a bit of a tomboy, but was not without poise and grace. She loved to play outside, to build and break things, to dance and write, and to read. She also loved to cook and by the time she was in third grade, Toi could prepare a full hot breakfast on her own. It was also during these early years that her love of movies and music developed. When Toi's family moved to Virginia, she was just eleven years old; soon, she would be a pre-teen and then a teenager. Toi always seemed to be very mature for her age and sometimes a little too serious for her peers, but she was a great conversationalist, especially if the topic was movies, music, or TV. During high school, Toi's literary interest began to expand. She started reading many classic stories such as the original plays of Peter Pan, novels such as To Kill a Mocking Bird, many works of Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe. When it was time for Toi to go off to college, she and her mother managed to find an in-state school that was far enough away from home, for her to have the true college experience. She attended what is now called The University of Virginia's College at Wise. It was there that Toi met her future husband, Eric Thomas. As if the fact that they both had the same last name wasn't enough to bring the two together, their mutual love of food, music, comic books, and movies was. Toi now works as a special education teacher's assistant in Virginia Beach. While Toi finds her job to be very rewarding, she never seems to let up on the other things she finds of interest in her life. Toi constantly bakes goodies and treats for friends and family, and makes an extra effort to assist with computer issues whenever she can. While Toi's love of movies will never fade, she also makes time to read a good book from time to time. It was in the fall of 2009 that Toi got the inspiration to write her first book. Her first novel is just one part of the whole story she plans to someday share with the world as, The Eternal Curse Series. Toi is also working on other stories outside of the EC series and has been actively blogging, interviewing, and reviewing for three years and sees no point in stopping any time soon.
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What I found most admirable about the story was Toi’s ambition. From the boy’s beginning strapped to a chair being grilled by mysterious forces, I expected Toi to throw in a handful of tropes – a friendly CIA agent, a bit of bonding, a slow development of power, catastrophe averted and celebrations all round. To my delight (and aghast), this really wasn’t the case. The boy does save Earth, but at an enormous cost, both to Earth and seemingly to the boy’s love for humanity. By the book’s end we really would have been better to take our chances with the comets. The boy has all kinds of crazy super powers – turning himself into light, pushing away the moon, exploding things with the force of his mind. He’s not the kind of guy you want to annoy. But, unfortunately, he’s also not a difficult guy to annoy. I really liked this corruption by power of a character who starts out so sweet and eager to please. Toi handled it deftly and it really makes for quite a striking story.
Thomas has woven a rich, post -apocalyptic tale that bridges the boy’s vulnerability, strength, malice and redemptive qualities naturally. The author’s narrative is simple and plain, and might be construed as a children’s book. But this is a mature intense story that might be disturbing for younger readers.
Masterfully written,it’s both suspenseful and jarring. This story, rolled into a small package, isn’t supposed to be a science fiction fantasy tale of old. If it were, I doubt I would have enjoyed it.
I don’t want to give too much away, but even with all the upheaval. Toi Thomas managed to leave me optimistic.
I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
Written in the style that one might expect from a youngster, this is actually very mature writing as she uses the style to make the impression of the boy more intense. At the same time it isn’t all sweetness and happy endings although there is a ray of hope in her conclusion.
This is a very clever, if disturbing story, and well worth reading.