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The story calls into question theexistence and the nature of God. What might God be if mankind can create a universe? Matthews is a master storyteller. Any reader who picks up this book will be hard pressed to put it down. --Thomas Anthony Longo
Being an avid fan of Edgar Cayce as well as Einstein - this is a book Iam reading again with my 13 year old son. It is the quintessentialquestion - who is "creating" with us and what is really important inlife? --Kathe Wilson
In my 67 years I've read literally thousands of books with only a few I enjoyed as much as The Little Universe. --Ken Cox
From the Author
We all think about the meaning of life. Some of us think about the expansiveness of the universe and our place within it. This book is my effort to bridge those concepts in ways that anyone can relate to. I hope you'll enjoy it.
Like a few others, I thought I was getting a book by the other Jason Matthews (Russian Spy novels). But to my surprise I loved this story. The Big Bang, evolution, and devolution, plus a good story. There is some preachy liberal ideology in here, along with some hippy Mother Earth theology (we're all a part of each other, the earth, the universe, back to the Big Bang), but over all I loved it! Caused me to think about things I have not thought about since college (if you went to a good liberal arts college that taught you to think). It was a page turner, because I wanted to know what happened next in the evolution of the worlds. I'm on my second read, because I think I missed stuff the first time through? Buy it, read it, think about it, and pass it on!
Have you ever wondered about The Big Bang? What it was, how it happened? Wonder no more. Instead, follow the characters in this huge-in-scope novel as they set about re-creating it. Do they succeed? Oh yes. And how. With the help of an infinitely talented and intelligent computer named Jim they build their own little universe within the confines of a purpose-built building and then proceed to tweak, play and interact with planetary inhabitants to suit their own purposes.
The investors see only the mind-blowing profits that can be made from exploiting technology from more-advanced planets than their own, and they conflict with venture partners who want to observe and learn from one particular planet whose inhabitants are in tune with the entire universe.
This novel is an exploration of creation, the existence of a creator, spirituality, reincarnation and much much more. Matthews exhibits an expertly deft touch as he explores what are obviously to him important subjects. By novel’s end I found myself in a contemplative mood as I pondered the ideas he raised.
A lot of the story involves a voyeuristic slant as the protagonists watch what’s happening on the planets that interest them and my interest level dipped as this felt like surface-skimming. My interest lay in the meditation interactions with the Thetans and how the project changes the lives of the protagonists.
The story has a definite beginning and ending and about three quarters of the way in there’s a jolt that completely alters the reader’s perception of everything. That was clever and had me smiling.
This is the first in a two-book series, the second being JIM’S LIFE which I unknowingly read last year. While it’s not imperative to read them in order I wish I had because, even though I loved JIM’S LIFE and gave it five stars, it would have been advantageous to have the background of THE LITTLE UNIVERSE to draw upon.
This is a well-written, well-told story with characters I felt I knew by the time I finished.
"All stories are true. Some stories happened." But not all stories are believable.
The Little Universe by Jason Matthews rings true. Nobody would argue that it happened, but with a stretch, it's remotely believable that it could. In my opinion, believability is beyond the point in this case. This is science fiction with a spiritual twist and an in-depth exploration of human nature. Matthews' characters sizzle with life, bringing fears, doubts, desires and ethical issues popping to the foreground as vividly as if they involved people around your dinner table. The carefully crafted novel is a first-rate laboratory for exploring truth, however you perceive it.
Perhaps the most amazing aspect of the book is the way it explores cosmic issues of the origin of the universe and the path Earthlings are following without any specific doctrinal agenda. Readers are left to draw their own conclusions and interpret the outcome through the lenses of their own beliefs. This book is an excellent choice for book clubs and others wanting a neutral ground for fascinating discussion. Even if you don't buy into all the concepts, you'll enjoy the human interest aspect of the story line.
For me, The Little Universe was a beautiful, deep and moving experience. Matthews has a gift for flowing, artful prose and vivid characters--Jim especially had me transfixed. The plot twist towards the end is masterful and completely spun my brain around inside my head. That was awesome.
The ending is brilliant as well and I'm looking forward to reading the sequel, "Jim's Life."
I took my time reading "The Little Universe," not because I wasn't captivated, intrigued and mesmerized, but exactly FOR those reasons. I always read a lot of books at the same time; it works for me and I love it. The Little Universe is a beautiful story, a treasure really. A unique world I could tap into from time to time to absorb the incredible sense of wonder and awe. This inspiring story made me think and was a ton of fun; I had a blast reading it. I didn't want it to end and was sad when it did, but also elated for Jim. Great, great story,
I stumbled upon this book by accident while searching and I am so pleased that I did. The books construct, story line and the characters prevented me from putting it down. It is a book that I will read aging in the coming years. The Little Universe is a very creative story focused on the age old debate of evolution and creation. It's about love, life, challenge and personal growth. It is a mystery for every evolutionist and a beautiful story for every creationist.