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Once-Other by Lawrence M. Nysschens is an epic story that is told in fascinating, lyrical language, absorbing and powerful to the ears. At times it will read like the myth of creation, but what creation? The story is taking place in a desert called the Here-Born, a planet that has been affected by cosmic changes that have rocked the universe. The reader is introduced to a compelling character known as Once-Other, because he once had a different name and adopted this one after he replaced his "arms and head with pre-owned body parts." Once-Other is a warrior, fighting to protect the lives of his people and to ensure they are free from slavery, but he is a man with his own personal issues, including his unstable and troublesome relationship with his ex-wife who has their son. This book is his odyssey to embracing his potential and fulfilling his mission.
The setting is fascinating and it is in a far-away distant future, a planet that is desert, described as Here-Born. There is a lot to enjoy in this book,and I must say that I was absorbed by the strong and lyrical writing style. It read like music. There are the characters that are compelling, strangely familiar, and memorable. This is the kind of book you read and wake up feeling as though you'd traveled to another world. There are many insights in this story and a whole philosophy on the secrets of success and personal growth. The story is fast-paced and laced with powerful images. The plot, the exquisite writing, the awesome characters, and the mythical undertones of the story are elements that make it stand out as a work of great depth and success.
2. Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite 5*****Stars
"Once-Other by Lawrence M. Nysschens is a compelling blend of fantasy and sci-fi with a lot of symbolism, a story that vividly depicts the author's creativity and ingenuity, from the quirky names of places and characters, to the unique voice, to the plot and setting. Set against the backdrop of a barren desert, the story features Once-Other, a citizen of Here-Born and a soldier, a man who is relentlessly tortured in many ways by his ex-wife. Besides the physical torments he must endure, he suffers the loss of the one thing he loves the most. He must look deeper inside himself to find the skills required to free himself and his people, but he must first overcome his fear..."
3. Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite 5*****Stars
"Once-Other by Lawrence M. Nysschens is a paranormal fantasy/science-fiction novel filled with romance, adventure, and humor...
"Once-Other...was a very intriguing book that reeled me in chapter by chapter. The start may have been slow, but Nysschens caused me to become emotionally invested in Once-Other; I really sympathized with his hurt and confusion when he discovered Jiplee and could not figure out why she did not call out for help using their ability to communicate from mind to mind. I found the difference in cultures in the two worlds to be interesting in how one values the individual and their freedom while the other no longer does. While the book was a fictional story, I enjoyed the hidden elements of politics and morality that were woven into the story. Overall, I enjoyed the unique nature of the book and I hope that Nysschens decides to write a follow-up."
4. Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite 5*****Stars
"Once-Other... is a very interesting and different science fiction story from the ones you might have read before. It is definitely far more creative than the usual science fiction fare and I have to say, the Once-Other actually feels very much on the same level as Star Wars and Star Trek. There is something about the way Lawrence M. Nysschens writes that just clicks with you and you want to keep on reading. Even though science fiction is really not my cup of tea, I was riveted by the characters and the background."
From the Author
- File Size : 3306 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publication Date : December 18, 2015
- Publisher : Lawrence M. Nysschens (December 18, 2015)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B018A8E784
- Print Length : 714 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,380,549 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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not thought about; encompassed in a great story.
I think when you read it you will agree.
This is by no means a Star Wars-type Sci-fi novel, full of battles in outer space, light sabers and exploding Death Stars - - although there is a fair amount of action within the story. Rather I found it to be more a “thinking man's” tale, designed to invite the reader to question much of what is going on in our current society.
The writing is eloquent, sometimes quirky (intentionally so) and quite often poetic. The author paints an imaginative, desert world (Here-Born) whose inhabitants speak a unique and quaint version of the English language. All-in-all a thoroughly enjoyable book.
I received this book free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. ~Amy's Bookshelf Reviews