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Practical Phrendonics (The Dreamweaver Chronicles) (Volume 2) Paperback – December 20, 2016
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"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Learn more
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When Doug Bornemann was a boy, his mother would faithfully trundle her three sons into the family’s candy-apple red Ford Galaxy 500 for bimonthly excursions from their home in rural Stockbridge to the Chilton public library—a tiny one-room affair tucked away in one of those solid brick public-service buildings so ubiquitous in small towns. To a more sophisticated observer, it might have appeared insignificant, institutional, perhaps even a bit dingy, but to a lad who didn’t know any better, it was a room of hidden wonders and magic places, of unimaginable lives and exotic universes. Among its treasures—dog-eared copies of Charles Schulz’s Peanuts, Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and musty copies of James Blish’s Star Trek novels, in hard cover. With his little pink card, he solved mysteries with the Hardy Boys and Jupiter Jones, took flight with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and wept for Margot when she missed her moment in the sun. He even learned to grok (or at least he imagined he did). Those seemingly innocent trips seduced him into becoming a reader, which had inevitable and profound repercussions on the rest of his life. His love of words propelled him through college, law school, and a doctorate in biology. In retrospect, he suspects that quite possibly may have been his mother’s plan all along. Through his writing, he hopes someday to reach another young mind, and eventually, maybe even help to make a mother proud.
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But at second and subsequent glances, the reader enters a world of current-day speak that surprises. Perhaps discomfits. Is this THEN or is this NOW, one asks oneself. But then, one realizes that the active groups in the story - the heretics, the State, the Church - are playing tricks on us.
The opinions, dogmas and practices of each group elicit readers’ thoughts of current-day groups - perhaps the shunned or the marginalized, the States and the Churches of our planet. But then we realize the switcheroos - sometimes the Church in the story evokes visions of current States, and sometimes the State in this book triggers thoughts of current Churches. And is the Church the one with the dogmas, or is it the heretics?
All of this is contained in a superbly plotted novel with imaginative fantasy and magical elements that enhance the action but without which the story would be equally true and meaningful. The deeper insights spring from the words of the characters subtly - amazingly.
This book makes me wish that I was a member of a book club. Some book clubs may wish to read fantasy but are doubtful that meaty and meaningful discussion would ensue. That should be no problem with PRACTICAL PHRENDONICS. I”ll be thinking about this story for a long, long time!