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"Undoubtedly eclectic, each selection takes on a life of its own with electrifying energy and the ability to incorporate themes that will keep ruminating in readers' minds long after the story is finished." -- RECOMMENDED by US Review of Books
About the Author
- ASIN : B08NV1BT2K
- Publisher : FriesenPress; 1st edition (November 18, 2020)
- Publication date : November 18, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 742 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 183 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1525566504
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #595,932 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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Is love the most revolutionary of all acts? In this collection of twelve short stories, we get a reflection of an unseen world, as experienced by the author, exploring life through his characters and their perspectives. Some stories are in the form of sci-fi thrillers, futuristic automatons and talking dogs, gardeners and gatekeepers, a young girl "Calamity Jane” in love. A fable love story "Orpheus and Eurydice" is revisited and more.
Dan's mechanical automaton seems to be his truest friend in the conformist world of "Automatonomatopoeia"; The revolutionary wartime mindset and resistance movements are penned. The societal restrictiveness strikes relationships to loosen from the conventional and find different methods of survival. If you are interested in the struggle against unfair societal powers and the power of love, you will recognize yourself in these exciting, thought-provoking and sometimes funny, sometimes supernatural stories.
“What a strange game, Mustapha thought. In one instance there’s an elegance, the players moving in unison, gliding on the glass-like ice; and in the next, such violence. He watched all the players who, but a moment before, had raced around.
Magical places are visited where one could become someone else. Descriptions are of literary value to readers loving words.
“As the train rolled in, Mustapha watched the rocks atop the wooden beams swell and depress like the keys on a piano, as if they were played by an invisible hand. Looking out the window, the passing buildings looked like large planks of distressed wood that had been shoved into the ground. The sooty, dimpled bullet-laden faces of the buildings smouldered, giving the distinct impression of the early stages of a fire. “
Superb paragraph written with masterful skill. It draws you into the scene. Another aspect of these works demonstrates how the world is interconnected and has binding powers of interdependence. We have many philosophical questions and answers like: “ There is something in your features. I see it in you and the children. I find the more I love you, the more those features come into greater focus.”
“Here was a love for the whole person, for all she was. In this, I saw the features of God.”
We are taken to 2073
An automaton relates to a human being. Another world:
“Some believe that there are an infinite number of hives, that they are hidden in trees, in the leaves’ veins, in brooks and even within the song of birds, who replicate the first hive’s melody. The hive existed before the Administration. The hive is part of the oneness, and it is indestructible.”
“You have no choice. You are afforded only the perception of choice. And automatons, they are but servants,” the official replied. “Leave it in our care. Let it take your place. And then you can have your misguided freedom.”
There is no aloneness. There is only ONE. No one else moves through the open door, no one else seizes the opportunity to escape, finally answer: —There is something about their hands. They are links—that even if unchained—the connection cannot be undone. As if whatever it is that binds them is indestructible.
We are introduced to liberating views:
…. standing at the altar of freedom.
…..conscience does make cowards of us all.
…...Interdependence and oneness.
We have forgotten what it is to be young—to be a revolutionary. Yes, the world is revolving. There are those wishing to shake its axis.
We are bound by the same oath but for different reasons. Our oath should be to Reason, and no other. “There is the oath of the gatekeeper and the oath of the invitee…. It would seem that the oath of the invitee is to speak of injustice,… and that one should only accept one’s own authority,”
A collection of never ending existential questions.
24 February 2021
I found that the settings in each story were just as important as the stories themselves. In the fourth story, The Hand aloneness is explored in a futuristic environment. It is interesting how the author focuses on aloneness rather than the main character’s loneliness from the lack of affection from others in his environs. The following story, Head Down touches on the emotions of two characters wishing to have something they know that they should not and cannot have without consequences. Its theme has been seen time and time again, but the way that K. presents it, the story captured me to the final word. My personal favorite, The Garden is the final story that shares a relevant theme about community, grace, forgiveness and goodwill. It turns out that this was the most compelling and meaningful story to me.
These stories ultimately have common themes about making choices and choosing between right and wrong, want versus need and resisting temptation. To understand the author’s background, the reader has a better grasp on the underlying themes where there is a strong sense of emotion, honor, and conscientiousness in each story. I am not much of a reader of short stories, but this book compels me to seek more. I do hope that K. continues to share similar stories in the future.
The book makes use of most literary genres, from romance, eroticism, and even science fiction. The settings, of course, are widely varied also, as are the plots. It is much to the author’s credit to have all of these twelve stories revolve around the central premises of a love story. Those being, in my mind, the burdens of rejection, passion, loneliness, and others. Some of the stories seem to emphasize togetherness and community; many of them feature rejection and/or revelation of the soul and of love itself.
Love is expressed in these stories in psychological situations, emotional ones, and also in the physical, sensual, sexual side of a close relationship.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys short love stories. If that is you, then you will enjoy these. Just remember, K will take you into a variety of ‘loving’ situations that you likely have never even contemplated.
I enjoyed K’s work here and will likely read the book again soon. I’m very happy with my purchase and would buy this book again.
Top reviews from other countries
Some stories are very serious while others are very funny.
Some stories are in a more traditional, realist style, while others are an allegorical style.
Calamity Jane is laugh-out-loud funny. Radius, at times, is like a walking poem...some truly fantastic passages.
But Head Down was my favourite.
Joseph’s heartbreaking predicament is captured beautifully—it really reminds me of the “Lady with the Dog” by Chekhov.