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Scarlet Begonias Paperback – January 15, 2012
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About the Author
Stephanie Geman-Marcotte is a lover of logic and existential perplexities. She is the author of the sci-fi novel 'Scarlet Begonias' and is a multi-dimensional, database architect for a financial consulting firm in Chicago, Illinois. She lives in the northern suburbs of Chicago with her husband and daughter.
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This book is a great introduction to the open mind and the universal consciousness that will, I hope, lead readers to authors like Carlos Castaneda, Jack Kerouac and Robert M. Pirsig. Today too many are willing to just follow along in the pursuit of "things" and have never taken the time to ask "why?" never mind the time examine their own thoughts or their own connection to the collective consciousness. We each play a role in the lives of others and as you begin to understand how powerful that can be, you develop a sense of responsibility for your own actions and that makes you a better person. You realize society is more than just, lots of people governed by.... well, "the Government" and controlled by media hype, but rather lots of individual's with needs, feelings and minds of their own, just like you, trying to make things better for themselves and for each other. This book has in many ways restored my faith in the ideal of the open mind and society as a whole. There is still hope as long as their are seekers and knowledge. If not for those young people who ask why and others who reply why not this ship would be lost.
Stephanie has written a novel which will bring this quest for answers to yet another generation of readers. If you don't get the subtle subtext in the lyrics of Robert Hunter or Trey Anestasio this book may help. If you do, then this puts a fresh perspective on the hippie consciousness, the "Helping Friendly Handbook", the "Book of Shadows" and the "Secret". Mostly it will empower you to think for yourself, and share your ideas with others. If life is a multidimensional, multi-player game of "Cosmic Whimp Out" then perhaps its best to be on your toes and avoid the "Train Wreck" at all cost. It's up to you, so roll your dice and move your mice.
Suzi, a talented art school graduate, is searching for the One by joining a coven, who's leader, Veelura, she met at a Grateful Dead concert. Her best friend Eve, their friends Manny and Rajeesh (who she knows, only doesn't realize it) and Driscol are also searching for the One, via Manny's psychic-infused science project, the Ouisa. They are also searching there for Suzi, who can't seem to get a message that she is still alive through letters or telephone.
Stephanie German-Marcole fantabulous story is very fun to read. The characters are wonderful, their relationships and exploits are described so well that one feels as if one could join them. Maybe with a little Ouisa...
I liked the concept about the shape of the universe being like an Orobourus - the serpent eating its own tail. But when I really thought about it - it seemed preposterous. Wouldn't it be defying the 2nd law of thermodynamics. But then I thought about it some more, and it started to make sense. That's the way the book goes all the way through - vacillating from nonsense to the brink of brilliance and then back. Kudos - this book got under my skin like an annoying hook in a song. It started rooting around until it had demolished the foundation of everything I thought to be true.