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- Print Length: 10 pages
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- Publication Date: January 14, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005OMBTKY
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The Universe Doesn't Give a Flying Fuck About You (Epic series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I am not offended by the author's use of the "f" word (I use "f" word instead of the actual word only because some of these auto-reviews don't allow the use of that actual word even though it is used in the book's title.), but after its initial use, its overkill use wasn't useful. Quite the opposite. In fact, it was distracting.
This from an author often accused of the "f" words overuse.
Maybe, the criticism is correct in both cases. I'll have to reflect upon it.
The author did, however, make a pretty good case for this brand of existentialism, though I can't fathom why he brought a form of Spirit into his argument. Obviously, he believes something is out there even if he doesn't endow that something with a caring spirit.
If you can download for free, it is probably worth the 15-minute read.
Take my advice and pick up this quick read. Than, realize that you're just a miniscule speck in the universe. You're not going to live forever, so forget about whatever you've thought of before, and simply do what you want to do now. Make the most of your short life, connect with other people, don't worry about what others have to say about you, and take action now before it's too late.
This 'book' is immensely helpful in getting you off your seat, and sending you on your way to taking action. No one else will do it for you, so get up and do something awesome right now.
Most books of this type receive one star from me. This one is an exception, in that it actually teaches important concepts, and can be read in a matter of minutes. Why spend hours reading lengthy books, when you can acquire more valuable information by reading this short and to the point booklet. It's inspiring, and a 5 star read.
Johnny Truant describes himself as a speaker, a marketing expert, and a science fiction writer, and "Universe" sounds just like a self-help talk that a motivational speaker might give. As with a lot of motivational talks, the book has two parts, the teardown and the buildup. In the teardown, the speaker tells people just how bad things are in their lives, and then, in the buildup, he gives them hope... that things don't have to be that way, if they do what the speaker says. In these talks, what the speaker usually suggests in something that's going to put money in his pocket, such as buying his book or taking his courses. And I half suspected when I started the book that Truant would do exactly that. But he doesn't.
If Truant is trying to sell something, I honestly can't tell what it is, and most hucksters want to make if very clear what they want their audience to buy. You frankly have to do a bit of digging on Amazon to find out just what other books Truant has available, and they appear mostly to be science fiction. "Universe" contains one link, to his blog, which doesn't appear to have any blatant sales pitches either. Now I will say that Truant has a way with words, and "Universe" is skillfully written, indicating he might be a pretty decent science fiction writer, but he's no different in that regard than any other Amazon author who offers a free story in the hopes people will plunk down real money for longer works.
So, if "Universe" isn't a come-on, then what is it? Well, it seems to me that it's exactly what Truant says it is, namely, his suggestion for people to do something in their lives. I won't say just what Truant suggests, since I don't want to spoil even a 10-page book and he tells it much better than I could. But he's very clear what he thinks people should do and why. The why is pretty much explained in the title. After describing the vastness of the universe in terms of time and space, he points out just how insignificant we as individuals are. That's the teardown: five folksy pages that are pretty much summed up by the book's title. And those five pages also lead into the buildup in the last five pages.
“Universe” certainly isn’t for everyone, but the title of the book should alert those likely to be offended by its contents to steer clear. Even for those who are willing to listen to what Truant has to say, frankly, he could have fit his entire message in one of those ubiquitous Facebook philosophy posts that most people get and delete dozens of times a day. However, by expounding on his message at length and in such a witty, folksy manner, readers will think about it for a while longer, at least the five minutes it takes to read the book and probably a bit longer. So, it has more of an impact than a Facebook update that’s gone in a flash.
It’s tough to give a rating to a book like “Universe.” In terms of value for money, it’s certainly worth the time it takes to read, for entertainment value if nothing else, and there’s no cost. And, it shows a good bit of writing skill in the way Truant. Plus, it’s go a good bit of repeat reading value as a reminder to people. And, above all, for a book that the author knows full well will offend some people, he’s about as upfront about it as he can be, by putting the offensive material in the very title to warn off those who might not care for it. It’s hard to do much more than that in 10 pages. The skeptic in me still wonders how effective Truant’s message will be, but he frames it about the best way you can.
Regardless of the religion you follow, the author's overall point is that none of us are going to be here forever, so everyone might as well spend their time doing things that matter (to them). In turn, the author hopes that the reader always remembers that since everything is temporary, that they have the perspective to not be worrying about the little things.
Overall, I found the e-book to be inspiring. Although its message is rooted in common sense, sometimes it's easy to lose perspective when temporary setbacks are experienced. I hope to make time in the near-future to create an inventory on all facets of my life, and make some adjustments so that I waste less time in the future. Time cannot be bought or created, much like land, so proper management of it is key.
Disclaimer: This was a free download at time of acquisition.