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Versus Nurture by [Morris, Jonathan David]
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About the Author

Jonathan David Morris is the author of three books, including his 2008 debut novel, "The Best Sniper Ever," and the 2012 novella "Versus Nurture." JDM first broke into the world of professional writing with a brief 2000 sportswriting stint with The Times of Trenton. In 2001, he established a weekly column, JDM vs the World, which appeared, amongst other places, in North Jersey's Aquarian Weekly and Wilmington, NC's Encore Magazine. He currently lives in Chester Co., Pennsylvania, with his wife, son, and cat.

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  • File Size: 3228 KB
  • Print Length: 178 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: November 19, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007AU6OT4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,801,254 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Damon on February 21, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This morning I woke up at 5:30. It was too early to get out of bed but I knew right away that I wasn't going back to sleep.

As I tried to decide what to do with my day, I remembered I had purchased 'Versus Nurture' from Amazon last night. So, I fired up the Kindle App on my Android phone (which works surprisingly well, by the way....free of charge and I didn't experience any 'eye fatigue' or whatever mumbo-jumbo they say you can get from reading on your phone).

But I digress.

I started reading. I actually read for three hours straight and didn't stop until I was finished. 'Versus Nurture" certainly isn't the longest book I've ever read (that would probably be something by Robert Jordan...or maybe Stephen King's 'The Stand') but I feel that the fact that I didn't get up and turn on the coffee or use the bathroom is testament to how much I enjoyed the story.

The characters are believable. I even went so far as to put familiar faces on them, as I pictured them in my mind.

The plot definitely kept things moving, and I found myself lost in the story. For probably an hour, my cat sat on top of me while I read. I didn't flinch...I just let her sit there.

Anyway, there's not much else a guy can say, other than, "Give it a read". I'd talk more about the story but I think it's better if I don't.
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Did you ever sit around a campfire, late at night, mesmerized by a tale told by an expert, that captured your imagination and you could not let go until it was ended? "Versus Nurture" will take you to the Twilight Zone, so calmly and slowly you will never know it, until you are there, and then you grapple with your imagination to figure out an ending. Well, sit back and let Jonathan David Morris do all the work.

"Versus Nurture" is too long to be short and too short to be long. It is just right. Chris and Karen meet in college and ,,,, well, to say more is to reveal the story. JDM, like Hemingway doesn't waste words on excessive descriptions of scenery, people or places. There is just enough to create the imagery to keep your interest and hold your attention. You easily picture each scene and the characters and the mood as though it was a play and you are in the audience. And like Hemingway, JDM creates characters that you will long remember. The story begins in the present and then unfolds in flash back. There is just enough to create a tension that does not let go. Chris and Karen are very likeable and each scene builds upon the prior to an explosive ending. There is no way, none, that you can guess what is coming next. And that is the mastery performed by this young author.

We all know that there is a present and by our own life experiences we understand full well that there is a past. But is there a future while we are still in the present? What are our responsibilities for the future? Are we accountable for the decisions we make today that affect the future? Of course we are. But to what extent? That is the question that Chris and Karen will confront. You will puzzle over the meaning of the gun that appears in the opening scene.
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This novella is just one of those books that you cannot put down until you are finished reading it. The characters within the story are just so believable! You almost feel like you have always known them the instant that you are introduced to them. The story flies at a brilliant pace giving you the back story while you are experiencing the current events. The twists and turns, the agonizing choices, the humor, the love and the myriad emotions in between will be sure to keep you invested in this story from the very first page to the stomach butterfly inducing finale! Many kudos to the author for an outstanding read!
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Wonderful book. I greatly enjoyed reading it. You will too. Get a copy. Right now! That's an order! I have found that libertarianism is ok in theory, but, when you really want to get something done, as in this case, you've got to threaten violence. So, consider yourselves threatened.
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A very thought provoking book!
I was hooked from the beginning, wondering who is upstairs? Why did Chris come to this decision? Why is Karen agreeing with him? What in the world is going on? I was coming up with my own possibilities as to where the story was going and none of my theories were correct.
The characters were well written, the back story gives you the exact information you need to know. There were many times when I wondered what was going on, but in a good way - the way that keeps you reading to find the answers.
And by the end of the book you can't help but put yourself in their place and wonder "would I make the same choice?" And the answer (for me anyway) is probably yes.
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This book kept my attention the entire time. From the very beginning, it pulled me in and I had to process all that was happening. Before I delve further into the review, I want to say that it was the perfect length. I think the detail was strong enough that any longer and it may have lost the reader. Sometimes novellas seem to lack something but this one was spot on.

This is the story about a couple and how their lives merged through different periods. Without including any spoilers, I will say that there is an element of surrealism and science fiction to this novel. As I was reading, I wasn't sure what to expect next but I kept trying to figure out how all of the different aspects of the novel would bring us back to the beginning. I was pleasantly surprised with how well Morris constructed the story. I was also very pleased with the ending.

The idea of the book is the argument of nature versus nurture and that is one that has always struck my interest. Since my degree was focused on sociology, I have always felt that despite our natural tendencies, one cannot argue with the impact that nurture (and social values/norms/etc.) has on a person's life.

Not only was the story focused on the nature versus nurture discussion, but it also brought in elements of a good versus evil decision. I was constantly wondering how they would tie in and how their lives could have been impacted throughout. The story was extremely thought-provoking and allowed the reader to create their own connections even after the book ended.

Along with a strong story line, Morris's language made the book even better. It was extremely well written. The style used was a good match for the type of book and while reading it, I felt like I could truly connect with the characters.
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