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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.
"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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Versus Nurture is a decent story on an interesting premise, but the constant flipping between times hurts the story. Read morePublished on August 25, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Chris meets his soulmate, his mirror flame, and his life is never the same again. Several years later, Chris and Karen are living a beautiful life together until their universe is... Read morePublished on August 22, 2012 by HodgePodge Galore
First and 2nd chapter hooked me. Then writing became poor and a few moments of time stretched out into a dull story. Read morePublished on May 24, 2012 by ART
First let me issue my deepest and most heartfelt apologies for having spent so much time being prohibitively busy that I had difficulties actually getting to Versus Nurture, which... Read morePublished on May 6, 2012 by Rj Palmer
The first chapter of this book has you hooked immediately! I couldn't wait to finish to see what was going to happen! A must read!!Published on April 2, 2012 by Jill McCarty
Versus Nature and a couple mugs of tea kept me happy company the past two evenings. What I found even more enjoyable than the plot itself (finally, a non-recycled storyline,... Read morePublished on March 30, 2012 by Dharma Kit
I have been following JDM's column for a few years and I have always enjoyed his view of the world. I was so excited to finally be able to read something he wrote that was not just... Read morePublished on March 3, 2012 by michgeo
I just finished reading Versus Nurture by JDM. Versus Nurture delivers an opening chapter that distracts your mind while the story twists and turns in a now and then format that... Read morePublished on March 2, 2012 by Rodney Houle