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What Lies Beyond the Stars Paperback – October 25, 2016
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— Huffington Post
"Haunting, original, riveting, poignant, insightful, and passionately romantic, What Lies Beyond the Stars is the visionary and transformational love story of the 21st Century. Michael Goorjian has created unforgettable characters who illuminate how our humanity can triumph when we open our minds and hearts to the magic and mystery of life itself. I’ll always remember this book and reread it again and again . . . and so will you."
— Stephen Simon, film producer of Somewhere In Time and What Dreams May Come
"Though I am not generally a reader of science fiction or technology-related fiction, I found Michael Goorjian’s What Lies Beyond the Stars to be so much more and therefore a rather pleasant surprise. Goorjian explores the dangers of a technology-dependent society but does not beat the reader over the head with the normal doom and gloom the genre usually exhibits. The ending is hopeful, not just for the main characters but for society in general, and that is truly refreshing. The explanations of the theories of alternate existences bring about the sort of soul-searching questions we all should be asking ourselves."
— San Francisco Book Review
"It was such a pleasure to get lost in a good book. I found Goorjian’s story to be thought-provoking and his writing, beautiful. His book held my interest from beginning to end and left me asking the bigger questions of life—what really matters, what’s the true nature of time and reality, and is there another life calling for my attention? I highly recommend getting lost in this book."
— Cheryl Richardson, New York Times best-selling author of The Art of Extreme Self-Care
"A uniquely riveting vision of the inferno of our present world joined to a redeeming promise of the magic of love calling to us from within. Adam Sheppard is truly a hero of the modern world."
— Jacob Needleman, author of I Am Not I and The Heart of Philosophy
"Michael Goorjian’s new novel—a deep exploration of love lost and found across time—is a wonder to behold. If you believe in the possibilities of dreams coming true, you’ll love this thrilling journey of hope and spiritual connection."
— Gay Hendricks, Ph.D., co-author (with Kathlyn Hendricks) of Conscious Loving Ever After
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Thank-you Michael. What a sublime gift.
The captivating journey to come to selfhood meets many detours, as this journey presents. The deep desire to follow down the demons and make peace with the self is profound. The courage for the exploration and ultimate achievement creates powerful supports at just the right moment, as this writer reveals.
The title of this book is an invitation...and it does not disappoint. Well constructed and a journey each of us must take.
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Adam is a brilliant and successful computer programmer and creator of computer games but struggles with real life and ordinary social interactions. He has a sort of feeling that he might have been destined for a different path, and even, sometimes, that there is an alternative, better life out there waiting for him if he could just crack the code. A homeless man selling books hints that even if he doesn’t know the answer he does at least agree that there is a question. The towering edifice where Adam works suggests a correspondingly profound depth of plumbable knowledge, and his company, Virtual Skies, implies the importance of the real firmament and what lies tantalisingly beyond.
His quest takes him back to the town of his troubled up-bringing where a chance encounter with a childhood friend seems to lead him towards the revelation he has been seeking. Meanwhile, Adam’s business partner seeks to deter him from his search so he can use Adam’s gifts for his own advancement.
I liked the clever way the writer makes this adventure quite computergame-like, with clues and codes and secret openings offering new levels of experience. I liked the flashbacks between the adult and the child Adam. Adam is a complex and sympathetic character. I was rooting for him - I wanted better for him than his business partner, his wife and the world at large seemed to have mapped out for him.
The narrative is threaded with hints and glimpses of the tantalising alternative which is just out of Adam’s view and also out of the reader’s. It is cleverly ambiguous. Is Adam’s quest simply part of his psychosis, or is it real, and, if it’s real, is it something I, too, can find?
I thought the fundamental question of the book came through really clearly. In these days of screens, of on-line experiences and social media relationships, isn’t real life just passing us by?
The book could have been better written in some parts. The prose seemed stilted at times. But on the whole it was an enjoyable and challenging read. Highly recommended.