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how the world ends by [Varty, Joel]
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From the Author

I wrote this novel as a response to the East Coast power failure of August 2003, and 9/11.  Being in Toronto during those events as a commuter made me wonder what it would be like if the trains stopped running, if there was no gasoline, no power.

About the Author

Joel Varty was born on a farm in Ontario, Canada. He works in Toronto and lives in Cobourg. He writes during his long train commute to and from work. His other works include the historical thriller Descendant, as well as The Downtown Rutting of the Stags - a compilation of short stories.

Product Details

  • File Size: 667 KB
  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Publication Date: May 11, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050I5QY2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #908,487 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Wow, where to begin.

Based on the title and limited description, I was expecting your typical end-of-the-world novel ala "One Second After" or "Light's Out". Because of this, it took me a couple of chapters to become comfortable in this author's world.

However, this book is closer to the spiritual journey you are taken on by "The Stand" with maybe a little "Siddhartha", "Chronicles of Narnia", or "Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit" thrown in for good measure. Not that Joel Varty's "How the World Ends" is anything like those books in regards to story line, but this book makes me THINK and PONDER like those books have.

"How the World Ends" is a story of life, wandering and rebirth with biblical symbolism thrown in for good measure. I'm sure that if I was better versed in the Bible, I would get even more out of this story.

If you are looking for gun battles and mutant zombie bikers, you will not like this book. Go get yourself a copy of James Wesley, Rawls latest fiction book, "Survivors" or "Grid Down Reality Bites" by Bruce Buckshot Hemming.

If you enjoy reading books that make you ponder for days later--why are we here, what does it mean to have a soul, what is our purpose in life, why does anything matter--then you will probably enjoy the journey this book takes you on.

Cons--I believe that this story should be tagged differently so that people are not confused by what this book has to offer. Again, I see this as a little further down the spiritual path than The Stand.

Also, there were a few--very, very few--minor grammatical errors. These in no way impede the story and would be cleaned up with another edit.

I am very glad I had a chance to read this story and I will be pondering its many meanings for months and years to come.
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This was an interesting book, not quite what I expected from this genre. There is a lot of faith in it, but no religion. The main character was quite interesting and well developed. The book is from his point of view, but I would have liked to have read some of the other character's points of view. I'm big on character development, which I know is hard in these relatively short books. This was a unique book for this genre, though it was not short on action. I'd recommend it.
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I'm not sure why I read the whole book. I have no idea where it was going or what was happening. I've read many dystopian books, but this one stumps me! Too many angels and people whose part in the scheme of things was hazy, as was the landscape they walked through. I wrote a review before, but it was removed. This is NOT like The Stand!!!!!!
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The only reason I gave this a 2 star is because I can't get into a book when imaginary people are talking to the main characters. I don't want to was waste my time. This one was going into the same direction but in a biblical way and the structure of those conversations were bordering on RIDICULOUS. To each his own....just didn't work for me...
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I was a little wary when I started reading this book - I suffer from frequent dreams about 'the end of the world' - in most of them, our world has become a fiery, evil, zombie-filled pandemonium completely lacking in what we now consider qualities of humanity - was this book going to encourage these horrid dreams?
NO. What this amazing story DID do, however, was open my eyes a little wider and provoke me to THINK more about how things could actually go - whether it be 10-20 years from now... or, later on this afternoon. More importantly, it made me ponder what we as humans are capable of overcoming with faith, hope and love.
Read this book - I promise you, you will come away from it with a better understanding of life as we know it, life as it could one day be, and what will always be truely valuable to humankind.
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The author has an excellent use of imagery, and descriptive visualization interwoven into a dream-like state of conciousness. No it's not the typical approach to writing a book, but his uncanny use of seeing a story from different characters eyes as it follows an unfolding chronology where answers aren't apparent, kept my attention page by page. Joel, thanks for writing a book, that in my opinion was wildly successful in transporting the reader covincingly into a new realm, and what a trip it was! Your book provided me with something every reader seeks: Escape. Thanks for taking me into a realm I didn't know existed. Bravo!
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