The book boasts of
twelve interesting stories most of them quite thought-provoking, some are
amusing and entertaining, while some call for self-examination.
Though I enjoyed
reading all of them, my favorites include The Golden Helm, Parenthood by Choice
Inc. Invests in a Time Machine, Edith’s Gift and Scent of Evil. These stories
present choices. Through these well-conceived and well-written albeit
relatively short stories the author portrayed situations in which the protagonist
is given choices that test his/her character.
While I find the Incident
in the Library and Dragonfire quite amusing and entertaining, Apple Seed and Influence
are somehow thought-provoking, whereas Dinosaur Voices, Beyond the Cavern of
Madmen, Silent Presence and The Unicorn in the Garden carry serious and
The book, ultimately,
displays the author’s writing skills in both the fantasy and science fiction
genre. The stories are all easy to read and understand and with the book having
various themes including power, morality, fear, freedom, kindness, influence, ingenuity,
moral values and humanity, all of them leave something to think about.
Victoria Randall (@Entlover27)
on such a great collection!
Helena is having trouble with Jim, her
husband of thirty years. He seems to be always unavailable for her and is
spending too much time with his associate. With three grown up children, a
granddaughter and another grandchild on the way, Jim and Helena have too much
to lose, so, Helena tries her best to pretend that everything is alright with
their marriage by always justifying Jim’s unacceptable behavior.
However, things get from bad to worse when
Helena discovers questionable transactions in their bank account and starts
digging for more evidence of Jim’s wrongful actions.
This is a story about a strong woman’s
attempt to save her marriage. This is a book about family, love and friendship
among others. The author successfully depicts how far a woman would go to
protect the most important thing in her life, her family. The plot, though not
extraordinarily original, is eye-opening. It is touching and moving and some
readers may find it relatable.
The author creates an admirable
protagonist in Helena. She is the epitome of a strong, determined and
independent woman. Her strength keeps her family for as long as she could while
her determination leads her to the truth and sets her free.
The writing is generally spontaneous
making the book an easy read. However, I find the pacing a little slow and the
narrative too detailed that some parts sound unnatural. Moreover, there are
some misspelled words (like then instead of than and Alley instead
of Allie) though only very few are still noticeable.
Still, I enjoyed this book and I find
Helena a memorable character.
to Elle Knowles (@knowleselle) on such a touching book. For more
books by the author, click HERE.
The story of the Lost Coast Rocket continues with the indefatigable Ken O’Brien’s launch in a one-way
trip to Jupiter aboard Tranquility. With a limited life span of ten years, Ken resigns
himself to a lonesome existence away from everything he loves the most
including the green-eyed girl he has loved for most of his life.
However, a great and
welcome surprise arrives, courtesy of Akira, when Ken least expects it. Now, he
has a choice. But the felicity brought by that choice is cut short with the
discovery of something bigger than everything Ken has ever known.
Ken is faced with a
dilemma that no man has ever faced before. The immensity of the possible
consequences weighs heavily on his soul as the future, or lack of it, of his
beloved birth planet rests on his shoulders.
This is a suspenseful science
fiction novel with some apocalyptic scenarios. Scenes vary from the sinister
outer space, scalding desert to the unforgiving wilds. Just like the first in
the series, this book features numerous themes including love, friendship,
faith, loyalty, determination and perseverance.
For me, the most
important part of the book is the emphasis on life and enjoying it to the
fullest with the ones we love. The author subtly reminds us of the things we easily
take for granted like time, friends and home, that we forget the value of until
they are taken from us.
Needless to say I enjoy
this book even more than the first. Except for some space and physics jargons
which are totally foreign to me, I like everything about the book and though I
don’t consider myself a fan of Ken’s I admire his tenacity and determination
and I believe that if I were put in the same situations, I would do the same
things he did.
Congratulations to Joel
Horn on another great and enjoyable book! For more books by the same author,
The Yoke is a touching and inspiring book
written by Darrell Dunham.
Since his mother’s accident, Barnabas
Mitchell’s life has become a constant struggle and a series of hardships and
difficulties. Just when it seems like it wouldn’t get any worse, his father
left and never came back. Barnabas buried himself in his studies and did very
well in school. Unlike other kids his age, Barnabas had only a few
preoccupations that gave meaning to his life: taking care of his mother,
writing on his journal and playing basketball. When his mother died,
Barnabas lost faith in God and in people. He fell into depression. However, out
of love and respect for his mother’s memory, he soldiered on.
Bill Cushman is the good looking and
charming son of a rich and influential man. He is lazy and arrogant, thinks highly of himself and less of other people. He never works for what he wanted.
He cheats his way through it, uses other people to get it or simply asks his
father to do something about it. Wherever Barnabas goes, Bill unexpectedly
shows up and makes life harder for Barnabas than it already is.
This is a wonderful and beautifully
written book about one man’s struggles and unwavering determination to live a
respectable and honorable life despite the seemingly endless difficulties. It
is an inspiring tale of love, courage, perseverance, integrity and faith. It
shows how a man with nothing to show for himself but his work ethics and
credibility can make it through and be among the best in what he does.
Moreover, it depicts how God works in mysterious ways by sending someone the
worst person to bring out the best in him, and using the most unlikely person
to bring about the change that the best and finest people could not.
The author creates admirable and endearing
characters including Sam Schultz and Kyle and Sarah Williams. In the end, however,
I find Stephanie Schultz my favorite. She is patient, smart and kind and she
lives by her faith through and through.
The part I like the most in the book is
when Barnabas was presented a choice between ending his financial difficulties
for good and doing what is right without any indication of getting anything in
return. For me, it was the greatest manifestation of honorability.
However, I find some parts of the
narration a little bit unnatural for fiction. Moreover, as especially mentioned
in the book, a part of the court case was somehow too technical and might cause
some readers’ interest to falter.
Despite those issues, I enjoyed the book
immensely and I recommend it to those who are looking for inspiration and to
those who simply want to feel good.
Congratulations to Darrell Dunham (@DunhamAuthor)
on such a marvelous book!
The Yoke was an OnlineBookClub.org Book of the Day on November
28th. You may check it out at Online Book Club.