When Earthlings Weep

Rated 4.20/5 based on 10 reviews
Mickey Thorn has horribly frightening and realistic nightmares. When he awakes, the nightmare's grip still affects him to such a point that he can't tell the difference between the nightmare he was just having and reality. Mickey knows he is suffering from night terrors... much worse than regular nightmares. What if, instead of bad dreams, this is real? Are monsters actually visiting him during th More

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About Michael Barnett

I now make my home in Plano, Texas. My birth in southern California in 1958, was followed over the next five years by my three brothers. During that time, the country was undergoing a significant change from post war innocence into the turbulent late 60's. My incredible wife, Michelle, married me 31 years ago and still tolerates me. We have a single daughter living away from home, and my mom now lives with us since the death of my father two years ago.
I have always loved reading, and have read across all genres, and will give up on a book after the first five or ten pages if it isn’t compelling enough. In high school, and college, my English and writing teachers prodded me to be a writer, but I would just laugh at how entertaining the idea was of spending all of that time doing anything. After all, I was cranking through most books in one week, and couldn’t even fathom the idea of spending a year or more on writing a book. Oh, sure, I would often fantasize about writing. With my writing abilities, imagination and expansive memory of things long past, it would be a breeze, right? Wrong. Like a high diver, I was standing on the edge and looking down at the water far below, but I couldn’t (or wouldn’t) take the leap. I had a comfortable life, and, it was remarkably easy to tell myself, “I don’t have the time”. Unfortunately, the older I got, the easier it was to convince myself that I didn’t have the time.
Now fast forward to April of 1998. It is Good Friday, and my Dad has just passed away after a long illness. The next few weeks were a blur as my Dad's remains flew to Indiana, and we drove up for the funeral. At the viewing, we were tremendously pleased to see family we haven’t seen in 10, 20, and 30 years. Before long, my three brothers and I started to identify a common theme to all the conversations with us; how “we boys” were little monsters, and how all of our close calls with death—and that we survived, were miraculous. Later that day, my next-to-me-in-age brother, Gerald, told me that based on all of the enthusiasm and interest in our family at the viewing about our younger-selves stories, I should write a book about our family. I laughed it off. We drove back to Texas, and I forgot about my brother’s request. Over the next few months, Gerald would call me and say I should write the book. In the first week of August, Gerald called me, and his cheerful mood was missing. In its place was a truly serious mood. He was not going to let me get out of it any longer. He was making some compelling arguments about wanting (needing) to tell our story, so that others could believe that even when people despair, they always have hope; that even when life seems hopeless and depressing, the grace of God can change it around, where redemption can occur. I started on the outline of the book that night, and within a week had started interviewing my Mom and brothers to start building the stories. My only regret is that my Dad wasn’t around to contribute to the book, and see the result.

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Review by: Claire Middleton on June 24, 2012 :
I loved this book!! From the very beginning I was totally hooked, when Mickey is talking with Jen (who reminded me of a VERY tall Yoda from how he spoke). Mickey is having nightmares and doesn’t really know what is real and what is a dream. He later finds out that the government was doing gene-splicing experiments with aliens. They’d implanted an ET brain chip in him during a sleep study, and now the government wants him, but so do the aliens. He can travel through time and is known as “The Destroyer of Worlds”. But it’s not his fault (really), and he has to stop his alter ego before it’s too late. I never knew what was going to happen from one page to the next, and it wasn’t predictable or stereotypical at all! Super interesting and I’m really glad I read it!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Kaylee Stevens on June 24, 2012 :
The good: This novel is intelligent, creative, and multi-faceted. It is never boring, and definitely keeps you on your toes. It’s deep and has layers upon layers of subtle subtext that continues to become exposed throughout the course of the book. The not-so-good: I had a difficult time connecting with the writing, as it was different than what I am used to. I felt too much like things were being told TO me, instead of letting me be a part of the action and experience it for myself. There was quite a bit of head-hopping amongst the characters, so much so that there were several times I didn’t know whose head I was in. The beginning had many editing errors that seemed to have smoothed themselves out mostly by the halfway mark. Still, it was distracting at times.

That all said, no book is perfect, nor do I expect it to be. Was it the best book I ever read? No. Was it the worst? Not by a long shot. Would I read more from this author? Absolutely, yes. Would I recommend to others? Yes, as long as the aforementioned doesn’t bother you. It is quite an interesting and compelling journey, and the author gets high praise from me for writing such a unique story.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Anabella Johnson on June 24, 2012 :
Well, then. No one will ever accuse Michael Barnett of not having an extremely vivid and wild imagination! This was one of the most “surreal” books I’ve read in recent memory, and half the time I felt like I was on some sort of literary acid trip (in a good way!) The way the worlds bled together and we couldn’t really tell what was real, what was imagined, why it was happening, it kept me captivated, even though there were times where I worried the story had gone off track. It always managed to get reeled back in, and by the last quarter or so of the novel my fingers were turning the pages like crazy! I had to see what would happen next and even though I was hoping for a bit more of a “battle” the climax and resolution were appropriate. I’d recommend this book for fans of Sci-Fi and fantasy, but it would also appeal to readers who like anything different that makes them think outside the box for a bit.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Jesse Thomas on June 24, 2012 :
Sometimes a dream is just a dream. And sometimes that dream is telling you that you are a time travelling alien who is destined to destroy the universe. Awesome, huh? Well that’s just what is happening to Mickey Thorn in Michael Barnett’s novel “When Earthlings Weep”. The title of the book comes from a poem that was actually my favorite part of the whole book. (It was brilliant!!) The story jumps around a lot from event to event, place to place, and I sometimes found myself a bit disoriented as to what exactly was happening and why. There were some editing glitches, nothing too major but enough for me to notice. Maybe it just needs a good proofreading again. The plot was very original and interesting, I thought just some parts were perhaps a bit too complex for my personal tastes. I tend to get frustrated when reading if there are too many characters involved, but I don’t feel like I really understand them all that well… that happened with me here a few times. But the ones I had figured out I thought were explained really well, and I was curious to see everyone’s fates. The conclusion was satisfying and not forced, and I can say with all honesty that despite a few flaws I had a good time reading this book, and think the author is mad creative
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Darla Ortiz on June 24, 2012 :
This book had a little bit of everything…action, drama, romance, shapeshifting, time-travel, alien-human-hybirds, you name it. The main character Mickey is having these recurring nightmares, and his girlfriend Patience is worried about him. She wants him to go to a doctor as these night terrors are really starting to affect his life. What he finds out is not only are the dreams really happening, but he isn’t at all who he thought he was, and the whole world could be at risk unless he saves it. I was glued to my kindle from start to finish and was totally wrapped up in this intricate universe and layers of plots that Michael Barnett weaved. I felt like this could almost be made into a series, or at least continued on more. I wonder if there are any plans for that? Anyways, I really liked this book and think almost anyone would find something to appreciate
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Jenna Brewster on June 23, 2012 :
I don’t really know how to best describe or sum up this book, because I have a lot of mixed feelings about it. Some parts I thought were downright amazing and perfectly executed. Sometimes I felt that the story seemed to lose focus and wandered all over the place. There were great characters who added to the plot and tension, and some who just seemed to take up space. I did notice some editing and grammatical errors which I was able to overlook for the sake of the story, but they were present. It took me a long time to feel grounded in the story and get a feel for what was going on, but once I did I admit I was hooked and had to see what would happen next. And I wasn’t disappointed in the least! I think Michael Barnett definitely has potential as a writer and I’m sure we’ll be seeing more from him in the future!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Stacy Decker on June 23, 2012 :
I read this book in one sitting! It was confusing at first, so many characters coming and going, and I was unsure what was happening. But things ironed themselves out and I could see what was going on, and it got really good! The main character Mickey Thorn is a human/alien hybrid who has these abilities that make him a target…and a threat. He has the ability to time travel and do a bunch of other really cool things…including destroying the universe. Does he? You just have to read it and find out for yourself! Very entertaining and perfect for those who like any sort of fantasy/paranormal/science-fiction reads.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Sophia Renee on June 23, 2012 :
"When Earthlings Weep” is the first book I’ve read by Michael Barnett, and I hope it’s not the last! I found his storytelling to be supremely creative and engaging. I instantly was sucked into the book right away with the vivid descriptions of the foreign worlds (and Jen), and then how it contrasted with what was happening back at home, and how those worlds end up colliding. I don’t want to give it away but around the 50% mark things get crazy and I couldn’t put my kindle down after that. This book was super unpredictable and took me on a wild ride, one that I enjoyed immensely!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Mark Williams on June 23, 2012 :
I've been a huge fan of Sci-fi for over a decade and have read plenty of books in the genre. As much as I enjoy them, unfortunately after a while it starts seeming like I’m reading the same book with the same formula over and over again. This was not the case with “When Earthlings Weep” by Michael Barnett. This novel was incredibly original with a fresh twist to a familiar theme. I genuinely enjoyed being inside the craziness of Mickey Thorn’s world for a while, and was happy with the story’s conclusion. There were all the elements present that I like in my SciFi, and some that will appeal to a more “sci-fi-lite” crowd. It wasn’t a heavy space opera by any means, but there were elements of the supernatural and the extra-terrestrial that gave the book its delicious sci fi flavor. I definitely enjoyed reading it and recommend for fans of the genre who are looking for something new to read.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Samantha Ryan on June 23, 2012 :
Wow, this book was really amazing. SO much was always happening, at times I almost felt like I was reading five novels at once! When Earthlings Weep is a science-fiction book written in the 3rd person present which was a new experience for me. It was fast paced with shorter chapters, and an engaging plot that had some pretty crazy twists. And many different characters to keep things interesting. Once I got used to the style of writing, I have to say that I liked the story very much and would love to read more from this author!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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