Jack Thompson is an international bestselling author, finding voices in many genres. His latest release is Swimming Upstream, the third book in the bestselling Raja Williams mystery series. He has also written political thrillers, science fiction, paranormal romance, children's stories and fairy tales.
According to Jack, whether reading or writing, what makes a story great is how well it communicates to the reader. Whether presenting him with a hero he wishes he could be or a villain he chooses to hate, the characters must relate to the reader on a personal level. A reader will leave a good story in an improved condition. He may have learned something new about the world or himself, or simply been well entertained. That's why Jack writes.
on Aug. 17, 2013 :
When I started reading this story, I wasn’t sure where it was going. Ravi’s character is a man who likes to have fun and often can’t recall his weekends. I thought this might turn into a story with a simple moral of becoming a better person. I was wrong.
As the story progressed I began to see the deeper issues behind what was going on. This turned into a way to express gender issues, issues that (in the world of the book) keep occurring hundreds of years in the future when man has basically conquered the known universe.
What really made this story work for me was that it took on the differences in the male and female sexes. It brought out a topic that, even in today’s world, not everyone talks about. Nothing Earth-shattering was thrown out there, but it still can make the reader think. And because this is a science fiction story, the way the theme was thrown into the mix, was quite enjoyable. I really only had one issue with the way this sex/gender theme played out. I feel that there was a disregard for how sexual orientation plays into…well, you’ll need to read the story for that. I can’t talk more in-depth without spoiling things.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Oct. 25, 2011 :
Witty, brilliant and INCREDIBLY funny, Blue Is For Boys mixes down-to-earth attitudes, futuristic thinking and a whole load of comedy in a cocktail that anyone can love! And make it shaken, not stirred please.
I couldn't put this book down once I picked it up. It's hard not to downright burst out laughing while reading. The text is fresh and witty, but the characters are portrayed so realistically. I could easily put myself into Ravi's shoes and imagine every step of his wild predicament.
This story is well worth reading for anyone who's looking for a good time and a bigger laugh!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)