Edward E. Rochon

Biography

At 62 years of age, making a go at writing still appeals to me. My writing career started at twelve when I attempted to write a sequel to Huckleberry Finn but never finished it. My writings have included poetry, plays, a novel, non-fiction and writing newsletters for here and there. Apart from newsletters, nothing has been published in print. I bought an audio recording of one of my poems but threw it away in disgust due to an inappropriate reading by the narrator. 'Contra Pantheism...' was my first eBook. Several other eBook essays have been published since along with a few books of verse. My essays deal with fundamental questions of philosophy as well as natural philosophy (science.) On the whole, my works are as far above the writings of Plato and Aristotle as the material power of the United States is over that of Ancient Greece. I once asked myself if I had ever written anything memorable, but couldn't remember exactly what I had written. I started to check my manuscripts but stopped as it seemed the answer to the question was obvious. Gore Vidal mentioned in one of his memoirs that writers tend to forget what they write and are a bad source to ask about their works. Gore knew a lot of writers. I have not and may have been a bit hard on myself. Apart from self-improvement and maybe making a few bucks, my main goal is to bring about a golden age for mankind. Being a man, this sounds appealing. It is pointless to desist and all small measures are worth the effort. Albert Camus thought suicide the only serious philosophical question. He was a fool and died young. Suicide is a waste of time. The most important functional question is: How do I get what I want? The one question that trumps this is the ultimate question of intent: What should I want? As Goethe pointed out: Be careful what you wish for in your youth, you might get it in middle age.

Smashwords Interview

Who are your favorite authors?
Hermann Hesse has a musical quality to his writings in German. Surprisingly, anglophone translators do a pretty good job translating Hesse (English speakers are notoriously bad translators. Great anglophone authors are generally not scholars. Samuel Beckett is a notable exception, but then 'Waiting for Godot' could have been written by any semi-literate.) George Eliot had a fluid style. Blake, Tennyson, T. S. Eliot, Yeats, Robert Frost, Coleridge, Poe and Matthew Arnold wrote some poems I like.
What authors influence your work?
I need an editor not authors. If I like something in the work of another author, it is only because that is the way that I would do it. Writers tend to have a lower opinion of the great writers than the public at large. I am no exception to this dictum. The idea of a co-author does appeal to me sometimes. I definitely prefer she to he, sexually attractive than not, loyal friend to disloyal rival. It has long been my opinion that the truly great books will ultimately come from male/female co-ed writing. Shakespeare, Racine and that crowd will fade into the background along with Homer, Virgil, Dickens, Poe and the rest.
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Books

Cosmic Despair: An Essay
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Price: Free! Words: 1,530. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Essays
A reflection on despair and its coloring of existence. Views and options on resolving misery spelled out. Nirvana, City of God and suicide outlines considered in a collage with doubts and contradictions highlighted. The conclusion is that despair is pointless and constipating to mind and body.
American Theodicy: An Essay
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Price: Free! Words: 1,840. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Ethics
(3.00 from 1 review)
Theodicy is justification of evil in the world reconciled to divine power. The essay takes issue with common assumptions and offers a true reconciliation of God's power with freedom of conscience and desire.
Brain Damage: An Essay
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You set the price! Words: 2,250. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2014. Category: Essay » Author profile
An essay listing brain trauma to the author and lessons drawn from them.
Logic: An Essay
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You set the price! Words: 3,890. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Logic
A new approach to logic breaks thinking down to definition of states united by relationships and processed through the transience of time. Some background material on universals, axioms of existence, time and perception are dealt with. An essay on logic reduces to an essay on linguistics.
Divine Irony: An Essay
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Divine irony shown through biblical citations. The premise accepts that God can be ironic and that this is manifest if not plain in the scriptures. Irony is not always obvious but can be discerned by context and logic.
Adam's Earth
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Price: Free! Words: 2,060. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2014. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
Seven poems encompassing the theme of Adam and his fall from Eden. Poems are for believer and non-believer alike.
Golden Age Essays III
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You set the price! Words: 39,630. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Engineering, trades, and technology » General
My third collection of essays covering diverse subjects: science & technology, economics, health & biology, ecology and theology. The title indicates a desire to bring man to a golden age, the desire of all sensible men throughout history. A little of this, a little of that to arrive there.
Monetary Stability: An Essay
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Price: Free! Words: 2,720. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Money & monetary policy
Save America from economic dislocation by guaranteeing the value of money. Fear mongers must be silenced. Justice must prevail. A buck is a buck or should be.
Inquisition of Christ
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You set the price! Words: 1,270. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Biblical Commentary / New Testament
A brief dialogue between God and man places Jesus on the spot for the state of the world. It calls him to account, using his own words recorded in the Gospels and scripture.
Collected Poems I
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You set the price! Words: 13,800. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2014. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
A collection of poems consisting of four books and extracted verse from other prose works. Sleep, sex, celebrities, good and evil, and philosophical problems are covered.
Inexpensive Subs: An Essay
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You set the price! Words: 2,710. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Transportation » Ocean transport
A cubic design to make submarines cheaper to build. Some thoughts on construction, safety and uses proposed. This is basically a cargo submarine but with aircraft carrier potential.
The Second Coming: An Essay
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You set the price! Words: 7,880. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Biblical Studies / Prophecy
Description of situation leading up to the second coming of Christ. Speculation on development of history since Christ. Interpretation of Revelation and biblical prophecy revealed.
The JU Engine
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You set the price! Words: 1,880. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Engineering, trades, and technology » Inventions
Description of an external combustion reciprocal engine with a different operating method. JU refers to a liquid cylinder medium alternating between a J shape to a U shape. A ratchet system regulates piston action. Two pistons are required as a minimum. It is hoped the engine is clean and efficient.
Space as Infinity: An Essay
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Price: Free! Words: 1,600. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Metaphysics
Space and the infinite are one, indivisible and of the same nature throughout. This modifies my recent essay: Elements of Physics: Space. We do not measure space but matter with space as a substrate, omnipresent but beyond analysis.
Pest Control: An Essay
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Price: Free! Words: 2,010. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Ecology and Environment
A suggestion for replacing poisons and habitat destruction with feeding pests in designated areas to control the population and keep them out of man's way.
Elements of Physics: Time
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Price: Free! Words: 3,360. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Time
Third essay on elements of physics. Time shown to be absolute through identity principle and innate within the mind while still external in the world. A summary of theorem of motion included.
Elements of Physics: Space
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Price: Free! Words: 3,700. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Physics
Second essay of series on the elements of physics. Berkeley, Kant and subjectivists refuted. Newton's absolutist objective view upheld. Some riddles posited. Limits of space considered.
Tolerating High G: An Essay
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Price: Free! Words: 2,120. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Engineering, trades, and technology » Aeronautics & Astronautics
Offers a contraption to mitigate g-forces in flight. Proposes new fighter techniques in conjunction with contraption. Opens up high g-force space transport to enhance man's space age capabilities.
Elements of Physics: Matter
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Price: Free! Words: 3,630. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Physics
Logical inconsistencies in atomic theory and theories of plenum are laid out. The absurdity of a plenum of nothing is pointed out. The basic foundation of physics with respect to matter is laid by eliminating the chimeras proffered by Newton and Aristotle: logically inconsistent propositions on the nature of matter. Velocity problems come into play as needed to elucidate the matters dealt with.
U. S. Third Republic: An Essay
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Price: Free! Words: 2,430. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2014. Category: Essay » Political
A proposal for a new constitution for a third American Republic. The current constitution is a seditious rag that supports corruption and the subversion of the electorate.
The State & Statecraft: An Essay
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You set the price! Words: 4,330. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2014. Category: Essay » Political
Offers the proposition that the generation of wealth is the primary purpose of the state, public order simply a necessary prerequisite to this goal. Views social strife as war between prince and shaman.
Number Bases & Digits: An Essay
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You set the price! Words: 2,860. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Mathematics
Proposes a system of methodical digit construction based upon readily perceived rules of glyph design. In other words, the number value can be calculated by observation based on simple rules of digit design. This is for easier operations when using large number bases.
Seven Month Pregnancy: An Essay
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You set the price! Words: 2,050. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Sex and Relationships  » Sexual physiology
A proposal to speed up human gestation from 9 months to 7 months through enhanced nutrition. The biblical background of the matter frames the argument. It offers a way to relieve human suffering and to improve the life of the world.
Golden Age Essays II
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You set the price! Words: 42,090. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
A second compilation of essays since the publication of Golden Age Essays last year. My essay: Clitwits & G-spots is omitted as some think it pornographic.
Space Plane: An Essay
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You set the price! Words: 2,050. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2014. Category: Essay » Technology
A new form of ramjet for hypersonic transports described. Proposes to use hypersonic transport as a spacecraft as well. Hydrogen balloons suggested as a cheap way of getting the ramjet/transport/spacecraft aloft. The craft is intended as a heavylift space transport.
Pollution Solution: An Essay
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You set the price! Words: 4,280. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Environment
Several suggestions for ameliorating pollution are offered: separate cities for work and residence, hydrogen fuel produced at sea, dirty industry moved offshore over the deep basins of the oceans outside of ocean current paths, the moon as a platform for space industry. Some comments on difficulties and motivation are included.
Minimum Wage & Economics: An Essay
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Price: Free! Words: 2,910. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2013. Category: Essay » Business
A suggestion for reconciling business interests with interests of laborers on the matter of minimum wage. Some comments on economics are included.
Ban Traffic Lights: An Essay
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You set the price! Words: 1,940. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Transportation » Transportation planning
A polemic against traffic lights enlightens the reader concerning the negative consequences of these satanic devices. The argument maintains that traffic flows more efficiently and safely when lights are absent.
Clitwits & G-Spots: An Essay
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You set the price! Words: 2,130. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Sex and Relationships  » Sexual physiology
Clitwits rhymes with nitwits. G-spots or G-spotters hold the opposing view. The essay uses the mechanics of sex to show that the G-spot is where it should be. The essay was written in the holiday season and so the cover image.
Show Biz Crap
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You set the price! Words: 17,600. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Celebrity culture
A series of vignettes based upon daydreams by the author dreamed over a number of decades for plays and skits geared to noted celebrities. The works are described during an interview with Diane Sawyer. Other works by the author are referenced in the work. The book is labeled as adult content but is not porno, nor is the language especially vulgar. Some things might upset the kids.
Christ As Anti-Christ: An Essay
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You set the price! Words: 4,090. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Essays
The Messiah and Satan portrayed as flip sides of the same coin. Man is the victim of divine mischief. Adam is exonerated and the Son of Man is condemned. The question of God's relationship and culpability for evil is the core of the essay. We see that Satan is the agent and messenger of God. The messenger is the voice of the sender and so functionally identical with the sender.
Mechanical Acting: An Essay
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Price: Free! Words: 5,760. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Performing arts
A mechanical set of techniques to develop acting skills. Pace dialog to script, sing, dance and play, impersonate and play to the player.
War & Warfare: An Essay
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You set the price! Words: 6,370. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » History » Military
A brief description of tactics, strategy and ethical consideration of war.
Trinity & Mandala: An Essay
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Price: Free! Words: 1,330. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Epistemology
Establishes that the mind works in three persons. It speaks, listens and monitors the dialog in the third person. The three persons are considered masculine after the fashion of Christian dogma. The substance of the mind is considered feminine and analogous to wisdom personified. The four entities comprise the segments of the mandala and mandala equivalent symbolism. God's mind discussed as well.
Sex, Pain and Ethics: An Essay
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You set the price! Words: 11,210. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Sex and Relationships  » Sexual behavior
Pain is deemed unnecessary to human health. A description of sexual behavior from anal sex to voyeurism follows. The influence of conditioning is stressed. The pros and cons of each behavior are laid out. The author weighs in from time to time for or against. Sexual ethics are teleological. The ethical considerations are off in the distance, unlike theft where consequences are immediate.
Harlot's Verse
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You set the price! Words: 1,510. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
A portrayal of shades and nuances of prostitution using verse. The emphasis is on the psychological and socio-cultural aspects of the trade. It is more Whore Babylon than Vegas hooker. The goal is to bring man away from nationalism, parties and factions, internationalism and whatever divides man from his body and soul. Cast out the demons as it were.
Golden Age Essays
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You set the price! Words: 56,930. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Essays
A collection of essays attacking commonly accepted mathematical, scientific and metaphysical notions that are impeding the progress of the human race. In particular the infinite is expunged from mathematics and science, materialism and atheism shown to be irrational, and sages of the past critiqued for totalitarian sentiments. The theories of Newton, Einstein and Aristotle are critiqued.
Octopus Balls
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You set the price! Words: 3,530. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Epistemology
An essay on human perception. The heart of the matter is how man's point of view (geometric and geometric analogy) influences his perception of the truth. Physical perception, promises, subtleties of acting, the question of otherness, and the metaphysical foundation of our existence are covered. The cover image is deliberately childish. The subject matter is important to everyone, including kids.
Jodie Foster Angst
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You set the price! Words: 5,410. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2013. Category: Plays » American / African American
A one act play without blocking or scene setting. The author makes a play for Foster's affection as the heart of the drama. Some profanity and sexually explicit dialog.
Sex Wars
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You set the price! Words: 3,990. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
A short book [2nd ed.] of verse dealing with strife between men and women. There are fifteen poems and one commentary. Marriage, polygamy, childbirth, prostitution and the general topic are discussed in verse.
Super Intelligence: An Essay
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You set the price! Words: 4,230. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Psychology » Cognitive psychology
It is surmised that the brain can utilize multiple imaginative processes based on a number of sensory organs: eyes, ears, nose and vocalization. Evidence is offered from human experience to support this and methodology to achieve the goal is suggested.
Parody Parade
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You set the price! Words: 5,370. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
Poetic parodies of celebrities and celebrity songs. See cover for celebrity names. Some explanatory notes are included.
Mars Squared Equals Earth: An Essay
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You set the price! Words: 2,270. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Geography
A brief description on how to bring the world back to a healthier antediluvian state through terraforming the surface. The science fiction or supposition that existed about Mars in the last century or two is the model.
Unified Field Theory: An Essay
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Price: Free! Words: 16,530. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Essays
Natural forces explained by pushing forces in nature, excluding innate attraction as an attribute of matter. The science of Newton and Einstein critiqued and dismissed for the most part. Gravity, magnetism and nuclear forces dealt with. New avenues for invention and discovery are discussed. The concept of harmonic transformation opens up scientific wonders and the music of the spheres is expanded.
Liar Enigma and Others: An Essay
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You set the price! Words: 6,640. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Logic
Breaks down liar paradoxes from the past. Explains other riddles such as the rock too heavy for God to pick up, the irresistible force and immovable object encounter and some anomalies in Christianity. Discusses double blind experimental method inconsistencies. Analyzes the Barber Paradox. Explains how logical and linguistic conventions create paradoxical results. Explains author's purpose.
New England Sleeper's Verse
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You set the price! Words: 2,870. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2012. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
A book of verse with insomnia and the need for sleep as its central theme. Several techniques are used to effect the goal including humor. Some of the verse is quite personal and cryptic and some is plain enough to avoid completely frustrating the reader. A little mystery enriches the reading experience just as some difficulty in crossword puzzles improves the puzzle. Difficulty level is medium.
Cubics: A Numbers Essay
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Price: Free! Words: 5,330. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Essays
Interprets all nature and mathematics in an orthogonal framework. Disproves the existence of irrational numbers, transcendental numbers. Disproves arguments of Hippasus and Euclid supporting surds. Offers theorem for commensurables without finding a means of finding actual value of commensurable. Validates some conclusions of Zeno's paradoxes. Disproves transfinite numbers. Offers some new roads.
Contra Nominalism: An Essay
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Price: Free! Words: 8,480. Language: American English. Published: September 30, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Metaphysics
Shows the opposing views of Realism and Nominalism with the intent to uphold realism. Plato's work 'Parmenides' is discussed and partially analyzed. Aristotle and Plato's view on universals (archetypes) discussed. It shows how ideas as real objects of perception can be rationally supported using the geometric point. Shows how relationships and existence are inseparable and yet distinct in nature.
Contra Pantheism (Atheism): An Essay
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Price: Free! Words: 9,990. Language: American English. Published: September 22, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Religious philosophy
Essay spanning theology, math and philosophy. Shows atheism to be a form of pantheism. Deals with the nature of existence and its modes. Offers an explanation of motion and its supernatural origin. Refutes certain math notions: infinite sets, irrational numbers, transcendental numbers. Upholds the parallel postulate as irrefutable. Deals with Paradoxes of Zeno and refutes empiricism's validity.

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Smashwords book reviews by Edward E. Rochon

  • WALKING INTO MURDER - Book One of the Laura Morland Mystery series on Nov. 22, 2013
    (no rating)
    This book meets all the criteria of criticisms lodged at the Miss Marple, Jessica (Murder She Wrote), etc. gang of serendipitous (sic) sleuths forever running into dead bodies. Improbability stretches the suspension of disbelief to the breaking point. We all know why Holmes, police detectives and non-consulting private eyes run into dead bodies. Isn't it obvious that Marple, Jessica and Laura are killing these people off (doubtless with accomplices) to satisfy a sort of Munchhausen syndrome where the nurse poisons her patients in order to heal them - in this case to knock them off permanently. Add to the fact that I knew this author in the past and seeing the many points of similarity between Morland and Lambert (some frankly admitted by the author), Lambert is clearly the murderess of all the corpses. It is chilling to realize that you dined with a murderess at some point in the past. Out of fear, I am tempted to give this the full four stars rating, but a sense of duty compels me to part with a mere two stars rating. Lambert should be encouraged to find a more plausible way to run into corpses. Peeking ahead to her other two novels, I suggest she either hook up with Thomas for business or put out a consulting detective shingle for four, five, etc. in the series. At least Thomas' business brings him into danger and potential murderers. TWO STARS: **
  • Rotation of the Suns on June 30, 2014

    Rotations of the Suns Review: I picked the shortest of the author's works (and free.) I am poor and impatient. Her profile notes her inclination to sentiment over thought in verse. If this is the case, meter and beauty of the language is paramount. The verse is deficient in these. Being feel tone imagery and collage, it is vague. Is it lesbian breakup or her artistic inspiration abandoning her? Or was her lover her muse? Maybe she doesn't care. I would like a hint as to which of the 3 messages is published. Lots of astronomy conveys loneliness quite well. The distance of the heavenly bodies with the hint of burning fire of love works well. But the flow of the language lacks beauty so necessary to a feel tone poem. The verse of signing her wrist with blood caught my attention towards the end of the poem. Sounds like suicide attempt in verse. I once slit my wrists without success and that may be the whole of the attraction. In general the 3 key things in most cases with poetry if you want to be read are: short poem, lyrical meter and memorable idiom. The whole book is one poem, too long for a poem lacking good flow. I tend towards the didactic with beauty as a heuristic device. So I am not a target reader for the author. If she plays music or sings, try composing your verse with some catchy background melody. If you did do this, I don't think I liked your music. Does she sing her music on YouTube? Maybe trying it would help her write better, the embarrassment.
  • Slip Slop Slap on July 26, 2014

    Nice poem! I'm 62 but I liked it too. You might consider editing: Be sure those seagull aren’t to near. They’ll snatch the food their hungry too! Maybe "those seagulls aren't too near."; "They'll snatch the food; they're hungry too!" I hope you are not one of those poets that resents editing advice. Anyway, the meaning is clear enough and the edits no big deal. English orthography sucks, but there is the kids to think of.
  • High Tech on a Stick; or, Luddite with WiFi on Aug. 30, 2014

    I have been thinking of moving out to the sticks to extend my semi-retirement income more cheaply. I actually walked around the high desert once myself. I also saw Sam Shepard's 'True West' on stage, a former Mojave boy. Sand Dancer's review below is something to think about for the future, who gave you a one star review. //////On a personal note: I write since you are the first to review my work 'American Theodicy...'. I wanted to respond but you have no comment option on your website. The law of physics you talk about are largely delusion. Cause and effect does not exist as a natural phenomena. We see relationships repeated and make assumptions. Most modern physics is pseudo-scientific crap. A transcendent God revealed to you will do nothing for you but leave you in ignorance or blow your mind away. We're too stupid too take in divine wisdom and power. So we take it in bits and pieces. Nature is filled with evidence of God. Justice is an important matter to unravel. But thanks for your review. Have you looked at my book on the 'The JU Engine'? If you tinker, you might be able to see if it works, and then sneer at me for conceiving it if it doesn't. It has 100% sample.