Thinks and Things

Rated 3.50/5 based on 2 reviews
Thinksandthings can hear people's thoughts and turn them into things. However, the world isn't ready for a farm of Grandma clones or an introduced to the Durtle.

The Fixer repairs the damage the thinks have caused. But when a fairytale witch escapes to Suburbia and a carousel lion comes to life, the Fixer has to work fast before these things unfold irreversibly, while tracking Thinksandthings.
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About Crystal Johnson

I like weird things and certain remnants from my childhood. I like horror and funny, quirky stories as well as children's literature. You will find elements (if subtle) of all three in my writing.

The book I have listed (Thinks and Things) is about thinking, believing, and doing. I'm writing several books, one is about dreaming, another about time, and a paranormal story involving a vampire and a ghost.

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Reviews of Thinks and Things by Crystal Johnson

Brittany Higdon reviewed on July 26, 2011

I read this hardly knowing a thing about it. I wasn't sure if I would like it, but right away the creativity grabbed me and I was transported to another world, or rather, an alternate world. I was so interested in all the sub-plots that were going on that I never sighed at the end of a chapter to have to move on to another character and their plot. Even in books where I am interested in all the sub-plots, I sometimes get frustrated to have to switch gears at the end of a chapter. Not so with this book! I was happy to give it all control and let it take me wherever it wanted. It was quite an enjoyable journey :)
(review of free book)
mish reviewed on Feb. 5, 2011

Thinks and Things is a quirky novella that spins a fairy tale type story. The book itself is made up of many chapters, each being a little story unto itself but contributing to the overall story line. These stories, much like classic fairy tales, are whimsical on the surface but often have darker underlying themes like depression, mental illness, grief, and bullying to name a few. However, it also has some classic fairy tale characters you will recognize, as well as references to faeries, vampires (sort of), witches, imaginary creatures, and more.

The characters in these stories are usually younger children and the writing feels like it is geared to a younger audience than the YA/Teen category it tends to show up in. You could argue that the darker elements are more suited to an older YA audience, but I don’t feel it is any worse than your average Grimm fairy tale.

Though the story is imaginative, the storytelling felt a bit dry and did not engage me. It did not pull me in and I had to push myself through it – picking away at it one chapter at a time. I was also a bit dissatisfied with how the Fixer resolved some of the thinks that turned into things. The reader mostly has to take it on faith that he did something to fix it. I would have preferred more detail here. I did enjoy the Fixer’s log book. Some of the entries were quite humorous. Finally, it really needed some good proofreading and editing to address the significant number of typos and other errors.

Though this story really wasn't a good fit for me, I think some people might enjoy it. If the story concept is of interest to you (and you can get past the typos/errors) then why not give it a try? Considering this novella is currently a free read at the time of this review, the only thing you risk is a little time. It wasn't right for me, but as the saying goes...your mileage may vary.
(review of free book)

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