A Book That Ends With Me

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Mysterious e-mails are predicting the world’s end. This time, the predictions come true. An average guy, Stan Powers, finds himself living alternate realities where people picnic on planetoids and demons steal souls on Darkday. Stan becomes the target of a cult vowing to kill whoever threatens Earth. In order to survive, Stan must learn if he is a pawn, a player, or the predictor himself. More

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Words: 69,430
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301038336
About H. C. Turk

A: This is hard.
Q: Why is making a bio so hard for you?
A: Because it's like talking. I don't like to talk; I like to write.
Q: But people want to know about authors. Reading a book requires a lot of effort.
A: Writing one ain't exactly playtime.
Q: That's better. Go ahead, tell us more. Did you have a pleasant childhood?
A: Ask my dog; he was there.
Q: Your dog is stuffed. He's not a real dog.
A: He's more real than you are. You can’t even ask a good question.
Q: Here’s one: Why should people read your books?
A: Because my puppy will be sad if they don’t.
Q: We need to get serious here. How many novels have you written?
A: 33.
Q: I’ll bet your dog can’t count that high. How long have you been writing?
A: I’ll answer if you promise not to kick my dog again (metaphorically).
Q: He wouldn’t feel it—he’s stuffed.
A: If someone kicked the stuffing out of you, I bet you wouldn’t enjoy it.
Q: Would I enjoy it more than reading one of your books? Or would it be equally painful?
A: You’re cruel to dogs AND to authors.
Q: If you answer my last question, I promise to be nice. How many years have you been writing?
A: [mumbles]
Q: That’s pathetic.
A: Why don’t you ask me about my stories?
Q: Stories are for campfires.
A: The basis of history’s greatest novels is the story: the story of nations, cultures, families, individuals. The greatest idea that can be expressed in fiction is story.
Q: Great, so tell me about your characters.
A: Dull and Dumb are not two of my characters, or characteristics.
Q: Do you ever write about animals, stuffed or not?
A: Rescued greyhounds in Heaven Again, tiny ponies in Only The Impassioned, mudfish in Resurrection Flowers, ghosts in An Atmosphere Of Angels.
Q: Ghosts aren’t animals, they’re unsettled spirits. If ghosts continue to read, what will they find in your novels?
A: They will find passion, idea, and spirited characters whose lives are a story. And puppies.

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Review by: Sheila Gallagher on June 07, 2013 :
I do not know what to write about A BOOK THAT ENDS WITH ME by H. C. Turk. It is not normally a book I would pick up and read. It is hard to categorize as to genre. It is certainly different. And yet, in a way, it is strangely compelling and difficult to put down.

Told in the first person point-of-view, with Stan as the narrator, the world is receiving e-mails that the end is soon coming. No one knows whether this is true or not. Some believe it and begin making plans for the end of the world. Others think it is a trick. Others do not know what it is. Some are oblivious because they do not receive the e-mails. Most scenes are told through Stan’s eyes and retold through his friend, Jimmy’s eyes. I am not sure which one is the most reliable narrator of the tales. Stan has to decide if what he is seeing is real or a dream, just like the reader has to decide.

There is plenty of humor in A BOOK THAT ENDS WITH ME. It starts off with Stan saying he hates first person POV yet there he is giving us that view. Throughout the book humor pops up and make me smile. I often agreed with what Stan said or thought at those times.

I would recommend this book to those who enjoyed ALICE IN WONDERLAND by Lewis Carroll, A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES by John Kennedy Toole, August Burroughs’ books, or Samuel Beckett’s play WAITING FOR GODOT. A BOOK THAT ENDS WITH ME is one that must be read more than once. The first time you read just to read. Further readings will cause you to think what he is saying and how it is impacts our modern society. It caused me to stop a few times to think what Stan was saying and what he meant.
(reviewed 40 days after purchase)

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