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Eric Johnson would die without this question.
One can, and should, contemplate this question when one is slaved to the phone lines doling out the Golden Rule of the Windows operating system, "Have you rebooted your computer yet?" With this and a handful of progressive questions, he is the deserving title-holder of HERO forty to fifty times a day as he resolves end-user issues. And yet, this is not enough for one man.
When he escapes the clutches of the forty-hour paradigm...
...he gives himself over to family. A father for five years and a husband for approximately forever, he expresses his love for them through nearly-gourmet cooking, wisdom dispensing, and in fits and starts, domicile upkeep.
...he gives himself over to exploration. A veteran of war (dialing), virtual and real photography dark rooms, and bike rides to Hades and back, he has always been a geek. He can easily be lured into conversations about physics, space travel, science fantasy, and occasionally, computers.
...he gives himself over to reading. Books consumed are too numerous to store in any one place, much less catalogue. He still believes in the magic of the printed word, but does possess compassion for the e-reader. He has read the internet…twice. He is an ardent supporter of the mythos that Playboy magazine does have articles. He is willing to read words in any medium, from clay tablets to Fark to fortune cookies (in bed).
…he gives himself over to writing.
Eric will want his readers to know that he is not perfect for he has still not cured cancer. Instead, he invites the reader to join him in the adventure of, “What if?”
on June 09, 2014 :
The story of Aster is fascinating. She begins life, or her life in the story, a virtual blank slate. She knows nothing of who she is, where she came from, or even her identity, and develops her own identity as she matures in the Church, and becomes a Nun to help teach people. She doesn’t allow her Mother, the Church, or even her lover to define her personality or her life. She takes an identity, accepts it, and grows up to become an independent person.
It’s really a great story of how a young woman with no past develops into a strong, mature, fierce woman.
The story combines a number of elements: love, coming of age, disaster, intrigue, mysterious pasts, and a seemingly too-powerful antagonist.
The story is more than that. I like Aster. I want to be her friend and hang out with her. She's an amazing young woman and I hope Eric Johnson includes more of her life story (and that of her family) in future books.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Sep. 28, 2013 :
This book is a wonderful addition to the After World series - but no need to read the series before reading this book.
This book is full of twists and turns you just don't expect. I'm almost unwilling to talk about the book because I'd hate to give the things away. So I'll try to keep it generic.
The world this takes place in is a post-apocalyptic world. Not the result of a nuclear bomb or something similar, but from an astrological event. Thousands of years later, man (and its genetically mutated brothers) has emerged from the ashes and is rebuilding.
Aster is a 'lost daughter'...but she doesn't know she's lost, nor does she know she's a 'daughter'. In fact, she has no memories at all, yet has a lot of knowledge. She settles in to an orphanage and hospital run by a religious order. There she falls in love with a young man, much to the dismay of the religious order.
The book then goes on a roller coaster ride of explosions, gunfire, hiding and seeking, and events that change the face of this small piece of After World.
If you're familiar with the other books and short stories of the "After World" series, here you'll run in to some old friends, and may even recognize Aster from the short story "A Day in a Life in After World: Maggie" (which is also included as bonus material at the end of this novel).
I highly recommend this book. In fact I highly recommend the entire "After World" series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)