I Can Do Anything

Rated 4.50/5 based on 2 reviews
Connor Anthony Michael Holbook is an autistic twenty-four year old who, works stuffing envelopes for an Atlanta insurance company, knows all the Zip Codes used by the United States and its territories, is a tea connoisseur, loves to read, is searching for God, and is now writing a book to prove that he can do anything!

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About Ron Aylor

Born in Frederick, Maryland I had the pleasure of growing up in Alexandria, Virginia. I currently reside in Lilburn, Georgia with my wife, Connie, and five cats, Katie, Butter-Bean, Polly, Jasper, and Tater. I'm retired, having been a bandsman in the US Army, a firefighter, a draftsman, and lastly, a funeral director. I love to build Colonial American furniture. Doing so unplugged and with minimal hand tools is a Communion of Saints, as I try to emulate the craftsmanship of the past. Writing is a newfound passion of mine. I hope one day to find it as easy as woodworking.

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Nathan Kristjanson reviewed on Dec. 22, 2013
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“I Can Do Anything” is an interesting little tale of the complicated mind of Connor Anthony Michael Holbrook. It was a great introduction to the mind of an autistic child as well as a great stepping stone for future literary works by the author. I look forward to them.

As for this book, the philosophical perspective of religion was most intriguing to me and which I felt were the most polished. The personal questions Connor asks I feel many ask themselves and that's what made those sections so captivating.

Yet, writing a story from the perspective of an autistic child presents a very difficult challenge. Though the author portrayed the inner workings of an autistic person very well, it is understandably hard to follow. For example, the mathematical process determining the paper amount or jumping from a religious philosophical discussion to a dilemma between coworkers. I would suggest for future attempts of this nature the author take either a 3rd-person or omniscient perspective. This type of an approach would allow the author a broader canvas to paint a story as well as be more relatable to a broader audience.

Overall, I think this story was a very brave start to a potentially great career. I look forward to future works!
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
Jenn Mack reviewed on Dec. 13, 2013
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This is a book that pulled you in with the likable, socially awkward Connor and his funny interactions with his coworkers. It gains the reader's trust by being comedic, but then delivers a message about God and religion and the confusing aspects of it and finding an answer for yourself that kind of takes you by surprise. A good surprise, mind you. Really makes you reflect on who God is and if we limit Him to a box in our own minds.

Connor's character was perfectly introduced and you immediately got a sense of who he was. I would have enjoyed more interactions with people as opposed to an inner monologue about math problems when it comes to paper. Sometimes I got lost in the description of that because, at least for me, mathematics speak isn't easy for me to follow.

Overall, great read. I'd recommend it to anyone. And coming from someone who has autistic family members, it was fun to get inside Connor's head, even if just for a moment, and understand their world a little better.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Preston Roach reviewed on Dec. 10, 2013

This was a very interesting read. It does spark some thought and has made me want to go research some of the information further especially concerning the "unknown" God. As for the Book content...Some times the transitions didn't settle to well with me and caused me to be slightly confused....one moment Connor was speaking verbally and mentally as if he were "Autistic" and then his thoughts seemed as if he were an English scholar with no flaw. I'm not sure if that was intentional. This story was able to depict levels of hate as well. Barbara was the perfect "villain" because it was believable. I do want to learn how Connor gets back at her!!! Great job and it definitely kept me entertained!!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Ravali Goverdhana reviewed on Dec. 9, 2013

A very interesting and inspiring novel. Made me rethink about things that I have thought about before but never so seriously. I re-read several sentences to answer the questions in my head! Loved it!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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