Hanna K. Loda


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Smashwords book reviews by Hanna K. Loda

  • Sci-Fi Series 1 (Thirsty Work, The Acorn, Dare, Black Hole) on Sep. 19, 2010

    To use the words of one of your reviewers: "Absolutely brilliant!" I laughed, not quite sure why I was laughing. It seems that the aliens have a slighty warped opinion of us, human. Or... have they? Actualy, by the time I read "Dare", I knew they were right.
  • Cats & Dogs Series (Complete+) on Sep. 21, 2010

    My thanks to Bartek and Kaytek and Maniusia and Pimpa and Maytek. And most of all the Stan Law. Reading his short stories I alternated between tears and laughter. And even then, most of the tears came also from laughter. Thanks again, Stan.
  • Sci-Fi Series 2 (Simulator, Little Angels, Esperanza) on Sep. 29, 2010

    The Simulator took me where no woman has been before—I could really identify with Astrid (what a beautiful name!). Little Angels was more amazing than I could ever imagine. And Esperanza made me shed a tear, both of sadness and, perhaps, of joy. I hope there's more in the series.
  • Yeshua - Personal Memoir of the Missing Years of Jesus on Oct. 08, 2010

    I read this book in paperback, now I'm enjoying it in PDF. It is not a easy read, nor was it an easy journey for Yeshûa. Yet, again, I find it engaging, engrossing and instructive. It is like going back in time, way, way back... It is almost like being there. Meticulous research of Middle and Far East philosophies enabled Law to explain how Yeshûa, during the intervening years, appears to have learned superhuman, perhaps divine, powers. Most intriguing!
  • The Jewel and Other Stories on Oct. 22, 2010

    My favorite stories are The Miracle, Sutuffed Panda, Wondrous Flute, New Dress, Lovers... and the Jewel, of course. O.K. I loved them all! Thanks, Hanna B.
  • Dictionary of Biblical Symbolism on Nov. 23, 2010

    3300 words not translated? It seems someone wanted to keep us in the dark! It must have taken the author years to produce this document. I never suspected the Bible holds so many secrets: Pearls before swine...? For most of us who never made the effort to do the research ourselves, you saved years of work. Using your Dictionary of Biblical Symbolism (I've just begun) is like unraveling a story, full of suspense and mystery. Fascinating!
  • Visualization - Creating Your Own Universe on Dec. 01, 2010

    I only read a few chapters, so far. Until I looked as his Dictionary of Biblical Symbolism, I didn't know that Stan Law (aka Stanislaw Kapuscinski) also wrote non-fiction. Now that I have Visualization - Creating Your Own Universe, I begin to realize how all his fiction books happened. The philosophy he developed here, seems to permeate all his novels. And... I am awfully glad it does!
  • The Gate - Things my Mother told me. on Dec. 02, 2010

    It seems to me that everything Stan Law writes deserves 5 stars! This story is beautiful, nostalgic, sentimental, yet filled with hidden humor. I read it, cover to cover, then reread various passages, which had particular impact on my own life. Yes, you will not only enjoy this book, you will learn from it. A lot!
  • Key To Immortality — Commentary on Gospel of Thomas on Dec. 06, 2010

    On third reading it all began to make sense. On fourth... that's right, it took that long, I believed Thomas’s words. I’m immortal. Read it. Read it ALL. You’ll never forget it. But first read Stanilaw Kapuscinski's Beyond Religion Essays. They give you the right attitude. I read them before them came on Smashwords. They will open for you a new way of looking at things.
  • The Princess on Dec. 29, 2010

    I followed Alec every step on his escapades. Then I sailed his ship, fought battles on Lake Champlain. Finally he swept me off my feet in an exotic tango. I decided to create a dream-world of my own. And, who knows, perhaps one day my Prince will appear…
  • Beyond Religion Volume I on Dec. 30, 2010

    I read the essays one per day. Each was enough to sate my hunger, which wasn’t reawakened until I read the next one. Deep and metaphysical they may be, but I also found them fun. Reading them, I often wondered how come I haven’t reached similar conclusions myself. I suppose I would have, had I taken time to think about matters raised in those essays. Reading them gave me a strange sense of satisfaction; they seem to unfold and dissipate most mysteries…
  • Marvin Clark — In Search of Freedom on Jan. 05, 2011

    I loved every page of it. I also laughed a lot. This is a side of Stan Law I never met before. I hope he’ll write more love stories. Jocelyn is a wonderful character, and Marvin’s brooding passion is fascinating.
  • Beyond Religion Volume II on Jan. 18, 2011

    Only now I realize that I am reading Kapuscinski’s books in reverse order. I should have read all his Essays before tackling Visualization—Creating Your Own Universe. At least I bought his Dictionary of Biblical Symbolism before attempting to fathom the Key to Immortality. This man has a lot to say on great many subjects. He must be a speed-reader himself. I am not. But of one thing you can be sure. I’ll read every one of his books, fiction and non-fiction. And, I suspect, some of them twice!
  • Now - Being and Becoming on Jan. 23, 2011

    It is wonderful to read how our subconscious maintains our innermost desires, even in a state of helpless coma. It seems that love really does conquer all. The novel reads as if the author, himself, experienced the cosmos as it unfolded, through millennia, indeed eons, in his consciousness. A fascinating look at the concept of Life, with a capital L
  • One Just Man [Winston Trilogy Book I] on Feb. 11, 2011

    Faith healing goes back a long way, but what happens when the deliverer of such healing does not believe in it himself? This book tackles this problem together with such other complexities, as to make this novel an international spiritual thriller. Law involves you in his characters, making them unforgettable. If you read one of his books, you read them all.
  • The Avatar Syndrome on March 22, 2011

    Stan Law must have done considerable research to write this novel. He is convincing, entertaining and deeply philosophical, yet never sacrificing the storyline. Anne, who progresses from a troubled, taciturn girl to become a world famous virtuoso demonstrates spiritual growth that is enticing and fascinating. His other characters are equally finely drawn while Anne, the heroin, is absolutely irresistible. Thank you Mr. Law.
  • Headless World—Book Two of the Avatar Trilogy on March 25, 2011

    Read it in paperback. I read it well into the early hours, and I loved it. Now, you lucky guys, have in on Smashwords! It will hold your attention from first to the very last page. In addition I want to add a line from a review that Kate Jones posted on the Amazon: “The author's intellectual range and exquisitely poetic descriptions make his work always exceed your expectations… Every line is a gift.” I couldn’t have put it better myself. No, really. I couldn’t! If you don’t believe me, read it.
  • Alexander [Alexander Trilogy Book Two] on May 22, 2011

    They say that leopard never changes his spots. Likewise, Alec, once infected with unbridled imagination, now continues to expand his horizons to continents long lost in hoary antiquity. Yet Alec, now Dr. Alexander Baldwin, Ph.D., brings them to life as though they existed side by side with our times. With Alec at the helm, Mu, Lemuria, and Atlantis are as real as Europe or Asia… though even there he reaches back into the forgotten past. And then, there is a dark side that Alec dares to uncover. Beware, Alec paid dearly for allowing his mind to take over the dictates of his soul. Beware… I can’t wait for Alexander Trilogy Book III.
  • Sacha—The Way Back (Alexander Trilogy Book Three) on June 29, 2011

    As the story of Sacha unfolds, I hardly expected the earth-shuttering dénouement that, Stan Law, once again offers us, although, in hindsight, it could hardly be otherwise. Read it. Read it carefully, and see if you, too, will be as surprised as I was. This is a story about a little boy, later a nice, kind, loving man, who changes the world as we know it—with deadly consequences for those who oppose him. Amazing? For me, yes. For others it may well be scary. Very, very scary!
  • ELOHIM-Masters & Minions [Winston Trilogy Book Two] on July 14, 2011

    Read it last year in paperback. Great stuff! It is intriguing how Winston Smith manages to stay in the background, yet leave his invisible imprint on Peter Thornton, the principle character, the children, and just about everybody. Is he the real power behind the throne? The world seems to be tumbling into an international turmoil, yet he remains the single unperturbed, singularly static presence. It is almost as though he were the fulcrum around which the world turns. An enticing character. I hope Stan Law will reveal to us Winston’s true nature in Part III of the Trilogy. I can’t wait.
  • Winston's Kingdom [Winston Trilogy Book III] on Aug. 15, 2011

    Peter Thornton’s struggle to overcome his dubious gift, a blessing he recognized as a curse as it destroyed his professional standing, is at long last vindicated. Under Winston Smith’s influence, he reaches beyond mundane reality. A metaphysical puzzle resolved in a masterly fashion. Peter learns that immortality is no longer a matter of faith. He knows that he’s immortal. And if you read this book, you might just find out that you are, too.
  • Beyond Religion Volume III on Aug. 16, 2011

    This time I spread the essays to two per week. The substance of each keeps me going. I suspect when I finish, I’ll start at page one, again. They say you can’t have too much of the good thing! Also, when I finally get through, I’ll go back to Visualization—Creating Your Own Universe. Won’t that be fun?
  • Enigma of the Second Coming on Aug. 25, 2011

    I loved Heidi. She emerges from the depth of loneliness and disenchantment to, literally, conquer the world. Or at least, to save humanity from extinction. You’ll never know what’s real and what isn’t, unless you accept her reality as your own. An extraordinary story.
  • Wall — Love, Sex and Immortality [Aquarius Trilogy Book One] on Dec. 19, 2011

    Loved it, loved it, loved it. And so will you. Guaranteed!
  • Gift of Gamman on Jan. 04, 2012

    A fantastic book. The farther we are apart, the closer evolution brings us together, both, through time and space. Lemuria, Atlantis, the science of the ancients, it all comes alive, real, inseparable part of our reality. And then the glorious, inexplicable tomorrow. This is a masterpiece!
  • Delusions — Pragmatic Realism on March 10, 2012

    I love the idea of being mostly empty space. Perhaps we are just bundles of emotions, held in a gentle yoke of mental discipline. Now this would be neither religion nor science. It just would be a wonderful way to live, to experience reality. I am reminded of a poem by William Blake: How do you know but every bird that wings the airy way, Is an enormous world of delight, Closed to your senses five? If birds can do it, why shouldn’t we? You opened a new reality for me.
  • Peter and Paul on Dec. 03, 2012

    Tears, admiration, on occasion laughter, they all touched me as I followed the struggles which Peter and Paul went through. What an incredible world it must have been. Life was cheap, money and power seemed to rule all, even as today. Yet, those two men had something that no one seems to have today: an unshaken and unshakable faith in the Master they followed. Stan Law paints the past with a deft hand. I felt as though he took me back to the day when Christianity was no more than a Jewish sect. Fascinating and, often, scary. Yes, a fascinating book by any standard.
  • Alec [Alexander Trilogy Book One] on Oct. 11, 2013

    “I followed Alec every step on his escapades. Then I sailed his ship, fought battles on Lake Champlain. Finally he swept me off my feet in an exotic tango. I decided to create a dream-world of my own. And, who knows, perhaps one day my Prince will appear…” This is what I’d written on Dec.29, 2010. And now, lo and behold, Alec’s parents have joined the cavalcade of adventures, which opens this book to a vast new audience. And most of all, the humor which the author added to the interaction of the close-knit family will have you in stitches. I couldn’t put the book down. It swept me alone at a rate normally reserved for suspense novels. Yet, here I was, missing half the night to share in the Baldwin family’s adventures. So will you!
  • Olympus — Of Gods and Men [Aquarius Trilogy Book 3] on Oct. 05, 2014

    I read Olympus in three days, then I was sorry I hurried. What an incredible imagination. Stan Law unfolds the ancient mysteries with the same ease as describing yesterday’s weather. And he even makes the weather fascinating. He virtually destroys the world, buries our civilization, and emerges victorious in a new Garden of Eden. How’s that for a happy ending! But it’s not just where he ends up, it’s how he get there. Prepare yourself for a trip of a lifetime. But if you really want to enjoy it, read the whole Trilogy. I am very glad I did. So were my friends. You will not regret it! Guaranteed.
  • Pluto Effect [Aquarius Trilogy Book Two] on Oct. 05, 2014

    Only now, having read Book 3 of the Aquarius Trilogy I remembered that I hadn’t posted my review for Pluto. Here it is. Daunting, surprising, educational, amusing, prophetic, hopeful, romantic… I’ll soon run out of adjectives, yet they all apply. Read this novel and you too will wonder what will happen next. Not just in this Trilogy, but in the world we live in.
  • Awakening - Event Horizon on May 11, 2016

    Once again, I couldn’t put the book down. This usually happens when I read suspense or mystery thrillers, but here the author draws you in with both mystery and suspense on a different plane of perception. Imagine a book where during a good part all the protagonists are asleep! Surely, this borders on impudence, until I remembered that in “NOW—Being and Becoming” (yes, I read all his books!), the hero remained almost to the end in a coma. You can never guess what you’ll read in Stan Law’s books. He’s by far the most imaginative writer I read in recent years. Bravo Mr. Law.
  • Vicious Circle Volume Two on Sep. 13, 2017

    It’s been a while since I read Stan Law, even longer since reading Stanislaw Kapuscinski. Now, re-examining his blogs, I begin to understand his method. He uses his novels to explain the philosophical underpinning of his view of reality. And, trust me, a fascinating and enlightening view it is. Read it, read the whole book, then reread it. It’s worth it!
  • Vicious Circle Volume Three on Oct. 06, 2017

    It’s been a while since I read Stan Law, even longer since reading Stanislaw Kapuscinski. Now, reexamining his blogs, I begin to understand his method. He uses his novels to explain the philosophical underpinning of his view of reality. And, trust me, a fascinating and enlightening view it is. Read it, read the whole book, then reread it. It’s worth it!
  • Vicious Circle Volume Five on Feb. 13, 2018

    I am hooked line and sinker. This is the fifth volume of his blogs, and I continue to enjoy them. What a fertile mind he has. Thanks to Stanislaw Kapuscinski, I already see our reality, our world, in a completely new light. So will you. That’s a promise… I wish I could give him more than 5 stars!