Marlon (Marvin) D. Clark
Recently arrived in Canada, from England, France and Italy, where I'd spent the last 25 years. Am looking forward to all Stan Law's works. While I read other books, I only review his. Why? Because, so far, they are the only books I found in Canada in which I can award stars for the workings of the mind. Other writers seem to prefer murder, mayhem, explicit sex, power and money. That may be OK for a sandy beach in Cuba, but not for stimulating my gray cells
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Smashwords book reviews by Marlon (Marvin) D. Clark
- Dictionary of Biblical Symbolism
on Dec. 04, 2010
I never read the bible back-to-back but, as of today, I strongly suspect, I’m going to do it: one chapter at-a-time. After only the first 50 pages of the Dictionary of Biblical Symbolism, I already know that this book is an absolute eye-opener. You won’t believe it till you try it!
- Visualization - Creating Your Own Universe
on Dec. 11, 2010
The more one reads Stanislaw Kapuscinski, the more convincing he becomes. Not that he tries to convince you… He merely states, clearly, what his view of reality is, and, lo and behold, with each sentence it seems to make more and more sense. What an extraordinary man!
As for his Dictionary of Biblical Symbolism I bought a week ago, I look it up almost daily. It became part of my life.
- The Princess
on Dec. 11, 2010
Adventure, action, hope, youthful romance, girls, sailing, buccaneering, extraterrestrial travel, chivalry, heroism, mysterious dungeons, beautiful princess… need I say more? Isn’t this what dreams are make of?
This, and oodles of fun!
- The Gate - Things my Mother told me.
on Dec. 13, 2010
I came late to the Stan Law roster. Now I have to catch up on all his books, fiction and non-fiction alike. I dare say this happens to most people who discover this author. Aren’t we lucky!
The Gate is a jewel in its own right. Not only does it speak volumes of the courage of the senior citizens, our parents, who are prone to acquire diseases which seemed destined to invade old age, but it paints a wonderful image of a family determined not to give up, but to find peace, joy, laughter and even adventure—in circumstances under which most of us probably give up trying. Yet, page after page, the book reads more like a biography than a novel. Who can tell? Quite wonderful…
- Marvin Clark — In Search of Freedom
on Dec. 17, 2010
What are the odds? I suppose, with a name like mine, sooner or later, it had to happen. Although I wear gray suits and like to remain inconspicuous, I thought it was a joke… until I read the Delicious Monster. Yes, my name is Marvin Clark, but I am not the protagonist, though later, having ‘met’ Jocelyn, I began to wish I were!
What an absolutely delightful novel. It is as light, as it is deep, it is thoughtful, and it is funny. And most of all, it is definitely romantic in a sophisticated, unusual way. It seems to me that this gentleman who calls himself Stan I.S. Law, can really write. Well done, Sir.
- Key To Immortality — Commentary on Gospel of Thomas
on Dec. 17, 2010
Having studied his Dictionary of Biblical Symbolism this book, the Key to Immortality, makes perfect sense. In fact, it became very convincing. What an extraordinary view of reality! Once you accept it, you’ll never be afraid of death! Amazing!
I look forward to Mr. Kapuscinski’s other books.
- Beyond Religion Volume I
on Dec. 20, 2010
Call them Ideas, Thoughts, or Essays… what’s in a name? Reading them enriches my life, broadens my concept of reality, opens my mind. I wouldn’t want to miss a single one. Trust me, they are fun.
- Beyond Religion Volume III
on Feb. 05, 2011
Now that I’m completing the 3rd series of the essays, I must admit that I have been compelled to reexamine my whole view of the world. It seems that there are different ways to regard reality, rather as ‘beauty being in the eyes of the beholder’. But, thanks to Kapuscinski, my worldview is now richer, broader, and, perhaps most of all, I experience a strange peace when facing things and events, which, in the past, drove me mad.
Yes, the Essays have definitely given me a sense of peace and… confidence. Thank you Mr. Kapuscinski.
- One Just Man [Winston Trilogy Book I]
on Feb. 06, 2011
A physician tries to reconcile his hard-acquired medical knowledge with an enigmatic gift of healing. We all know from past experience that such ‘gifts’ are rejected and condemned by the professional establishment. His medical career is in ruins. What follows are 300 spellbinding pages. Fantastic development!
- Now - Being and Becoming
on Feb. 10, 2011
Stan Law offers the best and probably the most original description of how infinity can unfold, how our life, here, on Earth is a necessary component of our immortal soul. I defy anyone to offer a better explanation. But what I really find amazing is how the author manages to intertwine metaphysics with pure science, and then enhance them both with abundant poetry. Beautiful!
- The Avatar Syndrome
on March 23, 2011
There are books that fill time and there are books that fill the soul. The Avatar belongs in the latter category. I defy anyone to read it and not retain a lingering feeling that we are so much more than just flesh and blood. A brilliant book, Mr. Law. Congratulations.
I’m looking forward to the sequel, the Headless World, which is already on Smashwords. What a feast!
- Sacha—The Way Back (Alexander Trilogy Book Three)
on June 09, 2011
A fascinating concept of how would a man “descending from heaven” react to our idea of how to “get to heaven.” According to Sacha we have all strayed from the straight and narrow. Is his solution the only solution? Or is it too late for all of us?
An amazing progression. In The Princess, Alec observes the world. In Alexander, Alec, now adult, visits the world. In Sacha, Alexander’s son becomes the world.
An extraordinary novel. It certainly does Kafka justice.
- Winston's Kingdom [Winston Trilogy Book III]
on Aug. 05, 2011
Great many words have been written about man’s ultimate potential. Some are deep philosophical treatises, others tend towards science fiction. This book seems to be real. Ordinary people fight to conquer the trials and tribulations, which are placed in their paths to challenge even the most gifted amongst them.
Contrary to other books dealing with the subject, however, this one does not pull short. It reaches beyond what some of us recognize as death, into realms as enticing as one can imagine, and then Law goes still further. He reaches beyond infinity. One is reminded of the biblical statement “Ye are Gods.” Stan Law gives the words substance.
- Headless World, sequel to the Avatar Syndrome
on Aug. 10, 2011
When it comes to Visionary fiction, Stan Law is, undoubtedly, the master of the genre. While others aspire to get their effects with murder, sadism or a gamut of other cheap effects, Law manages to maintain the interest, the tempo and the attention of the reader by presenting us with intellectual, psychological or even spiritual dilemmas. Amazingly, he solves them, before our very eyes, with the facility of a seasoned virtuoso. Amazing!
A worthy and great sequel to the Avatar Syndrome. For all who read it, The Headless World is a must.
- Beyond Religion Volume II
on Aug. 10, 2011
Some of the subjects are surprising in their simplicity considering that moments ago I, and I strongly suspect thousands of others, considered them mysteries. Of course, nothing comes free. I might have to buy Kapuscinski’s Dictionary of Biblical Symbolism before the penny drops all the way down. There is knowledge, and mystery, and humor here. I found it well worth it.
Every page is a jewel.
- Enigma of the Second Coming
on Sep. 03, 2011
One can but wonder where physics end and metaphysics begin. With scientists talking about multi-universes, and about at least eleven dimensions defining our reality, frankly, I find everything Stan Law writes more and more believable. Certainly no less so than theoretical physics. At the very least, I can keep hoping that he is right!
- Cats & Dogs Series (Complete+)
on Sep. 26, 2011
I wish to take this opportunity to apologize to all the cats, and dogs, the world over, for not giving them credit where the credit was due. I shall, henceforth, treat them as equals. Not same but equals. I hope they’ll accept my friendship, offered in a completely new light. Thank you Mr. Law for opening my eyes.
- Gift of Gamman
on Nov. 17, 2011
Astounding prophecy of man’s future. It marries the vestiges of ancient knowledge, both human and alien, to free man from his perennial kindergarten. Even… to create life! A book to be read, and reread. I did!
There seems no end to Stan Law’s inner/outer travels. In his book, the line between the physical and the metaphysical becomes strangely blurred. I think the point he’s making is that there is only one all-encompassing reality, but he leaves it to us to discover this fact on our own.
- Wall — Love, Sex and Immortality [Aquarius Trilogy Book One]
on Dec. 28, 2011
I feel like packing my bags and taking the first plane to Milos. I’m sure if look hard enough, I’ll find another Ambrosia waiting for me on the beach. This book is an elegant amalgam of the very apt subtitle: Love, Sex and Immortality. For my taste, Law should also have added ‘science’. It certainly deserves a mention. Or, in other words, this book has everything!
- Sci-Fi Series 2 (Simulator, Little Angels, Esperanza)
on Dec. 30, 2011
All three stories attest that we have a new science fiction star rising. I loved the stories, leaving me wanting more.
- ELOHIM-Masters & Minions [Winston Trilogy Book Two]
on Jan. 12, 2012
One Just Man, now Elohim, and we have Part Three yet to come. Winston is becoming more enigmatic. Peter is living proof that if you refuse to give up, you can reach heights undreamt of. Cathy and Lena continued to grow in stature. A mystery? Suspense? Or just a very good story? It seems that for Stan Law the world, as we know it, is not enough! Fantastic!
Keep them coming Mr. Law!
- Peter and Paul
on Nov. 27, 2012
“Peter and Paul” is a great book. It is as filled with action as with poetic prose. Yet, after this fascinating exposé on the lives of the two principal apostles, Law treated us to a surprise like no other. He added the notes he’d made which led to the development of his novel. The notes he’d made during his research. I’ve never had an opportunity to peek into a writer’s mind until now. An utterly unique idea, which helped me, even after the fact, so to speak, to understand the novel better. Thanks for the novel and special thanks for the notes. Most enlightening.
- DELUSIONS — Pragmatic Realism
on Nov. 06, 2013
As with all Stanislaw Kapuscinski books, Delusions make you think. What makes this book exceptional in its genre is that it is also entertaining. What is even more fascinating, is that without sacrificing Pragmatic Realism, the author manages to suggest realities that border on science fiction, without straying from the philosophical axioms. Delusions boast a rare combination of erudition, entertainment and literature.
A rare book, indeed.
- Pluto Effect [Aquarius Trilogy Book Two]
on Dec. 15, 2013
I am yet to read a Stan Law novel that would not surprise me. While they all reach beyond the ordinary, it seems that his imagination continues to uncover new vistas, cross new horizons, to amuse, and invariably to make me think “what if?”
In Pluto Effect he postulates that the old Greek gods had been real people, with very human characteristics. They only way in which they differed was that they seemed to have the power to fulfill their wishes. But even so, gods fought with gods even as people fight with people. His definition of god tends toward omnipotence, without defining morality or ethics. That last seems to be at the core of his writing.
If he’s right, than we can begin to regard the world of today in a completely new light.
- OLYMPUS — Of Gods and Men [Aquarius Trilogy Book 3]
on Oct. 05, 2014
I am an avid reader of books by Stan I.S. Law, and after this Trilogy, I will continue to be his admirer. He is the only author I know who not only entertains me, but from whom I learn something new every time.
In Olympus, part 3 of the Aquarius Trilogy, I found echoes of Jainism, wherein the Ages rotate from Golden to the depravity of materialism only to rise again to another Golden Age, which Law describes as the Second Eden. It is hard to accept that at present, in the ‘spiritual’ sense, we are not evolving but rather devolving, and yet, each time we sink to materialism nature seems to come to our aid and reverses the process once again to spiritual heights.
Only Stan Law manages to describe this philosophy as part of a natural cycle in a convincing way. I am amazed, as always, how he succeeds in making his reality acceptable to his readers. I am looking forward to the next book from his prolific author who manages to maintain the highest literary standard in every book.
Thanks again, Mr. Law.
- Awakening - Event Horizon
on June 13, 2016
Reading AWAKENING I discovered that I connected with the author on two levels. First there was a stream of consciousness that served to share a message or an idea, and then editors added punctuation to make those ideas easier to assimilate by average reader. Taken as such I doubled my pleasure, and found that a number of previous books I read by this same author could be interpreted in the same way.
Somehow Stan Law manages to encapsulate his philosophy into a narrative which can be enjoyed on many levels. There is even poetry mixed in for good measure. If you allow the book to sweep you in its current, you’ll extract as much pleasure from it as I did. If not, the story itself is enough to sate literary needs of even the most exacting reader.
This book is a metaphysical masterpiece!
- Vicious Circle Volume One
on Sep. 05, 2017
This author never ceases to amaze me, although usually, he does so with his fiction, under the pen name Stan Law. This new collection serves not only to remind me of a number of his books I read but if belatedly, to explain the motivation behind some of his them. Whether or not you read Law’s fiction, this is a wonderful collection which will encourage you to do so. Recommended.