I'm a writer/agriculturalist who lives in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. I spend most of my time online and consider myself a scientist. I love to read and cook. In my life I have done a little bit of almost everything. I have two kids who are just as dear to me now as the day they were born and a fiancee from Ireland who is my knight in shining armor.
This book combines two story plots I love, end of the world scenarios and dinosaurs. There are a few confusing parts that don't get cleared up, but not many and it adds to general feel of the story in the beginning. Excellent work on the sci-fi futuristic descriptions and character interactions. I liked it and I want more. Please see the full review at: http://ebookit.wordpress.com/
This was a good read! Pleasant and exciting. Stories about saving unicorns are some of my favorites. Great descriptions. I actually thought that this would pass for a children's book very well. Please see the full review at:
I can't wait to read more from this author!
I was taken with the premise of the book. I was not impressed with the way the storyline progressed or the confusion it seemed to create. The characters were very interesting and description was vivid. Please see the full review at: http://ebookit.wordpress.com/
I literally savored this book like a turkey dinner with a fine wine and cinnamon apple pie for dessert! A man literally steps into the shoes of a mage in another world. He not only has to convince the natives of this world, but himself, that his magic is real. I think the constant thinking this character did is what really drew me to him. John Lyon is not a typical man. He investigates things fairly thoroughly and even when proof is staring at him, he's still making sure that it's really good proof. This character has got plenty of personality that's for sure. All the other characters in the whole book have personality too. Distinct individual personalities that are so well written they walk out of the page and present themselves to you.
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I can really see the tongue in cheek parody here of many robot stories. The purposeful use of brand name products, internet viewing and purchasing as well as directed advertising in the storyline makes for dry smiles. By itself, a man getting a robot to use as a girlfriend, would be a dry experience indeed if not for Wesley Allison's sense of humor. The main character Mike leads such a very normal life that we can really relate to with typical problems and such typical thoughts. It seems so very unexciting just talking about it. No one area is dwelled upon for very long however, and so what you may expect to be unexciting becomes unusual and interesting. The visual descriptions are very nice and when Mike's life starts to pick up, you really feel good for the guy. The robot itself does not do anything that invades our own personal mental space and becomes just as comfortable to us as it does to Mike.
Where does this story fall down? It really doesn't. Not even when the story complications come into play and you say to yourself "Here it comes.." and you believe that this will be the spot where your mental comfort level with the robot is going to be broken. The story complications stay just that, story complications, and not character complications. This really keeps the reader in the story. With a maximum of 4 - 5 characters, the story never becomes belabored and each character retains their identity. When Mike does something spontaneous, it creates a pleasing atmosphere to the story.
Put very simply, Mike is a lonely guy. He needs companionship. Does he get it? You bet. Does he get what he expects? Not quite, it's a bit better than he expects because his personality and the personality of the .. product?.. are so compatible. A nice mix of futuristic and humanity. Very worthy read and a well written author.
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I am very taken with this as a YA novel. It contained elements that were not only bright and cheerful but comforting as well. This is a place we would all like to visit. Clean water, beautiful vistas, people who care about each other. It was a major hit with my emotional side.