This was the first Stan Law book that I read, and I have become an instant fan. Law's tale about old age and retirement homes takes takes us on both an intellectual and spiritual journey, and it is a wonderfully enlightening read.
Throughout this tale of an aging Polish wife and mother who struggles to understand her own mortality and those of her friends and loved ones, Law teaches us about life, love, friendship, loneliness, religion, etc.
The author is obviously a scholar in many of the topics noted above which he presents throughout the book in strikingly detailed narratives, yet he draws the reader in, then lets them form their own conclusions on the information presented, rather than forcing his opinions on the reader.
While at times a very challenging read, it takes us on a great journey that leaves us better at the end of the book then we were before we started.
This is another excellent book from Stan Law. It chronicles the tale of the main character (Anne) and her family and friends from an awkward and troubled childhood to messiah of higher truth.
The author brings an unparalleled knowledge and blend of ancient religious teachings, spirituality, and science, and he crafts them into a tale that is both a very thought provoking and invigorating read.
This was the 2nd Stan Law book that I read, and I can not wait to start my 3rd, the Sequel to The Avatar Syndrome titled Headless World.
In this book, Stan departs from his normal topics of interest and deep analysis of religion and philosophy (as he does in his other books such as The Gate or The Avatar Syndrome), but that by no means makes it any less remarkable. In fact, in many ways, it is more remarkable than the others (and I am a big lover of The Gate and the Avatar Syndrome).
Attempting a love story, Stan still brings his wit and humor to the tale, and dare I say the usual quirkiness in his characters that so endear them to the reader.
Whether Marvin is sharing stories of the other renters in Mrs. Prentis' Victorian house, his beloved though sometimes overpowering and headstrong lianas, or shifting papers from IN to OUT box at his desk, Marvin has a real warmth and genuineness to him. Marvin's antics (while trying to fit into "normal" society's stereotypes) during his pursuit of Mrs. Prentis' niece Jocelyn are both touching and hysterical.
Stan definitely needs to consider writing more love stories in the future. His whimsy really seems to shine in this style of book.
Stan doesn't need a lot of words or an entire novel to cast a spell upon us, and deliver very powerful and complicated messages. These short stories are fantastic.
I was so taken with "Delicious Monster (adapted from Marvin Clark)", that I immediately put this book down, purchased Marvin Clark, and read THAT from cover to cover before returning to these stories.
Around the World is truly a memorable story, the depths Stan probes with the story "Lovers" is amazing, "Virus" provides us with a very intellectually stimulating tale, and "The Jewel" is just that!
All the stories provide us with a perfect blend of thought provoking, engrossing, and charming.
Stan is a truly gifted writer, and these short stories provide us with short views into his writing excellence.
This is an excellent sequel to The Avatar Syndrome from Stan Law. The book continues the life of the main character (Anne) and her family. While struggling to come to grips with her "gifts" in the Avatar Syndrome, Anne appears much more comfortable with herself and her abilities in this book, while still maintaining some vulnerabilities and striving to fully understand the higher truth.
The author continues to bring his unparalleled knowledge and blend of ancient religious teachings, spirituality, and science to the book, and he further demonstrates his knowledge of the inner workings of the Vatican.
For anyone that enjoyed The Avatar Syndrome, I definitely recommend Headless World. For those that have not read The Avatar Syndrome, I highly recommend you give them both a try.
Take all your pre-conceived notions and previous “brainwashing” and set it aside, then open Mr. Kapuscinski's text. I guarantee that you will think differently when you are done. And while imparting knowledge and wisdom, the author never preaches, and always injects humor into the text to keep it light and making it an enjoyable read.
The breadth of knowledge he presents is amazing. He is clearly a master of religious, scientific, and mythological knowledge. I walk away enriched, yet yearning for more of Mr. Kapuscinski’s work.
As with Beyond Religion I, if you can check your pre-conceived notions and brainwashings at the door, then read this book, Mr. Kapuscinski will open your eyes and your mind, and enrich your life. You will think differently when you are done.
Mr. Kapuscinski’s style, with a constant blend of wit and humor, remains a pleasure to read. Although obviously far more knowledgeable than the rest of us, Mr. Kapuscinski never gets “preachy”, simply presenting the information for the audience to consume.
I walk away enriched, yet yearning for more of Mr. Kapuscinski’s work. In fact, I’ve already started Beyond Religion III
As with Beyond Religion I and Beyond Religion II, if you can check your pre-conceived notions at the door, then you will find these books most enlightening and fulfilling. Mr. Kapuscinski will open your eyes and your mind, and enrich your life.
Mr. Kapuscinski’s constant blend of wit and humor remain a pleasure to read.
Mr. Kapuscinski never gets “preachy”, simply presenting the information for the audience to consume. This is an enlightening trait that many other authors need to learn.
I walk away enriched, yet yearning for more of Mr. Kapuscinski’s work.
This book is a real eye opener. I can’t help but feel now that I’ve been reading half-truths and only part of the story for years. It’s incredible to me that this has all gone largely unreported until now. The author does an excellent job of helping us unravel this untold (or highly omitted) version of the story. Throw in some suspense and mystery and you have a real winner.
A very interesting and challenging read from Stanislaw Kapuscinski. He challenges the reader to reach deep, ignore false or perceived limitations, and develop a heightened awareness of your reality. With these limitations removed, the book leads us on an enjoyable path to setting new rules that will govern our own personal universes. There is no way to read this book and not feel enriched afterwards.
Having read and enjoyed the Dictionary of Biblical Symbolism, this book was the next logical step on the journey that the author is taking me on. As with the Dictionary, he has opened my eyes, and made me feel and think differently by the conclusion of the book.
While I am not your regular Sci-Fi reader, I’d swap places with Delta anytime.
(Who is Delta? I will not give the secrets away, but if we could retreat to the Garden of Eden and start the human race again, I’d vote for Delta replacing Eve. Or… or we could do it the way Gamman proposes; either way, it would be better than the present—or the predictable future.)
Read it and find out for yourself.
Being and Becoming, eternity, all constrained within the eternal NOW. An extraordinary idea, although, to be frank, I’d rather remain in a reality where the day lasts 24 hours.
Perhaps, one day, but not yet… although it is a fascinating idea.
Love, Sex and Immortality. That’s a good as it gets. Throw in a Greek Island, washed with sun, surround it with warm water, add good food and good wine, and you have a novel I like.
I didn’t really need all the walking through walls stuff, but you can’t have Stan Law without magic and mystery and suspense. On the other hand, it might be just your cup of tea.