Monday, October 26, 2015

The Spider, The Witch, And The Spaceship

This is the story of a man named Nate who finds himself living in a psychiatric health care facility. He does not remember how he got there, but as he starts to remember things from his past life, he realizes that the universe has changed dramatically since he was young. A story of childhood nostalgia, sometimes comically illuminating the differing perceptions adults and children have of the world, The Spider, The Witch, And The Spaceship is also a journey through the memories of a man for clues as to the real reason he is where he is. Filled with tension between opposing claims of the ultimate reality, this is a novel that will keep the reader guessing until the end.

Daniel Noe was born in Florida and raised in New Hampshire. He has long wanted to explore other planets, but is now content to write about it instead. He likes dinosaurs, sea creatures, and peanut-butter and jelly sandwiches. He also draws alien life forms at his blog,

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4Coming of Age - with a twist
By George E.
At first, I thought I would not like it because it just seemed too surreal at first, but then I quickly realized what was happening and thought it was borderline genius. The story manages to be entertaining while providing poignant insights about life from the POV of a child who is struggling with the inconsistencies all around him in the way adults speak, behave, and treat their children. In this way he touches on everything from land ownership, why some people follow different rules, punishment, why rules are applied in different situations, preferential treatment, sibling rivalry, revenge, justice, etc. etc. etc. Poor Nathan really wants to be good, but he just cannot understand the complex systems of rules that his parents just sort of expect him to know without first explaining them to him, and which they then enforce very inconsistently from one situation to the next.

I was particularly intrigued by the interplay between Nathan and his sister, and their interactions with their parents, and I couldn't help but cringe as Nathan gets in trouble time and time again, while his sister always escapes punishment, on account of she's younger and she's a girl. If he is in the wrong, he gets punished because he is older and should know better, if she is in the wrong he gets punished because he should have stopped her from doing the wrong thing. There is so much insight in these pages in terms of parenting and child rearing that I was speechless at times.

I did kind of think that some of the scenes were redundant, following a formulaic process. Many of these could have been condensed without losing any of the flavor of the tale. But this is not a deal breaker in an otherwise witty and insightful yarn.

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5This book had me captured from page one.
By Rebecca Weeks
I am honored to be the first to write a review on this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it, lots of plot twists. A lot of it surprised me, which I like in a story. not predictable at all. I would recommend, it addresses a lot of issues as well. Well done to the author.

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