We Are All Birds


We Are All Birds.

A true story: Remember: not A word: Rebecca Myers


A true story: Remember: not A word: Rebecca Myers.

WHAT IF?


What If? Jeffery M. Daniels

Questions are how we learn the answers to many things that we might not otherwise know or understand. When children question adults, their teachers and friends their mind expands, their knowledge base grows and they become better informed. But, what if when you question, when you ponder or wonder whatever you ask becomes more than just a question? What if your passion to express yourself in your own unique way brings you into a world that will turn your life in many different directions? What if you are Jeremy Shuttle a young boy whose passion for drawing is just second to asking questions and learning about the world? What if you are Jeremy Shuttle and happen to walk into a new art supply store, meet a quirky shopkeeper with an odd way about him and you find yourself in many different dimensions, worlds having unique experiences as the pictures you draw within the pages of a sketchbook given to you my this man, become more than just the images on the page?

When Jeremy arrives home with his new sketchpad and his pencils he mother reflects in her own way about his talent. Jeremy’s ability to recreate images seems almost surreal. But, his schoolwork in class needed more effort as the author shares his mother’s thoughts with readers. When Jeremy recounts his visit with the shopkeeper, the information he shares about his family you begin to start wondering just who this man is and what his real motive is for befriending Jeremy. Just his appearance is odd and his mannerisms some might say are suspect. Questions are supposed to be welcomed by teachers and not tossed aside or criticized by classmates. After his encounter with the storekeeper he asked his science teacher about prehistoric eras and cave paintings. Bullies tend to insult and hurt those that they think are weak. Jeremy has been the brunt of many attacks and never seems to shy away from a good confrontation due to his smart answers and sarcastic sense of humor that often surprises those that try to insult him. As he asks his question one student is constantly heckling him and the teacher seems stumped by the question. A confrontation that caused him some pain and a bully that definitely needs to be taught more than just a lesson.

As Jeremy decides to recreate a incident with three bullies he adds his own personal touches to the picture in his sketchpad never thinking that the entire scene would come alive. When kids start screaming and these strange creatures start picking people, up the vivid descriptions and the end result as you read it would be right out of a Sci Fi Movie. When things begin to calm down and Natalie, Jeremy’s best friend finds him what happens next will definitely surprise both of them as he realizes what happens and the illustration in his pad well: What if it just disappears? Jeremy and Natalie begin to analyze the entire incident as Jeremy later on assesses what he knows. Using the sketchbook and creating a scene made it come alive. But, when he used the book and the pencils the shopkeeper gave him to draw the cup of coffee, did it come alive too?

Jeremy is adventurous and although Natalie warns him against taking chances with his book his next drawing is quite unique and what if Jeremy decided to become an ant? What if he joined an ant colony and talk these ants to talk? What happens if he cannot regain his human form? What if he stays as an ant? The scenes are quite humorous, the lessons he learns about how to deal with ants, becoming one of them and how he interacts with the ants might teach kids how to deal with other races and other people. Meeting the Queen Ant she was enthralled by his appearance and telling her his story really fascinated the Queen Ant. But, what she determines about him well you have to read it for yourself. So, just who will save Jeremy and help him turn back into being human?

Jeremy learned a lot from the ants besides friendship, loyalty and understanding. He loved being accepted for himself and helping them against their attackers really shows that Jeremy does take the initiative but when he finally returns home things just might change for everyone. Jeremy learns many lessons in this book but one for sure as he and Natalie have their disagreements and their lives change when he realizes just what a loyal friend she is and he begins to look at her in a different way. But, Jeremy is headstrong and decides to use the notebook to go back in time to see those cave paintings and his experience is quite exciting, dangerous but with the help a friend he just might make it back in one piece but definitely with some obvious wear and tear.

Jeremy is very smart and one question has him asking some more: What happened to his dad? Where is he? What if I could do something great for my mom? What Jeremy decides to do for his mom is endear you to him even more. What happens as a result will let you know that some things cannot be changed, history, well you decide what exactly happened when he goes back in time and friendships that will be lifelong. What happens when Jeremy uses his sketchpad one more time to do something special for his mom? Who comes to his rescue and proves that they will always you might say watch his back? What about Natalie? Will she stick around or will she decide that his use of the pad is too dangerous and that every time he uses it something bad happens? An ending you won’t expect and a 13 year old inquisitive young man named Jeremy and his best friend Natalie are both on different journeys to adulthood but will they wind up there together? Friends forever or will they part? Find out when author Jeffrey Daniels continues his adventures of this great kid named Jeremy Shuttle.

Knowing what you are looking for does you little good if you don’t know where to look.” Book 2: just might enlighten him and readers too. What is Jeremy looking for that he still has not found? Find out when you read What If? What If I told you the answers then you would not have the joy and pleasure of reading this great book with this inquisitive young man, smart young girl named Natalie and a good mom named Theresa.

Fran Lewis: reviewer

Let’s give this book: FIVE LOYAL GOLDEN ANTS

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The Ophelia Cut


The Ophelia Cut.

Tyler: Is this you?


First World Problems in an Age of Terrorism and Ennui

Dominic Peloso

 

 

Think about sitting within the confines of a room with no windows, no wall decorations and one laptop computer as your main source of entertainment and company. Imagine this airless room with no way to escape. Life brings us many difficult situations and all too often we feel stifled, alone, dejected and look for ways to be noticed. But, what happens when one young man named Tyler, decides to shake it up just a bit but not in a conventional manner. What happens when someone works at a dead end job that holds no real challenges or future, where the boss refuses to present him with more work or any real responsibilities and your co-workers dish out some piece work or grunt work to you just to keep you busy and away from them. Tyler is the main character in First World Problems who decides to great a blog that would help terrorists in their quest to take down whatever country, city or state they so desire. Hoping to build and establish a community for radicals on a website he calls Choas, Tyler’s approach to life and the system is quite unique.

 

Getting to know Tyler we begin to understand that much of what he does is to verify that he even exists. At work he is just someone that takes up space but rarely gets anything done. Within his relationship with his girlfriend Ann, he is just there but does not seem as an active partner. Speaking about their days he injects what he does, some sarcasm involved and although she is a corporate lawyer, her life seems bland and her description of her day lacking emotion. Trying to find meaning in his life, even trying to take on some new challenges Tyler’s energy is misplaced as he becomes consumed with this blog that would help anyone that wants to become full fledged terrorist succeed. The setting is Washington, D.C Torn between working and making a difference of just riding his girlfriend’s coattails, Tyler’s battle within himself has yet to reveal a winner.

 

Each chapter begins with his blog, his idea to create some type of terroristic event that would definitely do more than shake things up. At the beginning of one chapter he even asks those interested in pairing up with others in the same field that want to blow up, destroy or create some terrorist plot if they want to meet others or need assistance to join the site and add his/her email. He will match the subscriber up with another one interested in the same things. Almost like terrorist.com. or match/terrorist.com. Scary, to say the least.

 

As we learn more about Tyler and his friend Jason we hear their conversations with they go to bars, have dinner or just meet. Each one seems to want to outplay the other. Tyler seems to just want to be noticed and gets angry when women ignore him or he does not score any attention. Ann, his girlfriend seems to have him under her thumb as he waits for her nightly call to pick her up at work, needs her permission to go out and have fun, yet if Tyler gave himself half a chance he just might be surprised.

 

From cancer scares, to bombs, throwing nails in the middle of the road to prevent the military from sending help, to all sorts of ways to create Choas including some type of bio-warfare, Tyler’s creative mind if found out by the wrong people, just might send him into hiding. In one chapter, which I found hilarious, he explains how you can become anonymous to some degree by not giving out your first or last name but by calling yourself FNU LNU. To find out what that means you have to read it for yourself to appreciate what he’s saying the humor behind it.  The author really brings to light many issues in this novel. Tyler has low or poor self-esteem. Tyler seems to be an underachiever in many respects because he’s become too complacent and does not or care to be challenged. Creating this website seems to be his passion and way to get noticed. But, what will happen if he is noticed and those that notice him believe what he’s writing? Many of the arguments presented by the author are in Tyler’s imagination. He fantasizes situations where he attends protests, quits his job, they try and convince him to stay and imagines perspective employers at interviews asking him the right questions to make sure he is right for the job. Most times he does not focus on work but on his “passive, morose behavior,” he is a defeatist in many respects and never feels that things will succeed. Preparing for the WTO protest he decides what to wear, what he will do and hopefully will be in the middle of a riot. When things don’t pan out Jason, his friend does not seem too upset where Tyler becomes enraged.

 

Taking his blog quite seriously, Tyler refers to CHOAS HQ as if it were a real place and the organization set to help you, the reader of the blog, prepare yourself in case you are about to run a revolutionary government. He even questions your commitment as you hear both Tyler and Ann discuss this in depth in Chapter 15. Now, for those readers that never realized it, Tyler does relate in detail how to take down America’s Infrastructure in the beginning of Chapter 16. Some of these little prologues are quite frightening to say the least and the author’s research or experiences in working in bioterrorism and as a policy analyst for the U.S. government I imagine his job and his expertise helped him when writing this book.

 

Tyler meets a young girl in a coffee house named Molly and decides to try his hand at doing more than just flirting with her he actually practices, drafts and then sends her an email thinking she would never respond. Thinking she did not care, well not that much anyway, he created his own version of what she did when receiving the email and her entire day. He wanted to think he set a trap for her or anyone else to come to him. The end result after all of his fantasies and Molly doing the same trying to figure out what he said and how to respond, the email she sent on page 119. You figure it out!

Chapter 17 will tell you the reader how to be a self-reliant revolutionary as his next lesson to help you in your quest to become a revolutionary. He even describes within that chapter being with Ann that does not sound very challenging, exciting or even meaningful. At times you might think he’s just going through the motions of living. The next blog focuses on Hard Currency Shortage and I should add that beneath each lesson or heading he allows readers or prospective revolutionaries to know how many people he will need to complete the task, the danger level, arrest level and even the equipment needed to pull each event off.

 

Car bombs, Ricin, the terrorist’s best friend, going to Molly’s apartment, their interaction, their odd conversations and Tyler worrying about Ann and thinking she might be wondering where he was, not relating anything to Molly about Ann, what will the final outcome be? We hear Tyler’s innermost thoughts in paragraph three on page 159 where he is with Molly and wishing that Anne tried harder with him. Tyler at that moment felt trapped. The rest of the paragraph is quite enlightening. The discussion about terrorists completes the chapter as he and Molly get into many different discussions that he and Ann never would even telling her about his terrorist group: CHOAS.

 

Things begin to fall apart in his mind and Tyler decides to go to Mexico thinking that people there would pay more attention to him, he could get meds to make him feel better. Tyler, in his own mind thinks that he is an expert on most things and that in Mexico meds are easy to get and prescriptions written for whatever you want. Pharmacies described, trying to work up the nerve to ask for Prozac the end result you have to read for yourself.

 

When all of the interactions are completed and even Ann and Molly meet the author presents the viewpoints of each character. We get to know Jason first as he describes what happens on Sept. 11, 2001 at the Pentagon. Then, we learn about the Towers, the smoke, and the news his reaction to the collapse of both towers. Jason knew what happened but wanted to see it first hand. Lines were dead in DC. Taking a camera with him to the scene, lots of people on the streets and everyone on cell phones. What he describes will remain in everyone’s mind forever. Next, we get to meet Ann and hear her story that never realized anything happened until the Internet went out. We hear her thoughts, her feelings and harsh realizations to what happened on Sept. 11th. Telling readers what she was supposed to do that day, trying to call Tyler from work, remembering she and Tyler were supposed to go to NY for the weekend. Molly’s story is next followed by Tyler’s as he realizes that things might not go so well if someone reads his blog, thinks he might have something to do with what happened that day and he plans to leave. Will they tie him to the plot? The reactions of the characters are quite different and Tyler’s out of the box. Deciding to visit his childhood hometown, Tyler remembers his past and just might begin to understand what is important. Will he be able to reconstruct his life? He is just lost?


Ann, Jason, Molly and many others care about Tyler but does he care about himself? Fleeing, panics, and thinking that no one in the terrorist organization would pay attention to him he decides to go home. How does this all end and what happens to Tyler? Find out when you read First World Problems in an Age of Terrorism and Ennui by Dominic Peloso. You won’t be disappointed. Individually and vividly depicted characters each blending with Tyler in their own unique way this book present and brings up many issues when one young man is bored with life, disgruntled, unhappy, poor self-esteem and just wants to be noticed. What do you think of how he goes about it? Quite interesting!

Fran Lewis: reviewer

 

 

 

 

rebel within


rebel within.