Book Review: The Oldest Man in the Universe by Tuan Ho

TOMITUThe Oldest Man in the Universe By Tuan Ho

Book Description: Carlos Ricardo Miccapo is the oldest man in the universe and he’s experienced all that life has had to offer. When there is nothing left to explore and experience – is life worth living? His closest friends from across countless galaxies will find out as they gather for one last time at the edge of the universe.

A couple of weeks ago I read the short story, The Oldest Man in the Universe by fellow blogger, movie and book reviewer Tuan Ho. It’s a very quick read and by that I mean you can probably read it during the commercial breaks of your favorite show.

Tuan prefaces the book with one of my favorite quotes by Albert Einstein. I’ve quoted it on my blog before.

“Imagination is more important that knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.”

This quote and the description of the book had me intrigued. What would the oldest man in the universe have to say? What wisdom would he share with the rest of us?

After reading about some of his experiences I wished he’d possessed the wisdom or the morality to just say no. N-O! There are some things that should not be experienced. Ever. Period! I’m not sure my mind will ever recover from some of the images the author placed there.

Regardless, it was a good read and left me with a smile on my face as I was reminded of a favorite quote by Socrates. Any story that can do that is worth four stars in my book.

Oh the quote? I cannot tell you because it will spoil the ending. You’ll just have to read it for yourself.

When Will I Get My Breakthrough? Making It Past “The Dip”

An older post but definitely worth the read if you haven’t seen it yet. It may take me a while but I read every post Kristen Lamb publishes. This one contains words of encouragement for all the writers out there. I’m in The Dip too, aka Editing Hell and needed to read this today.

Kristen Lamb's Blog

If you stick with writing long enough, you will make it to The Dip (thank you, Seth Godin). The Dip is that span of suck right before the big breakthrough. The Dip is a killer and it seems to go on and on and on, but The Dip serves a number of important purposes.

The Dip Weeds Out the Uncommitted

Writing is the best job in the world. I love what I do and, frankly it’s a huge reason I struggle with resting. My work rarely feels like work…unless I’m in The Dip, which I’m in now. We writers also call these “revisions.” I’ve read my new book so many times, I swear I could recite it from memory.

But there’s a missing comma. Oh, and where did that extra period come from? Wait, the subject and verb don’t agree in that sentence. Doesn’t that need a citation? All…

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Guest Blog: Pick Your Poison by Melissa Janda

My guest post on Charles Yallowitz’s blog. I’m still so anxious about this, wondering if I did an okay job of decorating his blog with it or if it’s a complete eyesore. Ahhh!

Legends of Windemere

Today we have a fun and entertaining story by Melissa Janda.  Enjoy.

I want to extend a very heartfelt thank you to Charles Yallowitz for allowing me to guest post on his blog. This is my first ever guest post so he didn’t know what to expect when he agreed to do this. Hopefully he is pleased with the result.

This was a tremendous amount of fun for me and I hope that my love for the characters in his books shine through with the following story.

“To write is human, to edit is divine.” I spoke the words aloud in an attempt to convince myself of its truth. Like hell it is, Stephen King. To write is divine, to edit is Misery. You should know, you wrote the book on it.

It was early afternoon but I’d had enough editing for one day. I pushed back my chair…

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Teaser Tuesday: Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury

ZenITAOWI failed to post a teaser last week but it doesn’t matter because I’m still reading the same book, Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury. This is unusual for me because I typically complete a book in a day or two.

Have I lost interest, you may ask? Absolutely not. I am relishing this book, R-E-L-I-S-H-I-N-G, re-reading sentences and paragraphs. I don’t generally mark up the books I read. I try to keep them in as pristine condition as possible. But I tossed that propensity right out the window with this book. I couldn’t get past the preface (don’t generally read that either) before I was underlining passages (ever so lightly in pencil, of course) and dog-earring pages. {Gasp!}

This book speaks to the heart of a writer. Here is an excerpt (I couldn’t stick to the TT guidance and limit it to 2 sentences):

“It is the moment when the porch swing creaks gentle and a voice speaks. All hold their breath. The voice rises and falls. Dad tells of other years. A ghost rises off his lips. The subconscious stirs and rubs its eyes. The Muse ventures in the ferns below the porch, where the summer boys, strewn on the lawn, listen. The words become poetry that no one minds, because no one has thought to call it that. Time is there. Love is there. Story is there. A well-fed man keeps and calmly gives forth his infinitesimal portion of eternity. It sounds big in the summer night. And it is, as it always was down the ages, when there was a man with something to tell, and ones quiet and wise, to listen.”

I. LOVE. THIS. If that doesn’t stir your soul as a writer, honey, I don’t know what will.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!