Thursday, October 11, 2012
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Monday, May 14, 2012
Helene Farber's "novel of short stories" TAKE ME INTO THE WAVES is (finally) available in print.
Excellently reviewed on Amazon, TAKE ME INTO THE WAVES is a bittersweet journey of a contemporary woman, with whom both men and women will readily identify as she vacillates from strength to confusion to weakness and to redemption. Farber imbues her words with dark and occasionally cold humor as her characters navigate through their relationships in a universe that ultimately follows no one's rules.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
HUMAN (reviewed on May 1, 2012)
First-time novelist Berke examines the tenuous relationship between the mental and the corporeal in a tale of political tug-of-war between the secret operatives of two world superpowers.
Elijah Smith, the founder of the scientific company SmithCorp, appears to have crested in old age and begun his descent into death. With the help of the precocious but scarred Dr. Bayron and Hermelinda—Smith’s nurse and lover—death isn’t the only option for Smith. Using materials imported from a Russian researcher who attempted to recreate the mind of a deceased government agent, Bayron sets out to reconstruct a digital model of Smith’s brain that effectively preserves his consciousness in a “prosthetic mind.” Though the experiment accomplishes its goal, both Smith and Bayron soon discover the dangerous knowledge contained in Smith’s hybrid mind: The Russian operative, whose memories Smith inherited, was one of three individuals who knew a code necessary to unlock an extensive nuclear warhead arsenal. What follows is a rollicking traipse through espionage stings, gunfights, and meetings between friends and enemies as two covert units, one American and one Russian, go to great lengths to protect their national—and, as it turns out, personal—interests. Despite the violence and manpower, however, it is the disembodied Smith who plays the biggest role, in a way that makes a strong claim about the potential drawbacks of immortality in a world where “once you are quantifiable, you aren’t human anymore.” Berke’s prose alternates between straightforwardness and meditation; in spite of its clockworklike plot, the novel manages to speak directly to the philosophical, theological, and biological paradoxes inherent in the idea of a human living past physical death. By the end of the novel, it’s clear that, at least for Smith, being human is not merely a matter of chemical processes, but a matter of doing the right thing.
A rough-and-tumble combination of science fiction, crime and romance that ultimately succeeds in salvaging the best from each genre to comment meaningfully on the perplexing—and often uncertain—nature of human identity.
Pub Date: Dec. 18th, 2011
Page count: 346pp
Program: Kirkus Indie
Review Posted Online: April 12th, 2012
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2012
Saturday, March 17, 2012
For release: March 15, 2012
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Felt terribly obligated to repost the link to this superb and entertaining post by Chuck Wendig.
When I first announced that I completed my novel, a lot of people asked, how did you do it, how did you find the time, etc.
As Chuck Wendig advises, I just sat down and wrote. I wrote a lot on the bus. I wrote a lot late at night when I should have been sleeping, I wrote while I was waiting for my wife to finish putting on her makeup.
There is no magic to moving from aspiring writer to writer: just write.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
If one could, for even a moment, ignore the fact that the dinner guests were corpses and the main course was a plate of severed human hands, then it would have appeared as if they had crashed a perfectly pleasant dinner party. The dead diners were all neatly dressed and well-groomed. There was no rot and barely a smell of death at all. In fact, Cos wondered if he were just imagining the smell of death. The corpses looked relatively fresh.
“I don’t know, Frankie,” Cos said, “but if I had to guess, I’d say that three hours ago all these people were still alive and those hands were still raw. I got a ten spot says forensics confirms that.”Peace,
Sunday, February 12, 2012
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Saturday, January 21, 2012
I think a great action/suspense story can be built around the efforts of any number of groups to prevent the technology getting out. I also think there would be tremendous food for thought in the implications of such an energy source.
I am sharing this idea here now because a lot of people came to me with wonderful thoughts about Human after it was completed and too late to incorporate some of those ideas. I figured, I would do an experiment with crowdsourcing, by publishing my idea long before I can take pen to paper on it and getting the feed back first.
Please share your thoughts with me in the comments section or wherever.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
|The Grateful Dead. Their imagery and the passion of their fans has never diminished in the years since they first started performing. In these two books, some very brilliant and educated guys have studied the phenomenon of the Dead and in doing so have uncovered some extremely powerful business methods that can--in fact SHOULD-- be replicated by every business. The Deadheads are not mere loyal consumers, they are active partners in the band's success. Can you say the same about your customers?|
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
ABOXOFRAIN.com (aka lookoutofanywindow.blogspot.com) is pleased to announce the pre-release of the new novel, Human, by Robert G. Berke.
Mr. Berke is a frequent contributor to this blog. Though he has been a prolific writer of short stories and articles, Human is his first full length novel. The novel is 330 pages long (approximately 96,000 words).
Human tells the story of Elijah Smith, a wealthy entrepreneur who is beset by an unnamed disease which has been slowly eating away at his nervous system. In an effort to preserve his life notwithstanding the inevitable death of his body, Smith recruits a brilliant neurosurgeon to lead a team in creating a detailed virtualization of every part of his brain.
The project is successful, but it quickly proves to have had an unforeseen consequence as Smith--or at least the virtual Smith--discovers that he now possesses some very powerful and very dangerous information. When Smith reveals this information to his friend he sets a string of events in motion which immediately imperils all of his friends and family, and possibly millions of other people.
Through powerful storytelling, Berke confronts the question of what it actually means to be human and whether an individual's humanity is necessarily trapped within a corporeal body or whether it can be extracted and installed like software onto a technological platform.
Ultimately, the fate of the world depends on the answer to the question, "is Smith still human?"
"This is a book you will find yourself discussing long after you have put it down."
The author's publisher, MultiModoMedia Press, has authorized us to give away 10 copies of the electronic version of the book in either Kindle, I-Pad (I-Books), or Nook format to any reader of this blog who will agree to read it and submit a review.
For details on this give-away, send an inquiry to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We have also been asked to spread the word that multimodomedia press is seeking submissions according to its submission guidelines.