Writing: String Theory and Book Reviews

Life doesn’t hinge on traumatic or cataclysmic events no matter what you hear on country music radio.  Life is proof of the validity of the string theory.  Our lives stretch  behind us like a piece of string.  When we take time to look back at that long length of string, we are often amazed to note that it doesn’t follow the path we outlined in our day timers, on our to-do lists, or planned on our magnetic refrigerator pad that the volunteer fire department sold us for only twenty-five dollars.

Of course if you are lamenting the fact that you spent twenty-five dollars for that thing, stand up and smile.  Everyone on the planet knows that twenty-five dollars hasn’t been worth more than five in more than two decades.

Now, the funny thing about my life string, and yours, and hers, and his is that they tend to cross each other often, and in the crossing, every piece of string is redirected a bit.  The fact that you are reading this is an example.  Let me be more specific.  You’re investing an inch or two of your string in reading this, because last night I invested some of my string in watching a TED Talks on memory training presented by Joshua Foer.

Joshua’s presentation was good enough for me to Google him, find his web site and note he had written a book, Moonwalking With Einstein.   From his website, I went to Amazon.com, found his book and downloaded a sample.  I quickly saw why Amazon rated it one of the best books of 2011.  I finished the sample this morning and immediately went back to buy the book.

When I clicked on my Amazon short cut (I spend a lot of time there), the first thing I saw was a headline that read, “Nobody Author Becomes A Bestseller Overnight.”  It took a second for me to get it, Nobody is the book title.  Still, I can’t resist those stories.  I’m a writer who hasn’t yet awakened to discover that overnight I had become a bestselling author.  So I read the bit about the author, Creston Mapes and how he struggled for years.  Then, thanks to Amazon, he woke up one recent morning and found he was a bestselling author.  It was inspirational.  It made me know that my day is coming.  YES!!!!!

I clicked on the link that took me to the book Nobody.  I’m a sucker for reviews, because as a writer, I believe they are important, and everyone reads them.  Nobody has 72 reviews, and they average four stars.  A lot of people would see that and believe that they were all five star reviews except the two or three written by Virgos, who found a couple of typos or formatting issues.  In this case, that just isn’t so.   The detail is: Nobody has 33 Five Star Reviews, 18 Four Star Reviews, 7 Three Star Reviews, 8 Two Star Reviews, and 6 One Star Reviews.  Let’s face it, that is quite a range, and it’s more than that.  Some of the low star reviews are funny, and none of them are hateful or nasty.

The spread was created because of the religious undertones and overtones of the book.  I suspect that is also what makes them all civil.  Let’s face it, it’s thunderstorm season in the northern hemisphere and who wants to be on record as having criticized the Infinite when at any moment they could be caught grounded, in open country, under the thunderstorm of the century.

As I perused the reviews, I stumbled on one that made the time spent reading the others time well spent.

It read:

“Imagine going down to your local hardware store to buy a lawn mower. You ask the clerk for help in choosing the model and the clerk replies: “Let us pray on it”
If this seems a logical response, then this book might interest you. If it seems ridiculous, avoid this book.” 

The review was written by “everyman” who has posted 71 reviews and if you follow the link to read all of everyman’s reviews, you will note that everyman is hell on books.  Luggage, electronics, and shower heads fare much better with him.

Oh well, thanks for tangling your string with mine for a few minutes.  Watch out for thunderstorms and don’t miss an opportunity to laugh.  And if you are one who prays about your choice of a lawn mower instead of jumping on the first John Deer that comes along, you might enjoy Nobody, by Creston Mapes, one of our newest, bestselling authors.


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4 Responses to Writing: String Theory and Book Reviews

  1. Julia Robb

    Hi Bert: I enjoyed your blog. Good luck to you!

  2. Gio Clairval

    Interesting entry made me want to check out both books. Thank you.
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  3. I’d say we share more than a few inches of string, most of it black. But, as always, your writing fuels me to soldier on. Even when the mud is ten inches deep, the mosquitoes are myriad as oxygen molecules, and the horizon is nowhere in sight.

    That’s a compliment, by the way. Meandering, sure, but still a compliment. :)
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  4. Paul Wandason

    Great post Bert! Love your string theory and glad our strings have crossed!

    Right. I’m off to buy a lawnmower!

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