Friday, April 20, 2018

Jon Christopher - Moving At The Speed of Time

It's real - it's finally out, and what an exciting day for the world! I'll copy my review here; as well as link to the website; I just need to forewarn you - the publishers is marketing the book as a book about Cannibis. Well, That's like Saying Comey's book is about Trump, or Castaneda's books were about Peyote. Naw, marketing aside - this is a hard-core book of philosophy, with great laughs thrown in. So, buy it despite the marketing. You'll be much happier.

Here's the review:

"Jon Christopher just doesn't understand old people like myself. We really need sleep. Truly. But will he listen? Nnnoooo...

He keeps writing books that won't let us sleep. For example, on every other page there's a small laugh. Sounds innocuous enough - but think about it. When I laugh I take in more air. More oxygen. As tired as I am it gives me enough energy to read two more pages, then another laugh, and - well it's endless. It's not like he's trying to be funny. He just is.

He also makes sure to stop and make me think too. For example, he writes "let’s take a peek behind the writing curtain... Have you ever thought about words and what a miracle they are?" Sounds simple - but if you follow his advice like I did, and just stop and think! Yes! They are miraculous. And on top of that miracle, getting excited about the miracle of language causes me to wake up even more! It's almost like magic - I'm excited, get back to the page, and another wow on top of it! Well, this is a funny wow - but I was both excited and laughing - worth four more pages of staying awake: "...for the most part we’ve lost the magic of what it means to be able to put words on paper. There is a reason they call it spelling, because it’s a form of magic, it’s the ability to cast a spell over someone's mind."

See, sneaky - he knows exactly what he's doing. How do I know that? 'Cause this is the second book I've read by him in less than a year and they both kept me up all night. He pulled the same great author tricks in Somewhere Out There In The West. Just peek at this trick: "He didn’t have to change his beliefs, he just had to take them to heart and actually believe in his beliefs, which can be harder than one thinks. "

Yep. If that doesn't get your neurons wandering faster than normal, well what can I say. Jon is not changing his ways just so we can get our beauty rest. He doesn't believe any of us should sleep. But if he wants to make the NY Times Bestseller's list he'll take some sage advice from an old man. Jon, you're supposed to write books that bore you to sleep, and take a year to read. They're such a chore to read that people talk about the book every day for a year, and everyone thinks it must be great. If you keep writing books that really excite people they'll stop going to movies, stop sleeping, stop watching TV. You'll cause an awful change to the American way of life. The only good thing I can say is that thankfully there is only one author like Jon Christopher, and I can't wait to read his next book."

Here's the website (You can also buy the book right now at Space Cowboy Books!):

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