Antiphony by Chris Katsaropoulus

AntiphonyAntiphony by Chris Katsaropoulus

Description from Goodreads

In this novel that explores the intersection of science and spirituality, Theodore Reveil, one of the leading lights in string theory physics, is on his way to present his latest research at a triumphant meeting of his colleagues from around the world when he realizes that he has lost the notes for his presentation. Verging on panic, he is in the middle of ransacking his hotel room for the missing notes when he is stopped in his tracks by a voice—and a vision. Shaken by what he has just experienced, he takes the stage to deliver his speech, note-less. In the midst of his distraction and confusion, he poses the question “What if the Universe, instead of being a giant machine, is really a giant thought?” Then, before his astonished colleagues, Theodore makes an even bolder assertion: “The unsolvable terms in our equations may be road signs pointing to consciousness—to God—as the missing piece of the puzzle.”

Antiphony traces the downward spiral of Theodore’s career in the wake of his controversial statements, as well as the remarkable transformation that threatens to lead him to the depths of madness—or the revelation of the Final Theory, the ultimate secret of the universe. Readers interested in the nature of the universe, consciousness, and spirit will find this novel engaging, entertaining, and thought-provoking.

I gave this book four stars out of five

My thoughts:

I quite enjoyed this book. Having a personal interest in string theory and fundamental physics, the subject matter was fascinating for me, as were the philosophical questions raised regarding the existence of God and the melding of God and science in the search for that elusive theory of everything.

The story was built around how making one small mistake, in the wrong place, can bring the walls tumbling down, life crashing down around one’s ears. In this instance, the protagonist, Theodore Reveil, a physicist researching perturbation theory, found everything that he had known and worked for crumbling before his very eyes. It was interesting to see how fast a life and career that had taken years to build could unravel.

I liked Theodore Reveil. I found the crisis of conscience that he was going through fascinating – God versus science, or God and science, as opposed to all of his previous beliefs about God having no place in science or in a theory of the universe.

The character development was good. The relationships that evolved between Theodore and his family and friends, were interesting. Theodore came across as many people’s view of the eccentric, obsessed scientist, lost in his work, not really understanding or paying attention to the day-to-day world around him. He was over-analytical of everything he observed. He attempted to place common day occurrences and events within the spectrum of his knowledge and interest, questioning the most mundane of things and building some convoluted theory around them.

The book was well paced and used numerous literary devices to great effect. His ‘religious visions’ seemed to be expressed in a ‘stream of consciousness’ manner, with thoughts and images coming out roughshod and disorganised, in a rapid, rambling fashion and a blurring together of ideas. There was little punctuation, creating a kind of breathlessness to these passages, driving the reader on to the more manageable pace of the general narrative. They reminded me of the style of many passages in James Joyce’s, ‘Ulysses’.

Hearing voices in ones head is not generally accepted as a good thing, especially when one acts, based upon these voices. Theodore seems driven to act by what he has experienced, or at least during and shortly after the experience, without any real knowledge of what he is doing and against his ‘better’, or more rational, judgement. This sets up a deep internal struggle within his consciousness.

I liked the wide range of influences and topics apparent in this book – classical music and music theory, string theory, poetry, literature, mythology, spiritualism and religion. The author took all of these and used them to weave a descriptive cloak around the characters and plot.

I found this book to be well written and an enjoyable read. The ending was a little open ended for my liking, I would have liked there to be another chapter to wrap things up for me, but I suppose that this way we get to draw our own conclusions.

I would recommend this book if you are interested in the science and god question. If you enjoy literary fiction, combining poetry and prose, that deals with deep philosophical questions about the universe in which we exist, and indeed about existence itself, then you will surely enjoy this book.

This review is based on a complimentary copy provided by Netgalley and the publisher.

On Gossamer Wings

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On Gossamer Wings

 

On gossamer wings,
On gossamer wings,
My heart it flies to you.
To be together,
‘till the end of days
Is all that’s left to do.

Flying high,
‘cross the ocean blue,
To where it now belongs.
Cradled within,
A soul so true,
Amidst angelic song.

And soon now,
Oh, so very soon,
The body will be along.
To join the heart,
To fill the void,
Back where I belong.

Alone (double cinquain)

A poem dedicated to me and Ionia, by one of the most talented poets that I know. Thank you, Pam. This is incredible. You all should check out Pam’s poetry right now.

Poetry by Pamela

Alone
So incomplete
Gazing at the moonlight
Wondering just when you’ll be here
Nearby
With me
To start our lives
Never to leave again
Becoming whole and not just half
As one

Written for my muses (Ionia and Julian) during NaPoWriMo

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Spice up your April with Harlequin :) A lovely giveaway

Get a bit of romance in your life. Check out this great giveaway.

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If you live in North America and you are interested in a bit of romance and fun for April, take a moment to check out this post.

Here’s what you gotta do to win:

Give me the title and author of your very favourite Harlequin book of all time, then tweet, reblog or share this post to your favourite social media outlet!One random winner will be chosen on Thursday, the 17th of April. Please remember that this giveaway is only for those in NORTH AMERICA🙂

April is Billionaires month at Harlequin!

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And here is what you can win–I want one too!

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Here are some of the exciting things you can find at Harlequin.com

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1404_hp_fourFriends_mainSo go give the site a look and see if something tickles your fancy.

And here is a calendar of themes for the coming months.

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Pig and Small by Alex Latimer

Pig and SmallPig and Small by Alex Latimer

Description from Goodreads

Pig and Bug just want to be friends. But their size difference is proving to be a BIG problem. Pig wants to play games – but Bug is too small. Bug wants to make things for his friend – but Pig is too big! Just as they’ve given up all hope for their friendship, Pig has an idea But will it work? (Yes, it will!)

I gave this book four stars out of five

My thoughts:

I really enjoyed this story, and the message behind it. It was a story of friendship between two very different creatures, a pig and a teeny weeny bug. Despite their obvious differences, in particular their sizes, they managed to eventually forge a great friendship, albeit after travelling a rocky road.

This story is a lot of fun for children and teaches some valuable life lessons. It is a tale of how true friendship ignores, or overlooks, immaterial differences between people, such as size. It shows how there are differences between us all, and that friendships have to be worked at and an effort made. It teaches children that we do not all enjoy the same things, or are able to do them, but that we can usually find some common ground.

The book is illustrated throughout with many great, fun pictures and will be enjoyed by children of all ages.

I would certainly recommend this book to parents looking for a fun, interesting story, that also provides a valuable lesson about friendship and getting on with others.

This review is based on a complimentary copy provided by Netgalley and the publisher.

Newest Book in the Legends of Windemere Series: Available Now!

Happy birthday to Charles. Check out the latest installment of the awesome Legends of Windemere series.

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Check out the latest book in the Legends of Windemere series:

http://www.amazon.com/Tri-Rune-Legends-Windemere-Charles-Yallowitz-ebook/dp/B00J1AWH6U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1397012952&sr=8-1&keywords=Legends+of+windemere

Blurb:

The magical adventure continues after Luke Callindor and his friends recover from their battles in Haven.

Nyx still has nightmares about casting the genocide spell in Hero’s Gate. Every night her heart is gripped by the sensation of hundreds of goblins dying by her magic. By the request of Lord Highrider and Duke Solomon, she is returning to fix the damage she caused. With Luke Callindor and Sari by her side, Nyx is ready to face the vengeful goblins and opportunistic thieves that plague Hero’s Gate. Yet, there is a darker threat that was born from her violated magic: The Krypters.

It is another action-packed, character driven story that will reveal one of our heroes has been lied to for their entire life.

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A discussion about poetry with Pamela

Fantastic interview with one of my favourite poets, Pamela Beckford. Check this out. Now! What are you waiting for. Go!

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My good friend and fellow author Pamela Beckford has recently taken her first foray into the publishing world. Today we are going to sit down with her and talk a little bit about her experiences and the art of poetry itself. Please welcome her to Readful Things and take a moment to check out her sites:

http://poetrybypamela.wordpress.com/

http://pamela984.wordpress.com/

You have been experimenting lately with different forms of poetry. Are there some that are easier to work with than others? What has been your favourite so far?

Thank you for noticing the different forms I’ve been working with. I really have enjoyed learning about them and how to make them work. I think that many times the shorter poems (tanka, doidotsu, cinquain, etc) are more difficult than a longer poem. With the shorter ones, the choice of words to make the biggest impact and convey just exactly the right feeling, can…

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Never a Sin

Smoothly I slide in
You arching back
Deeper I push
Inside of you

You pull me closer
All the way in
Something this pleasurable
Cannot be a sin

In and out
Back and forth
Until in ecstasy
We run our course

Visages of bliss
And gasping breath
A long, lingering kiss
A pause to recover

A look in your eyes
A twitch of your lips
A perfect combination
Of all of our bits

Addicted to You by Krista and Becca Ritchie

Addicted to youAddicted to You by Krista and Becca Ritchie

 

Description from Goodreads

She’s addicted to sex. He’s addicted to booze…the only way out is rock bottom.

No one would suspect shy Lily Calloway’s biggest secret. While everyone is dancing at college bars, Lily stays in the bathroom. To get laid. Her compulsion leads her to one-night stands, steamy hookups and events she shamefully regrets. The only person who knows her secret happens to have one of his own.

Loren Hale’s best friend is his bottle of bourbon. Lily comes at a close second. For three years, they’ve pretended to be in a real relationship, hiding their addictions from their families. They’ve mastered the art of concealing flasks and random guys that filter in and out of their apartment.

But as they sink beneath the weight of their addictions, they cling harder to their destructive relationship and wonder if a life together, for real, is better than a lie. Strangers and family begin to infiltrate their guarded lives, and with new challenges, they realize they may not just be addicted to alcohol and sex.

Their real vice may be each other.

I gave this book five out of five stars.

My thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. I found it a compelling read and hard to put down. It was well paced and the plot always kept one interested in knowing what would happen next. It was not your average rich kid romance, with them coming from a position of entitlement, and I found that extremely refreshing.

This book deals with adult themes of addiction and ultimately this was a tale of addiction and love. The attempt to overcome an addiction for the sake of another, for love.

I thought that the authors’ ability to breathe life into their characters was excellent. I loved the two main characters, Loren (Lo), and Lily. They were fully rounded characters and I loved that they were complete, rather than just a vehicle for their addictions.

The progression of their relationship, from a fake one used as a means to hide their individual addictions of sex and alcohol, from other people, to a real relationship, and ultimately a desire to be better people for one another was really interestingly handled. The replacement of their separate addictions, with a new, joint addiction, each other, was a predictable outcome in light of their addictive personalities.

It was also fascinating to see how other people penetrated the closed circle of Lily and Lo. This inclusion of other people in their life, particularly having real friends that cared for them and didn’t care about their surnames, they had their own, in addition to reassessing their relationship with their families was revealing of the degree of growth that they experienced, both personally, and as a couple.

Actually fighting their addictions, rather than embracing them, and changing how they had interacted with one another after such a long time, was illuminating. It was a story of progression, progressing from a point where they had separate addictions that were just part of their lives, they were functioning, to one where they found something more important to live for. Each other.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone interested in a romance with a difference. I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this book, although I did think that the truth of the identity of one of the supporting characters was rather mundane.

This review is based on a complimentary copy provided by Netgalley and the publisher.