Just Exactly How Life Looks
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In Just Exactly How Life Looks you'll be introduced to unforgettable
people living remarkable lives. Cowboys wander in a timeless desert.
Scientists meet in secret to plot a new way to get attention, and money,
from people. A man and his would-be lover try to find lions on safari,
and more. The people and places in this book spring to life fully-formed
and full of anxiety and imagination. They worry about the time they
have had and the time they have left. They bury their loved ones and
look for new friends. They talk and laugh and hope and cry and die,
while their friends and family and enemies and Gods watch them, seeing,
in their faces and actions and fears, a portrait of just exactly how
About the Author
Briane Pagel lives in Middleton, Wisconsin, with his wife, his five
children. When he is not writing, which is most of the time, he's a
consumer protection lawyer. When he is writing, which is only some of
the time, he's dreaming up stories like this. Find out more about Briane
at his blog, "Thinking The Lions," http://www.thinkingthelions.com,
where you'll also find links to all his OTHER blogs.
Praise and Reviews
If you're looking for a drawn-out, epic, story with intricate details,
stop reading this review. If you're looking for a plot line that will
turn on a dime in a "The Da Vinci Code" style, not only should you stop
reading, but you probably should know a secret: when the plot of a story
has a new "OMG CRAAAZZZYYY" twist on every page, it loses its novelty
and sucks. No offense.
On the other hand, "Just Exactly How Life Looks" takes a unique
approach on deep issues - religious, philosophical, familial relations -
in a concise, easy-to-read style. Each story is short and can literally
be read in 20-30 minutes and while you're reading it seems like a
simple excerpt from the character's life. Then, without knowing exactly
when or why, it dawns on you that each has a deeper message. They're
like parables from the Bible in a practical format (without being
preachy and canonical). The stories stick with you individually and when
you finish the book in its entirety, the broader message of the
collection reveals itself.
My favorites from the book: Sitting, Thinking the Lions, Atomic
Timekeeping, & The Death of the Secondhand Cowboy. The final short
story, Panorama, leaves you wanting more and the only reason it isn't in
my list above is because I'm a Contrarian - it will probably be most
people's favorite so it can't mine.
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