Saturday, August 19, 2023

#BookReview: Faraway and Forever: More Stories by Nancy Joie Wilkie @booksforwardpr

Synopsis: This collection of novelettes takes the reader from the not-to-distant future to a time when travel between worlds is a common occurrence. Each stop along mankind’s journey outward to the stars is accompanied by a deeper look inward—from examining how extraterrestrial beings might use our own biology against us, to whether a human consciousness can survive in a virtual environment, to how wishes are really granted. Original and thought provoking, these stories—which include an interstellar religious thriller involving a second coming of Christ—will stimulate the intellect and engage the imagination.


Rating: 4 Stars 
My Review: This was a wonderful set of stories that I could not put down.  I am so glad that I finally got this one to read.  This is one of those books that just makes you open your eyes to the world around you.  I would totally recommend this to readers. 


“Along the way, the five works here offer readers remarkable flights of imagination, occasional surprises, and an overarching sense of wonder. A high-quality anthology with a Christian outlook that embraces science.
Kirkus Reviews

“I was intrigued by all of the stories for their clarity and directness—no pompous prose, just clear voice and clear thinking. I especially admire that the use of science (and fictive science) is in service of, never overpowering, the human dynamic, the human question, the human center to each story . . . all of them are compelling.”
—Tom O. Phillips, MA, PhD, Associate Dean of Wake Forest University and founder of Words Awake!

“When I finish a good story like this one, I continue to think about the characters, not wanting it to end. I'll have to let my imagination finish the love story of Jonathan and Desiree.”
—Nancy Cox, editor at the NIH Library of Medicine --This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

Nancy Joie Wilkie worked for over thirty years in both the biotechnology industry and as part of the federal government’s biodefense effort. Now retired, she composes original music, plays a variety of instruments, and has recorded many of her original compositions. She also created a series of greeting cards that display her artwork and photographs. Faraway and Forever is her second collection of stories. Seven Sides of Self, her first, was published by She Writes Press in November 2019. She is currently working on a third collection of short stories, The River Keeper and Other Tales, a science fiction novel, and a children’s story. Nancy resides in Brookeville, Maryland. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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