The Wizards Return” was a very fascinating experience. The story is well told and written, and it is so in times when many aspects of our world that exist within the natural constructs, are in dire need of saving. The author offers us, in a unique and mesmerizing way, more than a glimpse of our own dereliction. He further suggests that reviving and consolidating nature and the environment is a collective responsibility. This is an epic fantasy story, an intriguing piece of passion, action, deep-seated traditions, conflict, adventure , great vision and exceptional courage. It is a deeply grounded story of reviving the glory of the devastated country of Now. After the war that leaves the once glorious country of Now in shambles, it is only the true Wizards who can restore this broken nation. The rubble and ash state of Now is a warning to humanity, of what might come as a result of continuing to alter the earth's delicate balances and taking nature for granted. Once you read this book you realize a possibility of life coming to an end, since the natural environment provides the basic conditions without which humanity cannot thrive. You will see Daniel as he transits from his preserved life on the mountain living with his grandfather, the confusion and grief that greets his eyes after his grandfather's sudden demise, to turning out the Wizard predestined to handle the staff, to finally unravelling the Giving Tree, which is truly captivating. I recomend this book to anyone who loves fantansy, because Author Micheal Walsh does you complete justice. I also recomend “The Wizards Return” to those that like surprises. Walking the journey along with the characters in this book helps you share their moments of joy, fear and threat. You are able to freely wander and then wonder, which is one hell of an experience you wouldn't dare to miss!
Fifty Shades of Life
Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades of Grey that is all that I seem to be hearing about lately. No matter if it is nothing but bondage or porn it sure has filled the social media these days. I want to make one thing perfectly clear, this is not another Fifty Shades of Grey document. It is not erotica; it is fact more of a document of nuerotica.
From what I understand about Fifty Shades of Grey it is about a couple when they are single and getting to know one another. This piece is about something else all together. It is about a couple after the single days of their relationship is over.
Thirty-four years ago I was fortunate to marry a very beautiful woman that had a small that warms my heart to this day, eyes that mesmerize me completely, a love of life that is fantastic, and a strange sense of humor that has kept us both laughing through the years.
When we were first together we would do our weekly grocery shopping together. It was a time that we enjoyed. Whenever we got to the check-out line she would make sure that I was standing in front of her. As the line started to move she would goose me and laugh out loud as to how I reacted. This went on for a few weeks. Finally I caught on and decided that when we got to the check-out that I had her standing in front of me for a change. As the line started filling up behind us she yelled out, “Mister, Will you keep your hands off of me?” She got a great laugh watching my reactions. This continued for the next couple of trips to the grocery store. Finally one day I was ready. When she yelled out, “Mister, will you keep your hands off of me?” I quickly responded with, “Lady, I don’t care what you say, fifty dollars is to much.” For once I got her and she was speechless.
Needless to say she got even. We used to sleep on a brass bed, anyone that has had one of those knows that they are taller that other beds. One night we had put clean sheets on the bed and they were slick because of it. I got into bed expecting a warm nights sleep. Instead what I got was her putting her feet in my back and pushing. The results of this was my body being sent right out of the bed. I swear I stopped in mid air before falling flat on the floor. I didn’t even have enough time to react, my body was still in the same pose it was in while I was in bed. She was roaring with laughter. When I asked why she did that her response was, “I just wanted to see if I could.” Needless to say that brass bed didn’t last long. I wasn’t going through that again.
We did replace the bed with a Queen size normal height bed. My thinking was pretty clear on this purchase I didn’t want to be flying out of bed anymore. Then she surprised me again. I was going to bed one night and when I put my feet in I could only put them half way down the bed. No matter what I did I couldn’t get my body under the covers. Somehow she had short sheeted on half of the Queen size bed and she was having a great laugh about it.
One thing I can say is our life together has not been boring. I never know what to expect. I have learned that I have to get even whenever I can. One such incident happened when we lived in Phoenix. We owned a townhouse there. It was two floors with a staircase that had two landings on it while it spiraled up to the second floor. The last landing lead to the last three steps to the lower floor. If you were not careful you could easily slip on the last couple of steps and end up on your butt on the floor at the base of the steps.
Originally I had a large leather recliner that we had positioned right next to the stairs. One day as I was watching TV I heard a thump, thump, thump, and when I turned I was looking at my wife sitting on floor next to the chair. I couldn’t help myself, the only words that came out of my mouth were, “Hello Grace. Have a nice trip? See you next fall.” Her response was that of a look that all husbands have seen before. You know one. The one that basically says I will get even. She didn’t say a word when she got up, instead she just walked into the kitchen shaking her head. About a week later it happened again. And of course I had to say it all again to her. Her response was that same look. Now, after the second time getting that look I knew I had to stop saying that. It was about two weeks later when I was coming down the stairs and sure enough I did and ended up looking eye to eye to her sitting in the recliner. She got a small smirk on her face when she saw me. Guess what she said, you’re right, “Hello Grace. Have a nice trip? See you next fall.”
Our youngest son, when he started walking, was a terror. He would get into everything. One day we were in another grocery store with him and he completely destroyed a crayon display. They were everywhere. I started picking them up. As soon as I did he took off. I looked down the aisle and saw my wife coming toward us. I let him go thinking that she would control him while I was picking up the crayon display. When I looked up I saw her coming with him holding her hand. When they got next to us I heard her say loudly, “Mister if you can’t control your child you shouldn’t bring him to the store.” With that she let go of his hand walked away laughing.
We have had a lot of fun together through the years. Like I said earlier it has not been boring. We like keeping each other on our toes.
For those younger ones who think Fifty Shades of Grey is what they are looking for in love I have to tell you that you are wrong. I have found love and it is not that. Instead it is being with the one that you truly enjoy being with, the one that you can have fun with, the one that you love to hear laugh.
Our thirty-four years together has been an interesting ride. I just hope it continues for another thirty-four years.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A book that will leave you thinking March 7, 2015
By Eileen E. Pearce
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In a world where we are inundated with greed, lust, self-aggrandizement, and obsessive technological competition, is is refreshing to a read a novel that focuses on our basic humanity. Author Mike Walsh obviously believes in the power of good over evil and how effective simple trust and teamwork could be in changing the world for the better. Yes, it also helps to have the power of wizardry behind you when you set off to save the world, but it is how that power is used, not just the fire balls, thunderbolts, telepathy, and miraculous healing talents of the wizards, that make this story special.
Daniel has spent his 25 years living on a mountaintop with his grandfather. When he loses his grandfather, the only family he has ever known, Daniel is faced with leaving his home and peaceful life to join a group of people living in the desolate and nearly lifeless country of Now. Once a beautiful, thriving community, Now was destroyed in a great war and its remaining inhabitants are barely surviving. Despite the devastation, danger still lurks in the person of Peter, a contemporary of Daniel's grandfather whose life's obsession is to possess the magic staff that he believes will give him ultimate power over Now. The staff is currently housed in a museum and legend has it that only the true owner, a descendant of the original Wizards of Now, can use the staff's power to save Now and restore life to the country. When Daniel meets his grandfather's friend Gavin and his niece and nephew, Anna and Marcus, he is shocked to learn that he might be destined to play a role in finding the staff and restoring peace and tranquility to the country.
The Wizards Return has some of everything a young adult reader might want: action, intrigue, romance, and some good old-fashioned battles. It even offers some telepathic communication with the local wildlife. For me, though the main thread that runs through the novel is that we can overcome almost any obstacle and get through the worst imaginable situations if we have faith in ourselves and in our own power to achieve the impossible. Oh, and the magic powers don't hurt, either! I am not really a fan of fantasy or wizardry, but The Wizards Return offers much more than just magic and adventure. It offers both a scary glimpse of how our world might end up and a glimmer of hope that enough of our innate humanity will survive to save it. I like a book that leaves you thinking, and this one does.
The Wizards Return by Michael Walsh is a great young adult fantasy. It's page-turning adventure will draw in the young, adventure-seeking reader and hold him spellbound. I would definitely recommend this for the twelve-year-old and up group.
Young Daniel, up until now, has lived a peaceful existence on his frozen mountain with his aged-grandfather. But then one day his grandfather disappears with no warning. His grandfather's only parting mental message to Daniel is to go down the mountain as now its time.
Grieving, confused and apprehensive to leave the only home he's ever known, Daniel rallies and begins his trip down, down the mountain to find answers on how to save his grandfather. But instead, instead he discovers that he's a wizard destined to fulfill a old prophecy and...save the world. No pressure right?!
With the help of his grandfather's friend Gavin and Gavin's niece and nephew--Anna and Marcus who are wizards too--Daniel takes on the mantle of savior of the land of Now. But nothing is ever easy for one who's destiny is to save the world. Peter--a greedy leader of the militia--wants to keep his position as the most powerful man in the land; so...blood, mayhem, magic, new friends, laughter and...some special relationships ensue as Daniel and his companions seek to evade sure death at Peter's hands and bring about the rebirth of their dying land.
For if they fail in their task, if they give up, the result will be death for them and the few remaining people trying to survive in the unsurvivable world that once had been viewed as the land of plenty. So ride along with Daniel and his friends, feel their anguish, laugh at their moments of hilarity and think, think about the lesson that can be learned from the path their world chose and maybe it will give you a bigger appreciation for what, where and how you live your life.
There are a few editing issues that are easily overlooked as the story totally draws you in and holds you so I give this read a solid three stars. Cleared of its issues this book would easily rate, for me, a solid four stars as its that good. So I highly recommend you check it out.
- angela harrispresent
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