R These walls have ars if you know what I mean and I don t wanna add any fuel to their fire Pull up a chair time is of the Crown of Stars (Crown of Stars, essence The situation grows desperate by the day The alarming rate at which things are progressing is untenable man You have got to get me out of hereFirst things first though have you started boiling your water Good Thanks for humoring me Youryes do seem to be a little bit clearer today so let me ask you another uestion Do you know what a gradient isYeah it s sorta like an incline in a road I suppose but that s not xactly what I was getting at You see the truth about what s really going on out there is so inconceivable that your mind would never be able to accept it if I told you verything all at once So we ll use a gradient instead or a system of baby steps little truths if you will that ll help to ase your mind into realizing that ultimate truth What I ve developed is a seven step gradient comprised of seven impossible facts Each one progressively harder to accept than the one before Don t worry though the proof is out there and I ll show you where to look But you ve gotta be patient it s gonna take some time to work our way through all the steps And you ve gotta be willing to do your part meet me halfway Do a little research of your own venIf you re ready let s beginImpossibility 1 The This Forsaken Earth earliest anomaly can be traced back to a man known only as the Maestro who s radio cuts in SUAWK SUAWK SUAWK BEEEEEEEEEEEEEP THIS IS A TEST OF THE EMERGENCY BROADCAST SYSTEMOh shit Nooooo Damn it not againview spoilerThis was well written imaginative and meticulously researched novel The first part was interesting but itventually became a bit too much Sorry I m just not a fan of kitchen sink conspiracies I didn t care for the payoff and the 911 tie ins were off putting to say the least There also wasn t nearly as much action as one would The Summer Palace: A Captive Prince Short Story (Captive Prince Short Stories Book 2) expect from a story like this So there you have it I like the author reallynjoyed his first book The Man from Primrose Lane but this one not so muchFinal Verdict Dan Brown s done better hide spoiler What starts out as an intriguing mystery novel ventually turns into a devilishly wild ride of conspiracy theory SF and this simple statement does nothing to xplain just how CRAZY it ll get I m a very big fan of cross genre fiction and this one really fits the bill in a big big way The mystery is clever and Campfire engaging and fascinatingly strange but what really struck my fancy was just how good the characters are So much has happened in their lives and just getting to the point of the next reveal kept me glued to the page These aren tven big reveals just character reveals and yet because Jack kept digging this whole book took on a fantastic dimension that just got deeper and deeper as we find out about Tony and Cole and the way the human mind can be a real nutter The whole book is a gradient It starts you out with the small stuff and as you get acclimated it gets steeper and steeper into nutter land I m just glad I already boil all my water Of course that may be because I drink little than coffee and tea but you know how it is I avoid my Flouride in my water From there however I can t and won t spoil you but if you re a conspiracy theory nut yourself do yourself a favor and read this little gem of a novel Take a bag of your favorite theories shake them around take three handfuls of them and now toss them in the air Make connections Build a story around them where they all fit together Now read this book How closely do they matchNot close nough Fine Add another handful of theories and build another story Closer YES lolI can t believe the author got away with verything he did The mystery connections were set up with some real brilliance And this my friends became one hell of a great SF With one caveat I debated knocking off a star for the slightly unsatisfying Hurrah For The Blackshirts!: Fascists and Fascism in Britain Between the Wars ending but the whole ride of the rest of the novel was so strong and fascinating that I simply couldn t do that I had a really great time For those who ve already read it I liked the Prologue fine It was the big action scene at thend and the immediate results of it but not related to he who must not be named Maybe I just wanted something different to happenBut Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life everythinglse I went fanboy all over it Thanks goes to the author for a physical copy of this book It was a real blast When Jack Felter returns to his home town to help care for his dementia stricken father he winds up looking for his missing childhood friend Tony the friend that stole his high school girlfriend Jack meets Tony s last patient a kid named Cole with a very compelling delusion that Crazy Love everything we think we know about history is wrongAfter reading The Man from Primrose Lane and True Crime Addict How I Lost Myself in the Mysterious Disappearance of Maura Murray I just had to read James Renner The Great Forgetting made him riseven higher in my steemThe Great Forgetting is a mind bender of Phillip K Dickian proportions How much do we trust the history books How much do we trust our own memories What if the conspiracy theories are true This book raises those uestions and It s best to go into this book unprepared so I m not going to spoil the particulars Once the truth behind Cole Tony and the rest of what was actually going on was revealed I had a hard time doing anything but finishing itIf I had to complain about something which I won t is that the characters were a little thin However I loved Jack and his father The Captain Cole grew on me as well but I hated Tony and didn t trust Sam Hell ven Scopes and the Maestro turned out to have hidden depthsThe tension toward the nd was almost maddening I haven t felt this ngrossed with a book since the Dark Tower series That s as great a compliment as I can give any book Five out of five stars Find all of my reviews at this came out yesterday and it s amazing so it gets a bump Don t like it Life is long Longer than we allow ourselves to remember Understatement of the year I motherf ing LOVED this Holy hell Where do I begin Okay so The Great Forgetting grabs you right from the cover So appealing to the ye so understated so perfect Then you open it and discover it s totally un put down able and that it s also one of those books where anything you say about it might be considered too much Which leaves a Kelly and Mitchell combo who have looked pretty much like this ver since finishing the book on Saturday The basics are our MC Jack is a history teacher who plans to spe. Has gone missingSoon Jack is pulled into the search for Tony but the only one who seems to know anything is Tony's last patient a paranoid boy named Cole Jack must team up with Cole to follow Tony's trail and maybe save the world Their journey will lead them to Manhattan and secret facilities buried under the.
Almost a 4 star but I cannot round it up It was at least 4 star in Black Heart, Red Ruby entertainment value until the last 13rd of the book Then it was notThe time conundrums and other facile interconnections of gradients as this book defines gradients did not make sense by then and the outcomes became cartoonish as a result This author has immense skill in interfacing current or past minutia of culture and media into context of story and characters That was absolutely 5 star level and the parts of the book I liked the best It reminded me of anarly Stephen KingBut with xtra long verbosity and introduction of too many intersects to match past Nazi or forgotten history for me anyway the tension dissolved By page 250 only a few of the characters kept their depth And by page 300 they all had progressed from idealistic yet flat cardboard figures and finally converted to tech game avatars Very disappointed that such an xcellent slant and conceptual premise could have New Plant Parent: Learn the Ways of Plant Parenthood ended up as only a 3 star Because the premise is anxceptional one and it was translated well for a goodly portion Mu itself and its components were ridiculous in comparison Forgot to add ITALICS Flash backed past Dreaming Me: An African-American Woman's Buddhist Journey events and characters histories are represented by a break in the normal print patternchapter In other words you will have page after page after page of italics to read over a dozen times in this book It was appalling No beyond annoying to the point that I was taken right out of the complex storyline Please please please publishers and authors Return to a chronological and English specific norm of print This method is overused and killed all the critical logic here at the same time In the immortal words of Jack Black from Tenacious D this book is my Cream Dream Supreme I fell in love before I was done with the first page The story is right up my alley with conspiracy theories and government cover ups and it is about as original a book as I havever read The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins and The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch come to mind in terms of just how uniue this one was and it will have a place among my favorite reads ver There was a part in the beginning where the main character is at a county fair and notices a girl for the first time that is among the most beautiful things ver written it had such an impact I forgot I what I was reading for a minute and was fine if it had morphed into a straight up love story But ЯED enough with the suishy stuff I sincerely had a ton of fun reading this and at times sat back and marveled at the scope of the author s imagination I mean where does he come up with this stuff The pacing was perfect the characters so real it hurt and I was praying he stuck the landing and I would not be stuck with an awesome 78 of a book only to be disappointed with thending Happy to say the conclusion was satisfying appropriate and my only gripe was the damn book wasn t five hundred pages longer This book spoke to me I dreamed about it while sleeping and it consumed my attention while awake Love is not a strong nough word for my xperience reading this and I cannot recommend it The Lost Art of Reading Natures Signs enough I d give it 6 stars if I could shit probablyven 7 Judge for yourself its believability and then try to tell yourself no matter where you may be it couldn t happen here Carl Kolchak from THE NIGHT STALKER movieHoly Cowwhat did I just read THE GREAT FORGETTING blew my mind Author James Renner really puts the hammer down with conspiracy theories well drawn characters and thrill ride like pacing in this uniue and original novel I also loved how he paid homage to such a vast array of pop culture books and history in his story telling SLIGHT SPOILERS AHEADWithin these pages you will find DB Cooper THE DEADLIEST CATCH tv show plus Captain Phil The Koch brothers 12 Angry Men FAHRENHEIT 451 and ven the classic Saturday morning TV show LANCELOT LINK SECRET CHIMP nd spoiler Not to mention a host of other cool stuff If Ernest Cline teamed up with Douglas Preston Lincoln Child the result might very well be something like THE GREAT FORGETTING This story was reminiscent of the old NIGHT STALKER series and Monsieur Pain even so probably could have been made into an X FILES movie Just a fantastic readI don t knowxactly when I was in this office last Some ways it seems like I never l I m so remiss in my reviews of late but I really wanted to make sure I wrote something for this one to draw your attention to it A because it s a whole lot of wacky weird and wild fun something I ve come to A Spark of Light: the fearless new novel from the Number One bestselling author expect from this author and B sa I almost forgot to write this review ba dum buma complex fast paced scifi tinged thriller that often feels like a lighthearted romp despite the heavy themes and upsetting deaths on display great artists will continually revisit their pet subjects and themes Renner clearly a great writer does the same in this second novel which deals again with how humans process grief loss and trauma often by wait for it forgetting but also by rewriting histories both personal and large scale in his ingenious and mind boggling first novel the canvas was relatively small and the focus was intimate Renner wasxorcising personal demons and obsessions and also penning a sad but warm love letter to his home state Ohio in The Great Forgetting the canvas is wider writ large it What If encompasses the Holocaust and in a way Holocaust denial 911 and all sorts of conspiracy theories writ small it subtly probes how people deal with painfulmotions and things gone awry in life there s so much going on in this novel that I freuently had to cling to those recognizable Renner themes to keep my bearings at times it felt as if he threw The Exhaustion Breakthrough everything he was currently interested in at his writer s wall and kept not just what stuck but what slid off as well as a result the book is often chaotic in annjoyably berserk way but just as often felt like it could have used a bit mapping out before finger met keyboard several highly intriguing and sympathetic characters are unfortunately lost in the breathlessly paced mix despite my issues this is certainly a worthy accomplishment and an njoyable read I m looking forward to reading by him Friday afternoon in the psych wardMan am I glad to see you again I was starting to go a little stir crazy in here Seriously these idiots are just impossible to talk to I ve tried you know really tried to get through to them but they think I m delusional They re too far gone to realize that I m the only sane one in here You mind closing the doo. Jack Felter a history teacher returns home to bucolic Franklin Mills Ohio to care for his father a retired pilot who suffers from dementia and is uickly losing his memory Jack would love to forget about Franklin Mills and about Sam the girl he fell in love with who ran off with his best friend Tony Except Tony.
Nd his summer vacation giving his sister a much needed break from dealing with their father who is uickly fading away due to dementia It doesn t take long for Jack to catch up on small town gossip mainly that his old bestie Tony who also happens to be his high school sweetheart Sam s husband has gone missing Reluctantly Jack agrees to help track down his old friend which leads him to one of Tony s former psychiatric patients a boy named Cole who will attempt to open Jack s yes to the truth of The Great Forgetting Then Sometimes I get the feeling that none of this is right So much mindblowing Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd that s all I can tell you Okay well maybe not alllll This book is smart Like wicked smart But don t let that intimidate you Renner has done a great job of providing a cast of characters that are all Average Joes While they find themselves put in spectacular circumstances they are people with not genius Is so you never get lost in the crazy that is being thrown at you Renner also does something that normally I hate he inundates the reader with the present Now this may Supplemental Book end up being a novel that doesn t uite stand the test of time but for today Right now This sonofabitch WORKS If you re into conspiracy theories and a story that stays onleven for the duration The Great Forgetting is not one to be missed Be prepared to uestion Hark! The Herald Angels Scream everything Oh and make sure to get your foil hat fitted beforeven beginning Every star there is to starAlright Review over now for the full disclosure BS I never had contact with James Renner until he personally messaged me and asked if I would like to review his new book Turns out he saw my review of The Man From Primrose Lane which all of you should immediately read because the man ain t no one hit wonder and didn t despise my giffy style SUCK IT GIF HATERS Upon receiving said message I was very grateful to have stocked up on my supply of and proceeded to run around the house screaming about how awesome I am to my non book loving family who haven t yet figured out that I m kind of a big deal I should probably float my reviews all day Colloquial Polish: The Complete Course for Beginners every day freuently in order to break into the Top 5 of the fake popularity contest Whatevs Anyway to make a long storyven longer ndless thanks to Mr Renner and to Trudi who turned me on to his work in the first place I can t wait to see what your crazy brain comes up with next The thing is memory is about trust We have to trust that what we remember is fact And we have to trust what other people remember for things we never saw It was a disturbing and thrilling realization that our grasp of the truth is dependent on the honesty of older generations on the companies who write history booksonce again james renner has written a kickass novel that is impossible to review it s a little bit asier than The Man from Primrose Lane because the book doesn t suddenly reinvent itself in the middle but it s definitely a book where caution is reuired in reviewing it s best if you don t know what s going to happen until it s happening all around you which is the main difference between this book and a swarm of hornetsif i had to sell it in five words it would be conspiracy theory road trip novelfortunately i have so many words like these umami pepsi make this a thing pleasenot a helpful review so far so let me try to Bidadari yang Mengembara explain there s a kind of novel that always feels like a home when i come across one i can t articulatexactly what it is about these books xcept that they are paradoxically both xciting and comforting to me my heart beats faster while my body relaxes they have nothing in common with ach other although they freuently fall into the place where postmodern metafiction intersects with slipstream and kinda knocks you over sideways a little and has you uestioning realityRon Currie Jr The Sea Came in at Midnight Jonathan Carroll When We Were Animals Gretel and the Dark Infinite Jest Evan Dara The Dead Lands Magnetic Field tc tc it s a feeling that registers as a tightening in my armskin first and then i get warm and still and my brain locks in and i m just gone it feels like reading the forgotten bits of my own dreams which already sounds like the plot to a jonathan carroll novel feel free to run with it jc but also like how it feels to wake up after a seizure or a fainting spell where verything is half familiar half foreign if you ve never The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth experiencedither of those things it is like how disoriented sam must feel at the beginning of ach pisode of uantum leap ask your parentsbut anyway this is one of THOSE books one of MY booksit s such a specific Pretty Reckless (All Saints High, experience i rarely get deeply immersed in a book where i m not constantly aware of myself as reader but it s than just immersion it s uite physical there are plenty of books i love that don t give me this feeling and there are plenty of books that started to House of Leaves but thennded up going in a different direction and all of this is just blather because i d much rather tackle the task of trying to xplain some weirdo feeling i get sometimes that is likely due to an undiagnosed neurological disorder than to risk ruining this book by saying too much but for those of you who need than just how it makes my arms feel to decide whether or not to read a book it s about history memory regret some nerd bullshit family madness secret agencies with your best interests in mind grief urban legends and what really happened to the idea that knowledge is power but memory ven so and whether it s better to remember and learn from mistakes both personal and cultural or to forget The West Transformed every last bit of shame and humiliation and historical atrocity and start over unencumbered and bigfootalso the truth about the moon is finally revealed and oddlynough it s what i ve been saying for yearsrenner does a really good job through different characters addressing some of the uestions that would naturally arise from people confronted with Great Truths but i still have a million uestions or at least two which i will hold for now until this is published not long now and we can all chat about it unless there s another round of the great forgetting and all of this gets wiped from my mind but i can t tell you any until you start boiling your wateryayyy i totally forgot this was being sent to me and i opened the package thinking it was a different book and then i went SUAWKKKK real loud when i saw what it was so i thank you james renner and st martins for making me scare my cat review comingcome to my blog. Catskills and ventually to a forgotten island in the Pacific the final destination of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370When Jack learns the details about the program known as the Great Forgetting he's faced with the timeless uestion Is it better to forget our greatest mistake or to remember so it's never repeated.
James Renner is an award winning journalist and author of True Crime Addict the definitive book on the Maura Murray disappearance Renner is also a novelist having written The Man from Primrose Lane and other works of scifi and fantasy He currently hosts the podcast The Philosophy of Crime In 2019 he founded The Porchlight Project a nonprofit that raises money for new DNA testing and genetic