Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Book Review: You Can Thank Me Later

You Can Thank Me Later

By:  Jonathan Carter

Published By:  Imagine That! Studios

Publish Date:  March 10, 2012

Format:  eNovella, 18pgs

Genre:  Science Fiction

Series:  Stand Alone

Recommendation:  Maybe, for a quick story to remind you there are things to love with all around us.

Book Synopsis:
From the dark imagination on Jonathan Carter, writer of the novella Contaminated Data, comes a story that tests the boundaries of The Real.  Patrick Martin, driving home after a long day of his personal daily grid, is allowing his mind to wander.  On this particular trip home, however, his mind wanders farther than anyone could imagine.

First Sentence:
The drive home rally wasn't bad tonight.

My Thoughts and Summary:
Patrick is finally on his way home from the "gym" on the D.C. Beltway, tired and late at night.  Remembering his ex-girlfriend who got him into this dancing diva's class and how he changed from a starving dancer, to one who pays the bills and strives for their dreams of starting a theater company of acrobatics and physical comedy.  Falling asleep, Patrick wakes from a hyper-sleep of years on a ship ~ a space ship, as a pilot with no friends.

This story was rather quick in only 18 pages, but it touched on a full life of a man; working, friends, and dreams for the future, then jumps to the same man in a completely different life style; no friends or family with the work he does, nothing more to his life other than piloting a space ship when it needs tended by a human.  Patrick finds he has memories of a life he never lived when he wakes in this metal ship, and thinks on those "memories" and the way of life now, trying to decide what he wants.

This science fiction short story feels like a lesson, or a moral to it.  To enjoy life while you have one, with friends and family and associates of any position.  As when you don't have it, you will want it back.

I was a little confused with the jump to science fiction in space from driving down the normal road, and only confused as I wasn't sure which life was "real,"  but in the end figured which was.

A quick read for break time to get you thinking about what you enjoy in life.

I read this story for my own enjoyment.


  1. See now letting your mind wander can be a dangerous thing! LOL. I'm not one for short stories usually because you're often left w/half a tale, but isn't it wonderful when the author can convey the entire arc within its confines? Sounds like this one was a success. Thanks for sharing!

    1. lol. GMR, that is true, a wondering mind is very dangerous. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Hm... I wonder if too much was trying to be expressed in too short of a space? Still you worked it out, so it was still pretty good. I guess I'll thank you now for the review... ;)

    1. Melissa (Books&things) It might have been so short of length, and needed a little more. But was okay.

  3. Sometimes confused works, sometimes not so much. I really do not know where this would take me

    1. Blodeuedd, I'm not sure, you know someone else could read it and have no troubles at all. Thats okay. :) Thank you!

  4. Hmmm, It's not preachy, is it? I don't mind learning a lesson, but I also just want to get lost in the book and not think too much. lol.

    1. Jennifer L. Bielman, it was okay, and very fast. Which might have been my troubles. :) Thank you.

  5. This sounds like an interesting twilight-zone read. Thanks for sharing it :)

    1. Kimba - YES! Definitely a twilight-zone feel! LOL! Thank you! :D


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