I have a confession to make. I'm guilty of being a 'code reader' So, when I saw "MM" in the code, I honestly didn't think I'd be interested in this story at all. It wasn't my 'cup of tea' so to speak and being that I think of myself as an 'open-minded' person, (I know, ironic ain't it?) I figured, I'd just leave it alone and let others read it.
I made a choice...right? Right!
However, I read an AWESOME story by Lazlo Zalezac (boy that's a mouthful to say isn't it?) called "Thunder and Lightening" and let me tell you, "AWESOME" just doesn't do it justice. It's an incredibly touching story about a human being who is, not only misunderstood by his fellow man, but his own and wife and family. But that's for another review which you can read when I post it.
Based on "Thunder and Lightening", I said to myself, "Wow, if this guy writes this good, I've just got to read more of his work!" And brothers and sisters, let me tell you, I was not disappointed.
The John Carter stories and series is one of the most excellent reads I've ever had the pleasure of reading. Talk about anticipating the next post or story.
Hell, when this story ended I was like, "Are you kidding me? It can't be OVER?!?!?!" I was devastated. I never wanted it to end. But, like a good grown up, I got over it and read more and more of this wonderful authors work.
Let me tell you what appealed to me the most about John Carte and how it's changed my view on 'story codes'.
John Carter is a Druid. If you want to know what a druid is, please go look it up. There are many interpretations and I'm not about to give you mine ok? However, John Carter didn't start out life as a druid. In fact, when this story opens, John is a student who spent his free time hiking.
John's "style" or "way" (for lack of a better way of putting it) was to keep things simple. One could even consider John an "minimalist" in that he only used what was necessary to use and always took care of things around him. When hiking, John would take almost less than what he'd need in his backpack and get the rest while on the hike. He is a very sensible and sensitive person whose caring nature lead him to encounter the Druid Goddess at first.
This is where the story really takes off and he meets his 'family' to be. He not only finds that he can love more than one woman but, can even love a man in a way he never perceived. Not just from a sexual standpoint. But from the side of humanity that, I must confess, we never even "tap" let alone look at. So many of us are caught up in the stereotypical angle of a male/male relationship that it just doesn't appeal to us in any form of fashion. This story could probably change your perspective and still allow you to feel like a man.
I honestly don't think that Lazlo set out to change our sexual prefences. In my opinion, what he does accomplish is to make the reader 'aware' that there are different ways to love and love others so deeply. Deeper than we ever thought possible. And to not limit ourselves in the love for others.
I've read the complete John Carter series. Hell, I've even printed it out and put it in a binder to share with my own children. Why? Because if someone exists that actually is as good, honorable and honest as these people are, then I hope that I can set aside my own personal cynicism and openly listen to others and evaluate them in a very human sense instead of being suspect of their intentions.
My other reason for doing that was to help my children see things from a different perspective. To help them see that maybe there are human beings that actually do live by these 'codes' or creeds and are genuninely good people with good intentions that only seek to help others for no other reason than that being the right thing to do. No greed! No personal agendas or motives! No negativity about them at all!
Now, if you read "Ed Biggers" you'll see something in there that you may or may not agree with. I'll let you in on it. He volunteers for the IRS. That was the ONLY thing about the story that I DID NOT like. Because, like so many of you out there, I HATE the IRS!!! But, I love my freedom and I wouldn't live in any other country in the world, so, I pay my taxes just like you all other good free-spirited citizens out there! :)
Regardless of Ed's 'occupatin', I promise that you will be captivated by this story. It will also leave you questioning if you're a good human being. Hell, it made me want to seek out just how to go about being a druid like John Carter. Of course, I realize this is only a story! :) :) :) But, the point is that the the writing clearly motivates one to THINK about things and about one's surroundings.
The Druids live by a simple two rule code, "If it harms no one, the do it" And "To protect the weak from the strong".
WOW!!! You've got to read this one. This is one that should not only be made into a movie but a guideline book for humanity.
Read the whole series, "Ed Biggers", "Oscar Mayer", "Happy Harry" and "Oliver Brown". Oh and don't forget "Thunder and Lightening". I promise you, you won't be disappointed. That is unless your heart pumps something other than good old human blood. :) :) :)
These are wonderful stories that are written like we 'wanna be's' would like to write some day! :)
Please take the time to write this author and let him know just how much you like (or dislike) this story. To me, I think he and the other authors deserve that courtesy if you're reading their work.