Bartholomew the Adventurer’s Amazing Review!

Every once in a while I get a truly moving review that makes it all worthwhile.  This is one of them. I truly appreciate the time and thought that went into this review. Thank you T.L Coon!!

Treasured Trilogy

Review of the Bartholomew the Adventurer Trilogy
By T.L. Coon  on August 24, 2016
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This series has skyrocketed to the tiptop of our list of the best books we have read this year. I originally was drawn to the books when I found a couple of them on the Kindle Best Sellers List; I thought they would be appropriate for my nine year old advanced reader. It can be difficult to find books that are truly interesting to a young advanced reader while still being truly appropriate for their age. Well, little did I know that I would fall in love, as well.
Tom Hoffman is an excellent writer. Smart. Creative. Economical. Impactful. Obsessed with the Common Good. And he exquisitely crafts an engaging story, as well!If you are a quiet, gentle, kind soul, these books are for you — old or young. If you like a wildly imaginative, strapping-good adventure full of small acts of great love, these books are for you. If you enjoy science, philosophy, and dignity-for-all these books are also for you.My daughter and I often refer to these characters and concepts which have ignited our imaginations throughout the course of our days. I love that we have common content to discuss and ponder together. Most of all, we can’t shake the way reading these books makes us feel: Joyful and Hopeful!

So, let me mention that some of the most excellent books that this series beats out for the Best of the Year Title are The Chronicles of Prydain (by Lloyd Alexander), The Wee Free Men (by Terry Pratchett), and, in my case, The Long Ships (by Frans Bengtsson) which was one of the most well written books I have ever read. The Bartholomew the Adventurer Trilogy beats these out for the way it continues to influence and affect you long after the reading of it is complete. As much as I adored The Long Ships, it is these characters and ideas we carry within to reference when we need some daily strength and hope for the future. They have elevated our perspectives.

My Steamy Blog

Okay, I tricked you. This post is steamy, but in a curious way. This all came to me the other morning while I was taking a nice steamy shower. So nice. Who doesn’t like a toasty warm shower on a chilly day? Don’t forget I live in Alaska. A lot of days are chilly days. But I digress. It crossed my mind that even if I wanted to I could not spend the rest of my life in that warm steamy shower. I couldn’t even spend the rest of the day there. I would, of course, turn into a wrinkly raisin of a writer. (alliteration, TYVM)  I began thinking about that moment when I grit my teeth, reach over and shut off the shower, push open the door, grab the towel and face the cold, cruel world again. And what about about the nature of showers? Are there other segments of our lives which are similar? This is not ground breaking stuff, but it is kind of interesting. A shower is a world where it’s always raining, always warm, has no cell phones, no computers, no emails, no telemarketers, and no kids asking you what’s for dinner. Nice. It’s also where a lot of people have their best ideas. Wait a minute, that sounds a lot like meditation! I tricked you again. It’s exactly like meditation, except for the getting clean and wrinkly part. When you shut off the outside world you begin to connect to your inner self, the source of all creativity. I am a very creative person. There, I said it. But truth be told, I am more or less just a messenger. After many years of meditating, my unconscious inner self, aka collective consciousness, inner voice, etc and I have become close friends.  I ask it for ideas and it sends them to me.  I don’t like all of them, but I can pick and choose the ones I do like, mash them all together and call it Orville Mouse and the Puzzle of the Clockwork Glowbirds. But, back to the steamy part of the blog. We know we can’t stay in the shower forever, we know we can’t sit and meditate forever, we know we can’t go on vacation forever without having it turn into not a vacation, or eat key lime pie forever, or drink wine, beer, vodka, or ingest  recreational pharmaceuticals forever without disastrous results. Well, most of us know this, but some of us haven’t stopped trying. Mmmm…. key lime pie. The world is the perfect mouse trap. Here we are. There’s a big wide road ahead of us filled with obstacles, the sign reading, “Highway to Happiness”. People peer down the road, see the big scary jagged obstacles and say, “Waiter, more pie please.” After nine pieces of key lime pie, “Unnggh. That didn’t really help.” Every attempt we make to permanently avoid going down that road has perfectly disastrous results, and that is the perfection of this world.

Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.     –Robert Frost