Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Stan I. S. Law's Latest A Winner!

There is more on heaven and earth than meets the eye, more than our senses can detect. We, you and I, can walk through walls, visit other realities, past and present, make love on Greek Islands drenched in sunshine, all by an act of our will.  How? Let Ambrosia and Simon show you. The abilities lie dormant within us.
"Only the gods I've studied all my life weren't on my side.
Perhaps they didn't like anyone peeking into their private
business. The SJs hadn't told me that. The apartment is
still waiting to lose its virginity.
"For weeks after the Ambrosia incident, I'd lie staring at
the ceiling, trying to recall the goddess I'd fallen into. Onto?
She was tiny, a Dresden Figurine, dark long hair, dark
complexion, as though she'd just descended from
Olympus where she was basking in close proximity of
the sun. Icarus, eat your heart out...
"Some months later I ventured into hypnosis. Self-hypnosis
was the last hope for my ankle. If that didn't work, I'd be
destined to remain a virgin for life. I'm sure no goddess
would tolerate such grievous prostrarical imperfections in
mortals. Prostraria, remember?  Masculine hysteria."

Wall:
Love, Sex, and
 Immortality

By Stan I. S. Law


The thing that scares me most about reading books by Stan I. S. Law, is that I know he is brilliant and has written both fiction and nonfiction books in his fields of expertise--so that I don't know whether to think his fiction is fantasy or really reality! By the way, his real name is Stanislaw Kapuscinski... I think it is so cool that he has adopted an AKA  in order to help us better remember his name... It worked for me! And I've so enjoyed meeting Stan on line! 

I met him first through one of his other books--anybody that knows me would guess that my first choice was Cats and Dogs! After reading his thoughts on animals, I decided to risk his thoughts about love and sex! But it's the immortality issue that I'm just not sure about...LOL

Anyway, I'd like to say that Stan creates a wonderful love story! Reading Wall as Romantic Fiction is bound to please any lovers out there! Let me tell you a little about the couple...


Simon Jones attended a Jesuit school and was now an Associate Professor teaching Comparative Religion. We meet him as he is once again having problems with his ankle. In school all students had been required to play Rugby, but he was unable to continue because of his ankle...Yet no doctor or specialist had been able to find anything that would account for his ankle being painful or giving out on him... Now, you may think that is a strange way of starting a novel; however, it was very important to Simon for a major reason--he "believed" after the problem was finally discovered and cured...

I found while working on a university campus that professors of religion are not necessarily religious... Simon was, though, an expert in all religions across the world and could converse fluently about ancient as well as modern day beliefs... Whether Simon had faith or not is something you will need to discover in the book.

Stan Law has a droll sense of humor that I enjoy and readers, if they pick up on it, will find a small smile or smirk appearing as they read. It's still about that ankle, you see, because it seemed that often his ankle caused problems when he was on his way to be intimate with a girl! And so it was that, shhhh, don't tell anybody, but he was a virgin when he got married... Quite a quandary for a healthy young man who was able to find potential partners, but then have his own body betray him!

Until he met Ambrosia! Ambrosia--the nectar of the gods... And for Simon she was just that! "Right there and then, I'd be willing to drink anything she'd deign to offer me, a mere mortal..." he thought. Then he quickly shares that he hadn't met her actually, he had fallen down the stairs at her feet... (Now if it were me, I'd have thought that his ankle was being manipulated by God, fate...or whatever, don't you think?) But, no, that's not the answer with his ankle...


"For reasons I couldn't quite understand, I was referred to as
a 'looker'. Whether it was my six-one, my shoulders, which
must have developed during my Rugby days, or generally my
sporty appearance, I have no idea...
"Did you ever try to deliver a lecture when some hundred
and fifty young, attractive women are staring at you? Once
still at St. Ignatius, when I had to play my violin in front of
an audience of parents at the annual concert, my professor
told me to imagine the whole publish being naked. It was
funny, at the time. Now, the idea filled me with panic. One
hundred and fifty naked women. In front of me. Staring.
"HELP!"
And then there she was and Simon froze! She had raised her hand in his class!

Ambrosia Milos... And he later learned she was just as interested as he was...

Enough of the love stuff...

Anbrosia was also very intelligent and was a physicist--a scientist who had no real use of religion, especially since she was doing on-the-edge research that was so important that she and the college president had been required to sign a confidentiality statement for the government!

Her theoretical hypothesis was on tunneling...and that's all I'm going to say, because, frankly, I didn't understand enough to give you more information. LOL

Actually, I might also add not to get too excited when Professor Jones starts talking at the beginning of his own lecture... I promise that the book does not get into too much in-depth concepts/info in either physics or comparative religion, and readers will not need to totally understand all that is explained...LOL

The key, though, was that the merge of Simon and Ambrosia was not just love and sexually--it was also intellectually. Those two minds combined made "it" happen! What? Why walking through walls of course!

Now an interesting thing was that Ambrosia's mother had been doing that for years...

What this all means for readers is that there is a mystery to solve--there is danger because others want to learn and obtain the basis and use of Ambrosia's work, and, of course, there are the rich and powerful forever looking for immortality (Ok, I just can't figure out why...if I accept the Christian principle that it happens, then fine--if I accept the scientific fact that we all die, then why search for some fantasy, but anyway I digress...)

It is a great novel! Definitely not chick lit, a cozy mystery or anything similar. When two brilliant researchers get together you must know that you will be reading college-level subject material. It was deep, complex, and briefly over my head but not so much that I couldn't comprehend what was happening. In fact, I loved it!

What I don't know...though...is if this can be done in reality... That's where Stan leaves me...is he really teaching us about his principles of exploring human potential within his fiction? And should I get a book of self-hypnosis and study out-of-body experiences? Thanks, Stan, for continuing to make me think, even while I'm thoroughly enjoying learning about your, excuse me, Simon's virginity issues. Enjoy this one!


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Stanislaw Kapuscinski

An architect, sculptor and writer was educated in Poland and England. Since 1965 he has resided in Canada. His special interests cover a broad spectrum of arts, sciences and philosophy. His fiction and non-fiction attest to his particular passion for the scope and the development of Human Potential.

Under his real name he published six non-fiction books sharing his vision of reality. He also composed two collections of poems in his original native tongue in which he satirizes his view of the world while paying homage to Bozena Happach's sculptures.

As an architect [RIBA, MRAIC, OAQ ret.] he designed a number of high rise buildings in Montreal, including Regency Hyatt Hotel (now Delta), Place Mercantile, Headquarters for the Mutual Alliance, as well as a number of low and middle-rise structures for private clients. In the National Capital he was the associate in charge of design of Royal Bank Headquarters on Sparks Street.

BTW, Stan, I'd call you a looker, too...LOL