***** Fantastical Way to be Human Review by Rox Burkey
Author CJ Boyack builds from the foundation an alternate reality where a man gets another chance to live life. The character development of the nameless man who would grow into Ted starts from the ground up when he awakes in pain. This man has a few vague memories of where he came from but no specifics.
My favorite character was the Yak. Not just an ordinary Yak you see on a wildlife show, but a talking Yak. Yak helps this man relearn life by understanding and clarifying the difference between wants and needs. Yak insists this man start with the smallest choices for a useful life.
The writing is easy to read in that it allows the reader to take the journey along with Ted. Learning how to take care of himself as opposed to merely taking from society. Over time and hardship, with the simple guidance of Yak, Ted has the opportunity to see how his actions build on one another and reflect on the world around them. It is the matter-of-fact dialogue that is captivating for me.
“The water wasn’t really cold, but it bit where it touched my sunburned skin. Blood washed out of my shirt for a long time, and I didn’t stop scrubbing until the water wrung out clear. I hung my clothes over branches where the sun could work on them and returned to the fire wearing only my boots.
“You should put the soap away.”
“That kind of thing is why I never call my mother. I’ll get it later.”
The yak burped up another wad and started chewing. “I certainly don’t want to sound like your mother.” His jaw made a few more revolutions before he added, “Right now, you are like a spark. We want you to become like the fire. It will take time and nurturing. You learned to dedicate time to your needs, then you addressed your wants.”
This is my foray into the writings of C.S. Boyack. He is creative, practical, and unique in crafting a fanciful situation while conveying a life lesson. Many other supporting characters are delightful and add to the journey Ted takes. His evolution would be impossible without all of them.
I highly recommend this book to those who what to see life and living differently. The chance to take Ted’s lessons and potentially apply them in part to how you treat others is there as well. A fun read. This author is a keeper!
About CS Boyack
I was born in a town called
Elko, Nevada. I like to tell everyone I was born in a small town in the 1940s.
I’m not quite that old, but Elko has always been a little behind the times.
This gives me a unique perspective of earlier times, and other ways of getting
by. Some of this bleeds through into my fiction.
I moved to Idaho right after the turn of the century, and never looked back. My writing career was born here, with access to other writers and critique groups I jumped in with both feet.
I like to write about things that have something unusual. My works are in the realm of science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy. The goal is to entertain you for a few hours. I hope you enjoy the ride.
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