“Five Short Stories: Journey of a Hero, True Love, Impossible Love, A Woman at War & Peace” by Thomas Jerome Baker is another magical piece of work. It is not only a selection of 5 stories but a tribute to the genre.
Featuring love stories, dog heroes, fairy tale creatures, historic, biblical and contemporary themes, the book combines the real with the magical, providing marvellous entertainment. My favourite story has to be the first one which is told in a dialogue between the story teller and the little one, and as a dog owner, Snoopy was my favourite hero in the book.
Baker has put together a great collection of stories, all different and lovable.
A Wonderful and Entertaining Collection of 5 Short Stories plus! December 4, 2013 by Dennis Waller Amazon TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Thomas J Baker has put together an interesting collection of 5 short stories, written in his fabulous style of storytelling that is mesmerizing as well as entertaining. What sets this book apart from others is the fact that all the short stories are different, offering something for everybody. Combine with all the extras, this is one read that is welcomed.
There is a historical story, “Boudicca, Her Story: A Woman at War” set in the first century AD dealing with the Romans with a Queen that is taking names and kicking some you know what. This tale warrants merit based on the fact that Boudicca is considered the first queen of England.
Then there is another story, “Celestial Games: Journey of a Hero” which is actually more of a fairy tale with all sorts of wonderful mystical aspects like Leprechauns. Kids of all ages are going to enjoy getting lost in a good story with this one
There is a story, “Looking for Catarina: Impossible Love” involving time travel, multi-dimensions, and quantum physics, along with a love so strong that not even death can prevent this lover to stop looking for his true love. With the story being set in Florence Italy on New Years Eve and Day only adds to metaphysical aspects.
The story with Snoopy and Jayda, a pair of beagles living in San Diego, will certainly be a favorite among animal lovers.
My favorite in this book would be “Meet me in Memphis: True Love” A touching tale set between Chile and Memphis of love with an ending that reaches out and grabs you by the heart. I am not giving anything away with this, it needs to be experienced first hand. Read more › <=== Click link to read more
My book, Story Tellers: In Pursuit of Happiness has received 47 reviews. Wow, that’s a lot of reviews! Well, in those reviews, the reviewers have shared their unique insights about the book. My favorite is this one, from Mr. Dennis Waller, who is an Amazon Top 500reviewer. Here’s what one of Amazon’s Top Reviewers had to say:
(Quote) “Reading Story Tellers: In Pursuit of Happiness” is a mystical, whimsical, enchanting journey through another time, another era. Thomas Baker weaves a beautiful tapestry using words as the finest tool to create a magical carpet ride. A most fascinating and captivating read that one must experience to gain the full beauty of it all.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time reading this book, finding myself at times, with introspective and philosophical threads of thought passing through my mind. Have some fun and take a break and get lost again into the wonderment of that imagination that we once had as a child. (end of quote) (Click to see all 47 reviews)
7 BASIC TYPES OF STORIES
From Shakespeare to Spielberg to Soderbergh, there are really only seven different types of stories. Author Christopher Booker contends in his book, The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories, that seven archetypal themes recur in every kind of storytelling. Booker looked at why humans are psychologically programmed to imagine stories this way. First, here are the seven basic plots:
1. Overcoming the Monster
This type of story goes back through Beowulf to David and Goliath and surely a lot further than that. It’s the classic underdog story.
A story of renewal. It’s a Wonderful Life is a prime example from the movies. Ebeneezer Scrooge rings a bell also.
A mission from point A to point B. The Lord of the Rings is the classic example.
4. Journey and Return
A story about transformation through travel and homecoming. The Wizard of Oz and Where the Wild Things Are are both journey-and-return stories.
5. Rags to Riches
In literature: Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, snd David Copperfield.
From the Greeks (Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides) through Shakespeare (Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet, Othello), these are stories of the dark side of humanity and the futile nature of human experience.
This is the flipside of tragedy in which the writer not only seeks to amuse the reader, but also to make the reader think about controversial issues… It is more important to unmask the ideas or themes of a comic rather than just the simple plot…
Stones & bones are part of our oral tradition. We find stones & bones in folktales, mythology, and religion. What people like about the oral tradition is the ability to change the story, each time you tell it. The result is unique and entertaining. You recognise the story, but it’s different, unlike anything you have ever heard before.
It’s like going into the kitchen on the day after Thanksgiving. You get a meal by making some unusual combinations: a pinch of salt here, a bit of sugar there.
I have taken stones and bones, stories and myths, folklore and tradition, a bit of religion, a pinch of love, a bit of travel, mixed it all up with an incredible long distance romance and built it up around a dynamic protagonist who you will either love to hate, or hate to love… For dessert (yes, you get dessert too), there is also birth, rebirth, a battle for immortality and ultimate power to rule the world.
It all comes down to the choices that an unlikely hero will have to make about who to trust, and who not to trust. Finally, this book is dedicated to you, the reader. I hope you enjoy your story. These stones & bones, I humbly offer for your reading pleasure. Enjoy…
Story Tellers have always told the stories of man’s pursuit of love, gold, power, and ultimately, happiness. In this book we meet a mythical storyteller, Solomon, his wife Lanisha, and his son David.
Through their stories we follow the earliest fortunes and misfortunes of man’s attempt to achieve tremendous wealth, power and happiness. It is a story which will leave you wiser about the true meaning of true redemptive love, success, and joy…
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A master storyteller is someone who has a unique gift for telling stories. Here, I mean all forms of story telling. It could be oral, visual, or in any other form. There are many ways to tell a story, but as an author, I’m interested in writing stories that give the reader the feel of being in the presence of magic.
Yes, magic, good, wonderful and powerful magic, the kind that makes time stop, hunger and thirst go unnoticed, reality disappear and new worlds seem more real than the real world.
How do authors accomplish this seemingly impossible task, again and again, almost as if they were magicians?
Firstly, it’s because such authors really are magicians. They have been granted the knowledge, consciously or subconsciously, of how to creatively use their imagination to soar beyond the boundaries of our daily lives. Almost without exception, the Master Story Teller deals with some aspect of one particular genre: fantasy.
Why is fantasy so attractive to readers of all ages?
First of all, magic, mythology and mysticism are universal. Name any culture, past or present, and you will find magic, mythology and mysticism. It belongs to everybody, not only the East, but also the West. As we celebrate Halloween this October 31 and All Saints Day on November 1, this fact becomes abundantly clear that Eastern culture does not have a monopoly on magic, mythology and mysticism. Western culture has its own pantheon too!
Next, according to Master Story Teller Rick Riordan — “Gods and heroes may have powers, but they get angry and they do the wrong thing. They are human too. Children relate to gods because they are really parental figures, who make mistakes and who seem very capricious.”
Fantasy stories spark the human imagination and push the boundary of science, making anything possible beyond practical limits. And most importantly, they represents our collective dreams, the hopes and aspirations of humanity.
In conclusion, the Master Story Teller writes in the genre of fantasy. They tap into the common bond of mankind, the one thing that is universally true in every corner of the globe: our imagination.
Master Story Teller, teacher, book reviewer & inspirational author Dolores Ayotte (Growing Up & Liking It) had this to say:
” 5.0 out of 5 stars Magic…Mysticism…Make-believe!
I was given a free copy of this book by the author for my honest review.
Talented Author Thomas Jerome Baker has penned a delightful book for all ages full of magic, mysticism, and make-believe. Each tale is expertly told and intertwined with the previous one in order to better explain and teach “Little One” some life experience. He is a rapt audience and absorbs all the information provided. The exchange is so personal that it could be any one of us that the storyteller is talking to…
In my opinion, this author is a present day raconteur who taps into his own imagination and uses his gift to spur on the desire to learn in both children and the young at heart. “Little One” starts off by hearing about Cloud Number Nine “the cloud of Joy and Happiness” which is comprised of “mythical, mystical, magical” elements.
“Little One” is also very enamored by the storyteller and readily eats up every word of the stories being told. The storyteller is forever the teacher and adeptly uses the art of questions and answers to reinforce the educational opportunity for the attentive listener. Repetition….response….recapitulation…all great teaching tools for the storyteller to reinforce the learning experience for “Little One”.
From the Leprechauns who now live on Mother Earth to the celestial children Deucalion and Pyrrha who live on Cloud Number Nine, the reading audience is drawn more and more into the well described magical world found in this wonderful book.
“Story Tellers: In Pursuit of Happiness” is most enjoyable and is sure to bring much pleasure to its young reading audience. Whether folklore, fairy-tale, fact or fiction…a gifted story teller knows exactly how to mix and blend his tales to achieve his goal. Author Thomas Baker has done a fine job of doing just that.
Yes indeed…he is a present day raconteur “a person who tells anecdotes in a skilful and amusing way” and in my opinion, with a captivating message which is sure to entertain many a reader!
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