Falling in the Garden

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I stood in anticipation before my open bedroom window, listening to the steady cadence of the rain. It fell upon the darkened world beyond and a myriad collection of sounds melted seamlessly together to form the powerful, dissonant voice of the storm. For all its predictability, there remained an element of surprise within the static a subtle, unspoken phrase or message trying to break through the surface.

Doing his best to live a life touched by sorrow, Michael Sullivan has ...

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Overview

I stood in anticipation before my open bedroom window, listening to the steady cadence of the rain. It fell upon the darkened world beyond and a myriad collection of sounds melted seamlessly together to form the powerful, dissonant voice of the storm. For all its predictability, there remained an element of surprise within the static a subtle, unspoken phrase or message trying to break through the surface.

Doing his best to live a life touched by sorrow, Michael Sullivan has always been searching for an answer. When his best friend moves away, he tries to look within for some kind of explanation. Then he meets Ashley Haddow in the center of a sprawling forest a place they call The Meadow. Separated by a span of over 50 years, both form a friendship that transcends time. They soon come to share an impossible secret and find themselves in the middle of something far stranger than they could have ever imagined.

A magical miracle involving time travel and alternate dimensions. The author’s touch is light, keeping the (pseudo)scientific explanations to a minimum while holding in the foreground Michael’s insatiable thirst for discovery and his budding feelings of adolescent romance. The story is tightly plotted, with the mystery building quickly and smoothly. An enjoyable journey. The best kind of science fiction: The science sows the seeds, but the story grows the garden.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595312771
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/8/2004
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 933,179
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.23 (d)

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  • Posted October 28, 2008

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    Reviewed by Marta Morrison for TeensReadToo.com

    FALLING IN THE GARDEN is a love story between two young teens that live fifty years apart. Michael lives in the year 1999 and Ashley lives in the year 1946. <BR/><BR/>Somehow, Michael and Ashley can communicate with each other, first by radio and slowly by just being in a certain meadow by each other's houses. They are haunted by each other and, ruled only by communication, not by seeing or being physically near each other, they fall deeply in love. <BR/><BR/>The rest of the story is the reason why they can communicate and how it affects them then and into the future. <BR/><BR/>I loved the language that Mr. Klimczak uses and the way we get into Michael's head. Michael is a boy that I would love to meet. He has had a lot of sorrow in his life but he hasn't let it eat away at him. He lost both his sister and father in a car accident a few years before this story starts, and his best friend has recently moved away, but this doesn't stop Michael from exploring and being very loving and decent to his mother and grandmother. He loves to read and write. He writes exciting stories of adventure and of science fiction. He has many layers, which makes him a great character. <BR/><BR/>This was a short book but very exciting. I thought it was a great story that made me think long after I had finished reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2004

    Time Travel with a Matheson Feel

    I picked up this book on a whim and it turned out to be one of the most intriguing, suspenseful books I¿ve read in years. The story focuses on the chance ¿meeting¿ of two star-crossed lovers with an unusual time-travel twist. As the subtle sci-fi mystery unravels, it keeps the reader guessing even as the book comes to its whirlwind and startling conclusion. After I read the surprise ending, I sat there for a full five minutes staring at the closed book on the table in awe. It¿s been awhile since a book has done that for me. I¿ve been looking for a long time for a book like Richard Matheson¿s classic ¿Somewhere in Time¿. This book is in the same vein, with a love story that¿s just as powerful. The time travel is well-crafted and rooted in science, too, which made it that much better. The finely crafted descriptions, dialog and fantastic story make this a five-star read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2004

    Wonderful memories of my childhood!

    Walter Klimczak remembers so well and captures what it feels like to be fourteen years old. Reading this story reminded me of my own childhood in New York and how I used to love walking through the woods. This book touched me and I didn't want to put it down.

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