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Posted August 9, 2005
I started this story about Two hours ago, and I just got finished. I read it in one sitting. I could not tear myself away from it. It grabbed me by the throat on the first page, and I am still trying to catch my breath. The story takes place on Humanity's last day. A Meteor is heading straight for Earth, and nothing can be done to stop it. The story follows a young man named Sean, and his struggles. His physical struggle to reach is ex girlfriend before the Meteor hits, and his mental struggle to find God, and the meaning of Life. You witness the worlds last few hours through his eyes. This story made me laugh, almost cry, and laugh some more. It was a true pleasure to read. I have to say that this is one of the best Apocalyptic stories I have ever read. I hated to see this book end. Eric is one heck of a Storyteller. He knows how to write a story that will stay with you long after you finish it. I recommend Its Only Temporary to anyone that wants to read a adrenaline packed story that is at the same time very deep and beautiful. It will stay with me for a very long time.
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Posted August 4, 2005
As someone who hunts out great science-fiction stories, and often finds utter drivel instead, it was truly a delight to happen upon Eric Shapiro's debut novel. I was only a little familiar with his collection of stories 'Short of a Picnic,' which from the pills on the cover were based on a mental health theme. Based on this full length debut effort (novella sized for easy reading) I simply can't wait to see what Shapiro will come up with next. The plot has so many suprises I won't ruin them for you -- just when you think it's essentially 'about' one thing, it takes a completely different turn. I can't wait for this guy's next effort.
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Sean always thought he had plenty of time to make something of himself until six weeks ago when the government proclaimed that a meteor was going to strike the earth best estimates were 60,000 would survive the impact. On his last day of existence, Sean spends it with his beloved Selma, who ended their relationship to start seeing another man before the pandemic collision was announced. With a few hours left in the countdown, Sean drives off into the ¿sunset to be with his lost love. On a deserted road, he picks up a previously kidnapped woman who persuades him to rescue the others. When that is completed they head up to someone¿s home to get a car and wind up delivering a baby. Will he get to Selma before the people of earth are wiped out?. --- Eric Shapiro¿s fine tale with its limited cast will remind the audience of some of the classic disaster tales from the 1950s and 1960s like On the Beach. The story line is action-packed, but as the countdown continues, readers will begin to believe that no Bruce Willis will save the world from Armageddon. Instead the plot is an insightful character study of what one person finally understanding that life, IT¿S ONLY TEMPORARY, and must choose what to do while the clock ticking towards certain death nears. --- Harriet Klausner
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