The Sun, the Moon, and Maybe the Trains

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What would it take to convince you that the woods you just left is a hundred and forty-four years distant from the one you entered?

Ten years have passed since the Civil War broke up John Bartley's family. Living with his aunt and uncle in the tiny village of Greendale, Vermont, isn't filled with excitement for a seventeen-year-old.

Until John walks into the woods one day and stumbles into 2009...

Fortunately,...

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Overview

What would it take to convince you that the woods you just left is a hundred and forty-four years distant from the one you entered?

Ten years have passed since the Civil War broke up John Bartley's family. Living with his aunt and uncle in the tiny village of Greendale, Vermont, isn't filled with excitement for a seventeen-year-old.

Until John walks into the woods one day and stumbles into 2009...

Fortunately, he chances upon the outspoken Tess McKinnon. To earn her trust, he must first convince her that he is neither a lunatic nor a liar. The proof he needs is buried at the end of a mountain road, where the ruins of Greendale lie just beneath a layer of dead leaves and moss.

What became of his home? Why is there no record of its existence?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781479328499
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/29/2012
  • Pages: 252
  • Sales rank: 725,121
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

While a past resident of Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Florida, New York, and Vermont, Rodney now resides in Richmond, Indiana, where he whiles away his days pecking at a laptop, riding his ten-speed up the Cardinal Greenway, taking long walks with his daughter, or backpacking and wilderness camping.

His list of past occupations reads like his list of past residences, though his life-long ambition was to be an artist until he discovered a latent affinity for writing.

“In art,” Rodney says, “I was constantly being asked to explain images constructed from a palette of emotions and ideas, which usually required complex narratives to convey their meaning, if there even was a meaning. In writing, the words are creating the images, images are telling a story, the story is evoking feelings. I like it. There’s nothing to explain.”

Rodney’s interests include: art, science, politics, whiskey and chocolate, music (collecting vinyl records), gardening, and travel.
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  • Posted January 18, 2015

    The Sun, the Moon & Maybe the Trains Rating: Between 3 1/2

    The Sun, the Moon & Maybe the Trains

    Rating: Between 3 1/2 and 4.

    I find time travel books to be fun reads, so when Red Adept Publishing sent this my way, I was excited to give it a try.  

    It is a little slow starting out, but once John finds himself in the future, things pick up and the story becomes a lot more interesting.  I love
    how the title of the novel is actually found in the story - I always like seeing an author bring the two together.

    My favorite part of the story is when they first meet.  Even though she's not sure about him, she's very kind and understanding.  We learn
    a lot about the two of them (their personalities, how they treat others, etc) during this conversation and it made me really like both
    characters.

    I did have a few issues with the book, though.  

    I find first person writing to be either a hit or miss with me.  It often sounds like someone is writing in a journal or telling a rather long story
    to someone, sometimes feeling a bit tedious and forced, and this is how I felt while reading this novel.  The author does a good job, don't
    get me wrong, and maybe it's just me, but I had quite a few "eh..." moments where I got a little bored learning about things that I didn't
    exactly think mattered, especially at the beginning of the story.

    I like Young Adult books, but this felt more like Middle School or High School.  There were times that both characters felt very young and
    immature, which I can understand from John, considering he knows nothing about this time period and he has a lot to learn, but she wasn't
    new to this.

    There were questions that I wanted answered (i.e. the portal, how it came there, why it was there) that didn't get answered, which was
    disappointing.  (Maybe this will be answered in book two.  I'll be beginning that in a few days, so we'll see.)

    I didn't like the ending.  I won't go into detail because I don't want to ruin it for potential readers, but if I didn't know about book 2, I would
    be really sad and disappointed.  

    Note: I received a copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.  Please remember that this review is my opinion based on my own
    personal interpretations of the book.

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  • Posted January 11, 2015

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    This book was unlike anything I have read before, an interesting

    This book was unlike anything I have read before, an interesting mix of the historical and the contemporary.  The characters were so different from one another, the contrast keeping the dynamic between them interesting and often funny.  Their interaction truly showed the difference 134 years can make in a society.

    John Bartley was a nice guy from 1875 Vermont.  Tess McKinnon is smart girl from 2009 Vermont.  The two should never have crossed paths, but when John somehow stumbles from his time into hers.  He is alone and confused, and more than a little scared by the new world he has found himself in.  I loved his character as the narrator, seeing the modern world through the eyes of someone like him.  The very things that we take for granted are amazing, and often shocking, to John.  Cars, phones, clothing, even the fact that Tess shaves her legs!  Tess is confronted with this guy and she wonders if he is a tad nuts in his conviction that he is from another time.  But eventually she comes to realize that he is not crazy at all.

    I loved the interaction between them.  John, the quiet and reserved guy from a different time with different sociocultural values.  Tess, the modern and contemporary girl with modern values.  Their worlds are so different and sometimes those differences are a source of amusement or amazement, sometimes the source of judgment and misunderstanding.

    There are some great moments in this book, moments of sadness and delight and fear and even some frustration.  There were some twists and turns and some good anticipation that kept me reading.  And the ending was a lovely bit of a cliffhanger that made me immediately reach for the next book, All the Butterflies in the World.

    My Recommendation:  This was a great read unlike anything Ive read before!

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  • Posted October 17, 2012

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    A Twist on Time Travel

    Rodney Jones gives readers a taste of 1875 in Vermont. John Bartley lives with his aunt and uncle in the small town of Greendale, where children mind their elders and everyone has a place and responsibility. A routine to Rutland goes awry when on John’s way home the scenery evolves and he finds himself in 2009 Vermont. The Sun, the Moon, and Maybe the Trains is a light genre mix of science and historical fiction that readers will quickly enjoy. There’s even a hint of romance to keep readers engaged.

    John Bartley has a unique voice, as do most of the characters, but his personality didn’t excite me or keep me interested in his thoughts or feelings. He’s such a consistent character in temperament and attitude that he seems too perfect and unreal. His story is no doubt interesting; finding himself in a familiar place at a different time has to be a confounding experience. I favored his time spent in 2009 because his reactions were humorous, especially when Tess is introduced into the story. If the story centered more on his experience in the modern version of Vermont, I would have enjoyed a big percentage more than I already did. Tess, a secondary character, actually becomes very essential to the plot. John and Tess’ friendship was very sweet to read about and readers will root for them in their adventure.

    Jones gets you thinking about the possibilities of time travel. Usually, time travel raises thoughts about the implications of how every action could change the past or future, but here Jones answers the simple question of what would happen if time travel happened unexpectedly? After his trip to the future, there’s even a point where John must decide how to save his town from a disastrous outcome. I believe The Sun, the Moon, and Maybe the Trains is the kind of story that will give each reader something different to latch on to and contemplate, but overall will definitely enjoy.

    The plot isn’t at all predictable and the buildup of tension leading to the conclusion of the story really incites great emotion. But the nervous flutters and racing heart won’t dim your appreciation as The Sun, the Moon, and Maybe the Trains ends on a note of good-naturedness and a surprise twist.

    Also posted on Lovey Dovey Books
    *eARC provided in exchange for an honest review and blog tour purposes*

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