Einstein's Beach House

Einstein's Beach House

by Jacob M Appel

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ISBN-13: 9780984940585
Publisher: Pressgang
Publication date: 12/05/2014
Pages: 188
Sales rank: 1,209,836
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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Einstein's Beach House 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
loritatarsmith More than 1 year ago
Jacob M. Appel's "Einstein's Beach House: Stories" is a wonderful compilation of sort stories, some of which are cautionary, all of which will get you thinking and wondering. As much as I loved the title story, my favorite was "Limerence". Each of us will be able to relate to one character or the other in some way, whether as in our youths or adulthood. What an ambivalent thing! The author has a sharp sense of what makes people tick, each in their unique way that maybe isn't all so unique. He has found the pulse of relationships. I look forward to more Jacob M. Appel's "Einstein's Beach House: Stories" is a wonderful compilation of sort stories, some of which are cautionary, all of which will get you thinking and wondering. As much as I loved the title story, my favorite was "Limerence". Each of us will be able to relate to one character or the other in some way, whether as in our youths or adulthood. What an ambivalent thing! The author has a sharp sense of what makes people tick, each in their unique way that maybe isn't all so unique. He has found the pulse of relationsJacob M. Appel's "Einstein's Beach House: Stories" is a wonderful compilation of sort stories, some of which are cautionary, all of which will get you thinking and wondering. As much as I loved the title story, my favorite was "Limerence". Each of us will be able to relate to one character or the other in some way, whether as in our youths or adulthood. What an ambivalent thing! The author has a sharp sense of what makes people tick, each in their unique way that maybe isn't all so unique. He has found the pulse of relationships. I look forward to more of his work whether more short stories, a novella...maybe even a full-length novel. Regardless, I will be watching for whatever comes next.
Tangen More than 1 year ago
Who thinks of wry humor when contemplating ethics? J M Appel, that's who. He takes an ethical issue and wraps it in humanity and seasons it with wry humor. And he does this 8 times, with different issues and different human conditions. The literature is a mite odd, but thoroughly intriguing. This book was provided by the author or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of LibraryThing Giveaways.
SanaRM More than 1 year ago
I was given this book in exchange for an honest reviewInteresting short stories that truly could each be made into their own individual novels. So much potential with each short story I found myself wondering about what would have happened next. Crazy characters and unusual situations in each story spark the readers imagination.
PEGESUS1 More than 1 year ago
This book was a gift from the author. This is a book of short stories that are very entertaining and I really liked it. All take place in the modern day time frame. I think that my fovorite one was called, "La Tristesse Des Herissons", that is about a couple who get a pet hedgehog because the man is not ready for a child. I laughed out loud when I read the short story. If you love short stories, this is a great book for you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jacob M. Appel's 8 short stories show his wry sense of humor, but I found each story to be engaging. At several points, I found myself laughing out loud. Appel does have a bit of a dark, skewed side that presents itself uniquely in his writing, but this volume is a fantastic read. I look forward to reading more from Mr. Appel. ****I received a print copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair review.****
Andrew_of_Dunedin More than 1 year ago
“Einstein’s Beach House” is a collection of short stories by Jacob M. Appel. The author does not provide a unifying rationale for why these particular stories fit together; it us up to the reader to decide – or to determine that there is no need to ponder why the stories all fall under the same book cover and simply enjoy each on its own merit. I thought about this as I was reading the stories that the author chose for the book – and one unifying factor for me was “damaged people influencing others around them”. Take “La Tristesse des Herissons”, in which a man’s live-in girlfriend adopts a hedgehog, decides that it is having psychological issues, and seeks out the advice of an expensive animal therapist for the beast. Contrast it with “Sharing the Hostage”, where one of the secrets of a new relationship is that the woman’s ex-husband has secured solo custody of their pet tortoise. Not all the stories are about animals, however – the title tale deals with honest errors and confidence games. I found most if not all of the stories to be interesting and enjoyable. I MUST call attention to the conclusion of the first tale, “Hue and Cry”. The author concludes his flashback tale with a sentence that effectively provides the fate of every character in the story without it seeming rushed or forced – I am in awe of that single sentence. RATING: 4 stars, and I debated giving it more before settling on this level. DISCLOSURE: I received this book free of charge from the author with the request of posting a fair and unbiased review when I completed it. (There was an implication of “promptly”, but this was never mandated.)
Bundoraramintagg More than 1 year ago
To be clear from the start, I was given this copy by the author (though I don't know him, have never met him and had never read him before), but I was not placed under an obligation to review it, or to give it a high rating. With that said, I enjoyed everyone of these stories and Appel is a brilliant storyteller. Some people dislike reading short stories because they feel it takes too long to get into a story that will end in about 25 pages, but believe me that is not a concern here. Appel has mastered the knack of grabbing the reader's attention in the first lines and weaving in the backstory (and sometimes the future story) of the characters as he starts to reveal all. There are some elements that may seem highly implausible in a few of the stories, but as soon as you're hooked into the tale, they begin to seem very plausible.  If there is one theme that runs through all the stories, it is deception, many times it is self-deception, but also some level of criminal deceit, some entirely benign, some coming from insanity. And in the very last tale the reader is left to determine if the deceit had been transfigured into someone's delusion, then whose delusion?  I would recommend this collection to people with busy lives who have a tough time finding time to read, none of the stories is longer than 25 pages and are so engaging you'll be done with them in no time. I would also recommend this to students that engage in forensics because the material found here is inventive, imaginative, and fresh and would be appreciated by the judges who get sick of the same old short stories.  I'm looking forward to reading more from Appel very soon.
eheinlen More than 1 year ago
I found these stories to be very enjoyable. Overall, the book was a quick read.
Lovz-Books More than 1 year ago
The stories are perplexing and convoluted, yet the author offers a lot of intelligence and wit. In one story, a hedgehog becomes a fitting pet, and a guy’s girlfriend gets an unusual attachment to it. “Sometimes I wonder if a family history of suicide is a healthy foundation for a relationship, but couples have been drawn together by stranger bonds.” (25) Author, once again, brings fascinating concepts to light, but then tends to ramble on needlessly. These stories were okay.
KVH More than 1 year ago
is book is a great collection of short stories. Some are touching, some are funny and some make you think... it has it all! There's a depressed hedgehog, a kidnapped turtle, an imaginary friend with a real dad, of course Einstein's Beach House and  so much more. When things aren't going as planned, as they usually don't, there are funny results,  sad results and plain good results. I really couldn't put it down and loved reading all of the stories! 
thebookishailurophile More than 1 year ago
This is a collection of eight interesting short stories. Hue and Cry: A dying father who, for the sake of forgiveness went along with his daughters to meet the sex offender neighbor and invited him for a dinner La Tristesse Des Hérissons: A couple who spends hundreds of dollars for their depressed hedgehog Strings: A rabbi who ended up helping her ex-boyfriend to perform in an orchestra with 400 cellos Limerence: A high-school boy who had a crush with a beautiful but rebellious girl but years after did he realized he was the one who got away and not the once-beautiful popular girl Einstein's Beach House: A family who ended up leaving their house because of the money-making scheme of the father The Rod of Asclepius: A little girl who goes to hospitals with his father to inject syringes to patients and thought his father was a doctor Sharing the Hostage: A couple kidnapping a tortoise Paracosmos: A family with their daughter's imaginary friend staying with them and later on, the mother had an affair with the imaginary friend's father. Some of the stories were odd but this read was well written, entertaining and thought provoking. Some of the stories were touching and other were humorous with an unpredictable and interesting endings. My favorite was “Limerence”, “The Rod of Asclepius” and "Paracosmos". I was left wanting more. This is unlike the other short stories I've read before and this is really a good read that I will recommend to anyone.