Transcendence

Transcendence

by Shay Savage

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Transcendence by Shay Savage

It's said that women and men are from two different planets when it comes to communication, but how can they overcome the obstacles of prehistoric times when one of them simply doesn't have the ability to comprehend language?
Ehd's a caveman living on his own in a harsh wilderness. He's strong and intelligent, but completely alone. When he finds a beautiful young woman in his pit trap, it's obvious to him that she is meant to be his mate. He doesn't know where she came from, she's wearing some pretty odd clothing, and she makes a lot of noises with her mouth that give him a headache. Still, he's determined to fulfill his purpose in life - provide for her, protect her, and put a baby in her.
Elizabeth doesn't know where she is or exactly how she got there. She's confused and distressed by her predicament, and there's a caveman hauling her back to his cavehome. She's not at all interested in Ehd's primitive advances, and she just can't seem to get him to listen. No matter what she tries, getting her point across to this primitive but beautiful man is a constant - and often hilarious - struggle.
With only each other for company, they must rely on one another to fight the dangers of the wild and prepare for the winter months. As they struggle to coexist, theirs becomes a love story that transcends language and time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781495416040
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/14/2014
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 563,348
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Shay Savage lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, two children, and a variety of household pets. She is an accomplished public speaker, and holds the rank of Distinguished Toastmaster from Toastmasters International. When not writing, she enjoys science fiction movies, masquerading as a zombie, is a HUGE Star Wars fan, and member of the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers. When the geek fun runs out, she also loves soccer in any and all forms - especially the Columbus Crew, Arsenal and Bayern Munich - and anxiously awaits the 2014 World Cup. Savage holds a degree in psychology, and she brings a lot of that knowledge into the characters within her stories.

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Transcendence 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 68 reviews.
Streamer More than 1 year ago
A touching love story which is interesting and unique. Did you see that cover?  I did a doubletake when I saw it because I was so intrigued by the man pictured!  I had no idea what this book was about, but that cover spoke to me.  CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR is one of my all time favorite series, so I obviously have a soft spot for prehistoric romance.  After seeing the cover, I had to read the blurb.  When I saw that Ehd was a caveman, I knew TRANSCENDENCE was getting a fastpass to the top of my reading list. The most important thing you have to wrap your brain around is the fact that Ehd lacks a Broca’s area.  That’s the part of the brain which allows us to comprehend language and speech.  No matter how intelligent Ehd is, he cannot grasp the concept of sounds being a form of communication. It’s difficult to accept, but you need to do it in order to appreciate TRANSCENDENCE. This book surprised me!  It is written entirely from Ehd’s point of view, and he doesn’t understand language.  This means that there is no dialogue in the book.  It is entirely made up of his thoughts, his actions, and his interpretation of Elizabeth.   It’s an oddly fascinating way to write a book.  It could have been a total disaster, but it isn’t.  It’s actually so well written that it took me a while to notice the lack of dialogue.  You don’t need it when you’ve got Ehd guiding you through the book. Ehd is a caveman.  His needs are simple.  He has been alone and struggling to survive for years.  The effort it takes for him to meet his basic needs of food, fire, and shelter are almost more than he can do alone.  Ehd is tired of working so hard for so little and is on the verge of giving up when he discovers Elizabeth.  He cherishes her from the moment he sees her.  After that, he lives to provide for her, protect her, and love her.  Ehd knows how incredibly lucky he was to find her and he is willing to do anything to make her happy and earn her love.   It’s a little more difficult for me to say what Elizabeth feels.  I was never in her head.  In all honestly, I didn’t get to know her very well.  I can only say what my impressions of her are based on what Ehd saw.  She is an incredibly strong woman.  I say this because she worked hard and was able to quickly adapt to her new environment.  She saw how much Ehd loved her and she grew to love him in return.  I adored Ehd and the fact that she valued his generosity and wholehearted love was more than enough for her to win me over.   As much as I loved the book, I didn’t give it 5 stars.  There were two things which knocked the rating down just a little bit.  The first was the amount of sex.  I’m aware that Ehd had a few simple needs and that sex was one of them.  I get that, but as a reader I want sex scenes to advance the plot.  They didn’t always do that, so I could have done without a few of them.  The second was the mystery surrounding Elizabeth.  In the back of my mind I kept wondering how Elizabeth found herself in prehistoric times.  Don’t make yourself crazy on that one, the mystery does get resolved in the end.  I didn’t know that though, so it bothered me throughout the book. I had a couple minor complaints, but they were nothing compared to how much I enjoyed the book overall.  This was a book like nothing else I have ever read.  It was interesting, it was different, and it was one of the most touching love stories I have found.  This is a truly special book and I definitely recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the description on this book and the reviews and was intrigued. I didn't buy it the first or second time I ran across it but so glad I finally did. This is a beautiful love story with basically no dialogue which shouldn't work but does. Ehd is so confused and wants so much for Beh to be his mate that he will do anything he can to make her want to mate with him. Ehd was like a typical horny teenager in a lot of ways but he didn't force her and tried his hardest for her to like him first. Author did a good job of not bringing too many 21st century ideas to the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a story! I actually had to sit back for awhile and let this all settle in. What a beautiful love story. I read this in a day. Now that I have my mind and heart back in control, I will definately be reading everything by this author!
Paperback_Wonderland More than 1 year ago
Ehd is a caveman. No details of his exact subspecies and, to be honest, since this is sci-fi, no details are needed. It's irrelevant because this book is so well written, the story is so riveting that it manages to have just about 2 lines of dialogue in over 300 pages and you don't even care. But back to the plot - Ehd is a caveman. He lost his entire tribe in a forest fire and he's been finding it hard to find the will to go on living now that he's alone. Until he finds Elizabeth in the pit he'd dug. Elizabeth is, quite obviously to us readers but not something that could even cross Ehd's mind, a time-traveller. A young woman who's terrified to find herself in the middle of the woods, and even more terrified when she comes face to face with a caveman determined to have her for a mate. I know many of you are rolling your eyes at this, "Oh, the old mate thing from Paranormal Romances, no thanks." Hold on. It could not be farther from that. Ehd sees her as a mate because there is no one else, she's a woman, he's a man, and that's basically all he knows of life: survive, find a mate, protect her and your children, provide for them. No matter how hard Elizabeth tries to communicate with Ehd, he is devoid of the ability to understand language. He manages to learn her "name-sound" Beh, and that's it. I think it was brilliant to have the book narrated from Ehd's point of view. We get to see his frustration at Beh's incessant sounds, we get to see his confusion over the fact that Beh is not in the slightest interested in him giving her a baby, we get to see his bafflement at Beh's insistence to never let him see her naked. And we get to see his patience. His relief at no longer being alone. It reminded me of the loneliest man in the world - in case you don't know the story, deforestation means that greedy lumber companies think nothing of slaughtering tribes of native Amazonians. In one such case only a single man survived the slaughtering of his tribe (which seems to have been one without any contact with the modern world). Now he lives alone in the Amazonian jungle, going through the motions of the day-to-day life of his people. Alone. He shows no interest in having any sort of contact with anyone and, really, can we blame him? So with this story in mind, I really felt for Ehd. It must be terrible to be the last of your people. To go on day after day. Alone. And his happiness at having Beh with him is palpable. Perhaps she's weird, her furs are strange, she's very insistent on bathing, and she keeps making noises with her mouth. But she's his Beh and now he has purpose in his life: to protect her, to provide for her and maybe, someday, she'll agree to see him as worthy of being her mate and they can have children of their own - a new tribe. And it's... touching to see their relationship grow, even though they want different things, even though they literally do not understand each other. It's slow and it feels real, and it was lovely. It also is quite accurate depicting their struggles for survival. Every day there was gathering, hunting, and work from dawn to dusk. And I have to admit it, it made me cry, I can't say what exactly because I don't want to spoil this for anyone. Please see past the silly-sounding blurb, past the cover, and past the mocking reviews. And give this book a chance!! I'm one of the pickiest reviewers in the world and the ebook wasn't enough for me, I need to go buy the paperback. So go read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WOW.... What can I say this book was so surprising and amazing! I was completely in captivated from the beginning. It sucks you in and doesn't let go! I am a sucker for a beautiful romance realistic or not, so I was excited to read this. I think the most interesting part; that had me so interested, was the fact that they cant verbally communicate.... literally. He literally grunts, and yells gibberish basically. DONT let that deter you from this book, it was absolutely fantastic! Even though they cant talk to each other, they find ways to communicate with each other. The way he shows her his love and affection is amazing. It really gives you a glimpse of where we were and how far we have come. Its actually quite beautiful! So go forth and read this book you wont be disappointed!
Anonymous 30 days ago
It was strange and wonderful, interesting that the whole story is told from his perspective but it was very enthralling. I was crying at the end, so very evocative and the last chapter was a perfect plot twist. I wanted to and still might start it from scratch with the end fresh in my mind, might bring a whole new level to the story. I Highly recommend reading this the next time you need a new book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I started reading Transcendence I was a little skeptical but I soon got drawn into Ehd and his personality. It's not a roaring adventure novel but Ehd and Beh have the adventure of a lifetime. Once you read the book you'll understand and appreciate that reference and the title a lot more. This book is definitely worth the time to read it. By the end, I was so absorbed into this book that my mind stayed glued to the story for days, just spinning it around in my head and feeling what Ehd feels throughout this story. Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best human nature stories I have ever read. Full of wonder and compassion and love.
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Just read the book. Its surprisingly touching and pulled me into the story.
HeatherC2 More than 1 year ago
I read it and turned around and reread it. Loved it!
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Transcendence is poignant and tender while remaining quite funny. Can a caveman and a modern woman find everlasting happiness? Caveman Ehd lacks the physiologic capability to correlate sounds to concepts. He has an active mind but can't understand his talkative modern mate. Privy to his thoughts, we see his worries, concerns and assumptions -- and their disconnect with what we know must be going through the mind of the teenage girl hurtled through time to the dawn of civilization. His conclusion: "My mate is strange," but he can't imagine life again without her. I carried this every, reading at every opportunity. It even invaded my dreams. This is a thoroughly engrossing, delightful book and one of the tenderest and most fulfilling romances I have read in decades. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An unexpected surpise. Really a wonderful book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a bit skeptical about this book because of the story line but after reading some of the reviews, i thought i would give it a try. I couldnt have been more pleased. You cant help falling in love with the characters. I did not want it to end.
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## I am so glad that I took a chance and read this book. What a "beautiful" love story"! I could'nt put the book down. I have over 1200 books stored in my nook and I have to say this one has taken my heart. You "must" read this book! You will not be able to put it down! Please take my advise, you won't regret it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book from beginning to end. Shay Savage did an amazing job!!! I've read this book over and over again, I can't get enough of it.
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