I would reccomend this book to any person that is interested in social issues, politics, metaphysics, mysticism, sacred geometry, religious studies, and reading an amazing book.
22 Stories is a brilliant ascent through the Tarot, a building, the characters' minds and the reader's mind. It has the wit and instances of character development that reminds me of Tom Robbins and the originality of the plot is reminiscent of Phillip K. Dick while keeping enough similarity to this world to make the book feel like it could actually be a possibility that all of this would happen. Throughout the book the author, David Lawrence, weaves in current social issues that our society will soon have to face such as; mind control, pharmacological manipulation, and artificial intelligence and it's interactions with the human mind.
There are many characters in the book and they are all really interesting. These character would make this book an amazing movie. They have the best names, costumes, and personalities. In this regard, the author is very detailed and subtlely noticeable.
This book is an intense roller coaster of emotions and events that I felt like I was experiencing. At times the book is beautiful with its references to Emily's flower and the ideas of how powerful our minds and love really are. At these times the book is uplifting and inspirational. At other times, the book is sexy, funny, brilliant and in some cases displays characters that are quite disturbing. It is in these instances that Lawrence sets himself apart from any other author that I have read. He has the ability to take the reader into a scene with a character that is evil, yet attractive. This correlates right with the process of our own self destructive mechanisms that humans face in our every day lives. Lawrence takes the reader through these parts comfortably while allowing us to experience the side of ourselves that these characters represent. Not so coincidentally, the books characters are experiencing something similar. The icing on the cake is when the reader gets out of these parts and realizes how important these parts are to the discovery of ourselves. In this way the book manages to have many different forms of peaks that kept me from wanting to put it down. Throughout the book, I couldn't figure out how the plot could continue because it was so developed by the middle of it, but it only got better.
The end of the book is the most action packed sequence that I have ever read and by the end I felt like I had really gained a lot of insight from it. What's better? The story isn't quite over. Mr. Lawrence, I will be the first person to buy your next book.