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Retrospection [Kindle Edition]

S. L. Wallace
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Book Description

After a terrible accident, Claire wakes up in the hospital. Not being able to remember the recent events that led to her accident is disturbing enough but to discover a stranger in her room who only she can see and hear is even worse. Jhidhai can relate. Typically, humans cannot see or hear him, but Claire can do even more. Unraveling Jhidhai's secrets will take Claire on a journey through both time and space. And Claire's secrets from herself will lead her toward a destination she could never have imagined.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 899 KB
  • Print Length: 98 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EE9CDLC
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,563,196 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A clever little story 27 Dec. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
It was like reading a book of short stories, except there was an underlying theme, the story of the girl who gets to witness living history.

I thought this story was well thought out and gently paced, it was like receiving a gift of short stories wrapped neatly with a bow of mystery.

I would recommend to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Would you like to look back at your life? 22 Sept. 2013
By Brenda
Format:Kindle Edition
The more I read the more awake I became. This is an interesting premise and as I read I was absorbed into the unknown. I was touched by the sentiment and moved during the emotional moments. This story was well written and easy to follow. Retrospection kept me thinking, wondering and guessing all the way through.

"Claire and Jhidhai still sat upon the wooden park bench facing the lake. Claire turned and studied Jhidhai but said nothing. He shifted uncomfortably and waited.
Finally, she spoke. "If you had to do it all again, would you do anything differently?
"No, I can't honestly say that I would. What happened, happened. Anyway, we can't change the past."
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Find the Words! 11 Jan. 2014
By SeaWitch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
If you are looking for a book that will make you THINK; one that is part history, part paranormal, and sits in a genre class all its own, then this is the book for you.

I honestly didn't know what to make of this novel when I started it. I had no inkling as to who Jhidhai was or WHAT he was. It was a bit confusing but so interesting that I HAD to press on. Had to.
I'm so glad I did. The more of this book I read, the more it stayed with me after I (reluctantly) put it down. Hey, we all have to sleep sometime, right? I felt compassion for the characters, not just Jhidhai and Claire, but the lives they shared with us through history.

After I finished the book, I sat quietly and relived it in my head and heart. THAT was when I realized that Wallace, through the telling of this story, turned the readers into Kiinari. We became the record keepers – the preservers of memories. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to step away from the 'normal' genres and delve into a story that will touch your heart and fill you with wonder.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Would you like to look back at your life? 22 Sept. 2013
By Brenda - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The more I read the more awake I became. This is an interesting premise and as I read I was absorbed into the unknown. I was touched by the sentiment and moved during the emotional moments. This story was well written and easy to follow. Retrospection kept me thinking, wondering and guessing all the way through.

"Claire and Jhidhai still sat upon the wooden park bench facing the lake. Claire turned and studied Jhidhai but said nothing. He shifted uncomfortably and waited.
Finally, she spoke. "If you had to do it all again, would you do anything differently?
"No, I can't honestly say that I would. What happened, happened. Anyway, we can't change the past."
4.0 out of 5 stars An Intriguing Novella 4 Nov. 2013
By Cody Martin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
A while ago I was asked to be a beta reader for S.L. Wallace. Here is my review for the finished version of her novella Retrospection. This is the official synopsis from Goodreads: "When Claire wakes up in the hospital, she discovers a stranger in her room who only she can see and hear. Learning Jhidhai's secrets will take her on a journey through both time and space. But Claire has secrets of her own—secrets that will lead her toward a destination she would never have imagined."

This was an enjoyable novella which is a series a vignettes. It switches from 3rd to 1st person POVs as Claire and Jhidhai relive memories. I wish the author had picked one POV and stuck with it throughout. Many books I have read recently use this switching technique and I don't like it. That's just a personal preference.

The memories we visit are mostly painful, there aren't many happy moments in this story but it isn't depressing. There is an undercurrent of resolve and strength, as if Wallace is telling us that all memories, even the bad ones, strengthen us. The vignettes are largely unconnected from each other and I wish there had been more of a through line or something to connect them more.

That all said, Wallace is a good author and this story is a quick enjoyable read that takes us to many times and places. We briefly experience the pains and joys of a multitude of characters and we remember that memories are precious things that need to be cherished and protected.
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