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5.0 out of 5 stars the infinite struggle and the eternal journey
This kindle single was an unexpected treat to read. Although I do love science fiction, I'm definitely not overly knowledgable about microbiology and the like; however, that did not keep me from enjoying this little tale. It's the story of a tiny being, something so small as to be insignificant to the human eye, yet so elementally and substantially important as to survive...
Published on 22 April 2012 by S. Richards

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3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing idea
An intriguing, if not completely original idea that made me think more about mitochondria and has deep science fiction roots. I would have liked it more if the writing had been more sophisticated. It was rather simplistic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the infinite struggle and the eternal journey, 22 April 2012
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This review is from: The Old Soul (Kindle Single) (Kindle Edition)
This kindle single was an unexpected treat to read. Although I do love science fiction, I'm definitely not overly knowledgable about microbiology and the like; however, that did not keep me from enjoying this little tale. It's the story of a tiny being, something so small as to be insignificant to the human eye, yet so elementally and substantially important as to survive life after life and civilization after civilization. This is the journey of that small entity, a truly old soul acting on a primordial instinct to seek the light as it leaves its dying human host and struggles to make its way to a new host.

On this strange journey, we follow along as 'it' hitches a ride from amoeba to dust mite, from flea to fly, from one animal to the next, continuing on in its quest to take root in some other being which will give it a rebirth. This story really does make you think of reincarnation, of past lives and memories, and of those times you may have felt as if you had been somewhere before or felt as if you had a connection to a place far away from your birth, perhaps another place and time in existence.

The being's journey was complicated, making this reader feel anxiety and a great expectation to see just how this would all play out. Although the utimate goal was surely seen, it made that final destination and new home no less remarkable. The Old Soul is a very interesting read, and although a fairly quick read at 18 pages/300 locations, this short story builds the excitement and leads the reader down a curious path of thinking and wondering about that very thing which makes us more than our human body, to consider just what exactly is the soul and how many homes can it have. Really an incredibly interesting little story, very well written and perfectly balancing science with the unknown and the mystical.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing idea, 24 Jan 2014
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An intriguing, if not completely original idea that made me think more about mitochondria and has deep science fiction roots. I would have liked it more if the writing had been more sophisticated. It was rather simplistic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Concise and fun., 11 July 2012
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Got this after a tip from boing boing. This was my first Kindle Single purchase and has converted me to the format.

This is a fun piece of sci-fi writing. Hints of undeveloped plots are scattered here and there; it's clear that the author had plenty of ideas. Rather than let the story become too big or complicated, the author has delivered a concise narrative focused on the central concept.

Well worth 2. Get this instead of your cup of coffee tomorrow.
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