Reviews of Once-Other

About Once-Other:

Some write of governments gone mad. Readers say Once-Other the novel will repair that. Different to anything you’ve read before and reads like music.

There are two distinct story lines in Once-Other:

Line One: The story of adventure and struggle which lays the Foundation and the reasons behind the New Political ideas which are based on the Constitution of the United States being in place and respected. In this line of the story many of the basic reasons for the New Political ideas appear. Those readers who skip or jump may miss important parts.

Line Two: The outline of a Political Weapon voters can use to destroy Liberalism, Communism, Fascism and all other oppressive Political Systems. It is how we the Voters can take back the power or our Vote and never lose it again. As many readers have this: This is an important book for all people of all ages. We have a short time here during the next four to eight years to take Freedom by the hand and it make her ours, our children’s and their children’s.

SHOULD YOU READ ONCE-OTHER?

In Once-Other Lawrence M. Nysschens has wound an intriguing mixture of personal struggle and oppression.  His ideas are unique, and his style keeps the pages turning: Immigrants from Earth settled a distant desert world. Is this the utopia Earth so longed for? But like the USA these colonists fight a War of Independence against the Mother Planet. Failure is not an option. Slavery would be its price.

Excerpts from Reviews:

On its own the story would be an enjoyable adventure well worth the read. But underlying the story you can see the essence of what the author is trying to impart to us. – AMAZON 

This is the kind of book you read and wake up feeling as though you’d traveled to another world. –READER’S FAVORITE 

Lawrence M. Nysschens presents man’s pain in loss, his battles, both spiritual and physical, and his journey to conquering fear and embracing himself. –READER’S FAVORITES

Here’s parts of reviews that address the New Political ideas:

“…But the sociological observations that are obviously Nysschens’ main concern are indeed consistently intriguing… ” –KIRKUS 

But underlying the story you can see the essence of what the author is trying to impart to us. That of the love and importance of liberty and freedom in our lives. AMAZON 

I liked their weapon of mass destruction, so simple, yet effective.” –AMAZON 

“…the concepts on the structure of a truly free society are pearls worth the work to obtain. –AMAZON 

Extended excerpts from Readers’ Favorite 5 Star Reviews.

1. Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers’ Favorite 5*****Stars

“Once-Other by Lawrence M. Nysschens is a compelling blend of fantasy and sci-fi with a lot of symbolism, a story that vividly depicts the author’s creativity and ingenuity, from the quirky names of places and characters, to the unique voice, to the plot and setting. Set against the backdrop of a barren desert, the story features Once-Other, a citizen of Here-Born and a soldier, a man who is relentlessly tortured in many ways by his ex-wife. Besides the physical torments he must endure, he suffers the loss of the one thing he loves the most. He must look deeper inside himself to find the skills required to free himself and his people, but he must first overcome his fear…”

2. Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers’ Favorite 5*****Stars

“Once-Other by Lawrence M. Nysschens is a paranormal fantasy/science fiction novel filled with romance, adventure, and humor…

“…Once-Other by Lawrence M. Nysschens was a very intriguing book that reeled me in chapter by chapter. The start may have been slow, but Nysschens caused me to become emotionally invested in Once-Other; I really sympathized with his hurt and confusion when he discovered Jiplee and could not figure out why she did not call out for help using their ability to communicate from mind to mind. I found the difference in cultures in the two worlds to be interesting in how one values the individual and their freedom while the other no longer does. While the book was a fictional story, I enjoyed the hidden elements of politics and morality that were woven into the story. Overall, I enjoyed the unique nature of the book and I hope that Nysschens decides to write a follow-up.”

3. Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers’ Favorite 5*****Stars

“Once-Other by Lawrence M. Nysschens is a very interesting and different science fiction story from the ones you might have read before. It is definitely far more creative than the usual science fiction fare and I have to say, the Once-Other actually feels very much on the same level as Star Wars and Star Trek. There is something about the way Lawrence M. Nysschens writes that just clicks with you and you want to keep on reading. Even though science fiction is really not my cup of tea, I was riveted by the characters and the background.”

4. Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers’ Favorite 5*****Stars

“A novel with powerful spiritual undertones, Once-Other by Lawrence M. Nysschens presents man’s pain in loss, his battles, both spiritual and physical, and his journey to conquering fear and embracing himself. Set in the symbolic regions of the desert — and I couldn’t help reflecting on the deserts of our souls as I read on — the reader is introduced to Once-Other, a man whose life seems to be in disarray because of his ex-wife’s control over their son. Besides his personal struggles, he is engaged in a peculiar war to achieve freedom for his people in the Here-Born. The story unveils dread truths about a spiritual journey of the warrior towards self-realization and growth. Once-Other’s battle, his greatest battle, is with himself, the battle to unlock his full potential by conquering his inner demons and fears…”

5. Reviewed by Ruffina Oseria for Readers’ Favorite 5*****Stars

“…There is a lot to enjoy in this book, and I must say that I was absorbed by the strong and lyrical writing style. It read like music. There are the characters that are compelling, strangely familiar, and memorable. This is the kind of book you read and wake up feeling as though you’d traveled to another world. There are many insights in this story and a whole philosophy on the secrets of success and personal growth. The story is fast-paced and laced with powerful images. The plot, the exquisite writing, the awesome characters, and the mythical undertones of the story are elements that make it stand out as a work of great depth and success.”

“Best Political SciFi yet. February 15, 2016 — Once Other is an amazingly complex and intriguing caricature of the founding principles of our Republic set in the distant future. It seductively explores the opposite evolutionary ends of the spectrum for our Republic, and their battle for survival or dominance. Spinning a long and twisted web you can’t escape from until the last word.” –AMAZON.

“A story that will draw you in! January 26, 2016 — As others have said, this is a blend of science fiction, adventure, politics & morality. While it took me a while to catch on to the authors style, the concepts on the structure of a truly free society are pearls worth the work to obtain. Lawrence Nysschens brings you to a world of unimaginable hardship, yet the inhabitants thrive, all the while living with a system of governance that actually works to advance a individuals personal goals. I really enjoyed it & look forward to his next effort!”  —AMAZON

“Live by Neatness Alone!” will become my new motto. December 18, 2015 — Once-Other is also the name of the main character, a man of integrity. I liked that the author was able to transport me to that world and interest me in Once-Other’s fate. The character became real and beloved. There are two planets, Here-born and Earth-born with similar humanoids but different cultures. One culture values individuality and freedom while the other does not. The author takes through a couple of adventures and slowly unravels how the two cultures developed. I liked their weapon of mass destruction, so simple, yet effective.” —AMAZON

“A must read for lovers of liberty and freedom–January 5, 2016. On its own the story would be an enjoyable adventure well worth the read. But underlying the story you can see the essence of what the author is trying to impart to us. That of the love and importance of liberty and freedom in our lives. Through the main characters adventures in learning how each culture developed and grows we see in our own culture the mistakes and errors as well as the accomplishments. This is a must read on two levels. For the sheer enjoyment of a good read and an insight into the world we live in today.” —AMAZON

EXCERPTS FROM A KIRKUS REVIEW:
“… This long and sometimes surreal tale is set on a planet informally referred to by its inhabitants as “Here-Born,” thereby differentiating it from their species home world of Earth, which they call “Earth-Born” or EB…

“…they crash-landed on Here-Born and began the slow,
torturous process of adapting to a world with a higher gravity than Earth and no water, a blasted desert realm whose “face is scarred by one-third a sea of rock and awash in two-thirds an ocean of sand—and nothing else…”

“…But the sociological observations that are obviously Nysschens’ main concern are indeed consistently intriguing… ” —KIRKUS REVIEWS

It is you the individual reader who, having read Once-Other fully,  must decide if a new Political Civilization is possible or not.

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Read Chapters 1-4 of Once-Other.

Read my Welcome.

Behind the Liberal Smirk.

Reasoning for Tomorrow.

One thought on “Reviews of Once-Other”

  1. I am up to chapter 5 as of early this morning.

    I’d compare the unique writing style, and the relationship between humans raised in 2 different cultures to be a bit like the “Martian Chronicles” by Ray Bradbury. As an avid SciFi fan I find it well written and a bit captivating as it should be.

    Talk to you again when I am done reading.

    Finished it this morning, now how long do I have to wait for the rest of it?? Liked what I have read so far.

    Author Comment: Bill completed the book and left a Review on Amazon — Lawrence.

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