Reviewed By Ruffina Oserio for Readers’ Favorite 5*****Stars
Once-Other by Lawrence M. Nysschens is an epic story that is told in fascinating, lyrical language, absorbing and powerful to the ears. At times it will read like the myth of creation, but what creation? The story is taking place in a desert called the Here-Born, a planet that has been affected by cosmic changes that have rocked the universe. The reader is introduced to a compelling character known as Once-Other, because he once had a different name and adopted this one after he replaced his “arms and head with pre-owned body parts.” Once-Other is a warrior, fighting to protect the lives of his people and to ensure they are free from slavery, but he is a man with his own personal issues, including his unstable and troublesome relationship with his ex-wife who has their son. This book is his odyssey to embracing his potential and fulfilling his mission.
The setting is fascinating and it is in a far-away distant future, a planet that is desert, described as Here-Born. 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.
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
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…
“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.