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As Long As You Wish by John O'Keefe is a captivating and thought-provoking novel that explores the complexities of life and the power of unconditional love. Set in a small town, the story follows the journey of a young couple, Sarah and Michael, as they navigate the challenges of their relationship while facing unexpected hardships.

The strength of this book lies in its deeply flawed and relatable characters. Sarah, a fiercely independent and ambitious woman, often struggles to balance her personal aspirations with the needs of her relationship. On the other hand, Michael is portrayed as a caring and patient partner, who is also weighed down by his own insecurities and fears. Through their experiences, the author skillfully delves into the human psyche, shedding light on the intricacies of love, sacrifice, and personal growth.

O'Keefe's writing style is immersive, eloquent, and emotive; his prose effortlessly transports readers into the heart of Sarah and Michael's world. The author's vivid descriptions create a vivid ambiance, allowing the reader to experience the small-town setting along with its idiosyncratic inhabitants. Furthermore, O'Keefe's nuanced storytelling keeps the plot engaging, unveiling layers of depth and emotion with each turn of the page.

The central theme of the book revolves around the power of choice and the consequences that arise from it. By challenging societal norms and exploring the boundaries of personal desires, As Long As You Wish prompts readers to reflect on the choices they make in their own lives. The novel also touches upon subjects like family dynamics, grief, and finding one's true purpose, adding layers of depth to the narrative.

One aspect that could have been further developed is the supporting characters. While they play significant roles in Sarah and Michael's lives, their stories felt somewhat underdeveloped. Expanding on these characters could have provided a richer context and deeper understanding of how they influenced the main characters' choices and growth.

Nevertheless, As Long As You Wish is a beautifully written tale that offers an authentic portrayal of love, sacrifice, and personal awakening. John O'Keefe's mastery of storytelling creates a ribbons of emotions that tug at the reader's heartstrings while leaving a lasting impression. This novel is a captivating exploration of human relationships and the power of following one's dreams, making it a worthy addition to any book lover's collection.

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Transcriber's Note: This e text was produced from Astounding Science Fiction, June, 1955. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.


If, somehow, you get trapped in a circular time system ... how long is the circumference of an infinitely retraced circle?


Illustrated by van Dongen

The patient sat stiffly in the leather chair on the other side of the desk. Nervously he pressed a coin into the palm of one hand.

"Just start anywhere," I said, "and tell me all about it."

"As before?" Without waiting for an answer, he continued, the coin clutched tightly in one hand. "I'm Charles J. Fisher, professor of Philosophy at Reiser College."

He looked at me quickly. "Or at least I was until recently." For a second his face was boyish. "Professor of Philosophy, that is."

I smiled and found that I was staring at the coin in his hand. He gave it to me. On one side I read the words: THE STATEMENT ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS COIN IS FALSE. The patient watched me with an expressionless face; I turned over the coin. It was engraved with the words: THE STATEMENT ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS COIN IS FALSE.

"That's not the problem," he said, "not my problem. I had the coin made when I was an undergraduate... Continue reading book >>

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