A Story A Day Challenge 2017: The Drive

The Drive

His legs felt heavy and burned.

His chest heaved, struggling for air.

His heart raced like never before.

Step by step, he drew closer to his destination.

After years of failing to finish, he was thirty feet away. All he had to do was not fall. If he stopped running, he wouldn’t get started again.

Failure wasn’t an option. This was his last race, and he wanted to finish at least one marathon.

The crowd’s cheers pounded against his ears as he watched his body continue on its own.

Until then, he hadn’t realized he never felt his heart explode.

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A Story A Day Challenge 2017: All in the Location

All in the Location

The cold winter night seeped through Juan’s jacket as he hurried along Tree Avenue.

Even after living there his entire life, he never understood why someone would use a sweet sounding name for a road next to a graveyard. It just sounded too… pleasant.

He paused at the end of the graveyard and turned toward the small house. He hated to admit it, but business had improved since he moved his practice there. Apparently, having a doctor’s office so close to a cemetery helped his patients to listen to him.

Or maybe it was his mortuary business in the basement.

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In the Books featuring The Jennifer Project by Larry Enright

Good morning and welcome to In the Books, featuring The Jennifer Project by Larry Enright.

First, I have to admit I’m an idiot. I thought I had already reviewed this and few other books in 2016, but they were buried in my to-do pile, so, for that, I apologize. I hope to have them all reviewed in the coming weeks.

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About the Book: In 2096, Deever MacClendon creates Jennifer, the first proto-conscious cybernetic processor. It is hyper-intelligent, aware, and evolving. Deever wants to use his creation for the good of all, to help fix a broken world, but knowing what a powerful weapon it could be in the wrong hands, he hides it. When his secret is uncovered, he is forced to plunge into a high-tech morass of deception and treachery to avoid catastrophe and save a world where humans are no longer the most intelligent species.

My Review: This is the first book by the author that I’ve read, and it won’t be the last. As a hugs Sci-Fi fan, I loved the layers throughout the story. We’re thrown into a futuristic world where a single company controls most of the world through their various enterprises. In many ways, it’s already a dystopian world, but there’s more to come.

As we’re introduced to Deever, a 1960s hippie throwback, we have the joy of watching one of the most intelligent people alive as well as probably the loosest cannon. While he wants nothing but the best for humanity, Deever continually outthinks himself or underestimates those wishing to own his newest creation: Jennifer.

Jennifer, an AI (Artificial Intelligence) created by Deever, is a unique combination of a highly intelligent creation (being?) with the understanding of a child about the world around her. It helped to add a comic undertone to the storyline and acted as a counterweight to Deever.

As the story progresses, we’re taken from one dystopian society to another, giving our hero the chance to shine despite his string of errors. That alone made the story for me as Deever is very flawed, despite all his intellectual gifts. While there were times I wanted to reach into the book and smack him, he was a lovable character, much like a goofy friend, that was the humanity within the story.

Overall, I think this is a great addition to any Sci-Fi fan’s library, whether they’re a hardcore fan or a casual reader.

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A Story A Day Challenge 2017: Failure isn’t an Option

Failure isn’t an Option

“What the hell, Jack? I thought you had a handle on things!”

The smack of the newspaper on the desk snapped Jack out of his thoughts. Until that morning, he thought the threat had been eliminated. Now, he wished he had done it himself. Rubbing his right temple, he shrugged. “I gave it to Anthony. He’s never failed before.”

Camille stared at him with her arms crossed. “Apparently, he did this time. Tell him to fix it, or there’s no place to hide if Pierce makes it to trial.”

She glared into Jack, making him fidget. “Consider it done, boss.”

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A Story A Day Challenge 2017: Better Planned

Better than Planned

Few things could have been easier for Jill, but she wasn’t one to complain. In all of her years looking for a way to escape the doldrums of work, she never expected a promotion would be the answer.

She sighed as she looked out the window of the corporate jet as it flew over the ocean. Below, she could see a handful of boats going about their business.

She had studied the file she’d been given and now wanted to enjoy herself before arriving at the company’s headquarters in Florida’s Keys.

And to think, I wanted to quit last week.

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A Story A Day Challenge 2017: Touch and Go

Touch and Go

“Are you ready, baby?”

Thomas shook his head as he sat in his bathroom, staring at the while box. The words had come seconds before disaster.

So much for being easy to use. He let out a breath and reread the box. He was only twenty, and this shouldn’t happen to him. In the end, he decided another attempt was needed. He spent too much to give up now.

Standing, he entered the bedroom and looked at the deflated woman becoming him with her comical expression.

“Well, here it goes…” He pulled a new roll of tape from the box.

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A Story A Day Challenge 2017: Lucky Draw

Lucky Draw

“You think you’re faster than me? Go on and draw, son.”

Jacob fought to maintain eye contact with the stranger. Very fiber in his being told him to run, that this was the one time he’d lose.

Taking a breath, Jacob’s fingers twitched. It was now or never.

The stranger sneered and spit tobacco juice on the ground. Without a word, he drew and the screen flashed red.

“What the hell? Stan! Get over here!” Jacob stepped off the platform as the gunslinger game reset.

“What’s up?” Stan stared at his friend.

“I need another dollar.”

“Dude, already? You suck.”

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