One is a novel by Richard Bach, best known for his fable for adults, Jonathan Livingstone Seagull, in which the author proved to the gullible that, with determination and practice, anyone could be anything.
In One, adroitly subtitled “a novel” to keep people from thinking it is nonfiction, Bach fictionalizes his philosophical position that everything is an illusion.
One opens with the real Bach and his real wife, Leslie, flying to the real city of Los Angeles.
On the way to LA, the landscape below disappears. The couple drop into another dimension in which time is timeless and choices are limitless.
The couple take off and land to meet the selves they would be if they had lived in other times and other places and made other choices: They might never have met!
Bach and his wife come across as having the personalities of Popsicle sticks.
Bach’s philosophical discussion is on a par with his characterization skills. It doesn’t take an Einstein to know that living in a different century in a different place you’d have different choices, or that making different decisions results in different outcomes.
The Bachs divorced in 1997, which just goes to show the value of having alternative realities.
The Eyes of the Dragon is a once-upon-a-time fantasy written by Stephen King for his daughter, who didn’t want to read his horror stories.
Old, and never-smart King Roland favored his older son, Peter, over the younger, Thomas. Peter is handsomer and smarter than Tom and he’s had the advantage of being instructed by their mother, who died when Tom was born.
Roland’s magician, Flagg, takes advantage of Roland’s infirmities and Thomas’s jealousies.
When Roland dies under suspicious circumstances, blame falls on Peter.
He’s confined to the tower for life.
Flagg is not only an expert on killing with poisons. He’s also a master of killing peasants with excessive taxation. That and a dog are what cause Flagg’s not-a-moment-too-soon downfall.
Eyes of the Dragon will appeal to young adult readers (and older ones) who, like Naomi King, don’t care for Stephen King’s horror stories.
Eyes has time-honored features of fantasy fiction—a handsome prince, a loyal sidekick, an evil wizard, and a tall tower from which no prisoner can possibly escape.
It also has David Palladini’s charming art work to give the story a feel of antiquity.
Eyesdoesn’t have a princess for Peter, but even in fantasy, you can’t have everything.