Somewhere Over the Sun

Somewhere Over the Sun

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Alan, a spirited young writer with a wandering imagination has discovered that the stories he writes are suddenly coming to life. At the suggestion of his loving father, Alan embarks on a quixotic journey to visit friends and use his new found gift to write them all happier lives. There are a few limitations to his power; he can't cure diseases, he can't summon pots of gold, and headaches accompany each reality-infused story he lives out, but the appreciative and optimistic Alan is not deterred from creating fantastical characters and storylines to give his friends more literary lives.
Adi Alsaid graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a degree in Marketing, but spent the majority of his time there reading and writing fiction. Somewhere Over the Sun is his debut novel and was written in Monterey, CA. He was born and raised in Mexico City to Israeli parents whose love and support made this book possible. Adi is usually unsure of how long he will remain at any given address, but chances are he is living somewhere in the northwestern hemisphere. He hopes this book brings his readers even a sentence's worth of happiness.
Aside from reading and writing, Adi is a huge fan of cooking and eating, watching and playing basketball, and listening to music and singing (despite his clear inability to do so).
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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 17.78mm | 317.51g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1608448312
  • 9781608448319
  • 1,410,259

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54 ratings
4.42 out of 5 stars
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4 22% (12)
3 11% (6)
2 2% (1)
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Alan has recently discovered that the stories he writes are coming true, but they come with a price in the form of bad headaches. After conferring with his father, his best friend, he decides to visit his close friends and write them each a story in an effort to bring them happiness. The story was very uplifting and positive. Alan's actions are fueled by love for his friends. The source of his gift isn't revealed until the end, but it is easily guessed at before you get halfway through the book. My favourite story that Alan writes is Saline's, which is one of the first stories he writes. It was sweet and beautiful, with a touch of fantasy. Alan's whole visit with Saline was my favourite part of the book. I did not like Alan's Canadian visit. As a Canadian myself, I found it slightly insulting that his visit there was all about alcohol and drugs. This behaviour was not overly emphasized during any other visit, and I felt it didn't add anything to the story. The writing is truly beautiful. Each word and phrase has been carefully chosen to fit the exact position it appears in. This leads to a very lyrical and poetic script. This makes the story great, but also not so great. There is no break for the descriptive, flowery language. It leads to a feeling of too much. Without any simple writing, it feels overdone in spots. Overall, this book is full of wonderful phrases and quotes. The story is imaginative and unique. This is a good read, although it does feel overly written in some more
by Sarah Merchant
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