Item description for Mirror Reversal by David White Richard Goscicki...
Out of the Looking Glass...Mirror Reversal is a unique contribution to popular psychology and science fiction by platforming a torrid tale of one woman's descent into the depths of human misery on a solid understanding of basic principles of social science. Fast moving, sometimes riveting in its narrative, Goscicki's fascinating story-telling updates Catch 22 and Orwellian concepts in a novel illuminating the dark side of human nature.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 5.8" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Jan 7, 2008
Publisher The Peppertree Press
ISBN 1934246778 ISBN13 9781934246771
Availability 130 units. Availability accurate as of Jan 19, 2017 11:30.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Mirror Reversal?
Through the Looking Glass with an adult twist, Alice grows up May 6, 2008
Mirror Reversal is a modern day 'Alice Through the Looking Glass'. Cynthia Whipple opens the story as a prim and proper college professor who is a little too restrained to enjoy life. Through an unforeseen series of events, she ingests a hallucinogenic drug and meets two very different leprechauns when she is pulled through the looking glass. One leprechaun represents freedom from the restraints imposed by society and those self induced to meet society's expectations. The other is a fanatical religious fiend who, if he cannot convert her, will kill her.
Cynthia's personality does a reversal when she enters the parallel world through the mirror and she becomes the opposite of the self-repressed pedogogue she was brought up to be. Her adventure on the other side has her consorting with hookers and homeless, strippers and sleaze while she discovers who she really is and what will ultimately make her happy. The two leprechauns vie for her soul and her fiancee follows her in an attempt to save their relationship. A zany adventure follows as Cynthia thwarts the fanatic leprechaun and saves not only herself but her friends.
There are a number of graphic sex scenes but none are gratuitous. They are integral to the story and there undoubtedly was room for more. If explicit sex offends you, please find something else to read but do not miss this book if you want to delve into the dark side of human nature.
Mr. Goscicki has a literary style that brings places and people to life. His characters, like Abe Grossman, a homeless Vietnam vet, are either poignantly gratifying, or detestable, like his leprechaun, Morality O'Toole. He blends visions of small upstate New York and the City that are vivid and colorful, and his plot twists and turns right up to the end. He weaves a theme of memetics throughout the novel, often eliciting startling interpretations of things we take for granted.
Crude and Offensive Story from an Atheist Point of View May 3, 2008
I found nothing in this book worth reading. I forced myself to look for something of value, but found myself wading through obscene language, offensive discourse, and perversion to disentangle the agenda of this book.
I crawled through the muck and found nothing but a faithless atheistic point of view leaking through the downward spiral of a character from sexual permissive, to strip club employee to prostitute. The story line and weird psychology the allegory was based on are pathetic negative nonsense.
This book is not worth the paper it was printed on.
Mirror Reversal Apr 21, 2008
I was enthralled how the story unfolded. It kept my interest the entire time. My understanding of the theory of memetics was sharpened. It incorporated a lot of interesting bits of information that were new to me. I loved the facts about nature, the descriptions of New York and the inspirational love for the opera. It demonstrated to me man's eternal struggle to understand the mystery of life. I, myself, had a hard time reading the sexual expletives. The characters were well developed. The suspense in the final chapters was exciting. I would highly recommend this book. It will challenge your thinking and will present some with an entertainingly new experience.
'Confederacy of Dunces' meets 'Eyes Wide Shut' Apr 19, 2008
Richard Goscicki's 'Mirror Reversal' explores what happens to a professor of psychology and biology and her fiancee when their inhibitions toward sex and assertiveness are stripped away by a leprechaun determined to show them what "real life" is like.
Doctor Cynthia Whipple, a sheltered atheist and secular humanist, quits her safe professorship and heads to New York City to start a new and wild life. We follow her as she bumps her way down the social ladder, and we are treated to her scientific and psychological observations of the bottom rungs of humanity as she deals with Christian fanatic professors, strip club dancers and managers, and prostitutes and pimps.
Goscicki evokes a vivid sense of place. His sex scenes are raw and explicit. Throughout the book, he treats us to a meme-based view of societal evolution. And most interesting to me, Goscicki makes his zany characters conflicted to the point of paradox: a Christian singer with a "pet" pygmy; an anti-atheist tow truck driver who hurts Cynthia to "loosen her up" yet will drop everything to save her, and Cynthia herself, who keeps high morals for strangers while blatantly cheating on her finance.
A REAL PAGE TURNER Feb 16, 2008
This novel has a lot of surprising twists and turns to the very end of the book, with fascinating imagery of locales, including the tranquil setting of a small upstate New York college town in the Catskills, the magnificence of the New York Metropolitan Opera House, contrasted by the jarring landscape of New York City streets dotted by strippers and prostitutes with their individual stories. The story about one particular character in the book--a Vietnam American war hero turned street bum--is particularly poignant. And then there are the two mythical leprechauns who portray the good and evil that can be exemplified by us all at one point or another. Integrated throughout the novel are thought-provoking ideas that cause the readers to reflect on contemporary societal morals and values, as well as our stewardship of planet earth and all its inhabitants. The author also exposes readers to little-known scientific and historical facts in an entertaining way that suggests his wealth of knowledge in many spheres.