You Dear, Sweet Man – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

4 Stars

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Thomas Neviaser

In Thomas Neviaser’s You Dear, Sweet Man, blue-collar worker Bobby Fastow notices an unusual ad on the subway on his way to work. Featuring a beautiful woman and a spread of health-conscious food, there’s nothing particularly unusual about it – or so Bobby thinks. As the days go on, though, he becomes more and more obsessed with the ad. He begins to believe that the woman in the ad can see him and interact with him, but is it real or only a fantasy in his head?

You Dear, Sweet Man is a unique fiction book, but sometimes, it’s so unique that it borders on strange. The plot is confusing at first, as is the revolving door of characters who each seem to need their own chapter to narrate. There’s also a bit of a discrepancy in the book’s pacing; some chapters are suspenseful and exciting, others have a rambling narrative that doesn’t seem to make sense, and still others are almost downright boring. You Dear, Sweet Man captivates with a short, suspenseful opening chapter, then takes quite a while to become that interesting again, which doesn’t seem like an effective method.

However, what makes You Dear, Sweet Man so powerful is its great use of suspense – and over something as ordinary as a subway ad. Turning an everyday, throwaway object like a subway ad into something terrifying, creepy, and suspenseful is a fascinating premise, and one that Thomas Neviaser executes brilliantly. As the story unravels, it’s impossible not to keep reading to find out more about the mysterious woman in the ad. You Dear, Sweet Man is a rollercoaster ride of a read, but a particularly intriguing one that will leave readers eagerly awaiting the next story Thomas Neviaser has up his sleeve.

Originally critiqued by a member of the Authors Talk About It team.

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The Way I See It – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

5 Stars

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Thomas J. Neviaser, MD

Dr. Thomas J. Neviaser, MD has put together a powerful and deeply insightful book focused on orthopaedics. The Way I See It: A Head-to-Toe Guide to Common Orthopaedic Conditions is exactly what the title claims it to be. In this book, Dr. Neviaser shares very detailed descriptions and explanations around the most common orthopaedic ailments and their potential treatments. Readers will find diagrams, drawings and even x-rays. There are tips on how and what to say in an effort for patients to help doctors understand their actual pain and the location it is likely stemming from. Readers will also find a number of potential questions they should ask before agreeing to have orthopaedic surgery. It’s a very detailed and handy guide to help readers understand the musculoskeletal system in their body.

The Way I See It covers a very complex topic; therefore, readers may need to reread some sections over to try and comprehend the content. Though Dr. Neviaser shares some mildly humours stories and analogies, it can still be a bit of a dry read. However, this is the not type of book one should intend to sit down and read for pure enjoyment. The ultimate intent appears to be focused on helping, not entertaining.

With so many helpful diagrams, broken down explanations and Dr. Neviaser’s ability to break down highly complex concepts into understandable chunks of information, The Way I See It is a book that can help empower patients. Sections cover everything from herniated disc symptoms to Ganglion cysts to fibromyalgia. Through his honest and clear breakdowns, Dr. Neviaser displays his deep concern for patients and readers all while allowing his brilliant wisdom to shine through. Nearly anyone could benefit from having a copy of Dr. Thomas J. Neviaser’s The Way I See It to help them better understand their orthopaedic pain and be able to better describe it, so their chance at relief and healing are greatly improved.

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