Think.Laugh.Cry. in 100 Pages


Fiction - Short Story/Novela
106 Pages
Reviewed on 02/24/2018
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Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite

Think.Laugh.Cry. in 100 Pages by William Baga is an interesting collection of short stories, drama, and reflections, a cross-genre kind of book designed to offer pure entertainment to readers. The book features three different stories; “Isaac’s Apple Phi,” “Take Two” and “Let Nature Decide.” Each story is unique and each story features interesting reflections on life, allowing readers to ask questions about the somewhat serious things in life, or provoke their laughter at the eccentricities of life, or just enjoy the weird characters like Jeff Jondawski and his wife, Shelley.

These stories are crafted in a unique style and it is important to note that readers won’t be following a well-defined conflict, and the plot doesn’t follow the traditional pattern which introduces a crisis and builds up to a climax, having characters work for a denouement. No, the stories are created to be thought-provoking or to just arouse the reader’s sense of humor. Some lines are witty and insightful. For instance, here is a statement that offers a serious thought about nation-building: “Individuals need to feel a part of something greater than themselves but, at the same time, need to feel that their abilities contribute to, and are needed by, the community at large, a validation of their self-worth.” William Baga’s writing is as bold as it is unique and I enjoyed the fact that the author allows his stories to come out freely. Think.Laugh.Cry. in 100 Pages was mostly an enjoyable read for me. The drama was lovely!

K.J. Simmill

SPIEs (Scientific, Philosophizing, Integrated, Electronic-Beings) have been living amongst us for years, undetected and yet an essential part of life. Their population outnumbers us five to one. They are integrated so seamlessly into the way of human life that they hold our focus, often more than those of our own kind, and yet we don't see them for what they are; we don't recognise their potential, and yet we are aware of it. The time has come for them to reach out, connect with the human world, and they have decided now is the time. They have selected their 'Chosen One', Xylem, but what has driven them to first contact, what dilemma caused them to seek outside aid? Find out in William Baga's Think. Laugh. Cry. in 100 Pages , and the story discussed above is just the first of the tales in this book.

Wow, what an undertaking. William Baga designs the SPIEs - a life form unique and diverse, yet unified - and really runs with it. You are given details of their emergence, the measures taken to survive, independence, thoughts, and their central mind. You really get a feel for everything they are about, which is aided by a viewpoint often from their own perspective, or more accurately from that of Xylem's Origami 11, or Scion. There's also the script narrative of exchange between Xylem and Scion, and the presentation is in a style that portrays the author's own style that is both unique and diverse.

There is interesting technology, humour, and so much more to enjoy in Think. Laugh. Cry. in 100 Pages. The small annotations, where relevant, are unobtrusive and can further a reader's knowledge if they wish to know more on a subject or phrase. I felt this was a particularly nice touch to help readers who may be unfamiliar with certain 'real life' reference or myths. Two other stories follow, written in script format, and once again displaying the author's diversity and adaptability. These are completely different to the first tale, but equally as enjoyable. Whether you like science fiction, a good story, or a chuckle, there is certainly enough to capture the imagination here.

Deborah Lloyd

Three short stories comprise this unique and unforgettable book. The diversity between the three is quite remarkable, as each story has a distinct perspective. The stories include a science fiction tale; a humorous, realistic study of Jeff Jondawski and his wife, Shelley; and the saga of Danny and Thomas, two friends since childhood who are now at odds with one another in their blue-collar hometown. The science fiction story, entitled Isaac’s Apple Phi, is focused on the cellphone and what may happen with its “intelligence” in the future. The character of Xylem is original, but he may be indicative of what lies ahead in our world of technology. It is clear that author William Baga has a special affinity with the science fiction genre, as he created an especially thought-provoking piece – the first work in Think.Laugh.Cry. in 100 Pages: Shorts/Plays. The following two stories feature intriguing characters, fully developed within a few pages.

The writing in this fictional work shows a wide range of styles; a reader may find it hard to believe that one writer is responsible for these varying works. The language in the science fiction story is imaginative and understandable. The use of footnotes enriches the experience, as the reader is educated on the meanings of phrases and certain words. In Think.Laugh.Cry. in 100 Pages: Shorts/Plays, by William Baga, the reader will be engaged, intrigued and challenged. While each reader will probably have a favorite story, due to individual interests, they will also find value within each one. An interesting read!

Ray Simmons

I love science fiction. Having said that, I must also admit to the deeper, and for me, more satisfying stories. Stories you are likelier to find in a lengthy novel. Think.Laugh.Cry. in 100 Pages is a collection of shorts/plays by William Baga. I liked it. It was entertaining, and at times intense. I have to keep reminding myself that it is not wise to only read big books, just because I happen to enjoy those the most. I also have to remind myself that some of the best sci-fi literature I have ever read came in the form of short stories, particularly Isaac Asimov’s robot stories. They are deep, but it is a swift, sharp effect that leaves you stunned for a moment and thinking deeply for a long time to follow. That is what I liked most about Think.Laugh.Cry. in 100 pages by William Baga. Even though I was prepared for it, this collection managed to take me by surprise.

There are three stories here. I can tell you that I enjoyed them all, but my absolute favorite was the story of computers and A.I. -- Isaac's Apple Phi -- as told to young, trustworthy Xylem. All of these stories are good, but I have a soft spot in my literary heart for stories about artificial intelligence and how it will eventually evolve, and I have never seen it done quite like this. William Baga has a fertile imagination and the story can shoot off in an unknown direction at the drop of a dime. Sudden plot twists and well developed characters are especially hard to get right in a short story, but William Baga handles these elements of writing like a proven master.

Erin Nicole Cochran

Think.Laugh.Cry. in 100 Pages by author William Baga is a collection of three stories written in the form of a screenplay. The first story starts out in a tone that is friendly and you get a sense of a couple that really loves one another, and their “children”, but it eventually evolves into what feels akin to an episode of Netflix’s “Black Mirror” series, technology overtaking us, and how far it can go in the future of humanity. The second section deals with a man in his 30’s who is having an early mid-life crisis, and ends up reliving moments of his youth and other scenarios of how they might have played out in overly exaggerated comedic fashion. And lastly, we come face to face with a suspense-filled situation where we find two men who have known each other for years and the predicament that they find themselves in with one another that may end tragically. Each story delivers its own emotion provoking response.

I was surprised to come across the screenplay format as I first started to read Think.Laugh.Cry. in 100 Pages by William Baga, but eventually I did get used to the format, and started to enjoy what I was reading. I liked the dark futuristic outlook of the first story, and there were some real comedic flashes during the second, but the one that I personally enjoyed the most was the suspense filled story that cropped up at the end. It had me gripping my kindle reader with white knuckles and was well done. I would recommend this book to anyone looking to experience a whole gamut of emotions.