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Writer’s Block is the first in a series of short stories that take an unconventional look at the path to self discovery. We start with time travel!Ralph Jeremiah Johnson Token is the world’s most unremarkable man. When a freak rupture in space-time opens in his work cubicle, he embarks on a most remarkable and unexpected journey, involving his favorite book The Lord of theWriter’s Block is the first in a series of short stories that take an unconventional look at the path to self discovery. We start with time travel!Ralph Jeremiah Johnson Token is the world’s most unremarkable man. When a freak rupture in space-time opens in his work cubicle, he embarks on a most remarkable and unexpected journey, involving his favorite book The Lord of the Rings....

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ISBN : 28943282
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Number of Pages : 22 Pages
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  • Eric Tanafon
    2018-10-10 13:19

    There's more to this story than meets the eye. After reading it the first time, I immediately had to read it over again to see what I'd missed. Also, the story features an epic novel-opening sentence worthy of the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, which is worth the price of admission all by itself.

  • Edmond DeRousse
    2018-09-23 10:33

    This is a little tribute to one of the best authors in the world, J.R.R Tolkien. This short story is an innovative way to teach readers about overcoming writer's block. The main character, R.J.J, is an ordinary man living an unremarkable life. He doesn't really have strong feelings for his job. It just helps him get by. If he had strong feelings for something, it would be for Noodles and for J.R.R Tolkien. When we're so immersed in a particular story, it's remarkably easy to picture ourselves in our favorite book, with our favorite characters. For R.J.J's case, because he admired Tolkien a lot, he found himself lost in 1954 - the year Tolkien published "The Lord of the Rings." I won't tell you the rest of the story. I will remind you that this is a creative and entertaining way to teach writers about overcoming our archenemy - writer's block.Tolkien has influenced this ordinary man, who has no extraordinary ambitions, to dream big. R.J.J's dream made him realize what he really wanted to do - to write. What this book teaches authors who are trying to conceive another book and aspiring authors who are wracking their brain for a brilliant idea is that writer's block isn't something you should fear. It's something you should face head-on.The simple solution to writer's block is to keep writing. If you do, one idea will lead to another, and your book will, eventually, take its shape.This unconventional way of teaching readers about overcoming writer's block really entertained me. I thought the writing was great. The story was fun. Moreover, the message was subtly and effectively embedded in the story. I highly recommend this book.

  • Lita Burke
    2018-09-17 13:10

    Writer’s Block by Michael Gardner is a mystery short story about an office worker named Ralph who travels back in time to unravel the disappearance of his favorite author, J. R. R. Tolkien.Records clerk Ralph lives an uneventful life filled with computer work, caring for his cat Noodles, and reading his favorite fantasy stories. One day, a rift in space-time opens in his work cubicle, and takes him back to 1954 London. Thrilled at the opportunity to meet his favorite author, Ralph tracks down a bookstore, but cannot locate his most favorite books of all time, The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring. A dismayed Ralph visits Tolkien’s home in Oxford at number twenty Northmoor Road, and discovers that Tolkien has never lived in this version of London. What Ralph does next to correct this horrible error in the universe does not turn out the way he plans.Writer’s Block is a fun diversion for Tolkien fans. The best part is Ralph’s practical approach of using time travel to meet one of his literary heroes. Besides, a world without hobbits, Frodo, and Gandalf is too horrible to imagine for epic fantasy fans. Rest assured that the world inside of Writer’s Block is only a story. Just to be sure, I checked my bookshelf, and The Lord of the Rings was in its proper place.

  • Bruce
    2018-10-12 11:25

    This very delightful short story is filled with imagination and wit. A man is thrown back in time, to a special year when JRR Tolkien's works appear on the world's scene. But something is wrong--JRR is not there, and so our own--and other--JRR, must figure out what to do. It is obvious the writer highly respects the works and talents of Tolkien, while creating his own clever spin off story that works well. I highly recommend this to readers of all ages and genres, and thank the author for a well crafted story. I received a copy of it in exchange for my honest review, and rate as five stars.

  • Connie Lacy
    2018-10-16 12:25

    A clever story by the witty Michael Gardner. This time, his character, RJJ Token, is swept back in time, leaving his very humdrum life, for the year 1954. Of course, that just so happens to be the year “The Fellowship of the Ring” was published – the first volume of what would become “The Lord of the Rings” by a certain JRR Tolkien. (Notice the similarity in the names?) Problem is, the novel and the famous author have disappeared. And Mr. Token must do something about that. The story involves an old typewriter, a hunk of wood Mr. Token names “Writer’s Block,” and an interesting time getting to know Mr. Token, (token writer, perhaps?) who discovers a way to overcome the humdrumness of his life, and… well, I don't want to spoil it for anyone. Read the story and see for yourself.

  • Gerard Bianco
    2018-10-17 13:13

    "Writer’s Block" is a delightful story that held me spellbound from the first lines to the last. As the tale begins, the author sets up the scenario and we ease into the story as effortlessly as sliding along a polished floor in cotton socks. Then suddenly, “poof,” we’re transported back in time where we ponder, along with RJJ, the protagonist, problems of how we will survive. How will we live? Were, when, and how will we get money? What are we going do to?RJJ is a well-developed, three-dimensional character, the settings have loads of details so that the reader is securely immersed in each scene, and the plot moves along smoothly toward a well-thought-out conclusion.Five stars for this wonderful tale that I highly recommend you read.

  • E.A. Walker
    2018-10-14 08:13

    Wonderfully crafted little short story - little as in little diamond, cut, polished, and all sparkly! For an unremarkable character, RJJ, properly known as Mr. Token, is delightfully engaging. The story itself flows effortlessly through a rupture in time, depositing the reader practically in Mr. Tolkien's lap. I mean, Mr. Token. His lap. Where I can curl up as comfortably as his cat, watching with delighted curiosity as he overcomes the dreaded Writer's Block. Simply brilliant.

  • Marise Ghorayeb
    2018-10-11 12:19

    This charming story has a little bit of everything and it intertwines perfectly: adventure, humor, intrigue, emotional depth and meaning. It’s all there and it’s very compelling and expertly written. The protagonist is a very strange man: he’s endearing and quirky right from the start, and you just have to love him and love to laugh at him. Moreover, the story line itself is very unique, vividly described, and quite clever. Doctor Who fans will get their moments to geek out too. I was drawn in from the very first sentence and the story stayed with me even after I was finished. That is the mark of a great work. Disclaimer: I received a free ARC copy in exchange for my honest, non-reciprocal review.

  • James Field
    2018-10-05 12:12

    Michael Gardner, not surprisingly, had a dilemma when categorising a genre for this short story. It is a tale of mystery and imagination, a tribute to the great JRR Tolkien, an acknowledgement of the inconveniences for yesteryear's authors, a clear definition for writer's block and how to take advantage of it, and above all, a darn good yarn.Mr. Gardner once again displays his considerable writing skills. The text flows with life and carries you along with uncanny ease. A thoroughly enjoyable read and highly recommended for all those who enjoy something 'different'.

  • Kathleen Garlock
    2018-09-18 11:11

    A charming tale of time travel and wishful identities. Imagine you were sent back to a time in which your favorite author no longer existed. What would you do to ensure their literary masterpiece(s) would still delight the imagination? Could you do it? Would it even be possible?Michael Gardner explores this concept with wit and whimsy in 'Writer's Block.'A must read for anyone who loves the art of storytelling. Highly recommended!

  • Kate Larkindale
    2018-10-10 13:14

    This is a fun, quick read that I devoured in a single bus ride. An average man has an unusual adventure when he is dropped into a past in which his favorite book had never been written. What would you do???

  • Jon
    2018-10-10 09:30

    A super, fun, little time slip story about a "Lord of the Rings" fan who suddenly finds himself in a surprising and unexpected situation faced with an intriguing dilemma. This sort of time travel story has been done before (Back to the Future, and the referenced Dr. Who) but this is an excellent variation on the genre which I hope the writer won't mind me comparing more to Michael Moorcock's stupendous Behold the Man and even 2001! Like the best of such stories Writer's Block leaves the reader to interpret the ending while they puzzle over "what might have been".Beautifully presented inside and out (an excellent simple cover with brilliant tag line!) and written in a humorous and assured style by an obviously accomplished writer, Michael Gardner's readers are in safe hands.

  • Wilde Sky
    2018-10-03 08:09

    A man is transported to an alternate 1950s world where his favourite book doesn’t exist.I thought the concept for this story was clever and I was expecting the main character to replace his hero (which would have been the easy storyline) but this tale took an unexpected path.If you have ever had writer’s block then this book is probably worth a read – just for the account of the problems of trying to write a well known book (that you love) from memory.

  • L. Sengul
    2018-10-05 09:24

    A delightful short story dedicated to JRR Tolkien. In this story the character J.R.R Tolkien who has been sent back in time to when The Hobbit was hitting the shelves to find that his favourite author is no where to be seen and neither is his work. In order for him to right this massive wrong he sets out re-write Tolkiens orignal work in the hope that it will bring him back to his current time and it does. An interesting journey i enjoyed reading it!

  • S.D. Curran
    2018-09-22 09:10

    Was not horrible, but at the same time it felt rushed. This is the story of a young man who finds himself back in time and discovers The Lord of the Rings had never been written. With more effort, this could have been a gem.

  • Rach
    2018-09-21 10:07

    I don't have much time to read these days, but I'm glad I found time to read this :) Well-written, and very much enjoyed!

  • Michael Gardner
    2018-09-25 11:31