Stories from the Steel Garden

Stories from the Steel Garden, by Jesse Gordon - Kindle E-book

Publisher: Madman & Moniker

Richard Doroschenko is a diligent worker and a kind-hearted resident of the Steel Garden manufacturing campus. He is also a storyteller with the ability to frame people, places, and events in such a way that the dismal mediocrity of everyday life becomes something bearable. This novel chronicles Richard’s experiences during Earth’s Sol Union days, when humankind is caught in a decades long galactic war that threatens to extinguish the human spirit once and for all—but Richard has a unique point of view, and he soon learns that his storytelling ability is more than just make-believe…

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3 Responses to Stories from the Steel Garden

  1. capall-rundaimhair says:

    Wow. This is incredible. The stories mixed in, the sights and sounds. Wow. The red rain coming down reminded me too much of War of the World and I started getting the heebi-jeebis. I thought it so strange that the president is so well-groomed, and these workers are living basically in camps that remind me of the japanese-american camps in WWII. Life isn’t really bad…but it isn’t great, either. I love the way Richard tells stories – he’s like those great storytellers you hear about from when your grandparents were kids and not everyone was stuck on reading (cough I’m guilty of the reading bit!)

  2. Megan Simpson says:

    This book was not what I expected it to be and that’s a good thing! I was expecting the typical idea of aliens and humans duking it out over territory, but instead Steel Garden focuses on the human element and what it’s like to be caught in the middle of something you don’t understand. Kind of like certain current events going on in the world.

    Plot-wise, the novel is a sociopolitical science fiction story that takes place in a nudist prison camp at some point in Earth’s future. I would liken it to A Tree Grows In Brooklyn meets 334, with a little 1984 thrown in. The characters (and there are a lot to choose from!) are believable and each of them has a story that’s meaningful. Together, all the small stories make up one big one, and it just so happens that the main character, Richard, has the gift of being able to put it all together in a unique way.

    I definitely recommend this to anyone who likes big ideas with a personal twist. The novel read well, and though the ending wasn’t the explosive revolution I was expecting, it was satisfying nonetheless.

  3. Kitchen Lady says:

    “Stories from the Steel Garden” is an Absolutely Astounding, Wonderfully Winsome, Exquisitely Etched novel that amazes, wins, and excites my soul. AWEsome work!

    I actually read this book awhile back and enjoyed it tremendously then. But I recently re-read it a second time. Am I ever glad I did, as I realized that the novel’s socio-political topic- including its thought-provoking issues, possible solutions to dilemmas, outcomes to choices- matches my own personal musings on these themes. Nice to know there’s someone out there who thinks like I do- I’m not alone.

    Like the characters in Jesse Gordon’s other novels and short stories, Steel Garden’s resident workers and ‘custodians’ come to life in such a deeply meaningful way. Jesse’s knack for character description and development is marvelous. The story is both entertaining and yet ‘niggling’- almost as if there really is a truly fine line between ‘fantasy’ and ‘reality’ after all.

    Better yet- could it actually be possible for each one of us to consciously choose, and then create our experiences exactly according to our desires? Like the way Richard does while in the Garden?

    This is one book I carried with me everywhere, day by day, until I finished reading it through. The ending went in a different direction than what I envisioned- but then that’s exactly one of the qualities I just love about Jesse’s writing. I thoroughly enjoy the mental and emotional challenge- and the ‘twist’.

    Highly recommended reading for anyone, any age- Have fun!

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