Books by A.O. Kime
"Metaphysical realities in America's politically-challenged democracy"
"A sagacious accounting of the Stone Age and the beginnings of civilization"
U.S. colleges and trade schools
Odd combination of directories you think? See 'faces'
A.O. Kime Articles:
Shoofly Village ruins
Stone Age history
Stone Age timelines
Stone Age tools
Dynamics of now
Evil (nature of)
Gift of life
Light (nature of)
Time (nature of)
Curse of science
Int'l Criminal Court
Rule of law
REVIEWS OF BOTH BOOKS & WEBSITE ARTICLES BY FAITH B (South Africa):
I really am loving Metaphysical Cavemen. It makes you think. There are many light bulb moments for me. Or shall I say “ah ha” moments. - Faith B.
I gather from you that you prefer arriving at your own
conclusions rather than relying on others for their ideas. Reading
Metaphysical Cavemen I have come to the conclusion that not only don’t
you need to but that you shouldn’t. Your insights and observations are
both startling and profound. Actually, I find myself amazed. Your
insights on page 92 were really – wow!! I am two thirds of the way
through MC and had to go hunting for this particular page but it had
made an impression on me. Actually I am a fast reader but you have a
different style of writing with a very different way of expressing your
ideas. I want to absorb everything. Yikes, I am intimidated. - Faith
I love your books (started STD LEX) but also love the articles. I think that the books revolve around stories (more or less) while the articles are to the point with absolutely no time wasted on explanation. I think I mentioned that perhaps because of this, one is forced to use your own understanding to comprehend. Makes quite an impression when you have that aha moment. - Faith B.
Well, believe it or not, I have finished reading STD LEX. As mentioned, I will miss it. Fortunately there are still your articles that I can read. I can quite understand why you became emotional when writing about Voltaire’s outburst. I knew that the last chapter would be a revelation and it was!! I felt a change on some deeper level (dimension) as well. A “shift” is the best way I can describe it. I actually felt it while reading the last two chapters. A “shift” for me means there is some form of clarity, something I needed to know or learn on a deeper level. This then changes my perspective, resulting in a better understanding. Thank you. Are you still considering writing another book? Loved this book, Allen. - Faith B.
REVIEWS OF STD LEX BY RON B (Oklahoma)
(About STD LEX) Just wanted to let you know how your book is affecting me. I waxed nostalgic over the "Swiss Helm" on page 5, ALMOST wept over STD LEX 11 (on page 4), read with solemn appreciation your "What this Country might----" on page 6, and laughed with appreciation at "Where's the Beef" and that was just Chapter 1. - Ron B.
(About STD LEX)
Your book was almost too interesting! I had to finish reading it,
instead of really taking my time. But now I will return and absorb it in
more detail, for I feel there is much for me to gain by closer study and
thought. - Ron B.
(About STD LEX) I really enjoy the clever give and take of your alter egos, the Illuminati and the Warrior Spirit, but Tachyon and the Eye of the Shadow are brilliant additions. Breaks it up and adds to the fun of the serious discovery effort. Helps absorb the helplessness felt as one realizes just how far we have fallen in allowing Government to take over our lives. As our forefathers said, "Government is a necessary evil" and should be limited to providing the barest of citizen needs. Boy, did we lose that! - Ron B.
(About STD LEX) Starting the first of what will be probably (with your patience) several comments about your book. These are "Pithy One Liners" of yours that caused me a lot of thought/enjoyment or both: (Does not include your quatrain verse or dialogues)
Page 69 - humanitarianism, no longer just a gaseous word filled with inert idealism (re Gorbachev's action)
Page 108 - when the middle ground is in a circle, everybody gets confused.
Page 110 - They didn't honor them so reverently because their powers were inert, as today's institutions would have you believe.
Page 119 - your pasture having been foreclosed upon and now being barn-less (rather than bare-assed?) I love it!
Page 120 - To find a use for a discovery remains as important as the discovery itself.
Page 124 - For cherished finds may dwarf Tutankhamen, guard in caution, ah, make toots uncommon.
Page 135 - subsidies have since existed only to maximize foreign trade.
Page 147 - whereupon the ideas and the very words I need come to me from 'out of the blue'. (Your candor and explanation are both enlightening)
Page 149 - While I've found the way to access this higher intelligence, I believe the only way to express it is in verse (I agree, your quatrains do it best, but the dialogues also serve you well)
Page 151 - I want to instill thinking back into society to get us where we want to go, and wherever that is, it can only happen by demonstrating our individuality, lest our perfectibility remain inert.
Page 156 - Accepting the existence of a life-force will have a profound effect on theories about space and ultimate reality.
Page 159 - It seems curious, a revelation of a life-force would increase religious tendencies, not diminish them-----------
Page 161 - People can easily envision time not ending but envisioning time having no beginning is a killer (My favorite of your 'thought provokers')
Page 163 - we, humankind share the same unifying subconscious mind, only our conscious mind is unique (The one I thought on most, as you know from previous communiqué)
Page 185 - The wealth of these older Americans came largely from yesteryear, when the American dream was more real than today (and more easily tapped into, as you explain)
Page 189 - These think tanks have a pecking order and as you might suspect, are full of elitist peckers. (Loved it)
Page 194 - Also the Surgeon General said kissing is safe, then why are there salvia tests for HIV?
Page 195 - The media has either vastly underestimated the public intellect, determined to destroy it, or is in cahoots to promote proletarianization or are just idiots. (Allen, my friend, never allow to malice what can easily be explained away as ignorance)
Page 198 - for the sake of their immortality, cannot do it any other way
Page 204 - to dismantle a house of cards it must be done slowly and carefully (This is the point I was trying to make about Mr. Lincoln and his record on slavery, remember?)
Page 220 - all that man has made of himself and yet eternally fallible it seems, capable of making horrendous errors (You and I have discussed this exact trait in man, capable of the best but also the stupidest actions of all God's creatures)
Page 234 - city of high towers (I was grateful for this explanation, had me worried from the last four words of your introduction - took you long enough to explain, you rascal)
Page 245 - Institutions have a survival instinct greater than mankind because to insure survival, they're willing to sacrifice its creator (civilization). So true, Sad but so true!
page 248 - All of your paragraphs 2 and 3. One of the best metaphors I have ever read! Sorry if that sounds too billowy, it happens to be my opinion and I'm sticking by it.
Page 251 - Your friends hare are both stubborn and enlightening and I'm outnumbered. To that I replied "in which department?" (You are good!)
Page 253 - After one sprinter hands off the baton, he does not continue to run alongside coaching (unless your coach is Joe Anaya at W.H.S.)
Page 272 - you become what you think you are and you are the sum total of your thoughts to date (Perfect closing axiom from your Philosopher friends)
(About STD LEX) I have just finished re-reading your book, the verse
only. Having the background of having read the whole book first probably
helped, but the verse seemed even more compelling when read "front to
back" without any dialogue to interrupt the
"cadence" or "timing" of the lyrics. It is almost like you have two or three different books in one. I thought I would be able to pick one of your verses as a favorite, but that is impossible because of the "changing moods" and "purposes". I did though, particularly like the power of your politically charged 'Truth, Americana & Justice'.
Then I turned the page and on 169 started your verse described as An excerpt (Page 169) and completed, in parts, on page 171. Reading it all together and uninterrupted, the "Train Analogy Verse" is probably my favorite of your political verses, even though not as powerful, perhaps as 'Truth, Americana & Justice'.
Allen, your book is truly something special. I don't know how you can promote a larger audience for it, but it is a shame that it isn't on a best seller list and garnering a huge readership. Wish I had some marketing ideas that would be of help, but know nothing of the publishing world, so I'll just have to enjoy it for myself. - Ron B.
REVIEWS OF METAPHYSICAL CAVEMEN BY RON B (Oklahoma):
(About Metaphysical Cavemen) Yeah, a scanner for the Bible would save me a lot of time. Meanwhile, I am into Metaphysical Cavemen. I have to be honest with you. I read the first two chapters and put it up. It didn't "grab me" like STD-LEX did. Then, I picked it up again on Saturday and started with Chapter 3. Oh yeah! Read thru Chapter 8 without putting it down. Especially enjoyed your Metaphysical Castle in Chapter 5. You really have a way of using analogy/metaphor to make your points and your characters are great. I don't know if I mentioned how good I thought your "Civil War/patriots" analogy/metaphor was in your first book. Using historical characters and settings to explain your positions is one of your strong writing abilities. - Ron B.
REVIEW OF METAPHYSICAL CAVEMEN (on Barnes & Noble):
Highly unusual! (by anonymous & given 4 stars)
On the off chance that someone ever finds their way to this book, I'd say give it a read. About a third of it takes
place inside the head of a Stone Age "Caveman." If you're one of those who believe our intelligence has evolved,
this story may give you pause to reflect. The rest of the book is more or less a stream of consciousness essay on
our problematic modern institutions: political, social and religious; and the author's contention that we are
missing a metaphysical connection that the "Cavemen" indeed had. My only quibble, the book could have used a little
editing. I believe it was self-published.
REVIEW OF METAPHYSICAL CAVEMEN (on Amazon):
Surprising Metaphysical Cavemen (by tortilla & given 2 stars)
I was excitedly anticipating Mr. Kime's book after reading a work called 'The Cave Painters' by Gregory Curtis,
which left me inspired and dripping with thirst for more conversation about our ancient ancestors... I have always
rightly believed that they were more finely attuned to nature and soul and earth, with more talent and wisdom than
they are 'remembered'. Mr. Kime believes he is the only person giving the 'Cavemen' a voice, and I applaud his
efforts. For lack of remaining evidence from a culture which didn't create 'egotistical' monuments like the
pyramids, he states, the metaphysical approach is the way to go. He makes fun of archaeologists and their limited
approach, limited in part by their conflicting theories and egos.
However, it is hard to describe how difficult and sometimes funny this book is. Mr. Kime's character saturates it to
the point that you have to laugh and applaud the fact that such a book could even exist. I can't help liking him,
and even though it is wacky in parts he makes some brilliant points. I can't give it more stars because it's not
well written in a way that a lot of readers expect, but it is refreshing, as its title suggests. There are so few
books on this subject and those of us who want more might have to write them ourselves.
Concerning the book STD LEX (statements by the author):
"In addition to what was written about the book (the theme), I think everyone would agree STD LEX is quite different but there's a purpose for its unique format and delivery. That's because it is largely metaphysical in nature, not an easy subject to get points across without being creative. This shouldn't be a distraction for most people however, but for those who would prefer a book in the usual format, it may not be a book they'd like... at least not at first. Once they got into it however, got accustomed to it's challenging depth, then I think it would be hard to put down. I'm hoping most people who read STD LEX will get a substantial amount out of it, and they certainly can because enough information is there.... as in the biblical adage 'seek and ye shall find'.
Further, in order for someone to appreciate this book, to get something out of it, it will take a particular mood. That necessary mood would be somewhat spiritual, as during those melancholy times or in deep reflection. If, say, after balancing your checkbook or watching television, you then decided to read STD LEX, you wouldn't find anything you liked about it or appreciated. As you can see, I didn't write this book primarily to fit the tastes of the reading public, that was only my secondary concern... my first was content. I simply feel content is more important than marketability. Of course I tried and in places the book flows pretty well, it lack continuity often but that is explained at the time and shouldn't be a distraction.
So, perhaps my own critical review will tell you what to expect. I could have, you know, sought a dozen reviews hoping for 1-2 good ones, printed them and trashed the rest. Who would know? I would. Would I change anything in the book now if I could? Well, perhaps the first three chapters but I never could find a better way to set the stage. Secondly, I'd delete 2-3 poems. And finally, I later realized, bitterness over losing my farm surfaced in a couple of instances, I should have guarded against that. In summation, I would say that if you approached this book knowing it will be quite different, controlling your natural instinct to reject originality, taking your time to absorb it, you will be amazed.
As for the matter of my 'qualifications', please read 'about the author' or see my statement further below."
Concerning the book Metaphysical Cavemen (statements by the author)
"In addition to what was written about the book (the theme), I think Metaphysical Cavemen was written fairly conventionally in format and style, but it is creative enough whereby it could be difficult for a reviewer to access, not as difficult as STD LEX however. Like STD LEX, it also has a fictional account sporadically injected, a no-no in literary circles, yet necessary to make the various points more understandable. So, in this case, it was the only reason why a review might be unkind, unlike STD LEX which had several reasons.
As frank and honest as I believe I was reviewing my own book STD LEX, pointing out the difficulties a reader may have with it, while addressing its unique and positive qualities also, I will try to do the same here with Metaphysical Cavemen. Otherwise, I could, like so many others, print the good reviews and trash the others. It is also possible reviewers may question my credentials, that perhaps I am not qualified to write about such things as ancient history or anthropology. On this matter, please read 'about the author' or see my statement further below.
On a positive note, I think Metaphysical Cavemen takes 'analysis' to new heights by factoring in the spiritual dimension. While it probably would not be an academic's cup-of-tea, or a book from which anthropology is taught, it speaks to the rest of us. Since it brings to light certain factors which should have been obvious long before, I believe I've demonstrated that the scientific version of 'common sense' concerning our ancient past has been missing some basic ingredients. Others may see it differently however, the scientific community for one. Upon first glance they'd probably give it a thumbs-down and choose to ignore this book, taking issue with it since it was not written in scientific terms so therefore it cannot be credible but... largely the reason the public ignores these matters, alienated by their scientific (esoteric) jargon.
Would I do the book any differently now? Well, when I considered the public wouldn't initially expect a caveman's train-of-thought to be sophisticated, and until I could convince the reader otherwise, I tried to match that expectation by using simple dialog at first. While I only did that in the first few chapters, maybe I shouldn't have at all. Maybe I should have said at the very beginning... "a caveman never thought in simple terms""
A.O. Kime addresses his qualifications:
"I respect and endorse the idea that non-fiction writers should only write about those things they are scholastically qualified for or otherwise intimately familiar with. While the sciences have just about everything conceivable titled and subtitled, and while many are well developed, organized and progressing, they have created an umbrella effect. For some sciences their umbrella can cover a lot of ground they know little or nothing about. While this unknown territory should be under some particular umbrella for the sake of logically structuring the scope of each science I suppose, this should be in the spirit of only retaining it for future jurisdiction because these areas cannot yet be claimed by academia. Until there is a scientific breakthrough, or progress seen... the matter still belongs to the public.
In the meantime, there are instances whereby certain individuals can have advanced knowledge in certain areas, for whatever reason, and this should be recognized and sought. Copernicus and Euclid would have related. Therefore, for those unanswered eternal questions, the sciences should step aside and cease blocking the path for others through jurisdictional claims. It should be noted that while academia developed the sciences, they rarely discovered them."
So where are the professional book reviews?
Instead of soliciting professional book reviews, we believe there's a better way... by posting comments and the first two chapters of STD LEX and the first two chapters of Metaphysical Cavemen so you can judge for yourself. Therefore, no 'professional' reviews are ever sought by us. For one thing, to pay or seduce a professional book reviewer into reviewing one's book seems rather unethical. It is obvious, it is a corruptible system often corrupted. We've all noticed too... reviewers don't write bad reviews. Even if a reviewer did, never again would it see the light of day. Paid for or not, no author would mention a bad review.
If however, book reviewing was a honest profession, or even free, we still wouldn't submit our books for review. We understand all too well how much 'conformity' rules in society and the original style of our books do not conform. Therefore, in consideration of the conformist mindset, practically universal, most would either misinterpret the text or find issue with it (being metaphysical). Simply put, we believe it would be a waste of time trying to get a fair and representative review. A traditional book reviewer would also frown on the fact fiction and non-fiction would be in the same book. Even though our books separate and distinguish the two from each other, it makes no difference to the industry... it's still inappropriate (in their opinion). The reason we feature a fictional account is to help the reader relate to the subject matter, otherwise non-fiction. We also believe the public would find these serial-type fictional accounts, sporadically injected, not only enlightening but entertaining as well.
As confirmed recently on national television, A.O. Kime is not alone... a handful of other authors are doing it today as well (mixing fiction with non-fiction) because the results can be awesome. It won't work for all books but a fictional account can breathe life into the subject matter, making it easier to relate to and can really clarify points. It also provides an occasional refreshing break. However, the fictional account should be based on the contents of the book and be clearly distinguishable from the non-fiction. It is not the first idea to 'cross the line' however. For example, 'fiction' based on true stories was largely a 20th century idea.
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