Through this "Journey of Reading," I have made deeper connections and conceptualizations with books than I have ever done before, and I have enjoyed it every time. One of the things I realized about these books, whether it is a lengthy but immersive science-fiction like Gravity Dreams, or a more down-to-Earth adventure such as Huck Finn: is the end really the end?
In Gravity Dreams, the last chapter is mainly Tyndel returning to Earth after meeting the god-like nanite complex and receiving it's gift of enhancement. When he returns, he returns as a changed man. This change wasn't just from his meeting with the god, but from the moment he contracted the nanite infection in the first few chapters, to the moment he reunited with Cerrelle, his new love. How has he changed? Tyndel is a master of Dzin, a practice that teaches to accept anything as it is and not to question it. However, his practice moves against him almost instantly when he becomes infected, and he is forced to escape from his home, and move to a land where nanites are embraced rather than exiled. This land is very different, as it teaches the practice of learning and advancing with research and technology. Over the span of this book, Tyndel will be shown this practice, and will be forced (not by another man, but by natural causes) to follow it. That, on a basic level, is how Tyndel changed. But is that the end of him? He is changed, but is he still changing even after the book? The reason this is a concern is a simple question: what happens if you stop changing? The answer that I've come up with is nothing. If you stop changing, you would do nothing. If you are ever at the point of doing truly nothing, and learning truly nothing more, you would die. With that said, is that the end of Tyndel's story? Yes it is. But, is it the end of his life? No it is not, because as soon as Gravity Dreams ends, a new, different story will take it's place.
In reality, most of us readers don't have crazy interstellar adventures, or decide to escape from our home towns and ride a boat on a river through the United States. We do, however, have problems. You, the reader of this blog, most likely have a problem in your life, big or small. But, a tip for you, and something I am still trying to keep in my thinking, is that there is a moment in your timeline where you are looking back to the past on that problem. In other words, where there is a problem, there is a solution. But once you solve that problem, you should know by now that it would be a very boring life if there wasn't another problem to solve. Applying what I stated with Gravity Dreams, it would make sense for another problem to start it's story at the moment you solve the initial one. You probably won't notice it, as it needs to build itself up to be a true problem. The best way I can explain it is that it is like a looping sickness. You first contract the (metaphorical) virus, and it takes time for it to build up to be a threat (this would be the chain of events that lead to this problem), then your body (you) must fight it. Then, at the end, you win, the virus dies, but the cycle happens all over again. However, this is not the same virus, because your body has built an immunity to it (in other words, you've changed and now know how to solve that problem). The point is, this problem you have will be solved, and another will take it's place, but remember that it would be a very boring life without these problems.
Why do I say all of this? That is because this post marks the end of my blog. But is it the end? No, because you the reader, and I, will constantly develop more thoughts and concepts, on more and different books, for as long as we read. This is not the end.