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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
What would you do if a loved one had been in an accident and was now in a coma? Sit by the bedside and talk to them? Researchers believe that coma patients can hear what people are saying to them. What do you think would happen if you were in a coma? Would you be immersed in some amazing dream-infused experience? Would you be struggling to reach the loved ones talking to you?
Alexa’s father is in a coma following an electrical accident. He’s lucky to be alive. His wife, Akemi, sits by his side and talks to him, reminding him of all the movies they saw together. On the other side of the spectrum, Alexa’s father meets a Japanese dragon, Fuku Riu, the dragon of good luck and healing, who takes him on a fantastic journey exploring some of the secrets of his wife’s ancestry, of the Samurai, noble Japanese warriors, and the atomic bomb that Akemi’s mother believed wiped out her family.
Steve Zimcosky’s story, Love, Movies and a Dragon?, is really a combination of stories: Akemi and Alexa’s story, Alexa’s father’s story and the story of Akemi’s mother and her family. The multitude of stories is cleverly molded together to read like a compilation of memoirs. If the reader isn’t already a believer in near-death experiences, this is a story that will make him/her a believer. The plots run parallel and, whilst effectively developing the individual characters, it unravels a number of family secrets as well. A fascinating tale of love, of movies and, of course, a dragon.