Whizzers Reminds Us There Is a World Beyond Our Own
Did you ever want to be there for someone, to comfort them during a difficult time but couldn’t because you weren’t there? It’s possible you weren’t even born yet. In Michael J. Sahno's fourth book, Whizzers, you get to take that journey through a different world and learn some valuable lessons along the way.
What is Whizzers About?
Whizzers is an incredible story about a middle-aged man (aptly) named Mike who finds himself in an unfamiliar place surrounded by familiar faces. Faces he doesn’t personally know, though. He finds himself standing in the same room as Jesus, Friedrich Nietzsche, Virginia Woolf, and a plethora of others. Why? Because he’s among an elite group of people who have a special gift known as whizzers. As Sahno explains in the book, “The whizzers–so named because they ‘whiz’ by you–are shadows. Not ordinary shadows, but soul shadows.” (It makes me think of ghosts or guardian angels.)
However, this is his first time learning about this and he has no clue what to do. All he knows is he’s supposed to travel through time and bring comfort to those in need – whether it’s present day, 30 years ago, or a hundred years ago. Those in need include complete strangers, family, celebrities, and himself. But with the help of his six-year-old cousin, David, the Coordinator, and his spiritual guide, M'Extezuh, Mike goes on a journey of confusion, heart break, and enlightenment.
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Whizzers by Michael J. Sahno is a fiction book – it’s being categorized under Metaphysical and Visionary Fiction – but the way it’s being told makes you think all of this actually happened. It’s in the first-person, present tense, which, in a sense, works. Mike is telling the story as it is happening to him. You are going on this roller coaster expedition with him of learning what he has to do; trying to understand what he has to do. Sahno does a great job of putting you in Mike’s shoes.
Confusion - A Good Thing Or A Bad Thing?
Throughout the story, you feel just as confused as Mike does of trying to understand his new gift, but in a good way. See, to me there’s the “bad” confusion where you’re reading, wondering what the hell is going on, nothing is connecting, and it turns you off from the book. But then there’s the “good” confusion where you get confused because the character is confused. You begin to embody that character and go on a hunt to figure out what is going on. That's what happened to me in Whizzers. I began to empathize with Mike. Actually, at the end of Chapter Five, I was hooting and hollering because I thought he finally got it. Mike finally understood what he had to do. Then when he messes things up in Chapter Six, I yelled at him. You truly get invested into the characters; especially Mike and David.
Two of My Favorite Parts of the Narration:
The Character's Voices
David was by far my favorite character in the book, but he also presents one of my main problems with the book. Sahno does a fantastic job of distinguishing voices. You’re able to tell who’s talking and he gets the time periods right as Mike travels to the 1960’s, 1920’s, and even the late 1700’s. It's really impressive how he’s able to make each voice different and unique. However, David’s voice, even though I love the character, I was not a big fan of. He didn’t “sound” his age. Granted he’s supposed to be “mature” as he teaches Mike how to use his new gift, but the voice sounds too mature for a six-year-old. He honestly sounds like he's more around eight or nine, but, again, that is just me.
Another part of the narration that I loved was the description and analogies Sahno uses throughout the book. He does it so well, you honestly feel like you’re there and seeing it happen for yourself. Some examples are:
“It seems as if the whole room is in that magical place where artist and audience meet, where the world melts away into a dream.”
“I look to where he points: an old wooden house, probably a plantation mansion in its time. Now it is nearly fallen down, the portico rotting, no sign of human habitation.”
“Adults spoke lovingly of it from their childhoods, as if it were some kind of amazing Willie Wonka tableau, with homemade fudge and jawbreakers and jellied candies standing in row upon row behind domed glass.”
“The shape of this mob is like that of an octopus, swarming and falling in on itself.”
What Book Does Whizzers Remind Me Of?
Lastly, if I could compare this book to anything, I would say it’s like Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol where Mike is like Ebenezer Scrooge. However, he’s not a mean, grouchy old man, but instead has an ego. He doesn’t like letting go. He likes to be in control. That’s where the roles of David, the Coordinator, and M’Extezuh come into play. They are like the “ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future” if you will. I felt the Coordinator was past, David and M’Extezuh were present, and Mike himself was future. It was very interesting how everything played out. But I like the way Mike saw them as “representing all the ages and worlds: youth and this world, the ancient and the great beyond, and something still mysterious and in-between.” That would be David, the Coordinator, and M’Extezuh consecutively.
In conclusion, I definitely recommend this book. It truly was a great book that can (and will) open up your eyes to the spiritual world, meditation, and make you realize that even the tiniest comfort you can bring to a person will mean the world to them. This book will be a great read for anyone who believes in the spiritual world and meditation. This is also a great read for anyone, like myself, who tries to bring comfort to others. As David said to Mike, it helps you realize that you can do good things. If you “can do them, great. If not, that’s okay. No one thinks about concepts like failure or success. Those are human concepts.” (By the way, probably my favorite line in the whole book.)
If you would like to learn more about Michael J. Sahno, his books, and how you can buy them, please check out his website, https://msahno.com/.
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The photos featured in this post are my photos. The first is my copy of Whizzers by Michael J. Sahno. The second is my “signature photo”, me with my copy of this incredible book.
**This post was originally published on July 26, 2019**