Thursday, August 27, 2015

Straight Chatting from the Library: Trispero by Sean Adelman

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What is the favorite book you remember as a child?

I have fond memories of Robert Heinlein's "Have Space Suit - Will Travel". Heinlein was one of the first books that I read because I wanted to, for the joy of reading. He piqued my imagination and desire to aspire to more than I was.

What is your favorite book today?

My favorite book today is actually a series, Harry Potter. I love Harry Potter, not just because I thoroughly enjoyed the book, but because that was the book that got my oldest daughter to read. My wife and I had tried everything to get her to enjoy reading and nothing worked until Harry Potter. To this day she carries a passion for reading that I am envious of. I will always have a debt to J.K. Rowling.

Tell us about your current book in 10 words.

There are great things within us, we only need to look.

What are you reading right now?

The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert. I have never read her stuff before and I am about half way done.

What books do you have on hold at the library?

I need to read Tim Shriver's book Fully Alive.

Do you have any bad book habits?

I often read when I exercise so I am kind of mean to the book spine. My daughter gets upset with me, but I love reading when I work out.

E-Reader or print? and why? I love print; there is something comforting about holding a book in my hands. I know its more nostalgia then reason, oh well. I truly see the value in e books and do use them, I just can't past buying or checking out books from the library when given the chance. What makes it even worse is that I don't get rid of them either, so our house looks like a disorganized library.

One book at a time or multiples?

I usually read one book at a time for fun. However, I typically have several books I am working through because of the research I do for my writing and my job as an orthopedic surgeon.

Dog-ear or bookmark? (don't worry—Librarian Judith won't hold it against you—much)

I can never bring myself to dog ear books. I have a thousand book marks around the house. Although, interestingly enough, my oldest daughter who is our true book critic is a "dog-ear" kind of person.

Least favorite book you've read this year?

I tried to read Michael Crichton’s latest book Micro. I have to say I have always loved Michael Crichton and this last book was an unfinished draft that was completed by Richard Preston. It just wasn't a Crichton book; I just couldn't do it, knowing he was gone and believing that this wasn't how he would have done it.

Favorite book you've read this year?

I loved reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. It was a fun, fast read and made me nostalgic for the games I played when I was a kid.

When do you do most of your reading?

Most of my reading is done when I exercise and in the evenings when all of my work is done. I read when I exercise because that guarantees that I get some reading time every day.

Favorite place to read?

My favorite place to read would be sitting in an Adirondack chair while the sun sets on the Puget Sound.

Favorite genre?

I love techno thrillers for fun like Michael Crichton’s books. My other guilty pleasures are David Baldacci and Clive Cussler. When I read for fun I like to escape a little.

Do you loan your books?

I absolutely loan my books; the only thing better then enjoying a great book is sharing it.

Favorite book to recommend?

My favorite book to recommend is Trispero because I want people to hear my message. The other book most recently that I have had the most fun recommending is The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown.

How do you keep your books organized?

I wish I had a great answer for how I keep my books organized, but the truth is I don't.

Re-reader or not?

I do enjoy re-reading books, but my goal is to read as many new ones as I can.

What would make you not finish a book?

This is a really hard question. For books that I read when I am working out they have to be fast paced, it's really hard to read books so weighted in detail that I lose focus. If I get a book like that I will occasionally stop it and then listen to it as an audiobook. Occasionally, I will get a book with characters that I just don't believe in, doesn't mean it's not a good book or well written, it's just hard for me to get through sometimes.

Keep books or give them away?

I keep books; I may loan them but I love having books. Our house isn't a fire hazard, but we do have a lot of books.


8_10 BookCover_TrisperoOur intellect directs us. Our humanity defines us.

What if the key to unlocking our genetic code and our future lay within some of our most disenfranchised individuals? Would we still shun them?

Seattle in the year 2330: centuries of conflict have led to this precipice. If the world is to move forward, Olivay has the difficult task of teaching Alucia her history. Olivay knows that without understanding where she came from Alucia will never be able to help humanity explore the universe.

In present day Seattle, Jason Roy is a scientist whose life revolves around his daughter, Lily. Within her genome lies a secret that Jason has dedicated himself to uncovering. The mundane life of a scientist and his family takes a turn when a multinational corporation decides Jason Roy's research is a danger to them.

Jason and Lily are now running away from an unforeseen enemy and toward a discovery that will change mankind. Altering the world may come too late for Jason to save what matters most in his own world.

The great irony of unlocking our genetic potential was finding that our greatness was found in our love for one another. -Trispero almanac


Jason left the car in the driveway while Lily gathered up the goodies. They carefully walked up the block past the neighbor’s car. The brisk morning was shaping up to be a spectacular day. As they turned left walking around the block toward the park, Jason noticed that the other car was gone. Lily reached up and took hold of Jason’s hand. It was such a natural thing; her hand fit so easily into his. They had done it so often it was almost impossible not to hold her hand. On those rare occasions when he walked this route alone, he felt naked and often reached into space for that little hand and then laughed when it wasn’t there.

It was at these times that Jason would ponder what was really important. The touch of his little girl’s hand was more powerful than any drug. He had spent the last ten years watching her grow, laugh, and learn. She had a boundless ability to love and be happy, she was always excited to go to school, and she never missed an opportunity to make a new friend. What was it inside her that seemed to be able to turn on the lights in his world? What kind of world would it be if everyone embraced life like that?

They walked past the tower at the entrance to Volunteer Park and found a small table next to a large piece of art that overlooked the Puget Sound. The view today was beautiful, and the park would soon be full. The sculpture was a large irregular stone with a hole in the center that you could look through and see the Space Needle. Jason turned to see Lily devouring her tart. Red fruit dotted her face, and sugar coated her chin. Without thinking, Jason reached out to wipe off her face. He knew that someday she would have to learn to do it on her own. But not today.

With breakfast over, they packed up their garbage and headed back to the house.

“Daddy, can I have a sleepover with Jessica tonight? She asked me at school yesterday.”

“Sorry sweetheart, but I have to be on TV tonight. Maybe tomorrow. I was going to bring you with me to the TV station though.” “Promise you will call Jessica’s mom, promise, promise!”

“Okay, okay. Let’s get home. I need you to help me pick out my clothes.”

“Daddy, you’re a big boy. You should be able to pick your own clothes.”

As soon as they got home, Jason called Jessica’s mom. Having friends over was a part of growing up, and despite how loving and loyal Lily was, not many kids wanted her over. She talked a little different, looked just a little different.


Sean Adelman is a practicing orthopedic surgeon in Seattle. When he isn't working hard to put people back together he enjoys writing, running, and attempting to play his electric guitar without frightening his two dogs, Chestnut and Orion. Sean has three children Brenna, Devon, and Ian with his wife of 25 years Susan.

Advocating for people with developmental disabilities is his life's passion and his inspiration for the middle grade book series, Sam's Top Secret Journal, and now his first adult novel, Trispero.

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