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28Sep/09Off

When Did You Know?

Ends_of_the_Earth_cover_178x270SPOILER ALERT! THIS POST DISCUSSES THE SURPRISE ENDING OF ENDS OF THE EARTH! READER BEWARE!
This whole discussion about the cliffhanger ending of Ends of the Earth seems like a study in psychology to me. Why do people vote the way they do? Do men, on average, vote differently than women? Why do some people seem to feel so passionately about their decisions? In my last post I posed the question, “Do women have a greater need for closure than men?” In this post I’d like to throw in yet another question: “When did you know who you’d vote for?”

20Sep/09Off

Men, Women…and Closure

SPOILER ALERT! THIS POST DISCUSSES THE SURPRISE ENDING OF ENDS OF THE EARTH! READER BEWARE!
It’s clear from the comments being posted that you readers have strong opinions about the way you want my novel Ends of the Earth to end, and it’s fun (at least for me) to read well-reasoned arguments on both sides. I can’t resist making a few observations of my own—not about the ending of the book, but what the comments seem to suggest about a difference between men and women...

14Sep/09Off

Can’t Make Up Your Mind? Neither Can I.

SPOILER ALERT! THIS POST DISCUSSES THE SURPRISE ENDING OF ENDS OF THE EARTH! READER BEWARE!

The official release date for Ends of the Earth isn’t until tomorrow, but comments are already coming in about the surprise ending and the way the story should be resolved. It only seems fair that I should get to take part in this debate, so I thought I’d fuel the fire by throwing in a few comments of my own...

7Sep/09Off

The Controversial Ending to Ends of the Earth

Ends of the Earth by Tim Downs

If you’ve had the chance to read my latest novel all the way through to the end, you might be a little upset with me right now. I can’t say I blame you; after all, I took you on a three-hundred-and-fifty page thrill ride only to leave your car dangling over the edge of a cliff. “He can’t do this to me,” you might be saying to yourself right now, and maybe you’ve come to this blog site hoping to tell me so.

I knew the ending would be controversial. In fact, my editor advised me not to do it at all, but I thought the idea was just too good to pass up. I knew some readers would love it and some might hate it; I also knew that absolutely everyone would have a strong opinion about what should (and definitely should not) happen next.

That’s why I decided to allow my readers to go to my website and vote for the ending they prefer (http://timdowns.net). And that’s why I’ve created this blog post. This is a place for you to share your opinions about the story with other readers. This is your chance to explain to others why you voted the way you did. How do you think the story should end? Post your comment and tell the world.

If you haven’t finished Ends of the Earth yet, you’re not sure what I’m talking about here. That’s good—because I don’t want this blog post or comments posted by readers to spoil the ending for anyone. So before you click on the "Comments" link below, be warned: 

SPOILER ALERT! THE FOLLOWING COMMENTS DISCUSS THE SURPRISE ENDING OF ENDS OF THE EARTH! READER BEWARE!