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Product Details

  • Paperback: 434 pages
  • Publisher: Peter King (November 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0473230550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0473230555
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,574,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter King is a New Zealand journalist and research manager.

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By azebra on February 1, 2014
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I really like young adult books for bus time reading. I'm kind of picky though, I don't read just anything and my kindle is full of books I've started and abandoned. It needs to be a good read. Serendipity fits the bill nicely. I particularly liked that it's set in New Zealand and that the girl characters aren't wimps.
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By Lois Calvert on April 16, 2013
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A really good start to the whole Strangels saga. The book has a few slow patches, with much background information to be got through but not enough to halt the story.
Good read in its field.
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By Jayne Gale on February 10, 2013
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Engaging fantasy, has practically everything except werewolves (precognition, UFOs, aliens, telepathy, reincarnation, witches, faeries, Russian spies) and raised my curiosity for the next book, but is not a stand alone story in itself, so don't expect to feel complete at the end of book 1. I need to read the others in the trilogy to form a fair opinion. The odd editing glitch made it through to the version I read, may have been fixed.
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By Hellen on November 21, 2012
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I really enjoyed reading Serendipity.
There are great characters in a great plot. I could really get to know the characters and I liked them and cared about what happened next.
There is so much information (maybe too much?)in the background that it can get in the way of the action, but it is worth it because both the info and the plot weave together to create a realistic world view...ok with a few science fiction devices. :-)
I would recommend it and can't wait till Metamorphosis comes out.
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More About the Author

I grew up in a booky household. My father said I imbibed Nietzsche with my mother's milk as she was reading the existentialists at 25 when I was a baby. Both my parents were involved in Wellington drama and New Zealand's nascent film industry and I grew up with the implicit understanding I would be a writer.

As a youngster I was strongly influenced by JRR Tolkein and Ursula le Guin. I was impressed by the way they created worlds rooted strongly in the multi-layered linguistic soil of English. I was however disgusted by the explicit racism of Tolkein and favoured Le Guin's multiculturalism. I have always enjoyed the storytellers ability to play with time, slowing it down. speeding it up, stepping back and forward. I like to make my baddies interesting. Everything turns on their plans, I also like stories that are multilayered with thematic and plot twists looking at the same thing from different angles. Finally, I take Derrida's decontructionist challenge "qui parle?" to heart. The disembodied eye of god narrator is not a real witness to any event. To observe is to be part of the action. Anything else is existential nonsense.

After various attempts at finding employment so I could write I was fortunate that I found my way into journalism. I started writing features for giveaway magazines, then supplements for newspapers, until finally I was hired by New Zealand's top business publication: NBR. Unlike most journalists I was more interested in what was important than what was popular and I became interested in the in-depth feature rather than the scoop.

As I matured as a writer I began to question the very nature of English. I realised its layers are layers of political oppression, starting with Norman French over Germanic Saxon, then with layers of Latin and Greek, as languages of the priests and technocrats above that. I started to look at the linguistic alienation of New Zealand Maori, who, despite stone-age technology, have an impressive poetic, spiritual and rhetorical tradition.

New Zealanders are remarkable travelers. By necessity many have come to the ends of the earth from all corners of the world for all sorts of reasons. Maori sailed further, earlier than any other people to reach these islands, a feat of navigation not matched by Europeans for centuries. Being such a permeable culture we are naturally interested in other lands and other peoples but without any sense of imperial dominance. Like many other Kiwis I am fascinated by other cultures, other peoples and other places.

It took me a long time to finally write my first novel; a novel so big it amazes me still that I wrote it at all. My ambition for the story was to make the news, and the lives of young refugees more relevant to young adults than fantasies about places that don't exist. But I knew I had to go to a fantasy land to get some connection. To do that I had to weave fantasy and reality together along with an emotionally credible journey of self discovery. To be honest I was surprised as anyone that it ended up as large as it did.

I have been an editor and publisher for twenty years but nevertheless I would have liked to have had help on the production of this tale. Sadly I couldn't find any. With a young family I was in no position to pay anyone and working full time has limited the amount time I have had to put into the minutae of publishing perfection. I do what I can.

I am working on more stories, but my writing comes a distant third after my family and work. I have also realised that good things really do take time and there is no point in rushing new projects.