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Paradox Equation [Kindle Edition]

Sharon L Reddy
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Science Fiction Paranormal Action-Adventure
All ten novels
1.15 million words

Sample download is the entire first book!

First published in 1993, this is the masterpiece of the first decade of my work.  I won two FanQ's, the international fan quality writing awards, in 1992, for the first two stories I'd ever written.  My publisher, Bill Hupe, told me I might be too good to continue writing fan fiction.  Five women asked me to write for them, after I received my awards.  Since I understood what they meant, I was the one to do it.  This work grew out of ideas in my Dr. Who zine, but Gallant is not Dr. Who.  It began with the question, "What is my 'perfect' time-traveling heroic archetype."  So, in memory of Bill, and for those women and Colin Baker, my muse, who said, "Write," twenty years after its conception, I once again, offer it for your enjoyment.

The Knights Gallant chose to use their time travel technology to defend life in the multiverse.  A chain of circumstance that kills a billion people can only be broken as it happens.  While fulfilling their pledge, they discover they can only exist if they create themselves.  They must solve the Paradox Equation of their existence.

This is a single story organized as a ten novel series. Of course, there are a lot of stories in that one.  I really disliked not being able to find book three of a six-novel series.  I don't sell the books of Paradox Equation separately.  I decided that when I realized "story to here" for the fourth book would make it about a third again as long. This "family saga" has six generations in it.  The default sample is 10%. That's the first full book and a piece, to decide if you like it. Since I get the same royalty at $9.99 as $20.99, you keep the difference."

Prepare for grand adventure!  Prepare for heroes!  Look inside!

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The first novel of Paradox, the one you get as a sample, is the first book I wrote.  I consider the third the one in which I really became a novelist, not just a good writer.  Although this is divided into books and each does have the closure of a novel, I don't sell the books separately.  It's one story and after the third, a reader would be hopelessly lost without having read the ones before.

You are not expected to get everything out of this the first time.  Don't read slowly to try to keep track of who said what and so forth.  Get the story, then, when you read it again, and you will, you'll know the characters and get a lot that's happening in the story you didn't catch the first time.

About the Author

Um, what year is this?  That's the problem with writing really big stories.  But those were the stories I loved and the cost of printing was making them a rare thing.  Paradox Equation is much bigger than I expected, but I've never had more fun and I'm still having it.  It shows, in all my work.

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  • Language: English
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars PARADOX IN MORE THAN ONE WAY April 26, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I got hooked immediately. However, I have a couple of reservations. Her writing style is different than most authors, including the lack of basic sentence structure and lack of use of quotes, etc. My second reservation is the complexity of this family's tree. It is very difficult to follow after the second generation, so I wish I had taken notes to keep track of the characters a little better. It doesn't necessarily ruin the plot, but it does pose some difficulties. Having said that, I would still highly recommend this book, as it is a very interesting thesis and not one I've come across so far in Sci-Fi. It is well worth the price. My best advice is to take notes of parents and children.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Diversity in Perspective was Good for Me September 26, 2012
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I'm 60 years old and have been married to the same woman since 1981. I mention this only to underscore the fact that I have learned to understand and appreciate the difference between right-brained and left-brained thinking, and this has enhanced my enjoyment of this book. I am particularly fond of time travel stories.

Up to this point, most of the science fiction I have read has been written by men. My feeling is that in most cases, the relationships are secondary to the point of many of the stories, overall. They are not particularly deep or complex, just incidental to the logical point or points being made. This is not a criticism, it's just an observation. One can get so used to it, it is not really noticeable.

I had a look at the author's bio and the other reviews, and even though I am not part of the target market per se, I liked the sample first book enough to purchase a copy for my Kindle 3. I'm not sorry.

The writing style which others have mentioned didn't prevent me from enjoying the read. YMMV.

Compared to the other science fiction I have enjoyed, the relationships in this book are deep, complex, and quite intense, to me. They are not incidental to the story in my opinion, but a very important and integral part of it.

The characters, even though mortal, nevertheless enjoy both the gifts and responsibilities that come with great, great power. There is both pain and pleasure because they are not perfect. Sounds familiar.

Frankly, I think this book would be good reading for any man wanting some input about how to romance a lady properly, generally speaking. It's the attitude that's most important. It seems to me one should have the attitude of one who serves out of love for others.

I think I agree with the author that her target market is VERY under-served, including this department as well.

Loved the book.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paradox Equation May 10, 2012
By Anna
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I first heard of this author through her posts on Amazon's MOA forum. I was intrigued when she said she writes for intelligent women. What did that mean exactly? When this book became free around Christmas I clicked on it and decided to give it a try. I have to admit I was lost for the first 4% of the book. The writing style takes some getting used to. There are no dialogue tags in this book. By that I mean if two characters are talking there is no Mark asked and Danny replied. The conversation is in quotation marks and you just have to know who is speaking. In the beginning of the series before you really get to know the characters it is difficult to know who is speaking. I tried to read only when I had time to finish an entire chapter. If I had to stop reading in the middle of a chapter I would have to click back a few pages when I picked up the book again.

This is a series including six generations of one family. After the third book it is nearly impossible to keep up with all of the characters and how they are related. A family tree would have been helpful to be able to refer back to while reading. The plot was very complicated and parts of the bigger puzzle were revealed slowly. This meant that while reading later books in the series events that took place in earlier books would suddenly make more sense. The complexity of the plot makes this book a good candidate for a reread once you know how all the pieces fit together.

*Originally reviewed for Penwick Chronicles*
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11 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Paradox Equation is Boring. June 11, 2012
By Merlyn
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The Gallant family is totally obsessed with self indulgent orgies of drinking, partying, sex, love of their own bodies and corny conversations of the depth of their love for each other. Meanwhile they have multiple universes they could aid instead partying.

I didn't like the characters and the constant repitition in the dialogue. There was almost no action. Very Underwhelming.
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14 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly my cup of tea. January 2, 2012
By J Parr
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As a fairly normal intellect, scrawny western male I can now understand something of why Sharon Reddy claims to have written for 'intelligent', fast-reading women.

I quit trying to disentangle myself from the increasingly complex maze of characters arriving on almost every other page at the end of book 3. I then skipped to the last few chapters of book "10" and found a reasonably satisfying (but not very surprising) ending.

I found this series very difficult going indeed. But in its favour, witty exchanges and often surprising humour encountered here and there kept me interested in the story line.

Yes, I suppose there is a jolly good story underneath the author's obvious preoccupations with male physique. muscles (usually left to the reader divine which ones), super-hero uniform styles with excruciating attention to detail, and a rather confusing but possibly worthy (over-descriptive) portrayal of love/sex/marriage with physic/telepathic overlays. The overbearing lectures on genealogy I found very hard to swallow.

It is clear that the author has some knowledge in several scientific disciplines but few of these 'reveals' seem to contribute much to the story-line and most are just 'there'.

I have the impression that way more than 70% of all dialogue in this HUGE collection is simply Mills & Boon 'fluff'. But I am ill fitted to pass judgement in this area. I simply make my personal observation.

The last book 'Mobius' bears a most apt title for the entire series.

Those who found the story intriguing will certainly enjoy P. F. Hamilton's "Fallen Dragon".
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More About the Author

People started telling me I should be a writer in about second grade, 19...53. Although the record of my forty year flirtation with higher education does appear to be training for it, I said, "If you can't say it in fourteen lines, you're complicating it too much." I thought, "I get paid for poetry and I am not doing that much work. I've got plenty to read," and then I ran out. I ordered a fan fiction story, and I wrote one, and another, and several, and a couple books... I won two Fan-Q's and a woman said, "Write for us. You can do it." Colin Baker said, "Write." I said, "Yes, Colin." Anyone who's read that fan fiction will see Paradox Equation began as a continuation. I was making the Sixth Doctor my archetypical time-traveling hero. It was time to leave fan fiction. The story concepts were good. The Doctor wasn't the hero who belonged in them. That was twenty years ago, spring of 1992.

I am a talespinner. I shall spin you a tale of heroes of the wide velvet night.
(c)1993 A Talespinner's Web

I write science fiction romance, but it's the literary definition of romance. Swashbuckle, Baby, in "white tie and tails." High romantic fantasies, million word mysteries, family sagas, statesmen, gurus and wise immortals. Loving dads, sons and brothers, and of course, the women who understand and appreciate them. High fashion and landscape design. Materials and art, I use the reader's imagination to create them. This is where physiology comes in. The books are built to be read very fast, specifically for the way women visualize. Research on the soap operas of the fifties, trends in international populist (fan) fiction, technological development, and above all, long-term entertainment value. It has to be good in reruns. The intent is create a body of work that's just fun to read, in spurts or bursts over decades. Ethics, responsibility, nobless oblige, the power of money, the use of prestige. I write good guys win. Period. They're fantasies for women. Men with lots of muscle say, "I love you," a lot.

Most of what is currently published was written in the first decade, 1991-1999, before Mother Nature changed my personal definition of "mature audience." I hope you'll remain with me as I and my work mature and enjoy the second decade of my work now being published, as well.

I've lived many places and visited far more. My current residence is on a high mesa in New Mexico, in the United States, where I am engaged in a habitat restoration project.

Explanation of the Pilots Group:
Some of these works have been sitting on my hard drive close to twenty years and they're no fun for anyone just sitting there. They're exactly what they've been titled, pilots, like for a TV series. It is my intent and hope that other writers will choose to continue the adventures of the characters. There are only three restrictions. Don't kill off my heroes, don't make good guys bad guys and give my story credit if you publish. Yes, you may publish and make money on your stories. I loved reading and writing fan fiction, but the limitations on it could be frustrating, so... Have fun with these works that specifically don't have them.

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