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Product Details

  • Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451511078
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451511079
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,866,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Justin Mitchell was born in Cedar City, Utah in 1979. He spent two years on an LDS mission when he was nineteen years old. He is no longer affiliated with any religious organizations. He married Marlaine in August of 2003. The two of them have lived in Lake Powell for the last ten years, where Justin works as a full time IT for Aramark. He became interested in writing when he was twenty three and began working on the current novel at age twenty six.

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Born 2/28/1979 in Cedar City, UT. Currently residing with wife in Bullfrog, UT as an IT for Aramark. My wife and I are Vegans, which you might have guessed if you read Shalilayo. I love to write science fiction, compose music, dabble in electronics, explore caves, program and design web sites. My greatest hope in life is to see humans take the next step into sentient awareness and become a welcome species in the galactic neighborhood. The greatest part of my life is my wife, Marlaine, who has been with me for more lives than just about anyone else. If you are familiar with the character named Riah in Shalilayo, you will have an insight to what kind of person Marlaine is.

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The ending was abrupt and unsatisfying.
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Well written, incredibly loveable characters, and amazing story!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 8, 2011
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I have to say that enjoyed the book for the first several chapters. The characters were decent and the storyline was fairly interesting... until the Zeran arrived and ruined it. The story idea is interesting - an alien race coming to take over humanity for humanity's own good, but more to save the many worlds that coexist in the same space in different "existential waveforms" from the nuclear destruction caused by Earth governments. The "ideal" society (Zerans) is Vegan socialist/communist, and completely anti-violence (to the point where they couldn't even handle animals killing each other, so the Zerans created plants for them to eat). This was when I became apprehensive and suspicious. The Zeran, Terrance, states that people called "Vegans" are the only ones on Earth who eat "normal food." There are pages and pages of graphic descriptions of slaughterhouses and cattle yards. The reason they're going to Earth - the nuclear weapons - gets only a perfunctory few scenes before we're inundated with the gory descriptions of meat-processing. I eat meat on occasion (organic), and I have no problem knowing exactly how it's processed... but not all animals are treated/processed like that, and I guarantee that no slaughterhouse in the US is going to get away with grinding intestines straight from the animal and selling them as meat to commercial buyers (just one of the ridiculous scenes shown). I held on through those pages until I got to where Terrance was telling the others that Earth people eat meat because we feel the need to dominate something. After a long, boring explanation about how human women used to choose their mates, and aggression was how males would guarantee their success at finding a woman, blah blah blah... 43% through the book, I just couldn't take any more.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 24, 2012
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First, I have to say that I really liked Gorinthian (Mirrors of the World), which I read first. I expected something similar with this book, but was really disappointed when the author started slamming humans for eating the flesh of lesser species and animal murder. I'm strongly in favor of, and lobby for, treating farm animals humanely, but humans evolved eating meat and should not be ridiculed for consuming meat. I have no issue with vegans and I'm not trying to disparage their choice. I believe each person should make their own choices.

The editing leaves a lot to be desired. I found the sheer number of them to be distracting and definitely detracted from the story, in my opinion.

The ending was abrupt and unsatisfying.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By FCZ on February 12, 2012
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While agreeing with Avid Reader that this is a Vegan polemic posing as science fiction, I would disagree about his calling it "liberal". Very few liberals are Vegan, and in my experience very few Vegans have much in the way of politics, liberal or conservative, beyond "eat Vegan". I'll be willing to agree with Avid Reader if he or she can name for me one liberal presidential candidate who didn't eat barbecue in Texas or brats in Wisconsin...
Two stars for the attempt, but don't waste your time on this.
Now, if someone would write a book about a Vegan-turned-zombie and what she does when the only thing she an stomach are brains... That might be worth reading. "Vegan gets Brains", by...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bailey O on May 10, 2012
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Although it was initially promising, this "novel" quickly disintegrated into preachiness about how the humans are destroying earth. Although I don't disagree with the problems, they could have been presented so much better. The writing is not good and gets worse as the book progresses, and there are many grammatical, spelling, and punctuation errors especially in the final chapters. This idea had promise, and I wish it had encountered a good editor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sandawana56 on November 29, 2011
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The book was very imaginatively written and gave a good description of alien life in a parallel dimension. The beginning of the book did drag a little as the author spent a little too much time on the minutiae of daily alien existence before getting to the meat of the story. The description of the alien's technology and their ability to project their inner power (yar) to sense and control the world around them is fascinating. Also fascinating was the description of this world we live in from an Alien's perspective. There are a lot of spiritual and progressive concepts in this book as well as enlightened ideas about how we should treat each other and treat the world we live in.

WARNING: If you are into hunting, value force above peace, don't care about global warming and could care less about the welfare of the people around you, you may not enjoy this book. But then again it never hurts to see another point of view.

**SPOILER**
In the book our planet contains many parallel dimensions of existence, with each dimension having it's own civilization. The inhabitants of each parallel dimension are at different levels of advancement. Essentially the inhabitants of the dimension called Earth have been causing major disruption to the inhabitants of other parallel dimensions that occupy the same physical space as Earth, because of the ongoing violence of warfare and the use of nuclear devices.

The inhabitants of Earth have also been delaying the karmic development cycle of lower lifeforms (animals, insects etc.) by repeatedly killing them for food. More spiritually advanced aliens from other dimensions are vegans who live peacefully with lower lifeforms.
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