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Product Details

  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144992462X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449924621
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,400,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kim Fielding has migrated back and forth across the western 2/3 of the United States and currently lives in California. She's a university professor who dreams of being able to travel and write full-time. She also dreams of having two perfectly-behaved children, a husband who isn't obsessed with football, and a house that cleans itself. Some dreams are more easily obtained than others. In addition to the novels she has written under her nom de plume, Kim has published successful textbooks, two of which are now in their second edition. Kim donates 100% of the royalties from her novels Stasis (2009), Flux (2011), and Equipoise (2012) to Doctors Without Borders. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Kim Fielding has migrated back and forth across the western 2/3 of the United States and currently lives in California. She's a university professor who dreams of being able to travel and write full-time. She also dreams of having two perfectly-behaved children, a husband who isn't obsessed with football, and a house that cleans itself. Some dreams are more easily obtained than others.

In addition to the novels she has written under her nom de plume, Kim has published successful textbooks, two of which are now in their second edition.

Kim donates 100% of the royalties from her novels Stasis (2009), Flux (2011), and Equipoise (2012) to Doctors Without Borders.

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The book doesn't end on a cliffhanger, but it's clear there's still a lot to tell about the story.
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The main character's emotional struggles are beautifully written and the setting and plot are unique and a real page turner!
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It's really an exciting and very interesting book, and I do hope there will be a sequel to this book.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Blake Fraina VINE VOICE on September 8, 2011
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Was this really written during NaNoWriMo? According to the Author Acknowledgments, yes it was.

I only wish I could find this kind of inspiration inside of thirty days.

This is a short but sweet fantasy yarn about an autocratic society where petty offenders are subject to bond slavery (a nearly inescapable form of indentured servitude), while the most serious criminals are placed in a state of stasis (a coma-like enchantment that can be sustained for a millennium or more). Fielding offers a frightening portrait of a world where individual rights have been sacrificed for the security and comfort of the upper classes, who enjoy both the benefits of a nearly crime-free society and the labors of state sanctioned slaves. The novel's protagonist, Ennek, is the sheltered son of a political leader who takes no notice of these injustices until one fateful evening when he sees a prisoner who has been in stasis for nearly three hundred years. This haunting encounter changes the course of his entire life.

The story sucked me in immediately with a creepy opening scene where we first find the hairless, pale and emaciated prisoners hanging suspended in silk nets in the dungeons far beneath the royal palace. The author provides just enough specific details to create a definite physical image of Ennek's world but also, and more importantly, to evoke a strong sense of atmosphere and mood. And the character of Ennek is an exceptional creation; his growth over the course of the story, from an over-privileged and irresponsible rake to a young man of deep conscience, is accomplished with a great deal of subtlety and believability. But beyond the main players, the author manages to create intriguing individuals out of even the smallest of parts.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Editing_Gal on June 15, 2010
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Kim Fielding's novel works on so many levels: emotional, intellectual, and humanitarian. It's a touching male/male love story, as well as an account of self-discovery and reclaiming of personal power.

The main character is the ruler's youngest son, who has neither much direction nor ambition in life. He ends up seeing a prisoner in Stasis -- a magical suspended animation used as punishment for traitors -- and over time develops a desire to release the man.

The society in which the reluctant hero and the released prisoner/slave find themselves is an interesting and effective mix. It blends aspects of past societies with those of the future, and involves some pure fantasy as well. In other hands, this mix could have been messy and ineffective. But Ms. Fielding has done very believable and inspiring things with the setting, plot, and characters.

To say that the plot touches on government control, class oppression, and justice may sound dry, but those threads are so deftly woven into the narrative that they are insightful and moving rather than pedantic or heavy-handed.

The story flows well and is beautifully written. I honestly can't recommend it highly enough. I came to care about the characters, and I hope the author considers a sequel.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Emily on January 20, 2010
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Stasis opens a small window into a vivid, fully real, masterfully created world. The protagonist's journey from the prison of his own stature in this world to the liberator of one beautiful (and literal) captive, and the unfolding of their joint escape to freedom is sparsely masculine in the telling and yet shot through with details so haunting and expressive one can't help but get caught up in Ms. Fielding's story.

It's not a long story for the obvious care that went into crafting her universe, which begs for further tales in this strange new world. But whether more is forthcoming or not, Stasis is a gift of a read and not to be missed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 13, 2011
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I just finished Stasis and loved it so much I immediately purchased Flux, the recently released sequel. I can see why all the reviews so far are all 5-star. It is very well written and has become one of my favorite books. The world development is excellent, the characters memorable and engaging. It's refreshing to find a book with gay main characters where the plot is not just a way to get to the next sex scene. This book is truly a rare gem.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Gerstenfeld on January 15, 2010
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A wonderful tale of personal discovery and growth in a vivid fantasy setting. Ennek explore's the past and the biases of his culture and his own immediate family. By learning about and confronting the harsh beliefs of those he loves and the society that gave him favored status, he learns about himself. This is a fun-to-read story with a strong moral sense. A great book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kirsten on January 9, 2010
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Ennek is a very simpatico and nice guy. Unfortunately he has low self-cofidence but a great heart and he is follow his heart. That leads to a very difficult situation for him. His heart ordered him to do what he did and a slave .... but that you have to read for yourself.

This world Kim Fielding has created here is full with magic and emotions and so wonderful and awesome written. You will be captivated from the first site until you'll reach the end of the book. And I promise you don't want to take a break. You will forget to eat or drink because you want to read more.

It's really an exciting and very interesting book, and I do hope there will be a sequel to this book.
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