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Mind Over Mind by [Fabian, Karina L.]
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Nicole Zoltack, nicolezoltack.blogspot.com/2011/09/mind-over-mind-book-review.html

...a refreshing read... Strong yet unsure, Deryl learns not only how to control his powers, he also learns who exactly he is. (It's) first in a trilogy... Mind Over Mind has a satisfying conclusion as it sets up the second book...  a worthwhile and entertaining read.

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  1. What can we expect from Mind Over Mind?
 To get caught up in the lives of a young man at the mercy of his telepathic abilities and a psychiatric intern trying to help him while not placing them both in danger of the chief psychiatrist.  Along the way, expect some romance, some scenes that will make you shudder for Deryl, and to learn a few cool things about psychology.  When you're done, expect to be anxious for the next book.
 
  1. Who is the book aimed at?
 Adults (or older teens) who enjoy fantasy and science fiction, who like to look at an old cliché in a new way (telepathy), and who want to enjoy an adventure of the mind as well as of the quest.
 
  1. I have to ask, do the books get gradually 'darker' as the trilogy progresses?
 It will get more intense, that's for sure.  Deryl's not the only one dealing with sanity issues, it seems.  Joshua (the psychiatric intern) is going to have his hands full, poor thing.
 
  1. Humour features heavily in some of your other work (I'm thinking Neeta Lyffe here). Can we expect more of the same in Mind Over Mind?
 The Mind Over trilogy is not comedic.  The humorous moments are more of the chuckle and move on-type.  If I had to give this book a single descriptor, "Gripping" would fit best.
 
  1. The main character is Deryl Stephens. What is he like?
 Conflicted! He has tenuous control of his telepathic powers (loads of fun in a mental health institution, he'll tell you.) One alien being thinks he's some kind of oracle and has the ability to "call" him from consciousness and demand he look up stuff for her.  Another alien has been slowly trying to recruit him as a psychic assassin. That's messed with Deryl's mind, for certain.  And of course, only three people sort-of believe in his abilities:  Dr. Malachai who is treating him like a lab rat with the hopes of inducing this "skill" in others or at least making his fame and fortune through his psychic client; Sachiko, a nurse at the institution who can't really do anything to help him; and finally, Joshua who will help him.
 
So he's conflicted, and as a result, he's surly, paranoid, defensive, and overall without much hope for his future.  But he's also at heart a caring and intelligent young man, so when Joshua offers him a lifeline, he grabs on with both hands.
 
  1. Can you tell us anything about the aliens featured within Mind Over Mind?
I have two worlds locked in intermittent combat.  Barin is in a terrible orbit that means seasons so extreme the population mostly lives underground.  They also have intermittent worldwide disasters (centuries part and at no pattern they can discern) that shifts their planet's orbit and causes population-destroying natural disasters.  Kanaan, on the other hand, is in the perfect spot for a world and enjoys temperate climates and lush vegetation and life.  The aliens are psychic as are some of the animals, called the Greater Beasts.
 
The Barin have a species goal of taking over Kanaan--and wiping out the indigenous population while they are at it.  The Kanaan were a peaceful people, but they learned to defend themselves fast--mostly due to knowledge they get from Deryl.  (He's called Ydrel for most of the book--the Kanaan name for him.) In the meantime, the wacky orbits mean Barin gradually pulls closer to Kanaan.  I won't say any more on that--spoilers, you know--but these are the conflicts that Deryl will eventually have to resolve.
 
As for the aliens themselves, they are pretty much humanoid.  The psychic nature of the Kanaan has been fun to play with. For example, one race of Kanaan, the Bondfriends, must mentally tie themselves to a Greater Beast in order to survive.  As a result, they take on some traits different from the Kanaan.  However, they are in the second book.  In Mind Over Mind, Deryl only learns the slightest bit about the aliens in contact with him.  I've told you far more than he'll know until the third book!
 
 
  1. Telepathy is a major theme in the novel - did you do much research on the subject?
Are you going to be disappointed if I say, "no"?  I really took the basic idea of telepathy, telekinesis, etc.--stuff most folks know--and kept asking myself "what would it be like if..." until I knew what I wanted my telepaths to be like.


From an interview on Dreams of the Damend, leemather.livejournal.com/2011/09/18/
 

Product Details

  • File Size: 1050 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dragon Moon Press (July 17, 2011)
  • Publication Date: July 17, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005D94LI0
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When I heard that the main character, Ydrel, was a telepath empowered by an alien only he can see and hear, I had to buy it. I am writing a book with telepaths and so I came at this book from a researcher's perspective. What Karina gave me was more than I anticipated. Here's a rapid-fire list of what this book offers:

*Solid, clear-cut writing. She keeps it fresh, insightful, emotional, fun, and rewarding.

*Three point-of-view characters with emotional investment and story lines that keep you engaged to the end.

*A fascinating idea about an alien world contacting a young boy from two different angles. One source trains him to kill, and then makes him pay when he refuses. The other needs help to prevent her people from being wiped out in war. The images, conflict, and threats that this side of the novel presents offer a grand scale for the rest of the series. I can't wait to find out what happens.

*When not set in a fantastical alien world, Karina explores the carefully hidden secrets that could thrive in a mental health facility when you have a telepath and a manipulative chief psychiatrist. Joshua, the young intern who walks into this snake pit, must deal with this psychiatrist, while also gaining Ydrel's trust so that he can help him escape. Sound research makes this setting real, and you trust the author to tell it how it is, even if that makes things more difficult for the heroes.

*Finally, from a research standpoint, this book offered a ton of inspiration for writing my telepath characters. The best part was, I didn't feel like I was researching. I came for the story, and was pleasantly surprised to find a new author and series to follow.
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Mind Over Mind is the story of a transformational friendship between two young men, set in an insane asylum. A cocky young intern befriends a patient who believes he is psychic and helps him cope with life and with what may or may not be his special powers. The young mens' lives run on an inverted parallel as the intern pursues romance with a nurse and the patient is pressured to give up his fantasy woman to be considered normal. It's a coming-of-age story under the most trying circumstances.

One of the idea threads that run throughout the book is how science fiction and fantasy influence society. The young intern can relate to his patient's psychic beliefs by pulling examples from fantasy novels. An introductory course for budding psychics with studies on grounding, shielding, tapping and releasing energy, and so forth, can be gleaned from a few popular books.

Mind Over Mind explores the questions of what is real, what is imaginary, and if that distinction even matters. This book is on my short list for a Hugo nomination. It's joining a select group of books that I read over and over. But it transcends genre; more than a paranormal adventure, this book is a psychological drama that has the potential to break out to the mainstream reader. Five stars.
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Karina Fabian is a brilliantly amazing storyteller! Mind Over Mind is an enthralling and entertaining read full of excitement and mystery! I couldn't put it down! Her characters come alive on the page; their struggles both on the emotional level and in the real world are poignant and truly believable. Unlike other books with their cardboard one dimensional characters, her characters interactions with each other unfold unpredictably just as they would in real life. Each character has their own unique personality and pasts that color their actions in the now. Reading Mind Over Mind really was like going to visit a Psychiatric ward and getting to know the people in real life. Actually, more like becoming friends with them in real life!

Deryl's condition is also described in vivid detail. Karina dives into her characters and allows THEM to show you exactly how it feels to be the intern or in Deryls case- the overwhelmed Psychic. Deryl, a teen trapped in a psychiatric ward, struggles with being contacted constantly by two different alien beings. One, the Master, menacingly tries to teach him to be a ruthless killer and causes Deryl a lot of pain and suffering when he refuses. The other, the Miscra, constantly entreats him to teach her how to defend her home world from the invaders.

This book is a MUST read! You will laugh and cry along with the characters through each of their struggles and successes. The ending... I LOVED the ending and I can't WAIT to get started on the second book, Mind Over Psyche! I can't wait to find out what happens with Deryl, the Miscra, and the Master!

Review Written by: Virginia L. Jennings
Author of 'Visionary From The Stars'
& 'The Alien Mind'
This reviewer was given a reviewers copy for an honest review
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A friend, whose taste I highly respect, predicted that Mind Over Mind would be Karina Fabian's breakout novel.

After savoring it, rushing through it, and all but writing the author to demand the sequel, I have to agree.

It has all the elements of a good story, a bit of romance, a mind-tickling plot, and characters who are fun to spend time with.

As a thumbnail review, I know this lacks a lot, but I so hate ruining a story for other people. This earned all five of the stars I gave it and I'm waiting impatiently for the next installment.
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