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Worlds Within Worlds Paperback – November 26, 2014
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"This is riveting stuff, part magical realism dreamscape, part taut psychological thriller, and I was literally on the edge of my seat when the final twist--and what a twist it is--came around. Phew, what a ride! I can honestly say it is the best book I have read this year." Frank Kusy, author of Rupee Millionaires.
"One of the most innovative and original works I have read in a long time. The book is compulsive enough to collapse time." Richard Bunning Reviews
"It's a contemplative story about the creative process that's also, amazingly, a page-turner. I put everything else aside and read it in a single afternoon." Amazon Vine reviewer.
"This book will make you think. Considering the deluge of new works streaming from authors these days, that may be the highest praise a novel can receive." Amy Spahn, literary critic.
From the Author
This book, same as The Locksmith's Secret, has an unusual structure in that it has several separate story strands - a fantasy story, memories, dreams and a past life, as well as the present physical reality of the protagonist. The strands weave around each other and link conceptually and emotionally to create an overall experience that is quite different to your normal one story strand book. The structure is like a strand of DNA or a collage of images united through colour, texture and meaning.
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The story also delves into the nature of authorship when anyone with a computer can publish themselves instantly. What determines the value of a writer? Their career success? Their contributions to other authors, appreciated or not? What about when their readers disagree with their interpretations of their work? Who is the final authority when everyone has an opinion?
This book will make you think. Considering the deluge of new works streaming from authors these days, that may be the highest praise a novel can receive.
The characters were an interesting mix, starting with slightly quirkly Prunella (Ella) Smith, who Tahlia assures readers is not her (although between you and me, I couldn't help but see Tahlia's face when I brought up Ella's face in my mind). My favourites by a long shot were Merlin the cat and James. James is the sole reason this book gets shelved on my 'a-lil-sexy' shelf.
This story consists of several threads and weaves them together to form a strong, eloquent book. However, the overall message certainly sat in the spiritual realm, which is where it loses me and my interest. I can't say I get the buddhist belief system and this was far too engrained in the story for my liking.
I did enjoy Kelee's story that threaded throughout the tale, including the communication between Kelee and Ella. This was compounded by the fact that I have read some of Tahlia's Diamond Peak series; I was glad to get some background information on some of the characters I'd already met.
Where this story came into its own was the interestingly complex look at badly behaving authors and their war on honest reviewers. Having been on the receiving end of some minor indie author angst for my own honest reviews, I found the whole story a bit too explosive. This being said, I have heard of some pretty crazy reactions from people for constructive, yet negative reviews, so Tahlia's fictional account isn't completely outside the realm of possible.
I can't say this was my favourite of Tahlia's books, but it was an enjoyable, interesting mix that kept the pages turning. If you're interested in metaphysical and magical-realism books, give this one a try, it might be more to your tastes than mine.
**Note: I was provided an electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**
This author sure can write.
I am not saying I understand all of it, I consider myself average intelligence, down to earth and realistic. I like facts of things, so the fantasy bit went over my head.
My attention was peeked with the Internet though, and sitting on judgement of others. Its so easy to live behind a metal screen and 'dictate' and have or pull others down. Its also cowardly.
Authors/reviewers, that peeked my interest of course as I myself have many private opinions about this!
Although some of the matter I can honestly say I skimmed through, the concept of it all was not lost on me.
I certainly can see where the author came up with Worlds within worlds for its title.
I enjoyed it, the bits I read more thoroughly were an eye opener and thought provoking.
The bits I did skim over were just because my genre interest is although varied it doesn't reach as far as fantasy, the dreams and the memories, and the concept of separate worlds in itself, separate as in life on the net and leading a life away from it.....yes understood that concept, but sometimes a little too deep for me to follow or maybe didn't interest me enough in that written matter. That would not be the authors fault but mine.
Prunella is an interesting protagonist. We shift as readers through her worlds. While many characters live in a modern existence, Prunella is someone who lives in a reality of her convenience. While she escapes the unhappy author in her work and fantasy life, Prunella finds her stalker making a definite and invasive move into her life strongly damaging her reputation. Does she escape or does she act?
The sub-story line involving the disgruntled author, Dita, adds a dangerous edge to the story. Dita is not a man to be denied. He feels wronged and unfairly judged in Prunella’s review of his novel. Prunella rationalizes that she was asked for an honest review and gave it; so all is well in her world. As a reviewer, the blood chilled when Dita invaded her life. In online threads, we hear stories of this sort of cyberstalking and Newland lays out the danger of a stalker obsessed in a way that chills the blood. Can Prunella handle the hostility? Could we?
Prunella Smith: Worlds Within Worlds is an everyman’s Vonnegut. The novel is very cleanly written and has been awarded the Awesome Indies Badge of Approval. If you are looking for a wonderfully written and cleverly crafted story, purchase Prunella Smith: Worlds Within Worlds today.
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