- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: AIA Publishing (November 26, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0994219202
- ISBN-13: 978-0994219206
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,283,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book has received the AIA Seal of Excellence in Fiction
"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.
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.
I love how thoughtful this book was. It asked many questions about reality, imagination, and how perception and intent shape the world and vice versa. It gripped my attention and fascinated me, and I found that I couldn't put it down. The main character is in her own world, experiencing the worlds of others through meditation, social media, dreams, and real-life clashes. In addition, the entire book is a world of its own within the author's mind, and I myself, as the reader, am yet another world into which her worlds are introduced and experienced. Is the book I finished reading the same book that the author wrote? Did I perceive and experience it the way it was intended, or did I myself change the book simply by observing it, like a quantum physics experiment? Not since "If On A Winter's Night a Traveler" by Italo Calvino have I felt so intellectually stimulated by a novel!
Finally, I find that I've bonded with the main character, which is quite a feat as I personally share virtually nothing in common with her, and yet I miss her terribly. I eagerly look forward to the release of the sequel!
Editor and author Ella Smith lives with her cat in an isolated area of the Australian bush. She has one or two close friends and goes on an occasional date, but most of the time she's alone. That's how she likes it. Then she begins receiving email threats from "Dita," an irate author whose book she reviewed. She has no idea who Dita is. He uses pseudonyms online and writes under a pen name.
Her response is to retreat into the inner worlds that nourish her creativity. A serious Buddhist, she meditates to overcome the fear and anger triggered by Dita's threats. She doesn't have time for them; a deadline is approaching for a major editorial project. Besides, what can he actually do to hurt her? She soon discovers that even in the abstract world of the Internet, Dita can inflict damage to her reputation and livelihood. He highjacks her Facebook account and bad-mouths her in online forums. Her book receives a spate of one-star reviews. Editorial work dries up. The threats in his emails escalate. It become harder and harder for her to retreat to a place of safety.
The novel contains long passages from the fantasy novel that Ella is editing, and I become caught up in that story, just as she does. When the fantasy's plot takes a wrong turn and she tries to persuade the author to rewrite, Newland reveals that characters from the fantasy also appear in her Lethal Inheritance series and their fate depends on Ella's being able to change the fictional author's mind.
I enjoyed the metafictional aspect of Worlds Within Worlds. Newland includes a foreword emphasizing that she is NOT Ella. She doesn't need to explain, at least not to me.
The novel has some weaknesses. Long passages describe the process of meditation. I found them interesting (although a bit didactic at times), but some readers may feel they slow the story. The plot culminates in a revelation that I figure out very early, but Newland covers her foreshadowing enough to make me wonder if I'm wrong.
Writers will appreciate Worlds Within Worlds for its exploration of the creative process. Intelligent readers will enjoy the memorable characters, the suspense, and the intricacies of Ella's interlocking worlds.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an objective review.
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