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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.
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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.**
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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