The Mind Hack book review.

The Mind Hack is written by Peter Summersby. I was surprised and just wanted to turn each page. It was a marvellous short story.

Like always I don’t talk about the whole book, just how I emotionally connected to it.

Peter’s book, The Mind Hack is pretty much a computer game where fantasy clashes with reality. I could not stop turning the pages! This need to understand and know what is happening was paramount. I have seen anime that have used this kind of approach, Sword Art Online and Log Horizon. Unlike these shows, Peter has blended the computer world with this one, and those lines are indeed blurred.

This is a plot driven story, the main characters are subjected to this running series of events. So many things happen, and your mind is nearly overwelled with the information in these mere 76 pages, but Peter balances it with curiosity and fantastical landscapes to keep your mind occupied and drawn into this story.

The more I read, the faster I had to read it. Very few books hook me into the plot so effortlessly as The Mind Hack. Hats off to Peter Summersby. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in computer games to fantasy books!

I give this book, 4.5/5 and look forward to his next book!

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Àodàlìyǎ, the land that never was.

To celebrate NAIDOC, I thought I would share a future story of mine. It is about an alternative world where the First Fleet didn’t happen, and now in this new empire of Àodàlìyǎ, the aboriginal people are the spiritual leaders of the nation.

This idea came to me why I was running a White Wolf game, Vampire the Masquerade. In this setting, you have a simple rule, only one vampire for every 100 thousand people. Which means having more than ten in a city in Australia, was strange and wrong.

So on the spot, I created a new Australia where in the book ‘1421 when China discovered the world’, they found Australia which was filled with our people. Instead of sending in armies or colonists, the Ming Dynasty saw the Aboriginal people as an enlightened race. Emperor Zhū Dì, Zhū Gāochì and Zhū Zhānjī send emissaries to Australia to learn of the Dreaming and the Culture of the people. This of course took many years, but eventually, leaders of then Native Aboriginals, came together to form a pact with the Ming Dynasty, where sharing of knowledge was the paramount agreement.

So over a hundred years, the Ming Dynasty traded with the new Council of Elders, and there was much travelling back and forth to mainland China and the shores of Àodàlìyǎ. Soon towns started to appear, and new concepts of agriculture and technology occurred but to appease the Council, it needed to be in alignment of the environment. Part of the landscape and honouring the land.

The formation of the Council of Elders, sent people to all walks of life in Àodàlìyǎ, more and more People came together to share knowledge and stories with others. By late 1500’s, all of Àodàlìyǎ was apart of the Council. Trade with the Māori and other island nations occurred, and the Council sent an invitation to the Māori Elders to join with them.

In the beginning 1600’s, the Dutch ‘discovered’ Àodàlìyǎ but didn’t find learn the fledgeling nation as they still looked at the mangroves of Northern Western Àodàlìyǎ. Due to the fall of the Ming dynasty in the late 1600’s many Ming nobles fled to Àodàlìyǎ to escape death in their homeland. There was no new contact with the new Shun Dynasty, as the pact made with the Ming and the because of the sanctuary is given to the old Dynasty. The integration of  Chinese, Aboriginal and Māori people was well under way in the late 1600’s and the beginning of 1700’s. The Council used the knowledge gained from the Ming Dynasty to create many cities and towns, Māori trained to protect the shores of Àodàlìyǎ (which now includes New Zealand), and due to the fall of the Ming, many Chinese people came to Àodàlìyǎ to find a new home. Soon they became citizens of Àodàlìyǎ and eventually became part of the Council.

The integration of  Chinese, Aboriginal and Māori people was well under way in the late 1600’s and the beginning of 1700’s. The Council used the knowledge gained from the Ming Dynasty to create many cities and towns, Māori trained to protect the shores of Àodàlìyǎ (which now includes New Zealand), and due to the fall of the Ming, Chinese came to Àodàlìyǎ to find a new home. Soon they became citizens of Àodàlìyǎ and eventually became part of the Council.

So now we move forward to Cook’s contact, which has changed. Cook landing on Àodàlìyǎ didn’t happen as our history tell us. Due to the contact with Ming China, the Council knew of the English and met with Cook and agreed with trade and contact with Àodàlìyǎ. Cook still saw a ‘primitive’ race, but he was deadly wrong.

Thus the First Fleet was boarded and captured by the Māori Defenders, and that goes into a whole new place.

There are still a lot of holes in this alternative history.

So that is my idea, there is more to it, but I think that is enough for people to digest.

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My Short Stories

With my main book, Lake Merrin on hiatus, I wanted to create my YA concept into a continuing short story series, my first two are out, Kayla: Genius, which has five 5 star reviews. Also a recent release Briana: Knight, part two of FableLands, in which we delve more into the mystery of Arcs and the FableLands. With part three, Ciro: Founder written as well with a release around the 25th of July. I started a new series based on my main book of the novelisation of Favinonia.

Last night I began to explore stories that in my creative mind, this one, in particular, is  Rising of the Green, which in my books is one of the aspects of the Trinity, the state religion of Favinonia. A funny story from Supanova I was dressed up as a Paladin of the Orange (another aspect of the Trinity), and I was talking to a fellow boother about my costume. He asked ‘What are you wearing?’

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I replied, ‘Oh, I’m in the garb of a Priest of the Orange aspect.’

‘Orange aspect? Is that religion, how long has it been around?’ He asked

At this point I went into creative mode, it is strange when you have created something in your mind, and you explain it as a real concept.

‘Well, the Orange aspect is a part of the whole, The Trinity. Orange represents Protection, Retribution and Passion. It started about 300 years ago, but it was a cult, to begin with..’

I’m not going to go blow for blow in that conversation, but in the end, he thought I was a priest of the Orange. I had to say ‘I am in a costume that is a fake religion in my fantasy world.’

At least one thing, my creation felt real to this guy, so win.

But back to the story that I started writing last night.

‘Rise of the Green’ is about Mara, the first Saint of the Trinity. She is the representing the truth of the aspect of the Green. Which is the Aspect of Agriculture and Life/Death; Toilers of the ground and healers of the sick. Saint Mela the Plague-ender, Life-giver and First-Saint; people who follow this aspect give thanks to the first saint for bringing the Trinity to Favinonia.

This story is about when she became the first saint and the rise of the second, her husband Jara of the Hammer (which will be the second story). I have always wanted to write about her, but I thought it was just going to be some small piece in a forgotten blog, but I can’t do that to Mother-Sister Mara!

So after ‘Rising of the Green: The Trinity’ will be the ‘Mission of The Orange: Trinity’ and finally ‘The Logic of the Blue: The Trinity’. Keep an eye out for these first three of my brand new series, Tales from Favinonia.

Here are some title for the future

The FableLands

Kayla: Genius

Briana: Knight

Ciro: Founder

Sam: Trickster

Jamila: Lover

James: Gentle Giant

Tales of Favinonia

  1. That Little Town: Travellers of the Road
  2. The Possessed: Travellers of the Road
  3. Guild of Thieves: ThiefTakers
  4. The Highwaymen: ThiefTakers
  5. Rising of the Green: The Trinity
  6. Mission of the Orange: The Trinity
  7. The Logic of the Blue: The Trinity
  8. The Gib-Gib Uprising: Crismon Peasants
  9. The Tome: Dark Fire
  10. Jara’s Crusaders: Amordous’ Lair
  11. The Fall of Greywalker Reach
  12. Magi College: Trials
  13. Magi College: Journey
  14. Magi College: Lich

 

Whole New Earth

Àodàlìyǎ: The New Empire

Àodàlìyǎ: The Dark Streets

Àodàlìyǎ: Skin Walkers

Àodàlìyǎ: Dreamtime

Àodàlìyǎ: Legends of Yesteryear

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Eve, The Awakening Book Review

Merely minutes ago I finished Jenna Moreci’s book Eve, the Awakening. I am emotionally drained but at the same time just want to scream to the heavens.

READ THIS BOOK!!!!!

I have been following Jenna’s vlog for many a moon, each one insightful and entertaining. A lot of my knowledge of writing comes from this marvellous Cyborg. She has just taught me something new again and again. Now Jenna has shown me a new path, how to entertain and amaze your readers smoothly.

I can calmly say that Eve and her creator have made it to my top 20, number one authors of all time. Jenna has taken to the stage with the likes of Feist, Douglass, Eddings, Hobbs and Rowlings. I am glad I found your Youtube channel.

Now to the book. Eve is a creature with flaws and strength, and she is amazing. Someone I could meet on the street, except for one little thing, she is a chimera, a humanovus: the new human. This book is when it gets absorbing and why it is believable. Us, humans don’t like to share the world with someone else, especially, if that ‘human’ is vastly superior to them in physical and mental abilities. In Eve, is where again Jenna grounds the story and shows the dark side of humanity. They hate these chimeras more than the ugly aliens, Interlopers. Have something look like you and is better; we hate even more.

The emotional rollercoaster of this book was fantastic, many time I was on the edge of my seat, wondering where the story was going. After reading so many books and writing a few as well, I can spot usually guess the general plot of the story. In the book Eve, I didn’t predict so many arcs or themes; this caught me completely off guard more often than not. Each of the main characters is fleshed out and flawed, even the attention to the minor or support characters have a personality and sometimes a small character arc. All I can do is tip my hat with this beautiful piece of literature.

All I can say is, wow and thank you.

For my other top number ones of Authors that have inspired me, click the links 1|2|3|4

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HARDWIRED — The Blog of Blogs

A marvellous insight into what makes us creatives tick. Thank you, Melissa H North for this fantastic blog.

 

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Review of The Dragon Lady.

I have spent the better part of the day reading this fantastic book, I couldn’t put it down! Angelique S. Anderson’s The Dragon Lady is a great mixture of intrigue, magic, technology and Victorian Era.

Like all my reviews I will try and not spoil the story.

The main character is Wylie, a stable-girl, honest and hardworking. I love this character, the perfect mix of drive and vulnerability. She is no Mary Sue, she is brilliant! Just can’t spoil the story, I so want to. It was a perfect mix of drama and action. The lore that Miss Anderson created, wow. So ingenious! Not only is the lore fantastic (you have to read it to find out), the moral undertone is even better. Right and wrong exist in a form, but you have to look at the big picture not the instant gratification of events.

Another praise for this book is the setting, now most might not understand the class system in England. It not as prominent today but during this time period, oh my golly gosh it was. The feel of this scheme sings in the book, made me think that did happen!

The last thing I would like to talk about is the steampunk and dragons, neither was used to browbeat you. They were a part of the story, not the shiny object. I will again commend Miss Anderson for this balance of ideas.

This book isn’t perfect, but the imperfection does not detract from the readability of the story. I would highly suggest this book! FIVE STARS!!!

Keep an eye out for the second in the series the Phoenix Lord, I’m going to pre-order mine now!

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Being free! Kayla: Genius, I mean.

Still not a hundred percent sure how this whole thing will go. I’ll sum it up to experience, try posting it in groups, on my page, Twitter account, excreta. By Friday I should have a clear understanding what works and what doesn’t.

So stats as of 27/6

In Australia

In the US
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,440 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

In the UK
Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,698 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

So 89th for Urban Fantasy is really good, it was about 279th just yesterday. Let’s try and get that Free number down too. Just click down below for your copy!

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So now it is the 28/6

In Aussie Land!

And now the UK

Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,425 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

A vast improvement on this day, but as I want to be part of a future book launch held by Brhi Stokes, https://brhistokes.com/ I am finishing it on the 29th, which will be one month until the launch of Caligation!

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