As a substitute of a profile I find hard to make in a reasonable amounts of words, I'd like to offer my philosophy of writing.
In as few words as possible that is what my books are about.
I wrote them for myself, I personally enjoy re-reading them, I enjoy creating new chapters in on going themes, and I decided to publish them on the chance some few might enjoy them. I did not write them with the intent of publication, I did not publish them with dreams of avarice, and I only, truly hope that there are readers out there who enjoy them as much as I do.
I cannot and I will not promise my readers will like my hobby, agree with my views, or find any entertainment in what I have written. My books were not written for everyone, hence not everyone will like them.
I will do my best to offer the best 'product' to my readers as I am able. I can not yet promise a mistake free experience, but I am one who is never satisfied. Each time I re-read my own words I find changes I wish to make. And I will do my best to leave notice when new editions are available.
Because just as each work I offer to the public might never quite seem finished, the ideas behind them were a process of creation and re-creation. Each thing I bring into the world has been written and re-written time and time again, and they never seem perfect to me no matter how many times they are re-imagined.
Just because you have liked something I have written be it free or not, is not a reason why you will like what else is written. My writing is an organic process, many stories have nothing save a beginning or a future image in my head I wish to make a world in order to play out.
However from that moment after I begin all bets are off, the story can and will evolve from there and become whatever it and the characters may make of it. Just as I can not argue that I am like most any writer, nor can I see any reason in trying to be. I see no need to be 'like' anything, why should my books be 'like' any other book, and I see no reason for 'my books' to be 'like' my other books. Why should the next book be what worked for the one before? Why should I worry if my readers will have the same choices as me as to what 'would have been interesting'?
Do not buy my books without trying them, but also do not buy them if you are going to be disappointed if you don't get what you are expect.. Be it a thrilling plot-twisted action film in print, or a heartfelt romance, my books will not be exactly one thing. I make no promises in my writing but it can also be said I do not fear to follow the chanced inspiration, even if it might re-write the entire unborn ending of a story.
on July 02, 2014 :
As a long-time fan of Shiva Winters' Slak'patan series, I was eager to start this one as well. Her wit and wisdom are amusing and sometimes I like a good happy ending. I think I'm going to stick to the Salak universe, however.
First I'll start with what I liked about this book and say that it's not an inherently bad book, but it's not my thing.
First off, I loved the main character (Also named Shiva) from the start when she was surrounded by much larger and very violent bullies and immediately put them into their places. I also greatly enjoyed how both Shiva (the character) and her girlfriend both turned out to be lesbians and literally NO ONE CARED! I want to live in a world like that some day. I also enjoyed the action scenes when they happened. I could picture the flying debris, Shiva's rising rage and that becoming the source of her energy in an endless hail of bullets, again surrounded by an enemy much larger than herself and incredibly aggressive.
What I did NOT like, and Shiva (the author) will hate me forever for saying this, but it's true, is how Shiva (the character) immediately turned into a giant marshmallow in the second chapter.
If the character had a name in this story, they seemed to either be the enemy or a cuddle buddy. Hardened military personnel can't seem to keep their hands off of a teenaged girl. I can only assume that this is also part of this type of world but it just didn't sit well with me.
There were the usual amount of typos, but my brain automatically corrects those as I read, so they did not detract from the story for me. Those who are jarred out of their reading experience by a misplaced comma or missing word will have a hard time here.
Overall, I recommend this book if you like something light with occasional outbursts of vague violence, you will likely greatly enjoy this book and may even find a new favorite author in the creative and talented Shiva winters. It was simply not my kind of fiction.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Oct. 31, 2013 :
The Sixth Line of Defense by Shiva Winters
Shiva does it again.
Shiva Winters has a style a draws me right into the character right in the beginning. In this case she sounds like your average troubled teen who has to deal with a lot of intercity thugs at school. Only Shiva (this is also the name of the protagonist) has been bounced from school to school because she has a specific boiling point where she can no longer container herself in the face of adversity. She's proactive and she's tough and she doesn't back down and rarely loses the fight. She's been shifted from one bad school to another because of this.
Shiva is a special case as we soon find out both through her and through her handler Devon who has something in common with Shiva. Both are genetic soldier of a bygone era that were created to win the war and save the day. Except Shiva is from the 6th generation of these soldiers. Devon is from the 3rd gen and gens 4 and 5 were so horrible that the ones that didn't get put down are on ice. That means that everyone expects Shiva from gen 6 to be the worst.
That's pretty much the set-up for this story.
This book also contains a theme common to Shiva Winter's other writing. That theme is that there is a special bond between people that goes beyond friendship, sex, and even sometimes love. It knows no bounds when it happens and it's a profound experience and in some case as with the Salak'patan Series it can be deadly to both parties when on member of the bond dies.
This book also contains a heavy lesbian theme which is introduced fairly soon in the novel. Shiva and Vala meet at a special school (one that Devon has found for Shiva) and they bond and become very close in a short time, since that is the nature of the bond it makes the quick romance become somewhat believable.
Besides the bond itself we find that Vala has some special significance in the plot of the story.
Ultimately because of the failure to integrate the 4s and the 5s into society the military has been reluctant about the 6s and have only tried to integrate a handful of which all have failed except Shiva and as we mentioned Shiva has problems. Part of the plot is that someone wants them to have problems because they want to bury them deep. It eventually comes out that it's all part of a plot that hinges on eliminating the 6s who in part were created in-case the enemy was ever able to compromise the 4s and 5s and turn them against the military.
As the blurb mentions this story is about what it means to be human and that is definitely examined in a number of ways throughout the Narrative.
And that brings us to Shiva's style of writing. Her narrative is rich and sometimes her sentences are long and descriptive. And these are all things I enjoy about her writing. I will caution those who are severe about grammar spelling and general editing that this once again is not the book for you. Of those I took time to mark there are over 30 missing words or double words or things like than instead of then and in some cases ambiguous statements that sound wrong in context which might be more missing words or misspelled.
This is a good SFF for Young Adults and it contains some reasonable lesbian romance.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Feb. 19, 2012 :
I generally steer away from stories about people with special mental abilities, but I'm glad I gave this one a shot. It didn't turn out to be anything like I expected and the characters are well outside of the types of characters that I normally identify with, and yet I enjoyed the book a great deal.
That isn't to say that the book is flawless. There are many instances where a word was used in the wrong tense that caused a sentence to be confusing. There are also some places where a comma was missing and "to" being used in place of "too." The changes in POVs could also use a little work as it isn't always clear who the POV is for as much as a page of text.
That being said, it was a very enjoyable reading experience and I look forward to more work from the author.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)