The Other Shore

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1795. The personal log of Alberto Shimada, the second officer on board Excelsior. He experiences a trek of discovery and adventure in a strange universe, initially in his quest to return to his crew, from whom he was separated by unexpected circumstances, then in his struggle to be reunited with his love.
Three short stories and a novel. More

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Words: 69,950
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465783035
About Marian C Ghilea

Since childhood I was drawn by both the precision of science and the abstraction of art. As a profession, I chose the path that appeared to be the hardest: science. Yet, I could never give up my other half and continued to write short stories or poems once in a while, only showing them to my closest friends.
I've obtained my PhD in Physics at University of Rochester (2009) and have worked at prestigious research centers from Europe, USA and Asia. A black belt in Kyokushin Karate (obtained in 2008) and over 15 years of experience in Taijiquan and Baguazhang completed so far my quest in becoming a better human being.
I write the kind of stories that I would like to read. My hope is to combine my scientific expertise with my literary abilities to produce literary works of superior quality. Among my favorite writers I should cite Thomas Mann, Umberto Eco, Ernest Hemingway and Kawabata Yasunari as the ones who had the strongest influence on my writting style.
As a big fan of science-fiction and fantasy, I was mostly impressed by Stanislaw Lem, Arkadyi and Boris Strugatsky, Aleksandr Beleaev and Ursula K. LeGuin. I hope that someday I could be described as someone who followed onto their footsteps.


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Review by: Marcela5 on July 23, 2014 :
The first part of the book - "Triangulum" - has three short stories like three little gems, with a fast-paced action, seemingly unconnected to each other but being part of the same universe at a more careful look.
The second part - "Butterfly's Dream" is a novel and it begins with a mythical adventure of a ship that reaches, in 1795, the shores of a legendary island. The action is narated from the perspective of the main character's diary. It deepend gradually into a fantasy world where the boundary between real and imaginary becomes less clear with every chapter.
Every life has its own reality, in a differrent time and space with amazing stories and fabulous characters.
Although the language is kept simple, almost soldierly, the development of events moves the reader out of his/her comfort zone and the story impresses with the richness of pictures and density of ideas.
Where does the truth end and where does the illusion begin? How will the main character, Alberto Shimada, meet again with his beloved Nivit, whom he met in one of the realities? And how will he reconnect three apparently unrelated lives back into a single thread? What is the real direction of the time flow?
Fundamental questions about the sense of the human existence are presented here with answers that leave room for a very rich and unpredictable imagination.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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