Rohan Healy

Biography

Rohan Healy, born in Murwillumbah, Australia in 1986 is an author, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, blogger and professional music producer.

As of 2013 Rohan has written, recorded, performed, produced and released 10 solo albums as well as performing and recording with artists including David Virgin, Dan Rumour, Cat Power, Billy Bragg, Jimmy Willing, Quiffs N Coffins and Christa Hughes (Machine Gun Fellatio).

Rohan has written and published two books, the first "Greeks to Geeks: Practical Stoicism in the 21st Century" in 2010 and in 2012 he published his second book "The 7 Things That Made Me Genuinely & Irreversibly Happy: And How They Can Do The Same For You".

Rohan also writes the popular and regularly updated Rohan 7 Things blog.

Rohan currently lives in his ancestral home of Dublin, Ireland where he continues to write and record, as well as enjoying his hobby of photography.

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Smashwords book reviews by Rohan Healy

  • Appreciate Life on Jan. 18, 2013

    This is a beautiful little collection of poems on the subjects of love, loss and hope and inspiration. I found the love poems very sweet, romantic without being too flowery, capturing the universal themes of infatuation and life long love. They would be excellent for sharing with loved ones, or sending to an object of affection. The poems on the subject of loss and despair are heavy, especially after reading the love poems. Some of them, like "Pain in Life" are quite heartbreaking! These poems are melancholy and relatable, they touch on things we've all experienced in a very empathetic manner. Finally the poems on the theme of hope bring us out of the despair of the darker middle section. These poems are inspirational and positive, and give weight to the poems on loss. We are given the sense that we are beginning to heal and come into the light at the end of the tunnel. The book concludes with a number of fun and cute Haikus which I'm sure everyone will enjoy. I very much enjoyed reading the Amaryllis' poems, and I particularly liked the way they were structured in the Love>Loss>Hope formula, as is so often the case with life. I'd recommend this book of poetry to fans of poetry and to people looking for nice poems to be able to send to and share with friends and family. Rohan Healy
  • Catharsis, Legend of the Lemurians (Earth Keepers Chronicle 1) on Jan. 24, 2013

    A lovely short story with very strong ethical overtones relating to bullying and comeuppance. I very much liked the fact that the Lemurians, the underprivileged race of second class citizens on the planet Catharsis, never rose to the taunting and cruelty of their tormentors, the self proclaimed superior race, the Catharsians. The message is a strong "Two wrongs do not make a right" and how it's important to keep your own dignity even as those who torment you choose to sacrifice theirs. The other cool thing is that the end of the story very much sets up the events to come in the later books in the Lemurians series, with a nice twist that I will not spoil here ;) Well worth a read, especially given that it's free! It certainly made me want more, and I'll definitely be reading Lada's The Earth Shifter next. Good story, likable characters, excellent value, 5 stars ;) Rohan HEaly
  • Artan's Night (fantasy/sci-fi short story) on Jan. 26, 2013

    Artan's Night is a short story that acts as a prequel to the novel Eladria. It is clear, engaging and action packed. Descriptions of characters and environments are strong, and the light references to the greater historical and political context of the universe create a sense that you are being drawn into a living, breathing world with real depth. You'll fly through Artan's Night and be left with more questions than answers, but that is no bad thing as it leaves you wanting more, and I look forward to continuing the journey though the author's other short story and the full length novel, Eladria. Likable, relateable characters, lot's of action and efficient use of description to fill out the world without slowing down the narrative. Well worth a read, and especially as it's free on Smashwords! Rohan.
  • The Royal Runaway (fantasy/sci-fi short story) on Feb. 04, 2013

    The Royal Runaway is a great setup for the events to come in the author's full length novel Eladria. The short story introduces us to the character of Eladria, a young princess living on the third moon of the fictitious planet Tahnadra, who upon hearing news of her mother's disappearance embarks on a perilous quest to find her. The sci fi/fantasy world is fully realized with plenty of context and back story to make you feel as though you are reading about a living, breathing world. Eladria is charming and likeable, and I definitely found myself rooting for her. This book will give you a taste of what's to come, and it's very cool to read a prequel set a good 10 years before the events of the novel. Getting to know Eladria as a young girl will certainly increase my enjoyment of the full story! Well worth a read, very keen now to read Eladria! Rohan Healy.
  • The Earth Shifter on Feb. 23, 2013

    Introduction: I finished Lada Ray’s “The Earth Shifter” three nights ago and it has been on my mind ever since. The characters and plot have stuck with me and I eagerly await the next installment, as things really began to kick off as I flew through the final pages. The book builds slowly and steadily introducing a wide variety of characters, locations and lore which really flesh out this tale of time travel, alternate history and psychic powers, making everything real and believable. It was great fun to watch as multiple, seemingly unconnected, story threads all came together in the end, and although Lada purposefully telegraphs certain plot points, I was often totally thrown for a loop by the twists she has placed throughout! What It’s About: The basic plot revolves around the concept of Karma and merit, that a time of judgment is coming for humanity. The physical manifestation of this all-cleansing judgment comes in the form of the Comet of Karma. The Comet of Karma is a massive extra terrestrial body that is destined to collide with, and destroy the Earth should humanity remain on it’s cruel, inhumane and destructive trajectory. That’s where the main character Sasha comes in. Without giving too much away Sasha, a Russian girl in her late teens, has special powers. She can read and influence the minds of others, she can travel through time and effect historical events and much more. If humanity is to have any chance at survival, Sasha must learn about her destiny, pass through many hardships and find the other who, like her, has many powers of his own. I’ve been interested in the Tunguska meteor incident which occurred in 1908 for some time now. It’s a mysterious and fascinating piece of history and so I had a big smile on my face when Lada presented what “really” happened back then. Throughout the book many historical references are made, except unlike our accepted historical versions, there was always powerful and mystical forced behind such events and persons. This is very cool. Lada also manages to pack a lot of geographical, political and historical information throughout the book making it a truly educational experience as well as an entertaining one. Strong themes present include greed, abuse of power, bullying, cruelty and senseless destruction. These are the elements that have set in motion the gears of Karma, the universe deciding that humanity has failed to find wisdom and enlightenment, and thus shall be purged. There is definitely a strong underlying critique on the way the financial and political world works, it’s not shoved in your face, but it’s there and I for one welcome it. Like many of the great writers, from Swift to Orwell, a healthy dissection of the darker sides of humanity are integral to their work, they ask us to reflect on the world around us and not to take things at face value, but to dig deeper. Who Should Read It: The Earth Shifter is a young adult, sci fi, adventure. I’m sure it would be extra special reading it if you were a teenager and could closely relate to the protagonists, but as a 27 year old man I still had loads of fun. Very much like say, Harry Potter, it can be enjoyed by all ages. I’d recommend The Earth Shifter to anyone into conspiracy theories and alternate explanations of historical events, also to fans of magic, powers, time travel and mysticism. The book also has strong metaphysical and shamanic elements so I think it would really appeal to those into their mysticism and spirituality as well. The Shamanism is well researched and true to the original shamans of Siberia. The book depicts spiritualist healing sessions of trauma and other ailments that those into holistic and energy/spiritual healing would enjoy a lot. The Earth Shifter definitely has a very wide appeal, and is a very welcome addition to the young adult market. Hopefully Lada’s series will continue to grow and develop a strong following as it definitely deserves it. Closing Comments: As you can probably tell I enjoyed The Earth Shifter a lot and I look forward to continuing Sasha’s journey with the next book. The book is well worth checking out if any of the themes appeal to you, and remember you can read a lengthy sample at the e-book store of your choice. Finally as I was reading a book set primarily in Russia about comets striking the Earth what should happen but a comet should strike Russia! That was crazy and gave the book a whole new level of intrigue! All in all I give Lada Ray’s The Earth Shifter 5/5 Stars Check it out and have fun! Rohan Healy.
  • The Everything Theory on March 23, 2013

    Introduction: As I started The Everything Theory and blasted through the first few pages I kept thinking to myself "Wow, so this is what award winning writing is like!". The ferocious pace of the opening chapters (and indeed the whole book), the extensive research that is on display (without showing off) and character descriptions that are some of the best I've read, really left an impression. There is real artistry in the physical descriptions of people and their background and personality. Never does the author halt the narrative to fill in back story; every description, mannerism, fear, fault or feature of a character is seamlessly woven into the action. This is story telling efficiency at it's best. Something is always going on, there is never a natural point at which to stop as the action jumps around from one exciting story thread to another, never taking a moment to catch it's breath. It's a sprint to the finish, and a very enjoyable one. What It's About: Luke Canning is an Australian boy in his late teens who unwittingly stumbles into a world of international conspiracy, intrigue and adventure. When Murray, amateur astronomer and Luke's best friend, discovers that a planet (Eris) is on course to enter our solar system in the near future, a series of radical and life changing events are put into play. Astronomers all across the world are dying as an unseen and powerful force seeks to keep the information regarding the planet's path hidden from the public. Now that Luke Canning too knows about Eris and it's trajectory, those same forces have him in their sights. That's the plot synopsis but the book (to me at least) was all about ancient civilizations and the many unexplained man-made structures and technologies that are beyond humanity's current level of understanding and construction. The book calls into question the idea that human culture is one linear timeline from caveman to Bill Gates. That perhaps humanity has risen and then been all but wiped out, needing to start again many times during the Earth's long history. And the author provides some compelling, real world evidence to support the claim in the book. As I was reading on my laptop I kept a search page up in a browser just to see for myself all the incredible structures and artifacts mentioned in the book. This underlying theme is incredibly thought provoking and it asks us to reevaluate the way we think about human cultural evolution, it's really a lot of fun. Who Should Read It: The potential readership for The Everything Theory is quite broad. It's a great Young Adult story full of action, suspense and highly relatable subjects like loss, fear, awkwardness and growing up. But this book is also a great read for anyone interested in archaeology, history, science, astronomy, anthropology, ancient texts and especially those who enjoy their conspiracies, alternative takes on history and even UFOs. As a fan of alternate takes on human history (I enjoy books like The Secret History of the World), ancient texts like the Bhagavad Gita and the Ramayana (both of which are mentioned in the book), and mysteries and cover ups of all kinds I thoroughly enjoyed finding out about all these unexplained inventions, structures and ancient passages. Some of which I was familiar with, but many were knew to me. The sheer amount of research that has gone into this book, and the wealth of information that's on display is really impressive, and it makes The Everything Theory a joy to read, I just love learning while I read fiction! Closing Comments: The Everything Theory is extremely easy to recommend both as a YA fiction and to anyone into the subjects mentioned above. The writing is slick and the action and story development gives the term fast paced a whole new meaning. Dianne Gray has written a real cracker here that I really can't imagine anyone not enjoying. I'll definitely be checking out the author's other works. Go ahead and read the sample and find out the "real" history of humanity as told in The Everything Theory! All up I'm happy to give The Everything Theory 5/5 :) Check it out and have fun! Rohan Healy. Full Disclosure: I was offered a free copy of the book to give my honest review on my blog rohan7things.wordpress.com.
  • Technological Angel (Star Minds Book 1) on May 07, 2013

    Technological Angel is a whole lot of fun from beginning to end. Barbara G Tarn has crafted a believable alien universe full of races, classes, planets, technologies, ships, weapons and enough lore and history to make her world feel alive and lived in. As a fan of space operas like the Mass Effect series of books and video games I felt right at home and eager to learn about the political structure of the galaxy beyond Earth, and in this regard I was very much satisfied. As I read I was reminded of the popular Japanese anime Cowboy Bebop. It follows a similar theme of a rag tag crew of bounty hunters jetting across the galaxy in their ship, the Falstelo, which is really exciting and great for a bit of escapism. There is action, romance, family drama and even a little hot alien sex. Speaking of which I particularly enjoyed Barbara's approach to relationships, and the fact that outside of planet Earth, attitudes to gender, sexual orientation and relationship configurations are much broader and less restrictive. If I had one niggle I'd say that perhaps at times the story progressed a little too quickly. I would have enjoyed a little more down time to simply learn more about the universe that Barbara has so lovingly created and explore it's various cultures further. With that said I admit I am a bit of a geek for facts and history in a sci fi story, so others may not notice this and it certainly didn't stop me enjoying the story. All in all I enjoyed Technological Angel and will be sure to revisit Kol-ian and the gang for more adventures in the future! 4 stars out of 5. Rohan.