Kaza's country, Theseus, is invaded by Necrolius Anaxagorius' Gyssians,
who destroy it utterly. He is the sole survivor. He must somehow make it to a fleet of mutineers fleeing east along the great Pier known as Ae Infinitus, led by the newly crowned Vanerrincourtian king. Kaza has thousands of miles to travel, and mortal danger waits at every turn.
By Shawn Michel de Montaigne
Published: September 18, 2012.
Shawn Michel de Montaigne, author of the beloved epic fantasy Melody and the Pier to Forever, takes a look back at his first love and his fourth-grade school year, 1972-73, both of which changed his life and worldview forever.
The Pier goes on ... forever.
Epic battles at sea, an undead soul-eating villain, the unbreakable bonds of friendship and love, and the courageous heroes who are called upon to rescue a doomed world ...
This is just a taste of what awaits you in the pages of the epic fantasy saga Melody and the Pier to Forever.
[For young adults and up.]
As I read this work, I kept thinking of the Borg, that superrace of galactic cogs intent on assimilating whole planets in a neverending effort to "perfect" themselves.
I also thought of The Matrix, one of my all-time favorite movies. This novella and The Matrix play with similar themes: computer-generated dystopia, the control of artificial intelligence over human choices, the abdication of so many--most--to machines and the suburban mundanity of their unlives, and the urge for a small few to break free and to resist. Welch plays with these themes with an expert hand, gives them a twist, and offers through his trained eye the very real and scary possibilities that The Matrix can't: that is, we aren't talking about the distant future here, but today, and now: the technologies are here: perhaps in their infancy, yes; but here they are.
And we should be very wary and even afraid of some of them. Even terrified.
Welch weaves a deep, despairing tactile-deprived sense of humanity into this story, so much so that at many points it's almost too painful to read on. Personally, I'd choose suicide over the "life" offered within these pages; I'd've checked out ages ago. I have no desire to try to save cattle; and I fear that authentic humans--those few who actually think and do and feel *for themselves*--are nearing extinction here, today, in this very real world, smothered under by the bovine indifference of billions. Look around! What do you see? People endlessly texting one another; people with those idiotic phone implants stuck in their heads; Facebook junkies with thousands of false friends; real-time surveillance of everything we do, everything we are. Geo-location software stuck in devices track absolutely everything we do, everywhere we go. And what's funny is this: the great herd of humanity thinks nothing of it!
Consider that while you read this story, and then read Welch's excellent Afterword, where he answers the silly critics of The Reality Plague and, frankly, makes them look even sillier.
I am affected enough by this story to say that a light reading of it will do you no good: consider that your life right now, today, is increasingly ordered and determined by machines. If you can do *that* lightly, then you're already lost. You're already one of the Borg.
An excellent read, this. Download it today and be entertained, be enlightened, and be frightened.
This is a poignant tale of love, romance, and mysticism. Join Susan and Richard, and their respective parents Kathy and Nate as they sail beyond tomorrow! This book contains the depth of character development that is so often lacking in this genre. They aren't flat and two-dimensional; and I felt like I could really connect to them and learn from them.
Buy this book, and sail into the lives of people you'll genuinely end up caring about.
This is a well-researched, easy-to-read ebook that I'd recommend to all aspiring authors. I enjoyed the interviews--especially those with authors who spoke about ebook publishing and marketing to an internet readership.
Mr. Coker has written a handy guide to those of us seeking a foothold along the path to ebook publishing success. It's concise, easy to read, and presented in a friendly, affable manner that demystifies much of the processes involved both in publishing an ebook and enjoying some success in the publishing game. Too, there are interesting factoids, graphs, and other forms of data that back up his thesis that today is the right time to become an author.
I cannot in good conscience give a full 5 stars for this ebook, sadly, as I feel very strongly that one of the authors Mr. Coker holds up as a positive example of success is anything but one; said author, I believe (as do many others), "games" the system in ways that does nothing but erode trust between readers and writers (or authors: there is a difference: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=352158648169334). To that end, Mr. Coker's late and brief discussion about defining one's own success falls rather flat and attains a whiff similar to the high school football coach who goes on and on about how everybody is a success if they just believe they are--but then only lets the best players on his team play. The speech reveals the speechmaker at that precise point.
Still, if you can stomach the praise lavished on said author (I almost couldn't, and had to decide if I wanted to press on with the book), you will find yourself illuminated, educated, and entertained.