Blessings Of A Curse - Metric Promotional Edition - Book One of The Nexus Of Kellaran Trilogy

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New greatly improved Pro Edition! Book One of The Nexus of Kellaran Series. A mighty world of wonder approaches a global war. Young Mark finds himself at the center of an intense whirlwind of adventure, romance, and action that will transform the world of Kellaran in only seven days! A passionately acclaimed High Fantasy Epic! Uses Metric (SI) measurement units. US Standard Edition also available. More
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  • Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
  • Words: 408,360
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781465934628
About Wayne Edward Clarke

Wayne Edward Clarke is an author, sociologist, musician, and inventor.

Over the last few years I've spent most of my intellectual and creative
energies in writing science fiction and fantasy novels. I’ve been a hard
sci-fi fan my whole life, but everyone else I know who’s an avid reader are all
fantasy fans. Over the years I’ve borrowed all their books, and learned to
love that genre as well.

My science fiction influences include the old masters; Heinlein, Asimov, Niven,
Bradbury, Clarke, etc. Also William Gibson, Iain M. Banks, and Ender’s Game by
Orson Scott Card. My favorite relatively unknown author is Daniel Keyes Moran,
and if you like sci-fi you should read his Continuing Time trilogy; Emerald
Eyes, The Long Run, and The Last Dancer. They might be out of print, but I
think you can still get them as ebooks online.

My fantasy influences include Raymond E. Feist, David Eddings, and Jaqueline

I’ve also been influenced as a fiction writer by my sociological work, and my
science fiction novel People Of The Tiger (and the rest of The Rational Future
Series) is set in a utopian future where my social policies have been
implemented, which is a good way to get those ideas out into the public

Much of my social thinking permeates my fantasy novel Blessings Of A Curse as
well, though it’s a lot harder to notice there. I’ve also incorporated my ideas on
the law and legal reform in that book.

I was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on Sept 21, 1963. I'm
estranged from my father, having met him twice since I was a toddler. I lived
in Calgary, Alberta, Canada from 1980 to 2014, since then I've lived in Cebu, Philippines. Now I can travel where I want, and I might, at any time. But it's hard to beat the Philippines.

I have three brothers and a sister. My sister is married, she and her husband each have two grown sons. All of them and my mother live in Calgary, except me and one nephew here in Cebu.

I'm intensely and compulsively self-educated, I read at about 300 words per
minute, and I've increased my IQ to about 160.

I've always enjoyed inventing and designing machines. Most of the machines
I've designed are new types of vehicles.

I was a professional musician for about nine years. My musical skills include
lead and harmony vocals, most styles of guitar and bass guitar, some drums and
keyboards, songwriting, mixing, and production.

I spent about fifteen years researching and designing a comprehensive change in
society and culture that will solve all the world’s major problems, guided by
the principles of bio-sociology as introduced and developed by Prof. Edward O.
Wilson, and influenced by Dr. Desmond Morris’ human sociobiology. I haven't
worked on it like a fanatic over the last eighteen years like I did for the
previous fifteen, but I have continued to develop my work in this field.

Wayne Edward Clarke
May 26, 2017.

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Reviews of Blessings Of A Curse - Metric Promotional Edition - Book One of The Nexus Of Kellaran Trilogy by Wayne Edward Clarke

HendrikdeWildeGeisler reviewed on Nov. 11, 2017

Basically I agree with all the previous reviews. BUT after every critical remark I can fit another BUT... The major one is: BUT I enjoyed it immensely!

I used to love Space Opera, I have now seen the birth of Space Fantasy Opera!
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larsme reviewed on Feb. 8, 2015

If you ever read / watched / played any kind of serialized story, you are familiar with the issue of spectacle creep. In general it means that with every story arc the impeding catastrophe has to be more dangerous, the villain more evil and everything becomes a tad extremer. Commonly you try to slow it down as much as you possibly can.
Well... This book outpaces spectacle creep at the speed of light. To the point that impeding doom becomes nothing but a stepping stone to solve a larger problem. - It has the most dynamic storytelling i ever witnessed that didn't became its own caricature at one point.

I usually refer to this book as the one that has everything. And contend-wise it truly is. Be it in the variety of creatures or their culture, in magic, events, challenges to the protagonist or in scope ... It has everything and all of it fits together.

But there is one big issue.
With everything in there it would be truly impossible to do more than scratch the surface in some areas - one of them unfortunately being the protagonist himself.
There is just no room left for the emotional side of character development. Almost all of it already happened before the story even begins.

If you really cannot enjoy a story without it, i recommend you to not read this book.
Otherwise it will be one of the best you ever read.
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jessalyn Dowd reviewed on Jan. 25, 2015
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One of the best books I have ever read, and I have read A LOT. The character development was the best I have ever seen, the story line is the most fun to read. overall this was a great book and I highly recommend you try this to anyone who enjoys fantasy or even sci-fi books.
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Pernicious reviewed on Jan. 13, 2014

The basic idea seems good, but the execution is... lacking.
The main character is an overdone marty stu (male mary sue). Whereas most fairy tales end with the hero getting "the princess and half the kingdom" , this tale starts with that, without the hero really having done anything at all to earn it.
It showed no signs that things were going to stop simply falling into the protagonist's lap.
I certainly prefer reading of heroes that struggle a mite more. I pressed on till about 1/3 into the book, hoping it would pick up, but had to put it down concluding I was wasting my time. What I read was like a munchkin character in a rpg with a monty haul DM.
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Linda Arditto reviewed on Dec. 15, 2013

This is like reading all of 'Lord of the Rings' together.
Would be better if it was broken down into 3 if not 4 books.
I didn't find it boring at all but each time I picked it up I had to go back a few pages to remind myself where I was up to and what was going on.
Definitely a good fantasy novel.
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thiotes reviewed on June 3, 2012

This starts out as a fantasy story that could go somewhere, and then goes off to test the bounds of absurdity. I'm not sure if this was meant to be epic fantasy or a comedy. You get everything in here - sex-crazed elfs, demons from outer space, gods, unicorns, dragons and so on. It wouldn't be so bad if the main character wasn't so damn perfect, which makes things utterly boring.
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