Kenneth Wayne was born and raised on the West Coast of the United States, but has spent the past couple of decades in Asia. He has written six novels, dozens of stories, a novel-length travelogue, and two ESL textbooks.
He is the founder of the Electronic Text and Literature Cloud (eTLC), a great way to discover the work of independent (indie) authors. The majority of writing on this cloud is available in a digitalized format, which provides indies a viable medium to distribute their work. Our focus is self-published material since we believe it remains closer to the "vision" of the writer than work reshaped by publishers with "elusive" marketing goals.
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An American Branch
by Kenneth Wayne
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
An American Branch finds Charles Journeyman, as the director of an English language program at a new American university branch in Osaka. He is happily married to a lovely Japanese woman, but their inability to have children has created a distance between them. This increases as Journeyman becomes busier with work. Unexpectedly, he is given a seductive reward . . .
by Kenneth Wayne
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
Imagine you’re watching a video posted on the Internet and catch a glimpse of yourself in it. The only thing is, you were never in the place where the clip was shot and you don't know any of the people in it.
Clip is a Kafkaesque thriller, which implodes into haunting 21st century veracity.
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Smashwords book reviews by Kenneth Wayne
on Aug. 17, 2011
This one is very hard to categorize. It’s a thrilling, sci-fi, young adult romance verging on the erotic that carries the reader along a roller-coaster of twists and turns. If I weren’t so busy, I wouldn’t have put it down until I was through. Unfortunately, I had to pick it up in fits and starts. That, however, turned out to be a good way to read this intriguing novel since there were about as many twists and changes in the plot as there were the numbers of times I had stop reading and do something else. By the time I got back to reading, the plot would transform again.
Without giving too much away about the story, there are elements of a conspiracy concerning the propagation of special beings, important elements about traveling through different dimensions and parallel universes (from which the novel gets its name), a subplot or two about living in rural communities in modern-day southwestern Washington, the coming to terms with what it means if you have special abilities, a love triangle or two, and lots of action that appears to be a wild hybrid, parallel mix reminiscent of a Japanese animation like Dragon Ball and an American comic like the Fantastic Four, Superman, or other classic super hero stories.
To be blunt, Parallels is loaded. Buy it today, you won’t be disappointed.
The Same Moon
on April 29, 2012
The Same Moon was a delight to read. At times I felt it was a little over reliant on minutiae, but such detail did help make the the live of Pearl Zhang come alive. While reading, I was able to inhabit the body of the protagonist and see the world through her eyes. I was able to enter the mind of a girl growing up in the final years of China under Mao and share the highs and lows she experienced maturing in that environment. It was intriguing to discover that even in a so-called State-dominated society, the loves and hates that develop between those interacting with you predominate in much the same way as they do in a supposedly freer society. Ms. Kirk made it possible for me to experience what life was like in world far removed from my own, but full of 90% of the same daily anxieties, hopes and ambitions that dominated my own experience of growing up. I loved the way Pearl would periodically display ethnocentric notions of psychological qualities she believed to be uniquely Chinese, but which turned out to be similar to some that I believed to be unique to the local community in the U.S. in which I was raised. Pearl may have grown up in China during the seventies and eighties, while I grew up in a rural community in the western U.S. during the fifties and sixties; even so, we experienced 90% or more of the same hopes, dreams, hassles, and setbacks. Regardless the differences in countries, political systems and even gender, I could relate with almost everything in this novel.
The only parts that put a definite gulf between us were the few times that the writer felt it necessary to have Pearl bask in the "elite" aspects of her educational background. I myself have been far from being an "elite" in anything. Even in this regard, though, I could understand the rationale for making this uniqueness plain. After all, at the time, Pearl would have been unable to study in England if she had not excelled in the Chinese educational system. Therefore, her being a member of an "educational elite" was such a prominent part of her life.
Most of the second part of the book focuses on her life living in Scotland and England. It was fascinating to read her experiences as she matured and assimilated, but, for me, the depiction of life growing up in China was the best part of the novel. It was the part that made it clear to me that we do live under the same moon. I'm looking forward to reading the next volume of this trilogy.