Z. M. Wilmot
Z. M. Wilmot was born in Rockville, Maryland, but grew up in Carlisle, Massachusetts. He started writing seriously around the age of fourteen, primarily in the form of fan fiction set in the Warhammer Universe. In September 2009, Zachary (Zack) began working on his own universe, what he has dubbed the “Juxian Mythos.” In November of that same year, for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), he wrote the introduction to this universe, The Loneliness of Stars, his first novel. He is also a huge wargamer, roleplayer, budding esoteric, browncoat, GIRophile, and all-around geek.
Major influences on his writing are H. P. Lovecraft (and his circle), J. R. R. Tolkien, David Brin, Dan Simmons, Vernor Vinge, and Lois McMaster Bujold. Other writers I enjoy include Tamora Pierce, Brian Jacques, George R. R. Martin, Scott Westerfeld, Orson Scott Card, and Terry Pratchett.
Z. M. Wilmot listens to metal (Hammerfall, Nightwish, Avantasia, Sonata Arctica, Stratovarius, Turisas, Lordi, In Extremo, Eluveitie, Rammstein, Rhapsody of Fire, Luca Turilli, Apocalyptica, Sirenia, HolyHell), progressive and older rock (Rush, Kansas, Blue Oyster Cult, Supertramp, Jethro Tull), Irish folk (Lunasa, Solas, Gaelic Storm, The Chieftains, Bothy Band, Cherish the Ladies), and Nox Arcana when he writes. He himself plays percussion (mostly drum set), tin whistle, and bodhran.
He also is a fan of Firefly, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Bones, BBC’s Robin Hood, Invader Zim, Trapdoor, Murder, She Wrote, and Phineas and Ferb.
He likes tacos.
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This collection of terrifying tales reveals the timeless horrors that lurk behind all of existence, bringing these eternal fears to chilling life. From ghost ships to faceless men, from mad winds to silver doors, from carnivorous rain to interdimensional fishers, and from succubi to visions of hell, this twisted collection of horrifying tales will leave no reader unchanged.
The Libel of Blood
In the final installment of the Jakken Trilogy, stowaway-turned-ambassador Jakken Jalhalla Servidos returns to his home planet Earth at the head of a host of alien ambassadors intent on integrating the Human Empire into Juxtani Civilization. Even before Jak sets foot back on Earth, events spin wildly out of control, and he soon finds himself standing between mankind and complete annihilation.
The Light of Civilization
In the sequel to The Loneliness of Stars, Jakken Servidos is rescued along with his crash-landed companions by an alien vessel that will bring him to the heart of the universe. On his amazing journey, he will encounter terrifying monsters, ruthless pirates, calculating soldiers, dark gods, and a terrible betrayal. Jak's journey has only just begun...
The Loneliness of Stars
More than a thousand years in the future, in a time when human civilization has spread to inhabit planets outside of Sol's light, a poor dockhand is given the chance to stow away on one of the largest space expeditions ever to set off from Earth. From the moment the ship takes off with an extra bit of human cargo on board, the young Jak is plunged into a new and terrifying world.
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Smashwords book reviews by Z. M. Wilmot
on June 04, 2013
John Peace's "Trafficked" is a very quick read, and manages to connect a future where aliens essentially control the Earth to modern-day issues of trafficking, in which those with money and power can treat other sentient beings like animals. The story is very moving and the narrator Rashad and his best friend Hany are believable and likeable characters. Mr. Peace does a wonderful job bringing them to life, and makes you feel great sympathy with both of them. I was unconditionally rooting for their victory the entire time, and the ending was just satisfying enough to both pose a philosophical question while bringing the characters' struggles to a conclusion.
One thing I wish there had been more of was dialogue; the novella was almost entirely devoid of it, and Mr. Peace preferred to summarize conversations rather than go through them line by line. This made for a very fast-paced and action-filled book that both kept you reading, but also hungering for more character interaction.
The world Mr. Peace described in his novella was fascinating, and I wish he had written more to fully explore it. The novella does a marvelous job of illustrating the theme of trafficking, but in the process he leaves other aspects of the supremely interesting future he has envisioned underdeveloped, such as the almost-occupation of earth by aliens, and I think developing that background more would have helped illustrate the theme even better.
Overall, well worth the read and the price; a fast-paced and intelligent look at trafficking in an alien-dominated future.