Sometimes books that are metaphysical fiction can also be called visionary fiction, but books that are visionary fiction are not always metaphysical in nature. Visionary and metaphysical are not synonymous terms. So what's the difference? Metaphysical fiction essentially has two components, philosophy and a non-corporeal, ineffable or supernatural element. In metaphysical fiction both components are an integral part of the story, ie the character's supernatural/psychic experiences and their philosophy - or the philosophy of their world - are part of the action, ie through which the character achieves their goals or is thwarted in, or by them. Though it often is, metaphysical fiction is not necessarily 'spiritual' in nature. It may, for example, be based more on psychology or pure philosophy than on any spiritual system of thought. Visionary fiction, however, is always spiritual in nature. The usual subject matter and plot thread in visionary fiction is a character's, or society's … [Read more...]
A lyrical multi-layered metaphysical mystery:Equilibrium by Evie Woolmore
Title: Equilibrium Author: Evie Woolmore Publisher: allonymbooks Genre: Historical fiction /metaphysical fiction Equilibrium is a lyrical multilayered mystery of spiritualism, love, betrayal and learning the distinction between our perception of a situation and the reality of it. It's also about revisiting the past in order to find a sense of peace and balance, not only for oneself, but also for others affected by one's ill-considered actions. There’s a sadness to the book, but also a healthy sense of cleansing and new beginnings. It starts slowly. At first, I wondered what was going on and where it was going, because the author dishes out information in tantalizingly brief snippets, but the elegant writing held me, and I soon became ensnared in the mystery of what happened to a young man who went from England to south Africa during the Boer War and never returned. The method of unravelling his fate falls to a medium who, despite one bit of subterfuge in her 'act', seems to be … [Read more...]
“Honestly? It was awesome!” Another review of ‘Stalking Shadows’
Another stop on the blog tour. Today I'm at Crazy Four Books with the delightful Brenda. It seems that Stalking Shadows left her speechless. I quote, "I can't even begin to describe all of the action you'll find in this highly imaginative journey." Curious? Pop on over and see what else she has to say. You'll also get the opportunity to WIN A COPY of Lethal Inheritance, book one in the Diamond Peak series. http://crazyfourbooks.blogspot.com.au/2013/05/vbt-review-and-giveaway-stalking.html?show Some of my readers may have noticed that this is a very relaxed blog tour. I booked visits for every second day, so I'd have some breathing space, which was just as well because my computer crashed yesterday and I had to do some time consuming damage control. … [Read more...]
Magical Realism review: Moscow But Dreaming by Ekaterina Sedia
Title: Moscow But Dreaming Author: Ekaterina Sedia Publisher: Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. Prime Books Genre: magical realism This is probably the best book of short stories I have ever read. The prose is excellent, finely honed and beautiful to read. The author skilfully uses words to paint stories with a memorable and distinctly Northern European atmosphere, somewhat reminiscent of the great Russian authors. Although distinctly different to each other, these magical realism stories share a voice so similar that it could have almost been the same character speaking, particularly in the first half of the book. This gives it more unity than many collections of short stories and would make it more readable for those who prefer longer works. These are stories to be savoured, like a fine meal not to be rushed, so much so that I read them over a long period of time, reading just one between longer works. As in all collections of stories, I enjoyed some more than others, but the … [Read more...]
A Hole in the Pavement – FREE 26th and 27th December – share the love
My charming, romantic short story is free on Kindle on the 26th and 27th of December. This magical realism story is truly one for the Christmas, season, guaranteed to bring a smile to your face and warmth to your heart. If you've read it already, gift it to a friend. Follow the links for the blurb and to see what others are saying about it. US Kindle store UK Kindle store Please tell your social networks about it. This story has only 5 star reviews. (Okay, so there's only 5 of them! If you've read it and liked it, I'd appreciate some more) … [Read more...]
Blog tour day 6 – another positive review, ‘a wonderful blend of the magical and the everyday.’
If you'd like to read the full review, pop across to Carabosses Library . http://carabosseslibrary.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/lethal-inheritance-by-tahlia-newland.html Thanks Valentina for taking the time to read 'Lethal Inheritance' and write a review. … [Read more...]
What is metaphysical fiction?
Metaphysical fiction is a growing, but little-known, genre of stories that explore, or are based on, some form of philosophy or system of thought. Such fiction includes some aspect of the inner, incorporeal, supernatural, spiritual, archetypal or transcendent aspects of human experience and may emphasise an individual's movement towards self-actualisation. Readers may gain insight into, or be stimulated to reflect on, such things as the nature of existence, the mind, the soul, the psyche, psychology, the spiritual journey and so on. Siddhartha by Herman Hesse is an excellent example of the genre. A modern example is The Way of the Peaceful Warrior. Another excellent, but less well-known example is On the Soul of a Vampire by Krisi Keley. Here are a couple of other definitions. ‘Metaphysical fiction transcends the here & now into a deeper universal spiritual truth, and is characterized by an intangible mysticism that embeds itself in the written word.’ @jordyj6 " … [Read more...]
Why You Can’t Shatter Me has a bullying theme.
I didn’t start out to write about bullying specifically, but I did want to write something that used analogies to show ways to deal with emotions and issues in a teenager’s life. As well as having a teenage daughter, I’m a casual (substitute) teacher in a local high school and I see the kinds of emotional stuff that kids have to deal with on a day to day basis. Often they have no skills to help them negotiate their minefield of emotions, and they suffer a lot more than they need to. All they need are a few tricks to help them see things in perspective and their issues become a lot easier to handle. I’ve used the analogies in the book (eg seeing your life as a movie) very successfully with teens, so I wanted to share them with a wider number of people. Initially, I planned to write a series of short stories about the same people, but as soon as I took my main character into a school setting, a bully appeared and shoved a fat boy against the wall. Carly, the female lead, decided she had … [Read more...]
What is Magical realism?
My young adult novel You Can’t Shatter Me is magical realism, and all my fiction has magical realism elements, in particular The Prunella Smith books . But what does that mean exactly? What is magical realism? Here’s what Wikapedia says about it. “Magical realism is an aesthetic style or genre of fiction  in which magical elements blend with the real world. The story explains these magical elements as real occurrences, presented in a straightforward manner that places the "real" and the "fantastic" in the same stream of thought. It is a film, literary and visual art genre.” The question this raises is how is it different to fantasy? Magical realism is set in the real world. Fantasy is set in a fantasy world. Even in urban fantasy, the witches, fairies, vampires and so on that populate the world make it not the real world as we know it. The real difference lies in the purpose of the magical elements. In magical realism they are there to emphasize something, usually a … [Read more...]
‘Give Me a Break’ book trailer number one
I'm bubbling over with excitement because I've had lots of fun returning to my artistic roots over the last couple of days (note the new Give Me a Break theme images on my site,) and this is the first book trailer I've ever had out there and I don't think it's too bad. Yeah, I know, I talk a lot when I'm excited and it's on Facebook a million times already, but I just want to share it, everywhere, to make sure you all get to see it. Chris's music is awesome - well, I think so anyway. It's good to have a composer in the family. What do you think of it? … [Read more...]