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Shadow of the Hare by Donna Dechen Birdwell

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Shadow of the Hare is the 2nd volume of the Recall Chronicles by Donna Dechen Birdwell.

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Malia is a stubbornly dissident author and bibliophile in a world where books have ceased to matter and barely exist. She remembers how things changed through the 21st century, but after fifty years of self-imposed exile, she returns to a world far more terrifying than the one she fled. In Dallas, Nigeria, and India she doggedly pursues the truth her heart demands.




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author-donna-birdwell-pictureOnce I’d told Jenda’s story, I knew there were other stories to be told about this world I’d built. Shadow of the Hare begins with the same scene as chapter one of Way of the Serpent, but told through the eyes of the old woman, Malia Poole. Malia’s memories are imperfect but far more intact than Jenda’s, so Malia is able to take the reader back through the closing years of the 21st century and into a deeper understanding of the world as it came to be in the 22nd. Malia is an unrepentant Vintagonist – a dissident who is part of the Recall network. She’s also an author and bibliophile in a world where books have ceased to matter and barely exist. Her dissident ways force her to flee Washington, DC, and she spends fifty years in self-imposed exile in a Simpleton community in far west Texas. Contentment just isn’t her thing, though, and she returns to the world to finally fill in that one blank year of her life. Where the quest leads her occupies the last half of the novel. All I’ll say about that is that I cried more writing about Malia than about any of my other characters. The events of the closing chapters of Way of the Serpent play out in a totally different part of the world in Shadow of the Hare and in much more vivid detail.
The folktale theme in this book has to do with the different stories people tell about the shadows on the face of the moon. While some people see a human face, others see the outline of a hare. Do we see what we want to, or just what our culture tells us is there?
(Donna Dechen Birdwell, October 2016)

 

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Way of the Serpent

Flight of the Owl

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Way of the Serpent by Donna Dechen Birdwell

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Way of the Serpent is the 1st volume of the Recall Chronicles by Donna Dechen Birdwell.

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It’s 2125. Aging is a thing of the past, but personal memories and desires are now under corporate management. At the youthful age of 111, Jenda Swain is content with her life and her career, when an unexpected encounter with an old woman forces her to question her own identity, to try and discover the woman she once was and might yet become.




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author-donna-birdwell-pictureWhen I wrote Way of the Serpent I didn’t know there was going to be a series. I was fascinated with the implications of anti-aging research leading inadvertently into near-immortality. How would people feel and what kind of decisions would they make when YOLO stretched out over a couple of centuries?

Way of the Serpent is the story of Jenda Swain, a clueless but vaguely discontent corporate drone who is shocked into action by a disturbing encounter with an old woman. Jenda sets out to discover what’s missing from her memories and her life and where she ends up is a bit of a shocker. Even authors are sometimes taken aback to learn what their characters are capable of!

My series gets labeled “science fiction” even though I’m much more comfortable aligning it with Margaret Atwood’s notion of “speculative fiction”. Besides the drug that prevents aging, the other two essential elements in the world I’ve imagined forward (straight out of this one) are the management of memories by an all-powerful social media giant called Your Journal and the demise of governments, which left everything under the control of the mega-corporations. The title of the series comes from the subversive Recall network and the fact that “Recall” can reference both “remembering” and the withdrawing (reclaiming?) of something defective.

You should also know that I have a habit of weaving folktales into my stories’ themes. (I’m an anthropologist!) In this case, it’s an old New Guinea tale of how, at the beginning of time, a snake and a bird did battle to determine whether humans would be like snakes – shedding their skins and living forever – or like birds, who have to die.

(Donna Dechen Birdwell, October 2016)

 

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Shadow of the Hare

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Attila the Runner: Awakening by Michael Eves Shaffer

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Attila the Runner: Awakening is the first episode of Attila Ascending by Michael Eves Shaffer.

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At birth Attila was saddled with a name he could never live up to. At age 7 he was forced into a body he could never excel in. At age 14 he chose to commit actions he could never atone for. Unfortunately, much like his namesake, the rules and expectations of others weren’t something he gave much attention to. Unfortunately for those others who wanted to force them on him that is. Especially since at age 21, he got the ultimate “reset”. If only he can find the “On button” for all his new abilities.




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Author Michael Shaffer pictureImagine for a moment yourself in your current life. You’ve worked hard all your life, striving to get ahead, become better. For some of you this has been a relatively short amount of time. For others, decades. You may even be in your evening years, well into retirement. You may or may not be successful, but you’ve always tried your best. Yet you’ve always felt you were being held back. That there was something preventing you from being your full potential.
Then an asteroid from nowhere swings past Earth, showering it with a weird dust over the span of a week. A couple days after the dust starts falling, you get ravenously hungry. You eat and drink everything in sight. Even things that you might have been deathly allergic to, you devour without thought or issue. You swell to three-times your size. A fat blob that can barely move. Then the hunger passes and you all but pass-out in your bed.
Two weeks later, you wake up. Not only is the fat gone, but you have the body of a twenty-five year old you, only in top physical condition. All injuries gone as if they never existed. All scars gone. Perfect eyesight. Only it isn’t just top. You are now ten to twenty percent faster and stronger than pretty much everyone else. Not only that, your mind moves around problems with ease. To say nothing of that haunting music you hear/don’t hear that seems to guide you.
Quite a few of you reading this have often thought “If only I had the knowledge I do know when I had the body of when I was younger.” Now you do. What are you going to do?

(Michael Eves Shaffer, August 2016)

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