Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Rainforest Reviews #9 - SCIFI: The BACKWORLDS

They're Out There, on the Edge. . . waiting


The Backworlds
Book 1



M.Pax's latest, The Backworlds (prop.MPax)

This story is about a young Verkinn, Craze, who gets booted from his comfortable home and easy life.  He's given no choice, his fate already decided by others.  Duped by his own father and the town council, he's pronounced an outcast and forcibly harassed until he boards a starship leaving the planet Siegna.   He's determined to prove his fellow Verkinn wrong.  His adventure begins.


Craze has observed his father's business skills in the family tavern and knows how to negotiate.  On his way to his first stop, he meets two fellow travelers who become friends, then crew-partners of a 'revived' spaceship that takes them to the Backworlds.  Through his innate cunning and his ability to recognize an opportunity, Craze begins to collect some new friends.  A deal is made, one that could change his future if he stays alive.  It could also write his epitaph, if he makes a mistake.

As he runs from one close encounter to another, Craze learns the value of trust and how to circumvent trouble.  He also learns something his father never taught him, that one's friends sometimes have to be repaid for their kindness and loyalty.  Money and fear are two important tools used for trade and coercion in the Backworlds.  A last minute passenger who joins the crew is adept at using these tools.

MPax has subtle touches of tech mixed in the narrative, just enough to round out the setting details and enhance the world building.  A personal observation: I'm reminded of R. Silverberg's Majipoor series, with it's variety of otherworld beings.

A nice surprise :  The excerpt from Stopover at Backworlds' Edge, Book 2 in this series, was enticing and the wait won't be long.  It's coming July 23rd; details on this book and other works at M. Pax's blog, Wistful Nebulae

MPax, Author bio:

"Science fiction writer. Ebooks, short stories and more. Amateur astronomer giving star tours at Pine Mountain Observatory. I'm also obsessed with Jane Austen."

Drop by her site and see what's new in the Pacific Northwest region.


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Do you follow MPax's blog? If not, check it out at the links below.  Have you read The Backworlds or any other titles by M.Pax?  If not, what SciFi/Fantasy author do you remember?  Please share in the comments.


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References:

http://mpaxauthor.com/the-backworlds-series/backworlds-the/ The Backworlds Series and other books.
http://www.blogger.com/profile/14096697282530998519  Profile for MPax


http://mpaxauthor.com/blog/  Wistful Nebulae


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Silverberg Wikipedia Info on R. Silverberg



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9 comments:

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    1. Yes, and now MPax and you have me wanting to read the next one in the series.

      I 'need to know' what happens to Byron and Athee as well as Craze now. . .

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  2. I'm trying to recall...I don't think I've ever read a sci-fi novel. I've seen plenty of movies, though.

    I should do something about that!

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    1. Yes, Rick, you'd be pleasantly surprised. Get your kids to read them too, we scifi writers want to start a new surge in Science Fiction.

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  3. Yay!!! I loved this book, and Mary's a fantastic writer. Glad to see it getting some recognition. Thanks, DG~ :o) <3

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    1. I loved it too, although Craze was not a character I was immediately drawn to. By the end of the book, I had changed my mind, thanks to the adept development of character in this book.

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  4. I do follow her blog and need to download this book.

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    1. Yes, you do. Thanks for the support for MPax, LDW.

      I liked it, I recommend it.

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  5. She's a wonderful writer! Excited to see this and its upcoming sequel. And of course I follow her blog!

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