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A Matter of Perception

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Take a journey into a world where the hidden becomes manifest and the lines between fantasy and reality blur This collection of imaginative and entertaining stories about ghosts sirens light spectrum mages realm hopping gods alien monsters. A Matter of Perception was six for six keeping me engaged I read the entire anthology in one sitting What makes it an interesting collection is that it provides such a variety in tone and supernatural elements yet it's held together yes by that common supernatural denominator but also some thought provoking philosophies on lifeIf I had to pick a favorite I think it would be Not Me it Can't Be I found that such a lovely and surprising tale juxtaposing seemingly different life experiences only to find a poignant commonality between them Newland's structuring of the story is very effective and the wording throughout so graceful All the other stories are such pleasurable reads as well I've always been a fan of ghost stories and mythology so the haunting atmosphere Newland creates in The Bone Yard was obviously appealing to me and I so did not see that ending coming This story is a nice one to follow my previously reviewed The Drorgon Slayer's Choice as love stories they both also dapple in philosophy as their human protagonists face choices in a supernatural world new to them Newland's vibrant descriptions of magical combat in Mistril's Magic are engaging to visualize the crime scene beginning such a hook and I liked how on the fence I felt about Damien by virtue of Eleanor's sympathies for him I find characters treading the grey areas interesting than outright evil villains Finally A Hole in the Pavement and The Rose Coloured Glasses are both so sweetly romantic with a magical realism that readers can actually identify with for no matter how superhuman the characters' experiences might be these are really tales of the very human vulnerabilities within and interactions between us allIn addition to her beautiful writing imaginative worlds and well crafted characters Newland does well with parceling out back story definitely leaving uestions in my mind that made me want to keep reading for the answers And I'm so impressed with how concisely she concludes each of these stories on just the right note Overall A Matter of Perception is a very appropriate title for this anthology's content as Newland's collection of stories provokes her readers to uestion their perceptions alongside her characters

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And ordinary people will warm your heart and make you smile shiver and maybe even wonder about the nature of reality itself The theme of individual perception as a result of our assumptions beliefs and emotional experience bind these othe. This book is a collection of short stories with a variety of themes and settings I'll give each one a little attention so none of them feel left out If you want to know the author's intentions in writing which I always do be sure not to skip her thoughtful explanation of the themes at the endThe Drorgon Slayer's ChoiceThe first story was a fantastic encounter between an unnamed photographer's assistant and The Gods This fast paced thrilling glimpse into a bigger tale begins with a blow to the head awakening new and fascinating senses and perceptions in the young woman who then proceeds to get snarled up in a battle fought by James a Drorgon Slayer and a god An unexplainable attraction forms between the two and James seems determined to see where it will go But can a regular girl and a god really find something that lastsThis incredible tale has a fascinating take on gods and human mythology that I'd like to read about I enjoyed how the main character's disability epilepsy became an advantage allowing her to see what regular humans couldn't which was intriguing The myriad of uestions left unanswered led me to believe this was very much a preview for another book The Drorgon Slayer's Choice This short story made me curious about hearing in the following book but unsure just how many of my uestions would be answeredThe Bone YardThis is a chilling tale of supernatural creatures helping a woman trapped in tragedy with a cruel twist ending I enjoyed the emotion and the wildly imaginative supernatural characters but felt left out here and there by abrupt or absent explanationsMistril's MistakeWizards battle with the power of colored light Mistril and her apprentice Ealanor must bring wayward Damien to account for his crimes This story feels like a segments from the middle of a larger story and I was forced to read and reread certain passages to understand what was happening I truly enjoy the style of bursting information onto a reader not boring us with endless explanation but clarity can be compromised with this techniue Tahlia succeeded overall in pulling it offA Hole In The Pavement Norris follows his Goddess Georgia on their way to the bus and through an obstacle course of neuroses turned real I loved Norris' fragile sincerity and both characters sweet overcoming of their hang ups This was my favorite of the talesNot me it can't beThis story was a surreal switch off between an ancient world and modern Is the main character an unwilling sacrifice to foreign gods or a modern woman battling deadly cancerI liked the warmth and depth of this story exploring the characters feelings facing deathRose Coloured GlassesSally is a chubby frizzy haired office girl enjoys a new perspective on her coworkers with some fantastic glasses Through them she sees new depth in others and possibly love This story was full of rich description and challenged me to see beyond first impressions Tahlia's writing is very lovingTahlia's tales were vivid and rich Her characters are deeply real as if she is writing about people she knows not making up individuals They learn deep and vital lessons in each of the storiesThe first three stories felt a lot like excerpts from larger stories while the final three were true short stories encompassing the entire subject on their own I thoroughly enjoyed all the stories especially the daring honesty of her emotions There were a few ungainly expressions and descriptions with people and events thrust in with little explanation which became confusing at times On the other hand it contributed to the thrill of her writing and the attraction of the story Not once was I bored with too much explanation which is a problem in a lot of writing I've read lately Tahlia has a uniue charming style that is bold honest and thrilling I feel like I know her after reading her work Waiting for the Rainbow itself The theme of Der Talisman Des Rosenkreuzers Roman individual perception as a result of our assumptions beliefs and emotional experience bind these othe. 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Rwise diverse stories into a unified whole 'A Matter of Perception' has been awarded a place on the Awesome Indies list of uality independent fiction This second edition does not contain the paranormal romance that some reviewers mentioned. This collection of six short stories by Tahlia Newland explores the nebulous distinction between truth and perception though the stories vary in setting and theme I think the first three stories have the potential to be developed into longer works while the last three are complete in themselvesThe first The Drorgon Slayer's Choice is billed as a romantic urban fantasy though I think it fits the paranormal romance genre better A blow to the head results in a young woman able to see a deadly otherworldly battle raging on Earth to which humans are oblivious When her ability to perceive the Gods and their enemies is discovered she is offered an extraordinary choice Newland does a credible job of creating a uniue mythology and I like the idea of modern day Gods whose role have changed over the millenniums However I don't think the story particularly needed the romantic element I think its hard to sell a romance in such a compressed format even one that relies on instant attraction The Bone Yard was enjoyable with a creepy atmosphere and unusual premise and a chilling twist I liked it for what its was but I think it could be fleshed out further to be completeIn Mistrals Mistake we step into the middle of a battle between two magic users who were once lovers Damien has fallen prey to the lure of power his abilities can afford him while Ealanor is tasked to stop him What follows is a struggle between light and dark both literally and figuratively until one emerges the victor I liked the battle of lights and the connection between its colour and it's purpose it's an interesting idea that could work for an urban fantasy novel However I thought the ability of the magic wielders to shift form rather random Still a neat story with a moralistic ending The Hole in the Pavement was probably my favourite story of the collection Every morning Norris follows Georgia to the bus stop a silent admirer without the courage to approach her in even the most benign of ways until Georgia falls and Norris overcomes his own doubts to reach out to her A clever mix of the metaphorical made literal I enjoyed the message of the storyThe concept was interesting but I struggled with the execution of Not Me It Can't Be It was not until the end that its intent resolved for meThe final story Rose Coloured Glasses is not a uniue idea but fits perfectly with the overall exploration of perception that underpins this collection Sally gains a new viewpoint on her colleagues when she tries on some uniue glasses left on her office desk I thought this was a well written and sweet storyWhile I do think some stories are stronger than others overall A Matter of Perception is a collection of imaginative and thoughtful stories that are easy and uick to read The little red buckets into a unified whole 'A Matter of Perception' has been awarded a place on the Awesome Indies list of uality Christmas Coffin independent fiction This second edition does not contain the paranormal romance that some reviewers mentioned. 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  1. says:

    I began reading this collection as I sat in my eye doctor's waiting room By the time the tech came for me she had to call me twice to drag me back into my present reality The first story The Drorgon Slayer's Choice had carried me away with well crafted storytelling and first rate characterization My general complaint about short stories that they end too soon giving readers no chance to get to know the characters does not apply to this engaging collection of six fully developed tales Each story made me feel as though I were reading a novel Personalities here are three dimensional The settings too are richly drawn Each story builds to a wholly satisfying conclusion Which is not to say that all the endings are happy There's nothing saccharin about this collection The stories form a well balanced whole Some are feel good some are a bit melancholy; all are thoughtful and well thought out This is a collection I'm pleased to have in my library and pleased to recommend to others Deborah J Lightfoot author of the Waterspell fantasy trilogy


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  3. says:

    A Matter of Perception was six for six keeping me engaged I read the entire anthology in one sitting What makes it an interesting collection is that it provides such a variety in tone and supernatural elements yet it's held together yes by that common supernatural denominator but also some thought provoking philosophies on lifeIf I had to pick a favorite I think it would be Not Me it Can't Be I found that such a lovely and surprising tale juxtaposing seemingly different life experiences only to find a poignant commonality between them Newland's structuring of the story is very effective and the wording throughout so graceful All the other stories are such pleasurable reads as well I've always been a fan of ghost stories and mythology so the haunting atmosphere Newland creates in The Bone Yard was obviously appealing to me and I so did not see that ending coming This story is a nice one to follow my previously reviewed The Drorgon Slayer's Choice as love stories they both also dapple in philosophy as their human protagonists face choices in a supernatural world new to them Newland's vibrant descriptions of magical combat in Mistril's Magic are engaging to visualize the crime scene beginning such a hook and I liked how on the fence I felt about Damien by virtue of Eleanor's sympathies for him I find characters treading the grey areas interesting than outright evil villains Finally A Hole in the Pavement and The Rose Coloured Glasses are both so sweetly romantic with a magical realism that readers can actually identify with for no matter how superhuman the characters' experiences might be these are really tales of the very human vulnerabilities within and interactions between us allIn addition to her beautiful writing imaginative worlds and well crafted characters Newland does well with parceling out back story definitely leaving uestions in my mind that made me want to keep reading for the answers And I'm so impressed with how concisely she concludes each of these stories on just the right note Overall A Matter of Perception is a very appropriate title for this anthology's content as Newland's collection of stories provokes her readers to uestion their perceptions alongside her characters


  4. says:

    Tahlia delivers another solid book this time by way of a mix of short stories I loved the little intro A drop from the well of creativity I loved the way the stories where characterised like children it made me smile especially this lineInspiration falls like a drop of mercurial silver into the vast depths of my open mind It hovers in space then collects and merges with a gaggle of ideas and images until it hangs pregnant and heavy with a pressing need to deliverI just adore that imagery What a welcome introNow the content While some of the short stories weren't really my favourite I can't fault Tahlia for producing a flawlessly written book it was The subject matter was uplifting and inspirational in each piece dealing with self exploration of your mind and understanding perception dealing with death and even the dangers of making assumptionsBy far my favourite story was 'The Drorgon Slayer's Choice' I felt the most connected with the characters even though it was probably the most far fetched in terms of plotIn closing if you are after a delightfully uplifting and exploratory adventure that is easy to read well crafted and inspirational too all while galloping through romance YA drama science fiction and fantasy genres pick this one up


  5. says:

    Bouncing through the perceptions of different characters in diverse situations is certainly a way to break free of the usual monotony of story telling Such holds truth in Tahlia Newland's anthology entitled A Matter of Perception It is through several short stories that Ms Newland introduces us to characters that see their lives through only one perspective without stopping to see that the world is not only black and white but various shades of grey along with a prismatic and colorful variation of outlooks Newland delivers tales that will make the reader ponder on what level they regard their own problems and view of life After reading Author Tahlia Newland's anthology you'll be convinced to see your own life through rose colored glasses Nely Cab Author of Creatura


  6. says:

    This book is a collection of short stories with a variety of themes and settings I'll give each one a little attention so none of them feel left out If you want to know the author's intentions in writing which I always do be sure not to skip her thoughtful explanation of the themes at the endThe Drorgon Slayer's ChoiceThe first story was a fantastic encounter between an unnamed photographer's assistant and The Gods This fast paced thrilling glimpse into a bigger tale begins with a blow to the head awakening new and fascinating senses and perceptions in the young woman who then proceeds to get snarled up in a battle fought by James a Drorgon Slayer and a god An unexplainable attraction forms between the two and James seems determined to see where it will go But can a regular girl and a god really find something that lasts?This incredible tale has a fascinating take on gods and human mythology that I'd like to read about I enjoyed how the main character's disability epilepsy became an advantage allowing her to see what regular humans couldn't which was intriguing The myriad of uestions left unanswered led me to believe this was very much a preview for another book The Drorgon Slayer's Choice This short story made me curious about hearing in the following book but unsure just how many of my uestions would be answeredThe Bone YardThis is a chilling tale of supernatural creatures helping a woman trapped in tragedy with a cruel twist ending I enjoyed the emotion and the wildly imaginative supernatural characters but felt left out here and there by abrupt or absent explanationsMistril's MistakeWizards battle with the power of colored light Mistril and her apprentice Ealanor must bring wayward Damien to account for his crimes This story feels like a segments from the middle of a larger story and I was forced to read and reread certain passages to understand what was happening I truly enjoy the style of bursting information onto a reader not boring us with endless explanation but clarity can be compromised with this techniue Tahlia succeeded overall in pulling it offA Hole In The Pavement Norris follows his Goddess Georgia on their way to the bus and through an obstacle course of neuroses turned real I loved Norris' fragile sincerity and both characters sweet overcoming of their hang ups This was my favorite of the talesNot me it can't beThis story was a surreal switch off between an ancient world and modern Is the main character an unwilling sacrifice to foreign gods or a modern woman battling deadly cancer?I liked the warmth and depth of this story exploring the characters feelings facing deathRose Coloured GlassesSally is a chubby frizzy haired office girl enjoys a new perspective on her coworkers with some fantastic glasses Through them she sees new depth in others and possibly love This story was full of rich description and challenged me to see beyond first impressions Tahlia's writing is very lovingTahlia's tales were vivid and rich Her characters are deeply real as if she is writing about people she knows not making up individuals They learn deep and vital lessons in each of the storiesThe first three stories felt a lot like excerpts from larger stories while the final three were true short stories encompassing the entire subject on their own I thoroughly enjoyed all the stories especially the daring honesty of her emotions There were a few ungainly expressions and descriptions with people and events thrust in with little explanation which became confusing at times On the other hand it contributed to the thrill of her writing and the attraction of the story Not once was I bored with too much explanation which is a problem in a lot of writing I've read lately Tahlia has a uniue charming style that is bold honest and thrilling I feel like I know her after reading her work


  7. says:

    This collection of six short stories by Tahlia Newland explores the nebulous distinction between truth and perception though the stories vary in setting and theme I think the first three stories have the potential to be developed into longer works while the last three are complete in themselvesThe first The Drorgon Slayer's Choice is billed as a romantic urban fantasy though I think it fits the paranormal romance genre better A blow to the head results in a young woman able to see a deadly otherworldly battle raging on Earth to which humans are oblivious When her ability to perceive the Gods and their enemies is discovered she is offered an extraordinary choice Newland does a credible job of creating a uniue mythology and I like the idea of modern day Gods whose role have changed over the millenniums However I don't think the story particularly needed the romantic element I think its hard to sell a romance in such a compressed format even one that relies on instant attraction The Bone Yard was enjoyable with a creepy atmosphere and unusual premise and a chilling twist I liked it for what its was but I think it could be fleshed out further to be completeIn Mistrals Mistake we step into the middle of a battle between two magic users who were once lovers Damien has fallen prey to the lure of power his abilities can afford him while Ealanor is tasked to stop him What follows is a struggle between light and dark both literally and figuratively until one emerges the victor I liked the battle of lights and the connection between its colour and it's purpose it's an interesting idea that could work for an urban fantasy novel However I thought the ability of the magic wielders to shift form rather random Still a neat story with a moralistic ending The Hole in the Pavement was probably my favourite story of the collection Every morning Norris follows Georgia to the bus stop a silent admirer without the courage to approach her in even the most benign of ways until Georgia falls and Norris overcomes his own doubts to reach out to her A clever mix of the metaphorical made literal I enjoyed the message of the storyThe concept was interesting but I struggled with the execution of Not Me It Can't Be It was not until the end that its intent resolved for meThe final story Rose Coloured Glasses is not a uniue idea but fits perfectly with the overall exploration of perception that underpins this collection Sally gains a new viewpoint on her colleagues when she tries on some uniue glasses left on her office desk I thought this was a well written and sweet storyWhile I do think some stories are stronger than others overall A Matter of Perception is a collection of imaginative and thoughtful stories that are easy and uick to read


  8. says:

    When Tahlia Newland an on and off blog buddy of mine asked me to read and review her collection of magical realismurban fantasy short stories there was no way I could refuse but the truth is I’d have read this collection of six tales no matter who the author wasTaken together these stories are a collection of different ways to perceive fantasy and to use fantasy to perceive reality The collection feels like a complete suite – all moods and tastes are well represented Taken separately well let’s do that shall we?The Drorgon Slayer’s ChoiceAn unnamed photographer’s assistant sees an interdimensional monster and is rescued by a god though she does some rescuing of her own It’s a great blend of action romance and philosophy This was my favorite of the collection and not just because it’s the longest or most developed I really wanted to know what happens nextThe Bone YardThis one is the darkest in the series in terms of mood It involves a woman in a desperate situation being helped by supernatural beings though the twist at the end is rather grisly A balance of classic horror and modern terrorMistril’s MistakeWith great power comes great responsibility even when you’re a wizard The colored light battle had me imagining light sabers but only a little but the story about taking ownership of your actions is actually very good More please?A Hole in the PavementWhat if our emotional troughs became literal holes that we fell into? That’s the premise of this story and Newland envisions it beautifully It was delicate and deliciousNot me it can’t beMind blowing alternate points of view between a modern woman undergoing chemo and an ancient fantasy? world woman about to become a ritual sacrifice – and each are apparently dreaming of the other in a fabulous riff on the old “Am I a man dreaming I am a butterfly or a butterfly dreaming I am a man” conundrum I was teary at the endRose Coloured GlassesEasily the lightest tale in the sextet this story is about an office worker named Sally who discovers a new perspective on her colleagues and a possible new romance thanks to a very special pair of glasses Haven’t we all wished for these at some point?I believe that any fan of fantasy magical realism or just a really gripping tale will find this collection of stories compelling and entertaining but what really puts the cherry on top is Newland’s explanation of the themes included at the back of the book Excellent book group fodder but perfect for a plane trip as wellGoes well with hot chocolate and a brownie


  9. says:

    To read this review and like it check out my site at wwwufreviewscom This is a collection of short stories which I have to admit isn't always my cup of tea but this was actually a collection I enjoyed Normally the short stories I do read have the same characters from series I like or involve the same group of people; this collection of short stories was a really interesting concept in that they all have to do with all the different ways to perceive the fantasy genre One of the biggest problems I have with collections of short stories is that they are not always cohesive but this collection does not suffer from that problem at all I think I should start with the story I liked the least which would have to be The Bone Yard and that largely because I am on of those people who don't like stories that freak me out or scare me But if you are one of those people who love the kind of horrorfantasy with a twist genre then this story is so for you Now there was a huge range of stories in this collection and I think my favorite was the story Not Me it can't be which was really sad but also a really touching tale The characters were really vivid and it was so easy to identify with and really feel for This story was for sure my favorite of all of them because of the characters I thought the really fun story within the collection was Rose Coloured Glasses which is such an enjoyable read This great pair of glasses allow for this girl to see people in a new light and it is such a cool idea I thought the writing in all of the stories was really well done and really enjoyable So if you are someone who enjoys short stories this is a really good collection of stories I really did enjoy them all


  10. says:

    Review A Matter of Perception Tahlia NewlandTahlia Newland's A Matter of Perception is a collection of urban fantasies and magical realism that is wonderfully written and thoroughly engaging I enjoyed all the stories which although unrelated share a thread of meaning All the characters are engaged experiences that fall on the edge between this reality and what lies beyond some knowingly others completely by accident However the author does a wonderful job of making all the situations believable and all the characters people I cared about My favorite story is Not Me It Can't Be which tells the story of an ancient priestess marked for sacrifice who brings hope to her later incarnation a woman undergoing chemo in modern times A beautiful and moving re incarnational drama I also enjoyed the first story A Hole in the Pavement a sweet tale about a shy man who find the strength to talk to his dream woman a modern goddess and at the same time figures out how to stop falling into holes Mistral's Mistakes is a darker tale of what can happen when psychic powers are studied for the purpose of power rather than the gift they offer and how karma can be turned around to create unanticipated outcomes In The Bone Yard a woman is hoodwinked by sirens of the sea and in The Rose Colored Glasses a modern woman discovers the truth about her office mates when she finds glasses that offer different versions of her reality A very satisfying collection by a talented writers I recommend it highly


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