Monday, August 1, 2011

Entering the World of Cheryl Moore...

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Entering the world of Unbound Boxes Limping Gods...
Cheryl Moore's visit to Book Reader's Heaven presents along with it, a challenge for me, the owner of this blog, as well as you, the readers, if you wish to participate.  I will be passing this month my 1000th blog entry, the majority of which have been about books, and, in particular, a review for each one...


Cheryl Moore's world is quite different than any other I, as a professional book reviewer, have entered. Cheryl is looking for a publisher, so until then, she diligently works to present her world to us, her present and potential readers. I've been connected to Cheryl for quite a long time, always stopping to check out a new character pic on my wall, or from the email. But, for me...there was always a stack of books for which I had committed for a review and they needed to come first. But then everybody was caught in the Facebook group change fiasco that really created lots of problems for all of us and, in trying to keep up with changes of those I really wanted to keep track of, I decided to take the plunge...


Into Unbound Boxes Limping Gods...


I contacted Cheryl and she graciously agreed to allow me to spotlight her at BRH...


Imagine...Cheryl's world, Unbound Boxes Limping Gods, started 17 years ago...This reviewer still considers entering with trepidation...


My background is in business and I tend to think in a "planning" mode...a book or a story begins and ends. If the book doesn't flow in a routine, planned fashion, as prescribed by some basic rule, normally that used in hundreds and thousands of other books I've read or studied, then I am thrown into research mode: Does the method of presentation make sense? Is it disruptive to me the reader? Is there logic and effective thinking behind the presentation? Will other readers be satisfied and able to understand the intent of the author? For a novel, I would normally stop after 50 pages and refuse to read further, if I cannot be satisfied with the answers to my own questions. 


Knowing that Cheryl's novels have not yet been published, I know that I must consider her work differently--perhaps like an anthology on a specific theme? That might work...I'm going to try that as the basis upon which I begin to read...


To help me, I asked for a chronological section of her work, to start reading. No, I have not read "any" of her work as of now. For me, I try not to read "segments" of any book. If a chapter  is posted by an author to give a taste to potential readers, I rarely read it. If I do, I have found that later, when I may start to actually read a book, I begin to remember, to wonder whether I've already read the book, and I find it is greatly distracting for me. I normally have to start over in order to begin reading for content. When you are reading as many books as I do, you really can't afford rereading time, more than necessary, unless the book itself requires rereading in parts...


So, then it was the last week of July and I had not yet read any of Cheryl's work, which I would need to do in order to provide my own review sometime during the month. I woke up with an idea....how about reading and reviewing it online and invite my blog readers to participate in that activity. After all, after 1000 postings and readers across the Internet, this could be fun...


And I wouldn't be entering this new world all by myself... 


Plus, I wanted to do an interview with Cheryl, so, why not do that online as well...


In fact, I already had several questions:


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Cheryl, How did you come up with the title Unbound Boxes Limping Gods? What does it mean to you? What do you want your readers to find in those Boxes? 


Cheryl, Your artwork pulled me in long before I read a word you've written? What is your background in art? Are you formally trained? And are your characters envisioned in word form first or as they are graphically created?


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Soooooo, how about it? Want to come along and see how this works? Nothing has been discussed between Cheryl and I, other than that she has agreed to allow me to do this added online activity. Everything will be very informal, yet in an organized fashion, which will, in essence, follow what I normally do whenever I review or spotlight an author and her site(s)... You may just watch, or you can participate...by adding comments to either the author, Cheryl Moore, or to me... 

Remember the old adage, no question is ever stupid! I've already admitted my stupidity because I know nothing about "Unbound Boxes Limping Gods" and, truthfully, can't even begin to conceptualize where I am going...Normally I would read a back cover blurb...but that isn't possible here...Oh well, let's do this!

If you want to look ahead, here's what I'll be reviewing as submitted by Cheryl:

Tthe 10 stories here are in order and also the dates / countries, in which they were set: (please ask any questions if you have them.)


Just to give you an idea about the character's relationships with each other, so you have some context (as a lot of time passes between each story and there are a lot of characters)

Alexand Merek is my main protagonist, Jarad Vijay is her husband, Samuel, Ancille and Anastasia Merevija are their children, Farokh and Heyem Merek are Alexand's brother and (identical) twin sister, Juba Apfvarzian is her close friend. (The Guild Master's General is seemingly unrelated and appears in various places through time.) Katherine De Somme (In Issue 16) becomes Alexand's wife, before her marriage to Jarad Vijay and Ichitumbu Jalhavi (Issue 13) is Anastasia's husband (as a result of her abduction as a child.) Wow, that looks like a lot of characters when I write them all down in a list, LOL!!

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Now I have new questions:

Cheryl, you are located in the UK, yet your stories are set in so many other countries. Have you traveled to any of them? Or do research? And how do you decide where to travel in order, I assume, to ultimately have some continuity? 

Cheryl, you timeline for your stories are way in the future? Did this allow you a measure of flexibility in writing? Or what vision did you have to look hundreds and thousands of years into the future?




JOIN WITH CHERYL AND I THIS MONTH, WON'T YOU?!!!!!!






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