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The Called by Warren Rochelle

IS OUT, just released, July 2010!
Hardcover, $24.95

Reconvergence: December 21, 2012
The four changelings from Harvest of Changelings, after vanquishing the Fomorii, settled in Faerie with the other changelings and learned to use their fey powers. On Earth, intolerance toward the “different” began to grow om a worldwide scale again. Sensing this, two of the four changelings, Malachi and Hazel, are called to return to Earth to help those who had not crossed over into Faerie. The other two members of their tetrad, Russell and Jeff, chose to remain in Faerie, thereby physically splitting their tetrad. On Earth, the Fomorii are hidden but influential, organizing humans into anti-magical groups, particularly in religions and government. As 2012 opens, the Fomorii become more active, kidnapping magicals, including Malachi, then using their human pawns, overthrow the US and various state governments in a military coup. Jeff and Russell return to Earth to re-unite with Hazel and gather allies to rescue Malachi. Their “army” includes Cherokee, Tlanuwa, Little People, Tuatha de Danaan, Talking Beasts — all those who are different and who oppose evil. Celtic “gods” fight one another over taking sides, as well as the inhabitants of Faerie. The ultimate goal: control the Gate to the universes between Earth, Faerie, and Fomorii before December 21, 2012 at 6:11 a.m. — the reconvergence.

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harvest coverHarvest of Changelings

Ten years ago Ben Tyson, a librarian living in Garner, NC, met and loved Valeria, a Daoine Sidhe woman. Valeria’s death left Ben to raise their child, Malachi, alone, and for ten years the two of them lived a fairly ordinary life. Everything changed when Malachi turned ten and began to manifest his fey powers, but without the control a full-blooded fairy would have. Ben has to get his son through the nearest gate to Faerie before these powers kill him. But, where is the gate? Where are the other three children Malachi dreams of — earth, fire, and water to his air? Why are there reports of such things as dragon sightings and why are bookstores selling out of titles on the occult and witchcraft? All Ben knows is the date the gate can next be opened, Halloween. What he doesn’t know is that the powers in Faerie have called home the descendents of changelings left here generations ago. Ben doesn’t know there are evil forces in both universes trying to prevent this return.

More than a straightforward fairy tale, this is a story of the Other: those who are different — physically, mentally, and in their lifestyles. The four part-fairy children are taunted by their classmates because of these differences; two have been abused by their parents. All four are outsiders. As they find each other, they find they must learn how to survive together, and unite to overcome the apathy and prejudice of humans, as well as the evil Fomorii.

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Communities of the HeartCommunities of the Heart: The Rhetoric of Myth in the Fiction of Ursula K. Le Guin
Liverpool, UK: Liverpool University Press, 2001

This book explores the use of imaginative literature as persuasion, focusing on the science fiction and fantasy of Ursula K. Le Guin and her rhetorical use of myth. Since we live in a culture that is saturated with the mythic, the author argues that, as Le Guin interprets and reimagines myth in her fiction, the myth becomes rhetorical. As Le Guin revisions and reinterprets myth in the story she is telling, she also subverts myth—in particular the Myth of the Hero and the Quest (the Monomyth), and the myth of utopia—as a way of making her argument for the importance of feminist and Native American approaches to our ways of making meaning. Her rhetoric, when placed in historical and sociocultural context, becomes the rhetoric of Emerson, Thoreau, Peirce, Whitman, Fuller, and Dewey: American romantic/pragmatic rhetoric, a rhetoric that argues for value be given to the subjective, the personal and private, the small, and the feminine. In exploring the rhetoric of myth in her work, Rochelle examines her writing in the Earthsea cycle, The Dispossessed, The Left Hand of Darkness, Always Coming Home, Four Ways to Forgiveness, A Fisherman of The Inland Sea, selected short stories, and two recent novellas, Dragonfly and Old Music and The Slave Women.

The author concludes that Le Guin (like Emerson, Peirce, Thoreau, Fuller, Whitman, and Dewey) and like her contemporaries, such as Freire, Rose, West, and Coles, is a romantic/pragmatic rhetorician. In that sense, she is arguing for what Vico argued for in the eighteenth century: that knowledge should be seen and studied as an integrated whole, and that Cartesian thinking is only part of how humans make meaning. The rational and irrational, the subjective and objective, are all valid ways of knowing. Story, especially when expressed as myth, is a tool for human understanding as valid and as true as scientific experimentation. Science fiction and fantasy are indeed rhetorical.

Vol. 25, 256pp., October 2000, £32.95 h/b, £15.95 p/b

0-85323-876-6 h/b, 0-85323-886-3 ppr.

The Wild BoyThe Wild Boy

Humans have domesticated animals for thousands of years; in this novel, a spacefaring race descends on Earth to domesticate Mankind. The Lindauzi, an ursinoid race, came to Earth at the turn of the millennium in hopes that they could breed humans to become their emotional symbionts, without which they would revert to nonsentience. Technically superior, within a generation the Lindauzi dominate the Earth, running a breeding program designed to produce humans capable of full emotional symbiosis. The story takes place over the years 2125 to 2156, and deals with three main protagonists: Ilox, a human raised by the Lindauzi; Phlarx, his Lindauzi owner; and Caleb, Ilox’s son, who is raised in the ruins of the twentieth century. The story alternates chapters between Ilox and Caleb, with “interchapters” to fill in details about the overall storyline. Ilox, raised to be the perfect “dog,” comes to realize that there is more to life, and discovers the history of the Lindauzi arrival. The realization that Humans once were dominant causes Ilox to question other rules, and leads to his banishment. He is adopted by a tribe of wild humans, which still exist in small, hidden communities, and raises a small family. The symbiont bond proves too strong, and he is finally reunited with his Lindauzi bond-mate, Phlarx. Caleb, his son, is captured by the Lindauzi during one of their periodic pogroms against the wild humans, and undergoes training to be a performing animal. Finally, Ilox, Caleb and Phlarx come together as the structure of Lindauzi society unravels. One of the interesting facets about this story is the numerous occurrences of the “what if” question. Small changes of opinion, belief, and/or outlook could have yielded to large, significant changes in the lives of the protagonists. This is a book that will leave one wondering. . . . Cover art by J.K. Potter.

The Wild Boy reviewed by Nick Gevers.

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