a universal rule that sequels suck, but all generalities are false
(including this one). I present to you the sequel to my first novel,
Into the Fifth World. The story is complete but a proper title has yet
to emerge out of the chaos.
Send me a message
anytime Saturday, April 21st, to enter the contest to "Name that Book".
First acceptable title submission wins a free signed copy and will be
listed in the acknowledgements. You may connect over email or Twitter @palamping. Read more on the Characters page.
Below is a synopsis.
The story of Cyrus, brother of Proteus.
the Fifth World presented the story of Proteus, a scientist who bounces
about as a pawn of secret societies struggling in vain against the
machinery built by their own utopian delusions and lack of creativity.
Proteus finally embraces the path the universe wills for him, fulfills
the prophetic visions of an ancient Hopi nation seeking the final
catalyst to emerge into a new mindset of life, all in time to keep his
own life preserved, but damaged.
follow up story explores the path of Cyrus, a man compelled to retrace
his elusive brother's steps and reunite his family. Cyrus immediately
becomes a tool of several planning cabals. He uses their own
mechanisms against them, making progressive gains until he finally
discovers the one unseen force behind all the disparate groups, the one
exploiting human doubts, superstitions and fears, the one directing
global strife and anarchy leading up to the 2012 hysteria.
skillfully navigates the globe, from Doctors Without Borders camps in
South America to the vast research labs at CERN to the simple villages
in the Tibetan Himalayas. Cyrus chases the clues and finds himself more
and more like Proteus. He, too, must submit to the will of the
universe and endanger his family to stop a global catastrophe engineered
by a would-be leader and his legion of like-minded lackeys.
will read the tale of Cyrus to see if the Fifth World will begin on a
strong foundation or whether humanity will divide itself and prepare the
way for a conquering. They will experience ways to begin to solve the
ailments of mind, body and soul in this fast-paced follow-up.
Feel free to use these keywords, because I used them a lot in Book 2:
(Mayan) Long Count
Jewel of Wishes
May 12, 2012 Fate has Spoken!
"Fate" has spoken!
"Revelations of Fate" is my new book title!
The word Revelations has a biblical context plus a prophecy/foreshadowing feel to it. Quite fitting with the entanglement that emerge out of the story.
Some people confuse the word Fate with Destiny, but destiny is more personal whereas Fate is brought about by a universal will. In Norse mythology, the Norns or "Fates" were 3 sisters who wove a thread of life from individual strangs. They decided the length of life, the events therein and the method of death.
I couldn't think of a title more fitting the themes of my book.
In response to all the feedback, greatly appreciated, I begrudgingly have to disqualify the entry "Destiny's Harmony." I liked it but it reminded too many people of a romance novel. "Destiny's Harmonic" sounds better but still isn't quite appropriate for this book.
But thanks to the harmony of destiny, I received a late entry in the contest that satisfactorily replaced the controversial entry. That title is:
Revelations of Fate
(I also think Fate's Revelations is acceptable, but the one who suggested it prefers the 1st one).
So the contest (to be decided by Saturday, 3 weeks after the contest started) is between these 2:
Revelations of Fate
And I reserve the right to slap on "2012" somewhere in the subtitle just to ride on the coattails of all the 2012 hype.
After a week and a half of reviewing about 2 dozen entries, it comes
down to 2. The wheat has been separated from the chaff. (hold on --
there's no slang word called 'chaff' that is a derogatory word for some
ethnic group, right? Quick Yahoo search ... No? OK, we're good).
The cream has risen to the top (hold on, is it OK to use the word
'cream'? The lawyers tell me No. OK, jurors, disregard that idiom).
The "feral" pigs of this contest have been segregated out of the
non-feral population and "destroyed." (Is it OK to use 'segregated'?
Only when talking about pigs? And/Or police officers? OK).
The lawyers tell me to steer clear of all analogies, puns and metaphors.
OK, so there's 2 final entries in my "Name that Book" contest:
2012: Viral Entanglement
Feel free to send your feedback. This is not a vote. It's about
quality, not quantity. One good argument can defeat a hundred lousy ones.
If your entry in the contest wasn't picked, don't fret. Picking book
titles is quite a subjective process. Many valid entries were rejected
for inexplicable reasons. Just be glad you participated, but I'm not
sending you a participation trophy.