"Name that Book" contest (Update - contest over)

It's 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.
Into 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.
The 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.
Cyrus 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.
Readers 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:

  • Emergence
  • World Encircler
  • Chaos
  • Entanglement
  • Destiny
  • Shift
  • 2012
  • Fifth
  • (Mayan) Long Count
  • (Hopi) Purification
  • Placebo
  • Viral
  • vaccine
  • Drawn
  • (universal) will
  • coincidence
  • synchronicity
  • harmonic/harmony
  • frequency
  • probability
  • vibrations
  • Tibet
  • lost
  • Konarka
  • Mithras
  • Cyrus
  • Jewel of Wishes

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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. 

Thanks everyone for participating!

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May 9, 2012
Contest Update!

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

Viral Entanglement

And I reserve the right to slap on "2012" somewhere in the subtitle just to ride on the coattails of all the 2012 hype. 

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May 2, 2012
Blowback

I'm getting a lot of blowback on the "Destiny's Harmony" especially from ladies who say it reminds them too much of a "Chic Lit" title.  I honestly never thought of it that way.

 But I guess "Destiny" could be interpreted as a female's name and Harmony would therefore be some kind of state of eros.

Me and my scientific mind never considered it to be anything than Destiny = Fate and Harmony = Being In Tune with the Vibrations of the Universe.

But that summarizes why picking a title is so dang difficult.  You try to be succinct, but that opens up the possibility of a title that is vague and has multiple meanings.

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Jason M Waltz

May-7 10:42pm

Which is one of the reasons why I was pursuing DESTINY'S HARMONIC / DESTINIES HARMONIC / DESTINY HARMONIC but just couldn't settle on one.

Proteus

May-7 10:54pm

Ya, "Destiny's Harmonic" sounds more acceptable in that light.


May 1, 2012
Time to Choose
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

and

Destiny's Harmony

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.

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