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5 stars for @ThisSouldWorld : The Rise of Consciousness by William Disdale #specfic #bookreview
Title: This Soul’d World: The Rise of Consciousness
Author: William Disdale
Genre: Speculative Fiction / Magical Realism / Spirituality
This Soul'd World is the trial, tribulation and revelation of materialist space-time scientist, Callison Trebla, who has a destiny calling from a parallel dimension.
Upon retirement from his almost life-long employer, Quanta Laboratories, Callison 'borrows' equipment to complete an as-yet unproven time-portal and smuggles it home to go solo on the project.
At the same time, his life takes a strange turn and offers him coincidences and synchronous events that begin to ripple through his awareness. The ripples build to unstoppable waves of change, culminating in a mysterious unfolding of the secrets needed to make the time-portal work.
The day he actually opens the portal, Quanta come knocking and reveal their dark, conspiratorial, lethal intent. They claim the portal is their intellectual property to do with as they please, including suppressing it and keeping the knowledge for themselves. Callison's only route of escape becomes the newly opened inter-dimensional doorway.
He makes the leap and unwittingly falls down a rabbit hole of infinite depth, exploring behind the veil and in the process learning how to get around Quanta Laboratories. He also learns how to process the mystery of life itself and the loss of his young son 30 years previous.
This Soul'd World is a story of hope for the coming age, that pulls the reader down parallel realities and explores all the space between. It's a medley of Science Fiction, Forgotten Philosophies and Spiritual Enlightenment, and readdresses the balance between the search of the world for answers, and the search of the self for questions.
A strikingly original concept that will take the reader in many directions. There is literally enough in this book that a college course could be taught using this as a text. Is it philosophy? Is it spiritual? What is the human spirit? What is the concept of a Supreme Being? How about the unbeatable human spirit?
This Soul’d World took me on a road that was fraught with questions. In the end, I am not certain exactly what happened. I feel better having read this book. It helps the mind transcend the typical concepts of afterlife and Supreme Being. The subplots of love/family love and The Big Gov't also carry the story. If you are a fan of the Time Traveller's Wife or The Matrix or The Bourne Identity, you will enjoy this book. Recommended to the adventurous mind. A truly original piece that will leave the reader feeling different than they have ever have before after reading this book.
My Rating: 5 stars
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William Disdale was born in 1980, and grew up in Reading, UK. He’d been divided between science and art at school having an aptitude for both, but science won him over and he studied engineering at university, going on to gain a PhD in mathematical simulation in 2007. Upon graduation with the big wide world beaconing, he fell into motor racing instructing for 8 years (you might get an inkling of this in chapter 17).
During this period, and all initiated by a strange coincidence, he came to question whether life’s experiences generated thought, or thought generated life’s experiences. In his words, it was like there were things happening ‘out there’ in the real world, so-to-speak, somehow enabled by a parallel experience of things happening on the inside; emotion, thought and imagination. After more wondering and searching, and more synchronous events, he came to concede that there was a subtle, hidden aspect to consciousness that was outside of time and space in nature, and commonly referred to as spirit: a life-changing paradigm-shift.
In 2014 William moved to Dublin, Ireland where he currently lives with his wife, Siobhra, and where he edited and rewrote the story that became This Soul’d World. It was actually first released in 2012 in a different guise called "A 21st Century Copernicus Effect", however it became clear after release that the general public’s knowledge of Copernicus was not as widespread as anticipated, and the title didn’t work. After a professional edit, a subsequent plot change and a full re-write and rebrand, ‘This Soul’d World’ was born and hit the Amazon shelves in late 2018.
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Reviewed by: Mr. N
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