A Matter of Perception
Taken together, these stories are a collection of different ways to perceive fantasy, and to use fantasy to perceive reality. The collection feels like a complete suite – all moods and tastes are well represented. Taken separately,...more
The Drorgon Slayer's Choice
The first story was a fantastic encounter between an unnamed photographer's assistant and The Gods. This fast-paced, thrilling glimpse into a bigger tale begins with a blow t...more
If I had to pick a favorite, I think it would be "Not Me, it Can't Be." I found that such a lovely and surprising tale juxtaposing seemingly different life experien...more
This is a collection of short stories, which I have to admit isn't always my cup of tea, but this was actually a collection I enjoyed. Normally the short stories I do read have the same characters from series I like or involve the same group of people; this collection of short stories was a really interesting concept in that they all have to do with all the different ways to perceive the fantasy genre. One of the biggest...more
I love it when I read a collection like this and the stories aren’t so similar that I automatically get confused. Which happens more often than you would think. I think the order they were in helped the flow stay continuous and smooth, and I was able to keep...more
As you read on each of the six short stories represent a theme in them. As I was reading through them all I started to get the sense of life lessons hidden within the words of the pages.
It is through several short stories that Ms. Newland introduces us to characters that see their lives through only one perspective without stopping to see that the world is not only black and white, but various shades of grey, along with a prismatic and colorful va...more
The first, The Drorgon Slayer's Choice, is billed as a romantic urban fantasy though I think it fits the paranormal romance genre better. A blow to the head results in a young woman able to see a deadly...more
A Matter of Perception is speculative fiction: that means life gets a little twist added to it.
I appreciated the overall optimism of the collection. These modern fairytales are hopeful, but they don't under-value the courage living requires by granting easy happy ever af...more
A Matter of Perception
Tahlia Newland's A Matter of Perception, is a collection of urban fantasies and magical realism that is wonderfully written and thoroughly engaging. I enjoyed all the stories, which although unrelated, share a thread of meaning. All the characters are engaged experiences that fall on the edge between this reality and what lies beyond, some knowingly, others completely by accident. However, the author does a wonderful job of making all the situations be...more
I loved the little intro, A drop from the well of creativity. I loved the way the stories where characterised like children, it made me smile, especially this line:
Inspiration falls like a drop of mercurial silver into the vast depths of my open mind. It hovers in space, then collects and merges with a gaggle of ideas and images until it hangs pregnant and heavy with a pressing need to deliver.
I just adore that image...more
Two of her novels have received the Awesome Indies Seal of Approval for excellence in independent fiction and her young adult magical realism novel ‘You Can’t Shatter Me’ was awarded a B.R.A.G Medallion for an outstanding independent novel in 2013.
Tahlia has been writing full time since 2...more