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Just weeks before he reaches adulthood, Fallon is ...

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Overview

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Is revealing the truth worth the disruption of a society?

Fallon is a young man with special talents and the willingness to explore. He lives in a peaceful world that has no concept of war, or murder, or even love. It is a society that prohibits histories and pledges itself to "The Service of Today and the Building of Tomorrow."

Just weeks before he reaches adulthood, Fallon is torn from his sheltered life as a ward of the state. He is drawn into a subversive group that needs his secret talents and he quickly becomes a chronicler of discoveries that threaten to destroy the very fabric of Neworld.

Can Fallon handle the weight of the new responsibilities thrust upon him while he navigates relationships with the feisty redhead Aidan and raven-haired beauty Lenore?

Neworld Papers Series 1: The Historian's Tale is a coming-of-age story for not only Fallon, but an entire world. It has action, adventure, and new adult romance grounded solidly in thought-provoking science fiction.

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2013-10-01
Shaw (AAA Pest Control, 2013, etc.) sets a thoughtful coming-of-age tale on a faraway planet, where terraforming has transformed a small continent into an Earth-like habitat but left vast stretches of wilderness and ocean teeming with life forms. Fallon is a foundling with two remarkable talents: his ability to draw and perfect recall, even if he only experiences an event for a split second. The second skill enhances his already formidable drawing talent, turning it into an almost priceless resource. Fallon's planet, known as Neworld, is ruled by the mysterious--and increasingly tyrannical--Council. Opposing the Council are the Solarists, members of a renegade group whose publications argue a truth very different from the social and spiritual truths approved and viciously enforced by the Council. Missy Howard, Fallon's only friend and confidante, upends his world when she secretly enlists Missus Grier--the head of the nascent resistance--to recruit Fallon and his remarkable talents. These events set Fallon on a journey beyond the borders of the world he knows, into the wilds of the planet, where strange new life forms--and hopefully the truth about Neworld's past--are waiting to be discovered. The mystery of Neworld's origins and the wonderfully imaginative alien flora and fauna bring this book to life. "A translucent organism," for instance, "floated through the mist. It looked like a fancy gelatin mold of unique design, with a multitude of fine tentacles dangling and writhing beneath." The action progresses steadily, although a number of the characters suffer from stock-character syndrome. That shallowness also crops up in the love triangle among Fallon, Addie--Missus Grier's granddaughter--and her friend Lenore. Fortunately, Shaw eventually freshens up the love triangle trope with a surprise twist. An adventurous tale set in a unique, alien world populated by fascinating creatures, though some of the characters aren't quite as vivacious.
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/722904281 - Aimee Roseland
This is a great story! I was totally captivated and kept coming back time and again to read "just a few more pages." Finished this book in a day and half!

The world is awesome. The mystery is compelling. The characters are believable. The danger feels present.
http://www.rabidreaderstoo.com - Tammy Dewhirst
The Dark Men are an adversarial force in the story. … I recently read an article about how to construct a good baddie and one of the points was that if your baddie is a system that they must have a human embodiment and The Dark Men serve that purpose beautifully. There is a sense of horror connected with them from the moment they burn a house down trapping the residents in tunnels below.
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/701239358 - Ella Marie
The Historian's Tale was a well-crafted and interesting read. I found myself feeling as if I were Fallon at certain points. Kudos to the author for creating a world that was a mixture of past and future and present all intertwined together without being either too technical or too fanciful. K.B. Shaw achieved a perfect balance between the two. I can honestly say that if there were a sequel to The Historian's Tale I would purchase it with no hesitation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781490515632
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/10/2013
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Keith Shaw grew up in small Wisconsin towns. Due to his father's work, he attended three high schools in four years and has fond memories of each. He spent the first fifteen years of his adult life as a theater designer, director and playwright.

With the introduction of the Macintosh computer, Keith moved into web design and computer education. He created the interface and more than 600 educational programs for the EduNet Network, and hosted live educational broadcasts into K-12 classroom across the country. Always interested in the reluctant male reader, Keith started the Spectrum Children's Book Club on the Internet which grew into iPulpFiction.com.

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  • Posted September 10, 2014

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    The Historian's Tale is written by K.B. Shaw and is the 1st Book

    The Historian's Tale is written by K.B. Shaw and is the 1st Book in the NeWorld Paper Series. This is a sci-fi/fantasy book filed with intrigue and highly imaginative story telling. The book is based around a man on the brink of 18 named Fallon.

    The Historian's Tale paints a world that operates with little to no emotion and a plethora or rules and order. Children come about based upon contracts which decide which parent will get to keep the child. Once a contract of coupling is complete, people will go their separate ways and the parent with the contract will raise the child. If a man is not born with a contract he will be "stemmed", and therefore unable to provide any offspring. This is a way to retain order and to prevent over population. (Kind of sounds like something the Chinese would come up with).

    Shaw did an impeccable job with descriptions of the world and the development of the story and the characters. Whilst reading this book I found myself vested in the main characters and wanting to know them more and was rooting for them. The concepts that have been created and the slight reference to Marx are brilliant. I don't want to give any of the details that unfold away so I will leave it at that.

    As a ward of his school institute, Fallon will be left out on his own in the near future when he turns 18 and has no idea what will become of him. After witnessing a heinous crime occur, he finds himself constantly looking over his shoulder. The many rules of NeWorld do not provide for my ingenuity or imagination, which leaves Fallon's ability to draw anything in detail from memory an ability that must be hidden. Without warning he is then purchased by a wealthy woman to be indentured help. Nothing that has happened to him in life thus far is going to prepare him for what is to come.

    I give this book 5/5 stars, as I was engrossed in it and was finding any small amount of time that I could spare to read more into the story. I was hooked from the beginning and I love all of the thought provoking aspects that Shaw has added into this tale. I cannot wait to read Book 2 and get more involved with the story. It was a pleasure "watching" the story develop before my very eyes. This would make for an excellent movie or mini series. If you are into sci-fi, fantasy, romance, new adult, young adult, mystery, suspense, and fiction this book is definitely for you.

    *I received this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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  • Posted May 6, 2014

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    Reviewed by Lorena Sanqui for Readers' Favorite In K.B. Shaw¿s

    Reviewed by Lorena Sanqui for Readers' Favorite

    In K.B. Shaw’s Neworld Papers Series 1: The Historian's Tale, Fallon is a boy without a family but with an extraordinary talent that the Movement wants. In a few weeks, when Fallon comes of age, he will be a free man, but that was halted when pages from some Solarist propaganda were found in his room. The Movement made their move by buying Fallon from the school where he works. Thrust into an undertaking that he doesn't even understand, Fallon just goes with the flow. He soon learns that the Movement may be seeking the truth that the Council, some sort of board or government in the Neworld, tries very hard to hide from the people. Fallon decides how he will use his talent to help the Movement and be their first historian.

    With so many books coming out, one would think that nothing is original anymore; well, I give you Neworld Papers Series 1: The Historian's Tale. It is ironic how Neworld is a place that is kind of a descendant of Earth and is set sometime in the future. It is a throwback to the past with ancient rules and codes added. Some concepts seemed old-fashioned but at the same are encountered only in this story. Characters were likable and the story was graceful. Fallon and his crew embarked on adventures that K.B. Shaw described in very specific detail; it was like watching it all happen. Reading this novel was intriguing and there were so many secrets that were just beginning to unravel in this first book. Reading the next books in the series will definitely be just as exciting.

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