Nalia finds herself trapped in a strange and inescapable lucid dream. Danger looms ahead for her friends. Pressured out of their homes in the Lost Winds, every step threatens them with persecution and death.
Taking a daring route on a treacherous sea, they seek asylum in a new land. Will they make it to their destination? Will Nalia’s dream of finding peace in Draviland become the utopia that she desperately desires, or are the dangers of this new land even worse than her home?
Set in a real time, stream-of-consciousness narrative, this story takes you on a sweeping literary journey.
|Publisher:||Cosmic Teapot Publishing|
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About the Author
Her reviews and article appeared in notable, peer-reviewed journals of her area of study. The research article: A Note on Phrase Structure Analysis and Design Implication for ICALL, was first published in Computer Assisted Language Learning, Special Issue, Intelligent Call Systems, Lisse, Netherlands Vol 15 Issue 4, 2002. This was republished in Cambridge Journals, Language Teaching by Cambridge University Press, Vol 36, Issue 02, April 2003. Taylor and Francis, Routledge, also republished it in Vol 15 Issue 4, 2002. Software reviews were published in On-Call, Vol 1 No 2 Sept, 1999 and International Society for Technology in Education,Vol 28 No 4, 2000-2001. The book review on Teaching and Researching Language Learning Strategies by Rebecca L Oxford, was published in Language, Learning and Technology, Special Issue, Vol 15 No 3 Oct, 2011, followed by a reproduction, for Independence Learner Autonomy Special Interest Group, 2012, University of Canterbury, Kent U.K.
Set in Brisbane Queensland, Jacaranda Blues is her debut novella, written in a stream of consciousness style. A featured author for Story Institute, she has published The Blotted Line, a collection of short stories. More recently, Snapshots and Moirae were first published by PostScript Editions, UK in 2010 and a second edition by Cosmic Teapot Publishing, Canada in 2016.
One of her short stories, The Anomalous Duo has been accepted to be translated in the German language for publication in the anthology, "Familie (er)zählt: Selection of stories completed; Sammlung abgeschlossen. So far, she has co-authored quite a number books and her shorter works have been included in various anthologies published by PnP Publishers. Our Treasured Stories and Poems, and Write to Remember are some of them. She has co-authored Magical Golden Egg, published by PnP publishers.
A little dark and disturbing at times, the story follows Nalia and her family as they attempt to escape from their hardships and religious stress. Their eyes are opened to reality, as awful as it may be, on board their voyages. They find that their lives aren't any better in the new land. They have the same problems, but in a different setting. The story is about one's journey in life. With faith and hope, and not by fleeing, one cannot fight to overcome any hardships by using our inner strengths. A good lesson for us all.
ByPaul B McNultyon May 12, 2015 Format: Kindle Edition Ever since James Joyce introduced the concept of “stream of consciousness,” I have been fascinated by this literary technique. It was against this background that I eagerly approached “Moirae” written by Mehreen Ahmed. I was not disappointed as she traversed the silent land of the Lost Winds. I loved the description of the arrest of Nalia’s newly wedded husband as the police discovered the huge sum of money he had stolen. I was fascinated to find banshees in India which I had thought were unique to Ireland and Highland Scotland. I was also intrigued to find that her disgraced husband was found profiteering from illegal transportation of people fleeing from persecution, shades of our current problems in the Mediterranean. Ms Ahmed now had my undivided attention as I sailed through a most enjoyable read
This review was first published on Kurt's Frontier. Synopsis: On a world that has two moons orbiting it, there is a land called the Lost Winds. It resembles the Middle East in many ways. People in the Lost Winds live under a tyrannical regime though it claims to be democratic. When things become intolerable, they flee to a place called Draviland. In both lands, dramas are played out. Review: I think I can safely say that the stream of conscious style doesn’t work for me. The subject matter of people living under an oppressive regime and escaping to a land that doesn’t really want them is appropriate for the times we live in. Unfortunately, I found Moirae difficult to make sense of. It doesn’t follow a conventional plot, and the constant shifting of point of view was distracting. The most frustrating part of all is that all the elements for a truly interesting story were present. These include escaping or surviving in a land where the powerful rule through thugs, lovers separated by necessity, and surviving in a strange land. More dialogue and less exposition would have injected a level of immediacy that could have made Moirae a page turner. All that being said, keep in mind that the reviewer usually gravitates more toward action-adventure. The more metaphysically minded may find Moirae’s stream of conscious style more to their liking.