Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Review Tour + #Giveaway: Future Comes from Behind by STK Chan @GoddessFish

Future Comes from Behind
Paradigm Shift, #1
by STK Chan
GENRE: Science Fantasy


Fighting what we've become.
An ancient dimension of dark echoes from the past.

Lisa and her family barely manage to escape an invasion from the Rebel army in their home of Malta. Shortly after this episode, she discovers Exo, the ancient dimension she cannot understand until her late 20s. Exo is made of memories of the past; it brings forth all the strong echoes we leave behind. Lisa desperately wants to resolve the conflicts of this inner world peacefully, but quickly learns she must fight the shadows in people's hearts, materialized through battle re-enactments, warfare and emotional turmoil.


Soon the windows revealed smaller buildings and less crowded streets. The train grew emptier too. Lisa heard the monotonous hum of the wheels more clearly; it slowed her heartbeat down to a peaceful pace. In a flash, as she had done many times before, she crossed into what she believed to be a dreaming state of mind.

A dense forest surrounded her. It was cold, and patches of snow covered the ground.

It feels so real… But I wanted a nice view of wild, untamed mountains. And a waterfall. And why can’t I better control the season or the clothes I’m wearing? Lisa wondered, shivering a little. There! She finally spotted an exit from the curtain of trees.

Below, a large lake covered with floating sheets of ice lay at her feet. She was indeed on a mountain. The fresh air was freezing, but she breathed it in eagerly, ignoring the abundant vapors of her warm breath.

What could this resemble? Canada? Alaska? Lisa had learned that, by focusing very deeply with closed eyes, she could sometimes change her clothing or some of the details around her.

This time, only a long scarf appeared on her shoulders after she opened her eyes. “Not enough,” she said, shivering, but proceeded to walk along the cliff regardless. Minutes later, she stopped to take a better look into the distance. A boat? I don’t want to come across any other people this time...Ah, it’s just a log. She could not stand the cold any longer, so she thought about getting back.

Greg raised an eyebrow when he noticed her repeated blinking.

“Your lucid dreams again?”

Lisa nodded in confession.

“Where did you go this time?”

“Far…far from these many babylons.”

“Just another reason why we are a perfect match.” He smiled.

“They are so real. And they feel so long, though they really last just a fraction of a second.”

“Do you meet any people in there?”

“Yes, but I avoid them. It scares me to death how intense and unpredictable they are. Last week I met a tribe in Africa and before that I was in the middle of a medieval city.”

“Lucky you,” said Greg. “It’s a strange yet blissful anomaly, to escape reality like that.”

My Review:

In Future Comes from Behind Lisa and other Shamans time travel from place to place, country to country reliving different battles in history. Lisa was introduced to the world of Exo when she was a small child. Lisa and her family were trying to evade the Rebel army the first time Lisa entered into Exo. One minute Lisa would be in the present and the next she would be in the past.

Future Comes from Behind is told from several points of view. At first this sort of caught me off balance but once I figured out what was happening it became easier to recognize when the point of view changed. At times the time travel was very fast like they would travel from place to place quickly. For example one minute they would be in Alaska and the next they would be in Africa or Germany ect…

Future Comes from Behind is a real quick read I couldn’t flip the pages fast enough to learn where they were going next and to see how it all would intertwine and come together in the end. The characters were all very interesting and unique.

I would recommend Future Comes from Behind to anyone who likes time travel, battle reenactments, history, and science fiction with a twist of mystery. 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

A fan of nourishing SF&F fiction. Seeker of essential truths in historical non-fiction. Exploring life for almost half a century. Delivering action and matters of the inner self. "Chan has license to be more philosophical and issue-oriented, and on the whole he blends together different genres well." (John Staughton, SPR)

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James Robert said...

I appreciate you taking the time to give us a great book description and giveaway as well. Thank you so much!

Victoria Alexander said...

Great excerpt & review, thanks for sharing them :)

Gwendolyn Jordan said...

Sounds good

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