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  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Twice Pi Press (5 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989000443
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989000444
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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I am a biomedical researcher who writes political and international thrillers, science fiction, narrated storybooks, and more.

Author Website: http://www.erecstebbins.com/
Goodreads Author Page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5990247.Erec_Stebbins

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Author Erec Stebbins is a biomedical researcher in New York who writes political and international thrillers, science fiction, narrated storybooks, and more. More information on his works can be found at erecstebbins.com. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bob TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Dec. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I received this book free to read and review.
This is one of those books I just could not put down it is sub titled "Daughter of Time Book 1" however it works very well as a stand-alone but with a hint of more to come.
It vividly captures the life of "Ambra Dawn" the reader of the title she certainly does not have an easy life as she grows up. Yes it is science fiction but it does have a realistic feel to it and you can't help but feel sorry for Ambra in her early years. The aliens cruel and kind again are brilliantly described. When the book ends you are left wondering did Ambra succeed in getting her message across. I am not sure if it ends with a message of hope or despair. Often fiction writers have sub plots and asides to build up the background to their characters, this one does not every word is needed and all go to telling the story.
I often complain about series but this is one that I will look forward to reading the next to see if Ambra succeeds and what she does next.
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By GreyJect on 7 Jun. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I would like to thank Erec Stebbins for allowing me the chance to read this book along with the second one following.

I loved this book. This is approaching science fiction in a whole new aspect. Ideas, philosophy, divinity and more. Finally science fiction that is extremely introspective, without becoming stupidly ruminative. Finally science fiction that isn’t boiled down to typical materialism and space wars. There is definitely traces of Heinlein in this novel.

Post-structuralism
I know there are only a few instances where this topic comes up but any book that uses post-structuralist concepts is a win for me. Great reminder of how fallible and paradoxical the human language is.

Analogies
Most of the aliens encountered are analogies of us—humans—which further reveal our nature. Drams are a given, especially their castes of religion and science.

The Dram
This is an interesting species because of its stark resemblance to us. *Spoiler* when Earth was destroyed it reminded me of the death of culture as experienced by humans. Very chilling. Also an interesting question is raised: why is religion still present in such an advanced species like the dram? If they are superiors to us then why hold onto the belief? Something tells me it might have something to do with who created the artificial orbs. We’ll see.

Romanticism
Visions from the reader remind me of those described by many Romantic poets (Blake, Shelly, Wordsworth) and that's really awesome. Ambra's intense mental intuition is sort of like emotion itself. This book could do wonders in terms of a Romantic interpretation and indeed I consider Stebbins in this work a modern Romantic.
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By Sadie Forsythe on 27 July 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Reader (Daughter of Time) has an interesting premise. Poor Ambra Dawn never had a chance at a normal life, but still proves herself incredibly resilient. The story is told in first person from her perspective, when she is about 17. I generally dislike first person narratives, but in this case the reader (not Reader) is given a very clear reason that she is telling you her story, so it works.

At about (almost exactly, really) 50% her personality changes quite abruptly from passive victim to strong aggressor. This was absolutely necessary for the plot and the development of her character, but it felt very much like it came out of nowhere. Yes, something happened to instigate the change, but so very, very much had already happened to her that it almost didn't seem like it should have effected her so much.

I especially liked that everything was tied into science in some fashion. High level 4 dimensional space-time related science that often flew right over my head, but I appreciated it all the same. There are a lot of really good quotes too. They head the chapters, providing a clue to what is coming.

I have to admit, embarrassing as it may be, that like clapping for Tinkerbell in Peter Pan I sent my prayer/strong thought/wish into the universe, as requested. Surely that's a sign of a book that has effected someone. I believe the book was written with a young adult audience in mind (so the author mentions in the acknowledgements). Certainly a teenager could, and probably would, enjoy the book, but it is joyously free of all of the ridiculous angst that usually accompany YA books. As an adult I quite enjoyed the book.
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This is the first Stebbins I have read; it is unlikely to be the last. The story is very much visionary, speculative and philosophical science fiction. The writing is all in first person narrative form being an episodic interior monologue. In other words, the mental voice, the mind, of Ambra Dawn talks directly to us through the book.
I really enjoy this sort of inventive philosophical science fiction. Condemn me, not Stebbins, if I paint too enthusiastically. The stories structure is pure dystopia, but dark though the story is it leaves a strong glimmer of hope for humanity and the victory of good over evil. To be victorious we will come to realize that we need Ambra Dawn to be heroic. We must also learn to trust and follow where ever she guides us.
Every being in the known galaxy appears to blindly accept a false premise, this being that there are many Orbs, portals, between places in Space and Time. All civilizations in this creation are as seduced by what they observe of the portals as we all once where by the assumption that the Earth must have edges. Ambra comes to see beyond what other beings can fathom. Ambra knows far less about the galaxy than do the cleverest of other races; and yet, she is the first ever to navigate a safe passage through to other remote areas of space. As Ambra starts to gain in learning and intuition she seems to sense that the Orb might be more than a construct of physics, and so raising the prospect that it might be a monolithic physical god like energy. What is more, could she possibly be a sort of messiah for that power?
There is a deep sense of profound tragedy, a feeling that the destruction of the Earth may well be inevitable, unless the history of the past can be changed, and the future controlled.
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