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The Other Shore [Kindle Edition]

Marian C. Ghilea
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Is the time always flowing with the same speed and in the same direction? Do we live in a dream or do our dreams live in a real world? If a temporary bridge connects us to another corner of the Universe, how would we see such a world? How would we change it? How would it change us? If we encountered an extraordinary advanced civilization, will we acknowledge its existence at all?

1795. Excelsior, a military brig on a routine sea mission disappears without a trace, just to return to her harbor three months later with an incredible story. Alberto Shimada, the second officer on board is separated from his crew during a fierce fight with the locals of a mysterious island where gold is as cheap as stone. With his direct access to the coast blocked by the enemies, he treks along a mysterious river with the intention to reach the shore in a farther away area and return to his people by sea on an improvised raft. But things becomes stranger and stranger along his journey, as he seems to live several lives at once. He falls asleep in one just to wake up into the next. Faced with the Chuang Tzu dilemma about the man dreaming of being a butterfly or the butterfly dreaming of being a man, Alberto doesn't know which one of his lives is real.
A young woman and her father save the officer from the brink of death and help him recover in a mysterious village. Alberto falls in love with Nivit and they begin a journey across the mountains nearby planning to reach the shore and return to Excelsior. A snow storm blocks them in a cave and Nivit can't survive the prolonged cold. Now Alberto is split between his duty for his crew and his desire to cross into the world where Nivit disappeared and save the woman he loves. Can he do both? In the end, which one of all the existences he experiences is the real one? And what kind of universe is hidden behind the shores of this mysterious island?
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Three short stories and a novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 371 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Oktogono; 1st edition (7 Sep 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LUS68W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #960,767 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is an unusual mixture of short stories + one long one. The first, Cassiopeia, I liked and was the most sci-fi of those in the sample. The second was the shortest and a little bit too Lord of the Rings for my personal taste. The third was the long Ulysses' Odyssey type of story which went beyond the end of the sample. It was this that I liked best, being more historical than the others. All in all, they were competently written, different and imaginative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Philosophical, Fascinating, Inspiring 17 April 2014
By Maria - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
• Philosophical questioning of reality
• Beautiful fantastic&love tale
• Interesting sci ideas

Two Random Quotes:
• "Do the butterflies dream? If they do, where are their minds wondering during the metamorphosis? What if there is no dream at all?"
• "Most people prefer to stay indoors in order to avoid any burns to their wings."
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5.0 out of 5 stars A story that makes you wonder 26 Sep 2011
By Bogdan - Published on Amazon.com
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Would a novel happening in 1795, where a ship crosses a storm and reaches an island where gold is a cheap as stone interest the community of sci-fi readers? What about a world who seems at first sight similar to Earth but proves on the long run to be alien beyond imagination? We only can understand what relates to what we already know. If we encountered a civilization coming from the other end of space and time, how would we see it? How would they want to appear in front of us? These are questions with which the book is dealing. The story is told from the prospective of the second-in-command's personal log. Has parallel worlds and existences (in one people can fly), a love story and many unexpected turns of the situation. It definitely keeps the reader alert and wondering about the meaning of "real".
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