Are you in need of something different and a bit challenging? Would you like to explore the possibilities of Einstein's Theory of Everything and tackle the idea of multiple dimensions? Then I would suggest you read When the World was Flat by Ingrid Jonach. I found this to be an engaging and interesting read. This book is certainly outside the typical fare of the YA genre. If you are in the mood for a sci-fi love story that moves through time and dimensions, pick this one up! I am pleased to have author Ingrid Jonach here on her tour to share with you her thoughts on where books are written.
Let me introduce you to Ingrid:
Ingrid Jonach writes books for children and young adults, including the chapter books The Frank Frankie and Frankie goes to France published by Pan Macmillan, and When the World was Flat (and we were in love) published by Strange Chemistry. Since graduating from university with a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing (Hons) in 2005, Ingrid has worked as a journalist and in public relations, as well as for the Australian Government. Ingrid loves to promote reading and writing, and has been a guest speaker at a number of schools and literary festivals across Australia, where she lives with her husband Craig and their pug dog Mooshi. Despite her best efforts, neither Craig nor Mooshi read fiction. Find Jonach on her website, Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.
Please welcome Ingrid:
Guest Post: Weird and Wonderful Ways to Write
I wrote the majority of When the World was Flat (and we were in love) in the lounge room with my laptop either propped on my lap or on the arm of the lounge. I also wrote a lot of it while sitting in bed, propped up against the pillows. A chunk was written while in the car on my way to visit family or friends (thankfully I rarely get car sick). And some of it was written in an armchair at my local library while on my lunch break. I wrote none of it at a desk, unless you count a couple of times when I sat at the kitchen table.
It got me wondering where other authors write, particularly those I admire like Jane Austen, Mark Twain and Ernest Hemingway.
It seems Jane Austen wrote mainly at her writing desk. In fact, she was so worried that someone would see that she was writing a novel that she would hide her manuscript if she heard the door creak (she specifically requested for it not to be fixed). I hear that her desk is on display at the British Museum, which I wish I had known the last time I visited (I adore Jane Austen!).
If you visit the Mark Twain House and Museum in Connecticut though you might want to take a look at the bed instead of the desk. It seems he liked to write in bed. He told the New York Times in 1902: "Just try it in bed sometime. I sit up with a pipe in my mouth and a board on my knees, and I scribble away. Thinking is easy work, and there isn’t much labor in moving your fingers sufficiently to get the words down."
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum in Florida also contains a writing desk, which must not have got a lot of use, because Hemingway was famous for writing while standing up. Apparently, it was because of a leg injury from World War I. It is also said that Vladimir Nabokov, Lewis Carroll and Thomas Wolfe liked to write standing up. Although Carroll was also motivated by an injury (to his knee.) American novelist Philip Roth (see image here) is also known to stand while writing and paces while he thinks.
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Roald Dahl used to write in an armchair in his writing shed in his garden in the UK. It was an old wingback chair and he had fashioned a table across the arms of the chair with a cardboard tube underneath to alter its angle (he was known to be an inventor). (Click here to see photo of Roald writing).
Apparently, Agatha Christie used to write in the bath (I do pretty much all of my reading in the bath and some of my proofreading too. If they would invent a waterproof laptop I would definitely write in the bath as well!) Unfortunately (or fortunately?) I can only find photos of her at a writing desk.
I am starting to rethink my need for a writing desk given the weird and wonderful ways these famous authors wrote their novels. Mark Twain reportedly once told a friend he used to think he could only write at Elmira in New York, where he used to spend his summers. "But I’ve got over that notion now. I find that I can write anywhere."
Very interesting stuff, Ingrid! Who knew you could write in the bathtub. I hate to think what happened when a manuscript or page was dropped, though! Ingrid has a couple of great giveaways for all of you today! First, she is offering a giveaway for my blog for a copy of When the World Was Flat. This is open Internationally! Second, you can enter her tour wide giveaway for a chance to win some great prizes.
Here are the details:
Enter below for your chance to win one of two awesome prize packages as part of the Around the World in 80 Days Blog Tour for When the World was Flat (and we were in love) by Ingrid Jonach.
There will be two winners worldwide. Each prize package includes:
- a signed copy of When the World was Flat (and we were in love)
- a pair of silver plated key-shaped earrings in a When the World was Flat (and we were in love) gift box
- a When the World was Flat (and we were in love) bookmark.
The competition will run until 21 October 2013 and the winners will be announced on Ingrid's website.a Rafflecopter giveaway
Please note the Tour giveaway is not hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings, and I will not be responsible for selecting the winners and mailing the prizes. For further details see Ingrid's website. To enter both giveaways fill out the Rafflecopter. Any questions regarding the giveaway hosted here, please see Contest Policies.
Here is my review:
When the World Was Flat by Ingrid Jonah
Looking back, I wonder if I had an inkling that my life was about to go from ordinary to extraordinary.
When sixteen-year-old Lillie Hart meets the gorgeous and mysterious Tom Windsor-Smith for the first time, it’s like fireworks — for her, anyway. Tom looks as if he would be more interested in watching paint dry; as if he is bored by her and by her small Nebraskan town in general.
But as Lillie begins to break down the walls of his seemingly impenetrable exterior, she starts to suspect that he holds the answers to her reoccurring nightmares and to the impossible memories which keep bubbling to the surface of her mind — memories of the two of them, together and in love.
When she at last learns the truth about their connection, Lillie discovers that Tom has been hiding an earth-shattering secret; a secret that is bigger — and much more terrifying and beautiful — than the both of them. She also discovers that once you finally understand that the world is round, there is no way to make it flat again. An epic and deeply original sci-fi romance, taking inspiration from Albert Einstein’s theories and the world-bending wonder of true love itself.
Paperback, 312 pages
Expected publication: September 3rd 2013 by Strange Chemistry
Source: Publisher for an honest review
Three and a half stars: A book with a romance challenged by time and physics.
Lillie can't seem to shake her reoccurring nightmares. She dreams over and over of being chased and killed by a mysterious figure in a mask. Why is she having these strange dreams? Her life has been uneventful up until this point. She lives in a small Nebraska town where nothing ever happens, until the new boy, Tom, shows up at school. Lillie is inexplicably drawn to him. Could Tom have the answers to her bad dreams and the feeling of deja vu she gets every time she is around him?
What I Liked:
- A book featuring Einstein's Theory of Everything and parallel dimensions is not something you encounter often in the YA genre. I was pleasantly surprised to discover this interesting sci-fi story that involves multiple dimensions and a love story that blazes across time and space. It is unique and it has depth and science. If you want a read that will make you think and open your mind to new possibilities, invest some time with When the World Was Flat and We Were in Love.
- I enjoyed investigating the idea of parallel dimensions. This books presents that we are living in a universe with many universes. Each time we face a decision, another reality is created, one for each choice. Eventually, we are living side by side with countless dimensions. In another dimension, scientists have cracked Einstein's Theory of Everything and life on Earth is in danger. Citizens of that dimension are forced to evacuate due to scientists interfering with matter. People begin sliding out of that dimension into other dimensions, which, as you can imagine, causes a whole host of problems and disruptions. At times, it is a bit of a challenge to keep up with the dimensions and the sliding, but I enjoyed tackling the ideas and wrapping my had around possibilities.
- The secondary characters are entertaining. I especially enjoyed Lillie's hippie mother who slips through life with an easy going attitude. Not much bothers her and she is fine with people coming to to crash on her couch for months at a time. She is a funny and entertaining character. Lillie's two best friends, Sylv and Jo, prove to be solid friends and they made me laugh. Sylv is comfortable with her role as the so called school slut, while Jo is a bit of a grammar nerd and tomboy.
- The romance takes its time to develop. At first, the pair are at odds, and the reason for this isn't revealed until late in the book, but once I had a clear understanding of what was going on, I was invested. It isn't a swoon worthy love affair, but I found that I enjoyed the idea of soulmates, and I was enchanted by the idea of one of them searching through time and dimensions to find the other.
- I appreciated that everything tied off at the end. This appears to be a standalone for now, but there is certainly room to expand. I also was pleased that there wasn't a love triangle, at first there was the possibility but it doesn't go there, at least in this dimension.
And The Not So Much:
- The book is set in a small town in Nebraska, but there were many sayings and words that were not pertinent to the American version of English. Some of the words the characters said would never have be spoken in small town America by American teens, such as pram, plaster instead of bandage, balaclava (which is a ski mask) and several others. The author currently lives in Australia, and it was clearly evident that some of the speech used was suited for Australia. I am curious as to why she didn't set the book somewhere that she was more familiar with, there was nothing in the book that indicated it needed to take place in the U.S. I just thought some of the dialect was out of place for the Midwest of the U.S.
- While I liked the idea of multiple dimensions and sliding through time, not everything was clear. Could only the people from the one dimension slide, or were there others? I didn't quite buy into the idea of so many seemingly inconsequential decisions splitting into other dimensions. If that were indeed the case, there would be hundreds of thousands of parallel universes for one person. I could see a new reality splitting from a big, life changing choice, but not from hundreds of simple questions. There were a few holes in the plot, but that is to be expected when taking on such a challenging topic. My advice, don't try and get too technical with all the science, just go with it.
- The book has a slow start. A great deal of time is devoted to getting to know the characters and establishing the parameters in the small, boring town of Green Grove. Plenty of time is spent at high school dealing with the everyday problems of teens. There are also appearances of the typical stereotypes such as the mean girls and school slut and the awkward boy who moved away and returns a hottie. Thankfully, there is a lot of focus on the mystery of Tom and his strange behavior and Lillie's reoccurring dreams of death to keep you engaged. Finally at the two thirds mark, the true story is revealed and things get interesting. There is also plenty of humor to keep you entertained as well.
When the World Was Flat and We Were in Love is a book that I found to be interesting and challenging. I liked exploring some of Einstein's ideas and learning more about multiple dimensions. This book provides plenty of food for thought. If you are in the mood for something that is different and has some depth, try this one. I am always excited to take a chance on a Strange Chemistry title as they are known for unique reads.
“He had a girlfriend back in England or Australia, who he was hung up on, and for all intents and purposes she was hung up on him as well. They probably poked each other on Facebook and Skyped for hours on end.”
"I realized as I pushed it open that I was still wearing his coat. I pulled the collar up around my neck and breathed in his scent, laughing as I wondered what the girls would say. Sylv would probably tell me I was one step away from sniffing his underwear."
"We ended up asking her dad about the training bra together. You know what they say about safety in numbers. "What are you in training for?" he had asked. "Big boobs," I responded."
"Soulmates," he continued, "are two people who have loved each other in another dimension."
A big thanks to Strange Chemistry for the ARC copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.