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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

"Alexander" by Tanya Yvonne

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"Alexander" is the story of 5-year-old Alexander who has just lost his mother and has been taken in by his Aunt Brina. Not only is Alexander trying to cope with this sudden change, but he finds himself haunted by strange dreams of unearthly creatures and a burgeoning awareness/sixth sense of the world around him. It's a quick interesting novella (deemed by the author as an "appetizer" of the story to come). Part of the story takes place on the planet Gaia, where self-proclaimed "higher beings" are monitoring Alexander and his aunt with growing interest, for Alexander is not as human as he appears and there are some on planet Gaia feel he should no longer exist.

"Alexander" is a good read. It's not without some clumsiness in its transitions, but that's something easily fixed with a little editing. I wouldn't have minded a longer novel, but I'll certainly be on the look out for further stories about Alexander and his aunt, and how they could possibly change the course of human existence and evolution. To get your own copy, or to learn more about the author, you can visit or buy a copy at

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