General Update and Book Reviews

To say the first 2 1/2 months of 2022 have been extremely busy is an understatement. It’s a good busy, so I can’t complain. While I organise my week and spend my Sunday listening to Kris Kristofferson and the wisdom on life he shares in his many songs, I’m looking at the book reviews I’ve started and created notes for.

I’ll start posting this week. I wrote a few movie reviews, too, so I might get them up. My intentions are good but when I get busy, I lose track of a lot.

In other news, Allan Hudson of The Miramichi Reader reviewed Natural Selection. The review was posted January 24th. It’s available here: Natural Selection by Diane McGyver.

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Dystopian World Defined

With the release of my first dystopian novel, Natural Selection, I’ve paused to understand exactly what dystopian means. Some might say it’s a dysfunctional society in a dysfunctional world. A world filled with extreme hard times, mostly for the average human being as there always seems to be a higher class that still lives in the lap of luxury.

Or it might be the last remains of a dying civilization with hope balanced on the shoulders of a sole individual or a few individuals.

Or it might be the collapse of society as we know it in the developed countries. This means those living in isolated locations, such tribes and people with little or no contact with modern man, are not affected.

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“Natural Selection” Proof Arrived

A few weeks ago, the proof for Natural Selection arrived. The plan is to launch it in October. It’s my first dystopian, but it’s not like others in the genre. There are no zombies, gore, lone survivor, mass destruction of the planet, Hunger Games style tyranny or Mad Max desperation.

It’s a simple story suitable for kids 12 and up. I hadn’t set out to write a young adult book, but it happened. There are no harsh curse words, rape or sex scenes. There is mild kissing.

When I think of it, it’s cleaner than most current Disney cartoons aimed at ages 12 and below.