Today I bring you a Book Spotlight and an very short interview with Pavarti, author of Shadow on the Wall. I've been hearing nothing but good things about this book especially the Thought Provoking part. I'm really intrigued if I'll have the same opinion about it. Lets get to know more about the book and what people are saying about. Lets also know what inspired the author on writing the book!
by Pavarti K. Tyler
Published: May 1, 2012
Publisher: Fighting Monkey Press
Recai Osman: Muslim, philosopher, billionaire and Superhero?
Controversial and daring, Shadow on the Wall details the transformation of Recai Osman from complicated man to Superhero. Forced to witness the cruelty of the Morality Police in his home city of Elih, Turkey, Recai is called upon by the power of the desert to be the vehicle of change. Does he have the strength to answer Allah's call or will his dark past and self doubt stand in his way?
Pulling on his faith in Allah, the friendship of a Jewish father-figure and a deeply held belief that his people deserve better, Recai Osman must become The SandStorm.
In the tradition of books by Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie, Shadow on the Wall tackles issues of religion, gender, corruption and the basic human condition. Beautiful and challenging, this is not a book to miss.
I haven't read a book this good in a very long time. Touted as Book 1 of a new series, I sincerely hope there are many more to come. I believe the author has a real passion for the premise of the series. - Jana Davis
Tyler gives us a triumph in feminist literature, while supplying a believable ‘superhero’. Recai possesses no overt unearthly powers, but instead relies on his faith in knowing of what is right and wrong. - Jaime (Twisting the Lens)
This is a thought-provoking book. Recai is the main character and an unusual one at that. He stands to be very wealthy as the heir to a huge company. He hasn't fully taken his destiny into his hands yet, but his time is coming. The reader will get the feel that something important will happen very soon. - Krystal
1. What inspired you in writing Shadow on the Wall?
Initially, it was a challenge given out by a friend of mine for someone to write a Middle Eastern Superhero story. It was a meme for his blog and after writing non-stop for 3 days I realized there was more here then just a goof. I certainly hope those who read Shadow on the Wall will enjoy the story, but I wrote this story not only to entertain but to inspire examination of the world around us. Our civilization is at a breaking point. People are taking sides and oppression is closing in on all of us. From religion to politics to the general cultural climate it seems everyone is on high alert. In my experience though, people – average, everyday people – are not so different from each other. Perhaps writing such a dark story is my call to action; this is the nightmare waiting for us at the end of the tunnel. What will it take for each of us to stand up for what we believe in? Recai has a calling, a mission. He is given his path. We are not. When faced with a choice between oppression and freedom, between standing up for someone else or sitting back and watching the sky fall, what will you do? Will you choose to live like Maryam, seeing the good in people and finding a way to make the world better? I hope so.
2. When did you realize that you have a talent in writing?
September 2nd 1986... Or I have no idea, it's definitely one of those two though.
3. If you could describe your book in three words what would that be?
Controversial, Thought-Provoking, Humanist
4. If you could make one influential person to read your book, who would that be and why?
I've already had this dream come true :) Dr Naif Al-Mutawa of the99.org agreed to read it after I befriended him on Facebook. He not only read it but publicly recommended it on his page saying: "I received a copy of Pavarti K Tyler‘s new book entitled “Shadow on the Wall” to review. What I will say to you is this. Buy it. Read it. It was wonderful. Not only was it a page turner that I read in one sitting (something I have not done in a few years), the story lines were well constructed and the dots all amazingly connected. Well done!"
I couldn't be more thrilled and I hope you all go check out his work, the first comic in his series is free to read online.
About the Author
What do you think of Shadow on the Wall?
It's now available on Amazon so make sure you grab a copy!
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