Toru: Wayfarer Returns

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Product Details

Price
$16.95
Publisher
Palantir Press LLC
Publish Date
February 16, 2016
Pages
274
Dimensions
6.0 X 0.62 X 9.0 inches | 0.89 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780996932318

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About the Author

Stephanie R. Sorensen is a writer based in the Victorian mining town of Leadville, Colorado, where she lives at 10,251 feet with her husband, five chickens, two bantam English game hens and one Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. After a former life in big cities-New York City, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Boston, Mexico City, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Santa Fe-she now enjoys the birdsong and quiet writing time she finds in Leadville. As a Leadville local, she likes her Victorian attire spiced with a little neo-Victorian futurism and the biggest bustle possible. Recognition for Stephanie's debut novel "Toru: Wayfarer Returns" -- Finalist, Fantasy category, 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards -- Bronze Medal Award, Multicultural Fiction category, 2016 eLit Book Awards -- Awesome Indies Approved -- IndieB.R.A.G Medallion Award -- Shortlisted (winners TBD), Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction, 2016 Cygnus TORU: WAYFARER RETURNS draws on her experience living and working in Japan; her next historical novel is set in Mexico where she also lived for several years.

Reviews

"TORU: WAYFARER RETURNS is a fast-paced historical adventure steeped in Japanese culture." -- IndieReader "I loved TORU: WAYFARER RETURNS. Loved. It. How's that for a review? Author Stephanie R. Sorenson is an extremely intriguing new voice in the field of steampunk fiction, and any lover of the genre should run, not walk, to get her book!" -- Tracy Slowiak, Readers' Favorite reviewer "TORU is a vast thought experiment, at times touching and engaging, it is also optimistic. There is the sense that we, in our time, with increasing levels of injustice in our society, could lean from a bunch of open-minded dreamers on the edge of revolution. And who wouldn't want dragon airships after all!" -- BlackRainbowBlade blog "I completely enjoyed author Stephanie R. Sorenson's creativity and ability to write a unique storyline overlying the actual time period of Japan in 1852. Author Sorenson has done a brilliant job at creating characters that her readers will connect with and care about, certainly no small feat. Any reader who enjoys steampunk, historical fiction, or just a great read in general should absolutely read TORU: WAYFARER RETURNS. I highly recommend this book, and am very much looking forward to reading the next in the series as soon as it is available. If it's anything like this book, it will absolutely be a worthwhile read!" -- Chris Fischer, Readers' Favorite reviewer
RECOGNITION AND AWARDS FINALIST, Fantasy 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards BRONZE MEDAL, Multicultural Fiction 2016 eLIT Book Awards SHORTLIST (Winners TBD) Science Fiction, 2016 Cygnus Book Awards APPROVED, Five Stars, Awesome Indies MEDALLION HONOREE, IndieB.R.A.G. Award "The paths of sword and steam cross brilliantly....Approachable and satisfying." -- Awesome Indies, Approved, 5 Stars "First-time author Sorensen launches her Sakura Steam series with a well-told what-if story that brings a steampunk aesthetic to real-life 1800s Japan... Sorenson cunningly blends far-out fiction with actual historical personages....Young adults as well as older readers can partake of the delicious genre-blending bento. Cool alternative-history yarn of yester-century Nippon, a promising steampunk-energized start." -- Kirkus Reviews "Sorensen immerses readers in a compelling and provocative story....an absorbing read." - BlueInk Review "Toru is an enjoyable and believable work of alternative historical fiction." - Foreword/Clarion Reviews 5 Stars "TORU: WAYFARER RETURNS is a fast-paced historical adventure steeped in Japanese culture." -- IndieReader "A terrifically vivid historical novel set in an 1852 Japan re-imagined along Steampunk lines...Anyone reading it will eagerly look forward to the next volume." -- Historical Novel Society "I loved this book and I definitely recommend it for anyone who is looking for Steampunk that pushes the boundaries of the genre. Airships and samurai swords collide in this thoughtful and compelling alternative history about a culture every bit as rich and nuanced as those usually featured in Steampunk literature, but far less familiar." -- Phoebe Darqueeling of For Whom the Gear Turns "Rather than just a simple steampunk setting, Sorensen steeps her world in history, and finds a fascinating theme to play with: the conflict between tradition and the future, to say nothing of Japan's complex relationship with the outside world." -- Josh Mauthe of Umney's Alley "Outrageous book with strong characters and compelling story" -- Fred Fanning on Amazon "Steampunk adventure sharing a tale of patriotism, honor and love" -- MarthasBookshelf "Good book. Good idea....Anyone interested in Japan, in samurai, in traditional cultures, or in the clash between tradition and modernity -- you should read this book. And the sequels, when they arrive. And anyone who likes a well-written story of one man struggling both for and against society, anyone who is interested in the struggle to break out of a rigid class system and become more than the role created by one's birth, you should read the book, too." -- Theoden Humphrey, VINE VOICE Amazon reviewer "Toru is a vast thought experiment, at times touching and engaging, it is also optimistic. There is the sense that we, in our time, with increasing levels of injustice in our society, could learn from a bunch of open-minded dreamers on the edge of revolution. And who wouldn't want dragon airships after all!" -- BlackRainbowBlade blog "There will probably be some debate as to exactly what genre this book belongs. Is it Alternate Historical Fiction? Is it Steampunk? Is it somehow both? Or neither? My answer to those questions is that it is all of the above. With the addition of dirigibles, it clearly enters the realm of Steampunk, but since it is set in an actual period of our world's history, this takes it away from the Steampunk genre and instead into the realm of alternate historical fiction. All in all, the genre does not really matter. It is the story that matters and the story is superb." --AmiesBookBlog "If you're into the Steampunk genre or even if you're not, it's a beautiful read." - T.S. O'Neill. "If you're looking for something out of the ordinary, something that is gripping, intelligent, and utterly unique, read 'Toru: The Wayfarer Returns.'" - J.M. Lipp.