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I love to learn new things, and I love a good story so I read a lot. I’d thought I’d share my thoughts with the world, and hopefully it will help others find books they enjoy. I also have a lot of hobbies, like crafts and genealogy which I pursue when I have the time.

As for the title of this blog-

Roots refers to the ancestral roots we all have, whether we seek them or not, and the cultural, intellectual and spiritual roots of the stories we currently tell.

Leaves is for the leaves of books, and the leaves, human beings which are being born every day budding and unfolding, adding to the family tree, just as other leaves fall, but their roots and branches remain.

Threads is for the “thread of poetry that connects all things” as a Celtic saying goes, and the threads/yarn/cord and other materials used in crafts. Threads connect us to thousands of years ago when humans first learned to create textiles.

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  1. Michael said,

    Stranger than Fiction

    Fantasy Author Offers his Autism Story

    It has been said that all geniuses must deal with the fate of being misunderstood. Perhaps that is also the fate of those dealing with autism spectrum disorders. Surely Caiseal Mór, bestselling author of The Wanderers Series, The Watchers Series and The Wellspring Trilogy would agree. Diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder around the age of 9, Mór developed a strategy for dealing with the world by assuming different personas—the Mahji, Charles P. Puddlejumper, Marco Polo and Chameleon Feeble—all of whom appear in his autobiography, A Blessing and a Curse: Autism and Me (April 2007; Jessica Kingsley Publishers; $18.95; 978-1-84310-573-2).

    “My symptoms aren’t the problem,” Mór writes on his website, “the perception you have of my symptoms is the problem.” His early preoccupation with pretending to be different characters allowed him to deal with the “problem” of perception which manifested itself in the form of ignorance and abuse, but became an invaluable contribution to his fantasy writing. Mór’s captivating autobiography poignantly demonstrates the struggles those living with autism must endure but offers the reader hope that those on the autism spectrum can ultimately accept themselves and live creative, productive and satisfying lives. Though this book is not fiction, A Blessing and a Curse blurs the line between personal experience and fantasy.

    Mór’s autobiography is as compelling as any novel and a must read for those dealing with feelings of isolation or disconnect as a result of autism. The depictions of his various personas offer insight into the minds of those dealing with autism and also make clear the tremendous creative potential of those on the spectrum. The progress that has been made in understanding autism since the time of Mór’s childhood during the 1970s is also evident. Remembering the abuses and neglect of his youth, Mór paints a picture that is, in the words of Donna Williams in the book’s foreword, “as beautiful and magical as it is shocking.”

    Caiseal Mór is the well-known author of two non-fiction books, twelve fantasy novels, including The Wellspring and Watchers Trilogies, and the composer of six accompanying musical CDs. He lives in Australia with his wife.

    Further information about this book may be found on the JKP website: http://www.jkp.com/catalogue/book.php/isbn/9781843104995

    Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 116 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9JB, UK
    Tel: (+44) 020 7833 2307 Fax: (+44) 020 7837 2917 email: post@jkp.com

    In the US: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Inc. 400 Market Street, Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA

    Tel: (Toll free ordering) 866-416-1078 Tel: (main office) 215-922-1161 Fax: 215-922-1474 email: orders@jkp.com

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    Independent Publisher of the Year
    Academic & Professional Publisher of the Year

  2. john Orlando said,

    I hope to interest you in reviewing my novel, The Drums of Legenderry, in your blog. The book targets middle-grade readers and others who might enjoy a fantasy visit to the mythical village of Legenderry.

    Located in the mountains of northern Italy, Legenderry is surrounded by an enchanted forest inhabited by a goddess called The Rhythm Maiden and her family of spirit beings. They possess magical powers that they use to help humankind and sometimes trick people in a fun way. The novel is loaded with mythological stories about the first drum, weeping willow tree, magnifying glass and other fun folklore. It also unearths in a delightful story why no giants’ bones have ever been discovered. Rhythm trickles throughout the book as the Rhythm Maiden arranges the rocks in her turbulent stream to create exciting, rhythmic patterns.

    Please visit my website at http://www.Legenderry.com where you can find sample chapters, my biography, and samples of my complementary drumming CD called Drum Songs. The Drums of Legenderry is available on my website, Amazon or as an ebook at MobiePocket and other ebook distributors.

    Please let me know if you would consider posting a review of the book and perhaps the CD. I would be delighted to send you a complimentary copy. Thank you for your time and consideration.

    Yours truly,

    John J. Orlando


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