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rank 585
word count 18868
date submitted 12.04.2012
date updated 17.04.2012
genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult
classification: moderate
complete

Tasakeru, Book I: Without a Name

BHS (Brian Hamilton Stanley)

This is the story of another Earth, where humans have never existed. Sentient mammals live in conflict, and Outcasts will save the world...

 

This is the story of an Earth devoid of humankind. In man’s place, animals have risen to form their own societies and cultures, some of which mirror those of humans, and others of which are entirely different. On a lonely island somewhere in the vast ocean, eight mammal species have reached a fragile truce after centuries of war. However, to keep the peace, those that go against their species’ customs are exiled to the uncharted wilderness called Tasakeru.

Forgotten by the world, their names are unknown to all. But in time, they will become critical to the survival of their people, their homes, and everything that they know.

And one day, they will be whispered of as legends…

These are the tales of the Outcasts of Tasakeru.

This is their story.

An original young-adult fantasy adventure by Brian Stanley, the first book in a series of twenty-four. More can be found at http://tasakeru.com

 
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adventure, angst, animals, drama, exiles, fable, fantasy, gods, japanese culture, magic, mammals, outcasts, philosophical, religious, samurai, tasaker...

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ELAdams wrote 718 days ago

I love this- it's really unique. The characters are great, the writing is fantastic, and you completely draw the reader into the world. Amazing stuff- six stars from me!
Emma

giggy wrote 725 days ago

Hi Brian-A great piece of fantasy that has a strong start. Its fluent and well thought out. Your characters have clear, strong personalities and descriptions. They were clearly developed in this first chapter that I've read. You set the right kind of intrigue at the end of the chapter to keep me turning the pages! I'm really drawn into the story and will keep reading...Very well written.

Good luck,
sk giggy

CoCoBean wrote 733 days ago

I already feel a kinship with the well-drawn characters and have a mental map of the world developing in my mind. Can hardly wait to know what happens next!

Troll wrote 733 days ago

Great start - Japanese flavor - particularly the anamism aspects of Shinto.

Jim Darcy wrote 732 days ago

This made for a different read and I enjoyed the chapters posted here. I always liked the programmes like Thundercats, where the characters were animals, and this puts me in mind, favourably, of those. Would make a great cartoon series and can see the merchandise now - so cut me in for 10%! :)

Karamak wrote 708 days ago

A beautifully written unique story, excellently conveyed highly stared Brian well done. Karen.

Bookkus wrote 716 days ago

Really liked the book. Come check out our submission section.

-William
Bookkus Publishing
www.bookkus.com

LintonWood wrote 716 days ago

Although not what I would normally choose to read, I found Taskeru to be an imaginative and intriguing idea that is well told. You use lots of dialogue to move things along and to show reader what goes on in your imagined world without boring descriptive narration. Perhaps at times some of the speech sounded just a tiny bit too modern for a fantasy setting, but that's just me. You seem to write with confidence and a clear plan, so I wish you all the best in your endeavour.
Linton

ELAdams wrote 718 days ago

I love this- it's really unique. The characters are great, the writing is fantastic, and you completely draw the reader into the world. Amazing stuff- six stars from me!
Emma

Bookkus wrote 721 days ago

Hi Brian,
I really like your story the original story line along with Japanese culture is really great. I enjoy how there is a variety of races and how the interact is sure to be interesting as the chapters go on. I am on chapter 4 and plan to finish reading it by tonight or tomorrow. Thanks for writing it. Hopefully you get a chance to check out our site. It might be something you are interested in.
-William
www.bookkus.com

Bookkus wrote 721 days ago

Hi Brian,
I really like your story the original story line along with Japanese culture is really great. I enjoy how there is a variety of races and how the interact is sure to be interesting as the chapters go on. I am on chapter 4 and plan to finish reading it by tonight or tomorrow. Thanks for writing it. Hopefully you get a chance to check out our site. It might be something you are interested in.
-William
www.bookkus.com

giggy wrote 725 days ago

Hi Brian-A great piece of fantasy that has a strong start. Its fluent and well thought out. Your characters have clear, strong personalities and descriptions. They were clearly developed in this first chapter that I've read. You set the right kind of intrigue at the end of the chapter to keep me turning the pages! I'm really drawn into the story and will keep reading...Very well written.

Good luck,
sk giggy

poetess wrote 729 days ago

Absolutely fantastic! You are a gifted storyteller who weaves magical thoughts, peaceful scenes, credible personalities and believable friendships with unusual descriptions of purely frightening events. I'm definitely "hooked" on your series. Congratulations!

poetess wrote 729 days ago

You really know how to build suspense. Chapter endings make it almost impossible to stop reading or thinking about the next challenge these Outcasts will face.

poetess wrote 730 days ago

I'm so glad you submitted additional chapters. This is a cliff-hanger, for sure.

srstanley wrote 730 days ago

This book combines highly original characters with universal themes. It can be a parable about dealing with difference and the power of community to overcome victimhood and to bring hope and purpose into the lives of the stigmatized. This writer has obviously put his own life into the lives of his characters and also created a story that is also our own. This is a story about us all which should be read and supported by us all!

FringeBenefits wrote 732 days ago

Great start - Japanese flavor - particularly the anamism aspects of Shinto.



I'm glad you noticed that! Well done!

FringeBenefits wrote 732 days ago

I already feel a kinship with the well-drawn characters and have a mental map of the world developing in my mind. Can hardly wait to know what happens next!



I hope the conclusion was worth the wait! Thanks for your comments, I really appreciate the feedback.

FringeBenefits wrote 732 days ago

This made for a different read and I enjoyed the chapters posted here. I always liked the programmes like Thundercats, where the characters were animals, and this puts me in mind, favourably, of those. Would make a great cartoon series and can see the merchandise now - so cut me in for 10%! :)



Ha ha, that's the plan, eventually! I'll let you know about that cut once I get published. ;)

Thanks for your comments!

FringeBenefits wrote 732 days ago

Interesting idea, liked the writing - it flowed easily. I was a little confused at the start - despite the pitch I wanted to know a little more about where we were and so on, but I can see that it will develop and my questions will be answered. The talking beasts and idea of this parallel earth is intriguing and was enough to make me read on. Any more coming soon?



Thank you for your comments! The rest of the first book is up now, as are four out of five chapters of the second. More will be posted over the next few days, but if you can't wait until then, please feel free to visit http://tasakeru.com for the rest.

Cariad wrote 732 days ago

Interesting idea, liked the writing - it flowed easily. I was a little confused at the start - despite the pitch I wanted to know a little more about where we were and so on, but I can see that it will develop and my questions will be answered. The talking beasts and idea of this parallel earth is intriguing and was enough to make me read on. Any more coming soon?

Jim Darcy wrote 732 days ago

This made for a different read and I enjoyed the chapters posted here. I always liked the programmes like Thundercats, where the characters were animals, and this puts me in mind, favourably, of those. Would make a great cartoon series and can see the merchandise now - so cut me in for 10%! :)

Troll wrote 733 days ago

Great start - Japanese flavor - particularly the anamism aspects of Shinto.

CoCoBean wrote 733 days ago

I already feel a kinship with the well-drawn characters and have a mental map of the world developing in my mind. Can hardly wait to know what happens next!

poetess wrote 734 days ago

I like the fact that narration and dialogue reveal characters' different personalities: Ashpaw (kind, wise and gentlemanly), Faun (naughty, yet comical) and Hanami (innocent, but becoming more confident). You're a talented writer.

poetess wrote 734 days ago

I'm already looking forward to this journey through Tasakeru. This first chapter contains a unique blend of haiku, journal entries, excellent description, characters with distinct personalities, veiled tension/mystery and an imaginary universe.

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