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The Aphorisms of Kherishdar by M.C.A. Hogarth

The wisdom tales of aliens. 

For the Ai-Naidar, a species of slim, gracile aliens, caste and tradition are not the shackles that imprison the spirit but the silences that make sense of the music of their lives. The Aphorisms of Kherishdar collects 25 short tales about what it is to have an Ai-Naidari soul: to find comfort in tradition, law and structure; to revere interdependence over individualism; to know one’s place . . . to always have one.


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The Grace of a New World

By Eli James, editor

Aug 31, 2010: come sit down with me
I will serve you tea and cheese
let us eat and talk

the world moves quickly
we forget beautiful things
because we see not

fine morning roses
the curve of moon clouds at night
bright twinkle of stars

we are rushed people
we snort Facebook Twitter Blogs
digital coke

the beautiful life
forgotten lonely hearts
the smallest smile

Aphorisms here
many dratted syllables
but very awesome

like tea and cheese talk
you slow down think and relax
watch clear blue skies

but this condition
all through words by M Hogarth
wonderful salve

for speedburns from life
come read love pray sip quickly
i grant five star like

for there are good books
and there are good books reread
this is the latter

Note: I did this for fun, and out of admiration for what M.C.A. Hogarth has done. Read this; read the Aphorisms of Kherishdar, I cannot recommend this too highly.

(better at writing
prose not nice haikus sadly
refrigerator!)

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Editor’s First Impression

By Chris Poirier, editor

Sep 3, 2009: I’m not a big fan of high fantasy—it can often be so very over-written as to be painful to read. This is not like that. There is the occasional word or image that is a bit over the top—and some of the made-up nouns are a little much—but the writing is otherwise careful and beautiful. Each vignette is self-contained, and I found myself quickly drawn in, turning pages.

Neat idea, solidly done.

Note: the author considers it science fiction, but the parts I’ve read don’t read that way to me. That said, things may change further on.

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A world unlike our own, in twenty five part harmony

By ubersoft, author of A Rake by Starlight

Jul 20, 2012: “I am the Calligrapher, and I serve Civilization. You know my people as the Ai-Naidar; my empire as Kherishdar. It is a society that spans five worlds and several thousand years, with laws and customs that have served us for as long as we have walked these earths.”

With these words, author M.C.A. Hogarth introduces us to a civilization that is truly alien. And the way she does it is brilliant: the “author” of the book is an alien, a proud [more . . .]

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It’s not read, it’s experienced.

By Teresa Garcia, author of Selkies' Skins: Temple and Skinquest

Jul 18, 2012: I personally loved this, especially how it was little vignettes. Each short segment of it was well crafted so that it served as both a window into that cultures she writes so well, and a mirror into our hearts and minds for examination.

What I like most is that the author creates not only a whole culture, but an entire language, both spoken and written. These two things are the whole crux, in my opinion, as her alien civilization forms it, [more . . .]

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Calligraphy in Prose

By S. D. Youngren, author of Rowena's Page

Jul 30, 2010: I rarely read the on-site reader discussions of online fiction; these usually seem to consist of “This is so cool!” and “I can’t wait to see what happens next!” Doubtless this is edifying for the author, but it doesn’t add much to my experience as a reader. It’s different with M. C. A. Hogarth’s The Aphorisms of Kherishdar. Here people—obviously very involved people—discuss the culture and philosophy of the characters, known as the Ai-Naidar, and whether or not the particular chapters are sad. I actually took to reading each of [more . . .]

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