Gestation

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Gideon Masters appreciation

Gideon Masters

It’s really difficult to write about someone who uses a pseudonym to maintain anonymity rather than distinguish between their writing personas (John Samson/RJ Whitfield; Robbie/Roberta Eaton Cheadle). However, as this is a focus on writing, it’s fairly easy. Gideon Masters has written books I would not have read had I not been the publisher.
Known as the Lucifer’s Child trilogy, the three books, Lucifer’s Child, Ovum and Gestation tell of a struggle for the world and mind of humanity. It was once described to me as esoteric dystopia.
Essentially a tale of survival and good vs bad, Gideon brings together various religious perspectives, teasing out aspects of different beliefs and religious practices. Discussing these over a cup of coffee with Gideon, and subsequently restoring some order to life is always a pleasure.
Understanding the background enabled me to remain relatively objective; very necessary given the graphic (but not gratuitous) descriptions especially in Lucifer’s Child which is the most vivid and brutal.
Over coffee, we’ve explored ways to promote Lucifer’s Child but short of creating a whole other human persona to market the books, the task will remain more difficult.
While I’ve valued, and value, our coffee chats touching on themes in Lucifer’s Child, Ovum and Gestation, the books themselves are worth a read to see how Gideon unravels two, if not more, parallel and intersecting worlds. The interplay and movement between worlds fascinates me as does the alternating personas: There’s no shortage of either in this trilogy.
For someone, like me, who is firmly rooted in past reality, my mind boggles and somersaults at Gideon’s imagination and creativity, even more so when I know he was taken over by the story (as some authors are) rather than being the crafter.

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Reconciliation

If one wanted to identify a theme in the books I enjoy, it will most likely be Reconciliation. People finding ways to put aside their differences and come to a closer understanding of each other. It’s a theme dominant in TSL author John Samson’s work: Powerless and Shaka Are Dead (don’t forget The Good Vicar).

Some other books I’ve enjoyed and others I will look to read include:

Harper Lee – To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman

Antonia Hayes – Relativity

Various other books by TSL authors have elements of reconciliation: Death on the Vine by Linda Kane and Gestation by Gideon Masters.

first published 14 May 2017, updated 2024