Saturday, September 12, 2015

Spotlight: The Game Master

Title                                               The Game Master
Genre                                            Middle Grade 10-13yo
Print Length:                                220 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN:     1326227971
  • Publisher:                                     PublishNation (13 April 2015)

Book blurb:
Tired of arguing over which of them was the best gamer, Josh and Alex stumbled upon a new video game shop, run by an enigmatic Japanese shopkeeper. He was to be their Game Master in this virtual reality video game that had no game controls. Little did they know it was a game that would change their lives, of their friends… and enemies… forever.
“Oh! This game is no ordinary game,” The Game Master explained, “It reads your thoughts, seeks out your weaknesses to provide you with challenges.”
  "It can read our minds?" puzzled the boys. As they progressed through the game’s levels they discovered more about those around them. Then, mysteriously, the Game of Life began to spread its influence beyond Josh and Alex’s lives and to their friends.
  From switching roles with each other, campfire frolics and ghostly stories from their teachers, the Game Master’s zany antics as he hosted a T.V. game show, “Hiro’s Happy Heroes,” released a string of rib tickling gags, teases and tantalising tattles.

Ian Copsey bio:
British by birth and an avid young reader, Ian Copsey had early aspirations as an author but realised the need to support a family. He has spent 27 years living in Asia (Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan, where he now lives) gaining understanding of cultures and how, at a basic level, we are all similar at our core.
Finally, Ian found time to write his first novel, The Game Master, formulated by his interests in how children learn to perceive the world around them. What makes us so different? Why do we think differently? How or what, when we are growing up from being a baby to an adult, shapes our ideas, thoughts and ways of doing things? There are many reasons. Some are positive and some are not. 
I am a closet psychologist and enjoy observing how apparent different cultures are really much the same, their beliefs coming from a similar source but expressed in a different "language." The Game Master explores just some of these issues within its storyline and my next book will delve more deeply into perceptions that the human animal that can be so cruel but sometimes so pure... 
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