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A grand fantasy epic that draws inspiration from fictions both old and new. Five gods are born into a world of absolute nothingness and have but one task to complete – build. Each of them have their own special powers and talents which they lend toward this effort, but before long, darkness takes root within the world that they construct. The gods struggle against their enA grand fantasy epic that draws inspiration from fictions both old and new. Five gods are born into a world of absolute nothingness and have but one task to complete – build. Each of them have their own special powers and talents which they lend toward this effort, but before long, darkness takes root within the world that they construct. The gods struggle against their enemy throughout the ages and despite all of their power, they find that evil is a cunning opponent which comes in many forms. They care for the world as it grows to new heights and serve as champions for the people that live within it. This sprawling tale spans from the birth of a world until the end of its days and takes readers on a journey that freshly combines familiar narrative elements and themes....

Title : Digitarum
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ISBN : 9780996157322
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 193 Pages
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Digitarum Reviews

  • Aly
    2019-05-28 01:42

    I think this book is very different from most books in a good way. I enjoyed the author's use of different mythologies to create a new world and another reality. This book is very fun to read and a change from the normal for me. I think you should see what you think when you are looking for something new. * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

  • Kaitlin
    2019-06-10 04:39

    I received this as a review copy for free from the author but that in no way affects my review or opinions of the book.I'm giving this book or short story a 3.5* rating which means I liked it a lot, but there was still a bit more room for improvement in my eyes, and as always with me it was due to the length of the story (I love longer stories). This story focusses on the creation and development of a world over a huge amount of time and we see its initial inception leading up to the present day. We follow 5 god-like beings who begin without any purpose or knowledge of who, what or where they are, but when they're told to just create a world this is exactly what they do.I liked the writing style of this story as it had certain echoes of a story being told aloud. It seemed as though it was a fairly apt way to tell a vast story in a way that didn't feel too rushed, and was engaging. However, even noting that I did like the writing style of the story, I still found the length to be a little less than I tend to prefer and because the story was told at a fairly mellow pace there was never a moment of absolute awe I was never on the edge of my seat.I think the characters who we meet in this story are more thought-provoking than anything else. I didn't feel a real sense of attachment to them but the exploration and blend of different ideals and mythologies within this book were certainly interesting to consider. I liked that we had a whole range of different things being woven into this story, not only the creation story reimagined in numerous ways, but also the evolution of mankind and how on a smaller scale this could have been drastically different or more progressive.It's an interesting and thought-provoking short story to be sure and considering that it is so short it does pack in a fair amount of world-building and story. However, I love a good character I can really attach myself to and root for and in this story I just didn't know the characters quite well enough to do that.I think if you like an interesting story with some cool elements and retrospective moments to do with colonisation and evolution then maybe this is a great read for you because it does those things well, but if you like a more developed and intricate story and characters then this isn't quite there. I'd say it's a good read and one I certainly enjoyed and found easy to read, so it's a 3.5* rating from me :)

  • Mik Hetu
    2019-06-13 23:58

    I’m impressed!Derek Bailey creates not just another world but a whole ‘nother reality; he has quite a vivid, detailed, and thorough imagination. What’s more, he is able to convey this other-reality universe and many generations of life in it with pretty good storytelling. The characters drive the action and make you want to keep reading till the end, and the end wraps up the plot nicely.They characters are portrayed with minimal description and dialogue but through their actions are convincingly three-dimensional. In fact, I am sure that various readers will identify with different main characters, and there are a few scenes that I am sure some readers will read and think, “That’s like me” or “That’s exactly like my brother / sister / cousin / friend.” From his author profile we know that Derek Bailey is relatively young, and he tells us that this is his first novel. It is not altogether surprising, then, that he does not have the voice of someone who has written a dozen books – but that’s okay! Although his relative inexperience shows a bit, overall, it is a good, solid piece of work. (I look back at what I wrote when I was his age, and I’m blown away by the comparison!) He touches on some rather big issues, both societal and personal, but with a light hand – he doesn’t sound preachy or naïve. In other words, no, this is not a masterpiece, but it is an enjoyable and worthwhile read.In summation, yes, I will buy his future books, and I’m betting he will develop both his writing and a fine fan following.

  • James Chatham
    2019-06-20 01:48

    [3.5 stars]I was sent the book for review from the author but that in no way affects how I feel about the book.Digitarum is a novel that, drawing from many different myths from around the world, basically chronicles the evolution of a world and it's society from the world's conception to its end. I thought the premise was quite unique, and how the world is developed through the ages is very interesting and done very well. The writing style of this book reminds me of a story being told aloud, like an myth being passed down. It works very well for this story.However, most likely owing to the short length and large scope of the novel, the character development was lacking for me. I would have liked to see more interaction between the gods and for their personalities to be fleshed out more. I also felt like the pacing and mood were both quite rigid throughout the novel, and the ending, which could have been very epic, kind of fell flat for me.Overall, despite the problems I had with the book, I still very much enjoyed it. The storyline is very well-plotted and the world is interesting. It's an impressive debut, and I look forward to reading more from Bailey in the future!

  • Cy Wyss
    2019-05-24 23:46

    Digitarum is world-building of a different sort, being really more of a creation myth than anything else. Five gods emerge from a primordial egg into a dark, empty universe and they are told each has their purpose. One lights the space and becomes known as the light bringer. Others start to create: land, a tower, colors, and finally beings in their own image. One of the gods moves off from the others and is only interested in destruction, believing that's his purpose. Will the destroyer tear down what the creators have made? Or will the fledgling beings in this new world band together with their creator gods and banish the destroyer? The answers make for a compelling story.I liked the book. The writing is well-paced and flowing. It is, however, fairly abstract and (for example) low on specific descriptions. I found it hard to visualize the gods themselves and their people, other than imagining them as fairly generic but blue humans. Similarly for the landscape. The gods also seem to fall into the common trap of super powers which is that their extent is never clear. They seem to be as powerful (or not) as needed for the story. I realize fantasies like Digitarum require significant suspension of disbelief and perhaps it is my flaw that I find it difficult, not the book's. I liked the ending twist. I had been thinking how anti-science the story was getting, then that got turned on its head at the very last second. That was a great moment and, overall, made for a good read.

  • Philip Dodd
    2019-06-18 00:50

    It is good to read a book that is like no other. Digitarum by Derek Bailey is such a book. I found it to be a refreshingly original, stimulating book to read. I think it could be classed more safely under Mythology or Alternative History than Science Fiction or Fantasy. Bravely its author goes back to the beginning and describes how it was when the first beings came to be aware of themselves and each other. The only book that its first few pages reminded me of was a modern prose translation I have of Gilgamesh. I have been interested in mythology for a long time, mostly in Norse, Greek and Sumerian myths, so I enjoyed reading this new creation myth, which had such familiar elements as gods who are makers and the one of their kind who becomes their betrayer and plans to be their destroyer, the battle between good and evil, light and darkness, all set down in an interesting, absorbing way.I like the cover of the book, too, which was designed by its author. A simple, striking image, I would call it. I read often how important the cover of a book is, as it is the first thing a potential reader sees, and yet in the reviews of books that I have read the cover is never mentioned. The cover of Digitarum is worth mentioning, as it is a fine work of art, created by the author himself. Anyone interested in mythology, alternative history, science fiction, fantasy, and books that are refreshingly different, original, would find this curious book an absorbing read.

  • Harry Fox
    2019-06-01 22:36

    I was struck by the creativity and adroitness that the author used in crafting this unusual tale. It is a fast read and entertaining, from the first page to the final plot twist. This is a tale that literally will keep you guessing until the end, when you will discover that the story is fundamentally different from what it appears. It seems, on the surface, to be a creation myth and it is, in a way. But if you are put off by what seems to be pagan mythology, don't let that stop you. The author said he did not want to offend anyone's religious beliefs, and I think he has brilliantly succeeded. The setting is unusual, and the circumstances faced are otherworldly, yet the characters are well drawn, and respond authentically. The world of Digitarum is cohesive and internally self-consistent. I found it a delightful and entertaining novel.

  • Lilly
    2019-05-26 06:53

    A well written story that manages to give you the full narrative history of the creation of a world and its ultimate destruction.Derek subtly manages to intrigue the reader into wanting to know what the destiny of the world is to be. You can visualise the world coming into existence in much the same way that a computer game builds up a world, yet swiftly that world loses the graphic feel to take on a more human sensation.This story is written as a narrative, without spending too much time assessing the view points of the characters that the story follows. It starts with the creation of a utopia, yet darkness or evil infects the world and twists the world and the plot to a more dystopian feel.

  • Laura W
    2019-06-04 22:50

    Thank you to the author, Derek Bailey, for gifting me with a copy of Digitarum in exchange for an honest review!I've never ever read a book quite like this one before. The focus of this book is very large scale but it still manages to capture the small details. Although, because it was so zoomed out, you can't really connect with the characters as well as you could have if it was smaller. I gathered a sense of their motivations but couldn't get into their heads as well as I would have liked.That, however, is my only complaint about this book! The rest is simply stunning. I haven't read that many big picture books so I'm particularly glad I read this one! Let me start by talking about the gods: I really liked how they all seemed to have 'their purpose'. That really comes into play when one of the gods, Tubu, goes 'bad' (evil and good really is subjective isn't it?). He explains it by saying it's his purpose just like all the other gods have more 'noble' purposes. It does make you think about how we define good and evil and whether good really can exist without evil in the world to provide a contrast.To that end, it also captured human emotions very well and what the gods ended up learning about the people they created.Now the ending. I feel like I have to talk about the ending (although in the vaguest of senses, don't worry!) simply because it was such a surprise. It's almost like how teachers tell you never to end a story with the MC waking up and it was all 'just a dream'. Except this ending was more classy than that and really brought together the supposed fantasy of the world the gods rule and the modern world. It does make your head spin a little and then you go back through looking for all those little things that were mentioned and realize how they fit in.I'm not sure if I'll reread it, but it certainly was a pleasure to read while it lasted!The Final Verdict:Quite a lovely big picture book that adequately captured the human spirit and turns the wheels of your mind. Good and bad are made clearly to be entirely subjective which I always enjoy thinking about!4 stars

  • Ann Andrews
    2019-06-21 23:38

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This was a book unlike anything I've ever read. Watching a world being built from nothing was exciting and enjoyable. I was fascinated to see how the gods would learn to interact with one another and with their creations. The characters are well developed, regardless of whether they were one of the five gods, or one of the creations that routinely interacted with the gods. The plot was detailed, intricate, and overall well put together. With so many twists and turns, I can appreciate all the time and effort it must have taken to keep the timeline straight. In addition, I really liked that this was a book that you could led the author lead you through, not bothering to read between the lines, and just enjoy the journey that you're taken on, or alternatively, you could really dig in and read between the lines. I could see myself rereading this book down the road and making realizations that I had missed during my first reading. Bailey's writing style is one that is easy to read and holds you captive until the final page. If you're looking for something new and unique to enjoy, I recommend this.

  • Cory Abernathy
    2019-06-20 23:32

    This book deals with 5 gods who are sent into a new world left for them to build. It follows the path of this new world under the gods' care from the beginning. It shows the point of view of the gods as they create new people to inhabit the world and watch them grow and evolve as a culture. Naturally, not all of the gods' creations are perfect examples of themselves creating tension and a constant struggle.The creations were described adequately without too much wording common to fantasy stories. The main characters are likeable, if somewhat one-dimensional. I really enjoyed this book; that is until I read the end which was very upsetting to me. Readers in general, and myself especially, do not like investing in characters and an otherwise engaging story only to have it end in such a way. It makes us feel cheated.That being said, this is still a very good fantasy novel about gods and creation. I would recommend it to readers of this genre, especially if several paragraphs were simply deleted from the very end.

  • Wesley Fox
    2019-06-03 06:43

    I read about half of Digitarum before stopping. The story is basically a new creation myth, similar to those told by ancient cultures across the world. As I read deeper, I just didn't see the point. I wasn't interested in reading a new myth. Creation myths are generally taught in history and religion courses, and aren't really read for entertainment value. While creative, and reasonably well written, it just isn't clear what Bailey was trying to accomplish by throwing out another creation story onto the heap of thousands.Digitarum (not clear on where title comes from) is about the beginning of a universe where 5 gods are spit out of a portal and told to build. Their works and struggles follow, including the creation of humanity.My first thought when I started was that this new creation myth must explore something that others do not, or rather, would have some unique, keen insight. After 100 pages, I just didn't find it. Digitarum isn't even the most entertaining creation myth out there. The Hopi and Navajo have some really colorful ones, for example. Anyway, in Digitarum, there weren't any novel or compelling insights in the first half of the book and it did not seem to be moving toward one when I stopped.The actual creation of the universe by the five gods was pretty straightforward and did not seem to possess any hidden meaning or ideas. It is difficult to give your creation story meaning or thematic depth when it is so arbitrary. Things seem to fall into place in a way to make this new universe resembles our own, aside from blue skin and polygonal molecules that make up all things. My guess is the whole thing is a computer simulation with the polygons being pixels, which would also explain the title. Unfortunately, other than the polygonal cubes that comprise all matter, there is no evidence it is a simulation in a computer. It is all gods, immortals, demigods, and angry children.Since the universe seems to take shape that just so happens to be like ours, there is nothing new or spectacular about it. If you like reading about mythical gods interacting with humans, there are some good stories here but nothing that will blow you away. In fact, some feel like they are lifted directly from other creation myths. If so, shame on the author. Lifting ideas from ancient myths for your own myth is like cheating off someone else's paper.The writing is solid but with some strange word usage in a few spots. Otherwise, I got through it relatively easily. None of the gods or humans were all that compelling to me but others might like them.I cannot recommend Digitarum because, frankly, I am not sure who would enjoy it. It is an odd read for something classified as sci-fi/fantasy. For the most part, I really am not sure what the author hoped to accomplish. I didn't finish it but really the story should've gone somewhere after 100 pages, other than just trying to be a creation myth.

  • Derek Edgington
    2019-05-25 03:34

    5/5 for a work that defies categorizations and offers an intriguing, provocative perspective on the traditional creation myth. Digitarum is a work of fiction that truly defies categorizations. it is a creation story, a collection of myths and stories, and an alternate retelling of history from genesis to the current era. Although by its nature the story is different, the inherent difference in the writing style and perspective employed by the author should be lauded.Told from an omniscient perspective, the reader is able to see through the eyes of innumerable characters throughout the course of the story. Although I myself and more inclined to read books that follow a single character for the majority of a story, the continued reappearance of several characters made the perspective more than bearable for my particular inclinations. Light and darkness stand at the forefront of the plot and development of both godly and human civilizations. Darkness rises in the ranks of gods and humans alike, and it is the hope that light will push back the ever-present darkness that fuels the hearts of both man and god alike.As the book nears an ending of sorts, the story becomes that much more provocative and intriguing. Without giving too much away, there is a paradigm shift in how I perceived the telling of this particular tale and its relation to our current, modern realities. More than anything, it was this provocative stance that had me enamored with the tale.

  • Courtney
    2019-05-27 06:56

    I won this in a goodreads giveaway.The concept of this book was good, and I enjoyed reading a story from the perspective of gods creating a world. However, the writing needed a lot of polishing; the story was confusing at times because the writing was simplistic and poor. The ideas were interesting, but they were usually not expressed very well. The god characters needed more development, and their motivations were unclear at best. However, I think this author has a good imagination and could write better novels in the future.

  • Derek Bailey
    2019-05-28 03:53