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What People Are Saying About

Khel Milam’s Novella, To Thee is This World Given

“A rare gem…a measured, well written…philosophical perspective on the end of the world.” Dom Mossiah, Dom on Wrting 

“Extremely well written — the prose is descriptive and interesting. The characters are memorable.” Ed Morawski, author of over 20 books

“Extremely well written. Milam really knows how to paint a picture with words.” RachaelReads 


What is the appropriate behavior for a man or woman in the midst of this world were each person is clinging to his or her piece of debris? What is the proper salutation between them as they pass each other in this flood?



To Thee is This World Given is the first of a quintet of novellas about four characters adapting to a world haunted by the dead. It is the only one of the five in which all four characters interact.

The deceptively simple plot follows the twenty-four hour encounter between two strangers, a man and a woman, who cross paths in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse.

The plot serves as a stage on which the characters reveal their complex and often contradictory natures as they attempt to understand each other and the world in which they now live.

At just over 100 pages, this thoughtfully composed novella’s steady, unrelenting pace shifts seamlessly from overt to subtle tension, creating a slow burn that holds the reader’s attention from start to finish. Its fluid, effortless prose is always driving forward with no extraneous motion.

To Thee is This World Given is brilliantly imagined, expertly told, and hard to put down.

About the author:

Khel grew up in Texas in the 1980s, but has lived in South Florida on and off for the past 17 years. Degrees in Anthropology and Philosophy and Law greatly influence her writing, as does her admiration for the works of John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, and Jorge Luis Borges. Despite having intended on being a writer since high school, life seemed to always get in the way. And so, when finally given the opportunity to pursue writing full time, she took it, and her first book, To Thee is This World Given, was released the following year. Khel also writes short stories and believes that they are the best way to hone one’s writing skills.




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To Thee Is This World Given, Khel Milam, Eponym ISBN 978-0-9862625-1-7 (hb) US $16.95 / 978-0-9862625-0-0 (pb)  US $9.95 / 978-0-9862625-2-4 (Kindle/Mobi) US $2.99 / 978-0-09862625-3-1 (Nook /ePub) US $2.99


5 comments on “What People Are Saying About

  1. rachaelreads
    July 16, 2015

    I recently reviewed this book and found it really interesting! My review can be found on my blog, Rachael Reads!


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  2. Rebecca Gransden
    July 16, 2015

    Find my review for To Thee Is This World Given here:


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  3. reesekgreese2010
    July 16, 2015

    I really enjoyed this book.

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  4. Pingback: Book review: To Thee is this World Given by Khel Milam | Dom on Writing

  5. Hedy Page
    May 19, 2016

    Perfect for fans of apocalypse settings, with a dash of zombies, and a heaping side of survival narratives. So basically, if you like The Walking Dead, Mad Max: Fury Road, Fallout, or any of their ilk, read this book.

    In full-disclosure, I received a copy of the book for a review, but it didn’t sway my opinion at all.

    Khel Milam’s “To Thee is This World Given” is an addictive and invigorating page-turner. In a very short time, Milam’s vivid characters and their harsh environment come off the page, making their quest for survival that much more emotional. The 104-page novella is exciting as it is fascinating; you immediately start asking questions, which – for me – spurred me on to know what happened next.

    The novella is very well-written. The environment is so well described that you, too, feel uneasy. You feel like you’re forging on while charting new and unforgiving terrain – all while fighting for survival with the two characters. The main characters are developed primarily through dialogue, but you feel for them, fight for them, and urge them to grow further.

    It’s definitely a great account of man vs himself, man vs man, and man vs the elements. I give it 4 out of 5 stars, if only because of stylistic choices like not giving any characters names. I understand that it could be a representation of the lack of labels in the new land, or even the growth from the shell of people that the characters used to be since the change. That being said, it occasionally got confusing (while talking about a forsaken camp and another time toward the end – no spoilers).

    Also, for the pet lovers — dogs and a cat become secondary characters. Nothing bad befalls them.

    Great job, Khel – thank you for letting me read your work!

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