Finding New Sælland

Traumatic Tales from a Cracked Island

Fiction - Science Fiction
242 Pages
Reviewed on 05/04/2023
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Author Biography

Chris grew up in central Michigan, baling hay, hanging drywall, and pouring concrete. Today he works with psychiatry in an emergency department and writes stories as an outlet.

He and his stoic cat live with his wife and her absurd dog.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Not Violating HIPAA: Baseline combines medical fiction and alternate history and is an anthology of related short stories. It is best suited to the mature adult reading audience. It was penned by Chris P Jackson in a slipstream pulp style that will resonate with fans of 80s culture and vivid, offbeat storytelling. This charming collection of events and vignettes takes place at the Marquis University Hospital, on an island off the coast of a North America that’s a little different from our own. As we explore the battles that the intrepid medical staff engages in with their patients, a theme emerges about family connections, living through trauma, and the bonds we make in unexpected places.

Chris P Jackson takes bold readers on a fantastic journey through a web of interconnected ideas, people, and emotions in this superb collection. I love conceptual work, and entering New Sealland gives you that because the work is so inwardly referential that it starts to make everything feel similar and cohesive. You can essentially jump in anywhere with these tales, which I found to be a unique experience, and yet everything fits together once you know the other patients, doctors, and especially nurses on the staff. The medical content of the stories is detailed, intriguing, and sometimes eye-opening, but it felt relevant to the plot and enhanced the atmosphere and tension of many of the stories. I would not hesitate to recommend Not Violating HIPAA as a brilliant introduction to the talented storytelling and interweaving of tales from this author.

Essien Asian

Welcome to New Sælland, home to The Marquis University and its accompanying medical facility. Within this hospital compound, lives are saved, and medical emergencies are facilitated by some of the best minds available. Yet, behind the exterior veneer of calm and professional responsibility, the hospital's personnel have let their alter egos roam free to command the seas in feisty mock battles of seafaring dominance that keep them occupied in their spare time. Journey into the rarified air surrounding this peculiar place and engage in the lives of these superior mortals who battle gangsters, fix dubiously downed drones, and solve attempted murder cases in Chris P. Jackson's Not Violating HIPAA.

Chris P. Jackson brings to life the sometimes quirky and often stranger-than-fiction lives of medical personnel with his comedic novel. He has the crazier aspects of his characters spot on as they morph from serious-minded caregivers to near-crazy individuals infused with excessive doses of bravado. His subplots are just as riveting when they are not laughable, especially when you consider the bulk of the activity takes place within the hallowed walls of a hospital. I am particularly impressed with the way he throws around the hospital parlance in the conversations between characters in a spontaneous and easygoing manner that engages us in this funny tale. Kudos must go to Jackson's incredible storytelling as he brings sea battles and crime scenes to life with impressive wordplay that evokes brilliant imagery. Not Violating HIPAA is an entertaining reading experience.

Rabia Tanveer

Not Violating HIPAA: Baseline by Chris P Jackson is a short story collection that gives you action and drama worthy of a Grey’s Anatomy season. Set in the Marquis University Hospital in New Sealland, these interconnecting short stories show various sides of a collection of characters. From pesky teenagers to found family, these stories touch on relationships, hospital emergencies, psychotic breakdowns, pregnancies, a badass Charge Nurse, and much more. So how much drama can a hospital on a small island in North America get? Apparently, a lot, and you are in for a ride of a lifetime.

Those who enjoy medical thrillers and medical TV serials will love this collection. Chris P Jackson adds simplicity and medical jargon to make the descriptions feel authentic without removing the entertainment factor. I love how connected all the stories are. The recurring appearance of the characters makes it easier to relate to them and get a feel for their development. The character guide, in the beginning, is helpful and works miracles as we become familiar with the characters. The narrative is written in a very eclectic style but is also very entertaining. I loved specific stories more than others. The Charge Nurse, Trauma Drama, and Mine Sweep are my favorite. Arthur and Bart are hands down my favorite characters, although Charge Nurse Conor is very close to the top as well. These three characters command the story, grab our attention, and ensure we aren’t going anywhere. There is never a dull moment; I loved every head-scratching, eye-opening, and mind-blowing aspect of these interconnected tales. Of course, the illustrations proved another high point of the collection. I highly recommend Not Violating HIPAA.