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New Fantasy and Sci-Fi Review Site

About a month ago I sent a tweet out into the universe, looking for people to review ‘Fastian’ for me. Luckily, I received a few replies and kind offers, and one of those was from Rachel Vaughan (twitter @bibliophony). She was on the verge of setting up a brand new website and I had the pleasure of being the first author to be interviewed and have ‘Fastian’ reviewed.

This is what Rachel had to say about Bibliophony.com

Bibliophony is a website designed to promote the success of quality writing, open the lines of communication between authors and their readers, and find creative ways to enhance the marketability of the science fiction/fantasy genre. Bibliophony is essentially a free online PR resource for authors and an entertaining information spot for readers. There are many promotional opportunities available for authors, as well as activities and events for readers to get involved in. Some of the features that you can expect to see on Bibliophony are book reviews, author readings and signings, author interviews, charity opportunities, giveaways, an annual book drive, unique contests, discussion forums, writing challenges, a humor section, activities for kids, and generally a lot of fun.

I want to wish her all the best and thank her for allowing me to help promote ‘Fastian,’ also.

So, why don’t you guys drop on by and check out the gorgeous new website.
You can read the review of ‘Fastian’ here

And the interview I did for Bibliophony here

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Neil Gaiman: Yeah, he’s alright.

Had you asked me what I thought of Neil Gaiman a few weeks ago, that would have been my response. I’ve read American Gods and Neverwhere and other novels he has penned, and they are good (don’t get me wrong), but they never stirred in me such excitement and fervour that he seems to illicit from many thousands of people across the globe.

One author who does stir such in me is Patrick Rothfuss, and if you know anything about Patrick, is that he idolises Mr. Gaiman. I’ve never understood it.

Until now, maybe.

I picked up ‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane’ more out of a need for something new to read rather than it being the next Neil Gaiman novel, and I had to have it. To say I was pleasantly surprised is somewhat of an understatement. In fact, that I’m here writing this post at this moment shows just how impressed and blown over by this novel I am.

It is a masterpiece. And I don’t say that lightly.

Sure, it has all the odd surreal qualities that I never quite understood from his other books, but it is wrapped up in the absolute beauty, innocence, confusion and frustration that it is to be seven years old.

In essence, this book is a fairytale about a boy, written for adults. Let me say that again, this is not a book for children. I think only those of us old enough to look back at being seven years old as a lifetime ago will truly get the majesty of the prose. I could be wrong, but for me, it is the narrators recollections of being seven that is the true beauty of this tale and not the other-wordly magic and adventure that our protagonist gets caught up in.

It is a short read. Easily a book that can be devoured in a day, and might I suggest you read this book in one sitting for I think it will resonate all the better for doing so.

I read constantly. And in my many years as an avid reader I have read thousands of books. Of them, some are good, some are okay and a few have been downright terrible. Some have been great and a tiny fraction have been immense. The Lord of the Rings, The Name of the Wind, The Stand, The Long Walk, To Kill a Mockingbird, Wuthering Heights, Huckleberry Finn, The Faraway Tree, The Chronicles of Narnia, Conversations with God: All of these are in my all time favourite books that have had an affect on me (at various stages of life and for various different reasons) that goes beyond just reading a good story.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane has made it onto that list. I’m sorry for underestimating you Mr. Gaiman.

Newest review

http://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R1VJGTKM18FRO0/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_asr_myBfE.09TKEQN

 

Newest review of one of my ebooks. Smiles all around!