FANTASY WRITER TAKES INSPIRATION FROM CHARLES DICKENS
Writer Andy Coughlan has taken inspiration from the way Charles Dickens published some of his greatest works, and published his fantasy fiction novel in weekly installments on a web site.
The novel, The Elementalist, is the tale of Barin Elicerio, a man who is falsely accused and found guilty of a very serious crime. As a master practitioner of controlling the elemental forces, he barely escapes with his life and is forced to return to his home village and banned from ever practicing his arcane skills again.
While Barin has no choice but to accept the verdict, events soon catch up with him and he begins to learn the true reasons for the false accusations. Before long he is embroiled in an adventure to stop his world from being destroyed.
‘I wrote the story a couple of years ago,’ Andy explains, ‘and then moved on to other projects and forgot about it. It was only by chance I stumbled across the files on an old hard disk and realized that the content wasn’t half has bad as I remembered.’
THE AMULET OF SAMARAKAND BOOK REVIEW
This story starts off with the main character, Nathaniel, summoning the magical demon, a djinni, Bartimaeus. Nathaniel tells the demon to go and steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the very powerful and corrupt magician, Simon Lovelace.
After that scene, the book takes you on a story through Nathaniel’s childhood from the time he was first adopted by his master, the Underwood’s when he was five. It describes is early studies with school and his wonderful art teacher Ms. Lutyens, who he grew very fond of.
The story then goes on to tell of an eventful moment when Nathaniel was 10 years old. It took place in the Underwood’s home where Simon Lovelace makes a fool of Nathaniel; Ms. Lutyens tries to stop the fight, but Mr. Underwood does nothing, and because of her interference, Ms. Lutyens is fired.
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SCI-FI LEGEND RAY BRADBURY TALKS ABOUT GOD, MONSTERS AND ANGELS
Ray Bradbury lives in a rambling Los Angeles home full of stuffed dinosaurs, a tin robot pushing an ice cream cart, and a life-sized Bullwinkle the Moose doll lounging in a cushioned chair.
The 89-year-old science fiction author watches Fox News Channel by day, Turner Classic Movies by night. He spends the rest of his time summoning “the monsters and angels” of his imagination for his enchanting tales.
Bradbury’s imagination has yielded classic books such as “Fahrenheit 451,” “The Martian Chronicles” and 600 short stories that predicted everything from the emergence of ATMs to live broadcasts of fugitive car chases.
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10 BOOKS THAT SHOULD BE MADE INTO MOVIES
The following titles range in genres and range in publication date. They are fun, scary, hilarious, sexy, tense, sob worthy and action packed. Okay, each story isn’t all of those things but the stories fall into those categories, somewhere.
10. Paul Is Undead
Paul Is Undead is an hilarious story about the British Zombie Invasion. John Lennon is a zombie who plans to take over the world. He joins up with Paul McCartney, George Harrison and the ninja Ringo Star. The book follows the real world history of the Beatles and throws in some brain munching zombies, psycho ninjas, demons and the scariest of all: bad album reviews
9. Parable of Sower
Octavia E. Butler was a brilliant sci fi writer who broke all the rules. Sower is one of her finest examples. She creates a dystopia that is haunting similar to our modern world, with ordinary people in fantastic situations.
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I want to get my hands on a copy of Paul Is Undead. Sounds hilarious!! Which books on the list that should become movies have you read? What novels would you like to see on the big screen?