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I welcome you to our site where you will find details about our professional-quality eBooks. We specialize in speculative fiction: science fiction, fantasy, horror, and other settings away from the banality of everyday modern life.

We always offer a selection of eBooks for free. See our free e-books page for details. We are also running a promotion called READ… REVIEW… REPEAT! If you are quick enough, you could read all of our eBooks for free. Continue reading

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Dystopian novel ‘The Death of the Wave’ published today

Today I am proud to announce the launch of The Death of the Wave by G. L. Adamson, a literary dystopian novel written in unrhymed verse to perfectly capture the desolate nature of the story.

As I’m sure you know, there is a wave of popularity for dystopian fiction that comes in the wake of the The Hunger Games. It’s been a boost for a literary style that has always been with us. Although there is much in her novel to delight Hunger Games fans, Adamson sinks far deeper literary and philosophical roots. When I first saw the manuscript, I could sense George Orwell rubbing shoulders with George R. R. Martin, Jean-Paul Satre re-mixing Alan Moore’s V for Vendetta. Adamson takes those rich influences and uses them to build something that’s all hers and all new. The Death of the Wave is a challenging and often uncomfortable read, but it is not a book you will forget in a hurry. I certainly didn’t.

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Adamson explains the driver for her novel thus: “A villain always thinks himself the hero. That is the main point that drove this book, as it is told through three distinct points of view around several fictional historical events, each looking at the events from a different side. There are several rebellions in this novel, all revolving around a character that seems to be the main protagonist. Some characters do extraordinary things. All do some pretty awful things in order to further their cause, and every last one thinks that they are the hero of their own story, and in that way, they are right.”

The book is available now. Follow this link for the paperback and this for the Kindle edition.

For more information, visit the book’s webpage or connect to the author through the book’s Facebook page.

The State of Eden.

 A world that was once our world.  A State where standardized testing and the Citizen Evaluation Exam governs the lives of the masses, and there is sharp delineation between those who are gifted in science and mathematics and the rest of the populace, between Camps and Palaces, between rich and poor. Welcome to a world where genetically engineered humans compete with all others in a quest for intellectual dominance. Welcome to a State where a single reminder of the past can get you killed.

 Welcome to the rule of law without morality that shudders upon the brink of revolution.

Welcome to Eden.

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G.L. Adamson on The Death of the Wave

TheDeathoftheWave2In advance of the launch next week of her dystopian science fiction novel The Death of the Wave, author G. L. Adamson talks about her influences, and why she chose unrhymed verse to reflect her  stark, dystopian vision (an unusual approach that fits this story perfectly).

Over to Adamson…

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A villain always thinks himself the hero. That is the main point that drove this book, as it is told through three distinct points of view around several fictional historical events, each looking at the events from a different side. There’s several rebellions in this novel, all revolving around a character that seems to be the main protagonist, but the point of the book is that there is a tendency to think that one is in the right.

What I hoped this book to challenge, apart from ideas such as standardized testing, educational systems, wealth distribution, career biases towards the arts and the sciences and censorship, is the idea that it is harder than one things to qualify a ‘heroic’ character. There are many characters in this novel. Some do extraordinary things. All do some pretty awful things in order to further their cause, and every last one thinks that they are the hero of their own story, and in that way, they are right.

I was working on this story when I was in London and Dublin in the summer of 2012, scribbling on odds and ends of paper and spending far too much time in the hotel lobby, drinking coffee and typing until 3AM in the morning, and a lot of the story was done in a straight shot, written without stopping and without many blocks. I had seen Les Miserables in West End a week earlier and had been struck by the intensity of the idea of a multi-character plot centered around a rebellion, but I wanted to clearly deconstruct the idea in my own work that the freedom fighters are always intrinsically the ones in the right. Another major influence on this work was Alan Moore’s V for Vendetta, in the idea of a freedom fighter that commits horrible acts in the quest for justice.

The title itself was influenced by a line in Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, that described the decade of the sixties as a wave that ‘climbed higher and higher, and then finally broke and rolled back’ and I think that that kind of imagery was appropriate for the title of this work. The rebellions and events are like a series of waves that seem unending and invincible, only to crash in the end, petering out with ripples that echo in influence once the main event had concluded.

In general for this work, I was influenced a great deal by such authors such as George R.R. Martin, who also is known for works that deconstruct the idea of a singular protagonist or objective morality, as well as the obvious influences of Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, and Ray Bradbury. The existential philosopher Sartre was a major influence on the novel as well. This work is considered to be a piece of dystopian fiction, and I made the choice to write it in unrhymed verse as that seemed to reflect the stark and desolate mood of the piece better than prose. All of these influences tied together and found a place in the Death of the Wave.

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Badger’s Waddle is a hit with the British Fantasy Society

BadgersWaddleEbookSmallOur fantasy humour (English style) novel Badger’s Waddle by Nigel Edwards has recently been given an outstanding review by the British Fantasy Society, which is particularly pleasing because the book was launched at Fantasycon, which is organized by the BFS. The reviewer compared the book to Jasper Fforde and Robert Rankin, which works well for me, though I’d probably go for Terry Pratchett and P.G. Wodehouse comparison.

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A grabbit, yesterday.

You can read the review here.

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Bob’s #1 again.

Congratulations to our author Bob Atkinson, whose novel set in Georgian Scotland is back at #1 in the alternative history bestseller charts at amazon.com

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Well done, Bob, and try harder to you also-runs, such as Greg Bear and George Orwell :-)

 

Click here for more information about The Last Sunset.

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Late-January sale 2014

Last year’s late-January sale proved very popular with our readers, so here it is brushed up shiny and new for 2014. Although, naturally, we have many more great books than this time last year.

All Greyhart Press Kindle titles are 99c or 77p for the rest of the month.

Find Greyhart Press Kindle books on amazon.com here

Find Greyhart Press Kindle books on amazon.co.uk here

Find Greyhart Press Kindle books on amazon.ca here

Enjoy!

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Guest Post: A Kindle Fire Killer? The Kobo Arc 7 reviewed by Mike Barnes

I read over Christmas that sales of 7″ tablets are due to outstrip their bigger 10″ siblings during 2014, and that supersized smartphones (‘phablets’!) may outsell both. Whatever the truth of the matter, I’m sure a great number of Greyhart Press readers are enjoying our books (I hope) on tablets, and so news of the latest devices is always of interest. Author Mike Barnes has taken the latest offering from Kobo for the sternest road test possible: he bought one as a Christmas present for his son. Over to Mike for his findings…

For Christmas our eldest of course wanted a tablet, so the search was on… what 7″ tablet offers good value for money for kids? Enter the Kobo Arc 7.

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I looked at a number of options: there are plenty of devices on eBay and Amazon, and from Maplin too, which are low on price. In the end, on a chance visit to PC World (which I love to browse in but hate to shop in, because the sales people there know absolutely nothing), I spotted the Kobo Arc 7 range – three tablets all the same save for storage space. For £90, you can get a 64Gb unit. Now, to me this seems not so much a bargain as a steal: you get far more storage than is usual in a tablet, a proper brand, PC World as an outlet for what it’s worth, and a device which not only looks great on paper but looks great in the hand and works well too. Build quality is excellent, with a nice matt black backing which is easy on the hand. It’s a little thicker than my Nexus 7, but size shape and weight are really not a problem at all.

Designed as a posh eReader to compete with the Kindle Fire range, Kobo have clearly discounted the tablet in order to entice you to use their services. Out of the box, the device is skinned with their Tapestries UI which does a good job for those who use their tablet primarily for books, videos and images. There’s a bar which is permanently at the bottom of the homescreen giving suggestions for new content to buy – which for many people will be useful, although a quick google shows a lot of people wishing it would go away. At the end of the day, though, the launcher can be replaced in minutes with another from Google Play to either provide a native Google experience or else something else entirely. There’s no need to stick with Tapestries if you don’t want to.

Specs are not cutting-edge, as you might expect from a media device. There’s no need for top-end quad-core technology here so we get a perfectly adequate 1.5GHz dual-core instead – and I do mean it’s perfectly adequate, my lad has had no complaints because, yes this is the main criteria, it runs Minecraft PE with no problems at all. The screen is really nice: helped perhaps by being in a 7″ unit the 1280 x 800 resolution provides punchy images and colour/blacks are presented crisply. It’s really a very nice screen, extremely well-suited to an eReader. One small grumble is that the bezel is raised slightly all around the screen, making off-screen to on-screen swipes – such as bringing down the Android settings bar – a little unwieldy. It’s not a bit issue, but one which seems unnecessary.

Sound comes from two front-mounted speakers, giving away the media-player intentions of this tablet, and as one would expect these don’t provide hi-fi sound – but for the times when you want sound on speakers rather than headphones they’re good enough, and rather better than the Nexus 7′s rear speaker.

Charging is via a standard micro USB, which is also the way to connect to a PC to get some media onto the thing. It’s an Android tablet so the full suite of Google Apps work, with full access to the Play store, so you can opt to use cloud services such as Google Drive to load content, of course. But I don’t find that a very good way to get large media onto a tablet. Sadly there’s no SD card slot, so buying anything less than the 64Gb model may be a bad idea – depending upon how you use your tablet, of course. The wifi on my other lad’s Sumvision is terrible, requiring him to be within a few feet of the access point, but the Kobo has reception all around the house – just as the Nexus 7 does. This is a very good reason to go with a brand: wifi radios in cheaper units often get bad press on the internet.

Confusingly, Kobo have mucked about with naming conventions such that the Kobo Arc 7 as listed on their website is shown with specs which I believe relate to an older unit. Their specs for the Kobo Arc, though, seem to match what you get from Currys. So beware if you think shopping around on the internet might save you a few quid.

There’s no case in the box, which is pretty standard, but the official case looks quite good – at £25 – and doubles as a stand, or there are a few on Amazon which look less tidy but are rather cheaper.

In summary, as an eReader/media player or as a standard Android tablet this little unit really is a great purchase at £90 for modern hardware, a good user experience and, significantly, 64Gb of on-board storage.

Kobo Arc Technical Specs

Available colours Black and white.
Connectivity Wi Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Micro USB cable.
Audio Built-in dual front-facing speakers and universal 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack with SRS TruMedia™ sound.
Device size 189 X 120 X 11.5 mm (7.4 x 4.7 x 0.5 in)
Weight 364 g. (12.8 oz)
Diagonal display size 7″ multi-touch IPS display.
Screen qualities 1280 x 800 HD resolution; 215 ppi; displays 16.4 million colours; clarity at extra wide viewing angles (+/-) 89 degrees.
Camera 720p HD front-facing camera (1.3 MP). Autofocus. Face detection with Face Unlock. Skype™ Certified.
Navigation Home, back, and menu touch sensors. Power and volume buttons.
Processor 1.5 GHz dual core processor. 1 GB RAM.
Graphics and video Dual-core graphics. Up to 1080p video playback. Support for 3D games.
Operating System Open access to Android™ 4.0.
Storage 16, 32, and 64 GB models.
Battery life 10 hours of reading and 2 weeks of standby.
Content Nearly 4 million books
Social reading Reading Life™, Kobo Pulse™, Facebook Timeline.
Fonts TypeGenius, font tuning engine designed for the best readability. Choice of 3 font styles, 15 font sizes, adjustable font sizes, and weight.
Advanced features Android customization features such as resizable widgets and Face Unlock. SRS TruMedia™ sound specifically tuned for tablets.
Software Tapestries — Kobo’s exclusive interface for easy content discovery.
Supported file formats Books: ePUB, including fixed layout and enhanced ePUB.
Images: JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP.
Audio: MP#, AAC, AAC+, MP3,.3gp, mp4, m4a, flac, ogg, wav, mid.
Video Formats: 3gp, mp4, webm, H.263, H.264, VP8.
Web browsing Android 4.0 web browser.
Media Music Player, Photo Gallery, Video Player. SRS TruMedia™ that provides a wider sound field, deeper bass, and natural stereo sound. 5.1 surround sound support over headphones.
Pre-loaded apps Facebook, Twitter, and Skype. Stream music from Radio, access your magazines and newspapers through Zinio and PressReader. Google apps: Google Play, Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps, Street View, Calendar, Contacts, Google+, and Google Chat.
In the box Kobo Arc, AC power adapter, documentation.

About Mike Barnes:

Mike is a freelance communications consultant and author of “An Infinite Number of Monkeys, A Guide to Effective Business Communications”, as well as of the children’s sci-fi adventure “The Long Way Home”. You can find more about him and his books at www.mike-barnes.co.uk.

 

 

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Christmas gifts to you from Greyhart Press

It’s been a great year with ten book releases, two number one slots on amazon.com best seller charts and one on amazon.co.Uk
It has been sad too, with the loss of Gill Shutt. For all our friends and supporters, here’s a Greyhart gift to you. All Greyhart Press and Repository of Imagination Kindle books have been reduced to 99cents / 77p recommended price until December 26th. Why not buy them all?

Happy Christmas!

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