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Dreaming Gabo

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I’m sharing Elaine Stirling’s tribute to Nobel Prize winner, Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Gabo), who passed away recently. Elaine’s words speak for themselves.

Gabo was a man of many talents, but if there is a most notable work, it is surely ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude‘ (1967) which did much to popularize magical realism. This is not some obscure strand of literature of interest only to historians. Gabo’s influence and that of magical realism in particular is not only relevant today but relevant to us here and now at Greyhart Press. We will shortly be publishing the novel ‘Daughters of Babylon’ by Elaine Stirling. Gabo, magical realism, and ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ are all major influences.

And while Elaine is yet to win her first Nobel Prize (or if she has, she’s kept it quiet from me) her post on Gabo was selected by the WordPress editors for their ‘Freshly Pressed’ showcase. Well done, Elaine!

Originally posted on Oceantics:

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Let us speak of love
Openly in the streets where myth
Vanquishes hard truth, and stories course
Eternally like tendrils of a vine.
I’ll learn again to disregard no dream
Naturally, to avoid reality’s cold hosts.

The gossips crow today of hosts—
How faithful, how devout to godly love,
Excepting fellow man; but in your dream
They flourish, flawed, woven through the myth
In which the hummingbird protects the vine.
Macondo breathes, and soldiers know, of course,

Enemies in politics and sex direct the course
Of every man, while fever born of tropics hosts
Fierce calumnies that twist what is divine.
Ghosts, they coincide us, fleshed by love
And fecund women who secrete pure myth
Between their limbs to fuel the shaman’s dream.

Oh, I’ve no quarrel with the torpid dream;
Grist shines in every form, each course
And rivulet propels Creation’s myth.
But let us tolerate no disappointed hosts

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Stand by for epic fantasy. The Lineage of Tellus is out next week.

One week to go now before Greyhart Press launches the first in a high fantasy series for fans of adventure, dry wit, and broad sexuality, The Lineage of Tellus, written by author and illustrator Lauren J. Hasbrouck.

We’ve more announcements to make over the next few days. We’ve acquired the rights to a contemporary spy thriller set in an America still reeling from the Edward Snowden revelations. The book topped the Amazon espionage bestseller charts last year.

Layout 1Enjoy The Hobbit? We’ve a trilogy of children’s books called Wizards’ Kingdom by Colin R. Parsons being readied for launch by our children’s imprint: The Repository of Imagination.

TheDeathoftheWave2And don’t forget that the mesmerizing The Death of the Wave was released last month for aficionados of literary science fiction.

But for now, over to Ashei, one of the characters in The Lineage of Tellus.

My name is Ashei Greyhawke and I’m just like you. I study at an academy, have a job, love my mom, and have a pet goat.

Well, maybe you don’t love your mom. That’s okay. My best friends don’t even have moms.

Now I don’t either. I found her dead last night. Her heart is missing from her body, and there’s no wound to speak of.

Tris says it’s the work of Blood Magus. You know of Magus, right? It’s this mystical energy that can be channeled into a staff. Tris is a mage. Well, a mage killed my mom.

I’m going to find that mage. And then I’m going to kill them.

Some illustrations from Memories & Murder, the first book in The Lineage of Tellus:

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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.

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Enjoy!

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