An entertaining book with serious (not too serious) characters–including normal folks, root? monsters, strange sea creatures and more. Took longer to read than I expected only due to interruptions that took me away from breezing right through.
Surprising details about weapons–some I’d never heard of. The same goes for parts of a sailing ship–more than I ever wanted or expected to know. But the main thing is that the storyline stayed on course even as the ship and its crew ran into one hassle–or battle, after another.
An enjoyable escape to a different time and places–some clearly based on some real geography but the names are changed somewhat. C.S. Boyack has great sense of humor as he tells his stories.
A break from politics.About time, some might say! Yes, after a long delay John is finally getting somethingNEWpublished. The plan is to make that a more frequent occurrence–with novels out every year or two. Working on one right now, in fact. But first a short story collection.
Check out the Fountain, in a Kindle edition only for the next 90 days, available on pre-order from Amazon now. It will be delivered July 10, 2017, for anyone ordering it now and thereafter for everyone. We’ll talk about free days and discounts later (can’t until after July 10.
Humor, twists and more in this collection of seven fantasy and sci-fi short stories. Like what? Here’s what you will find:
Karma can be painful in “The Fountain”–when a plunderer meets a long-dead shaman.
A family adopts a retriever with special talents in “Lily, an Amazing Dog.”
A vampire has a strange problem, in “Alfred’s Strange Blood Disorder.”
A perennial favorite, dimensional travel, with a strange twist in “The Closet Door.”
What could that column of fire be, rising from the Atlantic off the Outer Banks? Read “The Flame” to find out what it meant to troubled writer Carson.
A wizard casts a spell that works well for a princess, but will it be as good for him? Check out “The Wizard.”
Finally, “The Fribble” offers an alien encounter of an odd sort, to a pharmaceutical company rep searching for new drugs in the Amazon Rain forest.