Neil McGarry and Daniel Ravipinto are, collectively, a computer programmer, afraid of heights, a former technical writer, a rabid Go-Go's fan, a board-game designer, a founding member of the ... Read full author bio >
"A fresh, compelling twist on fantasy, without magic or sorcery."
James Bannon is an eclectic creative force, writer of screenplays, episodic television and movies. He is one of the most in-demand voice actors in Hollywood today, having worked on thousands ... Read full author bio >
APRIL L. LINDEVALD has led an adventurous life as a classically-trained singer, recording and touring with the Grammy Award-winning Gregg Smith Singers, and appearing for many years with the New ... Read full author bio >
"In her uplifting debut, Lindevald mixes traditional fantasy elements—such as dragons, unicorns, and water sprites—to gleeful effect.... Lindevald’s graceful prose drives the narrative, offering full-bodied atmosphere...The epic finale serves the book’s larger point that “Violence, even in the cause of good, only begets more violence.” A fabulous debut that proves epic fantasy doesn’t need excessive violence to succeed."
Born in Walthamstow, Essex, England, in 1954, I have written poems and short fiction from an early age and I am now publishing the result of that lifetimes practice. As ... Read full author bio >
The End of The Universe
CreateSpace (168 pp.)
$10.99 paperback, $1.99 e-book
ISBN: 978-1-4910-1735-7; September 13, 2016
M.Stow12 (Universe Verses 1: Stellation, 2015) presents the first volume of a long poem.
Using concepts borrowed from mythology, pop culture, and cosmology, the author offers readers the first section of averse saga, described as both “an eschatological mystery re-solved” and “an Anthropic Odyssey: Being a topological themed mystery ride through: The Cosmos.”
Replete with imagery of nuclear war and space travel, the poem seems to offer a narrative of mankind’s future flight away from Earth (or “EarthCentre”) and of a corresponding journey of the soul through life and into the afterlife. The specifics of the story, (however, ) obscured by the density of the language. Much of the time, the verse reads almost like sound poetry, with words chosen for their phonetics as much as for their semantics: “As baked-through Hadean Inferno internal-torched. / Super-Solar scorched gloating bloating
boating / Gloaming gloomy gleaning gleaming / Stranded stricken nail-bite shielding un-welded heaving-to.”
Numerous endnotes explain the many references that dot the verses (“Zelda is a modern feminine battling computer-game character…Link is the self-styled game-player”), though they rarely shed much light on what’s transpiring in the poem itself. M.Stow12 includes a number of photographs throughout, depicting everything from ancient artwork to models of supernovae to diagrams of atoms to charts comparing the development of embryos of various species.
The poet has an impressive lyrical skill, with roiling meters and compounding rhythms that are sometimes reminiscent of Gerard Manley Hopkins’. The poetry is especially pleasing when spoken out loud, as M.Stow12 encourages the reader to do."
Kyle Sullivan considers himself to be an average family man. He was a local tradesman who visited households in need of custom renovations. He spent most of his career building ... Read full author bio >
"Sullivan’s writing is smart and thoroughly detailed..."
Natalie Johanson was born in Utah and grew up loving the mountains. Her summers were spent in the mountains camping and rodeos. Those wide spaces and beautiful scenery fueled her ... Read full author bio >
"Rose is an engaging heroine, as are many of the supporting characters. From the brusque but caring healer Master Rita to the telepathic Capt. Sayla, they generally feel complex and three-dimensional. Ultimately, though, the novel is a fun, well-crafted story that fantasy readers should enjoy."
Award winning (2016 International Book Awards Bronze medal for Dystopian Fiction) American author Melissa Roen has lived for the past twenty-eight years on the Cote d'Azur in the south ... Read full author bio >
"A vividly imagined but dark dystopian fantasy complete with passionate romance and dangerous alliances."
D.W. Rigsby is the quintessential man of our times. Not only did he come from the hills of Ohio, his entire family does too. There's hope yet for ... Read full author bio >
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
Excerpt from the speech 'Citizenship In A Republic' - Theodore Roosevelt"
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