‘The Gods of Amyrantha’ by Jennifer Fallon (Book 2 of the ‘Tide Lords’ series)
Jennifer’s writing style is enviously good. The world detail is there but not overwhelming, the characters interesting and quirky, and the interactions between the characters almost assured to make you crack a smile. A personal favourite observation:
One of the characters we meet is a hybrid human-canine, who has escaped persecution and wants to help others overthrow their tormentors. He makes other hybrids change their name from what their ‘Masters’ gave them, as they are usually demeaning pet names. He changed his own name to … William Phydeau! A half-dog changing his name so his surname sounds like Fido! Gold Jerry GOLD!
(*END SPOILER ALERT*)
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I promised a substantial post since my last one was rather brief. This post looks to border on epic!
A pleasant surprise awaited my morning login to check my email. A new reader had found my account, and was exceptionally kind in nominating me for an award!
As I looked at the questions to answer, I realised that other awards had been provided to me. These had not been acknowledged because I felt a little embarrassed, receiving such praise for a (at the time) half-baked Feudal Japan saga that followed two young boys over three decades.
First of all, I would like to thank shadowoperator for her two nominations (Next Big Thing and Versatile Blogger), emmamccoy (Very Inspiring Blogger) and storytellerdavis (Liebster Award) for their thinking of me in their nominations. That people out there in the aether of cyberspace enjoy my work is a humbling and encouraging thing. The questions below were provided across each nomination, with commonalities answered first:
VERY INTERESTING BLOGGER, VERSATILE BLOGGER, LEIBSTER
State (7,5,11) things about yourself.
Averaging the three numbers brings up number eight, so I’ll go with that number.
1) I am an 80’s kid.
2) My favourite authors in Primary School were Roald Dahl and Goscinny & Uderzo (Asterix series).
3) My favourite authors in High School were Tom Clancy and Clive Cussler.
4) The author who kickstarted my love for Fantasy was (unsurprisingly) Robert Jordan. More recent inspirations are Raymond E. Feist, R.A. Salvatore and Brandon Sanderson.
5) The kickstarters for my love of Science Fiction were movies by James Cameron (Terminator 2) and Ridley Scott (Blade Runner).
6) Blade Runner introduced me to my Sci-fi writing inspiration, Philip K Dick.
7) I got into Historical Fiction because of my Dad buying me an illustrated kids book of The Iliad and The Odyssey, and because of the Asterix series.
8) All my home consoles ever have been Nintendo’s.
NEXT BIG THING
1) What is the working title of your work-in-progress?
The ‘Big Project’ is a seven book series entitled the ‘Path of’ series. When I hit road blocks, I write short stories to chip away at the block. Currently I am working on two short stories, a sci-fi story entitled ‘On Venusian Cloud Colony Number Nine’ and a fantasy story entitled ‘Sayeh and Zia’.
2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
The ‘Big Project’ started from a particularly vivid dream I had. The story is told here.
3) What genre does your book fall under?
Fantasy, with inspirations from other genres helping to provide unique aspects.
4) Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
The main character’s visual inspiration, Nazanin Afshin-Jam.
5) What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
What is the power to rule the world worth to you?
6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Most likely self-published on a website. I am writing for love, not money.
7) How long did it take to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I am still working on it.
8) What other books would you compare this book to within your genre?
The length would likely be inspired by ‘Wheel of Time’, the worlds from historical fiction studies, and the overall storyline inspiration is a secret due to it being a massive spoiler!
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
The words of the song that inspired my vivid dream.
10) What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
The aim is to bring the best of many different genres and mould them into a fantasy world that would be awesome to live in!
1) If you had to pick a colour that you would no longer be able to see; what colour would it be and why?
Hot Pink. Because it could be easily be replaced by Persian Pink/Persian Rose.
2) All time favorite villain and why?
Vegeta from Dragonball Z. Too noble to be a true bad guy, but so one-minded and determined in his aim of being the best that he will go to any length to be so. The first real ‘shade of grey’ villain I took to.
3) Favorite video on YouTube?
Do not use Youtube enough to give that a decent answer.
4) If you could shift into an animal form, or some hybrid of animal and human (like the therians from my stories) what animal would you change into?
So many awesome options! For strength and good looks, a snow tiger?
5) What is your favorite sports team and why?
The Wallabies, Australia’s national rugby union team. Played it in high school for 5 years, and how can you not love a hooligan’s game played by gentlemen?
6) What is your nervous habit?
Biting my nails or bouncing my foot.
7) Who was your favorite Star Wars character and why?
Darth Maul. Always been a sucker for cool face paint (wrestlers, KISS), and the lightsabre bo staff tops it off!
8) What do you hope to gain by writing your blog?
Give myself a creative outlet that other like-minded folk could find and be pleasantly surprised by.
9) What was your favorite toy when you were a child?
Nintendo gaming systems.
10) Of the four elements (fire,water,earth,air) which best describes you and why?
Earth. I strive to be reliable, solve problems with logic and practical solutions, risk-averse, and seek balance in all things. Too much attention to detail has tripped me up many times, especially in story writing where it served as a demotivator.
11) If you had a mutant ability, what would you want it to be and why?
Mind control. So we could make everyone play nicely and live together harmoniously =)
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I am excited for my next couple of books, as I have been waiting a long time to read them.
1) ‘Wolf of the Plains’. The first book in the ‘Khan’ series by Conn Iggulden, I picked it (and the rest of the series) up because of some historical aspects that would help inspire my story world.
2) ‘Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves’. The first Matthew Reilly book I will have read in over a year, which is far too long. The enthusiasm of his story telling is contagious!