- Wakefield, UK
- member since July 9, 2010
Hey, Laura - always love seeing fellow Brits on here! I'm just msging my friends/followers to see if they'll shelve my story "Kyle vs Leila - Battle for the Cyberdomes" to help spread the word! Here's the link if you would consider it:
Thanks for helping if you can!
Hi, thanks for following me! My debut novel is now available for download on Amazon Kindle - and it's completely free for the next two days. If you like science-fiction adventure stories, just copy the link below and download a copy! If you know someone else who might enjoy it too, please feel free to forward the link on to them :)
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Cool this morning. Difficult to tell but it looks like we have a bit of frost on the ground. Mother Nature has a mind of her own.
May your flowers always be in bloom.
We start with a shiny new pot of boiling water and add too many evil vampires, and not enough of the good biters. Toss in one suicidal Dracula; add a cup of mayhem and a dash of romance. Oh yes, and a pinch of mirth. Stir lovingly and you have a new novel by A. J. Gallant. If it sounds like the recipe for you then you must read Dracula: Hearts of Stone.
Please check out my author page for excerpts:
Some of the characters in Dracula: Hearts of Stone
Dracula is a good guy / Jenny is a powerful 12-year-old wizard that doesn’t yet understand her own abilities / The author Piers Anthony is a vampire / Tessy is a vampire dog /Moon Diamond is a vampire Siamese cat that is possessed / Lauren is an extraordinary red sheriff
Hey Laura, Halo and I started a new group, Slippery Fish Island. The name comes from the lyrics of a song by the Sam Roberts Band ("...time is a slipery fish..."). We are trying to get a place going for discussions on good books, music and film. Come on by and check it out. If you like it drop in and say hello.
Well I'm still on the introduction. Very interesting so far. The thing that makes it so universal and a "classic" alongside Plato's Republic, Rousseau's Social Contract, etc. is the fact that he was the first to very accurately analyse the capitalism and everything that comes with it. He predicted the evolution of it and it's still quite relevant to this day. I'm trying to read up on all those "classic" political manifestos as well. Like I said, the Republic by Plato, Prince by Machiavelli, Hobbes' Leviathan. It's so interesting! Maybe I should have done history instead of English & Dutch linguistics, lol. I will try Bleak House! Thanks for the tip! :-) I see you have a degree in English and History. I wish we could have that combination here.
I've quite shamefully not read any Dickens yet I'm afraid. But as you can see, I'm planning to. ;-) I'm trying to read at least one novel of every great "classic" author. And apparently, A Tale of Two Cities was the preferred one with many. Yes, my "To Read" list is getting quite long as well... So many books, so little time. I'm brushing up on a different genre as well. I'm reading "The Communist Manifesto" by Marx at the moment. Quite interesting. It's got a 200 page introduction, while the Manifest itself is only 40 pages long, lol. Hungry for knowledge, perhaps. But that's a good thing, right? :-)
They're set in a similar world as Lord of the Rings, but a lot darker. It's about a boy from the slums who has to apprentice under a "wetboy" (a sort of assassin) to save him from his otherwise horrible faith. It's mainly about the war between several regions and the corruption of their own city. It's a very powerful series. There are so many plot-twists that my mouth was open during 60% of the reading. If you love the Classics then you must know the Penguin Classics series as well? :-) They've really helped me adding to my book shelf. Just the other day I bought around 8 books, at like 5 pounds each from Ebay. A Tale and Two Cities by Dickens, War and Peace by Tolstoy, etc. Great things!
ok I remember seeing Samarcand in the bookstores, yet another TBR entry. And I remember I was in a used bookstore and saw this book called The Genius of Early English Theater and Tis Pity She's A W hore was the first play in there. I have always remembered that play because of the title (how could you not remember a title like that lol).
omg I just got the banned word message lol (now I know why you didn't spell that one word altogether).
Hmm... My favourite book ever isn't historical fiction though :-) actually, three books are my favourite, being "The Night Angel Trilogy". They blew me away. If you like fiction like Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter; well, I even liked these three better. They're simply that good. You should check them out! :-) What's your favourite book or book series?
Was the Patrick O'Brien novel called The Golden Ocean? I have that but haven't read it yet. The Prince of Nothing series is pretty good I must say, I am starting the second book. Only on page 44 so far but since it's a 600 page book I can safely say I haven't scratched the surface yet. And it is always a little humbling when you think you understand a scene in Shakespeare only to see it performed and realize that you didn't really have a clue to how it should go lol. The one non-Shakespeare play I want to see, but haven't yet, is Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee.
Cool a Patrick O'brien reader, don't see to much of them around. I have read all 20 of his Aubrey/Maturin series. Took awhile but it was alot of fun (and I feel I can almost trim sails a few degrees into the wind). I have Game of Thrones, read the prologue, and almost stopped everything I was reading to read that book, it was a good prologue. I also bought another series, The Prince of Nothing series by R. Scott Bakker that I started reading at that time. That is an amazing series as well but, be warned, a very adult story (not explicit so much as just not for children). As for Shakespeare, I wasn't that big on history plays until I saw Richard II on stage and I got it but I can see how they are not universally appealing.