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Fantasy & Sci-Fi Fans:
I actually would rather have people enjoy my stories than make money. That is why I write. Therefore,from now to the end of September, my books are available for free on Smashwords - https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/bobcraton
You can get "The High Duties of Pacia," "A Princess of Fae," and "Jesika's Angel" all for 'reader sets the price' so just set the price at $0.00. (Note - "The High Duties of Pacia" contains all three volumes of that trilogy so you don't need the individual volumes which are also listed there.)
Naturally, I would love reviews but you have no obligation to write one if you don't want to. The books are still free.
When he was a child, Bob Craton’s teachers often remarked (not always favorably) about his day-dreaming. He spent much of his time lost in his own imagination, often creating elaborate elementary school tall-tales, and the habit never went away as he grew up. Coming of age in the 1960s filled his head with dreams of saving the world and having a career in academia. Then the real world closed in. With a family to support, he took a job at the corporate grindstone, just temporarily until he could get back to grad school and earn the PhD he desired. Somehow ‘temporarily’ turned into thirty-three years of stress and boredom but he kept entertaining himself by creating stories inside his head. Interestingly (well, he hopes it’s interesting anyway), his best ideas came to him while he was stuck in rush-hour traffic during his daily commute.
At age fifty-seven, he retired early (a euphemism for ‘got laid off) and had time to put his tales on ‘paper’ (an ancient product now replaced by digital electronics). The ideas in his head were all visual, like scenes from a movie, and as he began writing, he learned to translate visual into verbal and improve his skills. Or at least, that’s what he says. He admits that sometimes minor characters – or some who weren’t included in the original plan at all – demand attention. Frequently, he agrees with them and expands their roles. Many people believe he is bonkers for believing that fictional characters talk to him, but he calls it creativity and remains unrepentant.
on Feb. 06, 2014 :
I just loved this book! Because It had all three books in one volume, it was a very long read. I read and read, cried and cried, chuckled and read some more. Then when it all finished up, I was not ready to say goodbye to all my new friends! This is an epic fantasy, many characters, (think of Tolkien's books), it is the usual good versus evil plot. I can't even imagine the time put into the names, lands, peoples and creatures, the different languages and customs. The characters were lovable, and my two favorite were Belo and Rafe, who were both "Amazing Nice," and provided some comic relief. I had this book on my reading list and was thrilled when the Author, Bob Craton, offered me a copy in exchange for an honest review. Honestly, I'll read this one again, maybe more than once. 5 stars from me! Appropriate for Jr. High and up.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Jan. 21, 2014 :
This is an intricate tale with meticulously planned details. I love fantasy and have read a lot of this genre, but I must admit that my tastes run toward lighter Young Adult Fantasy. This book is much more like something Tolkien would write. It’s not that the characters are like Tolkien’s in any way. Craton’s characters are totally unique and quite refreshing. There are no elves or dwarves or wizards, but instead there are inventive semi-human creatures and Sisteres that can compel the mind. There is a plentitude of magics and powers, all quite original and interesting.
There are a great many characters and concurrent story-lines, so the reader must pay close attention or be totally lost. Again, like Tolkien, Mr. Craton gives details about all of the characters, both good and evil, along with political plots and plans and battles. For me, the concentration required was tiring and the battle particulars extreme, thus the only reason I would give this book four stars rather than five. But anyone who loves detailed epic fantasy sagas would love this book. So I would highly recommend this book to boys, both young and old. However, the main characters provide a rich relationship story with just a hint of romance, so there is plenty to keep a girl like me intrigued.
The High Duties of Pacia: The Complete Saga is a compelling fantasy adventure and a bargain at three books in one!
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Jan. 13, 2014 :
I really enjoyed this book. Like any other review I post, I refuse to offer up spoilers. I do not like those kinds of reviews. It ruins the surprise, I think. I was captivated right away and curious as to what the characters were hiding. Once I found out I couldn’t stand the thought of having to stop reading it. I am not saying that this book has been the best I have ever read, but it is certainly up there in the books I loved reading. I think many would enjoy this story, especially boys between 10-15 as they like to be rowdy and rambunctious in a different way than when they were younger. I would definitely suggest this to my nephews and brothers as well as anyone that enjoys a good book lost in a world of imagination.
(reviewed the day of purchase)