The Red Bird

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Aurora Award Finalist story from a multi-award winning author.

A young samurai, guided by a mysterious red hawk, must choose between the woman he loves and the destiny he must fulfill to save his people. More

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Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Words: 7,970
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458052292
About Douglas Smith

"His stories are a treasure trove of riches that will touch your heart while making you think." --Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author

"One of Canada's most original writers of speculative fiction." --Library Journal

"A great storyteller with a gifted and individual voice." --Charles de Lint

Douglas Smith is an award-winning author of speculative fiction, with over a million words of fiction published in thirty countries and two dozen languages.

He has won Canada's Aurora Award three times and has been a finalist for the international John W. Campbell Award, Canada's juried Sunburst Award, the CBC Bookies award, and France's juried Prix Masterton and Prix Bob Morane.

Doug's book length works include:

THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE WORLD (Lucky Bat Books, 2013) - Urban fantasy novel

CHIMERASCOPE (ChiZine, 2010) - Finalist for the Sunburst Award, Aurora Award, and CBC Bookies Award

IMPOSSIBILIA (PS Publishing, 2008) - Finalist for the Aurora Award

LA DANSE DES ESPRITS (Dreampress, 2011) - Finalist for France's Prix Masterton and Prix Bob Morane

In 2010, an independent film producer released a multi-award winning short film based on Doug's story "By Her Hand, She Draws You Down." Films based on his stories "A State of Disorder" and "Memories of the Dead Man" are also in the works.

Website: www.smithwriter.com
Twitter: smithwrtr

SELECTED REVIEWS

"Smith's writing, evocative yet understated, gracefully brings to life his imagined realms." -- Quill and Quire *Starred Review*

"Smith paints his worlds so well that you are transported within a paragraph or two and remain in transit until the story ends." --Broken Pencil, The Magazine of Zine Culture and the Independent Arts

"Echoes of Stephen King, Richard Matheson, and Clive Barker haunt the halls of Smith's work, but the end result is completely original, and always enthralling." --Cory Redekop

"Douglas Smith is an extraordinary author whom every lover of quality speculative fiction should read." --Fantasy Book Critic

"Smith is definitely an author who deserves to be more widely read." --Strange Horizons
"I've yet to read a work of his that wasn't beautifully written, but more than that, his stories resonate with a deep understanding of the human condition as well as a characteristic wry wonder... Stories you can't forget, even years later." --Julie Czerneda, award-winning author and editor

"An ambitious and adventurous new writer." --Gardner Dozois, author and editor

"Smith is a master of beginnings ... some of the most well-crafted hooks you'll find anywhere: deft introductions to the characters and their not-quite-familiar worlds packed into just a sentence or two that draw the reader in. As for the endings ... Smith's tendency is to forego the shocking twist for endings that feel satisfying and right, a trade-off that I'll take any day." --Canadian Science Fiction Reviews

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Reviews

Review by: Marcy Italiano on Nov. 28, 2012 :
The Red Bird is a beautiful story. I have always been a fan of classic, martial arts tales and Doug has managed to give it an interesting twist. I enjoyed the adopted father-son relationship Asai had with Ikada, and the Red Bird itself frustrated me as much as Asai.

Beware if you go to print, there are *multiple* pages of excerpts at the end.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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