Gordon A. Long

Biography

After 30 years of teaching, 40 years of theatre, and 20 years of playwrighting, I think I’ve paid my dues, and it’s time to become a novelist.

I also adjudicate Speech Arts Festivals, and direct two different Seniors’ performance troupes. Sometimes I teach ESL in Korea. My latest fun job was supervising the medal ceremonies in Speed Skating for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. I crew on a 32-foot racing sloop called “Planet Claire” out of the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, and I’m starting to compete in Agility with my Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Josh. (Actually, he competes. I run around and look like I’m contributing).

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Books

The Cat with Many Claws - Sword Called Kitten #2
By Gordon A. Long
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 106,810. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2013. Category: Fiction
In the second book of the "Sword Called Kitten" series, Kitten follows Eirlin the Healer to Koningsholm to help train Eirlin’s new Magic Scalpel, Excisor, who is turning out to be more than a handful. Between training Excisor, fixing Eirlin's love life, and protecting the realm from racial tension and rebellion, Kitten is hard pressed to develop the talents she needs to succeed.
Why Are People So Stupid?
By Gordon A. Long
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,270. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2012. Category: Nonfiction
Social Commentary with a wry twist. Biting analysis of: The Stock Market, Committees, Corporate Cowboys, Bureaucracy, Communism, Capitalism, Bullies, and that idiot driving in front of you who slams on his brakes for no reason.
A Sword Called…Kitten?
By Gordon A. Long
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 106,820. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2010. Category: Fiction
0.5 star(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Lost years ago from its traditional owner, thrown into a swamp by a Hand with no ear for music, the Sword struggles through the seamy underside of society to regain the path towards honour, glory, and a Name. This new prospect is only a woodcutter, but he has a strong arm and a receptive mind. A chance for heroic deeds? The Sword dares to dream again. Now, if only someone had a sense of humour!

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  • Death & Magic on July 26, 2011
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    Death and Magic looks like a standard “apprentice wizard” story, but don’t expect magical or cute. The setting is a huge old ruined fortress with only one habitable wing. The genre is murder mystery. The main character is charismatic and believable. Better yet, the use of magic has defined limits. Smoothly written and professionally edited, with a story line and main character that draw you in from the start, this book is definitely a cut above the usual offerings in the ebook world. Gordon A. Long Author of "A Sword Called…Kitten?"
  • For the Love of Daisy on Jan. 10, 2012
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    FOR THE LOVE OF DAISY By Cas Peace Review by Gordon A. Long Every once in a while, you read a book that actually outshines its publicity. Rarely, you find one that comes across with more than the author expected or, I suspect, even realizes now. For the Love of Daisy is such a book. Sure, it’s a book about the author and her dog, the trials they go through, and the incredible devotion that keeps them both fighting against all odds. That’s what the publicity says, so we assume that’s what Cas Peace thinks she wrote. It is all that, and also a tale of the fortitude required to deal with the decline of loved ones, when age proclaims its inevitable verdict on their mental as well as physical beings, when there is nothing you can do but hold on and wait for the end. It’s about the grieving process, and what you do to stay sane in a situation over which you have no control. It speaks of the desperate need for respite, the wonderful healing of a cherished hobby, and the solace of a solid marriage when everything else is slipping away. It’s about the support of family, friends, and the caring professionals who help us through the dark times. Because this is a review, I have to mention that it is also a bit rambling, convoluted in story line, and sometimes wordy when everything has already been said. It’s also the true story of the life of a dog, so you already know the ending. Still, the story leaves you uplifted and better prepared for your own trials. For the Love of Daisy is a moving and heartwarming tribute to the strength of the human (and canine) soul in the face of adversity. Highly recommended.