E. David Anderson is originally from Maine, but currently lives outside of Baltimore with his wife and daughter. He likes heroes who have the inner strength to be good in a time when morally gray characters are more popular and wishes he didn't have to drive an hour away to get Korean food. He obsesses too much on football and not enough on cleaning the house, and between tutoring gigs he manages to squeeze in a little bit of writing to validate the college degrees he isn't using. His influences include Steinbeck, Faulkner, H.P.Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and the magical-realism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
on April 06, 2014 :
"Into the Valley" is supposed to be E. David Anderson's first installation in the Triton series. I believe "Into the Valley" is Anderson's first published work. It does not show in its presentation and substance. "Into the Valley" is an engaging story including elements from Greek mythology and steam-punk (although it might be science fiction instead??).
Every once in a while we make choices that change our whole lives. Lieutenant Aurelian made three of them: Firstly, he escaped his home-island of Akkahellonia. Secondly, Aurelian chose to ignore the advice of the Lighthouse Keeper and his last choice was to dive into the river rather than going across the bridge.
By jumping into the river Aurelian postpones his first meeting with Lord Abraham. Lord Abraham has lovely machines that suck the life out of other people and transfer that life to him instead. Because of his jump into the river Aurelian understands what is going to happen to him before it actually happens.
Aurelian is the kind of young man who believes that one should never give in to whatever life throws at us. Sometimes I am like that myself. At others not at all. How people manage to keep going at all times is beyond me. I know people like Aurelian and I have often wondered how they find the gumption to keep on trying.
(review of free book)