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I actually would rather have people enjoy my stories than make money. That is why I write. Therefore, you can get "The High Duties of Pacia," "A Princess of Fae," and "Jesika's Angel" all for 'reader sets the price.' Naturally, I would love reviews but you have no obligation to write one if you don't want to.
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 Aug. 22, 2014 :
Never before have I read such a book which made me laugh right from the first page till the very end. Never ever have I got so interested in a book that I got effortlessly transported to a younger version of me who loves fairy tales. Never before.... Oh how many "never before"s can I add here? I am spell - bound by the book (and not at all turned into ice by the cold stare of the princess)
Oh I should not start from the end but from the beginning... But is there any beginning? The only beginning is when you open the book. The main characters in the book are as follows
- An off-beat Princess who swears like a man and very dominating. But she breaks the traditional Princess mold and comes out very interesting and fun to read (although might not be so much fun to be with)
- A drunk warrior hero, who is technically a drunk grandson of a warrior hero. But at times, he gets all Shakespearean and hilarious
- A scared ogre (oh, sorry Oagre) who is too simple and too much of a coward to be actually of any help but still a fun character
- A wizard who is a magic school drop out. All he manages to do is illusions and rarely any tricks
- An elf who looks like a small boy and is very intelligent
- The narrator who tries to manage the story as much as he can and constantly has disagreements with the characters
- The author who is least interested in whatever is happening and only likes to fight with the narrator
- The editor who tries to rein the story once narrator and author are kicked out by the characters
Yes, you have read it right. The narrator, author and editor are also characters in the book. The characters openly talk, argue, fight and kick out the narrator. There are times when the characters take the story forward the way they want to take it.
The other fairy tale characters also make cameo appearances in the story and show their true self, very much different from the way we have read them as children. Even lawyers make their presence known, only to be killed very soon by the warrior hero.
It is not at all a typical fairy tale story but nonetheless, it is so much fun and interesting to read that it is guaranteed to be a page turner for anyone who comes across it. Although not technically for small children, it is a perfect read for teenagers and above.
A light and fun story, I would recommend it to everyone who loves to read
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)