Nature, wildlife and public affairs television, earth sciences, gothic vaults and liturgy: Robert Fripp’s fiction and non-fiction share many slices of life. § Here, Fripp introduces his 38 “Wessex Tales” stories. Thomas Hardy used that title over a century ago. Fripp moves it forward with a new collection of “Wessex Tales” covering “Eight thousand years in the life of an English village.” § First come Stone Age hunters. Then villagers discover a new “stone,” bronze. Locals build Stonehenge. A Roman mosaic depicts Jesus. We advance: from Viking raiders to potions for maidens, a medieval wedding, civil war, smugglers, and the second battle of the Somme. § Smashwords releases several stories, here. Read them—free, for a time—choosing a format for your Kindle, Nook, iPad, Mac, PC, iPhone (via Stanza), Sony, Kobo and Androids. All 38 “Wessex Tales” stories will come alive in paperback within two years.
David H. Keith
on March 23, 2013 :
A harsh, sobering, and completely accurate description of combat that is reminiscent of "All's Quiet on the Western Front." Although set in 1916 France, it could very well have been anywhere from Stalingrad to Inchon, Ia Drang Valley, Baghdad, or anywhere in Afghanistan.
Fripp pulls no punches in naming those responsible for the slaughter of a generation of young men: the blood-thirsty generals and craven politicians who, like the ghouls they are, thrive off the bodies of the young.
This book is so very timely in these hate-filled days of continual war. I wish I could say it would help end the slaughter, but it won't. Politicians and generals and big business will continue to manufacture excuses to murder the young - and the young, sadly, will allow themselves to be murdered. As the folk song says, "when will they ever learn?"
Five stars without hesitation and highly recommended reading for everyone.
David H. Keith
(review of free book)