The Ghost Of A Chance

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Who are we? Us, who live like savages, hunted by orks and wargs both day and night. And what part do the strange creatures we call the babblers have to play in all of this?

This is the story of a father and daughter and the part they played in discovering some of the truth of the many confusing questions that wandered through the minds of the people. More

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About Jonathan Antony Strickland

You really want me to reveal personal information here?
O.K then... here's some stuff you might (or might not) like to know about me!

Well for starters you can contact me on

My Hobbies:
1_Are you bored. Then do what I do. Take off all your clothes and paint your face and arse bright blue. Then run outside and shout abuse at passers-by... passes the time if nothing else!
2_Managed 18 keepy ups with ye old pigs bladder once....What's that you say? Not that impressive! Well... what I failed to tell you was that the pigs bladder that I did the 18 keepy ups with, was still inside the pig!
3_Not pissing on the evil that is Milthy Swinebuckle, if he were ever to catch fire
4_Scratching my arse!
5_Watching Milthy get his arse kicked by a three legged tortoise...HA !!!
6_Scratching my arse and..oh wait I've already said that! Ah, what the hell. It's a good one so I'll say it again.
7_???? **** ???? with **** then ?*?*!
8_Wondering what I'm doing during hobby seven?

MY most prized possession: Hitler's missing left testicle (NOT FOR SALE).

My most famous quotes:
1_A step in the right direction can still mean the death of an ant!
2_I look down on almost everybody...although come to think about it, it's probably because I do climb a lot of trees!
3_You know that poem "if", what a load of crap. Kipling got it all wrong. What he should have said was "If you can portray the ideas you get to a sober man (no matter how shite though's ideas may be), and keep a straight face. Then you'll be a man MA SON!
4_HMMMMMM........I think I'll eat my socks!
5_MMMMM.......cheese and onion flavour .........NNNNIIIICCCCEEE!!!!
6_Ignore the above quote's and instead just read and live your life by number 7.
7 As far as I'm concerned you should not judge a fellow person on their looks, sex, race or beliefs. There are only two types of people: 1_Everyday ordinary people who just want to get on with their lives and not bother anybody else...2_The preachers, the arseholes and the gobshites, who want to tell you what to do, what you should be doing and how you should be doing it.

My favourite words:...knickers, bra's, boobs, bums, knockers, shit, shite, bollicks, twat, boobs (such a good word it needed to be said twice), gussets, stains, ugabalooga, randy, stodgeflaps, fgkgkujhghrewh, and TURD!!! That's TURD... Got it? No? Then I'll say it again, just in case you missed it...T.U.R.D

My Arch Enemies:
1_Milthy Swinebuckle....Beware he who sneaks, creeps, squawks and chortles. He who goes by many names. Names such as... Archibald Stott, Feagus the mostly squidgy, Terrance the quite nasty tormentor etc... but to me he will always be Milthy Swinebuckle (or if I meet him face to face... ARSEWIPE!)
2_Mr.Hairy Monkfish... Swinebuckle's main henchman (and suspected bumchum)
3_Randy Stodgeflaps... not much to say about this guy except he is one of Swinebuckle's best mates and a bit of a ballbag!

Charity work.....Milthy Swinebuckle has been infected with writers tourettes. Only I can help him. I really hope I don't catch it though, as every few words he writes he can't stop himself writing words like..."KNICKERS" or "ARSE" or some other filth! It takes him a good twenty minutes to write and edit a single sentence. I really "NADS" feel sorry "BOOBS" for the "GUSSETS" poor guy......"B...BB...BBB BOTOMSSS, ARSEHOLES, PANTS,......Oh bugger!"

PS: Does anyone actually read any of this personal information shit?

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James Hold reviewed on on Sep. 14, 2015

JAS presents an interesting tale. I admit I struggled with it at first, but I took a deep breath and tried again. The interesting part is that the first narrator has an unreliable memory and one needs to take that into account when reading the 2nd half.
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James Jenkins reviewed on on April 9, 2014

I read 20% and did not see any reason to read more.

Formatting note, the mobi version seems to all be in bold.
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Rob Wilkins reviewed on on May 14, 2013

This was a great story, one that I thoroughly loved. The premise was interesting, the approach to the story creative and the world that Jonathan created for it felt rich, believable and engrossing.

The further I read, the better it became and the more I wanted to read. By the time I was finished I was genuinely disappointed that I was done, and I would have loved to have seen more of the tale. That wasn't down to the story feeling incomplete; it was finished, the tale told, and told well. But the world is one I would have loved to see more of.

Certainly the best and most engrossing story I've read by Strickland to date. Applause from across the ocean, sir.
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Emily Carter reviewed on on April 30, 2013

I enjoyed this little story. I was aware of the writing challenge between Michael and jonny so was interested to see what they would come up with! Jonny's story I found really interesting and an original way to tackle the subject matter.
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Walter Lazo reviewed on on April 11, 2013

This one is an ambitious and epic story, richly imaginative and moving. If anything, I wanted more. Also, great cover.
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Michael Carter reviewed on on March 28, 2013

This is a highly-enjoyable science-fiction story, and, I think, among my friend Jonny Strickland's best work. You may think me biased, reviewing the work of my friend, but I sincerely think this is very good stuff, and well deserving of your attention.

A neolithic caveman-like people are struggling to survive in a world of hideous orks and wargs. But when some of the children begin to experience episodes of incoherence and babbling - perhaps posession - it seems that an old intelligence is striving to break through, and to help these people back on their road of evolution.

This is a great story, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It keeps its mystery throughout, and while answering its own questions, it poses more, about the nature and paradox of belief. It keeps you thinking after reading, and it lingers in the brain, in a classic science-fiction manner. I also personally think that this story shows some of the best writing that Jonny Strickland has yet produced, and each new tale I read, his prose and style are even more improved than the last. This is a great idea, in an over-populated sub-genre, and really stands out among the crowd.

This story is a result of a conversation that Jonny Strickland and myself had [in the pub]. We were talking about ghosts and about writing, and Jonny suggested that we each try and write "an original ghost story", and have it completed, from scratch, in a couple of weeks. Jonny has done his idea proud with this story, while my own, UNCONTAINABLE, is not yet quite finished, and will be published here soon.

THE GHOST OF A CHANCE is definitely well-worth a read to any science-fiction or fantasy fan; also, very nice cover, Jonny, although what it has to do with the story is debateable.
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