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Paul Morrison has been a writer for most of his life. “I cannot remember a time when I was not writing, even when I was five or six years old. I grew up on books such as Treasure Island, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and The Time Machine — these and the many other books that I read in my early years fed my imagination, a voracious imagination transporting me to faraway places, other worlds and to other times in both the recent and more distant past...” Many of these worlds and places are visited in the novels and short story collections he has written.
Besides a love for fiction, Paul also reads widely on ancient history and archaeology. “I am particularly interested in Ancient Egypt, mainly Old Kingdom Egypt during the age of the pyramid builders. I was always intrigued as to how the pyramids were built and about the lives of the pharaohs as well as the workers who constructed the pyramids. There were many questions filling my mind, but few if any answers.” This inquiring interest led to the Giza Trilogy books, a monumental work of well-researched fiction set against the backdrop of the three pyramids on the Giza Plateau. Together, with their associated books, The Divine Light (currently being written) and the completed, Eternal Egypt, Supplement to the Giza Trilogy, these books total more than one million words! Other books written cover a wide range of subjects including historical, science fiction, ghost and detective stories as well as many other genres.
Paul currently lives in Hobart, Tasmania with his wife in a house overlooking the Derwent River. “The magnificent views of Hobart and of Mount Wellington inspire me in my writings — but the most important inspiration is my wife, Helena.”
on Oct. 10, 2013 :
Review on the Collected Other Stories
Setting Place: Different Parts of the Earth and other worlds
Setting Time: An extensive timeline
Story Format: Short Stories and Novellas
The book covers fictional events developed in the universe of different cultures, different beings inhabiting other worlds such as the one in The Oracle of Pentos 7. The intriguing thought of native cultures portrayed by the legends of the Pacific islands such as in Dolphin Joe and The Eye of the God can be mysterious and unexpected. One can also be a witness to the ruthless Spanish Conquest of the Aztecs, as well as the passion of the author for maritime stories such as in The Nelson Touch, The Sea Captain and others. It was fine to visit memories of Ancient Greece in Lydia's Song, and still thinking about the past in The Eye of Ra, some scary moments with Night Calls or the aboriginal Gulluph Man.
The adventure is open to the reader who dares to chase the fun in these pages. I must say I deeply enjoyed. It surpassed the expectations I had in opening the pages of the book, with some knowledge of the Author's way of penning his stories. The ideal size of the stories and the variety found is another aspect to enjoy and explore. The title does not do justice to this collection that is meant to entertain and scare the curious reader, as well as the searcher of new worlds in which to flirt with adventure.
(reviewed 66 days after purchase)