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I grew up in the Air Force. After my father got out of that bunch in 1971, we traveled all over the central plains, mostly in North Dakota and Minnesota.
Institutionalized by a child's view of the military, I went and joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1984 and was pretty much stuck with it until 1988. After that, I decided animation was the life for me.
Following graduation from art school in 1993, I and my new bride (my current old bride) and I relocated to Los Angeles, where we quickly came to understand why so many people shoot at each other while simply trying to drive to work.
In the toon biz, I worked on both television and feature films as an animator and storyboard artist/designer for Marvel Films, Hanna-Barbera, DiC, Saban Entertainment, Sony Pictures, DreamWorks SKG, and Warner Bros Feature Animation, amongst others.
When the traditional animation business largely dried up in the early 2000’s, I thought it best to "choose" to get out rather than just complaining about being "thrown out of it" by the warm-blooded corporate types who shipped all the jobs overseas.
Needing to continue my wasteful and selfish habit of eating and sleeping under a roof (to say nothing of my wife's similarly selfish needs), I began working for the U.S. Government.
I now live in North Dakota for the second time in my life with my wife and daughter. While I continue to work for the government, I dream of the day when my hobby of writing might someday supplant that gubmint check I've been cashing for the last 11 years.
on July 12, 2013 :
Probably no one will take this review seriously because it's coming from the author's wife. But the fact is that I did read this book -- and generally speaking, Guy and I do not have the same tastes in books. So I think I'm as qualified as anyone else to review it.
I'm not big on fantasy -- but I was immediately taken by how wonderful a character Cerys is. She truly is one of the best-realized characters I've seen in any novel, and as far as this being a YA story, I think she's a fantastic heroine and someone that kids could really relate to.
As for the rest of the story, it's just so epic, with such a grand scale, it really reminds me of Tolkien or a YA version of 'Game of Thrones.' I think anyone into those would really dig this. So buy it already!
(reviewed the day of purchase)