Shades Of Smoke

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Ever fancied being a magician, in a wild and dangerous world? Your parents have been murdered, your childhood sweetheart stolen into slavery. You are embroiled with brigands, assassins, and a serial killer... But you are a magician, remember? You can conjure really good pictures in smoke... But nothing else! More

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About Graham Buckby

Hi. I’m Graham Buckby. I was born and raised in Leicester (England), went to university at York, got a history degree, and spent 34 years teaching history, mostly in the same comprehensive school on the east coast of Lincolnshire. I quit teaching when the mounting tide of government inspired, management enforced, documentation finally swamped my pleasure in actually teaching kids. I first met Alan Denham - my co-author - while doing my postgraduate teaching certificate. He had the room next to mine and regularly woke me by pounding on my door when my alarm clock had woken him... but not me! He introduced me to the local S.F. group. I started writing in the ‘80s (when usable home computers were invented). Alan joined in. Between us we developed our ‘Nuome’ world scene... but then work got in the way for a while... like 20 years! What am I like? Alan reckons I’m eccentric... but so’s he! I’ve been married - twice. I’ve got one wonderful daughter, still at university - studying Professional Writing! I like real ale, real dogs and motorbikes... oh, and writing.

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Review by: John Whelan on Jan. 24, 2014 :
This type of Science Fiction is not my usual book fodder these days but the book is readable. First I had to strip off the fonts and the formatting in Calibre before my epub reader Moonplus reader pro would display it correctly. It starts fairly slowly, it took me to chapter three to get into it but once it starts to roll it improves. Keeping track of who is who I found a little difficult at times, many of the names are similar. I understand one of the authors has a science background and its noticeable that no major liberties are taken on the science side, the quality of writing is not to Terry Pratchett's standard with multiple references at different levels in the same sentence but it uses a number of the same techniques and of course has the mandatory guild of assassins.

For a first self published book its not too bad.
(reviewed 64 days after purchase)
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