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G. M. Worboys grew up on a dairy farm in Victoria, Australia. Education and life led him to the city, first Melbourne and then Sydney. After almost twenty years he decided enough was enough and moved to a small bush block in the southern tablelands of New South Wales, from which he continues to create computer software for clients far removed from the kangaroos and goannas that stare in at him through the office window. A life-long obsession with books finally led him back to writing, an interest that for many years had seen exercise only in technical writing and scarily long emails.
Dryad was his first novel, inspired in part by the trees and the life that is so varied and abundant even in the dry of the Australian bush. Naiad and Nereid complete this first contemporary fantasy series, The Narun, but the writing hasn't stopped.
Kevin A. Lyons
on July 28, 2014 :
I'm glad I found this book, even though I don't usually read "Contemporary Fantasy" ... and I rarely read "long" books.
The "Contemporary Fantasy" aspect was very well handled. The Fantasy world was well constructed with some familiar reference points, and the characters were believable and consistent.
As far as the length goes -- I usually read short stories up to novels of about 65,000 words. Books that go much longer than that require a commitment in time that I'm reluctant to give, especially to an author I'm not familiar with. But this worked out very well. The writing was smooth and the plot was interesting. The story could probably have been tightened up a little -- it does meander a bit, especially in the beginning -- but the author manages to keep it interesting.
The story is set in Australia. The forests settings were familiar and reminded me of the forests in my area, but references to Eucalyptus reinforces the location.
This is the first book in a series, so there are some open-ended plotlines, but the main story reaches a pretty satisfying conclusion -- the book doesn't end with a cliffhanger.
I recommend it!
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)