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Pat is a backwoodsman living in the city, a wild man captivated by the teachings of the Apostles. A loner fascinated with other people, their hopes and dreams and sorrows, do not look for Pat in the herd. He is somewhere else. Pat knew he was going to marry Trisha before he met her, before she even knew he existed, and loves her more now than when he saw her picture in May of 1975. One of four sons, he has four daughters. They are his pride and joy. A born daydreamer with a B. A. in religion (University of South Carolina 1980, go Cocks!) and an M. A. in philosophy (Western Kentucky University 1988, go Hilltoppers!), Pat earns his meager living in a job requiring a strong back and a weak mind. A contrarian to all current trends, styles, thinking, and so forth, wouldn’t you know it – Pat decided to tell a tale in an eBook. That's Pat with his girls in the profile picture, taken circa 1991. To see his fourth girl you will have to use a soft focus - she was still in his heart when this picture was taken.
on June 07, 2015 :
Wonderfully woven yarn, evoking images both new and familiar. Pat has a gift for story telling that seems to defy genre categorization, allowing us, the readers to leave the "cookie cutter" world that so many other authors pigeon hole us in when they write a "science fiction" novel or a "fantasy" novel. A beautiful new world it is to enter, with plentiful detail and a nice pacing to the story line itself. I was so glad to see the story will continue with another volume -- looking forward to it with great anticipation.
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)
on May 19, 2015 :
Students of myth will enjoy this well told tale. Written in a lighthearted manner similar to "The Hobbit" this tale does not flinch from being either dark or mature, much like "Stardust." While the copy-editing could use some improvement, typos were the only draw back to this classic hero story. With a hero who ought to inspire young men and a queen who ought to turn young ladies into fierce princesses, this tale has the rhythm of a spoken narration with a vocabulary that exceeds that of most young adult novels today. While not an epic comparable to "The Lord of the Rings" or "The Wheel of Time" this story has a grand scope with noble characters and offers a different vintage than currently offered by most fantasy authors today. If you are a lover of tales, of the old myths, of great battles in history, then the characters you meet and the tales that have them woven together within this story are sure to delight you as it has delighted me. Should this book ever come out in a hard copy I'm going to make sure that it shows ups on my bookshelves.
There are mature scenes, nothing I would count as "adult material" (I read "Interview with the Vampire" at 11) but if you don't feel comfortable with your child watching "Willow," "The Princess Bride," or older stories prior to the start of our 'nanny-ing' literature, I would recommend reading this book aloud to audiences younger than 11 or 12 (much as I would "Stardust"); for my part, I'm going to read this to my young children without any censorship and I feel comfortable offering this book to anyone over the age of 12.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)