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A native Floridian, Kirchhoff went to school in New England and for many, perhaps too many, years taught literature at a state university in Indiana. Secretive by nature, he is rumored to be living in Portland, Oregon, where he is said to frequent plays and performances of a musical nature. He has never visited Guam, Alaska, or the Maritime Provinces of Canada; he has few friends and no pets; and he enjoys gazing out the windows of airplanes. Also, he was once heard muttering the phrase "animals for eating, vegetables for companionship." Aside from these tantalizing facts, little else is known about the man.
on March 05, 2012 :
More adventures into life in this rough post-tech civilization.... The rigid, draconian puritans,The Chosen, have taken over most of the Empire, but the archives, library, and the newly crowned emperor are relatively safe... in the southern most valleys where the story began, rescued by foresters and ex-pats, from the Valley of the Women... with the help of the mysterious nature creatures, the Rand...
This Book Two, called The Tritargon, a magic device used by those strange creatures, the Rand, who call themselves the People, giving a means, to communicate wordlessly and understand the life they lead on their enchanted islands.... The shape and style of the device is tailor made for the individual by a sensitive craftsman... It gives them incredible power.
The adventures continue the story as the young protagonists are compelled into adulthood. Kirchhoff digs deeply into minds of the characters as they wrestle with there psyches, and the difficulties that confront them at every turn...
This whole fascinating saga could become the next Lord of the Rings. Makes one want to use the characters in further adventures, like the fan fiction that has sprung up with many popular books. The characters are so fully fleshed out, have that living quality that good writers like Kirchhoff can bring off. Looking forward to the book 3, and the promise of number 4.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)