An Atmosphere Of Angels

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As part of a treaty with a primitive race, Terran space explorers agree to dispose of an abandoned stellar craft. Trapped inside the ship, the Terrans find numerous alien corpses, and one ghost. More

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Words: 68,360
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465787644
About H. C. Turk

A: This is hard.
Q: Why is making a bio so hard for you?
A: Because it's like talking. I don't like to talk; I like to write.
Q: But people want to know about authors. Reading a book requires a lot of effort.
A: Writing one ain't exactly playtime.
Q: That's better. Go ahead, tell us more. Did you have a pleasant childhood?
A: Ask my dog; he was there.
Q: Your dog is stuffed. He's not a real dog.
A: He's more real than you are. You can’t even ask a good question.
Q: Here’s one: Why should people read your books?
A: Because my puppy will be sad if they don’t.
Q: We need to get serious here. How many novels have you written?
A: 33.
Q: I’ll bet your dog can’t count that high. How long have you been writing?
A: I’ll answer if you promise not to kick my dog again (metaphorically).
Q: He wouldn’t feel it—he’s stuffed.
A: If someone kicked the stuffing out of you, I bet you wouldn’t enjoy it.
Q: Would I enjoy it more than reading one of your books? Or would it be equally painful?
A: You’re cruel to dogs AND to authors.
Q: If you answer my last question, I promise to be nice. How many years have you been writing?
A: [mumbles]
Q: That’s pathetic.
A: Why don’t you ask me about my stories?
Q: Stories are for campfires.
A: The basis of history’s greatest novels is the story: the story of nations, cultures, families, individuals. The greatest idea that can be expressed in fiction is story.
Q: Great, so tell me about your characters.
A: Dull and Dumb are not two of my characters, or characteristics.
Q: Do you ever write about animals, stuffed or not?
A: Rescued greyhounds in Heaven Again, tiny ponies in Only The Impassioned, mudfish in Resurrection Flowers, ghosts in An Atmosphere Of Angels.
Q: Ghosts aren’t animals, they’re unsettled spirits. If ghosts continue to read, what will they find in your novels?
A: They will find passion, idea, and spirited characters whose lives are a story. And puppies.

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Review by: malonzo on Aug. 09, 2012 :
I never heard of this author until a friend mentioned this book. Big thanks! Since sharing is caring, I’m sharing my thoughts about this amazing read.

First, it has a great premise. Two Terrans (into a boy-girl thing) are trapped in a haunted alien spaceship and have to survive a ghost trying to kill them. A good writer would have made a very enjoyable book. But H. C. Turk is a terrific writer and created a masterpiece. That’s immediately evident by the opening, which is not only gorgeous prose illuminating (literally) the situation, but effortlessly leads to down-to-earth people starting to get together, then back to the glories of the universe which will soon engulf the people.

If you threw out everything but the dialog between the two main characters, the book would be a wonderful read. But there’s so much more. The plot is truly exciting. The characters are real people and become your friends. The ideas behind the nature of alienness and these particular aliens are strongly realized. The endless originality is always satisfying. The unusual terms made to fit technology never encountered by humans before can be dense, but that’s appropriate for extremely intelligent ideas in a future setting. If you don’t bring your brain, you won’t get the most out of this. But if you can think and read at the same time, you will be profoundly rewarded. Not just because this novel is so smart, but because the emotions these people go through are touching, thrilling, hilarious, deeply moving. The ending is both utterly sorrowful and absolutely uplifting. Only a master can do that.

When I read this sentence, “I am your only girlfriend on this island, and in the universe of my heart” I think time stopped. I could only sit there and stare. When I came back, I was in an atmosphere of angels. That’s a great place to be.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)

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