Geoffrey Verdegast


For those of you who don't know me (and there are millions) I'm Geoff Verdegast--politically incorrect social misfit, greasy-handed backyard mechanic, cranky eschewer of ubiquitous handheld communication devices, and half-starved author of the literary fantasy novel, "OF STAVES AND SIGMAS." I'm also a pseudo-talented charcoal and scratch-board artist (see OSAS's cover), an amateur photographer, and a self-trained hobo who specializes in aimless roadside wandering, sleeping under bridges, hopping freight trains, and stealing fresh-baked pies from window sills.

Since I'm well-aware--and have been told sundry times--that a large percentage of readers won't even consider taking a gander at the first installment of an uncompleted series, I've refrained from going all-out on the John and Jane Q. Public marketing of OSAS. Instead, I've been working dilligently (okay, maybe not so dilligently) on Book Two ("OF QUESTS AND QUANDARIES")--and eventually Book Three--in hopes of one day being able to rope in a few of said most stubbornly persnickety hold-outs with the long-laboured lure of a finished product. At this rate, however, I might have to rejigger my aim toward the toddler demographic, since I'm guessing that they'll be adults by the time I wrap this long-winded epic up. And me? I'll be looking like Rip Van Winkle by then. And in the poor house.

But you, gentle reader, can change that! Simply take pity on this cynical old Philistine and check out Book One anyway. If you're a bit literary, a bit adventurous, a bit into dynamic characterisation, and aren't one bit scared of being challenged, step right up and see to what length I'll go to entertain and enchant and provoke you. And who knows, I might even make myself sound all sagely and respectable in the process.

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Of Staves and Sigmas
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 269,020. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » General
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OF STAVES AND SIGMAS is a transworld fantasy that follows psychiatric patient James Wagner's mystical break from contemporary earth to a violent, mediaevalesque Ergos, where through unremitting ordeal he is forced to consider that his lifelong madness was less a psychological sickness than a visional prelude to the astonishingly palpable reality that has suddenly supplanted his earthly existence.

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