Writer, tabletop gamer, pro-wrestling aficionado. Dad.
C.D. Gallant-King is an independent writer originally from Newfoundland, Canada, though he's not fond of fishing and hates boats. He moved to Toronto to study theatre, and then later moved to Ottawa where he does absolutely nothing related to theatre.
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Ten Thousand Days
by C.D. Gallant-King
They say love hurts and time heals all wounds.
Sometimes the reverse is true.
Ten Thousand Days is a fairy tale set in the modern day, a fantastic journey of desperate love and horror with a twisted sense of humour. It's a story of exactly how far a young man will go for love...
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Ravens in the Sky
on July 13, 2016
Ravens in the Sky is a very fun dark tale of mystery and adventure. It doesn't fall into the trap of unnecessary background and world building that drags down many fantasy novels - it grabs you and jumps right into the story and the characters.
The characters are fantastic, interesting, well-developed and sympathetic in their own broken ways. The primary protagonist, Irulen the wizard detective is a haunted wanderer with a dark past, a sharp mind and a witty tongue - all great elements to a memorable hero/anti-hero. Those skills serve him well as we follow him through his various mysteries, which is another wonderful point to the story I truly enjoyed. Much of the time the book reads as a murder mystery, which is another genre I love and is a pleasant departure from the stereotypical "chosen hero goes a quest to save the world" motif.
That's probably my biggest compliment to this book in fact; in many ways it doesn't read like a regular fantasy novel. Some of the tropes and trappings are there, sure, but the author isn't bogged down by them. The characters speak in a fairly modern speech pattern (though many of them are oddly obsessed with testicles) which is not anachronistic because it's just how Mr Bly sets up the language of his secondary world. As previously mentioned, there is no earth-shaking conflict the hero must overcome, no evil army to dispatch (though villains and creeps abound), no prophecies to fulfill. The characters really feel like just regular folks traveling through this world with their own personal goals and issues to deal with.
The only drawback is that the main storyline takes a while to get going, but this a minor quibble as there is lots going on to keep the reader busy (there's even a brief zombie uprising!). Again, this stems from the fact that these are living characters in a living world that aren't "destined" to do anything. Stuff happens around them, and it takes awhile for all the plotlines to come together. It's a very neat piece of storytelling, honestly.
So yeah, a dark murder mystery with nuanced characters in a vibrant but not bloated fantasy world? I could get used to this. Get back to your word processor, Mr Bly.
Self-Help 101 or: How I Learned to Take Over the World Through Tolerating My Family
on July 15, 2016
Yeah sure, I read a Christmas story in the middle of the summer, but I regret nothing. Self-Help 101 was a lot of fun, a solid, heart-warming tale of family strife and teenage moodiness that works all year round.
I really liked the premise of the main character writing a book inside the book, and her little nuggets of advice for “taking over the world” fit in well with the story. It was a neat concept that added to the tone and didn't feel awkward.
The characters were well rounded and believable, and I especially enjoyed the older relatives - who easily could have devolved into caricatures - were actually the smartest and most sensible of the cast.
So yeah, all and all a great little book and I would recommend it as a fine way to pass a few hours (admittedly probably moreso around the holidays). I look forward to Ms Keltner’s next one!
Self-Help 101 or: How to Survive a Bombardment With Minimal Injury
on Aug. 11, 2016
I gotta say, Ms Keltner missed a great opportunity by not calling this Self-Help 102. ;-)
I have to admit, I was concerned at first when I realized how much of the book would be about the burgeoning relationship between the 18-year narrator and her new boyfriend, but you know what? I was pleasantly surprised by how honest and earnest it felt. The awkward sex conversations with her parents, the desperate attempts to find private time to fool around - it took me back in time twenty years, and was a load of fun.
The relatives introduced in Self Help Part Deux were even more staggeringly idiotic and monstrous than those in the first book. The characters in How to Take Over the World had some redeeming qualities, and felt like they could have been real members of your family. In How to Survive a Bombardment, I cannot fathom why Dani’s parents would want to hang out with these people, except to provide awkwardly hilarious scenes for our reading enjoyment (and a brilliant, epic finale). Still, anyone in their right mind would have cut ties with these people years ago.
Except for Corey. I loved that annoying, lying little bastard.