John Muir

Biography

John Muir, born in Hamilton, New Zealand, shifted to Palmerston North. Attended West End Primary School, Palmerston North Normal Intermediate, Palmerston North Boys High School and graduated in accounting from Massey University. Spent 25 years in Australia and time in Asia. Returned to New Zealand in 2007.

Books

Just Cause Wrong Target
By John Muir
Price: Free! Words: 101,960. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2014. Category: Fiction
In this second book of the series, TA returns to the Philippines to clarify what happened 12 months previous when he became a pawn in a national armed uprising. After meeting his saviour on his earlier misadventure, he journeys south. There, mistaken for a rich businessman, he is kidnapped. The businessman is intent on recovering gold buried by his grandfather during the Japanese occupation.
A Soap Slippery Bath Imp
By John Muir
Price: Free! Words: 2,570. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: November 21, 2013. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
For hundreds, maybe thousands of years, taking a bath was a real problem. As soon as people got into the bath, the plug would pop out, and the lovely warm water would suddenly begin to drain away. Mayors and sheriffs offered huge rewards to capture the culprits responsible. Enter our hero, Billy Twinkletoes, who dreams about what he can spend the reward money on.
The Siege Of Apuao Grande
By John Muir
Price: Free! Words: 145,720. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2013. Category: Fiction
0.5 star(4.50 from 2 reviews)
The first novel involving T.A., a tourist to the Philippines, seeking romance, becomes inextricably involved in an armed uprising at an isolated tourist resort, part of a national rebellion. Unsure what to do, he is foolishly guided by the actions of his fictional heroes in the many novels he has read. Then, at a loss, he teams up with a mysterious ex-pat permanent resident of the island.
Patch
By John Muir
Price: Free! Words: 1,560. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2013. Category: Fiction
0.5 star(4.50 from 2 reviews)
A short story for ages 8-14. A grandfather, whose wife has been dead for a long time, has a little fox terrier for company. The grandfather's mind is always busy on the things he wants to do, and everyone else around him, including his grandchildren, is a nuisance which distracts him away from reading his own books or his rigid daily routine. Then something different happens in his daily routine.
My Other Shorts & Formal Tales
By John Muir
Price: Free! Words: 54,770. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2013. Category: Fiction
N.Z Book of the Week on TV's The Book Show 2013. 17 more wonderfully witty, superb suspense and seriously sad tales, situated in any of dozens of countries. Fiction, expanding on incidents that could have happened to anyone. Themes from comedy, romance and suspense, sometimes in one story. Length varies from 750 words to a 13,000 word novella. Easily readable without a dictionary by your side.
A Sunday Market Seller
By John Muir
Price: Free! Words: 3,200. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2013. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
From the second collection of 17 stories in My Other Shorts & Formal Tales. A Sunday country market is livened up by a gate-crashing, old lady. A fiercely independent migrant, Polish WW2 survivor from out of town. She wants to set up to sell a range of memorabilia, home cooking and sweets. Immediately charming the regular stall-holders with stories and skills. She has other skills; unrevealed.
Short Shorts & Longer Tales
By John Muir
Price: Free! Words: 54,280. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2013. Category: Fiction
0.5 star(4.50 from 2 reviews)
A collection of 13 wonderfully witty, superb suspense, and seriously sad fiction tales; situated in various locations from Japan, Australia, Philippines and New Zealand. The themes in the stories are as varied as the locations, with comedy, romance and suspense, sometimes in the one story. Lengths vary from 750 words to a 15,000 novella. Easily readable without a dictionary by your side.
An Artist's Freedom
By John Muir
Price: Free! Words: 2,380. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2013. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
A sample story from the collection of 13 stories in Short Shorts & Longer Tales. A deaf mute aboriginal artist loses a canvas on which he has painted his life. Though he knows where it is, and he can see it, he can't touch or reclaim it. But his ancestral upbringing means he can't leave it behind, so he remains in the vicinity to be near it, passing his time waiting an opportunity.

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Smashwords book reviews by John Muir

  • Dreamers - the play on Oct. 27, 2013
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    Crafty use of words through innuendos makes an interesting story feel as if the words of the players are, as in real life, being emotionally self-protective. Yet still wanting to show their real selves, but only through the layers of opaque glass. Nice one.