M. M. Fahren
Author of 2 and a half books, a comic novella, a quarry of faerie tales, and poetry by the dozen, Fahren is owned by a white horse of wavering dispostion.
Contemporary Comic Novella, 'Towards a More Perfect Union: New Orleans Alliances,' placed in the Novella-in-Progress Short List of the 2010 Faulkner-Wisdom Literary competition. 'Drift of Tallow,'(finalist in same) and a number of Fahren's poems have been recently presented (four broadcasts) on Canadian radio read by Ken Cowle on his weekly program, Soul Asylum.
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The Golden Amulet: a tale of Faerie
by M. M. Fahren
Published: November 5, 2011.
"a ragamuffin-like Minstrel sacrifices himself to save a Princess and is shunned by a King. Years of peace and prosperity follow but eventually darkness befalls the kingdom at the hands of a Dark Wizard. The Minstrel, who proves to be an eternally youthful wonder, returns, and …." Andy Potter review
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- Saturdays Are Gold
on Sep. 20, 2011
I witnessed the emergence of Saturdays Are Gold while it was still on Authonomy as Little Girl in the Fig Tree. It is an exceedingly singular work of width and psychologically-charged drama. We are inside the mind of 'Tadpole' throughout and we know we are inside a very sacred corner of the author's own memory.
There are such poignantly specific moments in the South African setting, the action and the dialogue, which could only have been experienced first hand by a supersensitive young man.
The imagery of the South African terrain and the culture of post-Depression Kensington is vivid, engaging, meticulously rendered. Nothing in the story holds back the ultimate punch of the mysterious and malicious Giraffe Man's confrontation with his stalked victims. We encounter the anomaly of Muti-Medicine and the uncanny healers and seers of Zulu and African culture, the desolate dry rock coppies and caves just outside busy city streets, the roaming bottle and bag men, the racially construed prohibition laws and a commingling and division of race all witnessed through children's eyes (and their dog, Hobo).
We meet a piquant array of characters, each carrying a peculiarly lively wit, voice and perhaps, burden. The always-working but kindly father, Abe, who must raise his family without his beloved wife. His sister Babs, a lady pilot who was an Ace in WW but drinks to forget who she is in her society. Old Joseph, a marvelously woven figure of a beached sailor who can fight lions and survive alone in the Ocean after Patagonian storms capsize his vessel, to crumble on his return to a wife dying of cancer. . .Amos, the children's Zulu playmate who finds himself in very uncomfortable squeezes with his friends (hint: hissss!) . ..And of course Maudie, the girl with a third eye open only while she sleeps. . .who holds the key to a disturbing social phenomenon. And Tadpole, who must guard her from malicious forces he cannot see, and often his own pranks and play in a time of children a bit too free in a not so tamed outback.
This is an adventure, a mystery, a psychological thriller, and in the end, a vexing query into cultural aberrations we can neither completely explain, nor forget.
Although I found there was a multitude of detail, I also felt these came forth as memoir- facets to autobiographically enhanced fiction. No one who reads the story of a motherless girl with a sixth sense, her playmates and foibles, and her guardian brother, comes away without entering an event both enthralling and disturbing.
- The Girl Who Tweaked Two Lions' Tails
on Nov. 08, 2011
Pierre Van Rooyen is getting a solid reputation for his young heroines of unflinching character. He is coming to the public fore in his prose, which is lively as their adventures. Read a few lines and you are 'in' there. Go a little further and you're following an adventure of the natural world that takes you up several notches above the norm, while defying your expectation to find a 'way out' into a controlled reality. You see, Pierre is Not controlled. Not by any standard of the forbidden kingdoms of either man or manuscript. . .He's got a formidable mind with an imagination which matches his experiences.
Like his little girl, Maudie, in "Saturdays are Gold," we know by page one that Angelina is going to defy the odds.
Voraciously. We ask in vain with her parents, "Gogga, we love you, and I reckon you tweaked his tail, but please don't do it again."
Right. We can count on it.
Van Rooyen does it again.