I, the Sun on History Rocks

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I, the Sun

From the annals of the ancient Hittite king, Suppiluliumas, from the Amarna Letters of Egypt and the court records of a wealth of “lost” civilizations, comes this saga of kingship and greatness, love and death, politics and treachery in the second millennium, BCE. Beyond a few cursory references to the Hittites in the Bible, for thousands of years nothing has been known of this first mighty Indo-European culture. sun-cover

Now, based on translations of the ancient texts themselves, comes the story of Suppiluliumas, Great King, Favorite of the Storm God, King of Hatti, who by his own count fathered forty-four kings and conquered as many nations, who brought even mighty Egypt to her knees. Tutankhamen’s widow sent him an urgent letter begging for a son of his to make her husband. The earliest Hebrews knew him as their protector. The entire Mediterranean world revered and feared him.

But although he conquered armies, countries, and even foreign gods, he could not conquer his love for the one woman fate denied him, the Great Queen Khinti. With the exception of a single slave girl, every prince and general, mercenary and scribe, princess and potentate chronicled in these pages actually lived, loved and died nearly fourteen hundred years before Christ.

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Now they live again in I, the Sun.

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I, the Sun

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From the annals of the ancient Hittite king, Suppiluliumas, from the Amarna Letters of Egypt and the court records of a wealth of “lost” civilizations, comes this saga of kingship and greatness, love and death, politics and treachery in the second millennium, BCE. Beyond a few cursory references to the Hittites in the Bible, for thousands of years nothing has been known of this first mighty Indo-European culture. sun-cover

Now, based on translations of the ancient texts themselves, comes the story of Suppiluliumas, Great King, Favorite of the Storm God, King of Hatti, who by his own count fathered forty-four kings and conquered as many nations, who brought even mighty Egypt to her knees. Tutankhamen’s widow sent him an urgent letter begging for a son of his to make her husband. The earliest Hebrews knew him as their protector. The entire Mediterranean world revered and feared him.

But although he conquered…

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“Mouth of the Dragon” by Thomas Barczak, review by Christopher Morris

Dragons, a new take on the ancient beastie.

Dragons have been around, in our myths and legends at least, since before the days of Jason and the Argonauts (wherein one of Jason’s trials was to sow dragons’ teeth), from before the days of the Iliad, and from before the days when Triptolemus went to Thrace and his host Carnabon slew one of the dragons pulling his chariot, for which Carnabon was hounded by Demeter until his death and after, when she had him banished to the constellation Ophiuchos where he forever holds at arm’s length a serpent (a/k/a dragon) trying to kill him. Twinkle, twinkle, little dragon . . . Dragon myths go even farther back, to the 2nd (or some say 3rd)  millennium BCE, when the dragon Illuyankus, whose favorite snack was Hittite children, was killed by the storm god Tarhunt to save Hatti’s children from a dragon’s dinner table.

I thought I had a handle on all possible dragon myths, until I read Thomas Barczak’s inventive novel, in which both dragons and human children play a part . . .  And I’m not going to tell you what happens in Tom Barczak’s Mouth of the Dragon, but I can pretty much guarantee you’ve never read a book like it before (unless, of course, you’ve read Tom’s precursor novel, Veil of the Dragon). But never fear, whether you’ve never read a dragon tale or have a shelf full, Mouth of the Dragon stands alone, and proudly, to great effect.

As you may have guessed by now,  I loved this book. Until I read Mouth of the Dragon, I wasn’t sure there were any roads as yet untrod in dragon realms — no stories still untold, no new tales that could make you think differently about dragonkind. Now that I’ve read Mouth of the Dragon, here’s my reaction, spoiler-free and thus phrased as questions: Is a dragon still a dragon when he controls people from inside them? Is prophecy still prophecy when it turns upon its prophet? Can a dark YA/NA book also be a book for grownups? My answer is a resounding yes to all of those. Lyrical, subtle, and always refreshing, Barczak poses new questions, new answers, and does so in an inimitable style. For a fresh take on dragons and their relationship with humanity, read this. You’ll be glad you did, and that way you won’t be the only one on the internet who hasn’t read it yet . . .

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Book Spotlight – I, The Sun – Janet Morris – Historical/Memoir

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I, the Sun by Janet Morris. “Masterpiece” – Dr. Jerry Pournelle. The novelized annals of the Hittites’ greatest king, his conquests, his dynasty, his life and loves.

Suppiluliumas I and the Amarna pharaohs: Biographical novel of the greatest Hittite king. From palace coups in the lost city of Hattusas to treachery in the Egyptian court of Tutankhamun, I, the Sun, the saga of the Hittite King Suppiluliumas, rings with authenticity and the passion of a world that existed fourteen hundred years before the birth of Christ. They called him Great King, Favorite of the Storm God, the Valiant. He conquered more than forty nations and brought fear and war to the very doorstep of Eighteenth Dynasty Egypt, but he could not conquer the one woman he truly loved.

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Book Spotlight – Reckless Traveler – Walter Rhein

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Reckless Traveler – By Walter Rhein #Travel #adventure #memoir #Perseidpress

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Reckless Traveler:

‘Reckless Traveler’ is part travel writing, part humor, part tour guide and part memoir. It began as a collection of anecdotes about expat life that the author used to tell whenever he returned home from his travels, and grew into a narrative of personal growth. Every now and then it’s valuable for a person to hit the pause button on their life and assess their choices and progress up until that point, especially if they’ve been making some radical decisions. To sell everything you own and move to Lima, Peru certainly qualifies as a radical decision. ‘Reckless Traveler’ is a novel for anyone who finds themselves disenchanted with following the status quo. If you are a young person, or you’re young at heart, and…

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Book/Author Spotlight: Mouth of the Dragon by Tom Barczak

Here’s the newest Dragon around, just hatched by Tom Barczak at Perseid press. Pre-order on Amazon and have it February 10, 2017

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Today I have the opportunity to spotlight the wonderful book Mouth of the Dragon by Thomas Barczak . I hope everyone will take a look. I appreciate being able to post this. Thank You Tom and Perseid Press for this opportunity!

Mouth of the Dragon: Prophecy of the Evarun

by Thomas Barczak

is due out February 10, 2017!

So go get your copy!

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Mouth of the Dragon: Prophecy of the Evarun

by Thomas Barczak

Chaelus, once Roan lord of the House of Malius, now vessel of the Giver reborn, has defeated the dragon of legend. Now he must try to rescue his brother, and his kingdom, and the pale, from beyond the Dragon’s Veil.

But the dragon of legend isn’t lost. It rises in the east amongst the drums of war, and will not release its hold on the vessel of prophecy who defeated it before, the…

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Walter Rhein: Author in the Spotlight: Speaking Spanish in America Goes Viral

The Viral Article Experience

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The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram just announced that my article, “Speaking Spanish in America,” was their most read article in 2016. I feel a substantial amount of pride in having written something that connected with such a large number of people both in the US and Latin America. According to the statistics published in their year end review, the article was viewed 242,000 times. The review states, “It’s an astounding amount of views when considering the No. 2 most-read story on LeaderTelegram.com got 43,265 views.” Curiously, the Leader-Telegram declined to publish my follow-up to the article, although Volume One magazine did publish it here.

It’s a strange and random experience when something you write happens to get caught up in a social-media whirlwind. The popularity of the “Spanish” article, lead to a spike in book sales of Reckless Traveler, and my publisher, Janet Morris, sent me a message stating, “Whatever you’re doing, keep doing it!”

I have to say that the two week period when this article was causing a frenzy was a hectic time. I was inundated by messages and friend requests on Facebook, and did my best to answer the comments posted directly on the article. I felt a real urgency to harness and organize the people who were moved by the words, but social media platforms don’t make that easy. After a day spent replying to comments, Facebook’s algorithm blocked me from leaving further messages and the moment slipped away. Still, a month on, I still keep in contact with many people I met during those weeks.

There is always an inclination to attempt to recapture the magic of a viral article, but it’s very difficult to do. I think several factors contributed to the popularity of “Speaking Spanish in America.” As a nation, we were in the early stages of coming to grips with the imminent Trump presidency, and I think collectively we were scrambling and vulnerable.

My original title was “Speaking Spanish in Trump’s America,” but the editors at the Leader-Telegram elected to shorten it. Whether that eventually helped or hurt the article is up for debate, but one of the quirks of the internet is that people are more inclined to click on an article title that makes them angry. I do believe that many people clicked on “Spanish” expecting to read something that would make them mad, and were relieved to stumble upon a reasonable argument.

I personally did very little to promote this article, instead relying on the Leader-Telegram platform (the article also appeared in the print version of the paper). I didn’t even know the article had been printed until I saw one of my friends share it on Facebook. At that point, I shared the article with the Facebook group “Pantsuit Nation” but I never had confirmation as to whether or not they promoted it.

Virality is a strange beast to quest after. Many of the articles that you see cycling through your Facebook feed are heavily sponsored, so it’s tough to break through with something that goes legitimately viral. When “Spanish” hit 500 shares I already considered it a great success (it sits at 86,000 at this writing).

I am fortunate to be part of a wonderful community of writers, and that is a huge help for breathing some life into essays and articles. A great, inexpensive way to support your favorite writers is to leave comments on articles, share them on your Facebook page, and also click the like buttons on the page where the article is published. You can even share articles to the walls of friends who might be interested in reading them. There is no law against sharing these articles on multiple platforms, and as the old saying goes, “A rising tide lifts all boats.” Of all of these things, I think the comments are the most important. There is nothing more gratifying as a writer than to see strings of dialogue organically spring into existence on something you have written. I learn a lot about writing, and myself, from these comments, so please keep them coming!

I will continue to publish developments on the “Spanish” article and other projects on my web page Streets Of Lima. If you haven’t already, please sign up for my monthly newsletter there. I will be reviewing Tom Barczak’s novel Mouth of the Dragon, very soon as well as I, the Sun by Janet Morris. I’ve also been contributing regularly to Silent Sports magazine, so check out their web page and subscribe to the magazine if you have the means (letters to the editor saying how great I am don’t hurt either). Silent Sports recently set me up for an interview on Wisconsin Public Radio and you can listen to that (for free) here. Lastly, if anyone’s curious what my prediction is as to what 4 years will be like under President Trump, look no further than my dystopian fantasy novel “The Reader of Acheron.”  In many ways, I think that book is all too close to the world we currently inhabit.

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 Reader of Acheron is a cautionary novel of a dystopia in which truths are hoarded and reading is illegal.  Set in a future which could very well become our future, Reader of Acheron shows us how easily the dreams of some become the nightmares of others.

Thanks, everyone, and best of luck to you in 2017!

 

Walter Rhein’s incomparable Reckless Traveler is the book about adventuring in Peru and other South American destinations.  Half guide-book, half memoir, it’s available in trade and digital formats from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other book stores everywhere, or from Perseid Press at theperseidpress.com