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by Janet & Chris Morris
Review by Dan L. Hollifield
Janet Morris & Chris Morris
Trade Paperback ISBN 13: 978-1-937035-03-7 $24.95
Book Design by Ellie Herring; Cover design by Sonja Aghabekian / Cover illustration by Feuerbach, Amazonenschlacht (Detail), 1873
General impressions of the album/book: Excellent work! I hated every interruption that caused me to have to put this book down.
Specifics: From the very first page, I was impressed with the lyrical quality of the writing. Even before I got deep enough into the story to get a handle on the characters and plot I knew I was reading something that was profoundly excellent. The way each line flowed into the next added to the overall effect of making the character’s world that much more real to my mind’s eye. Janet and Chris have the gift of inticing even the most casual Fantasy reader to dive into the story headfirst.
This novel is rewarding on so many levels that I find it difficult to list them all, so I won’t. I’ll just extend a heartfelt “Thank You!’ to the writers and Kerlak Press for allowing me to discover it!
Background info: Best selling author Janet Morris began writing in 1976 and has since published more than 20 novels, many co-authored with her husband Chris Morris or others. She has contributed short fiction to the shared universe fantasy series Thieves World, in which she created the Sacred Band of Stepsons, a mythical unit of ancient fighters modeled on the Sacred Band of Thebes. She created, orchestrated, and edited the Bangsian fantasy series Heroes in Hell, writing stories for the series as well as co-writing the related novel, The Little Helliad, with Chris Morris. Most of her fiction work has been in the fantasy and science fiction genres, although she has also written historical and other novels. Morris has written, contributed to, or edited several book-length works of non-fiction, as well as papers and articles on nonlethal weapons, developmental military technology and other defense and national security topics. Author and composer Chris Morris began writing music in 1966, fiction in 1984, and nonfiction in 1989. Much of his fiction and nonfiction literary work, including all of his book-length science fiction and fantasy, has been written in collaboration with his wife Janet Morris. He has contributed short fiction to the best selling series Thieves’ World and Heroes in Hell.
Review Copyright 2011 by Dan L. Hollifield
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