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Fri, May. 15th, 2015, 12:53 am
DR. WATSON'S SECRET DIARY - Update

 "Dr. Watson's Secret Diary", has now been translated into Polish and published at the Polish magazine, Szortal: http://szortal.com/node/7593. The original English version can be found here: http://www.sunoasis.com/drwatson.html

Thu, May. 7th, 2015, 11:55 pm
An Overview of the Steve Berry Oeuvre

It is a rare thrill for me to discover a writer whose writes thoroughly entertaining and mind-expanding books. I experienced that thrill a couple of months ago when I discovered Steve Berry's "The Jefferson Key". In the days following that discovery, I have bought and read all of his books (13 in total) with the exception of his latest, "The Patriot Threat".




Here is my over-all take:

- All the books are worth reading once.
- The books can be classified as historic fiction. The novella, "The Tudor Plot", is alternate history and as such, may even be classified as SF.
- Some books I liked more than the others. My particular favourites (in no particular order) are: The Templar Legacy; The Alexandria Link; The Jefferson Key; The Third Secret; and The King's Deception.
- Some of his novels (other than the above 5) suffer a bit from plot holes, particularly with reference to the motives of the characters.
- I love the notes at the end of the books, giving a peak into the facts behind the fictions.


In short: A writer worth reading and following.  

Wed, May. 6th, 2015, 11:41 pm
THE PRESONIC MAN

"The Presonic Man" is one of my shortest and most liked and most reprinted and stories. This story was first published in Anotherealm, then reprinted in Antipodean, GateWay S-F, Ragged Edge Publishing and InterNova. It was translated into Lithuanian and published in "Dorados Raganos", into Croatian and published in "Futura" and into Finnish and published in "Spin".

And now the story has been re-born again. It appears in the latest issue of Blue Minaret: http://www.blueminaret.com/the-presonic-man/

Sat, Apr. 25th, 2015, 08:34 pm
Kickstarter

Just launched a kickstarter campaign. View it and back it if you find it worthy. Any help in spreading the word will also be appreciated.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/105485048/on-the-banks-of-euphrates

Fri, Apr. 3rd, 2015, 07:01 pm
Translations Galore

Another of my stories, "Synchronicity", will be translated into Spanish and appear in the Spanish magazine, Nova Fantasia.

Sun, Mar. 29th, 2015, 03:20 pm
DR. WATSON'S SECRET DIARY

My mystery short-short, "Dr. Watson's Secret Diary" (http://sunoasis.com/drwatson.html), is being translated and published in the Polish magazine, Szortal. This would be second foreign language translation of this story. A few years back it was translated into German and published in the Sherlockian anthology, "Sherlock Holmes im Labyrinth der Lugen", published by Blitz-Verlag.

Wed, Feb. 18th, 2015, 05:57 pm
Book Recommendation - "Partners of Zaynab"

7377

Written about not-so-well-known but extremely important religious rituals of Shia women, this book captures a niche and fills a void. The book is scholarly and at the same time very interesting and immensely readable. The viewpoint is unbiased and very balanced throughout. The sub-culture of Shia women in the south Indian city of Hyderabad is vividly brought to life and delicately analysed. The book is available from The University of South Carolina Press: https://www.sc.edu/uscpress/books/2014/7377.html

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Tue, Feb. 3rd, 2015, 07:32 pm
Force of Attraction

My story, "Force of Attraction", beautifully illustrated by Holly Eddy, has been published in the latest of issue of Sorcerous Signals. Enjoy!



http://www.sorceroussignals.com/Attraction.html

Mon, Jan. 19th, 2015, 12:25 am
Lateral Thinking for Writers

Link to an article of mine was tweeted recently:

Lateral Thinking for Writers: http://bit.ly/nQwzdM #amwriting #writing #writetip

— Jon Winokur(@AdviceToWriters) July 31, 2011




Tue, Jan. 13th, 2015, 10:36 pm
The Pulsar and the Planet



Just got news that my story, "The Pulsar and the Planet", has been accepted for the anthology, "Ill-considered Expeditions", from April Moon Books.

Here is the complete TOC:

Pete Mesling - In the Chillest Land
Matthew Barron - Hell Island
James Dorr - Ice Vermin
John McCormack - Mother's Grasp
Steve Foreman - The Strange Affair of Bunny Fosdyke
Ahmed A. Khan - The Pulsar and the Planet
Gerry Griffiths - Jonathon Stone's Swansong
Nicholas Nicario - Povo de Ossos
Rick Leider - The Secret of Bumare-Moto
Jess Landry - The Root
Franklin Marsh - The Wood
Josh Reynolds - An Incident at the Plateau of Tsang
DJ Tyrer - The White Goddess
Stanley Webb - Captain Baxter's Journal
Patrick Loveland - Ghosts of the Spires
Paul M. Feeney - The Room at the Top of the House

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