Bargain Books 14/08/2013 Sci Fi & Fantasy

Something terrifying stalks Caitlin and her beloved Trevor. Something the bits and pieces she left claimed she had to make sense of–or so legend says. When the curator of their collection finds Caitlin’s long forgotten diary, she wonders will it tell the whole tale? Will it tell why Caitlin seemed so determined to tell the difference between reality and nightmare even as she continued the fight to defend her family from evil? Will it explain why she thought her world twisted? If she really became a witch?Sci Fi & Fantasy

 

 

Clinging to the bar running along the front of the platform, Sergeant Osric has a lot of time to think about how he got there. About how he’s shooting through a forest on a rocket powered train platform. About how a grinning thief is clinging to the same bar beside him. Most of all, though, about how he’s heading for Bytarend; a town no-one has heard from in almost a hundred years. There has to be a reasonable explanation for their silence, after all. Osric tries to think of a reason that doesn’t end in his horrible death… … he can’t come up with one.Sci Fi & Fantasy

 

 

Book I – Trinity of the Dark Legacy Cycle details the violent end of the Kai Order – an ancient, spiritual guild of warrior guardians and priestesses who have sworn their lives to protect the Oracle Queen of Atlantis – at the hands of Maniok, the being referred to as the “Great Evil” in the age-old Song of the Oracle King. It is a chronicle of Arkan, the last Kai guardian, and his desperate attempt to save the life of his priestess who carries his unborn son, and his escape from Atlantis. It is the story of Kieko, a lonely Lemurian boy of mixed blood who seeks to know more about his absent father’s mysterious Atlantean past. Constantly bullied by Aiko, he eventually takes refuge with the village priest in the Kadek Temple where he studies medicinal and culinary arts, calligraphy, and ultimately, the art of Ki sword. Under the tutelage of the priest he comes to know the grim truth about his father, and is prepared to face the horrific assault of the armies of the Atlantean Empire upon his humble world. And this is just the beginning . . .Sci Fi & Fantasy

 

 

If a whimsical fantasy like “The Hobbit” was written with the adult oriented humor of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” you would have “Kingdom of the Snark: The Quest for the Sword,” the first in a series of humorous fantasy. Renee the Righteous is a young Quester who must find the long-lost Sword of Power to save her people. When at last she thinks her quest for the sword is at an end, she discovers a catch: it takes two people to claim the blade, not one, so she needs a Questing Partner for help. Too bad Renee never bothered to make any friends on her journey, and she has to put her trust in a stranger. She thinks she has found the perfect Questing Partner in Guy Smokes, a hapless Assistant Barkeep always willing to help anyone with heaving bosoms. However, Guy might just change his mind after they are attacked by lustful nun assassins and lethal men in green cloaks. Will Renee be able to claim the Sword of Power, or will she and her Questing Partner be slain instead? Journey to a land where men are women, women are men and unicorns are jerks in “Kingdom of the Snark: The Quest for the Sword. “Sci Fi & Fantasy

 

 

SIX SHORT STORIES served up with a twist. From “The Best Fishing Ever”—a fish story with no fish, a horror story with no horror—to the title story, “The Murmuring Field”—a tale about love, loss, passion and alien visitors—here are six stories of the strange, the wonderful and the bizarre. “Hafford House” is a haunted house tale where justice is served up piping hot, where the barrier between this world and the next is as insubstantial as a wisp of smoke. At thirteen, “Cassie” knows her future, and that is why she screams. A symphony conductor runs afoul of a local witch with the insidious ability to implant ear worms. What tune could drive a man of taste and refinement to madness? Could it be … “Polly Wolly Doodle?” Mankind has twelve minutes to exist before annihilation by a rogue asteroid. The public has no clue, but in the offices of a computer street-mapping company, a video technician discovers an oddly-garbed man standing in six places at once, staring at the sky, “Photobombing the Apocalypse.” “This collection is a real find. Jan Strnad gives us quirky characters, sly humor, and devious plot twists. His wry endings always manage to surprise us in a satisfying way. Well done!” —Harry Shannon, author of The Pressure of Darkness and the Mick Callahan novelsSci Fi & Fantasy