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Hi all:

I’m now back in the UK and trying to get back into the swing of things after being away from the internet for a while (it’s like riding a bicycle, you don’t forget it but you get aches and pains), and while I prepare a few more posts about my experiences these holidays, I thought I’d share some of the reviews I wrote about the books I read while away. I have plenty to choose from, but I chose to talk about Conditions today, not only because I’ve enjoyed Christoph Fischer’s writing in the past, and he is always hard at work promoting other writers, but because I saw that his new book, Conditioned, the continuation of the adventures of those characters will be published next month and is already available in pre-order. So, what better?

Conditions by Christoph Fischer

Conditions by Christoph Fischer

Conditions by Christoph Fischer

When Charles and Tony’s mother dies the estranged brothers must struggle to pick up the pieces, particularly so given that one of them is mentally challenged and the other bitter about his place within the family.

The conflict is drawn out over materialistic issues, but there are other underlying problems which go to the heart of what it means to be part of a family which, in one way or another. has cast one aside.

Prejudice, misconceptions and the human condition in all forms feature in this contemporary drama revolving around a group of people who attend the subsequent funeral at the British South Coast.

Meet flamboyant gardener Charles, loner Simon, selfless psychic Elaine, narcissistic body-builder Edgar, Martha and her version of unconditional love and many others as they try to deal with the event and its aftermath.

Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Conditions-Series-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00NZ1VTBU/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Conditions-Series-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00NZ1VTBU/

 

Here is my review:

I’m a psychiatrist, and what is normal and how we define normality are questions that the more one works in the field, the more one wonders about. Absence of a diagnosable mental illness is not the same as what society might think as “normal behaviour”. And each individual’s opinion on the matter is even more varied. Culture shock, for instance, results from differences in what is accepted behaviour in countries far apart (although not necessarily as far as we might think). Being transplanted into a culture or a situation brand new for us might make us question if our version of normal is the correct one. Even what might be normal for our neighbours we might consider utterly bizarre.

The author of this novel explores the reactions to a character, Charles, who has a psychiatric condition (a mental disorder unspecified in the book), by a number of people, including relatives (his brother and sister-in-law), close friends and acquaintances, complete strangers and previous employers. Charles’s diagnosis is left intentionally vague (we can speculate, based on the description of his behaviours, but that is not the point of the story. Charles’s behaviour is peculiar and bizarre at times, but he does not appear to be a danger to others and most of the time remains capable of making his own decisions and explaining himself, although not always) probably to avoid the temptation of turning the book into an apologia or a treatise to defend the sufferers of a particular illness or disorder. It is not about one set of symptoms or even one character, but it reflects back to us some of the standard reactions to people who might be affected by such a disorder. Are they really unable to do a day’s work, or is it all an excuse? Are they telling the truth or are they making up stories to get attention? Why should they be treated differently and given special privileges when they aren’t pulling their weight? Are they just exploiting the system? Should they just be locked up?

The novel is written in the third person, at times by an omniscient narrator that shares the internal thoughts of some of the many characters, at times the third person narrator simply shares what is happening, without taking any specific point of view, but rather that of an objective observer. That contrast allows us to get a better understanding of the psychological make-up and reasons behind some of the characters’ reactions, and we can compare those reactions to the facts.

Although we never get to see things from Charles’s perspective, we hear the stories of his friends (some closer than other) who are gathered, at the beginning of the book, to help him and accompany him on the occasion of his mother’s funeral. There are a number of works of fiction where a funeral brings people together to discuss the deceased, and in the process discover the true selves of those in attendance, although here, there is less discussion of Rose, the mother, and more of Charles. And also of the rest of the guests. We get to learn about them, their relationships (or lack of them), their sexuality, their weaknesses, their beliefs and interests, mostly through their conversations. All the characters have interesting backgrounds, lives and stories, and we become as curious about them as they are about each other. And we want to learn more. There is plenty of dialogue and not much description or narration. It struck me that this book would make a great play with many juicy parts for talented actors and actresses.

When we get to know both his friends and those who aren’t that close to Charles, we come to understand that all of them (and by extension, also us) have their own conditions, and we shouldn’t be so quick to judge. Even the most enlightened of us can have prejudices and misjudge others if we are not open and  refuse to take them on their own terms.

Conditions has a fascinating array of characters and is a book that will make all readers think. I believe there is or will be a second part that will follow some of the characters’ stories. I’m looking forward to it. This is the second book I’ve read by this writer and I’m happy that he has so many books available and of varied styles and genres. I’ll keep reading him, enjoying his stories and watching his career.

And now, here is a link to the cover reveal of Conditioned where you can get more information from the horse’s mouth:

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https://writerchristophfischer.wordpress.com/2015/09/16/cover-reveal-conditioned/

CONDITIONED dives back into the world of gardener Charles, his friends and the state of his mental health – one year on. We meet loner Simon and his battle with the outside world, co-dependent Martha and her abusive husband Clive, neurotic poet Catherine on the verge of getting married, Tony, who finds his strange brother Charles a challenge, psychic Elaine looking for a new direction in life and quirky widow Sarah Roseberg who has a go at sorting out all of their problems.

CONDITIONS aimed to sensitise readers and make them think about tolerance and acceptance. CONDITIONED wants readers to look beyond their attitude towards Conditions and examine what we all do and what we can do to overcome our challenges. The sequel is another snapshot of this circle of friends. Some will have improved their lives, others will not.

I can’t wait!

Thanks to Christoph for your book, thanks to you all for reading, and if you’ve enjoyed it, you know what to do, like, share, comment and CLICK! And I’ll keep you updated!

Hi all:

As you know on Fridays I bring you guest authors and books, in a shape or another, and recently I decided to start exploring classics again. As my original posts are quite old I thought it might be worth sharing some of the early ones again as many of you might not have been visiting at the time and might enjoy them.

I got many interesting suggestions for other guests that I’ve taken note of (and it’s likely that I’ll start exploring quite a few of them) but an author I know made a suggestion that resonated with me. She told me that one of her books (I’ll share in a few weeks as by the sound of it, it should be a fabulous read) follows quite closely on the steps of a famous classic and she commented on how tagging a new book related to a classic to a post on the classic itself might be a good way to kill two birds with one stone. And I thought, genius! So, although I have a few in mind, if you’ve written a book that is either a new version, a continuation, explores one of the characters,  takes place in the world of a classic (or even has one of the writers as a character), or has any strong link to a classic, please let me know in the comments or contact me with the details and I’ll add it to my list. 

And now, without further ado, one of my favourites. I bring you my post on Oscar Wilde. As you know I also shared the Selfish Giant over Christmas. And I’m sure I’ll keep on sharing his work.
It’s Friday and it’s again with great pleasure that I bring you one of my favourite authors. Yes, yes, he’s no longer with us but I feel he could hardly be with us more than he is. I’ve loved Oscar Wilde from a young age. I remember my friend Margarita would read everything Poe (I also enjoyed him) and I asked for the complete works of Oscar Wilde as a Christmas present. And loved them!

Oscar Wilde in New York

Oscar Wilde in New York (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What can I tell you about him? There are films, biographies, and more recently even novels where he is a character in its own right (involved in quite fun intrigues).

He was born in Dublin in 1853. His father was a doctor and a well-known eminent one. His mother wrote revolutionary poems, spoke several European languages and translated many works. He had an older brother and a sister who died of Scarlet Fever (I love ‘Requiescat’…simple and touching, quite different from much of his other work).

He was an excellent student, excelled at classics, studied at Trinity College in Dublin and Magdalene College in Oxford and became enamoured with aestheticism, to the point where he went to America to deliver a series of lectures on the subject.

He was writing poetry, early plays, went to France and married Constance Lloyd an educated woman with her own mind. He wrote Dorian and in rapid succession many of his plays and became very popular.

His wit is legendary, his homosexuality too, his affair with Lord Alfred Douglas, trial, imprisonment, his famous ‘Ballad of Reading Gaol’ all well known…And he died in Paris in 1900 and you can see his grave at La Pére Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. I love Epstein’s angel sculpture on his grave (Yes, of course I’ve visited. More than once).

Tomb of Oscar Wilde by Jacob Epstein

Tomb of Oscar Wilde by Jacob Epstein (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I’ve been there recently and now it has a glass case around it to avoid the kisses, but there are still kisses.

There are many websites about Oscar Wilde, I leave you one link but…many…

http://www.cmgww.com/historic/wilde/index.php

Before I offer you free links to some of his works in electronic format I will offer you some of his quotes. There are so many….

“To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.”

— “An Ideal Husband”

“The Book of Life begins with a man and woman in a garden. It ends with Revelations.”

— “A Woman of No Importance”

“Most men and women are forced to perform parts for which they have no qualification.”

— “Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime”

“The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing.”

— “The Soul of Man Under Socialism”

“One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that, would tell one anything.”

— “A Woman of No Importance”

“I prefer women with a past. They’re always so damned amusing to talk to.”

— “Lady Windermere’s Fan”

“I don’t like compliments, and I don’t see why a man should think he is pleasing a woman enormously when he says to her a whole heap of things that he doesn’t mean.”

— “Lady Windermere’s Fan”

“Men become old, but they never become good.”

— “Lady Windermere’s Fan”

“A man who moralizes is usually a hypocrite, and a woman who moralizes is invariably plain.”

— “Lady Windermere’s Fan”

And now a few links. There are also very cheap versions of his works so…

‘The Importance of Being Earnest’

http://www.amazon.com/Importance-Being-Earnest-ebook/dp/B004UJCNKC/

‘The Picture of Doria Gray’

http://www.amazon.com/Picture-Dorian-Gray-ebook/dp/B0084AXZK0/

‘The Canterville Ghost’

http://www.amazon.com/The-Canterville-Ghost-ebook/dp/B0084BTWDS/

‘An Ideal Husband’

http://www.amazon.com/An-Ideal-Husband-ebook/dp/B004UJCKQY/

The Happy Prince and Other Tales (I adore his tales. Some are just funny and amusing, but some like the Happy Prince and the Selfish Giant really have a heart).

http://www.amazon.com/Happy-Prince-Other-Tales-ebook/dp/B0082ZICI2/

Selected poems of Oscar Wilde

http://www.amazon.com/Selected-Poems-Oscar-Wilde-ebook/dp/B004TPAYFI/

I hope you’ve enjoyed it. Thank you for reading and please, like, comment, share and CLICK!

Hola  todos. Como suelo hacer los viernes, os traigo a un autor invitado. Bueno, la verdad es que Javier Haro Herráiz ya es un habitual y amigo del blog. Como recordaréis Javier es un prolífico autor que ha visitado mi blog en un par de ocasiones, para compartir sus relatos de terror y los de ciencia ficción.

Hoy nos trae algo diferente. Javier quería compartir su obra dramática, y como a mi me gusta mucho el teatro, me pareció una muy buena idea.

Y de paso comparto una reseña de su última obra, Black Psycho, que me gustó mucho (y no se lo contéis a nadie, pero en realidad, yo soy  la protagonista. Y soy mala, malísima!)

Portada de Memorias de un viejo carro de Javier Haro Herráiz

Portada de Memorias de un viejo carro de Javier Haro Herráiz

MEMORIAS DE UN VIEJO CARRO…:

SINOPSIS…: Esta es la historia de un pueblo y sus gentes… Un pueblo como tantos otros, donde los días pasan lentamente y donde podrán asistir a la dicha y a la desdicha de algunos de sus habitantes, o conocer el despertar al amor de otros… Como ya he dicho… Un pueblo como otro cualquiera…

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Gracita, vida de esta prostituta, de Javier Haro Herráiz

Gracita, vida de esta prostituta, de Javier Haro Herráiz

GRACITA, VIDA DE ESTA PROSTITUTA…:

SINOPSIS…: Continuación de MEMORIAS DE UN VIEJO CARRO.
Esta es la historia de Gracita Segovia, una joven de pueblo que tuvo que hacer lo impensable para sacar adelante su vida y la de su hijo de corta edad, haciendo caso omiso de las habladurías de la gente, en una sociedad en la que las mujeres eran menos que nada…

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Mi reseña de Black Psycho:

Portada de Black psycho, de Javier Haro Herráiz

Portada de Black psycho, de Javier Haro Herráiz

Superhéroes, villanos, criminales, justicieros y el poder de la imaginación.

‘Black Psycho’ de Javier Hero Herráiz me hizo pensar en porqué nos sentimos tan atraídos por los superhéroes (y también los supervillanos, ¿para qué negarlo?). Quizás sean el equivalente de los mitos y dioses griegos de su época. Por un lado son lo suficientemente parecidos a los seres humanos de a pie (con sus pasiones, sus vicios, sus cualidades, sus defectos…) como para que nos podamos identificar con ellos, pero por otro, tienen poderes especiales y pueden hacer cosas que nosotros no podemos hacer. Sospecho que todos hemos pensado alguna vez… si yo fuera capaz de volar, o si fuera invisible, o superápido, o tuviera una inteligencia descomunal, o pudiera manipular el tiempo… haría… Y muchos juegos de ordenador y consolas también se basan en esa premisa, permiten al que los juega adoptar un rol distinto al suyo donde es capaz de hazañas (o maldades) que jamás contemplaría en la vida real.

‘Black Psycho’ tiene como protagonista a Olga, una psiquiatra que utiliza sus poderes (de telepatía y manipulación mental) y su profesión, para provocar el caos y la destrucción de una ciudad inglesa. El reparto de la novela es variopinto e internacional: hay policías españoles, un par de criminales, también españoles, la mencionada psiquiatra, un demonio, un depravado y malvado irlandés (a la joker), una mala que parece salida de James Bond, un fiscal con doble vida (como Black Psycho) que es el alter-ego del Captain Justice, su padre, un policía retirado, y su novia. Algunos de los personajes tienen una historia común que se insinúa a veces, aunque sin largas explicaciones ni detalles innecesarios. Como en las novelas y películas del género, las motivaciones de los personajes no son lo fundamental, aunque a veces las emociones y sentimientos que revelan van más allá de las caricaturas típicas del tema.

El autor demuestra una gran afinidad por el género y mucha imaginación. Los malos son muy malos (Black Psycho es maquiavélica), a los buenos a veces les cuesta ser buenos sin más, hay acción, aventura, crímenes, peleas, pasión, y ni un minuto de aburrimiento.

Si deseáis una lectura rápida, entretenida, divertida y sin pausa, os recomiendo la novela. Si como yo, sois psiquiatras, y tenéis un sentido del humor algo negro, os la recomiendo aún más. Y sospecho que por el final (que no os revelaré), puede que haya más novelas cociéndose.

BLACK PSYCHO…:

SINOPSIS…: Tras la mirada dulce y la sonrisa amable de la Doctora Olga Núñez Miret se esconde una psicópata fría y calculadora, una psicópata dotada de increíbles poderes mentales con los que está dispuesta a eliminar a todo aquel que se interponga en su camino para sumir en el caos más absoluto la ciudad de Sheffield… ¿Logrará sus objetivos, o habrá alguien capaz de detenerla?

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Muchas gracias por leer, espero que lo hayáis disfrutado, y si lo habéis hecho, no os olvidéis de darle al me gusta, comentar, compartir, y sobre todo, hacer CLIC!

Enlaces a previos posts sobre el autor:

https://olganm.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/autor-invitado-javier-haro-herraiz-y-sus-novelas-de-terror/

https://olganm.wordpress.com/2013/10/25/autor-invitado-javier-haro-herraiz-2/

Es viernes y toca autor invitado. Os traigo a un clásico que me vino a la mente hace poco. Me gusta mucho el teatro, y me dio por pensar en lo que yo he llegado a disfrutar viendo obras clásicas. Recuerdo una maravillosa representación de Fuenteovejuna  de Lope de Vega en el Teatre Nacional de Catalunya, y aunque por supuesto Lope vendrá de invitado, siempre he sentido debilidad por La vida es sueño así que le ha tocado a Calderón de la Barca. Como siempre os dejaré una breve biografía, una muestra de algunos de sus poemas, y enlaces gratuitos a sus obras.

Pedro Calderón de la Barca

Pedro Calderón de la Barca

Biografía:

Pedro Calderón de la Barca nació de familia bien (hidalgo y padre con un cargo en la corte) en Madrid en 1600. Tercero de una familia de cinco hijos, su padre insistió en que estudiara para ser sacerdote. Tuvo una educación clásica en los Jesuitas de Madrid, estudiando luego en las Universidades de Alcalá y Salamanca. Acabó sus estudios de derecho pero no se ordenó sacerdote. Escribió poemas religiosos y su primera comedia vio la luz en 1623 (Amor, honor y poder). Él y sus dos hermanos tuvieron enfrentamientos con su padre (que se había casado en segundas nupcias al quedar viudo) y luego tuvieron que entablar batallas legales con la viuda para conseguir su legado. Sus biógrafos han sugerido que los muchos enfrentamientos padre-hijo de sus obras pueden tener base en sus dificultades con su padre.

Estuvo al servicio de varios nobles y viajó por Italia y Flandes. También ejerció de soldado y llevo una vida algo desordenada, rumoreándose que estuvo envuelto en un homicidio.

Desde 1625 escribió una abundante obra dramática para la corte, para el Palacio Real y luego, a su inauguración para el teatro del palacio del Buen Retiro. Se ganó el favor del rey (Felipe IV) y se estableció como el más importante dramaturgo español de la época (ya que la fama de Lope de Vega ya había decaído, y habían tenido algunos desacuerdos).

Fue nombrado Caballero de la Orden de Santiago por el rey, y se distinguió como soldado en el sitio de Fuenterrabía (1638) y en la Guerra de Secesión en Cataluña (1640). Entró al servicio del Duque de Alba en 1645. Después del nacimiento de su hijo natural, decidió cambiar de vida (según algunas fuentes) y se ordenó sacerdote en 1661, y al poco tiempo le nombraron capellán de Reyes Nuevos de Toledo. Desde su ordenación decidió no escribir más obras públicas, pero a petición del rey siguió escribiendo para la corte y se le consideraba el dramaturgo más exitoso de la corte. En 1663 se trasladó a vivir a Madrid cuando el rey le dio el título de capellán de honor. Murió el 25 de Mayo de 1681 en relativa pobreza.

Su producción se ha calculado en ciento diez comedias, ochenta autos sacramentales, loas, entremeses y otras obras menores (incluyendo zarzuelas). Aunque siguiendo las pautas de Lope de Vega, sus obras suelen tener menos personajes, se centran más en un protagonista principal, y son más pulidas en cuanto a técnica y forma. Algunas de sus obras revisitan temas de Lope (como El alcalde de Zalamea, El médico de su honra, o El mayor monstruo, los celos).

Calderón fue más allá, y aparte de ahondar en temas como la honra, los celos y la pasión, también creó una forma más simbólica, espiritual y filosófica, como demuestran El mágico prodigioso, La devoción de la cruz y su obra maestra La vida es sueño.

Calderón también se interesó mucho por la escenografía, decorados y puesta en escena, y la música, y colaboró con algunos de los más importantes artistas de la época.

Os dejo los dos monólogos de Segismundo (en La vida es sueño), porque aunque la gente prefiere preferir el segundo, a mí me gustan los dos:

Primer monólogo de Segismundo

¡Ay mísero de mí, ¡ay infelice!
Apurar, cielos, pretendo,
Ya que me tratáis así,
qué delito cometí
contra vosotros naciendo.
Aunque si nací, ya entiendo
qué delito he cometido;
bastante causa ha tenido
vuestra justicia y rigor,
Pues el delito mayor
del hombre es haber nacido.

Sólo quisiera saber
para apurar mis desvelos
(dejando a una parte, cielos,
el delito del nacer),
¿qué más os pude ofender,
para castigarme más?
¿No nacieron los demás?
Pues si los demás nacieron,
¿qué privilegios tuvieron
que no yo gocé jamás?

Nace el ave, y con las galas
que le dan belleza suma,
apenas es flor de pluma,
o ramillete con alas,
cuando las etéreas salas
corre con velocidad,
negándose a la piedad
del nido que dejan en calma;
¿y teniendo yo más alma,
tengo menos libertad?

Nace el bruto, y con la piel
que dibujan manchas bellas,
apenas signo es de estrellas
(gracias al docto pincel),
cuando, atrevido y cruel,
la humana necesidad
le enseña a tener crueldad,
monstruo de su laberinto;
¿y yo, con mejor instinto,
tengo menos libertad?

Nace el pez, que no respira,
aborto de ovas y lamas,
y apenas bajel de escamas
sobre las ondas se mira,
cuando a todas partes gira,
midiendo la inmensidad
de tanta capacidad
como le da el centro frío;
¿y yo, con más albedrío,
tengo menos libertad?

Nace el arroyo, culebra
que entre flores se desata,
y apenas, sierpe de plata,
entre las flores se quiebra,
cuando músico celebra
de los cielos la piedad
que le dan la majestad
del campo abierto á su huida;
¿y teniendo yo más vida,
tengo menos libertad?

En llegando a esta pasión,
un volcán, un Etna hecho,
quisiera arrancar del pecho
pedazos del corazón.
¿Qué ley, justicia o razón
negar a los hombres sabe
privilegios tan suave
excepción tan principal,
que Dios le ha dado a un cristal,
a un pez, a un bruto y a un ave?

Segundo monólogo de Segismundo

Es verdad. Pues reprimamos
esta fiera condición,
esta furia, esta ambición,
por si alguna vez soñamos:
Y sí haremos, pues estamos
en mundo tan singular,
que el vivir sólo es soñar;
y la experiencia me enseña
que el hombre que vive, sueña
lo que es, hasta despertar.

Sueña el rey que es rey, y vive
con este engaño mandando,
disponiendo y gobernando;
y este aplauso, que recibe
prestado, en el viento escribe,
y en cenizas le convierte
la muerte, ¡desdicha fuerte!
¿Que hay quien intente reinar,
viendo que ha de despertar
en el sueño de la muerte?

Sueña el rico en su riqueza,
que más cuidados le ofrece;
sueña el pobre que padece
su miseria y su pobreza;
sueña el que á medrar empieza,
sueña el que afana y pretende,
sueña el que agravia y ofende,
y en el mundo, en conclusión,
todos sueñan lo que son,
aunque ninguno lo entiende.

Yo sueño que estoy aquí
destas prisiones cargado,
y soñé que en otro estado
más lisonjero me vi.
¿Qué es la vida? Un frenesí.
¿Qué es la vida? Una ilusión,
una sombra, una ficción,
y el mayor bien es pequeño:
que toda la vida es sueño,
y los sueños, sueños son.

Firma de Pedro Calderón de la Barca

Firma de Pedro Calderón de la Barca

Enlaces:

Wikipedia

http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedro_Calder%C3%B3n_de_la_Barca

Biografías y vida:

http://www.biografiasyvidas.com/biografia/c/calderon.htm

Los poetas:

http://www.los-poetas.com/h/biocalde.htm

Enlaces a obras:

Poemas:

http://www.los-poetas.com/h/calde1.htm

Más poemas:

http://www.buscapoemas.net/poeta/Pedro-Calder%C3%B3n-de-la-Barca.htm

La vida es sueño

http://www.ciudadseva.com/textos/teatro/calderon/la_vida_es_sueno_1.htm

Sus obras gratuitas en 24 símbolos:

http://www.24symbols.com/author/pedro-calderon-de-la-barca?id=120

Hay 859 obras listadas en la Biblioteca virtual Cervantes:

http://www.cervantesvirtual.com/controladores/busqueda_avanzada.php?q=Pedro+Calderon+de+la+Barca#posicion

Hay 220 obras listadas en Amazon pero no me deja ver si son gratuitas en Amazon.es. En .com hay muchas. Echadle un vistazo vosotros:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_0_11?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=calderon%20de%20la%20barca&sprefix=Calderon+de%2Caps%2C334

Billete de 25 pesetas con imagen de Pedro Calderón de la Barca

Billete de 25 pesetas con imagen de Pedro Calderón de la Barca

¡Gracias por leer, y si os ha gustado, no os olvidéis de darle al like, comentar, compartir, y hacer clic que es gratis!

Today I have the pleasure to lend my blog to UK author Simon Jenner. He has sent me an interview with John Smith the protagonist of ‘Ethan Justice: Origins’.

Interview with John Smith, star and hero of ‘Ethan Justice: Origins’ by Simon Jenner.

 

Thanksgiving is upon us once again when the people of America and Canada… well… give thanks.  In Simon Jenner’s book ‘Ethan Justice: Origins’, you get dealt a pretty rough time by the author.  What, if anything, do you give thanks for?

 

That is a very good question.  It is hard to imagine that I have much to give the author thanks for, especially given that he pulls me from a perfectly comfortable (if boring) existence into a dark world of secret police, psychos and pimps.  One day I’m happily living off my rich family’s charity and the next I’m facing a trained killer and an angry pimp armed with only a toothbrush.  What sort of person would do that to you?

I guess that what I’m most thankful for is being introduced to the delectable Savannah Jones.  In my past life I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to get close to such a beautiful woman and even if I had I would never have had the nerve to talk to her.  Most people don’t see past Savannah’s looks because she comes over a little naïve, but underneath she’s the smartest and bravest woman I’ve ever met.   Our first meeting doesn’t go too well.  I’m shocked to find out that she’s a prostitute, but that’s a whole other story.  I’m a bit naïve myself at the start of the book, but as the author throws us deeper and deeper into trouble, Savannah and I soon learn to survive in a world of killers and scum, and experience comes thick and fast.

Thankfully, Mr Jenner gave me the skills and a resolute stubbornness, often mistaken for bravery by others, to cope in most of the situations that he throws at me.  One of the best skills is my ability to mimic accents and that alone helps Savannah and I out of more than one sticky situation.  I love that the book doesn’t always have to be about the guns and the fighting and that he gives me the ability to think on my feet.  I’m not one-dimensional and I’ve got brains.  I certainly give thanks to the author for that.

He also gave Savannah and I a great supporting cast of characters who provide us with the adventure to end all adventures.  The book has got it all in terms of action and plot, but what really makes it tick is that each character is different and, love them or hate them, you can’t ignore them.  Good or bad, they’ve all got depth and they make it easy for me to shine in front of Savannah.  Did I mention how gorgeous she is?

All right, Mr Jenner, so you did me a favour.  It’s true what they all said.  I was a waste of space, but did you have to put me through all that just to show me the error of my ways?  On second thoughts, don’t bother answering.   Knowing him, he’ll take it out on me in the sequel planned for early next year.  He’s got a sick mind and I don’t want to take any chances.

I can truly tell  you the novel is fabulous and I had a great time reading it. For more information see:

Links to Simon Jenner’s pages and books:

My website:  http://simonjenner.com/

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/SimonJennerAuthor?ref=hl

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/simonrjenner 

Link to Ethan Justice: Origins: http://www.amazon.com/Ethan-Justice-Origins-Adventure-ebook/dp/B0087S6AA6

Simon’s talents are not limited to adult fiction. He has also sent me information about his new book about dieting:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intermittent-Fasting-Practical-Weight-ebook/dp/B00AAJO322

Considering Christmas is coming it might be just what we all need.

Thank again Simon for his contribution to the post and I hope you’ll all check his novel!

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Two announcements:

Tomorrow I’m appearing at my friend’s and talented author (‘The Undeparted’) Deborah Palumbo’s blog at :

http://deborahpalumbotheundeparted.blospot.com/

And next week on the 30th November, Deborah will be my guest!

Of course, I couldn’t leave you without reminding you of my book:

The Man Who Never Was

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009TWRT22

And in Spanish: El hombre que nunca existió

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009TWEGC8
Check this great review page The Man Who Never Was Don’t forget to leave your reviews and comments. Thank you!

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