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Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: David Burrows
« on: February 22, 2015, 09:21:26 am »
Free book competition. I am giving away a free book of Drachar's Demons to the person who can find the hidden map on my website. It is a full page map so there are no tricks. Browse my website and when you find the map email the address and you will be entered in the prize draw.

My website is http://davidburrows.org.uk/

My email address is on the website marked here in the first text box. Please put Competition into the subject box. The competition closes at the end of March and the winner will be picked at random.

My books are also in a Giveaway on Goodreads. Check out my blogs for the 3 links to the 3 books http://www.writingabook.ninja/

Good luck

David

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Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: David Burrows
« on: September 21, 2014, 08:51:15 am »
Nice review, thanks Ian.

"The Prophecy of the Kings trilogy is a sweeping adventure with an epic feel to it - a world of magical happenings and fantastic creatures, but all the while with a darker edge to it at times and some elements of horror and suspense. It is a trilogy that I enjoyed so much that I have re-read it, and I still remember how moved I was on first reading the dramatic and emotional climax to the story.

There are a lot of books that tackle the fantasy genre of course, and so it is crucial to any endeavor in this field to not only display imagination and drama, but also to provide characters that the reader can connect to and care about. This trilogy achieves that in spades and so keeps you reading because you care about what is happening to the main characters - to this day I even retain a certain affection for the wayward sorcerer Vastra, as well as the central characters of Kaplyn and Lars.

Perhaps there are ideas here that are common to the genre - I am certainly reminded at times of Lord of the Rings and such like - but they are taken up and given new energy and dramatic context, all set against the building menace of the rising might of Trosgarth. Fundamentally, this is a quest story - an epic journey through both a vast land and a swathe of time, and like all good journeys it is full of scenes and adventures that will stay in the memory long after the quest is finished." http://www.amazon.com/gp/review/R3E733B2SL7TE9/ref=cm_cr_pr_rvw_ttl?ASIN=1450520545

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Books / Re: 2014 Discoveries
« on: September 20, 2014, 05:34:32 pm »
I have read several good authors, new to me this year;

Karen Azinger - Very well written books that were quite serious compared to the authors below which felt more light hearted. The series started with the Steel Queen. A review is here http://www.writingabook.ninja/2014/07/the-steel-queen-karen-azinger.html
Michael Sullivan - really good set of books and very readable. I had read a lot of books recently that simply dragged on whereas this series was punchy and entertaining. Riyria Chronicles was the series I read.
Elle Cassey - light hearted fantasy set in modern times. Book 1 of War of the Fae was free on Kindle and so there is nothing to lose. It was entertaining enough that I bought the rest of the series.


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Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: David Burrows
« on: September 20, 2014, 05:25:00 pm »
I have added some new pages to my website, just for you readers. I have a fantasy creatures page - http://davidburrows.org.uk/fantasy_creatures_myths_legends.html which talks about a few of the creatures in my books. I also have some artwork depicting some of these creatures.

Have a look and let me know what you think. There are 5 new pages in total, including a link to my compilation of fantasy jokes -- http://davidsfantasyjokes.blogspot.co.uk/

An example is an Orc Joke

A giant Orc was walking through the forest when he came across a deer eating grass in a clearing. The Orc roared, 'Who is the king of the forest?', and the deer replied, 'Oh, you are, Great One.' The troll walked off pleased.

Soon he came across a mule drinking at a lake. The Orc roared, 'Who is the king of the forest?' and the mule replied, 'Oh, you are, Master.' The Orc walked off pleased.

Then he came across a Troll. 'Who is the king of the forest?' he roared. With that, the Troll threw the Orc across a tree and jumped on him. The Orc scraped himself up off the ground and said, 'Okay, okay, there's no need to get mad just because you don't know the answer.

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Seen at the Cinema in Maidstone and Edinburgh (separate days) and watched the extended version of the first film twice. Brilliant movies. Still jealous of those who saw it on Imax!!

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TV and Film / Re: The Hobbit - only a week until the second instalment!!
« on: December 16, 2013, 06:58:20 pm »
Imax - so jealous. That must be brilliant. You may find there's too much going on though. Two visits??

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TV and Film / Re: The Hobbit - only a week until the second instalment!!
« on: December 15, 2013, 05:13:21 pm »
Saw the Desolation of Smaug today. Absolutely awesome. Yes, it deviates from the book but I suppose that was to be expected given its length. Very entertaining if not completely true to the original tale. CGI and general cinematography is amazing. What a great film.

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TV and Film / Re: The Hobbit 2 - Desolation of Smaug
« on: December 07, 2013, 08:01:52 pm »
The anticipation makes the wait well worth it. I don't know about you but it's worth savouring the next few days. Only a week until the Desolation of Smaug - the Hobbit 2.

http://www.thehobbit.com/

I am wondering what will be left for the third film, assuming there will be one. I've watched the extended edition of the first film and that was brilliant. How many times will you see the new film?

I was deeply upset when I typed Silmarillion and movie to find links to supposed movie pages, only to find it was a debate about whether Jackson would ever make this epic movie. Wow - what a challenge that would be. Bring it on, I say. To watch Beren hold out his arm and declare words to the effect, behold in my hand I hold a Silmaril - would have me reaching for a tissues. I also loved the tale of Turin Turinbar. That tale is so dark and sorrowful and yet at the same time moving. I would love to see the High Elves marching for the first time in Middle Earth as the sun rises for the first time, and flowers bloom beneath their marching feet. Then there's Glaurung, the first dragon, and Ungoliant, Shelob's distant relative.

I can but dream.

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TV and Film / Re: Seen any good mermaid films lately? (Or ever?)
« on: December 07, 2013, 07:59:41 pm »
i quite enjoyed Splash but it was some time ago and may be dated by now.

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TV and Film / Re: Best Trek captain?
« on: December 07, 2013, 07:58:54 pm »
I suppose nostalgia has it for me - Kirk. this is surprising given the rotten special effects and wobbly sets.

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TV and Film / Re: What have you been watching on telly?
« on: December 07, 2013, 07:55:17 pm »
Kick Ass and really enjoyed it. I found it difficult to understand why I liked this film, but for some reason I did. A super hero film with no super heroes. I'm not quite sure what appealed to me, but one thing was certain it was a very dark film. A child happily killing drug addicts in a crack house and comparing weapons with them as she did so. Very utterly bizarre, but very compelling. Her acrobatics were amazing and I was enthralled just watching that.

The story line was equally good. There were parallels to the Spider Man storyline at times, but it was always acknowledged and tongue in cheek. Nicholas Cage was brilliant in this film.

What's the second film like? Any good?

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General Discussion / Re: Illegal downloads
« on: December 07, 2013, 07:50:54 pm »
Thanks for posting this. I found my book being advertised for free at
http:// www.2 shared.com/ so you may want to check them out

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Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: David Burrows
« on: December 07, 2013, 07:46:53 pm »
Really great set of reviews. If you are considering reading my books then check out the latest review;

"Series Breakdown. This is an action packed, fast paced tale that packed a whole lot of punch in just a few pages. Book one sets the scene, covers the world building and introduces most of the main characters. Book two increases the pace as it focuses almost totally on action and conflict. Book three continues the action, rushing towards a crescendo of an ending which evolved out of a series of twists I never saw coming. The ending itself was an equal mixture of happy and sad not to mention largely unexpected.

What I liked. Pretty much everything. I loved the premise of alternate realms. I loved the interplay of dragons, demons, dwarves, heroes and magic. I liked the fact that though there was a prophecy, it was not used as an excuse for everything that took place. Much the opposite. It hardly played a role at all except to explain why the main characters came together how and when they did. Beyond that, the outcome rested squarely in their hands. I never got the impression that some all powerful, all knowing prophecy dangled them along like puppets on a string. I also enjoyed the tension filled, edge of your seat, pace of the entire story."

Read the full review and reviews on the individual books of the trilogy at: http://dragonsheroesandwizards.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/David%20Burrows

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Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: William Meikle
« on: June 28, 2013, 04:04:48 pm »
Hi Willie. Nice to meet you on here. Do you get the impression folk are shy?? They seem reluctant to chat or is that just me?

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TV and Film / Re: Best Trek captain?
« on: March 13, 2013, 06:46:39 pm »
Star Trek is to me like Star Wars is to the younger generation. I loved the original series so it's Kirk for me. I enjoyed other series but you can't beat the original, even though the sets wobbled and you always knew the latest crew member on an away mission would die horribly.

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