Eleanor by Jason Gurley

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We arrived back from a trip to Banff late last night. It was one of those journeys where every step took a little bit longer than expected but we made it in the end. I’ve got a bunch of stuff to post, including some photos (and some metrics), but first, a few words on Jason Gurley’s Eleanor which comes out today. After reading, and loving, Jason Gurley’s short story The Dark Age and his short story collection, Deep Breath Hold Tight, I had high hopes for his science fiction/fantasy novel, Eleanor. I wasn’t disappointed. Eleanor took thirteen years to write and sticking with a story for that long, crafting and re-crafting it until everything is perfect, takes passion and dedication very few people have. The result of all that work is an inventive, vivid book with a haunting, lyrical feel and an intriguing plot that had me hooked right from the beginning. It’s not always a happy book, but it’s never a dull book and I found myself dragged from page to page as the layers of the story were peeled back, grateful that I had the time to dedicate to reading instead of less important things – like sleeping. A truly memorable read, Eleanor has cemented Jason Gurley as one of my favourite authors and I can’t … Read More

Eleanor Preorders

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I’ve shared my enthusiasm for Jason Gurley’s work here a couple of times and at the risk of sounding like a complete fanboy, I’m going to do so again. Jason’s new novel Eleanor is coming out on June 27th but he has been giving everyone who subscribes to his newsletter a free copy and I started reading mine a couple of days ago. I’m about 15% through (thanks, Kindle) and I’m really enjoying it. It’s been favourably compared to everything from Neil Gaiman to Ghost and already has over 50 Amazon reviews, all of them very positive. I’ll be posting some thoughts on the book when I finish it but in the meantime, I encourage you to check it out. You can probably get a free copy if you subscribe to Jason’s newsletter before he changes his mind about giving his magnum opus away for free but if you do what I did and subscribe, get a free copy and still preorder the book, Jason will send you a collection of Eleanor related short stories called The Eleanor Sketches. That book is only available direct from Jason and only for people who preorder Eleanor which means there’s only a couple of weeks left to get hold of it so you should just go and preorder it now. [Eleanor … Read More

Deep Breath Hold Tight by Jason Gurley

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As a thank you for being a member of his mailing list, Jason Gurley sent me a free copy of his first short story collection – Deep Breath Hold Tight : Stories About the End of the World. I bought a copy anyway – that’s how much I enjoyed it. I’ve already talked about his short story – The Dark Age – and how memorable it was. Deep Breath Hold Tight contains The Dark Age plus six other stories, all loosely connected by the end of the world theme. These stories are all previously published either as standalone ebooks, in anthologies or as part of a full length novel. Wolf Skin Wolf Skin is the story of someone who becomes a member of one of those murderous roving gangs so popular in post-apocalyptic fiction. It’s the darkest of the seven stories in the collection. The opening few pages in particular are quite graphic, more so than the rest of the stories in the book. My preferences lean towards horror anyway so I was pretty comfortable with the content but it might not be everyone’s cup of tea. But the story quickly moves beyond the violence into more thought provoking territory and I enjoyed it. The Caretaker One of my favourite pieces in the collection, this … Read More

Five Things I Learned Last Week

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Okay, technically I think these are things I’ve learned over the last two weeks but I was too tired after the marathon to post any of these last week. Hopefully you’ll let it slide. Bit.ly had a security breach – <sigh> More details here. Jason Gurley’s next novel – Eleanor – is up for preorder on Amazon. More about toilets than I ever wanted to know. Including the difference between syphonic and wash down and how to find one that flushes more effectively. There is an alternative to Google Alerts – Mention.com – but it’s expensive. The legendary ET Cartridge burial site really exists   [Five Things I Learned Last Week by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 11th May 2014]

The Dark Age by Jason Gurley

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I first came across Jason Gurley on the writers’ cafe forums on kboards. He’d just lost his job and was selling some very impressive premade book covers. Since then he’s become one of the top cover artists for indie authors and the go-to guy for the biggest names in indie publishing including Hugh Howey, Mathew Mather and Michael Bunker. But he’s actually an accomplished author himself. He’s probably best known for his Silo novel, Greatfall and the Movement Trilogy. He’s also published several short stories and has a collection of them, Deep Breath Hold Tight, coming out on the 13th of May. I haven’t read any of his novels (yet) but I picked up one of his short stories, The Dark Age, in February and was completely blown away. I hate spoilers with a full-on fire raining down from the heavens vengeance so I’m not going to talk about the plot here. I’ll just repeat what I put in my Goodreads and Amazon reviews. A great story stays with you long after you finish reading it and that’s exactly what The Dark Age does. A heart-wrenching slice of sci-fi goodness – read this and then go and hug your loved ones. I was going to write something more here but … Read More