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date submitted 06.04.2010
date updated 05.01.2011
genres: Fiction, Literary Fiction, Romance,...
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All Things Noble

Huseyin Angay

When your new friend starts talking to his ventriloquist’s dummy, do you stay around?

Do you follow him?

Even if it kills you?

 

Mo is on the run. What else could he do? His ventriloquist’s dummy told him about the man who is after them. If the man gets his hands on him, his fate will be worse than death.

Nel doesn’t need to run anywhere. But hanging around with a boy fugitive who talks to a musty dummy is as good as it gets when you’re already dead. Besides, this boy’s from Palestine and she’s from Israel. A match made in heaven, indeed.

But what good is running halfway around the world when we carry our fears with us?

A modern fable about puppets, puppeteers and their masters.

Cover: Still from FAQ, a video by Shelagh Fenner (reproduced with the kind permission of the artist)

[All Things Noble will be undergoing a complete overhaul over the next few months. The first two chapters are quite representative of the final look, but the rest will change significantly. I still value detailed comments on any of the chapters.]

 
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Alice Barron wrote 591 days ago

I have read the first chapter and I am hooked already. I warmed towards Mo straighaway. Love your style of writing. It feels like I am there, in the story, as each event happens.
I will continue to read more when I have some spare time.
Keep up the good work.

Alice (The bed next to mine)

geejay wrote 1140 days ago

This should be published and made available on school reading lists. The two young protagonists - one of arab descent, the other jewish - progress through all too familiar British street-life, French migrant camps and on across Europe to the Middle East, while their experiences offer valuable insights into the lives of the persecuted and/or disenfranchised 'others' they encounter. At the same time it remains an exciting, well paced and entertaining read.
Month after month we see work of much less value, and values, hoisted to the top of the 'chart', more as a result of persistent lobbying and back scratching than any literary merit.
Don't give up on it, this is a worthwhile piece of work.

Lara wrote 1263 days ago

Backed again - I hadn't realised until yesterday that I had to leave books much longer. REad later chaptrs - it's quite philosophical, a touch spiritual. x

Lara wrote 1266 days ago

In case past comments don't count, this is to say I read it again, and liked it just as much. Ths novel takes us into an unusual but believable dilemma for the young man of the tale. I loved the concept of remarks and riposte coming unplanned and eerily from the dummy. It really is an inventive and stimulating read.
Rosalind

Eunice Attwood wrote 1281 days ago

Great story from a great imagination. This is brilliant and I love the concept. Ventriloquist dummys are spooky anyway, but I love what you have done with this. Happy to back. Eunice - The Temple Dancer.

Geveret wrote 1284 days ago

Oh, please do allow me to gush! This is unique, brilliantly told, harrowing, super-imaginative ... everything lit fic should be and so much more in the way it explores the human condition. As I messaged Huseyin, I'll be hideously disappointed if All Things Noble doesn't make it to the Desk--or earns a well-deserved contract along the way. Clearly, an instant shelver ...

Elizabeth Wolfe wrote 1300 days ago

Dear Huseyin,
What a sad and almost surrealistic scene you've painted in your opening chapter. It's a good thing you've created Mrs. Roman as a balance to Miss Crouch, who is sadistic and cruel. Otherwise Mo's life would be unbearable. I have to assume this kind of institution exists, but I hate the fact that it does. I'm glad your story is fiction. You've done an extraordinary job of portraying this world.

BACKED
Elizabeth Wolfe (MEMORIES OF GLORY)

Lara wrote 1302 days ago

I'm mystified by the title but would read on avidly to find out. Yes, I'm a fan. I can imagine myself at anything beyond 8 reading with horror about the messed sheets and the move to the corridor. I'm not sure whether this book is set in the past, for nowadays the workers in children's homes would not get away with this behaviour. For the purpose of a children's book, however, the characters are suitably black/white. It's wise to have Mrs Roman to keep a measure of stability.
Above all, of course, the use of the humanised dummy is a wonderful concept for children, a way of speaking all they feel but dare not say.
I think you've dealt well and thoughtfully with inherent difficulties, for instance, the use of french in one chapter. Quite informative for the lively-minded to see the translations alongside, so that they will persevere with the french phrases in the dialogue.
All praise. I'd buy it for a loved child aged 8-13 and expect the adult to thoroughly enjoy it if s/he was reading aloud.
Lara
Good for Him

stoatsnest wrote 1303 days ago

The writing is very good. I can't say I like this type of story but the quality of it is undeniable. I wouldn't pretend to be able to analyse it deeply and won't.

Bocri wrote 1308 days ago

After a longish while of reading the books of other aspiring authors, on this site, I found, quite by accident, the ideal way for me to judge a book. I start reading to evaluate the prose, plot, pace, power of description, foreshadowing, exposition et al but if somewhere in there I lose my sense of purpose and completely relax to enjoy what I'm reading I know without doubt that I've found 'a good 'un'. All Things Noble -- all boxes ticked and highly recommended. BACKED. Robert Davidson. The Tuzla Run

Becca wrote 1309 days ago

This story has a great feel from the onset. Expert dialogue! I'm not familiar with the dialect but it does give the story a good feel and Mo is a sympathetic character from the onset. You have a very original premise here. Will this also be marketed to children/ya? (It's hard to tell from one chapter, but I think it might go over well. I'd be interested also to see how the romantic elements play into this. Sounds like you have quite a clever and complex tale, and a nice cast of characters.

xBeccaX
The Forever Girl

GuardsMann81 wrote 1314 days ago

This is great Huseyin. I love the mystery lurking around every potential explanation. It seems like they are just picking on him, but the oddity of the dummy's knowledge leaves me wondering about some other paranormal explanation. It is well written and a pleasure to read. I backed it previously and am very happy I did. I look forward to reading more about Mo. It reminds me a bit of a modern paranormal Oliver Twist.

Weston Kincade
Invisible Dawn

andrew skaife wrote 1327 days ago

That whole dummy scene is a little bit spooky as well you know.

This is gamely written with a fresh breath across the narrative that gives the characters a vibrant air. The heckling children are obnoxious and easily believable.

BACKED

name falied moderation wrote 1348 days ago

Dear Huseyin
this book cover is amazing. love it. it was your short pitch that grabbed me some time ago, and i started reading and i did comment and back you book. i cannot, however, find the backing a because i think it worth it i will back this again just to make sure.CONGRATS on a superb book, characters that take up permanent residence in the mind and a storyline that is totally original...
if you have already backed my book thank you so much, if not would you find the time, ifnot that is OK also
the VERY best of luck
Denise
The Letter

Daniel Manning wrote 1380 days ago

Two child fugitives on the run in an inner city metropolis and both from different religious and ethnic backgrounds. One is poor, one is rich, one is a palestian, one is Jewish. A possessed ventriloquists dummy or was it the figment of the imagination, helped Mo escape form the brutal childrens home. Nel went on a midnight walk, in a dream like state, to escape the constant treatments, for her illness. This is truly a magnificent beginning, and it could develope into the most moving poignant story that captures the times expertly. Rich in humour, Mo's father is a suicide bomber, Nell say's ' is, don't you mean was' Mo replies ' he was arrested.'
Brilliant stuff I'm gobsmacked.
Backed with pleasure
Daniel Manning.
No Compatibility.

Christopher R. Williams wrote 1392 days ago

A very interesting, spooky, and imaginative subject. I wish you every success with it.

Regards, Chris Williams – The Stories of Rhys
www.thestoriesofrhys.com

Owen Quinn wrote 1392 days ago

Very creepy things dunnies, and even creepier when someone starts treating it like their close confidant. Very atmospheric with lashings of vivd imagery and strong prose. Complex characters shine off the pages in a atory that draws you in and unfolds layer by layer, Excellent.

Joanna Carter wrote 1393 days ago

I'm forcing myself to stop reading this because I have to go to work! Different, stylish and totally engrossing. Backed with pleasure.
Joanna Carter
Fossil Farm

Joanna Carter wrote 1393 days ago

I'm forcing myself to stop reading this because I have to go to work! Different, stylish and totally engrossing. Backed with pleasure.
Joanna Carter
Fossil Farm

loplop wrote 1396 days ago

Huseyin

Before I started reading this, I'd the notion somehow that it was going to be some sort of Dead of Night scenario. In actuality, it's a kind of fairy tale - once there was, once there wasn't - that's complusive and constantly surprising. There's a kind of drip feed method that you use to provide information that's very effective, allowing the reader to piece together what's happening without ever becoming obvious.

My only gripe so far would be that Miss Crouch is a little too one-dimensional, even within the contect of a fairy tale/fable narrative, and a little more might and shade wouldn't go amiss.

This is very fine writing though. There aren't many books on this site that I plan to read though to the end, but this is one of them.

Peter

stoatsnest wrote 1397 days ago

I have read three chapters. All of them had me gripped and have been a pleasure to read. I will read more soon. Backed.

Acorok wrote 1398 days ago

Hello, Huseyin!

Creepy cover, great title, fascinating and funny synopsis. I’m intrigued!

This book doesn’t disappoint from the strong beginning. It’s well written, funny, sad, creepy, with great dialogue and a MC to sympathise with; I love it! I don’t love that dummy though, but that’s appropriate. I love your font change between him and anybody else; it’s very effective. Any few niggles I picked up on have already been spotted by eagle-eyed reviewers, so iron those out and you're onto a winner.

Backed with pleasure. You deserve success with this.

Billie (A Matter of Life and Death & Destiny of Dragons)
xx

CarolinaAl wrote 1401 days ago

Mo is sympatethic and well-rounded. Your descriptions are effective. For example, your description of Mrs. Roman. Your dialogue is crisp, fresh and relevant. Your pacing held my attention. This is wonderfully crafted, intriguing dark fiction. Backed.

Luke Bramley wrote 1402 days ago

Okay, I agree with the last 2 comments: thrilling, dark, real, eerie, funny, the list goes on. Love it mate, you've got a stonkin' story here, not to mention imagination and skill. Backed by Brammers, The Kingdom Within.

klouholmes wrote 1404 days ago

Hi Huseyin, An excellent depiction. The dummy starts out as being entertaining but right away, it shows the temptation and how what someone else says affects relations. They say children don’t notice or hear these things but in the case of this age, the dummy does demonstrate how children are affected by adult speech. The way Mo is being bullied is also well-portrayed; you’ve even made Miss Crouch’s perspective convincing. Mo became a very sympathetic character, having become entangled in the school politics. The dialogue and the emotional impact is also well-done. A pleasure to shelve – Katherine (The Swan Bonnet)

Mardi wrote 1404 days ago

Hi Huseyin, I have just read the first two chapters of your book and I will be backing it when I finish my comments. You are well on your way to an exciting story with lots of scary twists and turns, not to mention many less than adorable characters (a good thing!). Add emotion at every turn, including physical signs of emotion…pounding hearts, hot tears, nauseous tummys, etc. I have made a few comments, per chapter, but note that I am no expert. However, I have been told that I’m pretty good at this. Let’s see what you think…
CHAPTER ONE: I would change ‘the dingiest rooms’ to simply ‘dingy rooms’ to stay in tense. I would delete ‘slightly’ before ‘ajar’ because ‘slightly’ is already implied with ‘ajar’. I’m not quite getting why Miss Crouch rolled her sleeves up, only to roll them back down at the end of the paragraph. Re-write this bit for clarity? Delete the errant ‘a’ from ‘said a Mrs. Roman.’ I would delete the sentence that begins ‘He tried to ignore the soft things…’ as it’s a bit much and not necessary to convey the point of the scene. In fact, I think the scene carries more story tension without it. I think I would end this chapter at the mention of his bed being in the corridor, which would be quite a good hook, to make your reader turn to the following chapter. However, you have done a good job of keeping the tension going in this first chapter!
CHAPTER TWO: I think you can safely delete the parenthesized ‘(‘whom’ said something in the back of his mind)’ which seems confusing, anyway, and still your smart reader will get the idea you are putting forth. I think I it might be better to have the dummy just talk and eliminate the references to the voice coming out of Mo’s mouth. If that part is important to the story…let it come out later…let your reader wonder what the heck is going on, adding even more tension to your story. Perhaps you should have Mo hide Dummy behind him when Miss Crouse initially opens the door to the archive room, BEFORE she flicks on the light? As he runs out of the room, I think you should remind your readers that he is carrying Dummy. This is also a tense chapter but possibly just a bit overwritten. I would eliminate every word or sentence that does not forward your story. For example, I’m not sure we need to know about so many things that he saw in the attic. Perhaps just tell us of a few items and then say something like ‘tons of other junk that nobody wanted.’ Or something like that. Or in the scene where he hides in the wardrobe…your smart reader can figure out that he chose the spot because he couldn’t be seen from the door. I don’t think you have to tell them that.
Generally speaking, this is very good. Full of tension and ominous characters. Watch the use of ‘had’ and ‘that’ which can often be simply deleted, ending with smoother sentences. Often ‘had been’ can be changed to a smoother ‘were’ to bring immediacy to a scene. Well, I hope you can decipher my comments and I hope that some of them help. Keep writing and I think, with just a bit of editing, this will soon be the thriller you are reaching for. Readers of this genre, as well as publishers, will love to snap it up. Good Luck and I’m backing this right now…

Anthony Brady wrote 1407 days ago

ALL THINGS NOBLE

Huseyin - A brilliant literary ploy redolent of R.L. Stevenson's Dr. Jekyl and Mr.Hyde. It works convincingly and your book is seaside rock: sweet success marked all the way through. Backed.

Tony Brady - SCENES FROM AN EXAMINED LIFE - Books 1,2 & 3.

Gail_M wrote 1409 days ago

I've read chapter one and am backing this now; I'll read the rest while it's on my shelf.

It's intriguing and entertaining, with hints of darkness, and your dialogue is brilliant (especially the dummy's voice). I'm really looking forward to reading the rest of this book, and I'm very confident that it will be a huge success for you.

Best wishes
Gail
NEW BEGINNINGS

Lara wrote 1410 days ago

I like this. It's well worked out and it's fresh. Well done, backed
Rosalind
Good for Him

Stec wrote 1410 days ago

This is absolute, hidden gem.The premise is genius and makes for a fantastic read. This should be rising up the charts much faster than it is as it is brilliant.
Mo is so likable yet we doubt him because he has more issues than we can comprehend. The voice of the dummy is superbly written. It haunts and scares us yet protects Mo.
Great scope and wonderfully written.
One of my favourite things on here.

All the best with this.

Steve

lynn clayton wrote 1411 days ago

Funny and sinister at the same time, all those things that Mo didn't do but gets blamed for.
This is a much more imaginative read than I expected from the pitch with its political overtones. I expected something preachy and puritanical. If I hadn't seen it on the shelf of someone I admire I wouldn't have read it. But I'm glad I did. Surprising and exciting. Will continue. Backed. Lynn

Richardmilton wrote 1411 days ago

Huseyin, I've only just started reading All Things Noble, but I wanted to comment right away about how brilliant it is. You are a very gifted writer and your writing is so authentic it's painful. This novel is truly masterful and I can't wait to read more. I think you are going to go along way with this book. I back it with great pleasure. Richard.

Mooderino wrote 1413 days ago

It reads very well and has a consistent tone. The sinister dummy that speaks out of turn is a bit of a familiar device but you do it well. The idea the dummy knew things Mo didn't was an interestin gtwist, not sure how far you plan to take it but suggests a supernatural element (maybe). Mo is a sympathetic character who is obviously not having an easy time of it.

I didn't follow the part in the attic where he wakes up and the padlocks rusted and then he creeps out. Not clear what he saw or why t scared him or how he got out through the door if it was rusted shut.

His failure to explain why his sheets were soiled (But... wait... no...) felt a little bit contrived, as did the idea that he single-handedly moved an entire bed and matress on his own, without any noise. It made Miss Crouch seem a bit comically dense, whic I'm not sure you mean to imply.

Minor quibbles though, overall a very assured piece of writing with interesting characters and premise. Backed.

KW wrote 1414 days ago

Simply, an intriguing read. Through the mouths of dummies, jesters, and slaves do we hear the truth. No truer in Shakespeare's day than in our own. In terms of the Israeli spin on the pirate action they conducted several days ago, it reads so much like a sick joke spoken through a dummy dressed as an ambassador.

This is very surreal, I love the way the dummy controls. Ah, "the strings that hold everything together." I'll be back to read more when I can. This is great! Backed for now.

Brian Bandell wrote 1414 days ago

This is a fun story. I feel attached to Mo as a character. He's sympathetic and amusing. There's so many reasons to like him and root for him. That's the sure mark of a winning book.

I'll back this.

Brian
Mute

name falied moderation wrote 1419 days ago

Brilliant. so do I have to write more ha! this book contains so much where does one start. yes I am going to read it again. one needs to take time and really read it. BACKED for sure. My book is very different from yours however if you could read some and give comments I would appreciate it. BEST of luck SATISFYING

Denise
'The Letter'

Roger Thurling wrote 1420 days ago

I've read a great deal of this book, but the more I read, the more I feel sure that the only way to read it is: 1) in order, 2) every word, 3) all the way through, 4) with real concentration. It's very inventive, imaginative and bizzare, and scene after scene is suprising and exciting, leaving the reader thinking ... "whatever next?"
And that dummy!
Very best wishes for this one.
I will back it with confidence.
RT

geejay wrote 1421 days ago

I completed a full and satisfying reading of this a couple of weeks ago and only dropped by to see how it was doing, and found the beginning that had hooked me the first time had gotten even better.
As you're obviously continuing the process I'll leave it another week and come back for another read.
Nice idea, good writing, great novel.
Good luck with it,
G.

Blousie wrote 1421 days ago

Wow, I don't know what to say! completely different from anything I've read in years – and that's a good thing. Well told, well paced, unusual… just brilliant, to sum it up. Now I'm going to keep reading, one of the few books I've said that about on Authonomy!

Backed - and best of luck!

Karen
The Kid: A True Story of Cocaine, Corruption, Deceit and Betrayal


Kristen Stone wrote 1427 days ago

Different. I like different. I'm just glad I'm not actually working for the publishers because I wouldn't know which books to choose. This story is well written, keeps moving, has good use of dialogue, both human and puppet, which keeps the story moving forward all the time. Would love to read the whole thing, but I don't think there's enough time in the world with all the good books on authonomy! Backed.
Kristen Stone
Kianda Mala - The Monkey Man

PATRICK BARRETT wrote 1427 days ago

Original, different and witty. I loved the opening and you developed your characters well. Your book has a unique and individual feel to it & I am sure it will stand out. Best wishes, Paula (Cuthbert: How mean is my Valley?)

Andrew Burans wrote 1427 days ago

You have created a very intriguing storyline with deep underlying psycholigical currents which is a finely crafted body of work and a pleasure to read. Your novel is well paced, well written with excellent use of imagery and your character development is superb. Backed with pleasure.

Cheers,
Andrew Burans
The Reluctant Warrior: The Beginning

SusieGulick wrote 1428 days ago

Dear Huseyin, I love you wild tale - puppets are fun :) - I remember the ones in Elvis Presley's movie. :) May you write more books to cheer us. :) Before I began to read your book, I was prepared by your recap/pitch,which was very well done. :) Your story is good because you create interest by having short paragraphs & lots of dialogue, which makes me want to keep reading to find out what's going to happen next. I'm "backing" your book: When you back a book, it only improves the ranking of that book, not yours. However, the author whose book you are backing may decide to back your book also, in which case yes, your ranking would be improved...authonomy. :) Please "back" my TWO memoir books, "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not" & my completed memoir unedited version? "Tell Me True Love Stories," which tells at the end, my illness now & 6th abusive marriage." Thanks, Susie :)
p.s. Remember: Every time you place a book on your bookshelf, your recommendation pushes the book up the rankings. And while that book sits on your bookshelf, your reputation as a talent spotter increases depending on how well that book performs. :)

Hypo99 wrote 1429 days ago

Hi Huseyin. I want to keep this simple. Backed, yes. Did I like what I have read so far? Yes. What a great peice of work you have accomplished here.

Backed with enormous pleasure
Hope you get the chance to take a little peek at The Russian Hat

Sincerly
Brendan Doherty
The Russian Hat

Huseyin Angay wrote 1429 days ago

The first three chapters have now lost some thousand words. And they seem to like it..

Thank you for all your comments. It is sometimes hard to spot when we start to ramble on -- especially after staring at the manuscript for hours on end.

It's getting there.
Huseyin

Bill Carrigan wrote 1430 days ago

Hello Huseyin,

It's Bill again. As I mentioned before, your title and synopsis hooked me: "All Things Noble"--a satire about the endless Israeli-Palestinian situation. Timely, volatile, difficult to pull off. Seeing that it involves a dummy, I thought, That's a cliche, but so are vampires and they keep coming back. Maybe originality can save the day. So I read the first chapter and found it well crafted, the scenes vivid, the characters fresh and alive. But as i read on, Chapter 1 seemed to stretch out and wasn't getting anywhere. My suggestion, then: Trim the chapter to bare essentials and end it with a cliffhanger into the real story.

This may sound harsh, but the opening is vitally important. Think of it as Act I of a play. Will the audience stick around for Act II? I'll read more now and return later to start over and view the work as a whole. Meanwhile, I'd like to know what you think of "The Doctor of Summitville." Don't pull your punches.

Good luck with "All Things Novel" and your writing career, Bill

thrillerlover wrote 1432 days ago

I’ve added your book to my watchlist. Best of luck with it!

Bill Carrigan wrote 1432 days ago

Greetings Huseyin,

Your title caught my eye and your pitch sent me forward. I was interrupted in reading your timely book, but will resume tomorrow. Would you take a look at my historical love story "The Doctor of Summitville"? Judging by your writing, I think you'll like it.

My best to you and your novel, Bill

William Holt wrote 1433 days ago

I confess to a weakness for fables, from Aesop to James Thurber and Kurt Vonnegut. This is highly entertaining and keeps the reader thinking while humanizing the inanimate and the inimical. Shelved.

Bill

Huseyin Angay wrote 1434 days ago

The much maligned prologue mini-chapter is now gone. I agree. The book reads better for it.
Next comes the ninth draft in a week or two.

Huseyin

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