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John Bayliss

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I write novels of every variety and genre.

My sole reason for being on authonomy is to network with other writers, to exchange ideas and to support other unpublished writers.

I am not here for the "Editor's Desk" game. When I back a book, it's to indicate that I like it enough to want to bring it to the attention of other members--no other reason. If you want me to back your book to get to the "Desk" then please look elsewhere.

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My novel, "Five and a Half Tons," published by Grey Cells Press, is available on Amazon and at all good book stores in paperback and e-book,

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"Serpentine" is my current work in progress, a literary novel addressing matters of rational thinking, faith and superstition, set in a timeless Dark Ages world.

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Authors I consider an influence (for good or bad) include: Douglas Adams, Iain Banks, Raymond Chandler, Philip K. Dick, Umberto Eco, John Fowles, Stella Gibbons, Ernest Hemingway, Kazuo Ishiguro, James Joyce, Milan Kundera, Malcolm Lowry, David Mitchell, Vladimir Nabokov, Flann O'Brien, Mervyn Peake, Julian Rathbone, Laurence Sterne, JRR Tolkien, Barry Unsworth, Kurt Vonnegut, John Wyndham...

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http://johnbaylissnovelist.wordpress.com     http://www.greycellspress.co.uk/books-coming-soon/

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Serpentine

John Bayliss

In a collapsing society, a boy learns that the world is a weirder place than he could ever imagine.


A teenage boy journeys across an ancient landscape, gathering a motley collection of companions on the way, including a garrulous monk, an irascible storyteller and even a stray dog. The boy only wants to be reunited with his parents, but the journey soon turns into a fight for survival. In the background a brutal war rages. At first, the fighting is distant enough so as not to trouble the travellers, but soon its effects become more apparent and inevitably the travellers get caught up in the mayhem. Difficult decisions have to be taken, friendships are tested to breaking point, heroes fail to act heroically and even the professed coward has his day. Whilst each of his companions have their own beliefs and values challenged, the boy starts to construct his own philosophy of life; and in the end he feels strong enough to confront the greatest and most ruthless warlord of the land in a battle of wits.

Although classified "fantasy", Serpentine subverts the familiar tropes of that genre in order to challenge the reader's expectations and encourage them to examine their own ideas and beliefs about mankind's place in the universe.

 

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Ellie S Lee wrote 16 days ago

Hi John Just a bit of random nonsense - interesting thread you've ....

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Hello, I saw your profile and was intrigued. I says to myself, “sel....

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Hi John, Feel free to read and critique either of my latest two stor....

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Thank you so much for backing my book. What a nice surprise! It has l....

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Hi John, You might remember my book ‘The Morning Drop’ reached the....

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I wrote 47 days ago

'The Gentry' is an interesting read, and I think that you might have a good story to tell here. However, at the moment it does read rather like a first draft, as though you have thrown lots of ideas into the melting pot and you are leaving it to the reader to sort them all out. I can guess what an a... view book

I wrote 57 days ago

I have read all the chapters that you posted on authonomy and enjoyed reading them. You have the makings of an excellent historical-religious thriller here. I found the background relating to ancient manuscripts and palimpsests fascinating -- though I noticed at one point you use the word 'paper' wh... view book

I wrote 146 days ago

I've read all that you have posted and I think it's fine. I do have a few nitpicks but none of them are too terrible. Ch 1. First line: Personally, I’d put a comma after ‘Quay’ as what follows is a subsidiary clause. I'm not sure about the phrase “the rings of the last bell were dying away’ Su... view book

I wrote 174 days ago

Is this really your first attempt at fiction? If so, then you are a natural storyteller. Not only is "The Last Roundhead" a hugely enjoyable read, but I feel that I know a little more now about the Civil War than I did before I started reading it. I could nit-pick about your punctuation (to my mind,... view book

I wrote 300 days ago

I have read the first three chapters posted here. "Motherheart" is very original and imaginative, and it is a pleasant experience to read something on authonomy that is so original. I do have one comment, and that is that personally I would like a bit more description, especially of the characters a... view book

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