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I've not been well.

Some people have known that a lot longer than I have.

If you read or write Fantasy, make your way over to the Alliance of Worldbuilders, a thread for Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors: mutual support, criticism and cake can be found there.

I'll back books I like. It might take me a while to find them, there are quite a few out there.

Please feel free to back one of my books if you think it's good enough.

favourite books

A Wizard of Earthsea - Ursula K Le Guin, Hobberdy Dick - K M Briggs, Medea - Euripides, Gravity's Rainbow - Thomas Pynchon, The Whispering Mountain - Joan Aiken, The Man who Japed - P K Dick, The Midnight Folk - John Masefield, Wicked Lovely - Melissa Marr, The Brothers Lionheart - Astrid Lindgren, , Puck of Pook's Hill - Rudyard Kipling, Asterix in Spain - Goscinny and Uderzo, Catch 22 - Joseph Heller, Emil and the Three Twins - Erich Kastner, Cat's Eye - Margaret Atwood, The Code of the Woosters - P G Wodehouse, Dead Souls - Nikolai Gogol, The Pirates in the Deep Green Sea - Eric Linklater, The Good Soldier Svejk - Jaroslav Hasek, Monday Begins on Saturday - Boris and Arkady Strugatsky, Monkey - Wu Cheng En, The Praise Singer - Mary Renault, The Eagle of the Ninth - Rosemary Sutcliff, Moominland Midwinter - Tove Jansson, Dr Mirabilis - James Blish, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain, Lord of Light - Roger Zelazny, American Gods - Neil Gaiman, The Planet Buyer - Cordwainer Smith, The Boy in Red - Violet Needham, Latro in the Mist - Gene Wolfe, Night Watch - Terry Pratchett, The Drawing of the Dark - Tim Powers, The Adventures of a Simpleton - von Grimmelshausen, To Say Nothing of the Dog - Connie Willis, The Baroque Cycle - Neal Stephenson, Black God's Shadow - C L Moore, Darker Than You Think - Jack WIlliamson, Figures of Earth - James Branch Cabell, The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov, The Moon of Gomrath - Alan Garner, The Once and Future King - T H White, I may have missed a few. Oh yeah, anything by Aristophanes...

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A Looking Glass, Darkly

K A Smith

A nanowrimo work in progress

Shucks, I don't know yet, but let me know if you think I should throw the towel in. Or throw myself in.



K A Smith

Jenny’s new neighbours aren’t human, her new friend is a witch, and her little brother is just not himself. Half-term is going to be different.

Strange things have been happening since Jenny and her family moved to the countryside. To think that she was worried about being bored. Not any more.

The worst of it is her little brother. Jake hasn’t pulled Jenny’s hair or glued her slippers to the floor for over a week now. Jenny thinks the fairies might have taken him and left something nice in his place. She thinks it might be her fault, and she wants him back before her mum notices. So, what to do?

Simple, crash Fairyland, find brother, return. How difficult can it be?

This is (almost totally) unedited first draft material, so there will be many errors of punctuation, because punctuation is not something I do naturally. I am more interested in what you think of the 'feel' of the tale and what doesn't work for you than I am in the vagaries of my apostrophes, but if the punctuation kippers it for you, I guess I need to be told that, as well.


Blood Sisters.

K A Smith

Mehret wants to be left alone, but it's tough at school if you've never been before. It's even tougher when you accidentally jinx your classmates.

Mehret knew there would be dangers in the city; she just didn't expect to be one of them. She appears to have jinxed a classmate and caused a power outage using powers she can hardly believe she posesses. Frightened and confused by these events, she determines to learn to control her gift, with the help of Dr Ambrose. He is trying to teach Mehret the Art before she does any real harm, but Mehret finds it difficult, even without the distractions that life keeps throwing in her path.

If Mehret hadn't just become friends with Sylene then getting suspended from school wouldn't have been so bad. She hopes to have more time with her father, but when he isn't working he is spending his time with a woman that Mehret finds it hard to like. Beset with troubles, she can't even take refuge in her dreams any more. Two girls are visiting her as she sleeps, calling her sister and trying to lure her into their world.

Then Sylene goes missing from Mehret's doorstep. Mehret goes in search of her, to find that family and friendship are not quite what she thought.


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I wrote 866 days ago

A fascinating piece of worldbuilding in the old tradition, with a clear goal, distinct possibilities for good and evil, clearly drawn positions for the bad guys and a distressingly large conundrum (The Golden Flux - Peace or War, Good or Evil--all that) for the protagonist. A milieu is evoked viv... view book

I wrote 906 days ago

Another corker, where's the rest of it? view book

I wrote 1039 days ago

Forever Girl crit notes: I liked it first time around and I like it still. The new first chapter does get things moving more quickly, but I'm not sure it is an improvement, just different, as you held my attention perfectly well with the first version. It sets up the initial dilemma, the milieu... view book

I wrote 1048 days ago

Alliance of Worldbuilders critique Nr. HA-4473-XXRZ The usual terms apply: please use Dr Manciple's unvanishing elixir to view the small print. To Slay a Dragon crit: http://www.authonomy.com/books/33874/to-slay-a-dragon/read-book/#chapter The characterisation is light, but effective, ... view book

I wrote 1063 days ago

Thank you for an interesting read, as you know, I have read it all, let me know if you post more. All that follows is opinion. I have lots of opinions, sometimes they are contradictory, and I have plenty to spare, so I thought I'd unload some here. Most importantly, this was easy to read, the ... view book

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