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After many months of waiting, the second book in Danny Birt's high fantasy series is now available from the Ancient Tomes imprint of Cyberwizard Productions. Beginning: The Second Book of the Laurian Pentology continues the exploration of the rich, powerful and fantastic world that Ending an Ending began. A highly detailed map by artist A.R. Stone is provided in the front of the book and brings the realm of adventure to life.
“My Lord Baron will take his knees or will have them taken for him,” announced Baroness Ilear from directly behind the young man.
With a frightened look back – and up – he dropped to his knees so quickly he winced.
“My Lord Baron agrees that Seighn is one whole country?” asked Eiry.
He looked at her as though she was insane. This was not about asking obvious questions, was it? “Yes, my la— your Majesty.”
“My Lord Baron agrees that Seighn is ruled by one person alone?”
The young man was sweating, but already his mind had begun trying to figure out where this questioning was leading. “Yes, my… Majesty.”
“My Lord Baron will agree that Seighn is ruled by a member of the royal family alone?”
He threw himself down face-first on the floor. “Your Majesty, I do not want the throne! My uncle tried to make me take it, but I killed him for that! Please, I had no designs on your throne!”
Eiry looked at Baroness Ilear, who shrugged slightly. It would be dealt with later.
For those that enjoy fantasy, science fiction or poetry, David C. Kopaska-Merkel and Kendall Evans present a collection of speculative poetry. Beautifully illustrated by Richard Svensson, their words will take you on a fantastic journey on the Nightship to Nowhere from the Diminuendo Press imprint of Cyberwizard Productions. Don't delay, the ship is leaving port with the next full moon.
Poet and artist, Richard H. Fay had this to say:
While mainstream poetry may explore the world around us, speculative poetry explores the farthest reaches of human imagination, and beyond. With roots sunk deep in the mythic and folkloric ballads of yore, and branches stretching high into the endless skies of fantasy and science-fiction, speculative poetry possesses a rich heritage and an exciting future. I truly believe that this particular poetic form is entering a golden age, due in no small part to the contributions made to the genre by David C. Kopaska-Merkel and Kendall Evans.
Many talented poets currently practice the craft of speculative verse composition. Kopaska-Merkel and Evans number among the most accomplished of that unique breed of modern bard. Both have had a plethora of poems published in various science fiction, fantasy, and horror venues. Both are award-winning poets; one of their previous collaborative efforts, "The Tin Men", received the Science Fiction Poetry Association's 2006 Rhysling Award for Best Long Poem. Both use verse to ask the eternal speculative question: what if? Whether it be mythology mixed with a dash of paleontology and a heaping spoonful of the bizarre, or astronomy drenched in a hearty helping of planetary personification, their poems satisfy a craving for the fantastic. Their works transport us to a strangely different but faintly familiar universe, a reality consisting of wild worlds and fractured futures. A diverse array of perspectives introduce us to odd characters, weird robots, and wondrous creatures.
So read on, my fellow speculative poetry aficionados. Get carried far, far away by the works within. Discover distant space and time. Let your imaginations soar!
Also from Diminuendo Press is C.E. Chaffin's book, Unexpected Light. The poems contained within its elegant maroon and silver covers will touch your heart, set your soul on fire and stir your deepest emotions.
The unexpected light in these poems is a certain sort of light: faint, slant, the light of twilight or a fading penlight or a barely discernible sliver of moon. Yet the poems pierce and burn.
—Kate Bernadette Benedict, editor, Umbrella
These poems, at once observational and prophetic, draw on the sometimes harrowing incisiveness of an empirical mind to produce an extraordinary vision. C.E. Chaffin is a poet of the body, but he is also a poet of conscience, a poet who infuses the lyric with a spiritual temperance born of experience. Here are words in service of integrity, poems in service of necessary revelations, and a poet in service of attention at its most elemental and unsettling."
-- Seth Abramson, poet
“These are poems which point both south toward anxiety and north toward hope, keeping the compass needle moving. C. E. Chaffin is a doctor with a physician's keen objective eye. His poems employ a music jazzed and melancholy, with a strong sense of dislocation and a painterly sensibility that resonate in the mind's optic.”
--Lynn Strongin, editor of “Sorrow Psalms” and “Crazed by the Sun”
“Robinson Jeffers said, 'Pleasure is the carrot dangled to lead the ass to market; or the precipice.' The carrots are here. So are the precipices. Clean and spare, absent turgid image, these poems don’t confound or perplex. Frankly they’re too clever for that. The result of Chaffin's pointed observations is not clinical in any sterile sense, rather a dialectical body-lyric beyond, yet still beholden to, mere blood and bones. What we have here is a maturation of the soul.”
--from a review by Norman Ball