Monday, March 2, 2015

BOOK SPOTLIGHT: The Pen Is Mightier

The Pen is Mightier

Author: Andy Crawford
Genre: Fantasy, Satire
Publisher: CreateSpace/Independent
Publication date: 3.1.2015
Pages: 360

College student Sendrick Weir is the biggest fan of the brutal fantasy epic, Those Accursed Chronicles.  Its author, Paul Breston, has created a unique series of novels rife with debauchery and betrayal, in which no character is safe.
            Through a miraculous fluke, Sed is transported into the mythic world he loves so much.  When he returns to his own world, he must convince Paul that his imagined realm actually exists.  And if that world is real, can Paul keep killing people who are no longer merely fictional?  Must Sed's favorite characters really have to die?
            Both satire and homage, The Pen is Mightier is a love-letter to one of the most popular series and television programs in the fantasy genre.

Author's note:
The Pen is Mightier is a book for fantasy fans, about fantasy fans, and about fantasy writing.  What responsibility does a writer, or a greater of any sort, have towards his creation?  How important is the integrity of the story, from a writer's point of view?  Does an author really have to kill every damn character you get attached to?
            My novel explores these questions, as well as just having a lot of fun with the idea of a book series' author and biggest fan attempting to put right all the things that the author made wrong about a not-so-fictional fantasy world.  I think that any fan of fantasy literature can enjoy it, but fans of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire and the TV adaption Game of Thrones might enjoy it on another level altogether.

About the author:
Andy Crawford loves Korean food.  He served in the Navy. His first book is the fantasy adventure Sailor of the Skysea.  He enjoys writing, skiing, and all things GRRM.  He lives in Arlington, VA with his wife, Nina.

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