Super Book Giveaway Day 2

 

The giveaway is going really well! TPOS is up to no. 3 in its category on Amazon.

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Fancy starting a new fantasy series? Are you a fan of the classic quest stories of traditional heroic fantasy? Do you like free books?

From today you can download The Path Of Swords for free from Amazon.  Plus I’m doing a special offer so if you get TPOS you can get the next book in the series free as well. It’s like a buy one, get one free, where you don’t have to buy the first one. Plus with the second book coming out next week, there’s never been a better time.

Just click here:

www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B071LBJNTC        for the UK

www.amazon.com/dp/B071LBJNTC           for the US

www.amazon.com.au/dp/B071LBJNTC          for Australia (big shout out to those Australians who have bought it already!)

www.amazon.ca/dp/B071LBJNTC                for Canada (just got a great review from a Canadian fan – thanks!)

www.amazon.de/dp/B071LBJNTC                for Germany (sold one there as well. Thanks!)

www.amazon.in/dp/B071LBJNTC                 love to sell some in India

www.amazon.fr/dp/B071LBJNTC              for France (sold one there as well. Thanks!)

If you haven’t got a kindle you can also download a kindle app from the same page that will work on any device.

Share the links with anyone you think would like it.

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Super Book Giveaway Returns!

 

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Fancy starting a new fantasy series? Are you a fan of the classic quest stories of traditional heroic fantasy? Do you like free books?

From today you can download The Path Of Swords for free from Amazon.  Plus I’m doing a special offer so if you get TPOS you can get the next book in the series free as well. It’s like a buy one, get one free, where you don’t have to buy the first one. Plus with the second book coming out next week, there’s never been a better time.

Just click here:

www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B071LBJNTC        for the UK

www.amazon.com/dp/B071LBJNTC           for the US

www.amazon.com.au/dp/B071LBJNTC          for Australia (big shout out to those Australians who have bought it already!)

www.amazon.ca/dp/B071LBJNTC                for Canada (just got a great review from a Canadian fan – thanks!)

www.amazon.de/dp/B071LBJNTC                for Germany (sold one there as well. Thanks!)

www.amazon.in/dp/B071LBJNTC                 love to sell some in India

www.amazon.fr/dp/B071LBJNTC              for France (sold one there as well. Thanks!)

If you haven’t got a kindle you can also download a kindle app from the same page that will work on any device.

Share the links with anyone you think would like it.

The Man in the High Castle

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As you may have gathered, I love Fantasy and Sci Fi, particularly the classics, so when I was browsing in my local bookshop and saw a copy of Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle I had to get it.

It’s been on my radar for a long time now. I probably read my first of Dick’s books nearly 30 years ago when I was devouring SF at the rate of 3 or 4 books a week. I never got to this one, only because it never happened to be in the library when I was browsing. I read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep around then and loved it. I’d seen Bladerunner (which is based on Do Androids Dream…) at an all night showing in the Bloomsbury theatre in 1987. I loved that too, and I’ve watched it many times since. There’s a a lot of differences between the book and the film but I was happy to judge them separately, something you also need to do with Man in The High Castle.

For the record I think the two series of The Man in the High Castle are excellent, some of the best TV I’ve seen this year, but if you were expecting the book to be the same you would be disappointed. The premise is the same, a version of the world in the sixties where the Nazis and the Japanese have won the Second World War, the Eastern states of the US are under Nazi rule, the Pacific states under Japanese rule with the neutral zone, a kind of no man’s land, in between. The story however is very different. In the TV series there are a number of plotlines that interweave and there’s a lot of action, political intrigue, resistance fighters, Yakuza, assassination plots, spies etc. It is complex but basically standard cause and effect. Things happen, characters face danger and peril, they take action, conflict is resolved. Like I said, it’s good TV.

With the book it can almost feel like nothing is really happening. There are some of the same characters, and they do some of the same things, but it’s not as dramatic, at least not in an obvious sense. There is a similar thing with Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and Bladerunner. The movie is much more linear and complete than the book. The thing is with Philip K. Dick is that his books are often about more than the obvious plot. Do Androids Dream is a story about a detective hunting down a group of rogue simulants but the book is really about the nature of humanity, the central question is “What does it mean to be a person?”.

The Man in the High Castle is a book set in an alternate reality where the Allies lost the war. The ‘Man’ referred to in the title is an author who writes a book about another alternate reality where the Allies won the war. It is world within world, reality within reality and Dick challenges us to consider the nature of reality itself. In this case the central question is “What does it mean to be real?”

It’s a great book, just don’t expect the TV series.

Super Book Giveaway – Final Day

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Today is the last day of promotion. It’s been a pretty good run with The Path of Swords charting in and around the top 20 in the top 100 free Epic Fantasy books since Thursday evening. Thanks to all of you who helped in any way

So just for today you can download The Path Of Swords for free from Amazon.  Plus I’m doing a special Qoffer so if you get TPOS you can get the next book in the series free as well. It’s like a buy one, get one free, where you don’t have to buy the first one.

Just click here:

www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B071LBJNTC        for the UK

www.amazon.com/dp/B071LBJNTC           for the US

www.amazon.com.au/dp/B071LBJNTC          for Australia (big shout out to those Australians who have bought it already!)

www.amazon.ca/dp/B071LBJNTC                for Canada

www.amazon.de/dp/B071LBJNTC                for Germany (sold one there as well. Thanks!)

www.amazon.in/dp/B071LBJNTC                 love to sell some in India

www.amazon.fr/dp/B071LBJNTC              Come on France! (recently sold there as well!)

If you haven’t got a kindle you can also download a kindle app from the same page that will work on any device.

It would be great if you could download it. It will give the book a boost  that is very important in making it visible. Even if you think it doesn’t sound like your sort of thing and never read it, you will really be helping me.

However if it does sound like your sort of thing then I would love it if you read it. It’s not very long (only about 90 pages) so shouldn’t take up too much time. I would value your opinion.

If you read it and like it then I would be very grateful if you leave a review on Amazon. You can do it on the page where you downloaded the book.

Share the links with anyone you think would like it.

Many Thanks

Martin

Super Book Giveaway – Day Two

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It was a great first day of promotion with The Path of Swords reaching no. 13 in the top 100 free Epic Fantasy books. Thanks to all of you who helped in any way.

Again today you can download The Path Of Swords for free from Amazon.  Plus I’m doing a special offer so if you get TPOS you can get the next book in the series free as well. It’s like a buy one, get one free, where you don’t have to buy the first one.

Just click here:

www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B071LBJNTC        for the UK

www.amazon.com/dp/B071LBJNTC           for the US

www.amazon.com.au/dp/B071LBJNTC          for Australia (big shout out to those Australians who have bought it already!)

www.amazon.ca/dp/B071LBJNTC                for Canada

www.amazon.de/dp/B071LBJNTC                for Germany (sold one there as well. Thanks!)

www.amazon.in/dp/B071LBJNTC                 love to sell some in India

www.amazon.fr/dp/B071LBJNTC              Come on France! (recently sold there as well!)

If you haven’t got a kindle you can also download a kindle app from the same page that will work on any device.

It would be great if you could download it. It will give the book a boost  that is very important in making it visible. Even if you think it doesn’t sound like your sort of thing and never read it, you will really be helping me.

However if it does sound like your sort of thing then I would love it if you read it. It’s not very long (only about 90 pages) so shouldn’t take up too much time. I would value your opinion.

If you read it and like it then I would be very grateful if you leave a review on Amazon. You can do it on the page where you downloaded the book.

Share the links with anyone you think would like it.

Many Thanks

Martin

Super Book Giveaway

 

Twitter post TPOS giveaway

Please share this post on twitter, your blog, or any social media.

From today you can download The Path Of Swords for free from Amazon.  Plus I’m doing a special offer so if you get TPOS you can get the next book in the series free as well. It’s like a buy one, get one free, where you don’t have to buy the first one.

Just click here:

www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B071LBJNTC        for the UK

www.amazon.com/dp/B071LBJNTC           for the US

www.amazon.com.au/dp/B071LBJNTC          for Australia (big shout out to those Australians who have bought it already!)

www.amazon.ca/dp/B071LBJNTC                for Canada

www.amazon.de/dp/B071LBJNTC                for Germany (sold one there as well. Thanks!)

www.amazon.in/dp/B071LBJNTC                 love to sell some in India

www.amazon.fr/dp/B071LBJNTC              Come on France!

If you haven’t got a kindle you can also download a kindle app from the same page that will work on any device.

It would be great if you could download it. It will give the book a boost  that is very important in making it visible. Even if you think it doesn’t sound like your sort of thing and never read it, you will really be helping me.

However if it does sound like your sort of thing then I would love it if you read it. It’s not very long (only about 90 pages) so shouldn’t take up too much time. I would value your opinion.

If you read it and like it then I would be very grateful if you leave a review on Amazon. You can do it on the page where you downloaded the book.

Share the links with anyone you think would like it.

The View From The Cage

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In some of the first experiments on addiction, łab rats in cages were given the choice of two bottles to drink from, one containing heroine and one containing water. The rats chose the heroine, quickly became addicted, and usually died fairly quickly. This, along with similar experiments, was taken as evidence of the dangerous physically addictive power of drugs.

Then in the late 70s a Canadian psychologist called Bruce Alexander started thinking about how the rat felt in the cage, isolated, bored, scared, just like a human really. Is it surprising they took lots of freely available drugs? What if the rats had everything they needed? Would they still become addicted to drugs? He decided to find out and built Rat Park.

Rat Park had lots of space and lots of rats.

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The rats had fun things to do.

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Which including making more rats.

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All in all it was a fun place for a rat to be. Plus, because this was still an addiction experiment, hard drugs were freely available.

The results? Well the rats in Rat Park still took drugs, but only occasionally. They consumed far less than the rats in isolated cages and the Rat Park rats didn’t get addicted. Conclusion? Addiction is as much psychological as physical. The isolated rats in the cages took drugs and became addicted because it was their only means of escape. The rats in Rat Park didn’t need to become drug addicts, they didn’t need to escape.

One of the key things is isolation. Humans are social creatures, and although sometimes we may yearn to be left alone it’s actually not very good for us. Isolation can be physical or psychological. People with depression will often withdraw physically from the world by staying in their home, or even just not being able to get out of bed, but even worse they get trapped behind psychological barriers as well. Emotional distance is more dangerous than physical, and that’s true for drug addicts as well.

The thing is we all live in a some kind of cage, although usually it is a metaphorical cage of our own construction, and some cages are nicer than others. Mine is a very nice one, I have my family, my work, my friends and a beautiful home in the country but there are still times when I feel the need to escape, just as we all do. On reflection I think this is why I have always read so much, you can open a book and step straight out of your own world and into the story. I don’t know if there are any studies that comparing drug abuse with how much you read, maybe there should be.

As for writing, I think that’s even more of an escape. Not only do I get to escape into another world, I can make of it anything I want. Even better I get to be a different person, an author, and just for a moment try out a different life, even if deep down I know it is an illusion.

In my darkest moments I fear that my whole life is a sham. Whichever way I try to frame it I’m still in my cage, I’m just painting the bars a different colour. But these moments don’t usually last very long. In my heart I know I have everything I need. There is nothing I need to escape from, and nowhere better to escape to. If I’m happy where I am it isn’t really a cage, it’s a home.