an ordinary guy. That ordinary
guy is Stephen Crown, and that bestselling novelist is his own hand,
possessed as it were, writing of its own accord, with a drive and a mind
separate from Stephen.
to his Oregon cottage retreat to get away from it all and to let loose the
force which governs his ghostwriting hand to pen a new masterpiece.
But the surrounding community has changed since he'd last visited, and for
the worse, led by a fire-and-brimstone preacher bent on sending Stephen and
his books "written by the Devil" back to hell's burning depths. I can
personally relate to that.
a different presentation altogether, a science fiction fantasy that takes
place in another world, perhaps another time, perhaps another version of our
own Earth itself. The story deals with Oz Noble, a forest-dwelling
widower whose only son suffers the fatal bite of an arachnid wasp. Oz
must embark on a quest through miles of perilous and alien terrain to find
the last existing hourglass tree which holds his dying son's fate and
Snell has crafted two masterfully told simple tales. There's good
talent here, executed skillfully by damn good writing. Snell knows how
to convey his stories in strikingly vivid fashion and no wonder --- he takes
his art seriously. An editor for a college magazine and a writing
tutor working towards a university degree in Creative Writing, he knows what
he wants and knows how to do it.
suggest you read both books back to back just as I did for a similarly
satisfying couple of doses of Snell's rich blend of vision and prose.
Here's another we'll all be hearing more from, and I'll be looking forward