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We welcome today O.S. Gill, author of the new sci-fi fantasy ‘THE KNIGHTS OF GALARIA: THE CRYSTALS OF POWER.’  O.S. is on a virtual book tour and is stopping off at The Dark Phantom! O.S.  grew up on the Caribbean island of Barbados. He was educated at The Lodge School, a 300-year-old former British boarding school and the second oldest learning institution on the island. A certified information technology professional, he has worked for The Banks Holdings Limited, a local conglomerate that owns the local brewery (Banks Beer) and Coca-Cola manufacturing plant for fourteen years. A Systems Analyst, he has been positioned in various capacities, primarily dealing with sales and distribution, as well as the sourcing and implementation of new technologies to further business efficiency.

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O.S. GillWould you call yourself a born writer?

Yes, I would call myself a born writer.

What was your inspiration for The Knights of Galaria?

Well, I have always wanted to write a novel. When I attended a pop culture convention a few years ago, I got the inspiration to finally be disciplined enough to not only start, but complete a novel. So over the course of the next few months I carefully crafted the world and the storyline that I would write about, and that’s how I ended up writing The Knights of Galaria.

What themes do you like to explore in your writing?

I like to explore adventure, friendship and the triumph of good over evil.

The Knights of GalariaHow long did it take you to complete the novel?

It took me eight months end to end.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.

For the most part in writing this novel I was. Although, there was a time when inspiration just was not hitting me, and I didn’t write a single word for almost two weeks. In a typical writing day I would put in about three hours work or about five or six pages.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

Finding the time during my schedule.

What do you love most about being an author?

Having people read my work. It is a very rewarding feeling.

What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?

I self-published. It was a lot of leg work, as is probably expected. I am very happy with the decision; I believe that self-publishing will play a much bigger role in works to come.

Where can we find you on the web?

You can find me at my website www.osgill.com or follow me on Twitter @galarianation

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The Realms of Animar is an enjoyable read, one that will appeal to teens who are fans of fantasy and science fiction.

Set in a world where people have two forms, one human and one animal, this is the story of Thane, a teenage boy whose life is suddenly turned upside down when his animal form unexpectedly transforms into something never seen before. Filled with inmmense power, he now holds the key to the future of Animar and to saving his people from struggle and oppression. But Fatalis, the evil force who plans to rule Animar, learns about Thane and creates an army to destroy him and anybody who gets in the way of his plan. In order to fight Fatalis, Thane seeks the help of other beings, the Avians and Aquans. In a twist of fate, the hunters and the hunted must get together to save their world. 

Though the beginning was kind of slow, with a lot of information being presented by dialogue, I was intrigued with the story enough to keep reading. The author does a fairly good job in creating his medieval world — which, by the way, doesn’t have dragons, elves or sorcery like so many other books in this genre nowadays — and dividing it into five realms: Herbivore, Carnic, Avian, Aquan and Reptilian. I enjoyed the action, battle scenes, and watching Thane grow into a brave, fearless warrior and hero. Though it has some violence, the language and other aspects make this book appropriate for the lower young adult crowd and even for middle graders. Recommended for readers 11 & up.

Website: http://www.therealmsofanimar.com

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Read more: http://blogcritics.org/books/article/book-review-the-realms-of-animar/#ixzz1vuXLnMbH

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The Eden Paradox, by Barry Kirwan, is an enjoyable read that will be relished by fans of science fiction.

Fifty years into the future, the earth has been maimed by war and is near collapse from heat exhaustion. Scientists have already found the vaccine for AIDS and robot soldiers have quelled rebel invasions. The 3-year long World War between the United Secular Nations and the ‘Big Five’ Religious Front countries has left half a billion dead and a shortage of food (beef has hit $300 a kilo), power and fuel.

Then a new planet is discovered: Eden, a green-purple world bathed in blood-orange sunlight, a planet filled with virgin lakes and forests, a place so beautiful it could be compared to pre-war Switzerland.
Now, the Ulysses, a faster-than-light ship carrying a crew of four astronauts, is on its way to Eden. The venture has given one last hope to mankind. If Eden fails, all humanity will see is an abyss.

Then one of the astronauts begins having strange nightmares about a desert-filled Eden and a horrific creature. The nightmares put the astronauts on edge. After all, there’s reason for concern: Ulysses isn’t the first mission to Eden. There were two before which failed miserably under mysterious circumstances. One stopped transmitting after an hour of arrival; the other one exploded five days before landing. Do the nightmares have any substance or in any way predict the future? What, in reality, is going on in Eden?

The Eden Paradox is a well-written, action-packed, suspenseful novel. Told in multiple points of view separated by chapters, the story moves mainly between two characters: Micah, analyst at Eden Mission Control on earth, and Blake, lead astronaut at the Ulysses. Micah feels he’s being thrust into a vortex of murder, deception and conspiracy; he feels coerced into a probably fatal role in a game he doesn’t understand nor cares about. Blake, on the other hand, is intend on protecting his crew, find out what’s really going on in Eden, and return to earth successfully. In spite of all the action, there are a lot of exposition and backstory in the first few chapters. There are also a lot of characters and it took me a while to identify with any one of them.

However, I have to say that the scenes are very film-like in nature and I felt as if I were watching a movie. Although the plotline is different, the pace and tone reminded me of the Alien series, which are one of my favorites. The author uses a lot of detail to bring his fictional world to life, and in this aspect he was quite successful. In short, even though I’m not an avid fan of sci-fi, I enjoyed the novel and would definitely recommend it to readers of the genre.

A native of Farnborough, England, author Barry Kirwan grew up watching planes at the annual air show. Unable to become an astronaut, he did the next best thing—become a science fiction writer. When he’ not working in air traffic safety, he can be found writing his Eden Trilogy and other stories. Visit him at www.barrykirwan.com.

The Eden Paradox
By Barry Kirwan
Summertime Publications Inc
http://www.summertimepublications.com/
summertime.publications@gmail.com
ISBN-10: 0982369840
ISBN-13: 978-0982369845
Science Fiction Thriller
Paperback, 476 pages, $16.99
October 15, 2011

Author’s website: www.barrykirwan.com

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