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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Praise for Easter Short Story (Alpine folk tale)



5.0 out of 5 stars
 
A new type of Fairy TaleApril 13, 2014
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This review is from: THE EGGSTRAVAGANZA OF EGGERLUND: AN EASTER TALE (Kindle Edition)

I loved this book. When a great hare is needed for the town of Eggerland, it is up to A brave young Eglantyne to go on a dangerous adventure to save the day. The story is beautiful written with suspense and whimsical charge. Kids and even adults will both enjoy this great read.

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastically doneApril 12, 2014
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This review is from: THE EGGSTRAVAGANZA OF EGGERLUND: AN EASTER TALE (Kindle Edition)

A thoroughly enjoyable very cleverly written tale, that took me on adventure I will not quickly forget. I’m certainly looking forward on reading more from this author. A great read worth the five stars in my opinion.

Friday, 11 April 2014

STONEHENGE BOOK SIGNING

Official Book Signing at Stonehenge Gift Shop earlier today. 11/04/14

A very successful day promoting and networking for my two Stonehenge novels, with a lot of interest from our overseas visitors. 
I very much hope to return again for another signing in the Summer. It's very encouraging when anyone takes an interest in what you have written. One thing is for sure - there's definitely a hunger for Stonehenge related fiction work out there. 
With kind thanks to the staff at English Heritage for the welcome and the invite for a return visit. See you soon!

J. P. R


"Two original novels bringing together a story set in Britain's prehistory using the Arthurian Myths, and prehistoric monuments such as Stonehenge, Durrington Walls, Avebury and others. This is archaeological fiction, and I've attempted to breath life into a time which hitherto has been largely ignored in literature, or else attempted very badly, due to lack of proper knowledge of the periods. Imagine if some of the legends of King Arthur had come, in fact, from folk memories of a bygone time, when Kingship was just becoming established, a time of unrest, a time when swords did come from stones, where sacred weapons did literally come from out of the mirky depths."





Tuesday, 8 April 2014

New, Seasonal Easter Offering **NEW KINDLE STORY** Like Tim Burton & Neil Gaiman

THE EGGSTRAVAGANZA OF EGGERLUND: AN EASTER TALE




BY J.P REEDMAN (Author of 'THE STONE LORD SAGA, THE DANCE OF THE DEAD, THE SWORD OF TULKAR, THE WINTER WITCH AND THE KRAMPUS')

Part 2 of a special series of short stories I've developed about different times of the year. 
- Winter
- Easter 
- Halloween 
- Valentines Day

They each are very quirky tales, with dark themes, that might appeal to those who have read Neil Gaiman and enjoy Tim Burton films. 

3) TO COME ...
4) TO COME ...

The town of Eggerlund has lost the Great Hare who provides the Great Egg for the famous Eggerlund Eggstravaganza. A lone girl, the brave Eglantyne, takes on hungry witches, a candy-loving queen and some ravenous rabbits to find a new Great Hare to replace the old. But the Hare Leveretta is imprisoned in the den of a Gargim the trolloq...and he is a fearsome monster with a cooking pot just waiting for Eglantyne!

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Saturday, 29 March 2014

Pseudo history or a folk memory?

It's of no secret that a genesis point of writing for Stone Lord came from studying the works of Geoffrey of Monmouth. A welsh monk, born in the 12th century, he was responsible for writing "The History of the Kings of Britain" - essentially one of the first histories of this country.

Geoffrey describes in clear detail how Stonehenge came to be, attributing it to the ingenious work of Merlin the Magician.


Let's remove for a moment any dates and names that he used, and what we have left is actually a pretty accurate "guess work" of many established facts that we have only just come to realize about the monument.

Yes, the bluestones may not have been from Ireland, but they were from the West. Preseli in fact, which is the first thing you see when crossing the Irish Sea. Communities of Irish settlers governed that part of South Wales.

Geoffrey tells us that the monument was taken down and moved. We know that features of Stonehenge allude to a period of unknown construction where bluestone lintels were utilized, from evidence that can still be seen in the stones - bluestones bearing tongue and groove, & mortice and tenon joints.

Merlin tells us that Stonehenge was erected as a monument to the dead. Well, we've been able to prove that this is certainly one of its main functions. It's a vast prehistoric crematorium, one of the biggest in NW Europe (with approx. 200 individuals deposited around the Aubrey Holes, not to mention the landscape as a whole comprising of over 300 burial mounds, spread out like satellites around the horizon) It also contains the articulated bodies of at least 5 individuals (famously, one shot full of arrows) and possibly more, as rather sketchy stories abound of bones being unearthed in the centre of the stones frequently when the area was being disturbed by amateur diggers.


Merlin is a "wizard" or magic man. At the time of Stonehenge, in the new Stone Age, the first copper and bronze artefacts are beginning to appear. Men with talents to transform liquids into solid and shiny weapons would have been considered magicians.

Geoffrey attributes Merlin as being intimately connected with Stonehenge, and actually born in Wales, very close to the source of the bluestones.
He suggests its movement involved long journeys by water with many men (a theory that still holds water today :P)
Lastly, that a King played some part in the building of Stonehenge on the Salisbury Plain. At the height of Stonehenge certainly, many kings or powerful chieftains resided in the area of Wessex, as evidenced by the affluent material culture and sophistication of the monuments of the area.

So, really as we right to throw the baby out with the bath water? It has always been my belief that some of our oldest texts can be used as windows onto older times, and that Geoffrey couldn't have been pulling this information from his imagination. Let's not forget the period that he lived. He didn't have the advantage of comic books, video games, tv, and other such "distraction to stimulate his imagination and influence his writing. He was a historian, who read history books.

Indeed he claims to have consulted a very ancient book from Brittany, loaned to him by the Archbishop of Oxford, written in the "British language" but sadly the name of that book, its age, or its current whereabouts, is not known.
It could be highly possible that this ancient book might have been something written down by priests. What ancient priests do we know of that would be able to write in the ancient british language, but druids?

Indeed, Geoffrey's history was very much met with approval for centuries after it was written, up until the 17th century. I think we need to examine what was going on at that point to change the paradigm.

I think it's by far time that we started to address the disservice archaeology and time has done to Geoffrey and applaud him for being the first to come up with a tangible history the stones. Ideas have only become more muddied, more outrageous, and more preposterous in probably the last 50 years, than the last 1000.



The site of Vespasians Camp, near Stonehenge and the River Avon. The key to unlocking the answer of why the stones were built where they are, dismissed for centuries by arrogant archaeologists who are looking inwardly, and in the wrong directions. It took one man, on a completely different assignment, the work of a dedicated team of professionals and local enthusiasts, to make the connection.


One of the things that was created from this was Stone Lord and Moon Lord, being a fictionalisation of many ideas, little known discoveries, linguistic information, and the works of one, misunderstood Welsh monk, writing to entertain a court.


A Merlin was just a wise man, or man of "magic" - an outcast living on the edges of society, and providing a direct link between the real world and the world of the ancestors. 




Monday, 24 March 2014

Fort of the Britons! The place of the old hunters.

Down at the mesolithic springs near Stonehenge today. Glorious start to the day, if a little cold!

This site is subject to ongoing media interest since details of the amazing archaeological finds became public. This area and its finding inspired my series of Stonehenge novels.
Weaving together strands of folklore with real archaeology, plus  what we already have learned in a few hundred years of archaeology in the Stonehenge landscape, has allowed me to create a believable, and hopefully "real" feeling prehistoric landscape filled with interesting individuals who are just as human are we are today.

It was on site today that I learned that Vespasians Camp (named erroneously by William Camden, a 15th century topographer) was called something else in the Middle Ages.

"Walls."

This may sound unassuming and of no discernible interest, but it's not until you see that directly across from the site (within 1 mile) is the neolithic henge of Durrington Walls - itself an integral part of the Stonehenge ritual complex, where the river was the focus, not Stonehenge.
Avebury, another important prehistoric site in SW England, famed for its standing stones, was called "Wallsdyke" in the Middle Ages.
This is actually something that I came to realize and placed in my novels. A glossary of all the linguistics I've used is in the back of the second book. I did not have time to place it in the first volume.

"Walls" is saxon for "Britons." i.e. Dyke of the Britons. Durrington (Farm of Doer's People) of the Britons.

So we have the oldest known surviving name for the site just simply named perhaps simple after the ancient inhabitants that had their camp there after the ice sheets retreated over 10,000years ago - again, the second oldest, continually inhabited place in NW Europe, second to Thatcham.

 The recent rainfall of March 2014 has left the water meadow below almost cut off on one side. Originally, the whole fort would have been a mini island, surrounded by water.
The swan, an ancient and revered animal in the neolithic and bronze age. In one of the barrows at Stonehenge a flute made from the leg bone of a swan was found, A Royal animal, it's also interesting to note that Amesbury has Royal connections going back to the ancient Saxon Kings of Wessex, and to Queen Eleanor, wife of King Henry II.

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Monday, 10 March 2014

Fantasy Short on Robin Hood, with a Twist!

About Robin Hood and the House of the Wulfings (A Fantasy Tale) By J.P Reedman. 



By Michael Finlayson (Amazon Reviewer)

   "I don't think that there's anyone who's not heard of the legend of Robin Hood. This story isn't the typical Robin Hood story as it contains dark magic and shape shifting, but it works very well. It's a really great read that's very easy to get caught up in the story as the author carries the reader along to the finish. It's well worth a read."

By Bumbhola (Amazon Reviewer)


   "The house of Wulfings by J.P.Reedman is an adventurous, fantasy tale in which Robin Hood, his wife Lady Marion, and their band of outlaws, because of certain difficult conditions created by a pack of wolves, are required to take shelter in the house of Wulfings which is a ruin belonging to lord Ulfgar. Ulfgar turns out to be someone who has know Marion for a long time and Robin hood is suspicious of him.

Not only is the language used quite premium, but the display of literary expertise is fabulous. We all know the story of Robin hood, but this is the first time 

I've read an imaginative sequel to the main story. I simply loved it. You will find it as exciting as the story we all already know."



Sunday, 9 March 2014

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