A fan, I was always going to enjoy this book and I did. David Gemmell doing what he does best; creating a hugely believable grunge fantasy filled with true characters interspersed with a rip roaring story that pulls you along always wishing for more. This simple tale is well written, held together perfectly and will carry a reader along through the full four volumes of the Rigante history. As I said, a fan, and all should be,The best at at what he does.

Barangueil and other short Tales will be released before the turning of the year. This book consists of three short tales and two award winning novellas one of which gives the book its name. In this strange year there have been fewer magazines printed than is usual, fewer books released, fewer films screening but I have been lucky enough to to have won a couple of awards this year in both the novella and short story categories. The Guardian awards were kind to me, once more as I garnered two; one for the short story, middle-mass and the other for the title novella "Baranguiel" ,

Similarly the Fiction awards were generous with A gold star and bouquet for the novella "The Tractor"  and winner of the best short Fiction "Collector"  and best original tale; The Taxi Driver"  all of which are included in this volume and have never appeared anywhere before this time though they will be included in anthologies for both the news paper and magazine in the future.

When you find the love of your life, when he makes you happy, when he comforts you and sees you through bad times, the loss of a parent, the loss of a sibling, the loss of your youth. I will be there, still, hiding, just where you cannot see me, just on the periphery of your vision, in the shadows, behind the bushes, up in the trees, in the sky over your head and in the gutters beneath your feet. For I am the lord your god and I have caused all this to be.

I am unbeliever but the idea of this is so cool. I wrote it myself. Sorry for rattling on. Something that I do do far too often.


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