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Westermead: A Collection of Tales [Hardcover]

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The ways of old merge with the magical and fantastic in this wondrous world. Experience Westermead's thaw and awakening season by season, the lush heat of summer's passion and the retreat into winter's desolate embrace. Come celebrate and mourn with the people of Westermead as they make their way through a world steeped both in beauty and dread. More than just a collection of tales, Westermead brings to life an enchanted country where the supernatural is as natural as the sunrise. Follow the intrepid documentarians, Purdy and Beech, on their hunt for the fearsome Frost Mare.Learn the secret of the stranger whose life little Melly saved in Four Bronze Sisters. Face The Mask of Black Tears alongside Mullein Wick while he fights for his sister's release from servitude. This new mythology is ripe with unique characters, spiced with folkways and mixed throughout with a deep respect for all things natural. Given storytelling this vibrant, it is both easy and thrilling to get lost in Thomas' unique landscape.

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Pages   296
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6.1" Height: 1.2"
Weight:   1.3 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 13, 2005
Publisher   Raw Dog Screaming Press
ISBN  1933293063  
ISBN13  9781933293066  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Scott Thomas is an entertainment journalist who has covered the television medium for publications such as "RetroVision" and "Sci-Fi Universe," He lives in New York City.

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Marvelous fantasy in a hard-to-characterize book  Jul 28, 2008
I read Westermead on its first release and I was a bit taken aback to find that there were no reviews yet. Scott Thomas is not as well known as his brother Jeffrey, who pens the Punktown stories. Too bad! Scott Thomas is a powerful author in his own right. In fact, lately I've enjoyed his stories more, even his Punktown ones.

Westermead is a really good book; it could serve as an example of world building for new authors. The setting is a country (perhaps not in the sense of a nation) similar to an alternate Ireland, some distant time ago when there were highwaymen and single shot blunderbusses, where just about everyone was provincial (in the best sense) and where ghosts and spirits are very real. Interspersed with the stories are brief desciptions of hauntings, plants, history, etc, in short vignettes, adding to the impression that this is more a travelogue. For me, the stories had a very Celtic flavor of sorrow overshadowed with humor, perhaps of doomed inevitability. Violence would find the characters more than they would seek it out. Maybe the stories weren't *that* gloomy but I did come away with a distinct autumnal feel. The cover art gets the mood exactly right. I was swept up in the prose, the characters that seemed to come alive and the natural dialogue. There was no overall story arc, although we begin to understand the wild history of this country through the background in each tale as we wander from township to forest to island to coast. Westermead seemed so real that I wondered if the author has actually been there somehow. At the end I regretted that there was not more and I sincerely hope that Mr. Thomas will take us back to Westermead some day.

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