•Release date: March 31, 2015 at NR Bates Publishing
•ISBN: 978-0-9931905-8-2 (print)
Three interconnected short-stories set in Paris explore the issue of choice, survival and transformation. In the first story, a young man on his first business trip is waylaid by an aberrant elevator. In the pivotal tale, a young scientist re-imagines the Greek myth of Icarus and his fall to earth. In the final story, a young woman who cannot recall her own name relates the fantastical tale of a girl who can fly.
The Elevator –
“I am so ignorant – in so many ways,” I whispered towards the painting in front of me. I leaned forward and cupped my face in my hands as my elbows rested on my knees, and I let out a deep sigh.”
Truly a collection of short stories I didn’t want to end. I reread the trio several times, each instance conjuring up vivid imagery, my imagination fully engaged – the hallmark of outstanding writing.
The Fall of Icarus –
“I am Icarus redux. I am a survivor, after all.”
Three stellar short stories interrelated, connecting at the conclusion. At first you are blind to the relation, as you progress you grasp the linkage. Three dimensional characters, elegant and evoking writing with such lush descriptions you find yourself drowning in stunning prose. A collection resonating, lingering in your thoughts.
The Girl –
“I paused for a few moments to gather myself and glance at my companions. ‘It is a strange story – a dream, perhaps, and one that transcends belief. I will recall the tale as if she is me and I am her.”
NR Bates was born in London, grew up in Wales, and lived in Canada and Bermuda. He shares his life with his wife and his house with seven cats, one dog and the subtropical wildlife of lizards, wolf spiders and ant colonies that seek out a better life indoors. He is an oceanographer and scientist, and has published more than one hundred and thirty scientific papers on ocean chemistry, climate change and ocean acidification. He is a Senior Scientist at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences and Professor of Ocean Biogeochemistry at the University of Southampton, UK. His novels focus on epic fantasy and magic realism, and inspired by his deep love of the ocean and environmental sciences.
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