THE LAST DRAGONSLAYER by Jasper Fforde

Not one-liner funny, situation-funny.

What Has Been Read Cannot Be Unread

dragonslayerThis is a fantasy novel. Yeah,  I guess so.  Ya don’t see many dragons these day in Real Life.  Fforde is the author of the Tuesday Next series,  which I read before I started the blog, and someday I may get around to writing up those books.   But now we are here to talk about dragons in this alternate world in England, where there are a number of independent kingdoms, known as the Ununited Kingdom.

He is a funny writer.  Not one-liner funny, situation-funny.  Our protagonist is a 16-year-old girl, a foundling, raised by the Order of the Lobster, a charitable organization, when they found her abandoned in an old Beetle Volkswagon.  At age twelve, she was indentured to the Kazam  Mystical Arts Management under the tutelage of its owner, Mr. “The Great” Zambini.  When we meet Jennifer Strange,  she is 16 and running the company, because Mr. Zambini has…

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QUANTUM FICTION

“Narrow Casting” as applied to literature. Seems to be the wave of the future in publishing.

What Has Been Read Cannot Be Unread

quantum fictionEver heard of quantum fiction? Yeah, me neither. I really love how the genres of literature are constantly expanding to accommodate the widening sphere of our interests and investigations, and to reflect the direction of popular culture.

Wikipedia says: Quantum fiction is a literary genre that reflects modern experience of the material world and reality as influenced by quantum theory and new principles in quantum physics. Quantum fiction is characterized by the use of an element in quantum mechanics as a storytelling device.

In quantum fiction, everyday life hinges on some aspect of the quantum nature of reality. These are stories in which consciousness affects physics and determines reality.  It’s a genre of literature in which otherwise supernatural, paranormal or fantasy elements are made plausible by elements of quantum science in the story.

The term “quantum fiction” was first used by American novelist Vanna Bonta in her novel Flight: A…

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