The Hermit and the Pilgrim

“Open to the universe, you are the universe.
Closed to the universe, you are nothing, nowhere,”
said the hermit in the cave.
“Is that all I get?” asked the pilgrim.
“What do you expect from an old man
who lives alone in the wilderness?”
said the hermit. “Wisdom?”
“Very well,” said the pilgrim.
“I suppose it is something.”
He then made his way back down the mountain.

 

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Klubbe the Turkle and the Golden Star Coracle: Goodreads Giveaway

Klubbe the Turkle and the Golden Star Coracle: Goodreads Giveaway.

My new book, Klubbe the Turkle and the Golden Star Coracle, will soon be available as a paperback and an E-book on Amazon and Lulu, published by Publish Nation. Four paperback copies of my book are now available to be won in a Goodreads Giveaway, which began today, Saturday, 21st, March, 2015, and ends on Tuesday, 21st, April, 2015. The Giveaway is open for members of Goodreads in Great Britain, U.S.A. and Canada. Details of the Giveaway can be found on my Author Profile Page on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/PHILIPDODD

Readers of science fiction who would like a rest from the high seriousness and complexities of modern science fiction may like to read the biography of an inventor and explorer called Klubbe, who lives with his fellow turkles on the planet, Ankor.

Here is the blurb I wrote for the back cover of my book:

On the planet Ankor, Klubbe the turkle lives as a hermit. A marine mishap inspires him to be an inventor. His inventions and explorations change his life, his entire planet.
Turkles are close cousins of turtles. Unlike them, they have yellow golden skin and back shells, walk on their hind legs, have the gift of language, and the ability to create their own culture.
The life of Klubbe may read like a light-hearted science fiction story, but it actually happened to him. Princess Corka thinks his invention is sublime. Ubbtosh, the pyramid priest, promises to guide him to the core of the cosmos. In space, there are no sign posts, he finds, but there are other beings. And on Ankor, there are mysteries to be solved. Is the Great Glom more than a myth? And what about the Great Archy Eopta?

 

My poem, Blodeuwedd, published in The Dawntreader

My poem, Blodeuwedd, published in The Dawntreader

My poem, Blodeuwedd, has been published in the Spring 2015 ( 030 ) Issue of The Dawntreader, a quarterly poetry magazine, published by Indigo Dreams Publishing. Blodeuwedd was inspired by the tale of Math Son of Mathonwy in The Mabinogion, a collection of 13th Century Welsh mythological stories. My poem, Searching For The Sangreal, was published in the Summer 2013 ( 023 ) Issue of The Dawntreader, my poem, The Fair Majesty of Folk At Peace, was published in the Spring 2014 ( 026 ) Issue, and my two poems, Sigurd and Windmill and Rainbow, in the Winter 2014/2015 ( 029 ) Issue.

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Blodeuwedd

Welsh wizards, Math and Gwydyon,
conspired together, met in a wood,
to form a woman out of flowers,
petals of oak, broom, meadowsweet,
so she woke, more fair than spring
song of birds when leaves
drip and shine with showers.

Later, Gwydyon regretted the act,
for as the wife of Lleu,
she did deeds not fair but foul,
renamed her Blodeuwedd,
and changed her into an owl.

Now she hoots all through
the black dark night,
among the trees and ruined towers,
and longs to be a woman fair again,
made of woodland flowers.

The Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards Review of Angel War

The Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards Review of Angel War

My book, Angel War, was one of the twelve finalists in The Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards for 2013, I am pleased to say. The books entered for the awards were judged by a group of judges in London and another one in Stockholm. Here is the feedback from the judges that has been posted on the page for my book on Goodreads and on Amazon.co.U.K.

Angel War by Philip Dodd

Billy Bob rated it *****

This book was entered in The Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards and was a finalist. This is what our readers thought.

FEEDBACK

Author: Philip Dodd

Title: Angel War

COVER: 9/10

The readers thought the cover was excellent. They loved the font and the powerful, central image and most of them felt the lack of colour added to the overall effect. One reader ( man, aged 31 ) put in his feedback: ‘I loved this cover. It is well put together and fits the style of the book perfectly.’

CONTENT: 9/10

The readers thought this was engaging and fascinating. They felt it was a remarkable story, a complex mix of biblical history , spiritual discussion and fallen angels. They complemented the author on his wonderful imagination and the huge amount of time he must have ploughed into his novel. One reader ( woman, aged 54 ) put in her feedback, ‘This is no beach read but it is a complex look at history, in particular, the old and new testament. The devil, or Dragon as the author referred to him, was a fascinating character and the author’s take on him was very well thought out.’ A number of readers commented positively on how well the author balanced spiritual and intellectual. One reader ( man, aged 63 ) put in his feedback, ‘This novel is not written to bully or intimidate readers into following God. It is more a spring board for biblical discussion.’ A few of the readers felt there were parts of the book that felt like an ‘info. dump’  and were, subsequently, a little hard going.

EDITING: 8/10

The style of the author’s writing was very much enjoyed. Although a few of the readers thought it was ‘overly descriptive and lacked pace’ most of them felt the style of writing reflected the importance of the subject matter. One reader ( man, aged 38 ) put in his feedback, ‘There is an almost bible like feel to the whole book as if it is simply an extension of the old testament; in style anyway.’

TO SUM UP 34/40

STATS

Of the 32 readers:

31 finished. 1 thought it was too hard going.
29 thought the cover was excellent.
24 thought the wonderful imagination of the author and the interesting take he had on historical and biblical events were the best parts of the book.
8 thought the descriptive style of the book was the best part.
31 would read another book by this author.

” A superbly written, often powerful interpretation of biblical history and the power of God. Highly recommended.”
The Wishing Shelf Awards.

Klubbe the Turkle and the Golden Star Coracle ( Book Cover )

Klubbe the Turkle and the Golden Star Coracle

Philip Dodd

( Book Cover )

Here is the book cover for my light-hearted science fiction novel, Klubbe the Turkle and the Golden Star Coracle, which will be published soon by Publish Nation. It will be available as a paperback and as an E-book on Amazon.com Amazon U.K. and Lulu.

Here is the blurb I wrote for the back cover of my book:

“On the planet Ankor, Klubbe the turkle lives as a hermit. A marine mishap inspires him to be an inventor. His inventions and explorations change his life, his entire planet.
Turkles are close cousins of turtles. Unlike them, they have yellow golden skin and back shells, walk on their hind legs, have the gift of language, and the ability to create their own culture.
The life of Klubbe may read like a light-hearted science fiction story, but it actually happened to him. Princess Corka thinks his invention is sublime. Ubbtosh, the pyramid priest, promises to guide him to the core of the cosmos. In space, there are no signposts, he finds, but there are other beings. And on Ankor, there are mysteries to be solved. Is the Great Glom more than a myth? And what about the Great Archy Eopta?”

Be of good cheer. Klubbe the turkle will soon be here. When my book is published, I will announce its publication date and I will offer some copies of it to readers in a Goodreads Giveaway on Goodreads.

No Other Words Say

                                   No Other Words Say

No other words say
than those you mean,
your path to lay
in concrete clean,
to lead from your door
to where you want to be,
over the green ground
to those temples, towers,
that cottage by the sea,
free of all the world
tries to clothe you in,
you know now what is truly love
to you and what you see as sin.
Breathe in the air, clear and rare,
that has no stain or taint,
move into your music,
your own land too fine to paint.
Yourself advise,
until you know you see,
with enlightened eyes,
the one you want to be.

Review of The Phantom’s Dolphin by Anahit Arustamyan

Review of The Phantom’s Dolphin by Anahit Arustamyan.

Here is my review of The Phantom’s Dolphin by Anahit Arustamyan, which I have posted on Goodreads and on Amazon.com

Having enjoyed reading the first two books by Anahit Arustamyan, My Wandering Muse and My Lyrical Tongue, I was eager to read her new one, The Phantom’s Dolphin. Certainly, her new book is as good as her first two.  From the first page, her words held me in their spell. “Poetry in prose. Philosophical and lyrical poems expressing wisdom and romantic feelings.” Such is the way she describes her works. Born in Armenia, she has found her own unique way of expressing her thoughts and feelings in the English language, of which she has a great command.

The mind likes puzzles. It also likes to solve them. Each of her prose poems, as she describes them, is a puzzle, a riddle with questions posed but never answered, a maze entered with no way out found. So she is a maze maker, a puzzle creator, but with no solutions, resolutions. Out on the sea, she finds no harbour. Her questioning, questing spirit asks questions of dolphins, cranes and other birds, without expecting answers. She writes very finely. Even those who have read a lot of poetry in different styles will be refreshed to find that her poems are unique, like no other. Her poems are often moving, like when she writes of the death of her only brother, and some are disturbing, as when she speaks of what she calls the Armenian genocide.

Each one of her poems are worth quoting in full, but as quite a few of her lines are addressed to a dolphin, here is one called White Dolphin, to give an idea of the mood and style of her book:

“Who are you, white dolphin? What are you searching for in this mysterious sea? Are you a wanderer like me? Who knows what the waves may pledge? Are you a sailor, white dolphin? Do you know why the boats flee? I have found you not to leave the sea for a blind coffin. Let me cling to your fin! The naked truth isn’t bound to the lips of the sea. That’s why the boats creep into the sky’s sleeves. I have nothing but my blenching dreams. Is the naked truth bound to a smoky inn? The minds are taking off their clothes in the inn’s feast. Who knows what is hidden in the mist? The boats still flee without hearing their own din. White dolphin! I have found you to cling to your fin.”

Anahit Arustamyan deserves to have her books read by many people. She is a fine, original writer. Like her first two books, My Wandering Muse and My Lyrical Tongue, The Phantom’s Dolphin is a great book, a wonderful maze to wander in, an absorbing puzzle to study.

My Wandering Muse, My Lyrical Tongue and The Phantom’s Dolphin by Anahit Arustamyan can be found on Amazon.com Amazon U.K. and Lulu. She posts her poems on poetry sites on Face Book such as Uncaged Emotions, Poetry and Literary Feast.