N. R. Bates
July 31- August 9
The Fall of Icarus
(Fantasy/Magic Realism/Short Stories)
Release date: March 31, 2015 at NR Bates Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-9931905-6-8 (mobi)
ISBN: 978-0-9931905-7-5 (epub)
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. [provided by the author]
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.
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.
What I enjoyed was putting myself in each character’s shoes. What would I do? Would I succeed? Could I have done something different?
When a book can make me do that. Make me pause, think, ask questions, I know I’ve been reading some strong writing.
I’ve read magical realism in college so this for me was a great reminder of how beautiful short stories can be and how enjoyable great literary work is.
I love short stories and this book did not disappoint me. I also liked the writing style of the author. There were no lulls in the story and that made the book flow well.
I liked the retelling of the story of Icarus and how human and relatable he felt throughout the second story.