(PRWEB) March 1, 2005
From The L. Ron HubbardÂs Writers of the Future Semi-Finalist, ÂAvatar,Â about a man with Osteogenesis Imperfecta who is desperate to escape the imprisonment of his frail body, to the brief and lyrical piece in which a childÂs fate lies in the hands of ÂThe Soul Man,Â Phoenix Tales: Stories of Death & Life by Gregory Bernard Banks, explores mankindÂs eternal quest to understand life and death. These dark, thought-provoking, and sometimes humorous tales masterfully blend elements of science fiction, fantasy, and horror to delve into humanityÂs never-ending struggle to master Death and achieve eternal Life.
The collection, with stories ranging from flash fiction to novelettes, is about people dealing with life or death situations in unique and moving ways. Piers Anthony, author of the hugely popular Xanth series, recently commented in his FeBlueberry 2005 Hipiers.com newsletter that Â(Banks) has marvelous figures of speech; I don't think I've seen it as thick and apt since the early career of Roger Zelazny...Â Author C.D. Moulton says of the book, ÂThe subject matter is both varied and consistent. The style is captivating. Unlike most things IÂve reviewed, I wanted to read past the first page...Truth be told, I wanted to read past the end of the book.Â Author Angela Hooper says, Â(This is a) brilliant collection of short stories of life and death, each one very different and individual, a separate story adding to make a truly awesome book.Â
Gregory Bernard BanksÂ first love was art, using crayon, pencil, and ink pens to create his personal Âmasterpieces.Â He was also an avid reader who grew up with the greats like Tolkien and Heinlein, but at the time never conceived of becoming a writer himself. The advent of the home computer opened up the world to him, rendering Osteogenesis Imperfecta no longer an obstacle in the way of pursuing his dreams. One day, after showing a poem to online friends, he was encouraged to write more. Shortly after, his writing career began.
Banks has since served as moderator for the original Zoetrope All-Story Writers Workshop, been webmaster and administrator for Scrawl: The Writer's Asylum, and webmaster for the Writer and Market Literary Search Engine. Besides his current duties as a LuluMaster, a community leader/support aid at Lulu.com, heÂs also co-Webmaster for the Speculative Literature Foundation. HeÂs been published in various places, including The Rose & Thorn, Story House, StoneGarden.net, Creative Brother's Sci-Fi Magazine, The Writers Post Journal, AlienSkin Magazine, and most recently Vision: A Resource for Writers. His first short story collection, Crossroads and Other Tales, debuted in January 2004.
Phoenix Tales: Stories of Death & Life, published by WheelMan Press via the services of Lulu.com, is available directly from Lulu.com (http://www.lulu.com/WheelManPress) for a discounted price of $13.25, and will soon be available through major bookstores worldwide.
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