Short stories for me are something new, im not sure i ever really knew if i liked them or not before, i don’t think i ever really read many because there are so many books to read.
Recently i was asked to have a bash at writing some short stories myself, it’s a strange experience, and the more i do it the more i learn. I have been fortunate enough that some very clever and impressive writers and people in publishing gave me some feedback that has shown me how I could progress my ability.
Then someone like Christian Cameron writes a short story (or a sequence of them) and suddenly I feel the full weight of the distance I have to climb just to be competent, let alone anywhere near as good as Christian Cameron.
Who is Christian Cameron?
Christian Cameron was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1962. He grew up in Rockport, Massachusetts, Iowa City, Iowa, and Rochester, New York, where he attended McQuaid Jesuit High School and later graduated from the University of Rochester with a degree in history.
After the longest undergraduate degree on record (1980-87), he joined the United States Navy, where he served as an intelligence officer and as a backseater in S-3 Vikings in the First Gulf War, in Somalia, and elsewhere. After a dozen years of service, he became a full time writer in 2000. He lives in Toronto, Canada with his wife Sarah and their daughter Beatrice.
Tom Swan and the Head of St George series
For the sake of up front honesty i have to post that I’m a HUGE fan of Christian Cameron’s books.
The reason for this is that he is the best writer in the historical fiction genre, probably the finest writer i have ever read.
There was a comment recently where it was said he writes for re-enactors, I disagree, i think he writes with the knowledge of a historian and the experience of a re-enactor. This brings the story to life in a much more real fashion… don’t take my word for it, ask all the historical fiction authors who also read his books and cast jealous glances at them.
I never thought anyone would match let alone beat the simple elegance of David Gemmell’s writing, but …well Christian Cameron’s books have me totally immersed in another world after just a few paragraphs, by the end of the book I’m utterly lost in another time.
Tom Swan is no exception. A character so real and so complex you are riding along his journey, not at his shoulder, but in his skin. Christian Cameron’s tireless search for knowledge and perfection of his understanding of every period he writes in, just makes the world as vivid fr me the reader as i suspect it is when the characters talk to him during the writing of the story.
I love the fact that these adventures will be coming out monthly
Book 2 (Out 20th Sept 2012 only 99p) http://www.amazon.co.uk/Swan-Head-George-Part-ebook/dp/B008RRH0WY/ref=pd_sim_kinc_2
Book 3 (Out 18th Oct 2012 only 99p) http://www.amazon.co.uk/Swan-Head-George-Three-ebook/dp/B008RRH3TE/ref=pd_sim_kinc_2
but i lament the fact that there will not be a full-blown series. As once again the writing astounds me.
Very Very Highly recommended
1450s France. A young Englishman, Tom Swan, is kneeling in the dirt, waiting to be killed by the French who’ve taken him captive. He’s not a professional soldier. He’s really a merchant and a scholar looking for remnants of Ancient Greece and Rome – temples, graves, pottery, fabulous animals, unicorn horns. But he also has a real talent for ending up in the midst of violence when he didn’t mean to. Having used his wits to escape execution, he begins a series of adventures that take him to street duels in Italy, meetings with remarkable men – from Leonardo Da Vinci to Vlad Dracula – and from the intrigues of the War of the Roses to the fall of Constantinople.
And a bit more…
So to make sure we get many many more of these books…buy these 3. If they sell then we will get more of them.
And while you wait, if you have not read his other books, then look at all these amazing titles …some of the greatest books i have ever read.
1. Killer of Men (2010)
2. Marathon: Freedom or Death (2011)
3. Poseidon’s Spear (2012)