Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Frank Delaney: 2 Free Short Stories and a Book Birthday!

Today Frank Delaney is releasing his newest book set in 1950s Ireland, The Last Storyteller. To celebrate, the publisher is offering two free short stories for Kindle from his Storytellers collection. Here's some more information:

What do one-legged crows, space trains that traverse a sky colored "between navy blue and royal," and huge smiling Unicorns - all have in common?
They all make appearances in Delaney's latest project, a series of e-books called "Frank Delaney Storytellers." And they're all part and parcel of the fabric of modern myth, invented in homage to a particular ancient discipline: that of the itinerant storyteller, who drew upon fantastic leaps of the imagination, actual history of local lands, and a trove of national mythology. The Storyteller’s mission reminded his countrymen of their own past, recycled their traditions and created great entertainment in the doing.

The first of these stories, "The Druid," is part of what Delaney terms those legends that describe the "management of our existence." Beginning "Long, long ago, when the pigs ate the apples off the trees and the birds flew upside down," "The Druid" introduces us to a schemer, a charmer, a misfit, a hanger-on, infinitely flawed and thus oddly satisfying, whose careful calculations--involving a one-legged crow and a beautiful girl take the tale to its cliffhanger conclusion.

With "The Girl Who Lived on the Moon," Delaney takes us on a journey to the heavens and back, and, in so doing, examines our origins, where we got our penchant for invention, and what role the emotions play in our own ability to create. Luna, "The Girl Who Lived on the Moon" herself, is an assured, odd, and enchanting little personage. Her life, as she races around the moonrocks and pines over the blue ball that appears over the horizon, can peak our curiosity and light up our imagination. Told in a lilting way that captures the patterns of the spoken word, the story introduces bright, vivid, fantastic images into our minds that may just have something to tell us about the origins of the creative imagination and the role it plays in our life.

Both "The Girl Who Lived on the Moon" and "The Druid" include at the end the first chapter of Frank Delaney's latest novel, "The Last Storyteller."
"The Last Storyteller" (Random House, February 7th 2012) celebrates the mysteries of the ancient oral tradition as the last itinerant storytellers work their magic in 1950's Ireland.

I'm currently reading The Last Storyteller by Frank Delaney so be on the lookout for a review in the future!

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