Wednesday, August 17, 2005

 
Scrying Glass, by J. D. Stiver - Publish America - ISBN #1-4241-1274-5

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Scrying Glass is a dark and humorous story about Brad Anderson, a 30-year-old writer who finds a portal in his basement on New Year's Day, 2005. Although he realizes that it could lead anywhere (possibly even the vacuum of space), Brad decides to venture through it because whatever life offers on the other side, itís probably better than the life heís got. Brad is a man who is haunted by the memory of Julia, a high school outcast that he could've helped, but didn't. And she died. The portal gives him a second chance because once he emerges on the other side, he finds himself back in his 15-year-old body as a freshman in high school in the year 1989. With this new opportunity to set things right, Brad unwittingly disrupts a very important Universal law. Because of it, the Universe itself is threatened. To stop him,  a supernatural assassin is dispatched and Brad must find a way to survive, correct his mistake, and save the Universe with just the help of Julia; his trusted friend, Wesley; and a disgraced angel, Enoch. (Bradís clever. Heíll be fine.) And, in saving the Universe, he learns of  the value that every person holds, and of a remarkable power within himself. 

 

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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

 

The Archangel Passage: Book 1:

Samantha Bradshaw, a shy and bookish recent art grad, suddenly finds herself thrust into supernatural peril following a strange occurrence at a Halloween party where magic was used as a party-favor.

Sariel is a banished angel who was inadvertently freed from his prison by a Jewish mystic beneath the Warsaw Ghetto on April 23, 1943. 

Although  the mystic sought to conjure an angel to enlist its aid, he had no idea he would summon one of the Watchers, the Grigori, who once taught mankind the secrets of magic, took human wives, and populated the world with giants.

Meanwhile, beneath the streets of modern-day Moscow, in the vast network of underground tunnels lost to time, the most powerful being on the planet, the Archangel Michael, watches Samantha from a Scrying pool with cold eyes that glimmer with eons of suppressed madness Ė and in her future, he sees his own end.

Sariel knows that the only way to ensure Samanthaís safety is to procure the Durandal, the legendary sword of Roland, which, as the legend goes, was once owned by Hector of Troy.

To find it, Sariel hires archeologist David Weiseman, who discovers a journal that leads him to believe the sword was found centuries earlier and presented to Ivan the Terrible. Together with Samantha and David, Sariel heads to Moscow to find the sword, and though they know danger lurks around the bend of every dark corridor beneath the ancient city, even Sariel doesnít expect Michael to be lying in wait for them.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Reviews:

"SCRYING GLASS is a fun book that can be read in a sitting or two. Not because it's short, but because it draws a reader in and won't let go. It's kind of Stephen King by way of Douglas Adams: a lot of horror that goes really weird. Brad is an Everyman kind of hero that a reader can easily identify with who ends up taking a second trip through high school (a hell that really shouldn't be repeated). Once he's back there with the teachers and fellow students, still with his 30-year old faculties (see? a pun!), things really start to go awry. A fun, fast-paced book by a first-time writer." 

-- Reviewed by Mel Odom on Amazon.

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"I generally avoid reading science fiction; so when J.D. Stiver's SCRYING GLASS was recommended to me by a dear friend, I characteristically hesitated. This work, which I understand is Stiver's first, may have changed my mind about the value of the sci-fi genre. I found the novel to be an easy and comfortable read; yet, it was exciting, entertaining, and thought provoking as was the hero of this piece, Brad Anderson. Brad, a 30 year old writer, unwittingly enters into another dimension where he is forced to relive part of his adolescence. Here, with the experience of an adult, he is able to thoughtfully change the course of events, correct moral errors of his youth, and make peace with his past. The supernatural forces and characters that work for and against him (the stuff I try to avoid) create confusion, turmoil, and violence, that draw the reader in to anticipate the action. The author intermittently explains enough to get the reader to the next juncture, using both physics and metaphysics, sometimes with a dry humor, and in a way that makes the sequence of events almost plausible. Through Brad's philosophical comments and musings we're given insight into his character, his perceptions, and his motivation as he tries to understand and manage the remarkable situations that unfold around him. The story essentially tells how one individual might come to affect the scheme of the universe."  

-- Reviewed by Jo Ann Yano on Amazon.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

J. D. Stiver is a former journalist for The Norman Transcript, a daily newspaper in Norman, Okla., and has also worked for various other community newspapers in the Oklahoma City area. 

His style of story-telling blends humor with dark subject matter, but Stiver emphasizes that the very first rule of writing is this: It HAS TO BE READABLE, and in fiction, it has to entertain. SCRYING GLASS  is his first novel, and he was offered a contract with the first publishing company that he submitted it to, Publish America, a company that caters specifically to new writers. In their annual report, Publish America stated that it receives approximately 30,000 manuscripts a year and chooses to publish only 6,000 (one in six). Scrying Glass was among them. 

Stiver has also won various awards for both fiction and journalism, including the Sam Slade Memorial Journalism Writing Competition and the James Axley Merit Award for Fiction through Rose State College. He has also won awards through the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Media Association, the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Press Association and the Oklahoma Collegiate Media Association. He has been a resident of California, Pennsylvania, and Oklahoma. 

While attending high school in Pennsylvania, he met local artist, Steve Klinger, and the two became fast friends. They vowed to work together someday, and Scrying Glass provided the first real opportunity when Klinger designed the "Scrying Glass portal," which was used in the book cover's design. 

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