Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Book Review: The Unseen by T. L. Hines

When a man who spies on other people in public places runs into a group that spies on people in their homes, he feels their methods are immoral, but his encounter with the group sets off a violent chain of events involving a government agent who appears to be a Chinese spy, a tangled government conspiracy, a man who is followed by a swarm of wasps, and all sorts of other bizarre people and events that collide and lead to an incredible confrontation.

The Unseen by T. L. Hines is expertly written, though the prose and plotting grow slightly less tight as the story progresses, and at times story elements get so wild they threaten to send the novel over the top. However, it manages to hold it all together until the end, delivering plenty of twists and turns along the way, keeping the reader off balance and staying consistently entertaining. I will note that, for a “Christian” thriller, there is no overt Christian content. It’s basically just a clean thriller, which is fine if that is what you are looking for.

(c) 2011 Jonathan Garner

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Dark Forest

This drabble was inspired by two separate challenges on the Holy Worlds Christian Fantasy Forum. One was a challenge to write a story from a single picture, and I chose Dieki Kondrael's "Magical Forest", which can be seen below. The other was Aubrey Hansen's challenge to write a story from a single Bible verse, and I chose 2 Corinthians 11:14 (NIV): Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.


To see more of Dieki Kondrael's art, visit http://www.diekisdreamings.com/


After an hour, Mateo stopped searching for the path. He was lost in the dark forest.

He held back tears. The monastery would send a monk to find their favorite foolish boy.

Suddenly floating dots of light appeared and danced around him.

Fireflies?

Fairies?

Warm and happy feelings made him drowsy.

He lay down on the ground, surrendering.

“Never sleep in the forest,” the monks had warned. “Evil dwells there.”

He yawned and blinked.

Could the lights be evil?

“Jesus,” he whispered sleepily.

The lights floated backwards.

He stood up.

“Jesus.”

The lights fled.

Looking down, he saw the path.


(c) 2011 Jonathan Garner

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Six Word Fantasy Stories

Here are some fantasy six word stories that play with genre cliches:

The dragon surrendered the treasure willingly.

The elf’s last arrow flew false.

The dwarf sorely needed his axe.

(c) 2011 Jonathan Garner

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

More Six Word Thrillers

Here are some six word thrillers written for Holy Worlds Christian Fantasy Forum's six word story challenge:

The policeman hid the bloody knife.

His bulletproof vest saved him again.

"This coffin is uncomfortable," he muttered.

(c) 2011 Jonathan Garner