Thank You Bradley Stoke

Whilst I’m not exactly the stat-hound that I once was, I do still take an interest in the number of ‘hits’ my website gets and where those hits are coming from. A couple of weeks ago I saw quite a ‘spike’ in hits and they all seemed to have come from the same place. And that place was a blog posting by a fellow British Author, Bradley Stoke.

And although I’m couple of weeks late in expressing my thanks to Bradley for the very nice piece he published (for the same reasons stated in Monday’s post), it’s still better late then never, isn’t that what they say?

As I said, Bradley is a fellow Brit and he had work published at Ruthie’s Club. He is also, unusually, a New Town in South Gloucestershire and I think I’ve actually been there once. Mrs Nobbs once lived in Gloucester and I’m sure we went for lunch in a pub in Bradley Stoke once.

I digress.

Bradley has his own WordPress blog and you can find his stories on Smashwords, his ASSTR site and on StoriesOnline. A couple of Bradley’s more recent works have found their way onto my ‘to read’ list (which is a looong list right now) – I’m particularly looking forward to reading “No Future” when he’s finished publishing it. (I never – okay, very rarely – read works that are ‘in progress’. I much prefer completed books. I must admit though to not having checked back with “No Future” in the past few weeks to see if it is complete yet, but I’m hoping it’s soon)

Bradley’s work is a little more ‘out there’ than mine. I suppose you could classify what I write as fairly ‘vanilla’ or ‘straight’ fiction, whereas Bradley’s settings are a little more unusual and ambitious. “No Future” for example is…

“…a future history of England over the Twenty-First Century and into the next. It is a multi-threaded narrative that travels from place-to-place, succeeds from year-to-year, and passes from one person to another. England’s green and pleasant land is visited by famine, plague, war and pestilence. Governments come and go. The ocean levels inexorably rise. International relations worsen. And the English people stumble through the chaos as best they can.”

Damn! One can only marvel at the ambition of that and the imagination that it would require to write it (not to mention the level of disciple required). Like I said, I’m looking forward to its completion so I can read it.

So, Bradley Stoke, not just a town in the South of England, but an author worth reading too.

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