Sunday, July 29, 2012

Book Feature: Flight of the Stone by C.H. Thompson

Flight of the Stone is a fantasy tale full of drama, adventure and humour. A desperate Elliot throws a stone to frighten off his pursuers. His actions ignite an exciting chain of events. Witnessing far more than they bargained for, Elliot’s teenage friends Miles and Abbi become drawn into a parallel world riddled with the unexpected. As they gradually unlock the hidden secrets of leylines, the three youngsters learn how to travel vast distances in seconds, are terrorised by Fuddles, and are held captive by the menacing Larc while guided by their virtual mentor, Dylan. In this other world they discover as much about themselves as well as the world around them. So intense is their journey together they become far more emotionally attached than they ever thought likely.

Though these characters are imaginary the places are very real. Much of the story is set around the many historical landmarks in Christchurch, England, a place where the past lives alongside the present and the mythical becomes real. In many ways, the story reflects how the division between fantasy and reality is narrowing, particularly through technological advances. Just look at the iPhone; 30 years ago such a device would have been pure fantasy, more Star Trek than reality. The burning question throughout Flight of the Stone is "How much of it really is fantasy?"

“ intriguing mix of medieval swords and mobile phones is accompanied by great wordplay....truly delightful.” - Gather Books Essential

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Chris H Thompson was born in Rochdale, Manchester and now lives in Christchurch, Dorset, UK. He currently teaches at Twynham School in Christchurch, England. His debut novel Flight of the Stone was inspired as much by the area he lives as the people in it. It's success has inspired him to devote much of his free time to writing the sequel!

You can visit his blog or connect with him via Facebook and Twitter.

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