PIPER ePub (Adobe DRM) download by G.  Gene Black


G. Gene Black
Publication date: October 2016
ISBN: 9780692775493
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Piper by G. Gene Black

Genre: Fiction / Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology

The author presents his debut fantasy where Timothy Rags, a modern-day detective, falls in love with the past. In Thymes, c.1712, he discovers the tale of Piper and Kaprina who grow up in the wild as young orphans. There's a sibling relationship that's heartfelt with tragedy, conquest and a spirit we all cherish. Intended for a family audience, young and old. The book's divided into three acts, illustrated with black-and-white drawings, and has an index of songs included for easy reference.

The story is set during the golden age of piracy, a time when the advent of the printing press created a society where those who controlled stories possessed great wisdom and power over others.

In the first act, the printing of storytelling had come to the countryside and village of Thymes, where the Old Crow is the antagonist. She's a witch turned pirate with an all-seeing-eye beneath a black eye patch, the most feared pirate of all time, and on a quest for printed stories for her Book of Mischief. She's intriguing and powerful as she leads an army of fierce giant buzzards. The witch and mythical creatures bring alive worlds we've all known to exist.

Filled with action, Piper's music is magical as the young orphans encounter trouble at every turn on their journey to Winkenstein. Conflict brews in a colorful final act as the Old Crow, thought to have been defeated and exiled, hatches a scheme where there can be No More Stories.


The idea for the Piper story was seeded in July of 2009 by, StoryStalker®, a pseudonym and character the author created. The title itself inspired the creation of the Old Crow; she's the antagonist in Piper, a witch turned pirate who stalks stories.

". . . I stumbled upon the idea for a plot."

The plot of, No More Stories, was further inspired by historical letters and writings by Jonathan Swift c. 1712, the
"Curiosities of London" by John Timbs—D. Bouge, London, c. 1855 and their haunting stories of the Grub within London:

Do you know that Grub Street is dead and gone last week? No more ghosts or murders now for love or money. I plied it pretty close the last fortnight and published at least seven penny papers of my own, besides some of other people's; but now every single half sheet pays a half penny to the queen. The Observator is fallen; the Medlays we jumbled together with the Flying Post, the Examiner is deadly sick; the Spectator keeps up and doubles its price; I know not how long it will hold. Have you seen the red stamp the papers are marked with? Methinks the stamping it is worth a half penny.— Jonathan Swift (August 7, 1712) [Project Gutenberg: The Journal To Stella; London, Methuen & Co. 1901]

Beyond those scattered influences, there was not a straightforward attempt at parody or historical fiction; but history does leave a story in its wake.

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