Myth, Magic and Mystery


Hello all and welcome to my website which focuses on my books, musings and writings.  From this page you should be able to access most of the items on the site as well as gain an Idea of what I am working on at the moment. You can view and purchase my past works and see what the future may hold. I have also included a few short stories, out-takes and thoughts should you wish to read them. There are also links to other stuff if you are interested in viewing them. My name is Raymond Walker and I am an author. Books, short stories, Novellas and even some rather bad poetry has passed from my pen to paper over the years and I formed this site to tell you of it, if interested.

I hope that you consider it worth a look.

Like any author, good bad or indifferent I wish to sell my books and so I will be advertising whatever my next book is on this page. I hope to update it every time a new book is on the horizon.

 "She Wept Black Tears"

 "She Wept Black Tears" will be my next book, due to be released September or October this year (2017) we are still arguing over the date. The book is complete and ready but there is some thought to delay it for the Christmas market. I will let you know of the release date once I know for sure.  Meanwhile here is the blurb and a couple of the pre-release reviews. 

There is a war coming, visceral, bloodthirsty and damaging. The Morrigan sits on the stone of a ruined structure and knows that more blood will be spilled here. A man goes hill walking just to enjoy the beauty of the Scottish Highlands and happens upon a ruined hill fort that no one has seen in hundreds of years. The fort, now discovered is the scene of an ancient battle, one that still rages between Celtic and demonic forces magical and mystical. Rob, the aesthete, the fool, the romantic dreamer, is about to get drawn into the strangest of worlds. 
 
What else can I say but "Wow". I thought that I was reading a guide book to the Scottish Highland's and then it hit. Weird and wonderful, I could not stop this mad travelogue until I was in tears. 
Margarite Fanning. The book review. 
 
I have often given Raymond Walker great book reviews and I do not regret a single one but this is stranger, still, than many of his other books. A walk into the Scot's Highlands, a lost civilization. Eagle feathers and demonic personages take centre stage. 
A true fantasy coupled with a beautiful sadness that infuses all the characters,  
Marsha main. Poetry monthly.

Book Reviews

I am and have always been a reader of books, Now I also write them and many have told me that the reviews that I post here and there of other peoples books give them insight into wither they would like to read them. So I decided to do this blog that will simply post book reviews.

<p>I decided to take a trip both back in time and into the future and read Gregory Benford’s Galactic Centre series of books. They are considered Science Fiction classics but for some reason I have never read them. This was the time to make up for that shortfall my book pile dwindling for the first time in many years due to illness. I read his Novel “Foundations Fear” (part of the Bear, Benford, Brin, Isaac Asimov legacy) many years ago and thought it truly magnificent but somehow I had never read what is considered his masterwork.</p><p>This is the first novel in a series of eight and so expect more reviews on them salted through others.  I have to be honest and say that this novel was a terrible disappointment though it is not bad. I suspect that it had its time in the early seventies and has faded as other more impressive Sci-fi writers have come along doing the same things but having learned from the likes of this man know how to do it better. I do not mean to fault it, as it is a well put together tale. For the time this was written I suspect it was faultless but the likes of Iain M Banks and Dan Simmons make the originality look woefully old and creaky though i suspect it was groundbreaking at the time.</p><p>Like many of these Hard Science fiction books I suspect that if i had read this in the seventies I would have said; wow. It is dated and was clearly of its time even if visionary. I must say that I feel rather rotten but two stars out of five. I apologise to Mr Benford. I suspect it is the period when it was written rather than the novel itself.</p>

I decided to take a trip both back in time and into the future and read Gregory Benford’s Galactic Centre series of books. They are considered Science Fiction classics but for some reason I have never read them. This was the time to make up for that shortfall my book pile dwindling for the first time in many years due to illness. I read his Novel “Foundations Fear” (part of the Bear, Benford, Brin, Isaac Asimov legacy) many years ago and thought it truly magnificent but somehow I had never read what is considered his masterwork.

This is the first novel in a series of eight and so expect more reviews on them salted through others.  I have to be honest and say that this novel was a terrible disappointment though it is not bad. I suspect that it had its time in the early seventies and has faded as other more impressive Sci-fi writers have come along doing the same things but having learned from the likes of this man know how to do it better. I do not mean to fault it, as it is a well put together tale. For the time this was written I suspect it was faultless but the likes of Iain M Banks and Dan Simmons make the originality look woefully old and creaky though i suspect it was groundbreaking at the time.

Like many of these Hard Science fiction books I suspect that if i had read this in the seventies I would have said; wow. It is dated and was clearly of its time even if visionary. I must say that I feel rather rotten but two stars out of five. I apologise to Mr Benford. I suspect it is the period when it was written rather than the novel itself.

Posted 98 weeks ago
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I finished the book last night and must say I thought it marvelous, well planned and put together, clever and funny at times despite the distressing subject matter. Witty, certainly, and not the mish mash I was (to a certain extent) lead to believe. It is certainly a novel that I would recommend to everyone and I can be rather fussy (a sad failing on my part) . In my humble opinion it is not as good as “To kill a Mockingbird” But then “To Kill….” was an exceptional book and something that even approaches the quality of it deserves to be lauded. <br/>I will happily admit that even the best of my novels do not come close (though I hope one day) and obviously I have a vested interest in saying how good my own are (and they are good ((with the exception of Cornelius)) but Miss or Ms Lee has a rare talent, not only rarely to be seen with only the two novels but an ability to involve you in what motives her interest with what seems easily written (though i suspect it was not) simple prose.</p><p>Do read this. Four stars out of five from me.   <br/></p>

I finished the book last night and must say I thought it marvelous, well planned and put together, clever and funny at times despite the distressing subject matter. Witty, certainly, and not the mish mash I was (to a certain extent) lead to believe. It is certainly a novel that I would recommend to everyone and I can be rather fussy (a sad failing on my part) . In my humble opinion it is not as good as “To kill a Mockingbird” But then “To Kill….” was an exceptional book and something that even approaches the quality of it deserves to be lauded.
I will happily admit that even the best of my novels do not come close (though I hope one day) and obviously I have a vested interest in saying how good my own are (and they are good ((with the exception of Cornelius)) but Miss or Ms Lee has a rare talent, not only rarely to be seen with only the two novels but an ability to involve you in what motives her interest with what seems easily written (though i suspect it was not) simple prose.

Do read this. Four stars out of five from me.   

Posted 98 weeks ago

The Abomination

A very Pleasant Surprise.

I picked this novel up in a hurry when I had no time to look for another, better, one. The cover is quite plain and Mr Holt is trying, rather obviously, to get into the Dan Brown market. And so he should be as apart from “Angels and demons” and “The DA Vinci code”, he has written a better book. Set in Venice much as “Inferno” was he has created a better story, still involving the history and ideal of Venice but in a much more engaging story. This book came a surprise to me, One I expected little from yet received much. I would highly recommend this novel to those that enjoy a detective novel, a “Dan Brown” type Mystery  but expect a little more. Good characters carried along by the story itself. A very good (and surprising) Three star recommendation by myself.

Well worth a read I say.

Posted 104 weeks ago

The Silence of Ghosts By Johnathan Aycliffe.

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Another Glorious work of art from Mr Aycliffe. There are few in the world that can write a ghost story such as this man. I only aspire to write as well as he. In this tale he follows standard routes yet even then the tale is creepy, the setting wonderful and strange. A master of the art in my opinion. 

Posted 108 weeks ago

The Silence of Ghosts By Johnathan Aycliffe.

Another Glorious work of art from Mr Aycliffe (Danial Easterman). There are few in the world that can write a ghost story such as this man. I only aspire to write as well as he.  In this tale he follows standard routes yet even then the tale is creepy , the setting wonderful and strange. A master of the art in my opinion. 

Posted 108 weeks ago

"20th Century Ghosts” By Joe Hill.

This was terribly disappointing, I am a fan of the short story and love a good tale, well told. I opened the book to find a an introduction by Chris Golden, a good sign, to such as I, as he (even if not to my taste) is a great writer. He talks of wonderful tales and the stories held within this volume. He tells of his meeting with Joe and how much he liked him. That is where it should have stopped. There was not a tale told in this collection that I enjoyed. I could see that he (Mr Hill) had stories to tell and I could imagine liking him but this anthology would not help in any way.

Posted 108 weeks ago

“Best Served Cold” by “Joe Abercrombie”

I have only read two of this authors books before and like the other two I find him hard to pin down. The tales are all similar in style and construction, Anti hero plus anti hero and a few other anti heroes go up against a baddie and through a long slog win. The quality of the writing has improved since the first of his novels that I read but still varies between “rather good” and “pretty awful” sometimes even in the same paragraph. That said, and those were the bad points, I have enjoyed all three of the novels, this one more than the other two. 

Mr Abercrombie seems to have a knack for drawing the reader into his fantasy world and keeping them there. He reminds me, in a small way of “David Gemmell” and has similar talents and that, obviously, is a good thing. 

I always have the feeling that I should not enjoy Mr Abercrombie’s books and should tell everyone that they are terrible but that is where my reviewing process breaks down. As, despite all I have said, I have enjoyed each of those I have read and been caught up in them, reading for hours at a time needing to read the ending,that I already know, but still they hold me.

Recommended by me with a good rating of three stars from five.




Posted 118 weeks ago

Handling the Undead; By John Ajvide Lindqvist.

I am sure that you can tell from the last few reviews posted here that I have become a fan of Mr Lindqvist and upon reading this novel, no wonder.

This is an excellent take on the rather tired and overdone zombie industry. There are no rushing Zombie’s imbued with tremendous powers rushing around gobbling people up (28 days later) nor are there Romeroesque unsteady, staggering, rotting but unstoppable Zombie’s.

Mr Lindqvist has (again) changed the whole genre with style and with human understanding. He has even re-branded them from Zombies, The Walking Dead, or the undead to the re-living. Where they are loved ones that have come back to life. This is a rather beautiful tale, well told, as always, that even gives insight into our reactions to those that different from us or are unusual.

Things or people that we do not understand. In Sweden the reliving are viewed much as an autistic person maybe, different, but they have every right to life, or undeath, as every other person has. 

Yet I must say that what this novel makes up for in originality and quality is let down, only very slightly, by the usual excellence of his storytelling, imagery and wonderful descriptiveness. I thought the story as good or better than Harbor or Little Star but the telling not quite as good. None the less this is a terrific novel and a thoroughly enjoyable read  that I would recommend to everyone and anyone, not just lovers of the horror genre.

Four Stars out of five from me.

Posted 118 weeks ago

Harbor By John Ajvide Lindqvist

Another excellent novel from my favorite horror writer of the moment. His writing is often beautiful without ever going into hugely descriptive mode. Everything is clear, defined, described and easily accessible to the reader with only a few lyrical flights of fancy.
You could easily be half way through the novel assuming it to be a tragedy set on a small island of the coast of Sweden. When a young man’s daughter goes missing whilst on a family holiday to the island he is left to suffer the consequences. This is set amid the history and people of the island all of whom have a story to tell in one way or another. There are only a few minor hints that this is a horror story and a good one to boot. I believe that it could so easily not have been. But well into the book clues start to emerge, bad things start happening all leading to a fierce climax. Highly recommended.

Posted 120 weeks ago

Fires of Eden By Dan Simmons

Dan Simmons is one of my favorite writers and has been for many years now. I found his novels “Drood”, “Endymion” and “Hyperion” excellent in every way rating them five stars for each. “The Terror”, “Illium” and “The fall of Hyperion” all received four stars out of five. Yet even the best of authors such as Mr Simmons occasionally can write a novel that will not entertain as much as many of his others.

This, I am afraid, is one of those.  It is still a good novel and had it been from an author that was new to me this would have had a great review but Mr Simmons has written so many excellent novels that perhaps I just expect a little more from him.

This comedic horror novel, spans two centuries and is set in Hawaii where the gods of the mountain decide to wreak revenge upon unsuspecting Japanese businessmen on holiday.

Add into this, roiling cauldron, Mark Twain’s female companion upon another trip to the island. The story is told deftly (as you would expect from an author of such great stature) and It is certainly worth noting that Mr Simmons has conquered yet another genre in the writing of this novel. Not his best novel but still very enjoyable, well written, planned and executed. To anyone that has not read one of Mr Simmons books, you will love this, it is excellent but when you read another of his (and you will) you will realize that this novel is on one of the lower rungs of the authors lofty and impressive list of books.   

Posted 127 weeks ago
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