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WINTER SQUAD By John Campbell Rees
In an Universe as infinite in possibilities as it is in size, there is an alternative Earth where trees are mighty citadels towering for miles above the landscape. This world is Arbouron, where each tree is a sealed environment, these are the homes of the population of the planet. One apple tree lies on a weak point, where our reality and Arbouron almost touch. Events on one world have an effect on the other.
In the Winter, when the Tree sheds its leaves, on Arbouron the population abandon the Canopy and its branches and spend the dark half of the year in the Roots. Only the Winter Squad, the dedicated team of maintanence engineers remain high above the ground, doing the repairs that are not possible during the Spring and Summer.
Cadet Nevamar 331/29 is the newest member of the Winter Squad. Quick thinking during a crisis on the last day of Summer sees Nevamar promoted from the nameless ranks of the cloned Sprites. With three fellow Officer Cadets, Nevamar must become a part of the team and a rounded individual during a difficult and dangerous tour of duty in a world that is shuttered and silent. Growing up is hard enough, but Nevamar suffers from a rare condition that means that in a world where there are males and females, but the words "Man" and "Woman" do not exist, there is no way of knowing if life will be as masculine Anther called Nevamarant or feminine Style called Nevamarsya.
"Its a thematic mash up of Brian Aldiss Hothouse and A Bugs Life with a large dash of Philip K Dick to top it all out.
A great debut novel with a fun and lively style that sets its themes in stone and wears its central conceit on its sleeve." -Comic Guru Ltd
BLACK DOG FOLKLORE by Mark Norman
The study of folklore is very often the examination of symbolism and symbolic interpretation changes over time. Many ghosts appear or behave in a way that seems less naturalistic than symbolic and this is certainly true of the image of the Black Dog.
It is telling that apparitions of ghostly Black Dogs have been sighted, felt, heard and experienced in an unnatural way by people for nearly a millennium now and yet people stumble across information about them by chance when attempting to provide themselves with an explanation for what has occurred. Many people's knowledge of the subject stretches no further than The Hound of the Baskervilles and where they are more familiar, people often think that the Black Dog is evil or portentous in the manner of the Shuck.
Black Dog Folklore aims to redress this balance. It is the first full-length study of the phenomenon by a single author, containing a gazetteer of over 750 key UK eyewitness accounts and traditions drawn from the author's archive