Lee Barwood

Paranormal, Mystery, and Environmental Fiction

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For A Dream of Drowned Hollow:

From The Muse Book Review, Lea Schizas: "If you are looking for a heroine to cheer. . . , then A Dream of Drowned Hollow is the book youíve been searching for. And itís no wonder it won the Andre Nortonís Gryphon Award . . . I highly recommend this book as a must read."

From Euro-Reviews: "Lee Barwood possesses a most rare and inestimable gift . . . She goes beyond just making the story real; the reader comes away feeling as if the story has actually been lived out within us . . . This reviewer hopes it will only be the first of many more from the exceptional author Lee Barwood."

From Andrea Maloney of Spinetingler Magazine: " Lee Barwood has written an absolutely fabulous ecological fantasy novel that will take your breath away."

From ForeWord Magazine: "Barwood's language is beautifully wrought . . . rushes to a satisfying conclusion, one in which evil gets its comeuppance and balance is achieved in a most unforseeable manner."

From Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine: "Barwood deftly weaves all genres into this satisfying read . . . She sucks you in."

From Kevin Tipple: "It is rare to read a novel that so powerfully captures the beauty of a region and the need to practice conservation and proper stewardship of the land . . . the author weaves a spellbinding tale. . . ."

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Fans of Andre Norton will love this book.

I read little science fiction or fantasy novels these days, but Iím glad that I made an exception with Lee Barwoodís riveting novel. Any fan of Andre Nortonís books would love A Dream of Drowned Hollow. This book, the recipient of Nortonís coveted Gryphon Award, is compelling reading. Indeed, I stayed up all night finishing the book; something I havenít done for at least a decade.

Ms. Barwoodís story centers on a young woman coming to terms with her innate gifts through an adventure that threatens both life and home. This is a common plot device used by countless adventure writers, the usual result of which often leads to mediocre novels which can only be rescued by fantasy settings (such as time travel or off-world settings) lurid sex, and excessive violence. Barwood needed none of these in Drowned Hollow.

In Drowned Hollow, we are presented with well-developed psychologically distinct characters. The setting is a small community in the Ozark Mountains that is subject to land development. Ms. Barwood transforms the commonness of her plot, characters and setting with strange and disturbing elements. Her heroine and her newfound extended family have psychic abilities. The earth is haunted with spirits that seek both the assistance of our heroine and, perhaps, her destruction. All are threatened by land development that is both sinister and secular. Barwood uses a deft touch with each of these. Except for the walpurgesnacht ending, the plot moves through the interaction of the believably flawed characters. As in Hamlet or Macbeth, the supernatural provides tone and setting. Of greater interest are the mortals whose dark behavior is most disturbing when it is most human.

Iíll not spoil the ending; but rather leave it for the reader to see if they can figure it out in advance. Most will be surprised.

This book is available in a number of formats. I downloaded the text in Adobe format but found it tedious to read on a PDA so I ordered the large print edition on-line and found it in my mailbox a few days later.
---Blair Hearth

Klassic Koalas: Ancient Aboriginal Tales in New Retellings

Early reviews:

Jean Charles Bonnet, Antony, France: "Ancient Aboriginal Tales in New Retellingswill nurture your dreams about ancient times. As we say in French, the result of this very professional work is 'merveilleux'."

Helen C. Paul, English Teacher: "This collection
of Aboriginal folk tales has been updated for today's readers and one can almost hear the haunting notes of the traditional didgeridoo and see the red earth of the arid Australian landscape.

Beautifully crafted, these stories of the "Dream Time," as the Aborigines called the beginnings of living things, remind the reader that all morality tales and legends are similar, no matter what civilization or religion. Though often described as primitive, the Aboriginal civilization established an ecological life that enabled them to survive in their harsh land.

This short and easy-to-read volume will be a helpful addition to students studies of diverse peoples."

Franke Stallworth, M.F.A. Art: "A mind-expanding adventure.... The perfect Dream Time experience, not only for ones' children, but for all who are a child at heart."

Selected Works

Horror
Love and death tread the boards at a haunted Victorian theater
Love can survive death -- but so can hate. The two collide in this haunted Ozarks tale of betrayal and heroism -- on both sides of the grave.
Folklore/Juvenile
Australian wildlife images to stimulate creativity in children and adults alike
Vintage wildlife photos illustrate a children's story about koalas
Retellings of eight Australian Aboriginal tales, mostly focusing on the koala -- a powerful figure in Aboriginal lore
Fantasy
Gryphon Award-winning ecological fantasy novel, now available from Double Dragon Publishing (February 2006)
Volume I of The Ribbons of Power, this was Honor Book Award winner in Andre Norton's Gryphon Award competition
Volume II of The Ribbons of Power
Mystery
A professor is murdered. Can the plot be unraveled?

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