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Product Details

  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Gryphonwood Press (March 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982508735
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982508732
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,520,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

One of the top award winners in the 2006 Genesis writing contest, Earthbow is Sherry Thompson’s second novel, following the release of her debut, Seabird. Her work has also appeared in F/SF, The Best of Gryphonwood, and The Inkslingers. Recently retired from the University of Delaware Library, Thompson is now at work on Earthbow, volume 2.

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Beginning in early elementary school, I daydreamed very short stories during the day and added new scenes to longer stories each night. The first ones were horse-related. By sixth grade, I must have committed something to paper because my teacher suggested that I read aloud from it a few minutes each day in homeroom. I don't remember anyone snoring.

I transcribed the first chapters of my SF time-travel novel from imaginings to typed manuscript the year I received a manual typewriter for Christmas. It wasn't long before I stopped working on the typed version. I already knew the characters & every bit of the plot. Why put all of it on paper? Who would read it?

I worked part time at the University of Delaware Library while an undergraduate and during my one year in grad school. Working in the library was far more enjoyable than grad school! All those books! My 35 year career as a library staff member ended when I retired early so I could finally devote all my time to writing.

My careers overlapped for two decades beginning in 1979. I completed the first the first drafts of Narenta Tumult #1 (Seabird) & its sequel Narenta Tumult #2 (Earthbow) between 1979 & 1983 By 1985, I was working away at the huge sequel to Earthbow, tentatively titled The Gryphon & the Basilisk but had to stop writing thanks to the demands of Career #1. Since I retired, I've been writing, revising, participating in three writers groups and attending conferences. Essentially living a long-deferred dream.

"Seabird" made it into print January 2008. "Earthbow" volumes 1&2 came out in 2010. Both are available in paperback and for Kindle.

I plan at least three more books in the Narentan Tumult series. One is "Marooned". Another is "Da Boid da Tree-Rat 'n Da Loser" --which will need retitling before pubbing. Or maybe not. I still have The Gryphon and The Basilisk's gigantic manuscript to contend with. I consider it my best writing but that (grumble) trilogy-wanna-be perversely refuses to tell me which of several conclusions would work best. "Its Wordiness" is filed under "The Gryphon and The Basilisk" but in conversation I usually call it "The Behemoth"

Other interests are my faith, filk music, folk music, world music especially Putumayo recordings, my 3rd career as servant to two pesky cats (Khiva & Vartha) & creating computer graphics. I watch very little television at any one time but I'm very loyal to the shows I do watch. Currently these would be Person of Interest, Elementary, Grimm, Unforgettable, The Good Wife, the new Extant plus reruns of old favorites, The Mentalist, CSI, CSI: Miami, Numb3rs & Without a Trace.

I love virtually all of the writings of C.S. Lewis; Tolkien's Hobbit & LotR; Charles Williams' spiritual thriller novels like "The Greater Trumps" and his Arthurian poetry; Barbara Hambly's fantasies; Madeleine l'Engle; Susan Cooper; Ken Grimwood; Tony Hillerman. More films than I have space here...and like that.

Dark chocolate isn't bad either.

For more--do you actually want more?--please see my standard email sig below.
You can leave me a note at my blog, The Daily Scroll. That would be very cool!
Under the Mercy, SherryT

Forthcoming! Tree House Tales, a collection of short works & original art.
Marooned, a new Narenta Tumults novel.
"Scroll Chamber" WebSite (under construction) http://tinyurl.com/ldvekng
"The Daily Scroll" an almost-daily blog focusing on creativity & imagination http://scrollchamber.blogspot.com
SEABIRD (Narenta 1) http://tinyurl.com/bl7kavr
EARTHBOW (Narenta2) http://tinyurl.com/Earthbow1 http://tinyurl.com/Earthbow2
LinkedIn http://tinyurl.com/Sherry-s-LinkedIn-page
http://www.pinterest.com/sherryttreehous/

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Over all, I think I may have enjoyed reading "Earthbow" more than I did with "Seabird."
abeussink
Ms. Thompson has created a fascinating world just different enough from our own to be recognizably fantastic and alien, populated with vivid, interesting characters.
Fred L. Warren
At the same time, the Christian reader can read it and derive valid Christian thoughts and applications to their lives, if they wish.
R. L. Copple

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Grant Lyle on May 31, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is even better than Thompson's first book, which I really enjoyed. Seabird was great because it took you on the classic fantasy adventure. Earthbow takes place in the same world, but is darker and more action-packed. The story stands alone, so it doesn't matter which of Thompson's books you read first. If you want the journey story, start with Seabird. If you want more action and adventure, start with Earthbow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Nishell on August 5, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is a very vivid read and keeps you visually moved through each chapter. I highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By abeussink on July 19, 2010
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This is the first volume of two of "Earthbow," the second novel in Sherry Thompson's chronicle of the Narentan Tumults. This time, Cara's younger brother, Xander, finds himself called to be a champion of the country of Latimus, which seems to be in worse shape than the Tethra of "Seabird," the first novel.

It's noticeably darker, and the characters the reader meets face difficult choices and situations, as well as their own uncertainty and inner struggles. Unlike "Seabird," Xander is already in Narenta at the beginning of the book, and while the reader does get to know him, the other storylines get as much if not more attention then he does (he does get more in volume 2, I hear). One new character, Coris, is quite interesting, and Harone is back. And while it is gloomy in the beginning (Coris just can't seem to do anything right at first), Khiva soon appears to provide some (not out-of-place) entertaining relief.

Over all, I think I may have enjoyed reading "Earthbow" more than I did with "Seabird." It reads smoothly and quickly, and the three intertwined storylines were all enjoyable, so I didn't mind when they changed from one to another. And, while it is grittier than "Seabird," it still has a quality that reminds me of J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Williams and C. S. Lewis, the better-known members of the Inklings.
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