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The Hobgoblin Bell Strikes Twelve (Tales of the Mystical) [Kindle Edition]

X. Trevelyan , X. Trevelyan
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Book Description

A magical mid winter fable about an orphaned girl, a clocktower, a strange bell, and a mysterious figure.

A mystical tale of lost causes and hidden things.

A children’s story for those children and adults who are still awake enough to listen.

A tale for the dead of winter, long after Christmas is past.

This is the story of a great bell that won't ring, and a little girl with sad solemn eyes who is now living at a workhouse because her father has been hanged for a crime he did not commit.

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Review

X Trevelyan is a pseudonym for a published fantasy writer who wishes to
present this story as entirely separate to his other works. 

 The author describes this work as;
'A magical mid winter fable about an orphaned girl, a clock-tower, a
strange bell, and a mysterious figure. A mystical tale of lost causes
and hidden things. A children's story for those children and adults who
are still awake enough to listen. A tale for the dead of winter, long
after Christmas is past.'

The craft of writing short stories is a very different skill to that of
a novelist, and being able to accomplish one is never a guarantee that
the other will be its equal. In this case, however, X Trevelyan manages
to produce something that has charm, style, and just enough substance to
create its own micro-world. There's also a subtly encouraged sense of
something that comes from another age, and has perhaps been overlooked
by those compiling wintry fables for children.

For grownups, The Hobgoblin Bell Strikes Twelve may come up a little
short on explanations concerning the ethereal mechanics of how what is
portrayed can work. There just isn't the room for that kind of
exposition. However, older readers only need to cast their minds back to
a time in their lives when the devil in such detail did not matter as
much, and the story shimmers nicely before the minds eye. I particularly
liked the fact that the theme, while gently presented, was not
sugar-coated or over simplified. It is easy to imagine a younger child
enjoying this very much if read to by an adult.

So, for those with a Kindle - or the means to convert Kindle format to
other digital media - The Hobgoblin Bell Strikes Twelve is a worthy
download.

Nathan Brazil for SFSite

Product Details

  • File Size: 173 KB
  • Print Length: 26 pages
  • Publisher: X. Trevelyan; 1 edition (December 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006JLWFSO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,297,226 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fairy Tale for Adults and Children Alike January 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
In this magical tale, a solemn young girl is rescued from a drab life at a workhouse, and taken to an antique bookshop, by a mysterious cloaked figure. In the coming days, the young girl's rescuer returns, and offers her an opportunity to right a grave wrong in her life. She is whisked off on a whimsical journey involving snow, time travel, and magic. This tale is like a cup of hot cocoa for the child inside of you, if you still haven't forgotten how to dream.
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More About the Author

I'm primarily a reader first and foremost. I love stories of the mysterious and the mystical. My favorite authors include Charles Williams (the 3rd inkling), Algernon Blackwood, and Charles Dickens.

The Hobgoblin Bell Strikes Twelve was inspired by Dickens other Christmas story, The Chimes.

My favorite visual works include David Suchet as Hercule Poirot and Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes.

In my reading I ever seek the same sense of wonder that certain children's stories gave me as a child. In my writing I seek to impart that very same sense of wonder.

Musically I find that the songs of Loreena Mckennit speak deeply to something in my own soul that is kindred.

To me religion is a deeply personal thing. No human being should be allowed to stand between you and the infinite.


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