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Product Details

  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466456698
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466456693
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,253,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For those who enjoy a lot of philosophising about war and injustice and the meaning of life in a bleak steampunkish setting with plenty of high-casualty battles and explosions, this is the book for you...certainly an interesting tale, unusual and completely unpredictable." Pauline M Ross, Fantasy Review Barn


"...you'll probably be too busy enjoying the ride to care which category you will find it under at Amazon. The novel is well-written, the language easy on the eye and paced rather nicely... a setting that will satisfy most genre readers." M.G. Mason, Sweat, Tears and Digital Ink

"...an atmospheric setting, and a compelling narrative with well-created characters. Worth reading." Simon Quindlag, Amazon reader review.
"Wixon's day is a dope book. I don't read many books but I read this one all right. He's created a totally believable world that you get lost in. "The cat can write," I told my mum."
 My mate Chris, on an Amazon review.

From the Author

Wixon's Day is a slow-burning novel, with a uniquely disengaged central character. I appreciate it won't be for everyone; the post-apocalyptic theme, the steampunk setting and the overall adventure plot are but part of what makes it - the musing apathy of Marquos and his attempts to find something to believe in are the true drivers of the story.
It's a grim world with a brooding tale, and thanks to the ambiguous nature of the main character's motives it's open to interpretation. 

More About the Author

Currently based in Brighton, Phil Williams settled by the sea after arduous years of travelling the world. He has jumped across the roofs of buildings in Moscow building sites, fought with unruly camels in the Abu Dhabi desert, and was once bitten by a tropical insect the size of a fist. Mostly in the pursuit of teaching others about the English language. He has used all this hardened experience to write stories of both adventure and education - to advance his two most frequent pursuits: interesting tales and worldly knowledge.

Phil now works as a freelance writer producing online content for clients and for a series of professional websites that cover his main interests: creative writing, business writing, English grammar and, most recently, post-apocalyptic fiction.

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Wixon's Day, a nice, long canal ride through dark dystopia.

When you're reading, you're ingesting...short stories are just a snack, novellas are a nice brunch with a friend. The pacing can leave you with indigestion or hoping the waitress would hurry it up and bring out the meal, because you've been nursing your initial drink for ages.

Wixon's Day is like a five course meal, not in its length, but how the story unfolds. The exposition is lengthy and detailed, all the dressings and condiments are there for flavor. And like Marquos (the main character) slowly drifting down the canals of Estalia, it continues at this kind of pace for ages.

There are definitely pros and cons to this style of writing. The biggest pro is the immersion into this misty steampunk future world, where the characters and setting are very fully realized and you could swear you're in the thick of it.

The con is that the first third of the book was a meandering, almost aimless trek. Once Marquos became enmeshed in the various conflicts around him, things started picking up and, man, the action sequences were amazing, worth sticking around for.

The book culminates well, and while the twist is a difficult one to push past and resolve, the author does well.

My chief complaint is that the story feels...puffy. A bit too thick in places. The characters wax philosophical quite a lot, and maybe that's what people do on board steampunk ships in the distant future. I just wished I could've gotten to the good parts (and they were astonishingly good) faster.
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Format: Paperback
First off, let me say it was really nice to read a dystopian novel written from the male perspective and also from an adult viewpoint. While I have loved all the books to date that have been YA, this was a refreshing change.

This novel starts with a boat ride. The main character, Marquos, has a stolen child called Red on board - but it's not what you think. While he is a lone man with a small child, he is attempting to return her to her parents after she was stolen by the authorities and placed in the Mines to work. It seems children are the new workforce in this dystopian world.

This story meanders along like the very river that Marquos and Red are travelling on. For most of this book, I felt like I was drifting along with them on the water. The mood set by the author is just epic. It was almost a surreal feeling to read a book like this and I am finding it hard to put into words just how strange and awesome this journey was. If you are looking for action from the very go get, then this book will not provide that, however, what is does give the reader is something so much richer.

Right from the start, Williams takes you on a journey. You have no idea who you are travelling with, or where you are going, yet there is a peace in knowing that the answers will be slowly revealed.

While I fell in love with many of the descriptives in this book, there were times when they became too much and I found myself drifting away from the story. I also found that in the middle of this book, the pace became too slow and I really had to push myself to keep going. It is well worth the effort though.

The main character, Marquos, is neither young nor amazingly handsome - and for this I am relieved. All the characters in this book are just people.
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