Book: Flight of the Stone by Chris H Thompsoncategories: Book, Fantasy, Time-Travel, Romance, Humour, Horror, Teenage Story, Goodreads, Friendship, Rite of Passage, Monsters, Leylines, Adventure
Chris H Thompsonabout this book: Flight of the Stone is essentially a story about a boy's rite-of-passage. Elliot's life changes when he throws a stone after being chased into a wooded copse by a pair of bullies. The flight of this stone sets off a chain of events for all concerned. Elliot's subsequent adventures draw in his friends which attract the attention of some nasty creatures called Fuddles who are led by this vicious character called Larc.
Though these characters are imaginary the places are very real. Much of the story is set around where I live in Christchurch, England. I decided to do this in order to offset the fantasy aspect of the story, so it had an element of plausibility. This was because Elliot discovers he can use leylines to travel across vast distances of time and space, which does seem very far-fetched and fanciful. So when I was developing the story, I was able to visit many of the historical landmarks around Christchurch and imagine my characters facing their challenges in them.
Even the tree which the stone hits exists; as does the thorny hollow Elliot jumps into. In many ways the balance between fantasy and reality is narrowing, particularly technological advances. Just look at the iPhone, 30 years ago such a device would have been pure fantasy, more Start Trek than reality. This is just one of the many themes within Flight of the Stone. My characters explore the intricacies of relationships and their impact on the world around them. I also wanted to examine the boundary between the past and the present as it's often more blurred than we realize. Hopefully I did all this while keeping the story readable and accessible. Books.gather.com review said : "an intriguing mix of medieval swords and mobile phones is accompanied by great wordplay.....truly delightful."
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