Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain: December 2009 – PRESS RELEASE
TENERIFE –Tall Tales with a Twist
2009 Book Festival Contest, New York – Science Fiction – Winner: Tenerife Tall Tales.
The first of Tony Thorne MBE´s three collections, each with 128 pages of speculative stories, set in and around the magical Spanish island of Tenerife, is now available PoD; and the many reviews received to date have been most enthusiastic about their appeal to general readers. However, he is now looking for a professional agent to handle all his work, including his first Science Fiction novel for Young Adults, just completed.
Introduction by Harry Harrison, the legendary author of more than 20 novels, several film scripts, and many collections of short stories. His books have been translated into over 30 languages.
“Tony Thorne has the mind of a scientist and the soul of an artist. His science and technology are correct, his extrapolations wonderful and ingenious. But then – surprise! A blackness may descend – or a brilliant flash of black humour. Read and enjoy … ”
Review by Rhetta Akamatsu, USA, author of Ghost to Coast, a paranormal handbook, and the newly published Ghost to Coast Tours and Haunted Locations. She is the assistant editor of The NexusWorld Journal of Anomolous Sciences.
“An exotic island, one of the Canary Islands, Tenerife seems like an appropriate place for adventure; and when a scientist and design engineer with a taste for Science Fiction decides to set his speculative tall tales there, amazing adventures do, indeed, ensue.
Set, for the most part, in the near future, the tales use very believable twists on emergent technology, sometimes ours and sometimes possibly from some other place entirely.
What Thorne creates in Tenerife is a world where the reader never knows what to expect under the sea, in caves, on the land and in the air. The island becomes, in various tales, a land where animals act as intelligently as humans, where attempts to handle environmental issues have very unexpected results, where exotic locations and experimental science create sometimes dark, sometimes humorous, and always amazing and utterly intriguing results.
Tony Thorne’s grasp of the science that looms just over the horizon and his love for Science Fiction come together, in these stories, to create speculative fiction of the very best kind.”
Review by Autumn Conley, American author of two novels, numerous articles, reviews and short fiction items for many USA magazines and newspapers.
“With all the fervor and creativity an author can muster, Tony Thorne MBE has put together a remarkable collection of short stories, inspired by the island he loves and the genre of shadowy imagination that he is so very good at capturing. Thorne’s stories are meticulously laced with a perfect concoction of urban legend, scientific precision, and his own edgy yarns to be almost believable, yet far beyond the imaginations of what we know as reality. Anyone who enjoys good fiction with a tinge of daunting possibility should consider Tenerife Tales a must for their reading list”
Review by Dr. Tami Brady, Canada
“At first glance, Tenerife sounds like a vacation paradise. Who wouldn’t want to visit a breathtaking isle nestled in the Canary Islands? But you’ve never been to a place like this. No tales of sunbathing. No cold drinks served while enjoying the warm weather. It would seem that the island has a few secrets. Tenerife Tall Tales with a Twist in the Tail is a collection of witty, ironic, and hilarious short stories”
MORE TALL TENERIFE TALES – Awaiting Publication
Review by Rhetta Akamatsu, USA
”More Tenerife Tall Tales continues where Tenerife Tall Tales left off, with wondrous tales of technology gone haywire on the tropical island of Tenerife, in the Canary Islands. Some of the technology is human and some is not, but all of it offers cautionary tales of just what can happen when you’re dealing with the new and strange. What happens when men tinker with nature? What if someone, somewhere, overlooks some small detail that leads to some rather unexpected consequences?
There is humor here, and suspense, a tiny touch of the macabre, and even a little romance. Most of all, this collection of tales remains believable; in particular, the earthly technology is on the verge of being available and completely plausible. Be prepared to be amused, bemused, and thoroughly entertained with this second in the three-book series of Tall Tales from Tenerife.”
POINTS OF VIEW – His first novel, now awaiting publication
Synopsis: Horace Mayberry, an inexperienced somewhat accident-prone introvert, and blind since his early teens, is fitted with bionic eyes, using advanced nanotechnology. They are inherently intelligent, but controlled by his brain to develop new facilities as different stress conditions dictate. After extensive training, he is recruited into a secret government department and embarks on a series of adventures, and unusual missions. As his confidence and visual abilities grow, his character and personality also develop. He learns how to cope with all kinds of situations, including computer hacking, a girl friend, a stage magician, and being abducted by a sinister international organization after the secrets of the research company that developed the bionic eyes.
Some Comments received:
“The premise is great and I think you could go far with this.”
”This is a really interesting idea. Well written, topical and intriguing.”
“Good concept, works well. For the market, your premise has so much potential.“
”What a great idea and what a great title. A very strong beginning, great work.”
”This is an excellent premise. You have all the ingredients here for a top-notch thriller. Your writing is smooth and the dialogue believable. “