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Ken Magee

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June 02

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Most folk believe that technology rules their lives. They’re wrong. Dark conspiracies and ancient magic actually dominate this world. My one mission in life is to open people’s eyes to that fact.

I hide behind the pretence that I write fiction to ensure I don't attract unwelcome attention; deadly attention.

My name is Ken Magee and I tell people I write contemporary fantasies which blend adventure and humour with technology and magic. My books live under the tagline ‘ancient magic meets the Internet’. Dark Tidings, The Black Conspiracy and A Darker Shade of Black make up the trilogy.

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I have always been intrigued by words and writing, so writing a novel has been a lifelong dream. However, I needed a career wh
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Your wife is right. How else would a family guy find time to write?

So I'm afraid that makes you wrong. The fact of the matter is wizards' cloaks never get dirty. There's something in the material which repels grime, grit and grunge... it's called magic.(less)
Ken Magee I've been very lucky, I really haven't had a bad experience since I started my writing career. I have, of course, had a few disappointments.

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I've been very lucky, I really haven't had a bad experience since I started my writing career. I have, of course, had a few disappointments.

Like every writer, I wish my books sold more copies, but I guess the biggest disappointment of all is that I've yet to be approached by a Hollywood studio which wants to make a TV series/movie based on my fantasy trilogy. I'm not downhearted though. As Curly said in the film City Slickers, 'day ain't over yet'.(less)
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In thefirst few paragraphs of Dark Tidings, I triedto set the scene for one of the threads of the adventure. Tung, one of the main protagonists, finds himself awaiting execution in a medieval dungeon and I wantedto create the senseof utter despair and hopelessness which he felt.


I think it works well as a scene-setter but I often wonder whether there’s enough in it to hook potential readers. Usi...

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Description: This is a chapter from the funny, contemporary fantasy, The Black Conspiracy. Throughout the book, the Universe helps tell the tale of a dark and evil conspiracy, but sometimes she just likes to talk about herself. This is a chapter about her!

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Normally I am not fond of short stories, however I am fond of Nassise's work so I thought I would give this a chance. It is an outstanding collection of Urban Fantasy.

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Lettie shrugged. “Nobody actually looks like what they really are on the inside. You don’t. I don’t. People are much more complicated than that. It’s true of everybody.”
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“Bildon killed Tad. Look, there’s his dagger hidden in the pot of semolina. There’s the proof,” he screamed. “It’s in the pudding.”

What an idiot, thought Madrick as he raced up the steps, the proof is always in the eating.”
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“He was a true English butler, just like his father before him, and his grandfather before that. Three generations; bred and butlered.”
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“Tung felt the urge to add something to the banality. He decided to repeat Michael’s clever toast… as best as he could remember it.

“Shampoo for my real friends. Real poo for my enemies.”
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message 16: by Ken

Ken Magee Jbb Lim wrote: "Thank you so much for the friend request Ken. Its really a humbling experience to be connected with authors."

It's more important for authors to be connected with readers :-)


message 15: by Jbb Lim

Jbb Lim Thank you so much for the friend request Ken. Its really a humbling experience to be connected with authors.


message 14: by Ken

Ken Magee Angela wrote: "Hello Ken, nice to meet you...Thank you for your friend request.
I have to say, I'm intrigued by your books. The concept of "ancient magic meets internet" is one that have actually never heard o..."


It's good to have friends!

I hope you do get the chance to read Dark Tidings... I'd love to know if you find reading the book as intriguing as the concept!

I noticed you've got Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett on your read-this-year list... I'm not sure I'd take a chance with that one. It's so flipping good you'll be sucked into Discworld and be forced to read the other trizillion Discworld novels... we won't see you again for a year! You can maybe tell that Terry Pratchett is one of my favourite authors.

Good luck & best regards, Ken.


message 13: by Angela

Angela Hello Ken, nice to meet you...Thank you for your friend request.
I have to say, I'm intrigued by your books. The concept of "ancient magic meets internet" is one that have actually never heard of and it sounds intriguing.
I like reading about different matters in fiction and non-fiction, especially when it comes to the unknown. I really look forward to reading them. :-)


message 12: by Sarah

Sarah Thanks Ken ☺


message 11: by Lucinda

Lucinda Dear Ken,
I would like to thank you for being my friend here on Goodreads, which is a fantastic site where one is able to converse with so many likeminded people both readers and authors. Yes i am a huge fan of the fantasy genre, and i do hope at some point to be able to read your book 'Dark Tidings' which looks and sounds amazing.
I love authors such as Emily Gee, Janny Wurts, Gail Z Martin and the increadible Terry Brooks. Thank you so much once again and i look forward to future book discussions with you.
Lucinda x


Aa'Ishah Hey Ken, thanks for the friend request! :)


message 9: by Julia

Julia Thanks for the add & thanks for the rec for XVI! :)


Joseph D'Lacey Lovely to meet you, Ken, and thanks for adding me!


SATIN SUE    hi ken thanks for the add :)


message 6: by Leah

Leah Hi Ken! Thanks for the friend request! :)


message 5: by Mark

Mark Rice Thanks for the friendship, Ken. Good to meet you.


message 4: by Emmy

Emmy Hi, thanks for the invite!


Lannister Thanks for the invite. Look forward to reading your reviews! :)


message 2: by Ken

Ken Magee Thanks for accepting! Ken.


Tracey Thanks for the friend invite!


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