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Ken Magee

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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...more

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Ken Magee I've moved away from fantasy for my next book. I wanted to try something different and I've had an idea bubbling up in my brain for a while, so I…moreI've moved away from fantasy for my next book. I wanted to try something different and I've had an idea bubbling up in my brain for a while, so I thought I'd get it onto paper.

The working title is Bangkok Rot and it's a gritty, adult thriller peppered with a good dose of humour.(less)
Average rating: 4.22 · 59 ratings · 34 reviews · 5 distinct works · Similar authors
Dark Tidings
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 35 ratings — published 2011 — 2 editions
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The Black Conspiracy
4.5 of 5 stars 4.50 avg rating — 12 ratings — published 2012 — 3 editions
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A Darker Shade of Black
4.5 of 5 stars 4.50 avg rating — 6 ratings — published 2014
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The Little Brown Jug: The M...
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The Black Conspiracy (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
1 chapters   —   updated Sep 22, 2012 11:34AM
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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" I love this book. It made me laugh as the different situations unfurled. There was one with chickens that made me laugh and cringe simultaneously.
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I found the writing style a little odd and it took me a while to get into the swing of the book. I think maybe the fact that it's a translation caused the issue.

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"Hi, I'm Ken. I come from Ireland. My favourite author is Terry Pratchett... I love the Discworld series.

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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.”
Ken Magee, Dark Tidings

“He was a true English butler, just like his father before him, and his grandfather before that. Three generations; bred and butlered.”
Ken Magee, The Black Conspiracy

“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.”
Ken Magee, Dark Tidings

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“It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true, it's called Life.”
Terry Pratchett, The Last Continent

“After all, tomorrow is another day!”
Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind

“Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.”
Robert A. Heinlein

“The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.”
Terry Pratchett, Diggers

“Give a man a fire and he's warm for a day, but set fire to him and he's warm for the rest of his life.”
Terry Pratchett, Jingo

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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 16: by Jbb Lim

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

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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 14: 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 13: by Sarah

Sarah Thanks Ken ☺

message 12: 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 10: 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 7: by Leah

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

message 6: by Mark

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

message 5: by Emmy

Emmy Hi, thanks for the invite!

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

message 3: by Sam

Sam Thanks for the friend invite. I look forward to talking about great books. :)

message 2: by Ken

Ken Magee Thanks for accepting! Ken.

Tracey, librarian on strike Thanks for the friend invite!

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