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Mark Reece

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Mark Reece is a widely published short story writer, whose work has been published in Orbis, Structo, Here Comes Everyone, Fire, The Delinquent, and Postscripts (PS Publishing), amongst other places. The Dreams of the Eternal City is his first novel. He currently lives in Staffordshire, in a flat filled with fine paintings (all copies).

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Mark Reece Hi Tom, thanks for the question. As as is the case with many stories, the idea came from a number of different sources, over a period of time. When wa…moreHi Tom, thanks for the question. As as is the case with many stories, the idea came from a number of different sources, over a period of time. When watching the news, it struck me that the idea that increasing economic growth is always a good thing, however achieved, is considered a truism. I wondered whether this is necessarily so, as it seemed to me that increasing economic growth often involves makes life more difficult for some people.

I've been interested in the 'sleep' aspect for awhile, as sleep is vital for health and, as described in the book, sleep patterns have been significantly altered since the invention of electricity, and artificial light, and more recent forms of technology have continued to influence how, and how long, people sleep.

I'm also interested in developments about the administration of justice, such as the way that some criminal trials have recently been held partially, or in a few cases, wholly, in secret. These ideas came together over a period of time to form the skeleton of the plot.

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The Dreams of the Eternal City

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Kitchen Sink Gothic 2, featuring one of my stories, is out now:

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The third and concluding book in the rats of NIMH trilogy tells the story of Arthur (RT), and Margaret, a brother and sister who become lost in a valley, and are helped to survive by the colony of intelligent rats that were the subject of the first t ...more
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It would be easy to be harsh on this book because of its obvious inferiority to the original (written by the author's father). All told, it's a well written, fun children's book that lacks the depth and sophistication of Mrs Frisby and the rats of NI ...more
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I very much enjoyed this book, although I'll confess to not understanding large parts of it. As such, I won't try to explain the physics. Feynman has a boyish wit, exemplified in the first chapter, where he explains that when playing the bongo drums ...more
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The red and the black has all the characteristics of a classic nineteenth century novel. The protagonist- Julien Sorel- is an ambitious but low born man seeking his fortune. He is self-consciously hypocritical, hiding his admiration of Napoleon becau ...more
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