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Joel Cornah

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Joel Cornah is an author, journalist, and blogger. He is the author of a number of novels and novellas including; The Sea-Stone Sword, The Spire of Frozen Fire, The Silent Helm, and The Sky Slayer.

He is an editor for The Science-Fiction and Fantasy Network, head of the Doctor Who department, and member of the Tolkien Society. He is a frequent blogger for the Pack of Aces blog, focussing on issues of Asexuality in media, specialising in sci-fi and fantasy.

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Joel Cornah By reading, mostly. If a book is really being difficult and no matter how much I stare at the blank screen, no matter how much my forehead bleeds, it…moreBy reading, mostly. If a book is really being difficult and no matter how much I stare at the blank screen, no matter how much my forehead bleeds, it won't work, I go away and read for a bit.
Sometimes it's something similar to what I'm trying to write, sometimes it's something very different. Either can be helpful in getting the brain working right again.
But there are days where even that doesn't work and I just have to curl up and go to sleep for a while. Maybe eat some ice cream. (less)
Joel Cornah The Sea-Stone Sword was based on stories I used to tell my younger brothers when we were growing up. We had invented a world of dinosaurs, penguins,…moreThe Sea-Stone Sword was based on stories I used to tell my younger brothers when we were growing up. We had invented a world of dinosaurs, penguins, dragons and all sorts of creatures. Over the years we developed maps, family trees and complex geopolitical relationships between nations. I decided to start writing them down properly back in 2004.
Ten years later, the characters had evolved and the story had gotten darker, but elements, themes and images from those stories we told as children remain. A lot of these references might be considered 'Easter eggs'. One day I might share what they are.(less)
Average rating: 4.15 · 87 ratings · 29 reviews · 9 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Sea-Stone Sword

4.07 avg rating — 43 ratings — published 2014 — 3 editions
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The Spire of Frozen Fire

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The Sky Slayer

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The Silent Helm

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The Miliverse

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Shards Of The Nightmare

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God I’m exhausted!

On SaturdayI did a book signing at my local library in Parbold, Lancashire.

It was quite well attended for such a small venue; almost 20 people showed up. Alas, most people there already had copies of the book and just wanted to get them signed, so I only ended up selling five books. Still, that’s quite good.

I gave a talk about the book and where it came from and stuff, then... Read more of this blog post »
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The Sky Slayer by Joel Cornah
"What do you do after you've become a hero? After you've completed the quest, brought down the villain, and taken your place at the top of the world's pecking order? The world is yours for the taking...

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I've read quite a few of Joanne Hall's books now and can definitely say she gets better with every one.

The Summer Goddess is an ambitious, audacious, and something-else-beginning-with-a book! Drawing on a number of different cultural traditions and
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Steven Poore's second - and final - installment of Malessar's Curse delivers on pretty much everything promised in the first volume, and deffinately leaves the reader wanting more.

This second volume builds on much that was set up in the previous one
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Becky Chambers Wayfarers series continues to be the kind of science fiction I wish I was reading all the time. The tone, depth, and complexities of the worlds and societies she has built, coupled with a crisp, clear breath of optimism and hope make t ...more
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
"I really adored this. It felt comforting and lovely to read. The meandering structure worked really well for this story - small, undramatic pieces adding up to a more complex portrait of a group of characters, rather than a more conventional plot..." Read more of this review »
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“Heroes are more than just stories, they’re people. And people are complicated; people are strange. Nobody is a hero through and through, there’s always something in them that’ll turn sour... you’ll learn it one day. There are no heroes, only villains who win.”
Joel Cornah, The Sea-Stone Sword

“Rob; you could have been someone I wanted to be with. But you’re not; you never spoke to Niall, not really. You joked and you danced, but how often did you really talk? You never even told him you loved him until it was already too late. What was he to you? A friend? A lover? Or was he just some set piece in Rob Sardan’s great story? Is that what everyone is to you? Can’t we have our own story?”
Joel Cornah, The Sea-Stone Sword

“Heroes are more than just stories, they’re people. And people are complicated; people are strange. Nobody is a hero through and through, there’s always something in them that’ll turn sour... you’ll learn it one day. There are no heroes, only villains who win.”
Joel Cornah, The Sea-Stone Sword

“Rob; you could have been someone I wanted to be with. But you’re not; you never spoke to Niall, not really. You joked and you danced, but how often did you really talk? You never even told him you loved him until it was already too late. What was he to you? A friend? A lover? Or was he just some set piece in Rob Sardan’s great story? Is that what everyone is to you? Can’t we have our own story?”
Joel Cornah, The Sea-Stone Sword

“Of the twelve companions of Thorin, ten remained. Fili and Kili had fallen defending him with shield and body, for he was their mother’s elder brother.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit




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