Fractal Realities: Chosen of Harnepher

Robert Quick

Where the -@!# did my muse go?

Writer, dreamer, knight, shackled by entertainment . . . and people.


Jeremy knelt, his breath catching at the beauty. This find was proving to be an even greater treasure than he'd ever imagined. Using a tiny brush, he dusted up and down the length of the axe. Once this was polished up, it would outshine every other piece in the museum's collection. He could already see it as a center piece.

Once every precaution was taken to protect it, he carefully lifted the ancient weapon up to take a better look at it. He turned the axe from side to side, looking at the bulls with which the axe head had been decorated. They were amazingly detailed given the estimated time period, with the clashing faces caught in a moment of rage, their massive horns crossing like lances.

Warmth surged through his hands and a roar filled the air.

A rippling sensation overtook him and he looked down to pinpoint what he was feeling. There, obvious even in the now loose folds of his shirt, a pair of breasts stuck out.

"What?" he said. To his rising confusion his voice sounded feminine and strange.


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August Rode

August Rode

It's interesting that you went Egyptian on this, Robert. When I began reading historical fiction, it was almost exclusively Egyptian historical fiction.

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Robert Quick

Robert Quick

I'd be interested in some of those authors/titles. Some time when I was young, perhaps before my love of dinosaurs took over everything, I was enthralled with Egypt. It was scary and fascinating, with a specific bold look that I hadn't really seen anywhere else. Later, one of my exes was equally enthralled, which reignited my own interest, at least for a time. I suppose like many of my interests, that desert sleeps in me, waiting. My main problem with writing Egyptian fiction (that phrase begs for more rhymes to follow) is that the pitfall of tropes would be hard for me to avoid. I don't mind pitting my skill against tropes from time to time, seeing if I can overcome the dangers inherent there but often I shy away.

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August Rode

August Rode

Well then, for you and anyone else who might read this, when it comes to Egyptian historical fiction, the best book I'm familiar with is The Twelfth Transforming by Pauline Gedge. Also by Gedge and highly recommended is her "Lords of the Two Lands" trilogy (The Hippopotamus Marsh, The Oasis, and The Horus Road) and her "King's Man" trilogy (The Twice Born, Seer of Egypt and The King's Man). She has three other books of Egyptian historical fiction which I don't recall having read, Child of the Morning, House of Dreams and House of Illusions. These last two form a two book set.

Another author whose works I've read is Christian Jacq. I've certainly read his "Ramses" series (5 books), "Stone of Light" series (4 books) and "Judge of Egypt" series (3 books). I may have read his "Queen of Freedom" series (3 books) but I haven't read his "Mysteries of Osiris" series (4 books). He has a couple of other books that I haven't read either.

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