After the Bloodwood Staff

After the Bloodwood Staff

by Laura E Goodin


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The sedentary and impractical Hoyle meets Sybil Alvaro in a used bookstore, and she invites him to follow in the footsteps of her favourite author in a search for the mysterious Bloodwood Staff. He’s spent his entire life reading vintage adventure action, and thinks he knows how these things should go.

In the mountains west of Sydney, his expectations are almost immediately derailed, as nobody – not Sybil, and certainly not the irrepressible Ada Drake, stand-in for the obligatory plucky urchin – behaves the way they’re supposed to.

As they gradually realise that their lighthearted adventure has put themselves and their loved ones in dire peril, Hoyle is forced to face the fact that he is woefully unsuited to be the stereotypical hero.

A deliberate subversion of adventure, fantasy and satire tropes, After the Bloodwood Staff is a brilliant and unexpected ride.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781922200723
Publisher: Odyssey Books
Publication date: 12/07/2016
Pages: 282
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

American-born author Laura E. Goodin has been writing since childhood, and has at various times made a living as a reporter, editor, public-relations writer, media manager, technical writer, trainer, web-content developer and freelance writer. She attended the 2007 Clarion South workshop, and holds a Ph.D. in creative writing from the University of Western Australia; her academic research looks at the idea of genre tropes and the boundaries between genres in popular fiction.

Her novels After the Bloodwood Staff and Mud and Glass are available from Odyssey Books. Her stories have appeared in numerous publications, including the Review of Australian Fiction, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Adbusters, Wet Ink, The Lifted Brow, and Daily Science Fiction, among others, and in several anthologies. Her plays and libretti have been performed on three continents, and her poetry has been performed internationally, both as spoken word and as texts for new musical compositions. She teaches creative writing at Deakin University and in workshops internationally and online.

She lives in Melbourne, Victoria with her husband, composer Houston Dunleavy.

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