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Book Review: Depths of Night: A Ragnar Stormbringer Tale by Stephen Zimmer

Depths of Night: A Ragnar Stormbringer Tale by Stephen Zimmer

Publisher: Seventh Star Press

Publication Date: April 4, 2018

Edition: ebook, 82 pages

Genre: Fantasy, Novella

Rating: 3.5/5


A mixture between Kratos and The Odyssey

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Author Interview: Stephen Zimmer

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Today I am interviewing Stephen Zimmer, author of the new YA dystopian, modern fantasy novel, Dream of the Navigator, first book in the Faraway Saga.

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DJ: Hi Stephen! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Stephen Zimmer:  Hi DJ! It is wonderful to be back on your site, and for those who may not know me just yet, I am an author and filmmaker currently living in the heart of the Bluegrass State of Kentucky.  I write speculative fiction and love exploring new horizons. My work includes fantasy, epic fantasy, steampunk, horror, cross-genre fiction, and now YA/Dystopian fiction. I love hearing from readers, so if you are enjoying any of my books, please do drop me a message with any comments or questions!

DJ: What is Dream of the Navigator about?

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Stephen:  Dream of the Navigator follows the story of two teenage boys and two teenage girls who are growing up in a near-future setting in which society is run by technocrats, and cities have been replaced by massive urban centers called technates.  

Technology controls everything in a person’s life at this point and the only real escapes appear to be through virtual reality, other forms of entertainment, or substances.  The four main characters make big discoveries about the true nature of dreams and consciousness, and come to realize that they are not as confined as they originally thought.   Whole new worlds are opened up to them.

The storyline follows their response and what they do with this powerful new knowledge in the quest to gain freedom from the stifling world that they have been born into.

DJ: What were some of your influences Dream of the Navigator and the series?

Stephen:  Both dystopian and fantastical literature have had an influence on me when it comes to this series, but I have to say that 1984, by George Orwell, Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley, and The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis are the most profound.

This series involves a mixture of dystopian and utopian elements within the methods of control used by the ruling class over the broader society.  Some aspects are pleasant to experience, such as the virtual reality realms that so many citizens spend their days within, while others are suffocating, such as the constant monitoring, warning, and penalizing in response to an individual’s behavior and its adherence to the rules set in place. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Stephen Zimmer

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Today I am interviewing Stephen Zimmer, author of the new sword and sorcery/dark fantasy novella, Depths of Night, first book of a new novella series of stand-alone tales following the adventures of Ragnar Stormbringer.

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DJ: Hi Stephen! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Stephen Zimmer:  Great to be back with you and your readers!  For those that don’t know me or what I do just yet, I am a writer/filmmaker based in the heart of Kentucky.  I write primarily speculative fiction, with published works in fantasy, epic fantasy, sword and sorcery, cross-genre fiction, steampunk, horror, and, very soon, young adult!  

Among other things, I enjoy broadcasting and am a regular podcast host on the Star Chamber Show on Blog Talk Radio.  I also founded the Imaginarium Convention, an annual convention that takes place in Louisville, KY themed on all-genres of creative writing.  

My interests are wide and varied, ranging from martial arts, to good Kentucky bourbons, to film, reading, travel, music, and cats such as the wonderful Dubious, who is a member of my immediate family (he even has his own Facebook and Instagram pages!).  

Above all, I’m a laid-back guy who puts 150% into my work and gets up each day with the goal of taking another step forward, no matter if that step might be large or small.

DJ: What is Depths of Night about?

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Stephen:  Depths of Night is the first published Ragnar Stormbringer Tale.   It is about Ragnar going on a sea raid to the lands of the Petranni, who are inspired by ancient Celtic cultures.  When Ragnar goes ashore, they find that the tribal people have abandoned their homes and taken refuge in a large fortress.  The story is about Ragnar’s discovery of the reason for the tribe’s abandonment of their homes, and his response to it, which brings him up against fearsome adversaries.  This is a tale that involves lots of action, supernatural elements, and plot twists.

DJ: What were some of your influences Depths of Night and the series?

Stephen:  Depths of Night and the other Ragnar Stormbringer tales bring out influences of mine such as Robert E. Howard and David Gemmell, both of whom are masters of heroic fantasy fiction.  I have a lot of influences as a writer, but these tales are definitely centered around an iconic, heroic figure, and as such they reflect my love of Howard, Gemmell, and perhaps even a little R.A. Salvatore too!

I should also mention that my readers were another influence for the decision to go forward with this series, as I wanted to be able to bring more stories to them in between my larger novel releases. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Stephen Zimmer

Today I am interviewing Stephen Zimmer, author of the new sword and sorcery, fantasy novel, Thunder Horizon, second book in the Dark Sun Dawn trilogy.

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DJ: Hey Stephen! Welcome back to MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape!

For readers who might have missed previous interviews and aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Stephen Zimmer: Great to be back at MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape! I am a pretty laid back fellow, residing in Lexington, Kentucky, who has a passion for storytelling. I am an author and filmmaker, with 12 books in print, and several short films, one feature, and now a TV Pilot in development. As far as interests, I love music, martial arts, guitar, traveling, movies, the outdoors, and good bourbon!

DJ: What is Thunder Horizon and also the Dark Sun Dawn trilogy about?

Stephen: Thunder Horizon and the Dark Sun Dawn Trilogy is a Rayden Valkyrie adventure that follows her as she returns to her adopted homelands to help the Gessa confront a rising threat stalking the forests around them. Along the way she has aided a slave uprising in the growing Teveren Empire, whose shadow is spreading toward the lands of the Gessa and other tribes. Rayden has many harrowing encounters while uncovering more about the Teveren Empire and the deadly threats in the forest. Along the way, she has to confront some of her greatest fears and most formidable adversaries. It is a story of self-determination and courage above all.

DJ: What were some of your influences for the Dark Sun Dawn trilogy?

Stephen: My interests in ancient empires and civilizations, the stories of uprisings such as those conducted by historical figures like Spartacus, Vercingetorix, and Boudicca , and icons of sword and sorcery such as Robert E. Howard are all inspirations and influences for a storyline such as this. It is a very action-driven plot line that focuses upon a single character, though it is set within a fairly large scale with a clash of Empires and armies. Continue reading

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