A new 1330 m² portrait of Charlie Chaplin in a field in France -- because why not? From the official Charlie Chaplin Facebook page:
A gigantic new work of land art by artist Franck Bonneau (Land'Art & Co) was inaugurated on 11th June 2016 at the Aérodrome de Thise in France. Having been a Chaplin fan since childhood, Bonneau is thrilled to pay homage to Chaplin with this huge portrait, which to our knowledge, at 11330 m² is the biggest portrait of Charlie Chaplin in the world.
Despite all of the professional criticism I've received for The Sixteen Burdens, I think this tween review is my favorite review so far!
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Chosen as a 2016 Editor's Choice by the Historical Novel Society, and named a Favorite Indie Book of 2015 by the Self-Publishing Review. Spread the word and tell folks to pick up their pixels now!
What if humanity's great historical figures weren't just talented--they were supernaturally talented? In this fresh spin on urban fantasy, history's illustrious leaders, thinkers, warriors, and entertainers all share a secret...and a perilous destiny.
A nice review this week from Underground Book Reviews, an online book review magazine:
David Khalaf’s debut novel and the first book in THE BURDENS TRILOGY is an eclectic literary mashup — mystery mixed into urban fantasy with a backbeat of Hollywood’s Golden Age. While connecting the dots would be a tall order for a less talented raconteur, Khalaf delivers an engaging adventure grounded in the wondrous complexities of self-discovery and the power of friendship. Bonus: Francesca Baerald’s stellar illustrations.
Read the full review here.
During my research for The Burdens Series, I've come across a lot of strange Public Services announcement posters. It's fun to see not only what issues were of public concern in the 1930s and 40s, but how they presented the issues in ways that are sometimes unintentionally comical. Here are some of my favorites:
Excited to share that The Sixteen Burdens has been selected as an Editor’s Choice for the Historical Novel Society, which means it will automatically be long-listed for the 2017 HNS Indie Award.
HNS describes The Sixteen Burdens as "an exciting and thrillingly inventive mash-up of historical fiction and urban fantasy, with crime-fiction and mystery elements stirred in...The result is a drama full of history, action, and quite a bit of deadpan humor, all of it delivered with winning confidence. This is an author and a series to watch."
If you've read either The Sixteen Burdens or Houdini's Last Trick, please consider leaving a review on both Goodreads and Amazon. That really helps to spread the word!
Read the full review here.