Monday, 23 October 2017

Thought for the Day

"Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt."
~ William Shakespeare

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

The Wicked Wizard of Oz at GamesFest 2017

Just a quick reminder that this Saturday, 21st October, I shall be attending GamesFest 2017.

GamesFest is a one day tabletop gaming convention based in Tring, in Hertfordshire, that aims to introduce new tabletop games alongside some well loved classics in an informal atmosphere. Gamesfest events continue to gather fans and plaudits as they encompass war-gaming, RPGs, board games, comics, cosplay and much more.

It's been a while since I first attended GamesFest but the event is now firmly established in the annual convention calendar, providing a platform for new entrants and a great day out for all those attending.

So why not come along, participate and try something new?

I'll be there selling my ACE Gamebook The Wicked Wizard of Oz, as well as YOU ARE THE HERO Parts 1 & 2. And I also hope I'll be able to preview the forthcoming NEVERLAND - Here Be Monsters.

You can find out more about the event here.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Thought for the Day

“But for my own part, if a book is well written, I always find it too short.”
~ Jane Austen

Friday, 13 October 2017

Gamebook Friday: World Egg Day

Back in March this year, following the success of the Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland Colouring Book, Kev Crossley and I put out a second volume of illustrations, inspired by the adventure, but this time designed to be coloured, subtitled Through the Looking-Glass and the Horrors Alice Found There.

One of the scenes that there just wasn't the time or the budget to include in the gamebook itself was this image of Alice encountering Humpty Dumpty.

Now what can possibly have hatched from an egg like this? I'll give you a clue...

I would love to be able to put out a second edition of Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland one day, including the extra illustrations Kev produced for the second colouring book. Maybe I should run a Kickstarter to do just that...

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

International Day of the Girl 2017

Today is International Day of the Girl. Having a daughter myself, I have become more aware of how books are marketed to girls. For example, the other day I stumbled across one all about make-up and waxing and the like, for pre-teens!

Why should girls have books about make-up forced upon them while boys get action and adventure and brave heroes saving the day? I know this is an outrageous sweeping generalisation, but it is broadly true.

So it's important to me that two of my recent books are focused on female heroines - Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland and The Wicked Wizard of Oz.

And of course the forthcoming NEVERLAND will focus on a certain Wendy Darling, and that's no coincidence.

I wonder if she's a girl?

Monday, 9 October 2017

Thought for the Day

"A writer should have the precision of a poet and the imagination of a scientist."
~ Vladimir Nabokov

Friday, 6 October 2017

Gamebook Friday: YOU ARE THE HERO Part 2

So backers of the YOU ARE THE HERO Part 2 Kickstarter project have received their copies of the book and a few reviews have started to appear on Amazon (although there's always room for more).

Here's what a few readers have had to say about the book:

"Jonathan Green has a very friendly writing style in these books, you get the impression of someone excitedly showing you, a friend, all the wonders of his own collection, and it's an enthusiasm that shines through the book."

"It was quite evident that Jon had gained more than enough further information to fill the book with entertaining, educational and inspiring information and interviews which make the book a great read."

"If you, like me, are as obsessed with Fighting Fantasy today as you were all those years ago, then this is clearly a no brainier first day buy."

"It's great to read about the additional fan projects that are in the works... Another plus is the number of full page artworks. Artwork obviously means a lot to FF fans, and to see them in full colour, full page glory is beautiful."

You can leave your own review, or indeed pick up a copy of the book yourself, here. And may your STAMINA never fail!