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A Novel of a Different Colour

By Sonja Nitschke, editor

Jul 13, 2008: G.S Williams is fond of describing No Man An Island as an experimental web novel.

In this day and age where the publishing houses want whatever works, running with something new and bold isn’t encouraged.

But, with the opportunities of the Internet and web novels, it doesn’t have to be like that anymore.

And Williams uses that opportunity with no apologies, and does it well.

Readers won’t find a novel like this on their local book store or in the libraries.

It starts simply enough: just a group of friends in an airplane. The plane crashes far from civilization and they are missing to the world, and, perhaps, even to themselves.

Lost, some of them afraid, the story ripples from this group of friends, becoming bigger than any of them could have ever imagined, until the entire world is at stake. Williams adds layer after layer, thread after thread, leaving the reader breathless and wanting more.

But above all, No Man an Island makes readers think. Perhaps you won’t agree with what is happening among angels and men, but it will make you re-evaluate your own beliefs.

With so many characters, Williams often switches point of views to continue the story. At times this was jarring for me, but overall the transitions were smooth, and added more dimensions to the story.

Because a web novel isn’t constrained by paper and binding, Williams was able to devote all the time he needed to the plot, and to the characters. No Man An Island is both an epic battle between good and evil, and a story about self discovery.

There are numerous references to the Bible, books, stories, and films in No Man an Island. Sometimes I found them distracting, but at the same time they serve their purpose well – rooting the characters into this century, our time, making them real and part of this world.

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