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No Man An Island by G.S. Williams

Boy meets girl. Fights demons. Faces the devil to save the world. Your basic love story. 

Eight friends gather for a reunion vacation, but go missing after a hurricane strikes along their plane’s flight path. While friends and family mourn their loss when the crashed plane is found, the impossible happens: they appear in public claiming to have been in a cave in the mountains. Missing for months, they have no memory of the interval. What happened on that mountain, and the events that follow, will test their friendship, their faith, and the world.

Note: No Man An Island contains some graphic violence and harsh language.


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Listed: Jun 28, 2008

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Pilgrim’s Progress meets Mad Max in Camelot

By Fiona Gregory, editor

Apr 30, 2009: All the reviews so far are spot on. Here’s some additional thoughts on NMAI and why you might like to read it:

Initially, I was put off by the tagline "an experimental novel", raising visions of James Joyce and such ilk which might be more than the casual web browser wants to wade into. However, not to fear, NMAI is very readable, and in fact launches off to a fast paced start, quickly introducing important characters and plunging them (literally) into the heart of the plot.

As reviewers have noted, the story moves through a number of temporal and locational shifts, going back thousands of years into the past for the backstory of some of the immortal characters, back and forth in the central character’s life, and on toward the end of the world as we know it (or maybe as we don’t know it?). We find otherselves joining gifted but alienated university student Ethan Pitney dodging demons across campus, haunted by angels on a desert vision quest, and playing out his ultimate role in an Arthurian tragedy across a post apocalyptic landscape. Nevertheless, despite the non linear nature of the narrative, it is not difficult to follow these transitions; thanks to Gavin Williams’ clear and direct writing style (and the lay out of the chapter headings).

Probably what I most enjoyed about reading NMAI is the literary, mythological, biblical, and philosophical allusions which are richly woven into the fabric of the story. The Bible and the legends of the Round Table are the primary but by no means only important threads. Ironically, as a student of literary history, Ethan identifies himself with a trope – the child of destiny.

The story is beautifully and intricately crafted, having been thought out over many years. I must admit, I respect this novel a lot, but I don’t unreservedly love it, because I do have some problems with how some aspects of the plot and the nature of the characters play out. While this is my personal reaction, I know, however, everything in this story is as it is for a very deliberate reason; as its author intended it to be.

Amongst the sea of derivitive works, this is a highly original and interesting tale with a unique message and intensity. This will satisfy those looking for something a little different, deep and memorable, but also entertaining and exciting to read. Will be especially enjoyed by anyone who likes fiction that explores themes of mythology, philosophy, and theology.

And don’t miss Gavin’s original poems embedded in the story!

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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 [more . . .]

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"Epic" doesn’t even begin to cover it

By Sarah Suleski, editor, author of Sidonie

Jul 14, 2008: This is a difficult story for me to formulate my thoughts on. Why?

No Man An Island boggles my mind. It’s such a complex story, a psychological fun house maze through time and reality. How can I describe it, how can I try to summarize it without tangling myself up trying to wrap a labyrinth of psychological and spiritual concepts into a pat little package? This is not a linear story, by any stretch of the imagination. It switches time, place, [more . . .]

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By Robert Rodgers, author of The Last Skull

Aug 19, 2011: No Man An Island is a story about a group of friends marooned on an island who find themselves embroiled in a plot involving dreams, dragons, knights, and end-of-the-world prophecies.

I read up to chapter 14; so far, it doesn’t really snatch my fancy, but I’m not particularly fond of slow paced books, and this is definitely a slow burn. The story (which is, in fact, completed and available on the web) bills itself as an ‘experimental novel’; what that amounts [more . . .]

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An interesting and complex novel

By Aranittara, member

Apr 27, 2009: The book begins at the end and moves through time in a non-linear fashion. It is a fun read all the way through but it gets confusing at times I really enjoyed the book and as it ends it leaves many questions unanswered I can’t wait for the sequel. This book reinforces my love for the author’s writing.

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