Following my last post (part 2) on how/why I came to write my modern fantasy, The Lords of the Summer Season (Amazon link: https://amzn.to/3d1LbcV ), below is part 3. Other installments will follow.
Besides describing Bradan’s adventures during 1967’s Summer of Love, I’ve also included flashback chapters set in sixth-century Britain, Renaissance Florence, and on the University of California’s Berkeley campus during the Free Speech Movement in 1964 to provide backstories for the main characters. These are vivid memories for both the heroes and villains. In addition, the fifteenth-century Florentine artistic flowering provided a counterpoint to the Summer of Love. Obviously there are massive differences, not the least of which is that Florence’s artistic rebirth lasted over a hundred years while the Summer of Love lasted a few months (or a few years if the late 1960s/early 1970s pop cultural scene is included in its entirety). Nonetheless, I like to think that Jerry Garcia would have gotten on well with Da Vinci. Both periods shared an energetic political and cultural environment—not always positive—that fostered creative responses from resident artists. In fact, this novel considers how creative inspiration is ignited by setting.
Granted, it’s a stretch to juxtapose the Summer of Love and the Florentine Renaissance, but The Lords of the Summer Season is modern fantasy, so a writer in this genre may attempt outré flights of storytelling fancy. As best-selling writer Tad Williams states, a fantasy author can get away with anything as long as something tries to eat the hero every few pages. In The Lords of the Summer Season, plenty of dangers real and supernatural confront Bradan, starting on the first page. However, you, the gentle reader, can judge whether the approach works here.
Besides trying to make it by fronting an acid rock band, Bradan assiduously pursues tenure as a professor of folklore at a small southern California liberal arts university, giving him a bird’s-eye view of the academic circus. A great deal of the ’60s upheaval occurred on college campuses, and the novel takes a jaundiced look at academia. These institutions are certainly ripe for mockery with their pretensions, hierarchy, and inflated egos. As one of the novel’s characters notes, almost no other large organizations except churches have such a gap between their stated mission and their actual behavior; self-interest happily thrives beneath an idealistic veneer. That was true five decades ago and it is today.
I write modern fantasy novels that are hopefully both exciting and literate. These novels include an on-going series about a near-immortal magician who grew up in Camelot and grew famous in San Francisco's 'Summer of Love'. He's still having adventures to this day described in The Lords of the Summer Season, The Lords of Powder, and The Lords of Oblivion. The books can be read in any order.
As author S Alessandro Martinez has stated about the series:
"Lords of Oblivion
A 1500-year-old wizard. A pair of savage druids raised from the dead. Modern day San Francisco. A wolf that takes no gruff. Blaisdell creates a fascinating world in this magical realism novel with smart writing, complex characters, and clever use of history and mythology. I was sucked in from the very beginning. I look forward to more of Bradan and Tintagel's mystical adventures.
Lords of Powder
Merlin's former apprentice, Bradan, is back! The 1500-year-old wizard, who is sometimes too smart for his own good, returns for another exciting adventure, this time in 70s Miami as he takes on the criminal world of drug trafficking. Blaisdell's smart, fast-paced writing and use of fascinating history and mythology keeps you on the edge of your seat as Bradan uses his wits, charm, and illusions to navigate the modern era and get himself into plenty of trouble.
Lords of the Summer Season
Being Merlin's former apprentice and living for 1500 years is bound to make you a few enemies. Travel back to the 60s with Bradan the wizard and his otherworldly wolf Tintagel. As Bradan juggles careers as a professor and musician, he must defend himself from his greatest threat yet: a literal god. Blaisdell continues with his clever, skillful, and imaginative writing that will keep readers eagerly turning the next page. My favorite of the Bradan books, Blaisdell dives deeper into the Arthur mythology, and brings the reader even more elements of magic and folklore, all the while weaving an entertaining tale of gods, wizards, ghosts, and 60s acid rock. Thoroughly enjoyable!"
Besides the literary side of my life, my background includes membership on a scientific advisory board for a non-profit professional organization promoting the biomedical and digital health business community in the greater Los Angeles area.
I’ve authored both basic research publications and business management articles focusing on the bio/pharma industry. My Ph.D. is in Biochemistry from the University of Minnesota where I also conducted post-doctoral research in microbiology. And my BS is from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) with a double major in chemistry and cell biology.
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