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happy St Patrick's Day / Bending The Boyne
« on: July 15, 2011, 11:16:57 am »
 Note:  this thread's title will change every week to reflect the most recent post --- now at page 3.

If you like Jean Auel, Mary Renault, E. Rutherfurd, Michener, then you may enjoy this novel -- researched and lively historical fiction set in the early Bronze Age.

This is the place to ask the author about the setting, the plot, why the cover has massive carved boulders on it, and most anything about Ireland or the Bronze Age in the north Atlantic.

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2200 BCE: Changes rocking the Continent reach Eire with the dawning Bronze Age. Well before any Celts, marauders invade the island seeking copper and gold. The young astronomer Boann and the enigmatic Cian need all their wits and courage to save their people and their great Boyne mounds, when long bronze knives challenge the peaceful native starwatchers. Tensions on Eire between new and old cultures and between Boann, Elcmar, and her son Aengus, ultimately explode. What emerges from the rubble of battle are the legends of Irelands beginnings in a totally new light.

Larger than myth, this tale echoes with medieval texts, and cult heroes modern and ancient. By the final temporal twist, factual prehistory is bending into images of leprechauns who guard Eires gold for eternity. As ever, the victors will spin the myths.
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    Thanks for the info, moderators!

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    A few samples of the professional reviews to date:

    "...This is a superb novel that will be of particular interest to readers of historical fiction as well as those with a keen interest in archeology and mythmaking."
    --Foreword Review


    "...Thought-provoking and entertaining."
    --The Irish News, June 2011


    "...Bending the Boyne is a masterful weaving of myth, prehistory, and modern reality that reads faultlessly."
    --Nancy Lorraine, Senior Reviewer, MBR Bookwatch


    Readers, this thread is the place to ask questions about this unique novel of ancient Ireland and the north Atlantic -- look forward to hearing from you!


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    Today's post, the weekly allotment, gives some background for Bending The Boyne.

     Older than the pyramids and Stonehenge, the Boyne passage mounds fell out of use around the end of the third millennium BCE as did megaliths along much of the north Atlantic coasts, from the Pyrenees to Brittany and into the Isles. This had nothing to do with Celts as that culture didnt appear for over a thousand years in the Isles. But 21st century archaeology reveals a compelling story of change.  This is the first novel of Bronze Age Ireland to explore what may have happened. The passage mounds and their carved rocks are now acknowledged to be intricately engineered observatories for movements of sun, moon, and constellations.

        The challenge was, what character should center the story of the great Boyne passage mounds and how they came to be abandoned?
           
        Boann, a figure now described as a goddess to fit modern concepts, is associated with the river Boyne and with the white river in the sky, the Milky Way. She appears briefly in the earliest myths and then she literally disappears. Her life is sketchily set forth in fragments. She is said to have a number of husbands, and a little dog named Dabilla. Her son Aengus is strongly associated with the passage mound now called Newgrange, but in a prehistoric version of Whos Your Daddy? The myths are not clear on just who is his father. It is clear that Boann is the mother of Aengus. In this novel she is also an apprentice learning her peoples astronomy.
           
        Boanns impassioned struggle to hold on to her peoples astronomy and their values forms the central conflict in Bending The Boyne, when marauders seeking gold reach the Boyne to plunder it. She faces the choice of duty as against personal desires. Boanns lover Cian, another sketchy figure from the earliest mythology, is banished overseas. From there he figures out how to help Boann and his people survive the incoming warriors in a profound way.
             
         The discord surrounding Aengus paternity haunts him into adulthood and leads to the shocking result when Aengus finally confronts Elcmar, the invader who married Boann for his own purposes.
             
         Aengus knows that all of time is made up of night and day. He intends to hold onto the Boyne forever, newcomers or not. Truth is stranger than fiction. To our era, the great passage inside Newgrange, over 60 feet in length, still welcomes the rays of winter solstice sunrise after more than 4,000 years. So it is that Aengus, the young son of Boann, returns at solstice to shine upon Eire. The Boyne complex in Ireland is now a UN World Heritage site that has tens of thousands of visitors annually. Perhaps the builders knew this structure could last forever.
           
        The huge mounds faded from the myths and were later described as elfmounds, dismissed in later centuries by those who had ample reason to act as spin doctors. The gold hidden in those mounds is not metal, it is the myths themselves and the rich heritage of Irish literature inspired by Boann and Aengus from the likes of Yeats, Synge, Joyce, Flann OBrien, and others. The astute reader will catch echoes of these in Bending The Boyne. In addition to deconstructing the myth of Boann and her son Aengus, this novel holds a mirror up to notions of myth and celebrity, to beliefs and how they arise.

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    ...August is supposed to be a doldrums month for book sales, but they have been steady in both print and Kindle, so a thank-you to new readers of
    BENDING THE BOYNE.

    Also a good week for new reviews, blog posts, and a news article. It is so interesting to get feedback and different perspectives as more reviews appear.

    Join the fans!  (soon to number 600 on Facebook)

    What are you waiting for?

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    Another good week. It's been a surprise to see the ratio of Kindle sales to print sales and that is holding steady. Hope all the Kindle readers are very pleased --

    Don't forget to read the Author's Note and back matter pages via Kindle. Check out those two maps in front matter to see where Cian voyages in a Bronze Age currach, and later in a naomhog, along the north Atlantic coasts. The famed Dover Boat, the earliest known Atlantic plank vessel, makes its appearance in Bending The Boyne as well.

    This author has seen the Dover boat at the fine museum in Dover, Kent, UK and attended an archaeology conference there. That is also where I met the divers who found Bronze Age scrap in the Channel; a detail that came to be included in this novel. They are a group of regular lads who love diving and love marine archaeology.

    The historical fiction authors' thread (this section of the threads) today contains interesting posts from other authors re: Author notes and Biblio material that enhance reader enjoyment and understanding. The Author's Note in Bending The Boyne contains a joke or two so it's well worth reading!

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    Another bog body found, during the past week. This one may date to around 1,000 BCE ( 3,000 years ago). Like others it shows signs of "ritualistic" killing presumably from the upper torso having been encased by a leather bag. Unless of course your poor auld lad put a bag over his own head and arms then wandered into the bog...

    If others follow Bronze Age archaeology updates, let me know. We could compare sources!

    And from a recent review of Bending The Boyne, a reader in the UK --

         "So good to read something about ancient Ireland that does not resort to modern, usually misinformed, obsession with Celts! "

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    The weekly message in a bottle (Irish single malt, naturally!)

    Another thread on KB has comments re: books coming out with audiotracks. What sounds / music would be on an audio track for this title? 

    : Lots of bird noises, the wind through tall grasses, ocean sounds at the shore and raging storms over the waves, and of course,

    pipes.  The pipes have been in the Isles for at least as long as the great Boyne mounds if not a bit longer; per a set of wooden musical pipes found in county Dublin.

    And drums, the flat hoop drum called the bodhran. It produces a deep drumming that resonates into your bones. Parts of this novel were written while listening to bodhran music and those deep cadences come through in reading it-- possibly annoying to some readers!

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    Interesting. Good to meet a fellow historical writer.  :D

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    Re: Bending The Boyne, historical fiction winner, Next Generation Awards 2011
    « Reply #10 on: September 04, 2011, 05:19:22 pm »
    Oh, time for the 7-day stand and stretch.  Gets really auld sitting around in here for 7 days waiting to post again.  Readers, be nice.  Say hello at least. Sure, won't this pooor author be prehistoric after a few more months in here?

    This week's archaeo news:  Orkney.  As predicted by many, well at least by the author here,  the professionals continue to dig up portions of my novel. The materiality is where it is predicted to lie.  So now it's Orkney and they've found a concentration of impressive structures.  What, like the grand structure of Maes Howe existed in a vacuum at the edge of the known world northeast of what is now Scotland?  But sure, maybe the surprised tone in the news reporting was just silliness by the media. 

    One valid surprise has been that certain stones showed evidence of pigment decoration, a first in that part of the Isles. Remember, we are talking early Bronze Age Atlantic. It is over 4,000 years ago. Troy is just a few huts, Greek cities and Rome do not exist.

    Here's an attempt to post a link to the article for those who like to go to the source material: 


    Orkney continues to yield impressive building remains -- http://irisharchaeology.ie/archives/805

    Now have a look at Bending The Boyne, in which the longstanding links between the Boyne center and Orkney are part of the story.


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    Re: Bending The Boyne, historical fiction winner, Next Generation Awards 2011
    « Reply #11 on: September 11, 2011, 07:09:02 am »

    September 11, 2011






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    Re: Bending The Boyne, historical fiction winner, Next Generation Awards 2011
    « Reply #12 on: September 18, 2011, 08:57:28 am »
    Many thanks to Allison Harper for my author blogspot September 16 on her blog :
    http://themusingsofabookjunkie.blogspot.com/ ,  in part as follows:


    "...The very notion of being a celebrity or warrior-hero probably arose at this time, the third millennium BCE, as shown by a big change in burials from cremation and mass deposits of bone and ashes to individual burials in cists, usually males, buried with prestige objects like copper daggers and gold jewelry.


    And what did Elcmar do with that white horse? Certain grisly aspects of the hero-making of Elcmar, the Invaders champion, have been glossed over by all but a few academics (and some passages of Finnegans Wake) but yes, that ceremony is thought to have involved carnal union with a white horse. The union was to ensure the lands fertility. In later times, the horse was dismembered and put into a great cauldron that the king climbed into to soak in the poor dead beasts blood. In still later times, a bad leader was ritually tortured and killed.

    It is also the case that in what we now call Spain, and possibly in the eastern part of the UK, some tribes practiced ritual cannibalism. This author chose to draw stark contrast between Starwatchers and Invaders rather than overemphasize the strangest cultural practices of the Bronze Age. ..."
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    Re: Bending The Boyne, historical fiction winner, Next Generation Awards 2011
    « Reply #13 on: September 25, 2011, 11:06:47 am »
    Various signings and speaking engagements begin to fill the fall schedule, as Bending The Boyne reaches six months in print ( and now via Kindle/apps).

    Though at first it looked like male readers interested in astronomy or prehistory favored this novel, the enthusiastic reviewers have also been women. For example:

    "A great book about a little-known era of Irish history. Both the story and characters are engaging, and I felt the research was quite sound, the detail amazing. My only quibble was the present-day opening chapter, which I felt was unnecessary: I would have preferred to move right into the past--and the story. But a great effort all around--looking forward to future books! "

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    Re: Bending The Boyne, historical fiction winner, Next Generation Awards 2011
    « Reply #14 on: October 02, 2011, 10:54:26 am »
    An excerpt of Bending The Boyne has been posted on Newgrange.com for several months, as follows:

    http://www.newgrange.com/bending-the-boyne.htm .

    Newgrange.com is an excellent site for photos of the mounds, articles, video clips of winter solstice, and books for further reading on this UN World Heritage area, the Boyne landscape.

    This novel can be ordered using the link above to Amazon.

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    Re: Bending The Boyne, historical fiction winner, Next Generation Awards 2011
    « Reply #15 on: October 09, 2011, 10:15:11 am »
    [ There is no one here to take your call. 

    The author is writing the second novel, set later in the Atlantic Bronze Age.

    Please peruse the earlier posts above for more information,

    and check out the Bending The Boyne Facebook page with over 700 ecstatic fans and its Wall w/ updates on a somewhat regular basis,

    Also see the author's website at www.jsdunnbooks.com .  It has great info and links to cool stuff that you never knew about.

    Please leave a message after the beep and we will return your call as soon as possible.  *BEEP*   ]

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    Re: Bending The Boyne, historical fiction winner, Next Generation Awards 2011
    « Reply #16 on: October 16, 2011, 09:12:27 am »
    Sunday on KB!  Time to stand and stretch inside this little space.

    Great blogspot this week for Bending The Boyne  by a reviewer looking at the novel from the fantasy/myth aspects :

    "  ...This book is so well written and the story line moved at just the right pace and kept me interested to the point that I was getting up in the middle of the night to read. I could not put my kindle down!


    This book is not an easy read, however if you are looking for a book that engages all of your senses and your intellect then this book is for you. Reading this book was such an enjoyable experience and with that said I give it 5 Stars. "
    http://www.darkissreads.com/2011/10/bending-boyne-by-js-dunn.html



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    Re: Bending The Boyne, historical fiction winner, Next Generation Awards 2011
    « Reply #17 on: October 23, 2011, 01:44:29 pm »
    Giveaway: one Kindle copy to the first reader who leaves a reply or pertinent question here  !  Or a love letter, or whatever...
      You can PM me with your email to send the Kindle...


    Meanwhile this week in archaeo-news,  the pros will be doing a nonintrusive imaging  look into the massive Newgrange mound to see if it also has two passages rather than one.

    And there is an interesting Q&A today with the author on www.unusualhistoricals.com --

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    Re: Bending The Boyne, historical fiction winner, Next Generation Awards 2011
    « Reply #18 on: October 30, 2011, 12:44:14 pm »
    Samhain,   the night of the dead -- far removed from the modern childrens' holiday and trick or treating. It falls between autumn equinox and winter solstice and thus is a "crossquarter" on the solar calendar.

    Bonfires on Samhain remained a custom in rural areas of the Atlantic coasts that had gaelic influence, well into the 20th century. Fire warded off the wandering spirits of ancestors, those who meant harm -- or was that done to protect innocent wandering spirits from the deeds of the living? 

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    Re: Bending The Boyne, historical fiction winner, Next Generation Awards 2011
    « Reply #19 on: November 06, 2011, 11:13:44 am »
    "...a fascinating account of what happened to the residents of the once-isolated island at the beginning of the Bronze Age. " Historical Novel Society online review, November 2011.

    Bending the Boyne: A Novel of Ancient Ireland explores the clash of cultures when bronze-using warrriors arrive in ancient Eire. A totally fresh look at ancient Ireland.
    Based on new theories of the origins of Celts. To paraphrase Yeats , set your head on fire.

    Quality paperback 350 pp, and new on Kindle and Nook at $2.99


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    Re: Bending The Boyne, historical fiction winner, Next Generation Awards 2011
    « Reply #20 on: November 13, 2011, 11:13:20 am »
    News flash ( You always wanted to know this) :  Newgrange has only one passage and chamber,
    based on a recent scan of the mound using noninvasive techniques. 

    http://www.meathchronicle.ie/news/meatheast/articles/2011/11/09/4007577-groundbreaking-technology-shows-no-second-chamber-at-newgrange/

    Bending The Boyne's FB Wall page has updates like this. Stay tuned !

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    Re: Winter Solstice At 2200 BCE: Bending The Boyne, Next Generation Award 2011
    « Reply #21 on: November 20, 2011, 11:35:35 am »
    Winter solstice. Did the ancients greet it with music?

    Musical instruments found on Eire from 4,000 years ago and forward -- great video clip : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4t8ap5KXqQ&feature=share 

    The early wooden pipes shown in the video's opening segment
    appear at page 69 and again at p. 262,  in


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    Re: Winter Solstice At 2200 BCE: Bending The Boyne, Next Generation Award 2011
    « Reply #22 on: November 27, 2011, 11:20:37 am »
    CONGRATS to Bending The Boyne for completing its virtual tour at last,

    and having 800 plus Facebook fans.  The Wall page on FB is used as a blog for relevant updates and tidbits re: the Atlantic Bronze Age.

    Less than one month to go for the big event, Winter Solstice.  See why the Boyne mounds, a UN World Heritage site, have over 200,000 annual visitors.

    350 pages quality paperback, and via Kindle/Nook/apps:




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    Re: Winter Solstice At 2200 BCE: Bending The Boyne, Next Generation Award 2011
    « Reply #23 on: November 28, 2011, 09:04:02 pm »
    This is the earliest setting I've seen around here for historical fiction. 
    Looks well-researched and fascinating!
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    If you read this ebook, you will die.

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    Re: Winter Solstice At 2200 BCE: Bending The Boyne, Next Generation Award 2011
    « Reply #24 on: December 04, 2011, 11:54:04 am »
    This is the earliest setting I've seen around here for historical fiction.  
    Looks well-researched and fascinating!

    Thanks very much !

    And here is a charming man from county Sligo to riff on the myths, pagan imagery, and matters related to the solstice and the reborn sun,
    "   Ireland is a woman and ...the world is a woman..."


    Watch this to the ending :  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1tV1_wgKFI&feature=youtu.be



    PS) Ireland/EU residents wanting print version can also check IrishBooksDirect
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