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The Black Lung Captain by Chris Wooding

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Deep in the heart of the Kurg rainforest lies a long-forgotten wreck. On board, behind a magically protected door, an elusive treasure awaits. Good thing Darian Frey, captain of the airship Ketty Jay, has the daemonist Crake on board. Crake is their best chance of getting that door open—if they can sober him up. For a prize this enticing, Frey is willing to brave the legendary monsters of the forbidding island and to ally himself with a partner who’s even less trustworthy than he is.


But what’s behind that door is not what any of the fortune hunters expect, any more than they anticipate their fiercest competitor for the treasure—a woman from Frey’s past who also happens to be the most feared pirate in the skies.

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Chris Wooding

A book by Chris Wooding

Chris Wooding English writer. Born February 28, 1977 in Leicester, UK Author`s Wikipedia page Official site Born on 28 February 1977 in Leicester, a small mining town in the center of Britain. After the closure of the mines, life there became rather dull. Chris took refuge in reading, and from childhood he dreamed of becoming a writer. Reading books by C.S.

Lewis, Tolkien, Orson Scott Card, Terry Brooks, and many horror authors have shaped his love of fantasy and science fiction. Wooding studied English Literature at Sheffield University. He began writing his first novel at the age of sixteen, but only two years later, one of his books was accepted by the publisher. Chris Wooding is currently a professional writer. He loves punk music and thrash horror films (claims that he can guess who will be killed in the fifth minute of the film), played in several punk bands. Wooding is also a big fan of anime (loves, for example, Visions of Escaflon and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind) and is the author of the teen fantasy anime-style book series Broken Sky (1999-2001; originally planned to be there will be a trilogy, but then each of the books was divided into three parts; an animated series should be shot based on the cycle). He also published the following novels: "Crashing" (1998), the writer`s debut book tells about what happened at a party with four friends. It was Wooding`s first attempt at a teen novel, and he wrote it during his summer vacation when he had nothing to do. "Catchman" (1998) - the horror of the murders of young tramps in a half-abandoned house. One by one, their ghost named Catchman is killed, but it is possible that one of them is the killer. Kerosene (1999) is about a chronically shy boy named Cal who makes up for his shyness by setting things on fire. "Endgame" (2000) - there is a countdown, seven days left before the start of a nuclear war, and in the remaining time friends must deal with what is really dear to them. The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray (2001) is a gothic and dark fantasy set in an alternate world in Victorian London. "Poison" (2003) - a fantasy in the genre of a scary tale - a girl goes to rescue her kidnapped sister. The novel was awarded the Children of The Night Award-2003 by the Dracula Society for the best gothic work of the year. Wooding also wrote three books that make up the epic fantasy trilogy The Braided Path. Some new novels continue to be published. Here is what the author himself says about one of his best books: "The Haunting Of Alaizabel Cray" - a mixture of gothic horror and fantasy about an alternative Victorian London, overrun by demonic creatures that made the city uninhabited south of the river and sneak through the streets after dark ... When Taniel Fox, a young hunter of evil spirits, finds a mad girl wandering the streets in the middle of the night, he takes her home out of pity, and thus becomes embroiled in a conspiracy that affects the highest levels of government and the darkest abyss of the world wych -kin. I think that it was while working on this book that I felt the ground under my feet. In Broken Sky, I tried the waters of the fantasy world and decided that I liked them much more than books for teenagers. After all, that`s where I started. Elizabel, I think, is written in a much more “my” style, since I did not try to adhere to any genre on purpose, and by that time I was confident enough in myself to give free rein and experienced enough not to screw it up. So I thought. Unfortunately, I got down to business too zealously and wrote too much. I had to cut out about one-fifth of the text and completely remove one of the main characters to get the book into `athletic form`; but in the end she got some pretty good reviews from critics and took second place in the Smarties Awards, so I do not regret this work for a moment. In fact, the idea for the book was born out of the setting. I had just moved from Leicester (where I returned after graduating from the University of Sheffield) to London, and I really didn`t like it. I hated the underground, it took an incredibly long time to get anywhere, and the sheer size and unbridled high cost of London. The gloomy, eternally foggy and dangerous city in the book was just a slight exaggeration of how I felt, and the rest came from there. It all started as an improvisation on how I hated living in London, mixed with a bit of Lovecraft, which I was unusually fond of at the time, and somewhere along the way, there were subtext, problems and even, dare I say, an idea. For a long time this book remained my favorite, until The Weavers Of Saramyr took the main place in the list of my affections. Not so long ago, I was commissioned to write a screenplay for the film adaptation of The Haunting Of Alaizabel Cray, which, as I write these words, is already flying to Hollywood. In the process of writing and rewriting the drafts, I changed the plot, mainly to better fit the film, and partly because I got tired of telling the same thing. The essence remains the same, but the film, if ever made, will be slightly different from the book. Which would anger the purists if there were any. Before The Haunting Of Alaizabel Cray was published, I again moved from London to Leicester, but as it turned out to be unexpected for me, the big city had by that time had sunk its claws deep into me, and my house began to seem to me in comparison somehow boring. Eventually I gave up and moved to London again. I like him this time. I stopped paying attention to his bad sides and began to appreciate the good. But I still tend to stay north of the river ...

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