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The Gnome Stories is a fantasy series devoted to discovering the border
lines separating freedom and responsibility. Most of the stories intertwine
human, gnome, and animal POVs. Sub-themes are jealousy, rejection, fear,
spirituality, and leadership. All the crusty-tempered gnomes quest to find
the secret of their missing parents, who are eventually turned to stone
as they age.
Cast of Characters
Royal Family Tree (pdf)
Rōsettä's Website - Haikus and Autism links
Fõy's Website - Magickal Alchemy
Ôg's Website - Gnome Liberation
Wĭl's Website - Wil's gardening advice
Lŭciä's Website - Perfume Portal
Roddy's Website - Personal Site
Meer's Website - Sun Tzu's Art of War
Elyse's Website - The Origins of Stone Disease and AIDs
Bain's Website - Veggies for all
- Opening Trilogy
- Gnome Harvest: Wĭl, a gnome unhappy and inept
in his profession of gardener, must befriend his nemesis Roddy the
rabbit to escape his obligation and begin a new adventure. This year,
he achieves his goal to kill the red demons, the large crows he despises
because they eat the worms that provide magic under the garden's soil.
Insect infestation sets in, and his rules and magic do not work. The
Big Ones step in and poison and burn his beloved vegetable pets. In
a subplot, Roddy is consumed with survivor's guilt and haunted by
memories of his murdered kin.
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Rōsettä Gnome: After traveling to a small
village with Roddy, Wĭl meets other gnomes for the first time.
Unfortunately, this dysfunctional group is involved in unsavory business,
and warfare ensues. One gang kidnaps Wĭl 's new gal, Rōsettä.
He marries her in the end, she dies in childbirth, and he ends up
with the evil female gnome, Lŭciä. In a subplot, Vōlnēy
(Rōsettä's brother) is trying to figure out a book he found in
a bookstore. The book is Alice in Wonderland. He becomes convinced
Roddy is the Mad Hatter, and Rōsettä is Alice. He can't read,
and he forces Roddy out. The animal character in this book is Meer,
a neurotic siamese cat belonging to Ôg, the other main character.
Ôg leaves with Wĭl , Lŭciä, and the new baby in the end
to form a new community. Ôg's storyline is about freedom and responsibility.
Wĭl 's story involves finding a new family. Interpretation is
a major theme.
- Gnome Council: Wĭl is on the hunt for Zwërg
after he murders Lŭciä. Og and Wĭl discover a child's potential
is sometimes not met due to a serious inborn character flaw. In his
quest to deliver justice, Wĭl joins the Gnome Council. Nature
vs. Nurture theme.
- Gnome-ing: Vōlnēy, an outcast from the gnome
community due to his deep spiritual feelings, goes in search of a monastery
to learn to read. His destiny is to go out into the world and do good
deeds. His journey becomes thwarted when he ends up trapped in a city
zoo, and finds a mentor in Albalegel, an old eagle with clipped wings.
He thinks about the Zookeepers and his inadvertent capture, and comes
to realize learning to read has nothing to do with his spiritual growth.
He learns to do small acts of kindness and appreciate ordinary miracles.
He must overcome his analytical nature and discover faith. Only magic
can free him. Freedom and knowledge are major themes.
- Gnome, Sweet Gnome: Rōsettä and Vōlnēy's
early life in a hospital basement carries the themes of death and rebirth.
Sabille, a squirrel helps them find out definitively what happens to old
gnomes. Rōsettä learns to cope by not holding grief or anger, and
Vōlnēy learns there is something out there he can't see or touch.
Their parents, Ĕlyse and Gŭstăv feverishly work towards
a cure for the stone disease. They are not able to produce a cure for
gnomes, but inadvertantly help Hilary Koprowski create the polio vaccine.
- Gnome Train: The story of Fõy, the gnome who rides
the train. He is a deaf mute, and lives the life of a hobo. He has no
animal companion, but plays jokes and tries to communicate with the Big
Ones. He sees too much, and wonders about events that happen on the train.
- Gnome Escape: Ôg's story of his early life as a slave
in an industrial greenhouse. The tale of how he and Meer's mother, Meskhenet,
come to plan and execute his escape from the overseer, Gheer. Prey/predator
and freedom/responsibility themes.
- Gnome King: It is the future. Wĭl is over a hundred
years old. Stone disease has been eliminated, but curiously the kudzu
also keeps the gnomes from aging. Wĭl must travel as part of his
duties of the Gnome Council to NYC. A new Gnome King has become a dictator
and wants to usurp the wisdom of the Gnome Council. He is surprised to
learn the Gnome King is someone from his past.
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