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The novel, “Littluns, AND THE BOOK OF DARKNESS”

April 20, 2008

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And the world fell deeper and deeper into chaos when on the eve of destruction and extermination darkness falls over the earth, and nothing will ever be the same. Littluns is a story for all ages; an adventure of a lifetime depicting everyone’s journey through life while facing choices for darkness or The Light.

“Littluns” Honored:Littluns is "Mom’s Choice Awards®" Gold Recipient for 2009.

           Littluns creator, author, and illustrator First time author Mark Glamack’s novel “Littluns: AND THE BOOK OF DARKNESS” has just become the Mom’s Choice Awards® Gold recipient for 2009. Awarded in the Young Adult category Gold for:

 

(1) Fiction

and also Gold for

(2) Fantasy, Myths, and Legends,

 

“Mom’s Choice Awards” represents the best in family-friendly media, products, and services.

The “Mom’s Choice Awards” is known for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. We were informed that “…our book was chosen by an esteemed panel of judges made up of education, media, and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business, authors, scientists and others,” with their total votes needing to be 90% or better for anyone to win. We are truly humbled with their recognition of honoring “Littluns” with this most prestigious award. Earlier last year, “Littluns” won honorable mention at the New York Book Expo.

 

            Mark Glamack’s biography includes a distinguished and diverse career as an animator, business owner, creator, director, producer, patented inventor, and former six elected terms as Governor for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

 

A little about “Littluns”:

“Littluns” is about a choice we must all make in our lives for The Light or the darkness.

Littluns means “little people who live within.” From the very secret and hidden inner crater walls of Powder Mountain to their homes and businesses built into the environment and community of Hollow Hills, Littluns symbolize all that is good and true. Littluns measure about three feet in height, give or take a few inches, and are usually well rounded in appearance, due to their insatiable appetites and the many social events that provide good reasons for good eating. They have very large ears, three fingers and a thumb, and furry feet with thick soles, eliminating the need for socks and shoes.

 

Birthdays are celebrated in a big way, but unlike humans, Littluns don’t measure age in terms of years. They sometimes refer to themselves as younger than younguns, younguns, middleuns, or olderuns, but without any number attached. They are forever young in appearance and retain a child-like innocence throughout their long life. It is estimated that Littluns live to be over three hundred human years, more or less.

 

Their homes are constructed into the hilly landscape of Hollow Hills and when completed, covered with clay, dirt, and grass that provide a protective cover against the elements. The windows are covered with shutters that open outward, providing fresh air to circulate throughout the home. Two half-circle doors open in and out where the inside walls vary between carved wooden framing around stone and plaster/mortar-like mud, to keep any dampness out, and a polished granite floor. Comfort is everything to Littluns and they’re forever coming up with new ideas and designs to expand their floor space, usually as a result of an addition in the family or the desire for additional party space. After all, Littlun parties can get quite crowded if one doesn’t have enough room.

 

It is important to note that Littluns have no need for gossip. Any Littlun can get published and just about everyone does. They write about this and that, so everyone knows what’s on their minds. The ‘Littleton Press’ prints a bi-weekly newspaper, and other stories and informational topics become Books. The most popular are the “How to” Books, about family, new building techniques, gardening, fishing, how to play better Crick-golf, vacation spots, and of course, the latest cookbooks. Mystery novels are also very popular. More organized shelf space for their personal libraries is another good reason for expansion.

 

Every Littlun is taught, from a very young age, that stealing is wrong and no Littlun would even consider such an act, and telling any lie would not even occur to them. It just wouldn’t be Littlun.  

 

    ...and the adventure begins.        The end of days begins when five Littluns journey down from their secret mountaintop homeland on what should be a cautious, but pleasant ‘Scavenger Hunt’ outing.

 

            For these pure ‘little people,’ what awaits them could not have been anticipated or even imagined. The results and consequences are however unavoidable. Darkness has come, and is spreading its evil influences to the land below on the eve of destruction and extermination.

            Disguised as a human and Necromancer, he has placed most of his dark powers into words; words reserved for his wicked purposes. But ‘The Evil One’s’ ominous Dark Book becomes lost, resulting in him becoming trapped somewhere between the living and the dead. He must have his book back at all costs.

 

            Littluns is a story for all ages; an adventure of a lifetime depicting everyone’s journey through life while facing choices for darkness or The Light.

 

…and nothing will ever be the same.

 

Imagine innocence of Light, the meek and good among us being unexpectedly consumed into a void of darkness.

Imagine a world gone wrong as darkness overwhelms the Light – offering little hope in a world gone wrong.

Imagine circumstances beyond your control from which your life will inexplicably never ever be the same.

Imagine anyone being stripped of their identity with no past, present, or future while wandering misplaced with a tortured disability and terrifying existence, within an empty space of nothingness.  

 

 

 

On the eve of distruction and extermination.

On the eve of distruction and extermination.

What could you do – where would you go – how might you survive – can there be any hope in hopelessness? Imagine being in such a dark place and how you might find ANY truth, peace, love, hope, joy, enlightenment, and your heart’s desire in the face of such adversity?

 

Onward and Foreword

 

            Deep in the heart to each one of us lie innocence, malice, and an irreconcilable struggle for mastery over our souls. Alternately, they call out to us, each promising great reward if we will but ally ourselves with one or the other. But without a guide we cannot reach, nor understand or choose between them. To one belongs The Book of Darkness. If unopposed, it seeks its victim and is implacably victorious.     

 

            To the other belongs The Book of Light and a word (Eucatastrophe), but it must be found or its powerful message will be lost forever to the one who needs it most. But if a guide to the heart steps forward, then the person he summons can follow the navigator to the realm of indefatigable innocence. The Chronicles of Narnia are one way; The Lord of the Rings, another. But Mark Glamack offers a third way with an unpredictable page turner and an ending so surprising as to be utterly true to life in the world as we know it.

            Littluns creates a path into human experience that guides us to the very core of our soul—providing a key to peace and endurance as we await the renewal of the world at the end of time.

Robert E. Maguire, O. Cist.

 

 “Littluns” becomes a personal journey and experience that can be found within the 411 color illustrated pages of “Littluns AND THE BOOK OF DARKNESS” stirring every emotion. It is a place where one can find inspirational reason and fortitude to celebrate the hope and uncompromising determination of the human spirit.

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“Littluns(TM) AND THE BOOK OF DARKNESS” Now Available at http://www.littluns.net.

 

LOS ANGELES, CA–(MARKET WIRE)– – Animator Mark Glamack believes that positive motivation, education, and inspiration need to be an integral part of today’s entertainment. That said, Glamack decided to fill that void with a family-friendly book defining the age-old battle between the choice of light or darkness. Source: Mark Glamack

Animator Mark Glamack’s first novel, Littluns(TM)AND THE BOOK OF DARKNESS

•  http://www.littluns.net

“Littluns(TM) AND THE BOOK OF DARKNESS,” according to Glamack, is a story for all ages. A scavenger hunt takes readers on a roller coaster ride into the unknown. Glamack has created a different reading experience in a new world with fascinating characters.

The verdict is in from Tweens and Teens who are enthusiastic about the book and are sharing it with their friends. “The Littluns(TM) is a wonderful story!” says tenth grader, Courtney, “The characters immediately draw you into this fantasy novel. Once inside the story, you feel yourself transported into this world of magic. Awesome! There is a struggle between good and evil,” Courtney adds, “that is similar to that of the Harry Potter series because the main characters use their courage, determination and a little bit of magic to overcome the forces of evil.”

Glamack explains, “The book gives positive celebration to traditional Judeo-Christian values and the human spirit. It is a story of extreme good and innocence in a world of chaos. This book clearly defines the differences.”

Stephanie Johnston wrote in her review of the book, “Refreshing, from a parent’s point of view, is knowing that Littluns(TM) is written absent of inappropriate and offensive language, and will not affect the onset and continued interest of the reader. The book stays in balance with humor, terror, innocence, action, morals, truth, sadness, hope, and feelings. The reader will find this novel impossible to predict and full of surprises.”

“Littluns(TM) AND THE BOOK OF DARKNESS”  can be purchased online at www.littluns.net and in select stores.
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Littluns is for the entire family, but we recommend individule readers to be young adults or better.

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The 411 page book includes 63 color illustrations

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REVIEW
Reviewed by Audrey Greenwell
Arkansas
Grandmother and Successful Entrepreneur

I loved the book “Littluns, AND THE BOOK OF DARKNESS!!!” I am looking forward to reading the sequel!! There has to be one!

I found the travels of Sneetz, both exciting and frustrating! I wanted so badly for the one issue to be different although it was what it had to be!  A very creative solution!

His Grossness will create a wonderful image in a child’s mind as his descriptive sounds and utterances cause giggles galore!
A more evil creation than Equassym Enturim as the Necromancer could not be better described by the author. I had the feeling that this evil entity could not be detained without a Higher Power intervening. I was holding my breath through out the ending! Whew!
Mark Glamack has taken the best of many thoughts of enlightened souls and turned it into a tale that will weave joy and intrigue through the imaginations of young and old alike.
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Courtney Pearsall
Fairport, NY
Fairport Minerva DeLand High School
Review for Novel ”The Littluns” by Mark Glamack

The Littluns is a wonderful story!  The characters immediately draw you into this fantasy novel.  Once inside the story, you feel yourself transported into this world of magic.  Awesome. 

The Littluns is an adventure about friendship, loyalty, courage and determination.  The main character has to face a task which involves life and death.  While others before him who have been given this task have returned successfully, there is still a chance that he may not.  The character must rely on his strength and courage to complete the task and hopefully return home.  He experiences fear, sadness, danger and ultimately a feeling of joy as he completes the task.  Along the way, he strengthens the bonds with his friends who are traveling with him and develops new friendships too. I, also, experienced these same feelings while reading the Littluns.

There is a struggle between good and evil that is similar to that of the Harry Potter series because the main characters use their courage, determination and a little bit of magic to overcome the forces of evil.

I found the setting and the rest of the characters very intriguing.  The way they go about doing their every day things made me interested in reading more.  I loved the way the author displayed the strong friendships in the novel.  The friends are supportive of each other and each others’ ideas and opinions. They are loyal to each other even when separated by evil.  He gives a wonderful example of what true friendships should be!
I was always excited to read further in the Littluns to see what was going to happen next, who was going where, who was going to do what, and how they succeeded in overcoming their fears. 
I hope the author writes a sequel to the Littluns because I would like to see what happens to this world when evil no longer rules.
I thought the Littluns was an inspiring story of loyalty and hard work.  It is a great book for students and adults alike.
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Littluns Novel Review

What could possibly happen?

Every precaution is taken that nothing will happen on an annual outing of renewal.
In the very secret Hollow Hills, civic duty calls upon five Littluns to go out into the land of Terra Fermata and find new things to bring back.  Being completely isolated from the rest of Terra Fermata, the Littlun way of life is innocent, and very happy.

Out they go… where an outing becomes a journey of survival against the most wretched characters you will ever meet, and the pinnacle of consummate evil, The Necromancer. So much so, the reader will want to be sure their door is locked and there are more lights on than just the reading lamp!

However, with darkness there must be light(ness) in good storytelling.

Elderond of the light, thank goodness, is brought into the story, which gives healing, and wisdom, with sprinkles of magic that gives the reader a wonderful respite.  There are other most astounding characters of light to help console the reader along the way and, whew!, do we need them!

The story is complex but fast moving and easily understood along with many plot twists that I didn’t see coming!  Also there is nothing here that parents should find offensive.

After finishing the book, several days later I was talking to a friend and mentioned that I saw this really great movie.  He asked me what the name was and I said Littluns.  I paused and thought – hey wait a minute that wasn’t a movie that was a book I read!

Hootsy Bootsy!!
Review by Jim Bratkowsky
Los Angeles, CA
Profession: DVD Producer

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Stephanie Johnston
Accountant
Bloomfield, NY

RE:  Review of “LITTLUNS” Novel
 
Extraordinary, to say the least, “Littluns”, by author and illustrator Mark Glamack, is a novel that is hard to put down.  In fact, you would not want to take this book to bed at night hoping that itwill help you fall asleep. Instead, it will keep you up to late in the night!
 
“Littluns” was such a pleasure to read that I would read it over and over again.
 
Some readers will read the book as pure fantasy, and enjoy the author’s imaginary world.  Others will be able to relate to parts of the story, as when making the choice of good or evil, and everyday life encounters.  While some will go deeper into the realityand spiritual aspects of this truly brilliant masterpiece.

Mr. Glamack’s properly timed placements of the illustrations will help the reader visualize the animated characters and environment.  Throughout the entire novel, every little detail of the events taking place puts the reader inside the book.  I actually found myself acting out some of these details.  Mark Glamack’s unique talent will set the stage for the reader, as if you feel that you are in the Movie Theater.
It has been an honor and privilege to have been one of the first few chosen to read this unique novel, “Littluns” — A book of Light.

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What a brilliant book! It takes you on a ride through magical settings and entertains from beginning to end! I look forward to reading the next book!
Pass it on to all!
Frank Gianotti
Executive Producer
Starworks Productions
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“Littluns, AND THE BOOK OF DARKNESS”


Of Light and Life there is The Book of Light

Of all that has been or will be corrupted, there is The Book of Darkness

One empowers individuals

The other has power over them

The story of Littluns begins long ago, and not so far away, somewhere between reality and eternity, where there became a self-contained land of mountains, deserts, valleys, and plains that reached far and wide to the shores and spotted islands on a deep blue sea. This land was named Terra Fermata for the sake of the new earth’s musical pause of harmony and peace after the war to end all wars conclude with its long history now all but completely forgotten. Disturbingly, over recent years, the blessings of peace and harmony were replaced with anarchy and chaos where its inhabitants, once again, through jealousies, intolerances, indifferences, and greed, began turning on their neighbors.

The lands of Terra Fermata have many cities and towns connected by an intricate series of roads and rivers. There’s the isolated northern city of Ephesus Cam Coo Nick to which few have journeyed because of its bitter cold and rugged terrain. However, those seeking spiritual enlightenment make the journey to this city before continuing the long and challenging climb up Marble Mountain to a retreat, a community of holy men at its summit.
 
Once or twice a year an enlightened few, returning home with supplies, join the community’s residents.  Its name is Atrium Nimbus, the Monastery of Light. It is written that, in ancient times, the heavens opened over the summit of Marble Mountain and a monastery was miraculously created. It was given a name of illumination and, to this day, that name, Atrium Nimbus, means entrance to the circle of light.
Here also, God wrote of love, hope, joy, the heart’s desires and enlightenment and named it Eucatastrophe, the Book of Light, and Life.  The first two letters of the title, Eu, reverse and remove all the resulting and damaging effects of a catastrophe, changing its meaning completely. Those who are of the Light will have their names entered for all time in this Book and will have become worthy of His omnipresent Light by virtue of enduring the trial He sent them.
 
In recent times, other interests, diversions, and a loss of faith have prevailed. There have been even fewer willing to brave the harsh elements to reach the holy cleansing and sanctity of the mountain’s retreat. 
Many creatures, including goblins, trolls, dwarves, man, mutants, and one surviving serpant, Dragon inhabit this land along with others who are less conspicuous. Least conspicuous of all and only a myth to outsiders were, or I should say are, Littluns. Talk of Littluns, or Fairy–fairies as the dwarf children call them, has become a part of dwarf folklore that goes back as far as anyone can remember. Over the years dwarf children would dress up with large ears made of woven straw connected together into a hat-like dome that sat over their heads, covered with woolen strands that looked like hair. They then would make large sock–like slippers sewn with loose wool strands that would result in the appearance of furry feet. Of course, to accurately complete their fun, the dwarf boy or girl must be no more than three feet tall. Over the years many sightings of Littluns have been the topic of conversations until, of course, the dwarf children are caught in the act.
 
Although Littluns are just an ancient myth, unbeknownst to the rest of the world, Littluns really do exist! Northwest from the city of Ephesus Cam Coo Nick and hidden within the impenetrable snow–covered exterior walls of Powder Mountain, and secret to the rest of the world, is God’s perfect creation, the protected, self–contained, pure and peaceful valley of Hollow Hills, and Land of the Littluns.The outside world below holds little interest to Littluns. It’s not that they don’t know about such things and what goes on out there; they know very well about the chaos and discord and the importance of remaining removed from such things.
However, once every year or two, sometime round the third and sixth full Moons, the Littleton Town Council selects five of its citizens to journey down Powder Mountain into the outside world. It’s a scavenger hunt. The only rules are that anything they bring back must not belong to else.   An example would be, you aren’t allowed to climb a tree to get an apple, but you can take the apple if it’s fallen onto the ground. No one ever worries about the rules because every Littlun is taught, from a very young age, that stealing is wrong and no Littlun would ever consider such an act — it just wouldn’t be Littlun. 
Now, it should be noted that this is not just any outing. It is very dangerous and requires much skill and knowledge. The journey down the mountain is treacherous. More importantly, there can be no contact with the outside world, thus making a costume necessary.  To do otherwise, could put their very existence in jeopardy.
 
No one looks forward to being selected, but each accepts the responsibility in the knowledge that they are fulfilling a community obligation and that the scavenger hunt will provide new seeds for planting, news of the outside world, and may provide surprises that could serve for good eating or interesting reading. 
 
This is one of those days for a scavenger hunt.
 
This faith-based story of innocence, takes you into a magical fantasy, but at the same time, very real world of current events, and Bible prophecy.

Littluns (the meek and innocent among us) is a contemporary, psychological study–story, that takes place somewhere between reality and eternity, about the good and pure of heart, in contrast to extreme evil in a world gone wrong in the end times.

Littluns is about Truth, Love, Hope, Joy, Enlightenment, and the Heart’s Desire, the experience of Eucatastrophe, The book of Light and Life. It offers a compelling yet disturbing look into a prophetic future where events can be disguised, people easily deceived, and truth restricted to only those who embrace it. This is a story of extremes and the choice we all have for good or evil, the Light or darkness.

Littluns is an action–packed, exciting alternative for millions of readers. It, too, will be marked with controversy because of its powerful theme, but in contrast, its enlightened values cannot be disputed and will live forever in this mythical world of wonder and enchantment that will warm your soul.

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“Littluns, AND THE BOOK OF DARKNESS” is a great animated adventure, experience, and journey into the unknown.

Recommended reading is for children (12 years of age or older) and adults alike. For those looking for a different reading experience, visit www.littluns.net to begin your quest. This engaging and wonderful 411 page story along with its 63 color paintings create a present-tense experience as if you’re watching a motion picture while you read this book of wonder and enchantment. If you’re looking for adventure, fantasy, spirituality, drama, comedy, terror, mystery, related current events, and a different reading experience that will keep you on the edge of your seat, and then touch your soul, you’ll find it in “Littluns, AND THE BOOK OF DARKNESS.”


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MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW

Littluns and the Book of Darkness
Mark Glamack, Author
Mark Glamack, Illustrator
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Adventure, courage, and determination surround loyal friends in the fantasy novel Littluns and the Book of Darkness. Movie Producer and Director now Author, Mark Glamack, uses his background in animation and writing to create this family friendly and Christian based young adult novel. With a mission to positively motivate, educate, enlighten and inspire through entertaining content, Glamack uses his own spiritual guiding light to draw his readers into the struggle between good and evil in this debut novel. The Littluns and the Book of Darkness will entertain audiences of all ages with its fast paced, intriguing storyline and elaborate illustrated life of the Littluns world in the Hollow Hills of the land, Terra Fermata. Author, Mark Glamack, shows off his artistic talent with colorful and meticulous illustrations. His veteran motion picture experience shines with expertly written detailed scene changes and engages readers with screenwriting skills that make his audience feel like they’ve been deep inside a high production animated movie. Glamack has exceeded his goal in depicting the journey of life, how to choose between the light and dark side of the world while showing the gifts of friendship and how they can influence us in the shadows of our own life choices. Littluns and the Book of Darkness is a delightful, skillfully written novel that will capture both young and mature readers and leave them with full hearts and the tools necessary to know the difference between good and evil. Littluns and the Book of Darkness is a wonderful gift for lovers of fantasy, for parents and educators who want to offer a faith based book and for librarians who want to expand their offerings.

Sara Hassler
Reviewer

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...and nothing will ever be the same.

And nothing will ever be the same.

Imagine innocence of Light, the meek and good among us being unexpectedly consumed into a void of darkness.

Imagine a world gone wrong as darkness overwhelms the Light – offering little hope in a world gone wrong.

Imagine circumstances beyond your control from which your life will inexplicably never ever be the same.

Imagine anyone being stripped of their identity with no past, present, or future while wandering misplaced with a tortured disability and terrifying existence, within an empty space of nothingness.

What could you do – where would you go – how might you survive – can there be any hope in hopelessness? Imagine being in such a dark place and how you might find ANY truth, peace, love, hope, joy, enlightenment, and your heart’s desire in the face of such adversity?


Onward and Foreword

Deep in the heart to each one of us lie innocence, malice, and an irreconcilable struggle for mastery over our souls. Alternately, they call out to us, each promising great reward if we will but ally ourselves with one or the other. But without a guide we cannot reach, nor understand or choose between them. To one belongs The Book of Darkness. If unopposed, it seeks its victim and is implacably victorious.

To the other belongs The Book of Light and a word (Eucatastrophe), but it must be found or its powerful message will be lost forever to the one who needs it most. But if a guide to the heart steps forward, then the person he summons can follow the navigator to the realm of indefatigable innocence. The Chronicles of Narnia are one way; The Lord of the Rings, another. But Mark Glamack offers a third way with an unpredictable page turner and an ending so surprising as to be utterly true to life in the world as we know it.

Littluns creates a path into human experience that guides us to the very core of our soul—providing a key to peace and endurance as we await the renewal of the world at the end of time.

Robert E. Maguire, O. Cist.


“Littluns” becomes a personal journey and experience that can be found within the 411 pages of “Littluns AND THE BOOK OF DARKNESS” stirring every emotion. It is a place where one can find inspirational reason and fortitude to celebrate the hope and uncompromising determination of the human spirit.

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You can find more information about “Littluns” at http://www.littlunsblog.com and to order the book at http://www.littluns.net


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