The Gift of the Quoxxel

Fiction - Fantasy - General
254 Pages
Reviewed on 12/02/2018
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Author Biography

Richard began in a small town the Potawatomis called "place where the water boils." Favorite childhood pastimes included drawing, canoeing, building UFO dioramas, and sitting high in a favorite hickory tree when weather permitted.

With an inclination towards languages through high school, he accidentally acquired Russian language training in the military resulting in a three-year tour of duty in (what was) West Berlin. With the GI Bill, Richard completed training in illustration and graphic design, primarily at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston.

Richard illustrated, designed, and did typesetting for publishers in the and around Boston before moving to the New York City area. There he studied oil painting at the Art Students League, primarily on the recommendation of Hervé Villechaise. (Just kidding. He was really hoping to meet Madonna.)

In 2007, he painted a fantasy-themed painting ( which got him to thinking about a story behind the picture. Working with that concept, The Gift of the Quoxxel eventually surfaced as a self-published Kindle book in 2014.

Currently Richard lives with wonderful wife Marina close to, but far enough from New York City where he continues to hone his visual art skills while dipping his toe in the literary pool to see what bites.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Alyssa Elmore for Readers' Favorite

Journey to the unconventional world of Nibb in the quirky fantasy novella, The Gift of the Quoxxel by Richard Titus. Beauty abounds in King Norr's kingdom of Nibb, where strange and odd are the norm. Surrounded by sea, Norr longs for the freedom and experiences of the open ocean. While desperate for company from another world, Norr must maintain his appearances as King. When a strange girl suddenly appears, Norr and his lovely wife, Queen Vayla, agree to adopt her as their daughter. Only, they soon discover that their new daughter, Pearl, is not quite normal. Haunted by a strange creature, Yill, that loves nothing better than to torment the King with his quick wit and peculiar humor, Norr's life is far from boring. When a mysterious stranger appears from the depths of the ocean, will it spell disaster for the peaceful, if a little backward inhabitants of Nibb? Will King Norr ever get to experience the adventures of the open sea?

Enjoy the off-beat wit and humor in this adult novella, The Gift of the Quoxxel by Richard Titus. King Norr may be a bit dim, but he makes up for it in heart. With a brilliant cast of eccentric characters and colorful scenery, this book will be certain to delight fans of Terry Pratchett novels. Written for the adult to read to the child, to be translated back to the adult, this book is a little gem of undiscovered treasures. With very little in the way of a plot, readers of lateral thinking will take great pleasure in reading this novella. This book was a pleasure to read. I recommend this novella to readers that enjoy the works of authors Terry Pratchett and Lemony Snicket.