The Free by M.Gilliland

One lonely abused schoolgirl 'OCCUPIES' herself.. and sets off an explosive social and economic Revolution..

readers..watch out DON't click on the references.. you go to the back of the book and can't easily get back.. also clicking on the chapter headings DOESN't take you there, so it's an awkward read right now...But you can DOWNLOAD it from the blog in 3 minutes, pdf and epub...! thefreeonline.wordpress.com

.The State is going bottoms up, the Climate is going crazy,
......we’re living the collapse of capitalism, blow by blow,
...............................with a rainbow.
..............Linda changes her name to Maxie
.....She and her new friends get free of their traumas,
..and get into dealing death blows, to a skinhead gang,
....a bankrupt school and the testerical special police.
.........Next thing they flee to Ragwort CoOp Pool,
........ in a big safe occupied working class area.
.......We play the adventure live through their eyes,
..laughing and lamenting... inventing social revolution.

..The PIF soldiers eventually arrive, to restore capitalist chaos,
............Macker and Maxie are missing, the hunt begins,
....while the spaced out invaders get subverted, corrupted,
..............................swallowed and digested.
Our odd family puzzles with the pieces.. finding a fun lifestyle,
......a coppice farm, and bright ideas for saving The Planet,
but keep your hankies handy, folks.. click on your giant wings,
........................... for the fantastic FLYING finale!

I try to return all Shelvings.. unless your book is fascist, sexist or racist..

  • Classification: Universal
  • Work is: Complete; Fully available on Authonomy
  • First submitted Dec. 16, 2008
  • Last updated Sept. 25, 2014
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  • mikegilli's avatar
    mikegilli Author wrote 1 year ago
    hey kiddos.. my book just uploaded... WITH PHOTOS .! https://www.authonomy.com/book/4458/# 1st I can't upload anything for weeks Then it accepts all the great chapter heading art!! Yippee. But it comes and goes.. now it's blank again.. oh well.. And why is ‘The Free’ DEMOTED by 300 places to 451 This is the ONLY utopian novel here and the only one that denounces ‘'FUX NEWS’' for their myriad crimes against humanity (see ch 44 The Ultimatum) Sure thing Rupert Murdoch's hacker ...
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  • Josephine O Brien's avatar
    Josephine O Brien wrote 1 year, 5 months ago
    Hi Mike, as I said, I planned to skim through the chapters to get a feel for the book, but I fell for it and have read it all through dinner and two bottles of beer. You have a great book here. I couldn't stop. Christo's chapter was a bit difficult to get into because I was so firmly involved with Maxie. But I was involved all over again and now... here you swap me back!! You have a lovely ...
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    sensual elle wrote 1 year, 10 months ago

    I can't put my finger on it, but there's something very Ray Bradbury about this book, very Illustrated Man of feminine gender. And Alan Ginsburg, the poet. Beat. Esoteric Unconventional. Lost. Dissociative. Fab.

    Backed!

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  • Bradley Darewood's avatar
    Bradley Darewood wrote 1 year, 11 months ago
    That was insanely entertaining. You deal with some incredibly heavy themes here, but you manage to touch on them in a way that is light and entertaining, but simultaneously heartfelt and meaningful. That's a worthy approach that takes talent and skill. I read the first 6 chapters, you do a great job of capturing the experience of freedom-- I loved the line about the "empty house" and how she loved the possibilities in front of her now that she'd escaped. ...
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    CM Waller [Retired] wrote 1 year, 11 months ago
    Hi Mike, I have read the first 8 chapters of "The Free" and was very impressed by what I saw. Your main character Linda / Maxine has a compelling voice and she really carries the story through. You do a great job of really getting into her head and sharing her thoughts and feelings which makes the reader feel very empathetic towards her. Her life has been brutal and I find it sad that she is so accepting of the ...
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  • C.I. DeMann's avatar
    C.I. DeMann wrote 2 years ago

    this is very well written stuff. moves along quickly and catches the reader right from the start. very good sense of setting and character. i like the hero and i think other readers will, too. good luck with this. i think it will find success.

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  • carol jefferies's avatar
    carol jefferies wrote 2 years, 2 months ago
    Hi M, The Free I've never read anything quite like this on this website before. I admire your gritty and frank story telling. I thought the story about Linda must have been set decades ago, and was shocked to discover it is much more recent judging by the reference to a computer. I really felt your writing got under the skin of Linda, and was shocked when it was revealed her father had been abusing her for many years. It ...
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    Reid-Sumter [Retired] wrote 2 years, 3 months ago
    So far I've only gotten the chance to read the first chapter of your story, but I must say that this is quite different. It reminds me of the book "Thirst" by Christopher Pike. I love your tale it's very in depth and it seem that you've took a lot of time to make it unique. This story in a way, seems as though it will trail off to be very funny. It's still very well done. I will be ...
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  • mikegilli's avatar
    mikegilli Author wrote 2 years, 3 months ago
    E Book OUT NOW as a Free Download, from the Blog, for e.readers. ipods, kindles and other whatnots Also available on Gooogle Boooks, Scribd, Issuu and the Anarchist Library and publicized via its blog and FarseBook pages. I'm finally updating this 'authonomy edition' so in a few days there will be an amazing improvement, at least in my dubious opinion Thanks everyone for your help and support with this project. ********************************************** ...............After reaching Rank 7 the book has been neglected ...
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  • Luke Bramley's avatar
    Luke Bramley wrote 2 years, 3 months ago

    Had you on my front page since the early days, now I've put you back on my shelf. Love the new cover by the way even if it's now old. The FREE is of an utterly superior quality. Read it and weep, minions! Luke Bramley, The Kingdom Within

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  • Jed Oliver's avatar
    Jed Oliver wrote 2 years, 3 months ago

    Even on page one, I realized this book was written by an exceptionally creative person. That's the biggest compliment I can think of. Jed Oliver (Saving Bob)

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    Sheena Macleod [Retired] wrote 2 years, 3 months ago
    Mike - I enjoyed this, and have signed to follow the Blog on The Free. You address a number of serious issues in a light, almost aimless way. Multi-layered with hidden depths. I like the section where Linda realises her father is not the invincible hero of her girlhood. Wow, I remember that changing insight well. I will read on, I would like to see this in print. I don't feel that I can add anything constructive to this gem ...
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  • Seringapatam's avatar
    Seringapatam wrote 2 years, 6 months ago
    Mike, this came as a refreshing book for me. I love the quirky well paced premise and the delivery of the well timed narrative. There is so much good in the structure of this book and I can only see good things for it. Well flowed well delivered, a cracking idea for a book, so different and I loved it although I wouldnt have seen myself reading anything like this normally. So well done. Sean Connolly. British Army on the ...
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  • Andrew Esposito's avatar
    Andrew Esposito wrote 2 years, 6 months ago
    The Free is a very stimulating read. It's great to find writing that challenges the conventions of a reader. At first I thought it needed a good edit, but as the narration of the mad cap Linda Moon continued, I settled into the dialogue and appreciated the fresh approach. It's very difficult to find originality in novels. Mike, I think you have created something that should be given a chance to shine. Nice to see you back with The Free ...
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  • Fontaine's avatar
    Fontaine wrote 2 years, 6 months ago

    Reading this was so energising. I love the MC and her humour and her struggle to make sense of everything. Very, very good writing. Refreshingly different. It eels as though you had enormous pleasure writing it and that shines through. Nothing to criticise. Thanks for an interesting and uplifting read. Made my day!

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  • LCF Quartet's avatar
    LCF Quartet wrote 2 years, 8 months ago
    Hi Mike, I just came across your book, and after reading your profile and pitch, I came to the conclusion that it's an interesting piece of work to be read with pleasure. (They say intuition comes from experience.) Having read 12 chapters now in one sitting, I'm glad I wasn't mistaken. You are a true talent when it comes to observing people's reactions, feelings and life-styles. THE FREE is a wonderfully written package deal...your characters, the premise, the dialogue parts ...
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  • Lenny Banks's avatar
    Lenny Banks wrote 2 years, 9 months ago
    Hi Mike, I took a look at chapter 4, thanks for backing my book. This is very well written, I have a problem getting inside someone head for a different POV, but reading your work gives me inspiration to have another go at it. You have worked hard on this and it feels very real, I can see it is popular and you are already published so I wish you luck I am sure it is going to press a ...
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  • patio's avatar
    patio wrote 2 years, 11 months ago

    Provocative but out right brilliant.

    I'm not why you are on this site. Its for novice. You are a pro

    Authonomy only offer reviews. You must start writing to publishers. This book must be published. Its fabulous from the start
    max stars

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    glyn raine wrote 2 years, 11 months ago
    Energy infectious, read to the end of 6 and will read more. My only quibble - and it's very, very minor - were occasional slips in tone. eg...."Turning the dirty sleet into swirling clouds of gold./It's an image I'll always remember, running in that suddenly golden snow." It was the 'an image' that seemed to strike a wrong note: suddenly Maxie was conciously referring to a literary trope. And also, from that very immediate narrative voice she was suddenly speaking ...
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    Sanchez Lovers [Retired] wrote 2 years, 12 months ago
    Hello Mike, I find first a very kind message and it made me immediately click on your page. Haha then this reaction wooow book in print! Another click... 1369 cooments? Must be a special book? One more click... one more... one more ............................................ Oh and I am so happy you didn´t stop to promote kind person :) I want it on my bookshelf! But I first give it 6 stars and then I will google and visit pages you posted. ...
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