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11.17.11by Daniel Abraham
The Black Sun's Daughter
So you are mailing me a signed copy of one of those right?
I’ve been looking forward to this one! Now only if some other release dates would be announced *cough* The King’s Blood *cough* *cough* Caliban’s War *cough* …
The 29th cannot get here soon enough!
Just got my copy, can’t wait to dive in!! LOVE this series!
Make sure you tell all your friends, right?
Smooth! I think that might be my favorite cover of the series thus far.
Looking forward to reading it. And, like Josh above, the new ones in your other series, as well
Awesome series! I love these books, and I didn’t start reading them because she has my name either…
So when is the release date for the 5th book
So, I am normally very Internets shy and all of that, but…I like these books enough that I put my money where my mouth is and bought the Kindle copy, and wow did I not regret it.
And since I’m being brave enough here, I’m going to ask the wonderful Mr. Abraham in his contemplation of fantasy and economics whether he’s engaged with Wagner’s Ring Cycle of operas, which I think is probably the foundation of the ideas. And if he hasn’t, I’d be happy to point him along.
Actually, I’ve never seen the opera, but I’ve heard so much *about* it, that I kind of feel like I have. I know it was really important to Stephen Donaldson’s work, so it’s kind of in the DNA of the genre just from that. I will make a point of actually getting some first-hand experience with the opera. Thanks!
Yes, Donaldson uses it, and it’s a heavy subtext in Julian May’s ‘Pliocene Exile’–but I think it’s even deeper in the genre thanks to Tolkien, who had an ambiguous relationship to it but was undeniably influenced by it. Wagner was the 800-pound gorilla of the arts in the late 19th/early 20th century. He was part of a general trend in the use of myth, but I think he made it big and serious and intellectual in a way I’m not sure would have happened without him.
What’s so great and frustrating about it, accordingly, is that there’s a lot of ‘information’ about the operas floating around in general knowledge…and then when students, for instance, actually get to know it, it’s profoundly different than they thought it would be. (I had the good fortune to TA a class just on the Ring.) It’s extremely talky and often very slow-moving, which is not what anyone expected. But there are some good video versions out there, which are probably easier to get into than CD and libretto. I’d love to drop recs for anyone who wants them!
Loved this book so much. Can’t wait for book 5! Do you have a release date for that?
Killing Rites was absolutely awesome. Loved it. Can’t wait for the next. Although, I know that I’ll have plenty of other goodness coming from you in the interim. Thanks for doing what you do, Daniel.
Delighted that it worked for you. I’m really looking forward to the next one. There’s a central assumption of the series that doesn’t make sense, and we’re just about to explain it. I think we’ve got a name for it: Graveyard Child.
I loved this book. Now I’m just longing for the next one because till here we only have minimum clues about the Black Sun.
And I very much would like to know some answers to some trivial questions: What? How? When? Why, let’s not forget Why!
As I said trivial questions.
Thanks for these books.
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