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Monday, March 09, 2009

Further Book Matters (and a curse)

Does it betray some weird psycho-sexual dysfunction (phallic insecurity, perhaps?) that my first reaction upon receiving the huge box containing my author copies of Fall of Thanes was to pile them all up into a tower and take a photo of it? Probably not, though I wouldn't dismiss the possibility entirely. Behold my mighty book tower! See how it ... towers.

Clearly, since these have shown up on my doorstep - and looking very fine at that - publication of the third and final part of the trilogy is now unavoidable. Early May, in a shop near you (or online if there're no shops near you, of course). For those thinking of putting in an order, a reminder: should you be tempted by the thought of a signed, dedicated etc copy of Fall of Thanes all of your own, the place to go is the Transreal website. Click on my name at top right for all the details, but the most important point is that it'll only cost you cover price plus shipping. Bargain!

While on the subject of books, I have been rectifying a shocking gap in my genre reading. Until this last week or two, my sole experience of Conan the barbarian was the long ago and rather dubious movies featuring a certain US politician in the title role. Now, I'm pleased to say, I'm making up for lost time by working my way through this gorgeous book - close to a thousand pages of pulpy, politically incorrect sword and sorcery merriment. I'm enjoying it considerably more than I thought I might, and for all the lack of 'polish' that occasionally crops up in the writing (these stories were being turned out incredibly quickly, after all), I've been struck by what an effective writer Robert E. Howard really is. There's some seriously vivid and atmospheric work going on, alongside all the vigourous hewing and hacking and thumping. Great fun. How come I never read this stuff before? Idiot.

And finally, to the person or persons responsible for ms antispyware 2009, I have only this to say: may your toenails shrivel and crack, and turn yellow and crusty and stinky, flaking off into your socks bit by bit until they are all gone, leaving only a suppurating blisters where once they lay. And if your stupid little malware gets on my PC again, I hope the suppuration spreads up your legs until it reaches areas more vital than toes. So there.

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Blogger Gabriele C. said...

The original Conan stories are a fun read. After all those broken heroes (which are interesting, don't get me wrong) common in Fantasy these days, it's nice to have one who chops a few heads off without angsting about it. I also enjoy the nubile maidens in need to be rescued and the evil sorcerer queens - they're so wonderfully un-PC. :)

9:54 PM  
Anonymous mikk said...

that ms spyware 2009 is a rotten little bugger. I still wonder if I have removed it completely, or is it still sitting somewhere in my laptop waiting to throw a few extra pop-ups and warnings out at me?

10:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i hear ya on that ms spyware thing, it took me so long to get rid of it.. fortunately though i didn't have to completely wipe out my computer, so i guess that's a plus :P

6:30 AM  
Blogger Brian Ruckley said...

In the end, I just did a system restore, which seemed to stop it in its tracks, but still had to manually delete its files from the hard disk. Like mikk, I can't quite believe it's not still lurking somewhere in there, just biding its time until I've relaxed and it can start flinging pop-ups at me again. Grrr.

9:30 AM  
Blogger Dark Wolf said...

Wow, there nice stack there. But when the times come I'll settle for one :)
Those movies, as you rightfully said, are rather dubious, but I am fond of the days when I was sitting with my friends watching them. Maybe the certain US politician learned a few tricks from Conan ;D
I am sorry for your computer. How I hate when that happens.

3:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Conan is one of the all-time greats as far as classic fantasy goes.

As for Fall of Thanes, cannot wait for it to come out! I'm just re-reading the first two books and I've very much enjoyed the world you've created!

2:17 AM  
Blogger Brian Ruckley said...

Yeah, I can definitely see why Conan acquired such a fan following. Mind you, the more I read the more wide-eyed I become at just how wildly un-PC the stories are: different times, for sure. Some of the stuff definitely has the potential to make the modern reader uncomfortable.

But I entirely agree with Gabriele: in this age of angst-ridden, complex heroes, it's very refreshing to see someone whose only angst when it comes to chopping any given head off is whether he's going to do it now or later. (The answer in Conan's case generally seems to be 'Now'.)

2:39 PM  
Blogger Jeff C said...

That stack of books looks great! I wonder when Orbit (US) will start sending review copies? This is one of my most anticipated books of 2009, so i hope they start sending them out soon!

9:42 PM  

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