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The shortest path... posted 29 June 2004 in Author Q & AThe shortest path... by Gable, Candidate

Well.
It's downright incredible how easy it is to contact your favorite author nowadays. And speaking of which, I can't say how happy it made me to see--on the back cover of TWP--that you were compared to Guy Gavriel Kay, Steven Erikson and George--writes-like-molassess--Martin. My 3 favorite authors. Before, of course, you came along.
I admit to being only half way through your new book, and being an aspiring writer myself, was intersted when you mentioned how you were 'rushed' to write this in a years time. Ever read the book 'Runelords'? One of the best first novels I've ever read--then it all goes so very bad in the next few books. Your book, however, has blown me away.
Such an inventive and richly detailed world, like Erikson. The kind of intimate, poetic structure that Guy Kay has used to reduce me to a weeping idiot on public transit. Your book really has it all. And like I used to do when I worked at Chapters with Guy Gavriel Kay Books, I've bought numerous copies of your first novel simply intending to give them away--spread the good gospel of the tusk, if you will.
At any rate, I can't say enough how inspiring your work is, and I hope you already realize what a monumental thing you've already accomplished with your work thus far. If you're ever set do make any appearance in Vancouver, please let me know.
Hell, aside from the whole 'affect other people' and 'leave behind a legacy' hooplah that spurns a writer to write...a great big part of me wants to have other writers--namely my fellow canadians--as friends and peers...odd as that may sound. Ah, to drink a Rickards Red with GGK and egg him on that I saw the ending of Tigana coming all along...hehe.
Okay, I'm off. Thanks for enduring this lengthy post--it's actually the first chapter of my book! (untrue) And hey, any response would be a wonderfully welcome one. Thank you.

Nicholas J. G. Eames ....sound like it could be a writers name someday? view post


The shortest path... posted 29 June 2004 in Author Q & AThe shortest path... by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Thanks for the kind words Nicholas, and welcome to the board! Do let me know what you think of TWP - I sometimes feel that I write better at gun-point...

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The shortest path... posted 30 June 2004 in Author Q & AThe shortest path... by Gable, Candidate

The shortest path indeed! On a whim I check the forum the very next evening and POOF!!!--you've replied already! That's, well, pretty amazing. Anyhow, I'm plugging away at TWP...very impressed by it, as I mentioned. And, oh, you'll be happy to know that JUST as I was wrapping up reading time so I could get a reasonable fraction of sleep...the chapter I finish ends with...well...(trying not to spoil too much) the abduction of a certain primary character, and damned if I didn't just extend reading time a bit longer that night.
As well, I wanted to mention a certain aspect that I love about your books, especially the second one, thus far. It's something that I'm trying to implement in my own work, and it's like this... Your Three Seas, like the ancient Mediterranian region of our world, is a mosiac of literally hundreds of smaller realms and lands and kingdoms and such. And as happened in ancient warfare, certain races and nations excelled at certain types of warfare, and brought certain strengths (as well as weaknesses) to a battle. Your Conriyan Knights, bloodlusting Thunyeri, well-structured Nansur and so on, are wonderfully realized as interestingly distinct nations--just as, back in the day, there would have been the likes of Numidian cavalry, hoplite infantry out of Egypt, skirmishers and slingers from the isles of god-knows-where...do you kind of see what I'm saying? I hope so, since I lost myself somewhere around trying to spell Mediterranian right..which I likely did not. It's a nice touch. Very enthralling to this lover of tactical warfare.
Anyhow. Thanks so much for the reply. Very cool of you. Keep on truckin, and now that I know your listening, I'll write again when I've finished (or if any particular plot developments spur me to claw my own eyes out).

Nicholas view post


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