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Matt_hughes
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Post Number: 149
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Friday, April 11, 2008 - 10:47 am:   

I've finished the third Hapthorn novel, Hespira, and turned it in to Jeremy Lassen at Night Shade. At 97,000 words, it's a more substantial book than the first two.
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Gordon_van_gelder
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Posted on Saturday, April 12, 2008 - 05:51 am:   

And now you'll have time to write more short fiction, right?
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Nightfall
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Posted on Saturday, April 12, 2008 - 05:23 pm:   

More Luff Imbry short stories I hope. lol
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Matt_hughes
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Post Number: 150
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Posted on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 - 04:55 am:   

I've just sent Gordon a 12,000-word Imbry novelette. And, yes, I plan to do more shorts.
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Nightfall
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Posted on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 - 11:53 am:   

Fantastic. Thanks. Rande...
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Matt_hughes
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Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 07:08 am:   

The first chapter is now available here.
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Jonathan_obrien
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Posted on Saturday, August 30, 2008 - 10:33 am:   

I'm excited about this book coming out, any word on when it will be available?
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Matt_hughes
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Post Number: 165
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Posted on Saturday, August 30, 2008 - 11:19 am:   

The official date was two weeks ago, but Night Shade's schedules can be fluid. I expect to see copies in September.
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Jonathan_obrien
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Posted on Tuesday, November 04, 2008 - 09:23 am:   

I'm still looking forward to Hespira but the delayed release date pushed me to purchase a copy of Template to get my Archonate fix. I found Template to be an outstanding novel and hope to see more like it. Why these novels don't command more attention is a mystery to me.

Now I'm anxiously waiting for both Hespira and Songs of the Dying Earth.
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Matt_hughes
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Post Number: 167
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Posted on Wednesday, November 05, 2008 - 09:20 pm:   

I'm glad you enjoyed Template. Please tell your friends.

And Hespira will finally ship this month.
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Matt_hughes
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Post Number: 168
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Posted on Monday, February 09, 2009 - 02:25 pm:   

Well, Hespira did not ship in November, as NS advised me it would. Then the NS page said it would be released in February. But now I'm told it will be April. Put this constant back-pushing alongside the fact that the trade paperback listing is misspelled "Hespria" on Amazon, and I'm starting to wonder if anybody will ever get to read the damn thing.

Which is a shame, because I think I did a good job.

However, I'm starting a relationship with a new publisher, Underland Press, for which I'm about to write a novel about Luff Imbry (so far seen mostly as a supporting character in Black Brillion and The Commons, as well as in several stories in Postscripts and F&SF). I'm looking forward to writing that one. And to reading it into a microphone, since there will also be a podcast version.
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Matt_hughes
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Post Number: 171
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Posted on Friday, February 20, 2009 - 09:53 pm:   

According to the NS site, April 20 is now the release date.
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Jonathan_obrien
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Posted on Tuesday, May 26, 2009 - 08:14 pm:   

I hope I get to read it. Still looking forward to it.
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Matt_hughes
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Posted on Tuesday, June 02, 2009 - 10:06 am:   

The latest date I've been given is November. I hope people will hang in there.
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Jonathan_obrien
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Posted on Thursday, June 04, 2009 - 01:03 pm:   

I just got a email notice from Amazon (due to purchasing the Gist Hunter from them) that says Hespira will be released June 15th 2009. They have an image of the cover and spelled the name correctly.
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Matt_hughes
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Post Number: 176
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Posted on Friday, June 05, 2009 - 07:27 am:   

That's the trade paperback edition. Night Shade has obviously not yet informed Amazon that it will not be out until June 2010.

I'm afraid there is nothing I can do about the delays. NS's contractual obligation to publish only applied to Majestrum. It's up to them whether or not the book ever comes out.
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Nightfall
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Posted on Thursday, September 03, 2009 - 11:41 am:   

Hi Matthew,
Amazon cancelled my order for Hespira. When it finally comes out I'll order it from Night Shade. It WILL happen, just takes time.
Rande...
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Matt_hughes
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Post Number: 179
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Posted on Saturday, September 05, 2009 - 11:34 am:   

The last I heard, it was scheduled for release at the end of October. But I still haven't seen signature sheets for the limited editions, which will be the true sign.
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Matt_hughes
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Post Number: 181
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Posted on Monday, October 19, 2009 - 06:29 am:   

Here's the Publishers Weekly (starred!) review:

Hespira: A Tale of Henghis Hapthorn Matthew Hughes. Night Shade (www.nightshadebooks.com), $24.95 (236p) ISBN 978-1-59780-101-0

Hughes continues to carve out a unique place for himself in the fantasy-mystery realm with his superlative third adventure featuring Holmesian “discriminator” Henghis Hapthorn. Still recovering from the events of 2007's The Spiral Labyrinth, Hapthorn is granted a glimpse into the future and learns that the world as he knows it will soon be overtaken by magical forces. Despite the impending catastrophe, the investigator attempts to carry on with his usual assignments, but after he successfully recovers some stolen relics, he finds himself caught in a war between his vengeful client and the criminal he ransomed them from. A way out is offered by a mysterious woman who seems ignorant of her own past. A droll narrative voice, dry humor and an alternate universe that's accessible without explicit exposition make this a winner. (Dec.)
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Jonathan_obrien
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Posted on Thursday, January 07, 2010 - 08:32 pm:   

It's finally out!!! I can't wait to get a copy.
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Jks
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Posted on Friday, January 08, 2010 - 03:58 pm:   

Hey Jonathan,

Go for it! In fact, it's worth going to a fair bit of trouble to get a copy. Got mine yesterday, finished reading it today. And, yes, it was simply wonderful! Reading Hughes always awakens in me a delight that only comes from the simple joy of reading for pleasure. I think I feel a rave review coming on.

My only regret is that I wish I could have made it last just a little bit longer - 'cause now, no more new Hughes novels 'till The Other is published by Underland whenever. *Sigh* Oh well, time to re-read and fortunately, I have every book Matt has ever published.

Best,

Jonathan K. Stephens
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Matt_hughes
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Post Number: 186
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Posted on Saturday, January 09, 2010 - 02:45 am:   

Jonathan: Thanks. I'll look forward to the review.

Underland is now looking at a winter release of The Other, but PS will release a 29,000-word Luff Imbry novella, Quartet and Triptych, this spring.
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Francesgrimble
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Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 - 01:27 pm:   

Well, I canceled my order for Hespira from Amazon and ordered from Night Shade, so I finally have it! as well as having just received the latest PostScripts anthology, which contains a Matthew Hughes story. I still can't figure out how to order Quartet and Triptych.

Fran
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Matt_hughes
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Post Number: 187
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Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 - 02:32 pm:   

Fran: Is that PS antho Enemy of the Good or Edison's Frankenstein?

PS is doing the cover art for Q&T right now, so it should show up in the catalogue fairly soon.

And thank you for buying Hespira. I hope you like it.
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Nightfall
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Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 - 04:11 pm:   

I should be getting Hespira from Amazon within a day or so.
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Francesgrimble
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Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 - 04:43 pm:   

I just received Edison's Frankenstein. Enemy of the Good was the last issue, and I loved that story.

Fran
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Matt_hughes
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Post Number: 188
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Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 - 06:17 pm:   

I'm glad you mentioned it because it enabled me to contact PS before Pete Crowther sends out my author's copy to my last address. I'm an itinerant housesitter and I've just relocated from Northern Ireland to the Pacific Northwest.
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Jeff_hotchkiss
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Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2010 - 03:34 pm:   

Anyone else not get their copy yet? I haven't received any indication that it has shipped either.
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Mbuckmas
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Posted on Sunday, January 17, 2010 - 07:09 pm:   

I have tried contacting Nightshade twice to verify my order status over the past week or so and have received no reply. Any ideas?
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Matt_hughes
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Post Number: 189
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Posted on Sunday, January 17, 2010 - 08:49 pm:   

Hell, half the time, they don't even answer my emails.
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Mbuckmas
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Posted on Monday, January 18, 2010 - 04:03 pm:   

Appreciate the advice. I am fairly sure that the order has already been billed so looking for another site to order (i.e. Amazon) is a bit of a problem. I am glad that they published the book, now I just wish that I could read it.
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Matt_hughes
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Post Number: 190
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Posted on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 10:19 am:   

To promote the release of my new Henghis Hapthorn novel, Hespira, the Fantasy Book Critic blog is hosting a contest giving away two complete sets of the Hapthorn books. There's also a special grand prize for correctly answering a question -- the answer can be found among the samples on my web site -- which will include a $500 package of collectible books including slipcased editions of Songs of the Dying Earth, my novel Template, and a Postscripts quarterly anthology.

Details are on the FBC site at: http://fantasybookcritic.blogspot.com/2010/01/giveaway-win-set-of-matthew-hughes .html
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Francesgrimble
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Posted on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 07:20 pm:   

Why do these announcements always get posted AFTER I rush out and buy all your books? Life is SO unfair.

Fran
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Matt_hughes
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Posted on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 09:22 pm:   

Life is unfair, it's true. But you probably don't have Songs of the Dying Earth, which has a story of mine in it. And nobody -- I mean nobody -- has one of those tee-shirts. I only made a few and that was fifteen years ago. They're all long gone, except for the one that we found in the back of a drawer.
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Francesgrimble
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Posted on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 11:25 pm:   

I do have _Songs of the Dying Earth_, and it's a wonderful anthology. Next best thing to Vance. As for the T-shirts, you don't have one of mine, either. I custom dye and decorate them.

So there!

Fran
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Matt_hughes
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Posted on Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 11:36 am:   

I stand corrected on _Songs_.

I took a look at your site and wondered if you know of anyone who works with vintage leather clothing? I have a black leather jacket, circa 1965, that needs a new lining.
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Francesgrimble
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Posted on Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 12:16 pm:   

No, but any reasonably competent alterations person can do it. It's basically a matter of, take the old lining out, take it apart, use it as a pattern for cutting the new lining, and put it back in.

The lining is normally attached to the jacket itself only at the outer edges. With leather this is done one of two ways (1) Sew it like any other jacket or (2) Glue it. If it is a heavy leather and the construction is (1), an industrial sewing machine may be necessary. They have more powerful motors than home sewing machines.

Vintage leathers deteriorate faster than most vintage textiles and there is nothing you can really do if this has already happened. If the jacket is not suede, you can buy some (noncolored) leather conditioner at a shoe store, and follow the directions. This will make the jacket more glossy and supple and will help to keep it from drying out. If the leather is already cracked and flaking, it's time to kiss the jacket goodbye and invest your money in a new jacket rather than relining the old one.

Best,

Fran
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Posted on Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 12:27 pm:   

Obviously, I meant "put the new lining back in," or rather, assemble the new lining and then insert it the way the old lining was put in.

You can use any supple material with a smooth surface for lining, but the weight should be appropriate. A heavier lining for a heavier outer material, a lighter lining for a lighter one. You can use something more interesting than the fabrics relegated to the "lining" section of the fabric store, which are often pretty cheap and usually of a solid color.
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Matt_hughes
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Posted on Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 04:54 pm:   

The leather's in very good shape. I used to rub shoe polish into it to waterproof it. But the lining is completely gone. It was cheap, imitation silk, and when it frayed and tore, I just removed it, about thirty-five years ago. A leather clothing maker told me she couldn't make a lining to fit without a pattern.

I imagine it's a valuable piece of clothing: a vintage black leather jacket once worn by a juvenile delinquent.
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Francesgrimble
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Posted on Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 08:45 pm:   

The lining pattern for a jacket closely resembles the exterior. It will be a little smaller, not in fit but backed in from the edges so the outer material shows around the inner edges (rather than the lining showing). It may have a pleat in the center back for more ease--I don't know offhand if that is done for heavy leather jackets but it's often done for wool jackets and coats.

Someone who knows how to copy an existing garment can "lift" a lining pattern from the exterior of your jacket. You will want someone with some experience in clothing design. That's not as unusual as you may think. It can be a neighborhood dressmaker or tailor who makes original clothes for clients; it doesn't have to be a garment industry star. People often like to get their favorite jeans copied and so on.

There are two methods of lifting a pattern. One is by measuring the jacket. The other is by laying muslin over the jacket, shaping it to each section, and using that muslin to make the pattern.

There is a third method that might work, or maybe not. If your jacket is similar to a style for which the dressmaker can obtain a pattern--whether because it's back in fashion or because she's got a lot of patterns around for reference, which many do--she might want to use that as a base and alter it to be like your jacket.

Basically, the method of copying the pattern is up to her, or him. The important thing is to get someone with experience in making patterns.

As for the juvenile delinquency, I suggest you shape up before your uncle the Archon does something about you.

Fran
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Matt_hughes
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Posted on Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 09:17 pm:   

Thank you for the advice, on both counts. But I have long since reformed.
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Nightfall
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Posted on Saturday, March 06, 2010 - 06:06 pm:   

Hello Matthew,
Finished Hespira. I really enjoyed it. Loved putting the three books together for the cover painting.
Looking forward to the Luff Imbry.
Rande...
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Matt_hughes
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Posted on Sunday, March 07, 2010 - 09:54 pm:   

Thank you, Rande.

The Imbry novel, The Other, won't be out until the end of the year, but PS Publishing is putting out an Imbry novella in the next few weeks, Quartet and Triptych. You might want to watch for that.
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Francesgrimble
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Posted on Sunday, April 18, 2010 - 03:18 pm:   

I finally started Hespira yesterday, am halfway through it, and want to know: Will there be any future tales of Henghis Hapthorn?

Fran
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Matt_hughes
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Posted on Sunday, April 18, 2010 - 10:26 pm:   

Oh, Fran, what a question. The simple answer: I don't know. I'm sure there will be Hapthorn stories -- I sold one a few months ago to PS Publishing, and it will appear in a future edition of their quarterly Postscripts antho.

But more novels? It's very hard to move a series to a different publisher. I wouldn't do business with Night Shade again, and I strongly doubt that they would do business with me.

So, probably not. But stories set in Old Earth's Penultimate Age? Featuring Luff Imbry? Yes, indeed. I'm just finishing up the second Imbry novella, and will turn it in to PS in the next few days.

Maybe someday I could do an Imbry-meets-Hapthorn novel, though that would pose a technical problem, since Hapthorns are written in the first person and Imbrys in the third.

I might even bring Filidor out of his palace and put him through his paces once more. I don't know. Some writers may plan their careers; I just leap from one ice floe to the next.
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Francesgrimble
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Posted on Monday, April 19, 2010 - 01:29 pm:   

Well, I'm glad there will be more tales of the Archonate. Maybe Imbry and Hapthorn could go out to dinner together (and I can guess who'd be stuck with the check!).

Fran
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Nightfall
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Posted on Saturday, April 24, 2010 - 11:14 am:   

Hi Matthew,
Just a note to tell you I saw the hardcover edition of Hespira In the Rockford Illinois Public Library. It's very nice seeing a small press book in the library.
I've read very little of Jack Vance but because of you I've ordered the Tales of the Dying Earth from Amazon and am going to give him a shot.
Rande...
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Matt_hughes
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Posted on Sunday, April 25, 2010 - 05:37 pm:   

Thanks, Rande:

The starred review in Publishers Weekly probably moved a lot of libraries to order it.

The Dying Earth is good, but for an introduction to Vance, I usually recommend Emphyrio or The Dragon Masters. They're both short and brilliant.

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