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Bob
Posted on Tuesday, February 04, 2003 - 10:05 pm:   

Figured I'd start a thread, since I just got the bloody thing and can't get it's many faces off my minds....
Good stuff, Rhys! Glad you told me it was coming out, since I'd heard nothing about a US publication.
Question: Is that you on the cover? Do you know? One of those cowboys looks somewhat like you, but he has a mask on. Food for thought.
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Des
Posted on Tuesday, February 04, 2003 - 10:41 pm:   

I've not got this book, but am I the only sensible person alive who owns all your published work up to and including Telescopes?
Des
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Night Shade Books
Posted on Wednesday, February 05, 2003 - 12:15 am:   

As far as I know, I have everything. Well, except Romance with Capsicum, but Rhys sent me an electronic version of that. And Nowhere Near Milkwood, but I'll pick up a copy as soon as it shows up around here.

Rhys, what am I missing? I've got:

Smell of Telescopes
Eyelidiad
Worming the Harpy
Rawhead and Bloody Bones and Elusive Plato
Stories from a Lost Anthology

Jason
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Rhys
Posted on Wednesday, February 05, 2003 - 04:17 am:   

Hi folks!

The only title missing from Jason's list is JOURNEYS BEYOND ADVICE, which was published at the end of December, 2002. I got my copies on Christmas Eve!

My first novel, THE PERCOLATED STARS, is hopefully due out in a few weeks. It is also going to be translated into French and published in France next year. It's possible that this will also happen to WORMING THE HARPY and maybe other books also...

I'm currently working on stories for a new collection which I've decided to call BONE IDLE IN THE CHARNEL-HOUSE. One of my best titles, I think! But at some point I'll have to write the title story!

EYELIDIAD is going to be incorporated into my big fantasy novel, THE CLOWN OF THE NEW ETERNITIES, as the second section of that book. The first section will be 'The Darktree Wheel' from the Ministry of Whimsy's LEVIATHAN anthology. The third section will tie these novellas together and develop them into a proper novel. It's just a case of finishing this third section, which is called 'Ghoulysses'. That should be done sometime this year!

Heck I'm waffling!

Bye all!
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Night Shade Books
Posted on Wednesday, February 05, 2003 - 04:34 am:   

Journeys Beyond Advice? Percolated Stars? Who's the publisher on those, and I must track down copies!

Jason
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Mastadge
Posted on Wednesday, February 05, 2003 - 06:28 am:   

Okay . . . I don't own any of these books, nor have I read them. But, having heard so much about Rhys, I've been meaning to rectify this. So: With which title do you recommend I start? And what's the best place to find a copy?
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Night Shade Books
Posted on Wednesday, February 05, 2003 - 06:31 am:   

The problem with Rhys' books isn't where you should start, it's where you can start. They have a bad habit of going out of print with a quickness.

My favorite, at least for a starting point, would be Worming the Harpy, as that's what I started with. Try checking www.abebooks.com

Jason
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Cacau
Posted on Wednesday, February 05, 2003 - 07:01 am:   

Here is the mermaid from one of the stories Rhys wrote, called "A Sereia de Curitiba" which is set down the line of equador, south of Brazil.
That is "the story that will aways exist while there will be people to read." The traveller and the mermaid will always be looking for each other in the deep sea of our minds and soul.
I told Rhys before he has the gift to play with the words as a musician plaies with his piano. The way he writes is like a gentle song which I would aloud myself to listen to for ages...
Certainly you all will be facinated to joy the word he has criated in each story he writes. It´s like travelling whithouth actually moving...
Try to get yourself in at least one of his books and you will see what I am talking about.
Have a nice trip. Bye you all. Salty hugs, Mermaid Caroline*
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george
Posted on Wednesday, February 05, 2003 - 07:35 am:   

Rhys,

great to have a discussion board for freaks like yourself

george
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des
Posted on Wednesday, February 05, 2003 - 08:03 am:   

I'm still the only person alive (other than possibly Rhys) to own all his published work up to and including Telescopes. I have countless small press mags with RH stories in plus the books.
And what about that Wyrd Press chapbook that I have of your stuff, Rhys? (has that been mentioned already).
Des
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Mastadge
Posted on Wednesday, February 05, 2003 - 10:28 am:   

Guess I'll pick up NOWHERE NEAR MILKWOOD, since that's all that seems to be in print and (relatively) readily available around here. . .
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Rhys
Posted on Thursday, February 06, 2003 - 04:01 am:   

Bom dia, meu sereia bonita! Thanks for that, Carol. Borrowing you as a character was a great pleasure and honour for me. But of course I prefer the real you! But as for the piano metaphor... if you ever heard me playing you'd probably run (or swim) away! :-)

Ah Des! Yes you are one of the very few owners of my chapbook, that obscure pamphlet-thing. I don't know whether to thank or pity you! :-)

I don't think anyone should attempt to buy WORMING THE HARPY. It's too expensive now. The only copy going at Abe Books is about $300! That's frankly nuts! Next year it will be republished in French. Is that of any help? If not, then better to forget it. Spend your money on something else!

I'm currently finishing writing a book which I can't really talk about, because the (potential)publisher has asked me to keep it secret! But it's coming on nicely! Er... you didn't really need to know that, did you!?

Bye all!
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Luís
Posted on Thursday, February 06, 2003 - 05:44 am:   

I have NOWHERE NEAR MILKWOOD on my reading list. I read the first couple Disability Bill stories, though, and they're great. I hate it when I have to put a good book down because I'm too occupied to read. :-(

And the famous, yet elusive Mermaid of Curitiba emerges at last from the briny waves of the Atlantic! Nice to finally meet you, did you see the small surprise Rhys prepared for you at Fantastic Metropolis?

$300! I'm now considering a life in crime, as a book thief, or an embezzler at second-hand bookshops around the globe . . . Lock your libraries, people!

Cheers,
Luís
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Des
Posted on Thursday, February 06, 2003 - 07:46 am:   

Rhys: "I'm currently finishing writing a book which I can't really talk about, because the (potential)publisher has asked me to keep it secret!"

Shades of Nemonymity?
Des
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Cacau
Posted on Friday, February 07, 2003 - 03:48 am:   

Hello there! BOM DIA Rhys! :-)
Nice to meet you too Luís.
Yes, I saw what Rhys wrote about the Mermaid of Curitiba at Fantastic Metropolis. So Sweet!
Sometimes I wonder if Caroline is a character of the real world or if the character is really "sereia" (which means mermaid in Portuguese).
Let´s just say the mermaid of Curitiba dress up as Caroline, a psychology student 5 days a week and on the weekends she might aloud herself to do whatever pleases her, on the deep blue sea or just near the Atlantic Ocean.
Maybe it´s the same for the traveller. What do you say Rhys?
Nice talking to you... Have a great weekend you all. tchau tchau Caroline*
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Rhys
Posted on Friday, February 07, 2003 - 05:43 am:   

Well now, if Caroline and Luis care to write something in Portuguese to each other, I can do my best to follow it. (And probably lose my way very, very quickly!)

Yes Des, you are making anonymity fashionable! But will you ever be able to take credit for that without being unfashionable???
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megazanthus
Posted on Friday, February 07, 2003 - 11:22 am:   

An interesting paradox that. megazanthus
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Luís
Posted on Friday, February 07, 2003 - 02:51 pm:   

You asked for it, Rhys: "Bosqueleiteiro não é um bom sítio para se estar. Com o passar das gerações, coalhou. De noite, projecta uma claridade amanteigada sobre a lua. Felizmente, toda a acção do livro decorre noutros lugares. Sobretudo numa versão distorcida da indústria musical, ou numa taberna impossível, ou num futuro onde tudo é ilegal. Por vezes decorre fora da narrativa. Mas nunca em Bosqueleiteiro. Nunca. Bosqueleiteiro mal é mencionado. Porque não é um bom sítio para se estar."

No cheating!

Cheers, Luís
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Jorge Candeias
Posted on Friday, February 07, 2003 - 03:40 pm:   

Quem foi que escreveu isso, Goblas? O anfitrião?

;)

Rhys, I'd surrender if I were you: you're surrounded... :-)
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Cacau
Posted on Saturday, February 08, 2003 - 02:57 am:   

What a sense of humor. Oh Luís, I had problems myself to understand at the beggining what bosqueleiteiro was. I saw you wrote two words together by mystake than I realized it was the real name of the wood.
Pena eu não lembrar algo assim pra fazer com que nosso amigo escritor melhore suas aptidões na língua portuguesa.
After going there (Lisboa) and here (Brazil) I´m sure it won´t be a problem anymore.
While it doesn´t happen... bom final de semana! Muita festa! Muita dança! Tudo de bom! Beijos da sereia Caroline*


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Rhys
Posted on Saturday, February 08, 2003 - 08:40 am:   

Hmmm, without cheating, I managed to understand "De noite, projecta uma claridade... sobre a lua" but I didn't get the 'buttery' bit. After that I gave up!

And I recognised the word "isso" in Jorge's sentence, because it's the title of a song by Rita Ribeiro!

So I don't share Carol's confidence in me! I think the language WILL be a problem even if I visit Lisboa and Bahia!

Telepathy lessons a good idea, do you think???
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Stepan Chapman
Posted on Monday, February 10, 2003 - 04:58 am:   

Apropos of nothing in particular, hello, Rhys. Although I'm not very familiar with your work, I did enjoy "The Darktree Wheel" in Leviathan 2. That was one bombastic novella.

I trust that you are well and keeping warm.
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Luís
Posted on Monday, February 10, 2003 - 06:03 am:   

"The Darktree Wheel" remains one of my favourites. I'm delighted that it will be reprinted (and expanded too?) soon.

In fact, the whole Leviathan 2 is amazing. It may be hard to find nowadays, but it's well worth the effort of looking.

Cheers,
Luís
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Luís
Posted on Monday, February 10, 2003 - 06:05 am:   

Rhys,

Telepathy lessons are a great idea. When you visit Portugal this year, be sure to buy a cat.

Cheers,
Luís
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Jorge
Posted on Monday, February 10, 2003 - 02:27 pm:   

For all of you language-impaired folks out there, I recommend an italian site:

http://www.logos.it

That's how I manage to write in english, see? :-)
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Rhys
Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2003 - 02:37 am:   

Tell me, Luís, if I buy a cat in Lisboa will it be able to speak Purrrrrrtuguese??? Is that what you mean?!

So what Portuguese language writers would any of your Portuguese speaking readers recommend? (Apart from Jorge Amado, who I already know and love!)
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GabrielM
Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2003 - 08:14 am:   

Hi Rhys. My email has been acting up but I wanted to tell you I received my copy of JOURNEYS. Not sure what I've done to merit an acknowledgement, but I'm flattered nonetheless! Glad you enjoyed the Golijov, now I have to think of something else to trade when your novel comes out....

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Jorge
Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2003 - 12:53 pm:   

Rhys,

Apart from myself, you mean? (yeah, I'm extremely modest) :-)

OK, there's Saramago in his good days. I would recommend his Blindness, Baltasar and Blimunda, The Stone Raft, The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis and The Gospel According to Jesus Christ novels, witout blinking, as perhaps the highest moments of portuguese-speaking fantastic literature...

And there's a whole bunch of others. Once you finish Saramago, I'll give you some other hints... ;)

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Rhys
Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2003 - 02:54 am:   

Thanks Jorge! Hey I didn't realise that you were Jorge Amado. I thought he died recently! I thought you were a different Jorge! I loved your DONA FLOR AND HER TWO HUSBANDS. A marvellous book!

Saramago's THE STONE RAFT is about the Iberian Peninsula breaking away from the rest of continental Europe and floating off across the ocean. Is that right? Or am I thinking of something else? I've never read a Saramago book but I intend to rectify this. There are dozens in the local library.

Hey, where has my 'sereia com cabelos ondulados' gone? Left me for a triton, no doubt!

Thanks Gabriel! Of course you deserve an acknowledgement! Partly for being one of the most erudite people I know when it comes to literature (and music) and partly for just being a decent fellow! Isn't that enough???
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Jorge
Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2003 - 04:39 am:   

:-)

Yeah, I'm another Jorge. Nobody loves me...

(explanation of the pun for the non-portuguese-speakers: "Amado" means "the loved one")

Despite being Unloved, modesty prevents me from saying the I'm a helluva writer just waiting to blossom, though. And waiting, and waiting, and waiting...

And yes, The Stone Raft is the book you have in mind.

The other ones: Blindness is about human relations as society gets overpowered by a sudden epidemic of (you got it) blindness; Baltasar and Blimunda is about a whole lot of things, but mostly tells the story of a monastery buing built (the Mafra monastery) because of an omen, of a loving couple with powers - or, better, she has the power to gather "wills" from dying people, and of the passerole (sp?), a flying device moved by wills, invented by Friar Bartolomeu de Gusmão. It was an actual invention, but a unpractical one... it could not fly. The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis is an intimist story who needs some background to be understood: the greatest portuguese poet of the XX century is Fernando Pessoa. His work spans not only some decades but also some personalities, each with it's own style and thematic. Ricardo Reis is one of these personalities, and the story tells the life of Ricardo Reis, shortly after Fernando Pessoa died and shortly before he died himself, being haunted by the ghost of Pessoa. Another presence in the book is Alvaro de Campos, also a ficticious personality of Pessoa. The Gospel According to Jesus Christ is just what the title suggests: the life of Christ told by himself.

Great novels, all...
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Cacau
Posted on Friday, February 14, 2003 - 06:59 pm:   

Aqui esta sua sereia com cabelos ondulados Rhys!
No, I haven't leaft you of course! I just went to Paranagua to see if the costums for Carnaval are getting ready! Any ideas? big kisses to you all. Carol*
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Luís
Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2003 - 12:01 am:   

Rhys: Not only the cat would speak purrfect Purrtuguese, it'd teach it telepathically to you. See my theories on felines at Jeff V's board.

And I second Jorge's recommendation of Saramago, though I haven't read either B&B or THE STONE RAFT. THE YEAR OF THE DEATH OF RICARDO REIS may be a bit dense at times, especially if you don't know anything about Fernando Pessoa, but it's a good read nonetheless.

Speaking of Pessoa, do read the man's poetry. He penned several English originals, and translation of his Portuguese work is very decent (at least those poems I've read). Pessoa and his heteronyms are fascinating characters. I read he had several dozens of them, complete with different writing styles, backgrounds and personalities!

Caroline: Yes, Carnival is nearly upon us! Didn't see it coming, being one of those holidays without a fixed date. I never keep track of them.

Speaking of which, if you had to design a Carnival parade, how'd you do it?

Myself, I'm feeling morbid. I think I'd go with a bunch of undertakers wearing nothing but top-hat and thong, on a car made like a giant coffin, and dancing by the sound of a samba version of Chopin's Marche funèbre. Eros & Thanatos on the Sambódromo, I'd call it. I wouldn't be surprised if that's already been done, though. :-)

Best, Luís
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Rhys
Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2003 - 07:41 am:   

Ideas for Carnaval costumes?

What a great topic!

I think that I'll have to go dressed as a giant parrot, surrounded by mounds of emeralds, rubies and pearls, pausing frequently along the route of the Carnaval to dip my beak into goblets full of rare wines and to caress the mermaid next to me who is dressed only in chocolate sauce...

As we go along we will sing the following song (which Luís helped me write):

"Esmeraldas, sedas, ídolos d'ouro,
rubis, prata, açafrão,
vinhos raros de velhas vinhas,
papagaois, pérolas, sereias de cacau...
Mas couves nunca. Isso não!"
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Cacau
Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2003 - 05:26 pm:   

You two are funny and made me laugh by myself! I loved the idea of a girl dressed up as a sweet mermaid! Which is made of the most pure ingredient of chocolate: Cacau* Yeah, everyone would probably enjoy the idea of having such a weird combination all together in a girl... I wouldn't mind to be that girl!
I like your poem Rhys... (which Luis helped!) Nice Luis!
Big chocolate kisses to you, fondly Caroline*
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Rhys
Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2003 - 02:57 am:   

Bom dia, meu amigona!

I haven't changed my mind, but I think I'd also like to go dressed as 'The Enigma of Arrival'.

This would involve dressing as a door, which when opened led to another door, and so on... until the person who passed through the doors discovered they had gone round in a circle!

Hugs and kisses to you, Carolzita!
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Cacau
Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2003 - 07:57 am:   

Hugs and kisses to you Rhys!
You know... people around here seams to be pretty excited with the idea of Carnaval. Too bad here in south it's never as fun as it's in Bahia, or many places in north of Brazil.
Anyway, just the idea of having Holidays already pleased me! I am already looking forward to it.
You guys should try to invent a special party there in Europe just to celebrate that. (Like we do sometimes in October, when it's Halloween.)
Well,... that's just an idea.
Have a nice day you all. bye bye from Carolzita*
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Luís
Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2003 - 01:52 pm:   

We got Carnival in Portugal. It's only a tiny fraction as festive as in Brazil, but we have one.

Cheers,
Luís
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Jorge
Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2003 - 02:19 pm:   

Yeah, Cacau... de onde pensas tu que vem o Carnaval brasileiro? ;P

Our Carnaval is old. Descends directly from pagan, pre-roman festivities, celebrating the rebirth associated with spring. This has probably celtic origin, but might be even older than that.
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Rhys
Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2003 - 02:45 am:   

We don't have Carnivals in Wales. We still have some remnants of the old Celtic celebrations -- one of the most popular involves dressing up as horses and demanding cakes from people... (don't ask!)

I saw some amazing festivals in Sardinia, very old and strange, echoes of an almost forgotten time and culture. They *were* older than Celtic. A pre-Celtic culture called the Nuraghe. Of all the places in Europe I've visited Sardinia seemed the most mysterious, somehow divorced from Europe in a way I can't quite specify.

Halloween is usually a disappointment in Wales. Carving pumpkins into heads is hard work! I just can't seem to make them scary! However hard I try, they don't leer and grimace like monsters, they just sit there and smile in an easy-going manner!

Of course if I lived in Bahia, I would be the one who just sat and smiled like that. Not that I'm a pumpkin...

Changing the subject, it's about time I learned to play at least one song on the cavaquinho. There's a shop near me which sells ukueles, which are almost the same thing. Maybe I'll get one.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Friday, February 21, 2003 - 04:54 am:   

Hi Rhys,
I'm in the middle of reading your three 2002 collections. Can you tell me which stories are published for the first time in NOWHERE NEAR MILKWOOD (or which are NOT original to 2002)? Whichever is easier.

Thanks
Ellen
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Cacau
Posted on Friday, February 21, 2003 - 07:29 am:   

Hello Jorge, Rhys and everyone that is joing this conversation! Bom dia!
Well... I've no idea where does "Carnival" comes from. I think most of the population that loves it have no idea neither: I guess they just look foward to those days where there is a huge excuse to do whatever comes up to their heads. And that shall be not "so bad"... 'cause Hey: that's Carnaval! (If you know what I mean.)
Excuses like: full moon... and things like that. Well, I don't blame anyone for that! Specially because I have used excuses like that myself too, so... ha ha
Well, nice weekend to you all!
My fondest wishes, Carol*
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Rhys
Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2003 - 07:05 am:   

Boa tarde Carolzita!
Somebody told me the answer to this question:

"Como agradar uma mulher?"

They said that the answer was:


"Acaricie, Massageie, Cante, Suporte...
Alimente, De banho, Ria...
Estimule,Console, Abrace, Excite...
Pacifique, Proteja, Seduza, Ligue...
Corresponda, Antecipe, Perdoe, Sacrifique-se...
Deixe, Volte...
Divirta, Mostre charme, Mostre igualdade...
Fascine, Respeite, Ignore...
Defenda, Faça planos, Enfatize, Faça serenata, Agrade...
Mime, Se banhe, Se barbeie, Se perfume...
Elogie, Acredite, Santifique, Ajude, Reconheça...
Seja educado, Atualize-se, Aceite, Peque...
Escute, Entenda, Leve, Acalme...
Mate por ela, Morra por ela, Sonhe com ela, Prometa...
Entregue, Se comprometa...
Eleve, Alivie, Sirva, Salve, Prove...
Agradeça, Dance, Olhe...
Escove, Seque, Dobre,Lave, Passe, Guarde...
Idolatre, Ajoelhe-se...
Nunca esqueça...
Volte ao começo e faça tudo de novo..."


Of course I have no idea if any of this is true!

Hugs to you, meu amigona!
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Jorge
Posted on Monday, February 24, 2003 - 06:04 am:   

Rhys, "meu amigona" sounds... erm... peculiar... ;)

(meu is "male", amigona "female")

And yeah, of course it's true. And it's probably the main reason why there are so many gay men these days... ;)
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Rhys
Posted on Monday, February 24, 2003 - 06:16 am:   

Well I rely on people like you to tell me, Jorge!

You speak a language in which words and things have a gender! And I am expected to know which things are male and which are female?!

At least it sounded "peculiar" rather than "queer". Is that something to be grateful for, I wonder?

:-)
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Jorge
Posted on Monday, February 24, 2003 - 07:20 am:   

Well, to answer your first question: yeah, sure. Carol is definitely female, ain't she? ;)

Regarding the second question, I don't have an answer. But look at it this way: if it turns out that it really is something to be grateful for, then super. If, on the contrary, it turns out that it isn't, then you can feel better if I tell you that it looks peculiar in a queer sort of way. Either way, you win. :-)
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Rhys
Posted on Monday, February 24, 2003 - 07:38 am:   

LOL!

I thought you said that wordplay in English was beyond your linguistic skills? :-)

I think it must be time to find a cat and put it in the freezer for a few minutes...

...and then according to Luis's theory I should be able to speak perfect Brrrrrazilian Purrrrrtuguese!

That way I won't make any more mistakes!
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Jorge
Posted on Monday, February 24, 2003 - 08:33 am:   

:-) I guess I have my days...

Mistakes are great. Not only do they make great topics of conversation, but they are also the root of all knowledge. Just look at that Fleming chap... :-)
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Cacau
Posted on Monday, February 24, 2003 - 02:40 pm:   

Hello Rhys! MEU querido amigo! Sorry I didn't mention anything about "minhA amigA". I promess I will tell you if I see something similar. Either way Jorge or Luis will do it... as I see. :-) I have to say I kept forgetting to mention and than I got used to it, because I do think it's kind of cute coming from someone that's learning Portuguese. But, sorry... I won't forget to mention next time. (not even if I think it sounds nice in a way!)
I got the same e-mail about how to please a woman, yes... it's true! Of course, if it's not tooooooooo much. The fun thing is that in the same mail after all those things about what does woman like... there was only one sentece how to please a men: "Take your clothes of!". My ex-boyfriend kept saing it's wronggggggg!!! But hey, I can't use him to compare... I guess it's not quite like that, but it wouldn't certainly hurt. Would it? Just kidding!!!
Don't judge me wrong!
Gotta go to my books!
bye to you all!
Kisses from Caroline*
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Rhys
Posted on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 03:11 am:   

It's the start of CARNAVAL for you tomorrow, minha sereia!
(I got it right!)
Have a fantastic time!

And a great time to everyone else, carnivals or not!
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Mastadge
Posted on Friday, March 07, 2003 - 01:35 pm:   

I am now (finally) reading Nowhere Near Milkwood. I don't know what I was expecting, but what I was expecting is certainly not what I am getting. In a good way. Um. I'm actually not really sure how to respond to what I'm reading, because I don't think I've ever read anything like it before. I'll try to think of something a little more useful to say once I've finished the book.

Nathan
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Luís
Posted on Friday, March 07, 2003 - 01:42 pm:   

I'm close to finishing NOWHERE NEAR MILKWOOD. It's very good, especially the "Taller Stories" cycle. Congratulations, Rhys!

Best,
Luís
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An Admirer
Posted on Sunday, March 09, 2003 - 08:35 am:   

Lejos del Bosque de Madera Lechera (UK title, Milkwood) Part Two, Preview:
Chap 1: The Prefect must arrest Development.
chap 2: He must arrest the Author before He Commits the Painful Puns in chapter three.
chap 3: He must arrest Unlicensed Cardiacs, Cardigans, Cardomons, Cadillacs, and Leeks.
Chap four: He must arrest the Motion of the Spheres, together with all music appertaining.
Chap Five: He must take A Rest.
Chap six: He must go back and release the Innocent Leek of chap 3, who everyone can C shouldn't be there.
Chap 7: Oh gosh, everything I say may be taken down and...
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Rhys
Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2003 - 06:16 am:   

An admirer? Surely not!
Are you Steve Redwood, by any chance? :-)

What shall I talk about now?


BOOKS I AM CURRENTLY READING:

The God of Small Things -- Arundhati Roy
Circumpolar! -- Richard Lupoff
Sinai Tapestry -- Edward Whittemore
The Salzburg Tales -- Christina Stead
Memed, My Hawk -- Yashar Kemal

All are excellent in different ways...


MUSIC I AM CURRENTLY LISTENING TO:

Tarika
Cheb Mami
Bally Sagoo
Tam-Tam Des Cools
Iggy Pop
Sabri Brothers
Destiny's Child
Belle Lumiere
Norah Jones

Quite a mixture there...


FOOD I AM CURRENTLY EATING:

Bombay Mix
Capuccino Flapjacks
Some Indonesian Thing I can't remember the name of
Oranges and tangerines

Not at this precise moment...
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Mastadge
Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2003 - 01:08 pm:   

Hmm. . .my copy of Stories from a Lost Anthology is one the way, but I've about given up on finding a copy of Worming the Harpy or Smell of Telescopes that I can afford on my budget.
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steve r
Posted on Friday, March 14, 2003 - 07:43 am:   

Now how did you nab me?
A. You have only one admirer.
B. You recognised my handwriting.
C. You realised it wasn't quite Portuguese.
D. You knew I wasn't Caroline because you could sense I wasn't beautiful.
E. You detected a whiff of cabbages.
F. I am the only unlettered person you know who can't even write his own name.
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Rhys
Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2003 - 03:35 am:   

Hello Steve!

I just sort of guessed it was you! Maybe the puns gave you away? I'll probably use them too!

My first (proper) novel is due out soon. It should only be a matter of a few weeks. It's called THE PERCOLATED STARS and is about astronomy, coffee and sex, among other things! It is partly set in the Alps, partly in Montenegro and partly in a miniature solar-system at the centre of the earth!

I think it is one of my best things. And for once I'm going to have a book published which is actually sold at a cheap price!

I'd like to announce a firm publication date, but the publisher in question doesn't work like that. His business sense is limited. Plus he's been arrested and thrown into a jail in Krakow. I think he might be out now, but I'm not sure!
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Mastadge
Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2003 - 05:01 am:   

I've already ordered a copy! I can't wait to read it.

How do Krakow jails compare to jails anywhere else?
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Rhys
Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2003 - 05:06 am:   

That's a good question! I'll have to ask him. All he has said so far is that they are quite comfortable. He was arrested for getting caught up in a bar-room brawl, apparently...

I hope you don't have to wait too long to get that book! And thanks for ordering it! Um... and I hope you like it!
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Mastadge
Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2003 - 10:24 am:   

How's THE CLOWN OF THE NEW ETERNITIES coming? I loved what I was able to read of Darktree on FM, but I don't own Leviathan 2 or Eyelidiad.
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Rhys
Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2003 - 07:06 am:   

Jeff VanderMeer has recently compiled a list of *best fantasy books* to which many other people have contributed suggestions.

For several weeks I have been compiling my own list of favourite fantasy books. I found it extremely difficult to create this list, debating with myself about what to include and exclude, adding titles, deleting them, fussing about which books can’t really be defined as fantasy, etc.

But finally I can honestly say I am satisfied with this list. There are indeed still a few books below which don’t strictly belong in the genre of ‘fantasy’, but all contain at least some elements of strangeness, wonder or magic.


Ageyev, M. - Novel with Cocaine
Aldiss, Brian - The Eighty-Minute Hour / The Helliconia Trilogy
Alfau, Felipe - Locos: a Comedy of Gestures
Allende, Isabel - The Stories of Eva Luna
Amado, Jorge - Dona Flor and her Two Husbands
Anderson, Poul - The Broken Sword
Attanasio, A.A. - Wyvern
Ballard, J.G. - Complete Stories / Concrete Island / Super-Cannes
Barth, John - The Sot-Weed Factor / Giles Goat-Boy
Barthelme, Donald - 60 Stories / The King
Bataille, Georges - The Story of the Eye
Bayley, Barrington - Collision with Chronos
Beagle, Peter S. - A Fine and Private Place
Bernieres, Louis de - Senor Vivo and the Coca Lord
Blish, James - Black Easter / Cities in Flight
Borges, Jorge Luis - Ficciones / The Aleph
Bradbury, Ray - The Golden Apples of the Sun / The Illustrated Man
Bulgakov, Mikhail - The Master & Margarita
Burroughs, William - Cities of the Red Night
Cabell, James Branch - Figures of Earth / The Silver Stallion / Jurgen
Calvino, Italo - Our Ancestors / Cosmicomics / Numbers in the Dark
Capek, Karel - The War with the Newts
Cendars, Blaise - Moravagaine
Chapman, Stepan - The Troika
Crowley, John - Little Big
Delany, Samuel R. - Tales of Nevèryon / Equinox / Dhalgren
Desani, G.V. - All About H. Hatterr
Disch, Thomas - 334
Dunsany, Lord - The Charwoman's Shadow
Durrell, Lawrence - The Alexandria Quartet
Durrenmatt, Friedrich - The Assignment
Eco, Umberto - The Name of the Rose
Eddison, E.R. - The Worm Ouroboros
Esquivel, Laura - Like Water for Chocolate
Farmer, Philip Jose - The World of Tiers
Firbank, Ronald - Caprice
Ford, Jeffrey - The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque
Fuentes, Carlos - Aura
Gaddis, William - The Recognitions
Gass, William - Omensetter’s Luck
Gombrowicz, Witold - Ferdydurke
Gray, Alasdair - Lanark / Poor Things
Gupta, Sunetra - The Glassblower's Breath
Harrison, M. John – Viriconium / The Centauri Device
Hasek, Jaroslav - The Good Soldier Svejk
Hawkes, John - Second Skin / The Blood Oranges / Travesty
Heller, Joseph - Catch-22
Hernandez, Felisberto - Piano Stories
Howard, Robert E. - The Conan Chronicles
Infante, G Cabrera - Infante’s Inferno
Junger, Ernst - On the Marble Cliffs
Kakar, Sudhir - The Ascetic of Desire
Karinthy, Frigyes - Capillaria
Kavan, Anna - Ice
Lawrence, Starling - Montenegro
Leiris, Michel - Aurora
Lem, Stanislaw - The Cyberiad / Mortal Engines
Lewis, Wyndham - The Childermass / Monstre Gai / Malign Fiesta
Louys, Pierre – Aphrodite / The Adventures of King Pausole
Lupoff, Richard A. - Circumpolar!
Maalouf, Amin - Leo the African
Marquez, Gabriel Garcia - One Hundred Years of Solitude
Martinez, Tomas Eloy - The Peron Novel / Santa Evita
Meredith, George - The Shaving of Shagpat
Moorcock, Michael - Between the Wars / The Dancers at the End of Time
Mutis, Alvaro – Maqroll el Gaviero
Nabokov, Vladimir - Glory / Laughter in the Dark / Despair / Bend Sinister
Nahai, Gina B. - Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith
Nesvadba, Josef - In the Footsteps of the Abominable Man
O'Brien, Flann - At Swim-Two-Birds / The Third Policeman / The Poor Mouth
Pavic, Milorad - Dictionary of the Khazars / Landscape Painted with Tea
Peake, Mervyn - The Gormenghast Trilogy
Perec, Georges - Life: a User’s Manual
Powys, John Cowper - Wolf Solent / The Brazen Head
Pratt, Fletcher - The Well of the Unicorn
Pynchon, Thomas - Gravity’s Rainbow / V / Mason & Dixon
Queneau, Raymond - The Sunday of Life
Reage, Pauline - The Story of O
Richardson, Maurice - The Adventures of Engelbrecht
Rios, Julian - Midsummer Night’s Babel
Roberts, Keith - Pavane
Roy, Arundhati - The God of Small Things
Sansom, William - Fireman Flower
Saki - Collected Short stories
Schnitzler, Arthur - Dream Story
Schulz, Bruno - The Street of Crocodiles
Silverberg, Robert - Lord Valentine's Castle
Sinclair, Andrew - Gog / Magog
Sinclair, Iain - Landor’s Tower
Sladek, John - Roderick / Roderick at Random
Smith, Clark Ashton - Zothique
Spinrad, Norman - The Iron Dream
Stapledon, Olaf - Star Maker
Steinbeck, John - The Cup of Gold
Strugatsky, Arkady and Boris - Roadside Picnic
Suskind, Patrick - Perfume
Thomas, D.M - The Flute Player / Ararat / Swallow / Sphinx
Tutuola, Amos - The Palm-Wine Drinkard
Vance, Jack - Tales of the Dying Earth
VanderMeer, Jeff - City of Saints and Madmen
Van Vogt, A.E. - The Book of Ptath
Vian, Boris - Froth on the Daydream
Vonnegut, Kurt - The Sirens of Titan / Mother Night / Cat’s Cradle / Slapstick
Warner, Rex - The Wild Goose Chase
Wellman, Manly Wade - John the Balladeer
Wells, H. G. - The Invisible Man / The Island of Dr Moreau
West, Nathanael - Miss Lonelyhearts / A Cool Million / The Day of the Locust
White, T. H. - The Once and Future King
Whittemore, Edward - Sinai Tapestry
Wilder, Thornton - The Bridge of San Luis Rey
Zamyatin, Yevgeny - We
Zelazny, Roger - The Amber Chronicles / Lord of Light / Isle of the Dead
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Bob
Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2003 - 07:56 am:   

Er...holy shit comes to mind.
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Jeff Topham
Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2003 - 08:11 am:   

Rhys: A great list! Many of these I've not read. I've been teetering on the brink of reading Mason & Dixon since it came out, but have never been able to muster the courage to start a massive Pynchon novel written in 18th century idiom. Thanks also for the push of God of Small Things, another novel I've been eyeing up since it came out.

Best,

JT
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Rhys
Posted on Friday, March 21, 2003 - 04:48 am:   

Thanks! I'm going to try to edit this list down until I have my favourite 10 (or maybe 20) fantasy books of all time! It probably won't be easy!
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Rhys
Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2003 - 05:35 am:   

This morning I finished writing the last parody in my Borges tribute book, A NEW UNIVERSAL HISTORY OF INFAMY...

The parody in question is entitled *Finding the Book of Sand*. I'm debating whether to subtitle it 'The Further Adventures of an Infinite Book' but I probably won't!
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Mastadge
Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2003 - 10:06 am:   

I am ashamed to admit that I haven't yet gotten to Borges. Even so, it's always good to hear good news. At least, I assume this is good news. . .
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Mastadge
Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2003 - 01:02 pm:   

Also, is there any update on PERCOLATED STARS?
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Luís Rodrigues
Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2003 - 05:42 pm:   

Hi Rhys,

Did you get my mail re the FM anthology? I've been having some trouble with spam filters lately, just want to make sure you got it.

Cheers,
Luís
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Rhys
Posted on Saturday, April 12, 2003 - 03:47 am:   

Yes, Luís I got your e-mail. Sorry for not replying. Things at work have been busy lately. I'm working on four projects at the same time and I have to finish a policy report by next Friday. It's a huge (and boring) piece of work!

But I'm really looking forward to seeing the FM book. I'm delighted that my first Engelbrecht story is going to appear in print at last...

Mastadge: Thanks for your enquiry. I've also been wondering what's happening to THE PERCOLATED STARS! I heard yesterday that the publisher is still "working on it", whatever that means! It was supposed to be out two months ago, but now it looks like it might not appear until the summer. This is frustrating for me, especially because it's my first novel and I really believe it will be my best book to date (when it is published). But there isn't much I can do about it. I hope to have more information soon.

In the meantine, I received my copies of ALBUM ZUTIQUE today. I'm delighted with it!

Now I'm off to London to meet a bunch of writers I've only previously known through e-mail and the internet! The official name of this meeting is DUSKCON3. This should be interesting!
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Des
Posted on Sunday, April 27, 2003 - 04:56 am:   

Rhys, yesterday I bought a copy of 'Sixty Stories' by Donald Barthelme. This seems to be a sort of 'Best Of Donald Barthelme' published in USA by GP Putnam's in 1981. Do you think this would be a fair representation of his work?
Des
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Rhys
Posted on Monday, April 28, 2003 - 03:01 am:   

Oh that's a great collection! I also recommend the companion volume 'Forty Stories'. Taken together, those hundred stories are definitely a fair representation of his work. Two of his novels are extremely good as well, SNOW WHITE and THE KING. The latter is especially poignant and funny.

This reminds me that I haven't read any Barthelne for years. I ought to get back to him. He was one of the finest short-story writers who ever lived!
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Rhys
Posted on Monday, July 14, 2003 - 03:23 am:   

I've just heard from Sean Wallace at Prime that he's interested in seeing a sequel to NOWHERE NEAR MILKWOOD. Actually the book I have in mind is not really a sequel but a companion volume...

It will follow the same pattern as MILKWOOD. I am currently working on the middle section, 'More Taller Stories'.

The finished book will be called THE CRYSTAL COSMOS.
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Mastadge
Posted on Monday, July 14, 2003 - 04:27 am:   

Awesome! I've tracked down all of your books, and though I haven't had time to read the Tartarus Collections yet, MILKWOOD was the most fun to read so far. I truly had a blast. I like the Darktree stories, too. About the only thing of yours that I haven't really liked was RAWHEAD AND BLOODY BONES, which was merely okay.
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Mastadge
Posted on Monday, July 14, 2003 - 04:35 am:   

Any updates on BONE IDLE IN THE CHARNEL-HOUSE and THE CLOWN OF THE NEW ETERNITIES?
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Rhys
Posted on Tuesday, July 15, 2003 - 08:03 am:   

Thanks for asking, Mastadge.

I'm still working on BONE IDLE... There are three or four stories to go and then it's done, but it should hopefully be finished at the end of this year, or the beginning of next.

I also plan to finish THE CLOWN OF THE NEW ETERNITIES by the end of this year. Extracts from that novel may appear at the *Fantastic Metropolis* website in a few weeks. If they do, I'll announce it here!

If I can, I'll also try to finish THE CRYSTAL COSMOS by the end of 2003... Then I deserve a rest (maybe six months!) with no writing at all, before I start on two other projects: a short novel for Sarob Press and my Robert E. Howard tribute novel! (Yes, I'm going to write a book set in the world of Conan!!!)

I've just sent my first (and only) poetry collection to a little publisher, so that may appear as a small chapbook sometime in the coming months!
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Rhys
Posted on Tuesday, July 15, 2003 - 08:05 am:   

Oh yes, and THE PERCOLATED STARS is apparently due out next week... (but I'm taking this news with a pinch of salt!)
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Rhys
Posted on Tuesday, July 15, 2003 - 08:09 am:   

...Other things I forgot to mention:

(a) I've just sent a 'Best Of' selection of stories to the French publisher, Terre de Brume.

(b) Prime Books are also interested in seeing my first book, WORMING THE HARPY, so I'm preparing a corrected text of that for them.

(c) I'm currently working on some extra material for the limited edition NEW UNIVERSAL HISTORY... It's a sequel to the Borges story, 'Death and the Compass', and is one of the most complex things I've ever attempted...

Phew!
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steve r
Posted on Tuesday, July 15, 2003 - 01:28 pm:   

Time you got down to a bit of serious writing, Rhys!
What have you selected for the French selection? (Or is that a secret?)
Oy, don't distract Seam Wallace right now! You know why! But, good, 'Worming' is the only one I haven't got.
More Milkwood? But there's no one and nothing left to arrest!
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Rhys
Posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2003 - 03:34 am:   

Ah Steve! So when is FISHER OF DEVILS coming out? Any day now...? I'm really looking forward to seeing it at long last!

The selection of stories I made for the French publishing house was determined by which pieces are most translation friendly... All the stories I chose are ideas based and don't rely on language for their effect. I want to call this book THE JAM OF HYPNOS (after one of the stories included in it) but I'm not sure how this might sound in French. LA CONFITURE DE DORMIR...???
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Mastadge
Posted on Saturday, July 19, 2003 - 03:52 am:   

The corrected text of WORMING THE HARPY: does the just mean with the version of the story available on Dusksite, or are the other corrections being made as well?
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Rhys
Posted on Monday, July 21, 2003 - 02:45 am:   

There were a few mistakes in some of the other stories in HARPY, which will be corrected if the book is re-issued, but what I was referring to at the Dusk site was the title story itself. In the published book one of the scenes (the one with the vampires) was omitted and that has now been restored.

With luck, a selection of my poems is about to be printed very soon. More info when I have it!

Zoran Zivkovic has just very kindly written to me to express his interest in publishing one of my stories or novellas. I'm delighted by this possible opportunity to be translated into Serbian!

So now... What is everybody else reading, listening to, watching???

CURRENTLY READING:
Nineteen Thiry-four Escapes -- Su Tong
The Non-Existent Knight (again) -- Italo Calvino
A House for Mr Biswas -- V.S. Naipaul
[Various Stories] -- Brian Aldiss

LISTENING TO:
Morcheeba
Trickbaby
Tim Buckley
Ebru Gundes
Souad Massi
Banco de Gaia
Os Mutantes

How about you?
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Bob
Posted on Monday, July 21, 2003 - 09:27 am:   

Reading:
Jaguar Hunter -- Lucius Shepard
Advanced Pressure Point Grappling -- George Dillman
Discipline and Punish -- Michel Foucault

Listening to:
Various renditions of Rachmaninoff's 3rd
Metallica
Nirvana
Beethoven
Queens of the Stone Age
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Mastadge
Posted on Monday, July 21, 2003 - 11:06 am:   

Reading:
Jaguar Hunter -- Lucius Shepard (how about that?)
Exploits of Engelbrecht -- Maurice Richardson
Tanakh -- God or Moses or a bunch of Rabbis or someone

Listening to:
Bachianas Brasilieras -- Villa-Lobos (thanks for the recommendation, guys!)
The Touch -- Basil Poledouris (it's about time!)
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steve redwood
Posted on Friday, July 25, 2003 - 07:30 am:   

Up! up! my Friend, and quit your books;
Or surely you'll grow double:
...as Billy Wordsworth said. I have much more important news.

At last - on bed with two women!!!! It took 59 and three-quarter years, but...

Shirt gently lifted off, then soft hands on shoulders, hair almost falling on my face, caressing toes, while other girl gently presses my fingers one by one, probing fingers moving up my legs and down my arms, round my shoulders and neck, their eyes fixed on my strong masculine beauty...
And afterwards?
Ah, afterwards...
"Well, is it arthritis ot arthrosis?" I asked, as I replaced my shirt, body all a-tingle.
"Both," they said, their sensuous touch now replaced by professional smiles, "take this to the radiography department and..."
But 'twas good while it lasted! They don't do things that way in British hospitals...

WHERE ARE THOSE STARS??
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Rhys
Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2003 - 04:34 am:   

The stars have arrived!

And now I'm about to leave the office and buy a compliation album of obscure 1970s African disco funk tracks!!!!!!

Just thought I'd share that with you...
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steve red
Posted on Thursday, September 18, 2003 - 03:26 am:   

Go and catch a falling star,
Get with child a mandrake root

Well Donne, Sir! And I hope they've done you proud.
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Mastadge
Posted on Monday, September 29, 2003 - 06:29 am:   

"my Robert E. Howard tribute novel! (Yes, I'm going to write a book set in the world of Conan!!!)"

CPI is going nuts this year. New Conan pastiches and reprints of old; finally bringing Howard's stories back into print; reprints of the old Conan comics and a new Conan comic on the way; rumors of a new Conan movie.
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Rhys
Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2003 - 04:00 am:   

A new Conan movie sounds good -- if they get it right!

I want a script based on an actual coherent Howard work rather than some weird disjointed mishmash taken from lots of his stories...

I don't want Conan portrayed as a hero. I want him to be the grey wolf he should be.

What I'd i{really} love is a film of Jack Vance's 'Dying Earth' books. That would be the pussy's jimjams!
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Mastadge
Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2003 - 06:34 am:   

I doubt they'll get it right. Apparent it's Milius directing again; the Wachowski (Matrix) Brothers producing, and Arnold starring yet again.

And the script treatments I've seen are a weird disjointed mishmash taken from lots of his stories. Starting off with The Frost Giant's Daughter and then moving up to when he's king.
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Rhys
Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2003 - 06:57 am:   

Apparently the first script for the first Conan film was based quite closely on 'Rogues in the House'. That might have worked quite well. It's one of the best stories Howard ever wrote.

The Conan story that ought to be filmed is HOUR OF THE DRAGON, the only true Conan novel.

I have enjoyed some Milius films though. The one about a man who becomes king of a remote tribe somewhere in Borneo (can't remember the title) was really rather good...
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Luis
Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2003 - 01:41 pm:   

Joggling your memory, Rhys: it's FAREWELL TO THE KING.

I'm seriously underread when it comes to Conan. Should I start with HOUR OF THE DRAGON, then?

Cheers,
Luís
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Mastadge
Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2003 - 01:45 pm:   

Farewell to the King?
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Mastadge
Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2003 - 03:27 pm:   

Luís,

You beat me to it.

For Conan, gollancz's Fantasy Masterworks series has all the Conan stories (including the novel) released in two volumes. But I'd recommend waiting for December, when Del Rey's reprinting the awesome Wandering Star editions of Conan, with unexpurgated texts and illustrations and all kinds of extra stuff for a very reasonable price.

Rhys: I thought that the first Conan script treatment was some huge Oliver Stone thing involving mutants and all kinds of post-apocalyptic trappings. But I definitely agree that the movie should be based on that novel. Or at least directly adapted from Howard's work.
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GabrielM
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - 12:27 am:   

Luis, yes, HOUR OF THE DRAGON is a fine place to start.
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Rhys
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - 07:24 am:   

Ah yes, Luis, FAREWELL TO THE KING... That's the one! Milius also directed BIG WEDNESDAY, didn't he? I love that film too. But what I particularly like about FARWELL TO THE KING is the Borneo (or is it Papua New Guinea?) location.

Borneo has a special allure... There's a great novel by A.A Attanasio called WYVERN which is set in Borneo sometime in the 19th century. That's one of my favourite 'historical' fantasy novels.
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Mastadge
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - 09:27 am:   

Yes, Milius also did BIG WEDNESDAY. He also directed THE WIND AND THE LION, and is now directing THE SON TAY RAID. And he wrote the script for APOCALYPSE NOW, I believe.
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Luís
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - 10:02 pm:   

Thanks Mastadge, Gabe, Rhys. I think I'll get that Del Rey edition, thanks for pointing it out for me.

Rhys, I have that Attanasio book, but haven't read it yet. I loved IN OTHER WORLDS, and plan to read RADIX pretty soon.

Best,
Luís
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Rhys
Posted on Monday, November 03, 2003 - 04:55 am:   

I've just finished writing 'More Taller Stories', a sequel to the 'Taller Stories' section of NOWHERE NEAR MILKWOOD...

Hopefully this will now form the middle section of a book entitled THE CRYSTAL COSMOS, which will be a companion volume to NOWHERE NEAR MILKWOOD...

I'm very pleased with the result!
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Luis
Posted on Monday, November 03, 2003 - 11:08 am:   

Damn it, man, you write books faster than I can read them! Those are great news! I loved the Taller Stories part, it was my favourite in the book.

Cheers,
Luís

PS: Anything in the mail yet? I hope it wasn't lost.
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Rhys
Posted on Tuesday, November 04, 2003 - 02:54 am:   

Bom dia Luis!

Anything in the mail? Do you mean O CAVALIERO INEXISTENTE?

I received it last week and I've since posted it onto Brazil. This will make a great birthday present for Caroline and I'm delighted!

Thanks so much, good sir!
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Rhys
Posted on Saturday, November 15, 2003 - 03:49 am:   

I have just decided that NOWHERE NEAR MILKWOOD is actually going to be the first volume of a trilogy. THE CRYSTAL COSMOS will be the second volume.

I don't yet know what the third volume will be called but all the individual books will follow the same pattern -- three sections, with the middle section being a 'Taller Stories' sequence.

I intend that one day the trilogy will form a single book called THE ISLE OF CHROME.

Just thought I'd share this long term plan with you...!
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Rhys
Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2004 - 06:00 am:   

It is exactly ONE YEAR since the first message was posted on this thread -- the first thread of my Nightshade messageboard!

That first message was posted by the incomparable Bob Urell...

This timing is rather good, because I am only a few days away from completing my 'companion' book to NOWHERE NEAR MILKWOOD!

Hurrah!
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Luís
Posted on Friday, February 06, 2004 - 12:10 am:   

What about THE EMPIRE OF CHROME?
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Rhys
Posted on Monday, February 09, 2004 - 06:24 am:   

Don't you mean THE ISLE OF CHROME, Luis? Or some other place or state of chrome? The Breadbox of Chrome, maybe?

Anyway... I have at long last finished writing THE CRYSTAL COSMOS! The 11th book I've written! The most overtly SF book I've done (the only SF one, if truth be known!)

I'm delighted!

It will work as a stand-alone volume and as a companion to NOWHERE NEAR MILKWOOD and as the second part of my ISLE OF CHROME trilogy...

The next thing is to submit it to Prime!

Hurrah!
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Rhys
Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2004 - 06:50 am:   

THE CRYSTAL COSMOS has just been mailed to Sean Wallace at Prime.

Fingers crossed.
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steve r
Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2004 - 10:10 am:   

The thing is, does he deserve it?
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Jamie
Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2004 - 12:18 pm:   

The book? Or the finger? :-)
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Mastadge
Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2004 - 04:12 pm:   

Fingers crossed on this side of the pond, too.
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Rhys
Posted on Friday, September 03, 2004 - 04:31 am:   

Just had a royalty statement from Prime for copies of NOWHERE NEAR MILKWOOD sold in the UK between October 2003 and March 2004...

11 copies sold.

ELEVEN??!!!!!!!!
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Bill B.
Posted on Thursday, September 09, 2004 - 06:18 am:   

Obviously all the UK readers are buying their books from American dealers. Just wait until you get the US royalty statement!
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steve r
Posted on Wednesday, September 22, 2004 - 11:21 am:   

Well, Rhys, you licked me hollow - I've received the same royalty statement for Fisher of Devils -and sold five! But are you sure it's only UK sales? My form says
Sales 5
Foreign Sales 0
I'm going to invest my $5.99.
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Mastadge
Posted on Wednesday, September 22, 2004 - 12:49 pm:   

I know I got at least one other person to pick up Fisher of Devils (and I know that person liked it very much and is also recommending it to others). . . I guess my promotion campaign isn't going as well as I'd intended. . . Maybe I'll have to go back to the tried-and-true method of actually sticking the books into peoples' hands!
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Sean Wallace
Posted on Wednesday, September 22, 2004 - 06:06 pm:   

We likes books very much, sir, but I'm not entirely sure I'd like the finger. It seems like it might be a bit uncomfortable, especially if I let my imagination run a bit on this. However, this part: "licked me hollow" fills me with some uncertainty. I really don't want to know. *slinking away into the night*

Sean
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Rhys
Posted on Thursday, September 23, 2004 - 06:36 am:   

Ooh thanks! You're all moving me closer to the magic 1000th message!
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steve r
Posted on Thursday, September 23, 2004 - 10:48 am:   

But I thought you reached it some time ago!

Mastadge, the royalties were October- March. Perhaps your campaign kicked in after then! I feel we should always be optimistic, and hope to reach double figures, or somewhere near them. (And many thanks for your support.)
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William Hill Kasino
Posted on Sunday, November 14, 2004 - 05:07 pm:   

Very nice site. Keep up the good work.

<p>William Hill Kasino</p>
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Rhys
Posted on Friday, January 28, 2005 - 05:47 am:   

Unbelivable... Almost two and a half years after it was published, NOWHERE NEAR MILKWOOD gets its first review... It's just a reader's review at Amazon, but all the same, hurrah!
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des
Posted on Friday, January 28, 2005 - 05:58 am:   

Hi, Rhys, better late than never!
Didn't the people to whom you sent review copies not do reviews?
des
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Mastadge
Posted on Sunday, January 30, 2005 - 02:23 pm:   

I wrote a glowing Amazon review ("I've never had this much fun reading a book," (or something along those lines) etc, etc) almost two years ago, but they neglected to post it, and, not having a copy saved on my hard drive, I was far too lazy to type it again.
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Nicholas Liu
Posted on Monday, January 31, 2005 - 02:45 am:   

It sounds to me that despite its good rep, there isn't very much point at all to publishing a book with Prime.
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des
Posted on Monday, January 31, 2005 - 05:28 am:   

I've been very pleased with how 'Weirdmonger' seems to be doing. And it has the best cover and production qualities I've seen in any book.
Not sure of the stories, though! ;-)
des

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