My mail bemusement for today was the arrival via my agent of my author's copies of The Warrior's Apprentice -- in Korean. Happyreading Books is the name of the publisher; it's a 2007 trade paperback with a tasteful dust jacket and some quite nice production values. Pretty cool. I don't think I could have even imagined such a translation back in 1984 when I was actually writing the book.
The pages go from right to left like Western texts, and the print runs horizontally; it looks as if it's read right to left as well. A very pretty typography. It seems to have footnotes: among the terms explained are sword stick, morningstar, waldo, Armsman, Surleau, and some few others for which no English word is included.
Also on the dust jacket is what I recognize as an old convention photo of me from the late 1980s. Just a leetle out of date... Such things happen; the one the French were using, while extremely flattering, is nearly 25 years old. If any French fans meet me in person, I expect they will be taken aback.
Do we have any Korean listees?
Subject: (chat) another TSK on-line review
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2007
Ah ha, here's a review from a demographic I was looking for: not read the prior books, approached The Sharing Knife on its own terms. For an added bonus, a relatively young male. Spoiler-sensitive, too, good.
Subject: (chatty news) Mirror Dance a Blackstone bestseller
Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2007
Oh hey,Mirror Danceis on Blackstone Audio's bestseller list! And not a genre sub-list, but over-all.
Cool. Thank you, listening audience!
Subject: (news) Legacy Ch. 2 is up!
Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2007
The second free sample chapter of Legacy is now up on the HarperCollins website. It continues below Chapter One, logically enough.
Please do pass this link around with wild abandon.
Subject: (chat) baby raccoons!
Date: Sat, 16 Jun 2007
My reward for taking my health walk today at Bredesen Park (a s/w/a/m/p wetland preserve about a mile west of my house) was to encounter three fluffy baby raccoons. I was picking my way among the dozen or so fuzzy baby Canada Geese, now about half-grown and beginning to look teenagerish although not sporting tattoos yet, trying not to step on them or their by-products, being hissed at in rather futile attempt at defense by their parent geese (I can so understand), and spotted these three little bundles of fur retreating into the verge between the path and the pond. Each about the size of my two fists, counting the fur.
If there is any baby mammal cuter (or fluffier) than a baby raccoon, I can't bring it to mind just now. Except three of 'em.
Subject: (Chat) welcome to the 21st Century, again
Date: Sat, 16 Jun 2007
I just logged on to my local library's website, to discover they now offer free f/i/l/m/s (must find another word, medium obsolete) movies and audio books as internet downloads from the library website direct to patrons' computers. (I'll bet that solves the problem of scratched-up library DVDs, too.) They have about 300 items available so far, they say
And they have four of my audiobooks in their catalog!
So if you have a Hennepin County library card and internet access, you can get the Blackstone Audio editions of Cetaganda, The Curse of Chalion, Paladin of Souls, or The Vor Game with a few mouse clicks.
Subject: (Chat) not a spoiler -- truly
Date: Sun, 03 Jun 2007
I got a giggle -- actually, a guffaw, but that's because it took me by surprise -- from this library catalog description of Legacy, which I ran across at semi-random on the 'net...
"Bujold, Lois McMaster - The Sharing Knife Volume Two: Legacy. The terrible struggle between the kingdoms of the Farmers and the lake Walkers continues as Dag and Fawn try to establish their new home and live in peace."
Thus the gate-keepers try to keep the genre corralled...
My quiet tussle with genre expectations continues: score for the weekend, Ch. 16 bagged, Ch. 17 commenced.
Subject: (news) Mirror Dance at Blackstone
Date: Sat, 02 Jun 2007
Long awaited, the audio version of Mirror Dance is finally up and available at Blackstone:
Audible.com will likely have it in downloadable format it in a few weeks; they normally trail Blackstone's releases by a bit.
Blackstone will have TSK v.1: Beguilement up shortly, too -- their website says July 1st.
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