Thursday, May 26, 2011

A short tale of the Half-Continent well worthy of your time (IMO)

Hello folks, I have just returned from England's sunny shores and am so jet-lagged my body keeps asking me in a feed back loop, "Should I sleep now? Should I eat now? Should I go out and run about now?..." Taken up in the name of research for the next Half-Continent story (now in its 4th chapter) the trip to the UK has filled my head and soul with so much historical and contextual excellence I scribbled half a notebook's worth of notes and am fit to burst with an expanded sense of the Half-Continent (... once I can tell which end is my head and which is my hind).

I am however compos mentis enough to have found a most excellent short story over at the MBT Forum, penned by a soul who goes by the apt name of Master Come Lately. It is an ingenious passage of prose describing a scene you will recognise (as I did with a steady and wonderful dawning sensation) from MBT/TFT yet seeing it through a novel perspective.
I do not want to spoil it by saying any more than this.

Brilliant.

What is brillianterer still is that the tale has helped me see that much better from this novel perspective!

Well done, Mr Lately - I think I owe you...

11 comments:

Anna said...

I´m so envyous. I´d love to go to England and London. Charing Cross Road with all the book-stores, ST Martin in the Fields,the museums....

Master Come Lately said...

I'm speechless at the recognition, Master Cornish! I was, in a small way, hoping my story would do for MBT what Wicked did for The Wizard of Oz. I guess it worked!

Justine H. said...

Good evening, Mr. Cornish! I have a few questions for you pertaining to leers (sorry if this doesn't exactly fit into this blog post!).

How exactly did you come up with the idea for leers?

Are leers able to fall in love?

And where on the Half-Continent did you come up with such an epicly amazing character as Sebastipole (and his amazingly epic name?!)?!?!

portals said...

ah Yes, is Sebastipole derived from Sevastopol?

Ben Bryddia said...

Hello all

I'm tickled to hear things are coming along for the next novel. The thought of filling half a notebook in such a concentrated time has me drooling. Do you have an index for all those notebooks? If so, how is it set up?

Yeah, it's a strange question, but I'm curious what form of note organization you've found most helpful.

I was rereading the conversation with the Lapinduce in Book 3. Out of curiuosity, if land monsters are birthed from threwdish muck, where do all the river and sea critters come from? Is there such a thing as threwdish waters or threwdish ocean muck?

I'm assuming that the false gods are to nadderers what urchins are to nickers and bogles. Is this correct? I seem to recall that Kraulschwimmen and false gods aren't on the best of terms.

-Ben

Ben Bryddia said...

Hello all

I'm tickled to hear things are coming along for the next novel. The thought of filling half a notebook in such a concentrated time has me drooling. Do you have an index for all those notebooks? If so, how is it set up?

Yeah, it's a strange question, but I'm curious what form of note organization you've found most helpful.

I was rereading the conversation with the Lapinduce in Book 3. Out of curiuosity, if land monsters are birthed from threwdish muck, where do all the river and sea critters come from? Is there such a thing as threwdish waters or threwdish ocean muck?

I'm assuming that the false gods are to nadderers what urchins are to nickers and bogles. Is this correct? I seem to recall that Kraulschwimmen and false gods aren't on the best of terms.

-Ben

Amanda said...

Hey there, this may seem a bit odd of a way to find this out but I'm wondering if you allow your books to sale on Kindel. I know some authors are against it but I have to tell you I'm going to be so very sad if this is the case. I live in Mexico and while on my last visit in the states over a year ago I bought the Foundling. I loved every bit of it and how original you are in your characters and monsters. It costs an arm and a leg to get books in English down here and in the places I can get them I have not found your books. I just got my kindel to help me in this situation and I'm searching and searching for Lamplighter and can not find it. Like I said the Kindel is new so Im hoping Im doing something wrong in the search. Like I said I know some authors are against kindel and with good reason. If I lived in the states Id buy only paper! So I decided to try and contact you via your website or blog to get the info from the source.

Master Come Lately said...

@Amanda
I personally bought the third book in the series on the Kindle, since I couldn't find it in my bookstore. It does show that Lamplighter is in the online Kindle store, though, so you should be able to find it.

Amanda said...

MCL- Thanks so much, Ill try and look again, like I said its a new Kindel and this isthe first book Im trying to find. I'm assuming I wont get all the cool pics and stuff on the Kindel, but its better than no book at all.

Master Come Lately said...

No problem. The Kindle copy of the third book has everything the original has, except no table of contents for the illustrations, but the illustrations themselves were there. I assume it's the same for book 2.

Ken said...

I have a Sony Reader Touch, not a Kindle, and would be interested in buying ePub editions of the books (alternatively, PDF editions for reading on a computer -- evil and baffling things happen to PDF line breaks when one resizes the text for e-reader, um, reading). I've decided to slowly begin replacing the paper books I can replace with e-editions, saving my bookshelf space for books unavailable in e-format.