Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Europa of Naimes

Forsooth, the Branden Rose is a real soul, you can go see her activities get all Tumblr-ed over at Europa of Naimes, where she and other bright-souled Sundergirdians keep the energy of the Half-Continent roiling.

I go there to remind myself that the Half-Continent is not just me in a room on my own in front of a blank screen.

Thank you, Branden Rose, thank you.

24 comments:

Ali said...

No comments on my persistent belief Europe and Madigan have a history together? I take this as an admission of fact, good sir.

Everyone is welcome to submit art, links to stories (of any variety, as long as they are Half-Continent related), and otherwise enhance the tumblr whether or not you have one yourself. Please! I have run out of images to troll from our beloved author and fabulist.

R.J. Anderson said...

I have subscribed to your newsletter -- er, Tumblr -- but personally I'm still convinced that Europe and Sebastipole need to get together and take over the world / fall in love / have adventures.

D.M. Cornish said...

Hehe, Ali, my silence has been out of respect - I have not wanted to quibble with you in your very domain, nor impose too much on your enjoyment of MBT. However, since you raise such a matter here in my domain: no, I never intended anything but a close sisterhood of common and deep understanding between Europe and the Lady Madigan. Though she might be having doubts on it now (unadmitted to herself, of course) Europe is "married" to her labours as a teratologist, and the Lady Madigan simply as yet, has not found a man of station who is also a genuine equal... (and here I myself wonder if Sebastipole might not make a surprising companion for her; surprising for both the reader and the Lady Madigan herself, and awkward for her too perhaps in that he is not of a hight social degree nor of much income. I shall save this for the Mills & Boon edition of MBT shall I?)

Still, whatever that might be, between your site, the Cult, the Forum and here, I have great encouragement. So thank you once again!

D.M. Cornish said...

... having just said all that, Ali, I can certainly see how something more intimate between the Branden Rose and the Lady M could be inferred. I just meant that to be the shorthand of close friendship - if Europe was going to be friends with anyone, they woudl certainly have to as "cool" as she. Live and learn.

Ali said...

It needn't even be a romantic history, I think, I just am very interested in how they would have met and discovered they were actually rather well matched in personality and preferences. We get an impression of Europe where she is very bored by socializing and doesn't respond to invitations to do so as a rule, so there should be some shared strife or engagement that would explain why she considers Madigan worth her time.

However. Madigan/Sebastipole may be my very favourite new ship, and it is totally your fault.

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Camilla said...

Hi! I was just wondering if the third book "Factotum" is ever gonna come out in Swedish? I've been waiting and waiting but I'm starting to think i'll never gonna be a translation? Is it so or do I just have to wait a little longer? If so I'm gonna buy the English book 'cause I can't wait much longer ^^
Thank you for writing awesome books!

D.M. Cornish said...

Well, Camilla, I do not rightly know, but I shall find out for you...

Camilla said...

Oh, thank you very very much! That would be so kind of you :)

Alyosha said...

There was a comment by Europe to the archduke during her party that "Lady Madigan might get jealous," so I'd figured that Madigan might have an off and on relationship with him. But speaking of romances, it seems like Sebastipole + Dolours could work out. Though the downside of that is that then I would be jealous of Sebastipole...

And, though it's not exactly a romance, I've imagined Rossamund making a brief, quiet visit to Threnody some years after the MBT trilogy has closed.

Carlita said...

I've been attempting to reread "Foundling" these last few months and while we're bringing up relationships, what about Licurius? Europe refers to a "certain Frestonian girl," but then Licurius (*spoiler, in case it matters*) dies. Who exactly would love violent Licurius? And how did he connect with Europe?

And after all this talk, I feel the need to revisit Lady Madigan - I can't remember much about her. D:

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Alyosha said...

I have just finished re-reading the brilliant "Foundling" - though I still have the Explicarium to go - and need to retract an earlier post. In that post I identified what I thought was an error in the text when, during the preparations for the grand gala, the text reads "Taking an audition in the hiatus of an armoniam player hoping to sweeten..." Taking hiatus as meaning "a pause in the action," I thought that the words "audition" and "hiatus" had been accidentally switched. At the second reading I realize that the "hiatus" was a room of Europe's mansion, and that it was just a coincidence that switching the words still made sense. I regret - and this is the closest you'll get to a proper "sorry" in this world of ours - my misunderstanding that resulted in a correction that was not a correction at all.

Alyosha said...

Something else that occurred to me during the re-reading... we were chatting above about possible romantic relationships, but can any lazhar have a romantic relationship without interfering with the relationship with their factotum? All of the lazhar-factotum relationships we get see in the story (even when only brief glimpses, such as with Lady Madigan) seem so tight knit, so intense, that it's easy to see how a romantic relationship on the side might cause friction.

sean said...

I havent read the last book yet,
but will soon.

It seems everyone has something to say, which is why I never post a thing on the net.

But..
You should totally write a book about that bully from the first book.

I figure in posting this, who knows what suggestions may nudge your creative direction.

Ben Bryddia said...

Good evening ladies and gents.

What with how silent it is here, I figured I had an excuse to promote a bit of Lego building I did that used Half-Continent-inspired characters.
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/299362
Hope you enjoy, and hope Mr. Cornish is able to make a Christmas post or some such.
Thank you

-Ben

Alyosha said...

I have two questions that have risen from a closer reading of and an increased awareness of the amazing depth of the Factotum storyline.

First, I wonder if the Emperor's decision to change the order of the months is not an intentional political maneuver. You note in the Explicarium that the Archduke of Brandenbrass is alarming his subjects by being childless, and that many fear that this will lead to the Emperor being able to appoint his own favorite as the archduke's heir. And here comes the Emperor on a visit, bring not "his heir" to tour the kingdom, as you might expect, but "his youngest heir," or , in other words, his youngest child; who better from the Emperor's point of view to set up as the ruler of Brandenbrass? And the changing of the months is simply a way of drawing as much attention to the visit as possible, so that the populace of Brandenbrass becomes well acquainted with the ruler-to-be before an official announcement is made. The archduke - who comes across as an intelligent even if self-absorbed ruler - probably realizes this, thus accounting for his considerable displeasure at the change of months, something he usually wouldn't care about one way or another.

Second, I wonder if, in the view of monsterkind, the Phlegms are just another flavor of everymen. Clearly they had the everyman's passion for establishing empires, and were similar enough to humans that Dr. Crispus is able to attribute his medical learning to their wisdom. And where, by the way (a third, but related question) are the ruins of Phlegmis? If I understood the Phlegmish map at Harriet correctly, then the ruins of Phlegmis should, indeed, be on the Half Continent. Where the current "Autumn of Sleep" is perhaps?

Anna said...

I´m glad that I am not the only one re-reading the books. It is an fantastic world you have created.

Differlot said...

I just got factotum. Just wanted to say this.

Ben Bryddia said...

Mr. Cornish

It bein' well-nigh eleven months since you last informed us of your progress on the next Half-continent book, might you tell us how things are going, what number notebook you're on, etc.? Just something to keep our appetites up.

-Ben Bryddia

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Syamil Rosli said...

I thank you Mr. D.M. Cornish for this series. I love the world of you created through these books. I cried when it ended, and cried when I reread it, because all good things must end, the bitter truth.
I could picture myself in Brandenbrass, watching the ouranin fight to save his mistress, so vivid are the descriptions in the book.
I would look forward to any book you might write next good ser.