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   By Clansman on Monday, February 02, 2009 - 08:26 am: Edit Post


   By Mark Stephen Kominski on Tuesday, February 03, 2009 - 11:41 pm: Edit Post

*Dances in with pots, pans and beating implements*

Quiet? Where? I'll learn 'em!

*Beats on a deep pot with a heavy saucepan, hoping amidst the cacophony that the missus won't notice the dents*

There's nothing quiet in here, thank you very much! Now, about that spoiler....

   By Neil on Thursday, February 05, 2009 - 10:30 am: Edit Post


It's true that we have thrashed the issues to death over the years and failed to second guess the story time and time gets a little futile to speculate ;-)


The Biedar, Necromancers and Koriani are forces to be reckoned with. The Koriani and Necromancers seem "under control"(?) albeit rather troublesmoe for the F7.

Do the Bieder's priorities align with F7? Are they capable of causing the F7 trouble? They appear to be biding their time if the Koriani are their target.

Will dragons become an issue for the F7. Surely the dragon attack must have implications for the Alliance of Light. If one starts flying around, will more appear? Will F7 be blamed for the dragon attack on Avenor? Or Havish perhaps? Will the clans suffer some more?

And if the next arc is 200 years later, say, what has happened or come to maturity to make this arc a "milestone" of interest? Certainly Lysaer and Arithon have outlived most human from arcs 1-3...but so do the koriani (and they are not considered immortal or divinity). Is the koriani prime a known public figure I wonder. Don't the public wonder why she lives for 1000 years?

And another snippet...yes please although I fear it will be unrewarding until the book comes along ;-)

   By Mark Stephen Kominski on Thursday, February 05, 2009 - 11:30 pm: Edit Post

Ah, but the public don't realize that Selidie is Morriel, do they? Rather, for the normal population who happened to be alive during the succession (and won't be for the next book), Selidie is the next Prime, not the SAME one. And 200 years is pedestrian for Koriani, if I'm understanding their increased longevity correctly.....

   By Neil on Friday, February 06, 2009 - 07:13 pm: Edit Post

Yes but...before Selidie...and even after...200 is perhaps average age for a senior rank Koriani (only the senior ranks get the longevity binding why I wonder? Perhaps to have long enough to master more complex crystals that in turn becoe more complex...a vicious circle)

But I am guessing this information is not in the public domain.

How widely known / accepted is the Koriani lifespan?

Caolle seemed to think that the koriani longevity lore and other things are "whispered" about by clans.

I therefore assume Townborn will have lost this knowledge perhaps or have never known. Except in Erdane and Hanshire. And perhaps it does not matter to most townborn. To the religion of light they could become "witches".

And Sethvir is pretty peeved at them. So are teh Beidar. They both would be happy to let either Lysaer or Arithon have a little bit of retaliation.

   By Neil on Sunday, February 08, 2009 - 12:21 pm: Edit Post

and a few more unfocused musings...

And there are 2 cults of necromancy left...what if one cult conquered Lysaer and the other group conquered Arithon? Seems unlikely...Lysaer on his own is not a major target but Arithon yes...

But it cannot suit anyone for the curse to succeed if humanity is doomed. And for the grey kralovir to be "defeated" after 1000s of years must have been a shocker/pleasant surprise to everyone with "awareness"?

Perhaps the Koriani will capture Arithon and successfully negotiate something useful? I still think that Koriani and necromancers are now on the "to do" list of Davien, Arithon...and of course the Biedar.

Arithon will save Lysaer somehow and the Biedar knife is considered by the Biedar to be his to wield?

The thing is that, as yet, the mistwraith / free wraiths / paravians still have not quite made it / made it back to centre stage.

   By Kirsten Laurelle Wallace on Sunday, February 08, 2009 - 06:34 pm: Edit Post

Please... excerpt?

   By joshua bruce law on Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 08:28 pm: Edit Post

I would add my own voice to the legion asking for an excerpt, but only as long as it doesn't distract the illustrious talespinner from her duties completing her hopefully very weighty (with a high word count) tome.

   By Catherine Wilson on Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 09:20 pm: Edit Post

Memorial Day has passed. We are, officially, in Summertime mode! That should mean we are all ready for a nice, juicy tidbit (a bit longer than the last one would be Just The Ticket!). So, add my name to the list for another preview snippet.

   By Kirsten Laurelle Wallace on Friday, May 29, 2009 - 03:34 pm: Edit Post

I'm in for the new plead for tidbits... especially since I'm not eligible for the prize for the one letter plot synopsis award. :-)

   By Mark Stephen Kominski on Sunday, May 31, 2009 - 12:05 pm: Edit Post

And as the "creator" of said contest, I join you in the ranks of the ineligible, Kirsten (that plus the fact that if you left me with the easiest letter I still wouldn't have come anywhere near Walt, anyway!). While I'm at it, I'll also join you in the snippet appeal....

*Pulls up a chair and sits next to Kirsten, looking at the Talespinner expectantly, or at least hopefully...* ;-)

   By Janny Wurts on Monday, June 01, 2009 - 11:13 am: Edit Post

So you want a new peek, huh???

Well, let's spoiling. That limits the field rather drastically but....

Let's see how many NEW READER votes we can match with the old hands, here?

There's a challenge!

Meantime, squall away. You never know. It may work. She might weaken. She might go soft in the brain. She might get dreamy eyed and just give in.


I've seen puppies and cats beg more effectively...:-) :-) :-)

   By Mary Wyss on Monday, June 01, 2009 - 09:00 pm: Edit Post

Not a new reader just a new commenter. A peek would be delightful.

   By Konran on Monday, June 01, 2009 - 11:05 pm: Edit Post

*waves hand madly* We bought a friend Curse for his birthday and he's loving it (he hasn't even gone into the Red Desert yet either -- I keep telling him, you JUST WAIT!) I'll see if I can drag him in here for verification ;)

   By Lisa on Tuesday, June 02, 2009 - 12:14 am: Edit Post

Count me in! A new snippet would be a marvelous reward for all the studying for exams i've been doing. It would be great to read something that wasn't from a textbook for a change!

   By Janny Wurts on Tuesday, June 02, 2009 - 08:55 am: Edit Post

Welcome here, Mary Wyss!

Konran - chalk up one! (wheeheee!)

Lisa - welcome here, too, I am listening. Are you a new reader? Good luck with the exams! (heh heh, my job is to provide delectible Distractions!)

   By Technetus on Tuesday, June 02, 2009 - 09:15 am: Edit Post

Certainly lives up to the job description... WoLaS provided me with a sanity anchor as well as a procrastination tool during years worth of exams, after all... :-)

   By plutoplex on Tuesday, June 02, 2009 - 07:13 pm: Edit Post

I wish I were a new reader, so I could again read them all for the first time. Also, so my appeal could help summon a snippet.

But here's begging for a snippet anyway. Please? Pretty please? Pretty please with a cherry on top?

   By Lisa on Wednesday, June 03, 2009 - 12:07 am: Edit Post

Hi Janny
I'm a relaitvely new reader. My dad first introduced me to your writing with the Master of Whitestorm about three years ago and i've been hooked ever since. He had almost all of the books you had written to date (i say had because i have borrowed every one and claimed them as my own) and i devoured them all then had to go out and find anything else i could to satisify my craving.
Thank you for your marvelous works that have entertained and inspired me and given me many hours of pleasurable distraction.

   By Maurice Peter Vialle on Thursday, June 04, 2009 - 07:40 pm: Edit Post

My daughter has stolen(!)the whole series.

That counts.

Tease me, please me.

   By Mark Stephen Kominski on Saturday, June 06, 2009 - 01:15 am: Edit Post

Old hands? Hardly. Barely into middle age, if you really must know. To be counted, though, I guess you'll have to add mine to the "Old" category....

   By Dorothy on Sunday, June 07, 2009 - 12:12 pm: Edit Post

Another teaser would be great! My son is reading the Empire series tho' he should be revising for his exams. It's the second time he's read them, so he could be counted in as a new reader.I leave COTM lying around but he hasn't taken the bait- yet! lol. There is time :-)

   By Janny Wurts on Tuesday, June 09, 2009 - 12:38 pm: Edit Post

Hi - Welcome here Maurice Peter Vialle - and anyone else who popped in.

I was away for a music weekend, and to visit good friends - catching up from that now.

   By Clansman on Tuesday, June 09, 2009 - 04:00 pm: Edit Post

I guess I count as an oldster, though only came to 2 years ago, having lurked previously.

How 'bout a musical plea:

Please tease me with a new bit.
I can't stand to wait for IT.
To leave me without would be a sin;
Please tease me and let me read again!

*groans heard throughout*

No apologies to Englebert Humperdinck (not the original, but rather the crooner from the 1970's), as the thing had a tin ear in the first place!

   By Summersky on Thursday, June 11, 2009 - 01:09 pm: Edit Post

Hi All,
De-lurking here. I guess I'm not a new reader since I picked up Curse of the Mistwraith in hardback when it first came out. Funny enough it had been shelved in the wrong section of the library. Probably why it caught my eye.

Janny the depth and the breadth of your writing delights me with every re-read. I drool over the thought of new books and sneak peeks. :-)

   By Janny Wurts on Thursday, June 11, 2009 - 03:18 pm: Edit Post

Hi Summersky - welcome to de-lurk!

   By Mark Stephen Kominski on Thursday, June 11, 2009 - 10:17 pm: Edit Post


7 postings in the past week? I feel like the Sicilian in the Princess Bride ("Inconceivable!").

*Stomps around making noise, rummaging thru old threads and archived discussions, only to find...Englebert Humperdinck?*

I tell ya, lass, we be parched for something more filling than yon Clansman's doggerel, don't ye know...a two page snippet would go down nicely, methinks...;-)

   By Ella Joubert on Friday, June 12, 2009 - 06:19 am: Edit Post

please please please please please!

How new is new reader? I certainly didn't read the first books as they came out (cause I would have been like 9 at the time!) but I suppose it's a few years ago that I started....

   By Summersky on Friday, June 12, 2009 - 12:53 pm: Edit Post

Thanks for the welcome.

I was very excited to purchase the re-release of COTM. I had given my paperback away to my cousin a while ago. Neither Borders or the B&N in my area are carrying COTM, I had to order it. If only they knew what they were missing...sigh.

   By Trys on Friday, June 12, 2009 - 03:18 pm: Edit Post

Tell them. :-)

   By Mark Stephen Kominski on Saturday, June 13, 2009 - 04:12 pm: Edit Post

Indeed, Summersky. They carry it where I live (although I haven't seen Ships of Merior yet), so it shouldn't be too difficult for them to pick it up.....and welcome from me too, by the way.

   By Summersky on Monday, June 15, 2009 - 08:20 am: Edit Post

I'm sure I'll have the opportunity to say something when I have to order Ships of Merior too.

Hi Mark, thanks for the welcome. I had to chuckle when you started out your sentence with "Indeed." I work with a couple of writers and one had used it in some promotional materials she was working on. The other writer was having a go at her because it sounded "old fashioned." It's kind of a catch word around the office now. :-)

   By Trys on Monday, June 15, 2009 - 11:05 am: Edit Post

Anyone who is a fan of Stargate SG-1 knows that 'indeeed' is Te'alc's favorite word. ;)

   By Mark Stephen Kominski on Tuesday, June 16, 2009 - 04:34 pm: Edit Post

I beg your pardon! My vernacular is nothing if not current. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to put on my powdered wig, alight to my coach and take my velvet cut-away tailcoat to the tailors.... ;-)

   By Clansman on Tuesday, June 16, 2009 - 07:09 pm: Edit Post

Gadzooks! Mark's modernist epistles hath laid bare mine heart!

INDEED, I am sorely wounded.

   By Summersky on Wednesday, June 17, 2009 - 03:28 pm: Edit Post

Sorry Trys, never really had the opportunity to get into SG-1.

Don't worry Mark, it could be worse. You could date yourself by speaking like a caveman. Substitute "indeed" for "unga," which in today's terms means yes, indeed, alright, okay, and many other affirmative words. So Clansman's last sentence could be translated into caveman as "UNGA, me OW."

   By Janny Wurts on Saturday, July 18, 2009 - 10:27 am: Edit Post

(unga, me ow --- methinks Paravian is easier to translate...)

   By Mark Stephen Kominski on Saturday, July 18, 2009 - 07:19 pm: Edit Post

Deal: We get another snippet and you don't have to translate Caveman (I'm betting Summersky will abtain; work with me here). What's not to like? ;)