I got my copy of Children of Magic today. Shame, shame, shame on me for forgetting order it when you posted here that it came out. Somehow it slipped my mind (completely slipped) as when I saw it on your webpage I thought... huh!? But the oversight has been rectified... looking forward to reading your story.
Speaking of Children of Magic - my friend Karina Sumner-Smith's story "An End to All Things" in Children of Magic was just placed on the final ballot for the Nebula Award. Apparently it was added by the jury as a work, "overlooked" How exciting is that?
Yay for Karina!
Hi everyone, I'm finally back and thanks Trys for helping me get logged in again. I wanted to say congratulations to Jana on her new book and I have it and reading Janny's story was great. To read something new from Janny did my heart good. It will hold me over until our next WOLAS is out. Congratulations Jana and it was so cool to see your name there with Julie's and the gorgeous cover. I want it signed when next we all meet. Janny has to sign it too. LOL It will be fun to read this book. I recommend it to all. Nice to post again at Paravia too.
It worked Trys. Got in again. Thanks again for your help. So glad it worked. lol I'm back.
I have a (I think an obscure) question...
I am reading a story "American Gods" and there is a scene where someone meets a talking raven and asks it to say "nevermore"...the raven replies with an obscenity :-) I thought that the author was amusing themselves by referring to another work where a crow says "nevermore" (I'm sure I read some children fiction with this in 20-25 years ago...)
I googled and low an behold it appears my childhood memory was another author amusing themseveles since the source appears to be an edgar allan poe poem.
My question: can anyone remember a book where a slightly mad crow speaks "nevermore"?
This rings a tiny bell Neil. I may be wrong but could it be Terry Pratchett's 'Hogfather'?
While I nodded, nearly napping suddenly there came a tapping, a rapping on my chamber door...
Oooh, I haven't thought of Poe in ages. Him and cummings were my favorite authors when I 'had' to take a poetry class :p.
Given the popularity of Poe, you might find that referenced in a lot of works.
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
`'Tis some visitor,' I muttered, `tapping at my chamber door -
Only this, and nothing more.'
Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,
By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore,
`Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou,' I said, `art sure no craven.
Ghastly grim and ancient raven wandering from the nightly shore -
Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore!'
Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.'
-Edgar Allen Poe
Full poem can be read here:
I found it...
Arabel's Raven by Joan Aiken
I must have read this in the 80s? Funny what we remember...