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Apr. 2nd, 2007

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Date:April 12th, 2007 09:16 am (UTC)

Next Books

Hi Lady_schrapnell and friends. Thanks for your interest in my books. The one that you are referring to, provisionally called 'move', is written and with my O'Brien Press editor. It arose partly out of my wondering what it would be like as a kid if you could swap universes to the nearby ones that some writers on quantum physics think exist (I was reading David Deutsch at the time) and partly out of my learning more about 'hungry ghosts' in the Buddhist world view. So it's a chase between demon and boy through these universes.
Very exciting, I'm sure. But not scheduled for publication until 2008; this is because O'Brien commissioned a 'forbidden file' from me. Their series for ten-year-olds is based on the idea that the publishers had safely locked away all their manuscripts that were too scary and horrible to publish, but someone broke in and printed them all. Mine, 'The Book of Curses', is out in the autumn. It's only a short book and with hardly any of the conceptual themes that older readers enjoy, but it was great fun to write.
Here is the begining:
A very long time ago, Janus, a god with two faces, made two magic books. One let the hopes of its owner come true. This was The Book of Wishes. But to make fun of mortals, Janus also made a second book. The second book looked exactly like The Book of Wishes. It had the same big red leather covers, the same gold writing and the same thick pages. But it was full of black, wicked magic. It was The Book of Curses.
So, you're up to date. I'm chuckling at the Haiku comment. When I return to the Epic/Saga world I do have a problem though, as Myth, Tale, etc sound rather anti-climactic.
Warm regards,
Conor Kostick
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Date:April 12th, 2007 11:24 am (UTC)

Re: Next Books

Thanks for dropping in to comment, Conor! I guess (reluctantly) Move-for-the-moment's being in with your editor means you're safe from mugging on Grafton St or in whatever bookshop we next bump into each other. But 2008 - gah! The Book of Curses sounds a lot of fun though, and I'll definitely be grabbing it.

Yes - Epic -- Saga -- Myth/Tale, does sound a bit anti-climactic. Still, good problem to have, as it's 'When I return to the Epic/Saga world'!
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Date:October 21st, 2008 10:39 pm (UTC)

Re: Next Books

Just to let you know that Robert Dunbar is launching 'Move' on Weds. 22nd at 6pm in Hughes and Hughes of Stephens Green. You and your readers are welcome to come along.
Meanwhile, I also solved the title question to the final book in the Epic/Saga series. Edda. I was in Iceland this summer and they at least will get it.
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