|New e-book: Prince Ivan (Tales of Old Russia 1)
||[Sep. 24th, 2010|09:10 pm]
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It's about time Prince Ivan (Tales of Old Russia #1) was available again; I keep getting asked about it!
For those interested, I've corrected the Russian - there's not much, it's a novel not a language lesson, but I had a crib. A publisher in Moscow brought it out in "pravil'no russkiy," real Russian, not dictionary crossed with phrasebook (the reviews were uniformly good, and occasionally very complimentary about how "the foreigner" handled THEIR history and folklore.)
So in exchange I did a word-hunt to make sure the bits of "local flavour" were correctly spelt. This is Very Interesting in an alien alphabet. There were a couple of nights when I was dreaming about Cyrillic (though if I'd been dreaming in Cyrillic, it would have been even stranger.)
So here you are. A story that started out with me telling the story to Diane, in a pub, with aeroplane noises. Pub? Plane noises? So what's new about that? But in a Russian folktale? It can be done. (So can a very nasty Transporter accident, but that's in Book 2.)
The Falcon swooped down, struck three times upon the ground and became a fine young man who bowed to the Princess... turned into something like...Neeyyowww scree-scree-scree (then in a Terry-Thomas voice) "Well, hello..."
Hardly surprising that she turned it into a comic strip for The Dreamery later on. The reprint is coming out in February, with its never-before-seen sequel.
Later for that.
You know, somehow I missed that the Prince Ivan comic that I enjoyed so much in The Dreamery was done by Diane. Too cool!
And it's being reprinted? Far out!
Not to mention cool, baby, cool.
But I long for the days of the Weasel Patrol:
"Protect! Serve!! Run away!!!"
Ah, good days, good days.
Yuo; with a follow-on story featuring "Prince Ivan and the Bachelor Parties of Doom." I've seen the previews. Snrk.
Dare I hope it has the same artist???
(I really should dig through the mountain of stuff and see if I can find my Dreamery comics).
Oh, no sh*t, it's Sherlock. (Hur Hur Hur, he said "Sh*t.")
"How did he pronounce '*'?"
Or possible arse-ter-risk. Depends on which side of the ditch you're standing... :-)
I shall be buying just as soon as 'Er Indoors grants me next months pcket money.
(Yes, you signed a paper copy for me way back. But .. y'know. iPad. And hey, it makes money for People I Like. And I still have that damn song to finish for Ivan.)
No iPad here just yet (it has some silly flaws - no card reader slot, no backspace) but a Kindle is imminent, or so I've been told.
Thanks for the incipient purchase...the next two are scheduled for Oct 1 and 8 respectively.
Saw a great snippet of song earlier (on TVtropes.com, enough said) - you may know it already:
There's a bimbo on the cover of my book;
There's a bimbo on the cover of my book;
She is cool and she is sexy;
She is nowhere in the text! She
Is the bimbo on the cover of my book!
Bin there, done that. So has D.
You've touched on one reason why I'll be forgoing the iPad for the foreseeable there. A card-reader slot would indeed be a Useful Thing.
2010-09-25 07:27 am (UTC)
"Neeyyowww scree-scree-scree (then in a Terry-Thomas voice) "Well, hello..." "
No, can't imagine that scene being acted out, nossir, not at all...
The good thing about cons is that it reattaches voices to text when sometimes they've faded a bit :D
So good to see these great books getting a re-release. I seem to remember a while back there was talk of a 4th book?
And about time, too.
And I'm sure even the original Russian was better than mine still is.
There are a few hints scattered through The Golden Horde of some adventure that took place between it and Firebird; the working title was (is?) The Blue Kremlin, and it would have included such worthies as Zmey Gorynyts the Dragon, Tugarin Zmey'yevich the Dragon's Son, Tsar Morskoi the Lord of the Sea and so on...
There was a little flurry of Russian-based fantasy novels in the early nineties, (from me, C.J. Cherryh, and didn't Tanith Lee write at least one?) perhaps unconsciously prompted by the collapse of the USSR, but AFAIK nothing since, and certainly no interest in a fourth Prince Ivan book.
Something might happen in the future if these sell at all well or there's ever publisher interest. A back-list always looks more attractive if the series (or each series) comes with a new addition. Hence I'm working on The Shadow (not Star) Lord, aka Horse Lord 5, and Cradlesong aka Clan Wars 3. Both of these will be completed before submission; I've been out of print for long enough that I must prove I can still finish a novel; three-chapters-and-an-outline won't do that.
2010-10-20 10:10 pm (UTC)
This has nothing to do with this post...
...but happy birthday. :D <3 Hope you have an awesome day. Love you, miss you, etc! <3