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About Jiriki

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    Favorite series:
    "Memory, Sorrow and Thorn" (Tad Williams);
    "The Lord of the Rings" (J.R.R. Tolkien);
    "A Song of Ice and Fire";
    "Gormenghast" series (Mervyn Peake);
    Lots of other great series, but these will remain my "forever four", I think.

    I like to collect books (and read them) and have worked in the book world (selling, loaning, and reviewing) since 1992. I've worked in an academic library since 2007.

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  1. The latest manuscript for Empire of Grass is 1,079 pages, not including the appendix. It's still five months from the publication date, but all that is left is the editing.
  2. Me too. It's a sequel I'd been waiting for for 30 years.
  3. I'm pretty sure Sean is talking about The Witchwood Crown as the second book (The Heart of What Was Lost being first). Very few people have seen the manuscript for Empire of Grass.
  4. The Witchwood Crown has been nominated by Goodreads as one of their picks for Best Fantasy Books of 2017.
  5. I'm looking forward to the next book as well. I didn't feel like it was a slow burn (since the book introduced the Norns and Nakkiga by chapter 5, rather than 200 pages of introduction to the world), but there definitely was a lot of set-up.
  6. Oh, yeah, all the big, thick books have been published by DAW, but lots of the smaller works and stand-alones have been other publishers. Even with a small font, TGAT is quite the doorstop! And the original hardcover is the only way to read it, IMO. Rest those eyes, DR!
  7. Yes. "The Burning Man" and Child of an Ancient City were published by TOR, The Very Best of Tad Williams was published by Tachyon Publications. Dead Man's Hand, with Tad's short story, "Strong Medicine", was published by Titan Books. The Dragons of Ordinary Farm books were published by Harper Collins in the US. Harper Prism published Caliban's Hour and also Mirrorworld. Subterranean Press published Rite and A Stark and Wormy Night. And of course there are the international editions published by various companies around the world, from Serbia to China. DAW have been Tad's primary publishers in the US, but they are certainly not the only ones. But I'm not sure why all these companies would need The Witchwood Crown to be a US bestseller, as they are not involved.
  8. I felt almost entirely the same. Aside from a couple of new characters that I didn't like, I fell in love with the new characters, and felt reunited with old friends, the old characters. And I enjoyed nearly all of the plot. There were only a few small things I didn't like. Enjoy the second half!
  9. Seriously? You seemed very skeptical weeks ago.
  10. Jiriki

    References and Homages

    True, it is 'Inner Council' in the published version. We shall see about Unver. I have my doubts that it is so straightforward.
  11. I felt the same way. I could definitely feel a bit of ASOIAF, and there were definitely shout-outs to George from Tad in there.
  12. Well, I lived for a number of years (seven) in Tombstone, Arizona, so even though it's not historically accurate, "The Gunfighters" gets some "local love" from me. Plus, it's cool that Doctor Who was trying an American adventure so early in its history; the show wasn't seen much in this country until the 1970s, so they were ahead of their time. Second season Doctor Who is just classic, including "The Space Museum". The combo of Doctor/Ian/Barbara/Vicki is one of my favorite companion groups. Not sure I ever saw "The Underwater Menace".