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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. It's absolutely beautiful, Werthead. Great work! I believe Ylvs has sent along some comments.
  2. Haha! Also, I need to correct myself. Above I said "novels", when I should have said something like "novels, novellas, and short stories", as there will be a mixture of sizes, depending on the story. Also, Tad's brain is constantly churning, so things may change, and have already.
  3. Here is a new Tad interview, where he talks about Empire of Grass and five more upcoming Osten Ard novels, novellas, and short stories. It contains some spoilers for Empire of Grass, so I posted it in this thread, rather than in the other thread.
  4. I enjoyed Empire of Grass very much, and Morgan grated on me much less than in the last volume. I thought for sure that Tzoja was going to lose her eyes in this volume (because of the prophesy), and was very relieved she did not. I also absolutely adored the many call-backs to The Dragonbone Chair and Stone of Farewell, which I think Williams included as subtle nods to his careful readers. I originally recoiled at Williams' take on Simon, 34 years later, as he felt like someone ill-fitted to the throne, with far too many vices and much too little education to be very effective. I was quite disappointed that they never even got the library built: the one they were planning to build 34 years ago. But then I looked back on my own life, and how many disappointments there have been over the last 30 years. I definitely did not accomplish what I set out to do 30 years ago. I slowly came to the realization that Simon and Miri's failures have been... pretty realistic, IMO. I was definitely disappointed to see that so little progress had been made in 34 years: I had imagined for many years that the Sithi would have rebounded, thanks to their allies in Hernystir and Erkynland. But that didn't happen, and instead the Sithi-human relationship has degraded even further than it was during Presbyter John's years. John Josua's death, Simon and Miri being betrayed by those closest to them... it all felt like continual loss. I was also kind of heartbroken to read about those disfigured Hidden, who turned out to be Tinukeda'ya apparently somehow mangled by the Norns, and believing Norn propaganda, calling the Vao the "enemy of the People". It made me think of Fox News, and all of those poor rednecks calling for an end to government programs such as food stamps and PELL Grants and medicare. I felt chilled to the core thinking about the parallels with what's happened here in the States, with uneducated people believing lies that can only harm them, and then spouting that nonsense. Despite my disappointments in how Simon and Miriamele's rule turned out, and all of that lost potential, I think Empire of Grass is quite possibly Williams' best book since Stone of Farewell back in 1990.
  5. 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.
  6. Me too. It's a sequel I'd been waiting for for 30 years.
  7. 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.
  8. The Witchwood Crown has been nominated by Goodreads as one of their picks for Best Fantasy Books of 2017.
  9. 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.
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
  12. 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!
  13. Seriously? You seemed very skeptical weeks ago.
  14. 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.