I will be manning a dealer’s table at Westercon 69 with not only my own titles, but quite a few others from the #dsppublications catalogue–kindly come visit!
AND, if you’re interested in some quality speculative fiction, the Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading might be just your ticket. Yours truly will be in the most excellent company of S. A. Bolich, Wendy Van Camp, Martha Murvosh and Cat Rambo. Sunday at 11 am.
The Ungodly Tome what ate my year, a.k.a.
The Turn and 2nd of a trilogy, a.k.a
Gamelyn’s story (just like Winterwode was Marion’s, and the 5th book Robyn’s) , a.k.a.
has been turned in to the publisher!
*has a drink… erm, several*
I think a bender is in order. Anyone care to join in?
Next week I will be in Saratoga Springs, NY with a whole host of companions from the SF/F not-so-hive mind, attending the World Fantasy Convention.
Special note: WINTERWODE will be having its official release party at the convention on Saturday (07 Nov.) at 6:00 p.m., with snacks, drinks, door prizes, the lot… and I will be signing copies of this newest Book of the Wode. Stay tuned for more info and, if you can, come say hullo!
And I was pondering how best to honour a Favoured Outlaw. Some time ago I wrote Some Musings about a few of the reasons Robin Hood always lurks in the collective unconscious, and I could certainly ponder further upon that, but…
Well, it seemed that to list some creative retellings of Robin’s many faces would be a far more fitting tribute. I certainly cannot list them all — nor would I choose to, in some cases 😉 — but here are some of the prose examples that have, over the years, lain very close to my heart.
Top of my list now, but at first I was hesitant to read them. Not because of the quality of writing (duh, it’s Parke Godwin), but due to the unexpected time frame. Robin Hood circa 1066 ACE? But I was young and foolish. Because why not? and yes!–Godwin took the Saxon/Norman conflict and put it where it truly belonged, with an amazing surround and strong, well-rounded characterisations… which meant, of course, they break your heart in all the right places.
Last of the Greenwood by Sharon Whitby
This one has all but disappeared, which is a shame. (Even the verrry dated cover that really doesn’t do the story justice is my old battered copy scanned in–couldn’t find it online.) I discovered Last of the Greenwood years ago whilst first researching the rest of the then-trilogy begun in Greenwode… and the dark mysticism in it was familiar, compelling… and reassuring, particularly to a young writer trying her own wierd new take on a warhorse of a legend.
The Sheriff of Nottingham by Richard Kluger
Told from the titular P.o.V., this was a refreshing take. An anti-hero, certainly, but not a shallow villain with no story of his own.
Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock
Robin is, in this book, a minor–and nicely ambiguous–character, but the Wood is the true wonder; a character in its own right, dark and magical and not-quite-friendly.
In all these examples, the prose runs from brilliant to sublime. Beautiful and evocative writing.
Of course, I also must mention the ones that lie closest to my heart.
If I didn’t care about my own characters, didn’t love and hate and suffer with them… believe in them… even more than I cherish these other examples? There would be little point to living, loving, and suffering with Robyn Hode and his covenant of the Shire Wode.
So to the spirit of Robin and his band, in all their many incarnations — I salute you!
LAST WEEK I spent some time talking to the delightful, extraordinarily nice people of the WROTE podcast about the new release of Winterwode, writing life, subtext and research and many thought-y things. Hey, they didn’t even threaten me with duct tape!
As I said, Vance, Angel and Baz were very nice folks… and very patient interviewers. 😉 Check it out! WROTE podcast with J Tullos Hennig