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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

THE STARS CAME BACK

Castalia House has been receiving an increasing number of submissions, so I didn't think anything of it when Rolf Nelson sent me a copy of The Stars Came Back. He said that it had been self-published for several months, which wasn't necessarily a problem, (although we tend to favor unpublished submissions), and provided a link to the Amazon site as well. I had a quick look at the book, as is my custom before deciding to which of our ten crack Readers I would send it; the First Line of Defense is fairly ruthless in their rejections of anything they believe does not fit the model. And my first thought was "what the hell is this?" This was apparently not the first time such a thought had been inspired by the book, for as it turned out, as all three Readers immediately came back to me expressing precisely the same sentiment before they'd really even started it.

One Reader threw up his hands and said he simply couldn't deal with the script-style format. Another one read it and said that he loved the story and would recommend acceptance if it was rewritten in conventional format. The third, and I quote, said: "this story is like gold" and urged immediate acceptance as is.

Well, that's tremendously helpful.... But it did indicate a closer look into the matter. So I went to Amazon to read through the... 55+ customer reviews? Tom Kratman's Big Boys Don't Cry has been selling very well and has only 31 reviews to date. Then I had the chance to read a bit more myself and the reason for the number of reviews began to make sense. Let's just say that if Firefly still holds a warm place in your heart, you will very much enjoy Mr. Nelson's work. Not that it is an imitation; it is not. But it hits a similar set of chords, only in a more intelligent manner.

Then it struck me: if so many people were enthusiastically reading this book despite its unusual format and a cover that tended to suggest "this book is self-published", then we were obviously looking at a considerable story-telling talent. And at the end of the day, that is exactly what Castalia House wants in its novelists. So, I promptly called Mr. Nelson and offered him a contract, which he signed after consultation with his lawyer. As I mentioned in a previous post on Brad Torgersen's paean to Baen, we look at Baen as an admirable model to follow and we are as interested in helping talented new authors like Mr. Nelson develop their talent as we are in publishing established authors like Mr. John C. Wright, who are already at the top of both their game and the SF genre.

Consider some of the reviews from those who have read The Stars Came Back:
  • Wow. It took about 5 pages to get used to the screenplay format. After that, the format really added to the mental images that the dialogue creates. The story is fast paced and physics used are consistent. By that I mean the physical laws the author imagines work the same way each time. That consistency definitely helps the storyline. Several of the other raters compare this to works by John Ringo, I would agree and probably add Larry Correia as well. Not only is The Stars Came Back enjoyable it is also thought provoking. 
  •  Without a doubt, the best read I have had in many a month - and I average four novels per week. I was deeply engrossed in this novel and was presently surprised by the content, the plot, and the editing. 
  •  The plot in this tale doesn't just thicken, it twists through about seven different dimensions, but maintains a most compelling theme. In this imagined world, the attributes of humans that lead to the most success are exactly as one would hope would work in OUR world - honesty, independence, perseverance, reliability, morality. The protagonist isn't a perfect person, and knows it, but strives to do right by those whose lives he touches, and to avoid having wrong done to him.
  •  I can't say enough good things about this story. Excellent plot; interesting, plausible characters; great pacing and storyline development; and just fistfuls of nods to Star Wars, Star Trek, Firefly/Serenity, the Bolo series (and Hammer's Slammers), Lovecraft mythos (kind of tangentially, but still there), The Forever War, and probably several other fictional sci-fi universes as well.
  •  The Stars Came Back is a good foray into the literary world. Lots of shades of Heinlein and Weber, and a dose of Firefly mixed with McCaffrey's The Ship That Sang.
So, I would encourage you to pick up a copy and see for yourself why we were so enthusiastic about Mr. Nelson's first book. It is only $3.99 for 589 pages of pure science fiction entertainment.

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68 Comments:

Anonymous grendel March 19, 2014 5:39 AM  

Awesome! I love this book.

OpenID simplytimothy March 19, 2014 7:18 AM  

Instructor (Slightly incredulously) You managed to crash..and break..a flight simulator during a simulated crash landing. Impressive

Exactly a flight instructor's reaction.

Anonymous jSinSaTx March 19, 2014 7:30 AM  

Purchased in support of this new publishing venture.

Anonymous VD March 19, 2014 7:50 AM  

And we do appreciate the support. The enthusiastic support of the Dread Ilk is what made this whole concept appear credible in the first place. And it's not something we will take for granted.

Anonymous Ryan ATL March 19, 2014 8:10 AM  

How does that one reviewer average 4 novels a week?!?!

Anonymous Jeanne March 19, 2014 8:10 AM  

Sold!

A portion of the generous book budget my husband gives me shall be set aside purely for Castalia House purchases. Love what you guys are doing. And I too am a Firefly fan, and this does look very good!

Anonymous Nathan March 19, 2014 8:12 AM  

I'd been eying the self-published version for a while as it seemed to crop up in all my searches. Being published by Castalia House counts as a huge endorsement of the book. Will purchase after work.

Vox, are you trying for a weekly release schedule? It seems like every week there's a new surprise from CH. Also, is there any news on what might be coming out in the Classics line?

Anonymous jSinSaTx March 19, 2014 8:12 AM  

I have found a great deal of value in the various blogs you author. I am certain I am not alone in taking your recommendations seriously. The publishing house is just an extension of that. No way that all works will appeal to all people, but so far I have truly enjoyed all of the products and as long as the rate for that exceeds 70-80% I will probably purchase everything published without much thought beyond it appearing here.

To Mr. Nelson, I doubt I would ever have heard of this book or given it a go with its format choice. So, your decision to try this publisher got you at least +1 sale.

Blogger mmaier2112 March 19, 2014 8:18 AM  

"Let's just say that if Firefly still holds a warm place in your heart, you will very much enjoy Mr. Nelson's work. Not that it is an imitation; it is not. But it hits a similar set of chords, only in a more intelligent manner."

That sold me, and it's bought. Of course, I still have "Hard Magic", the two Chuck Dixon books from the bomb a few weeks back and the new "Quantum" in the queue...

I am never going to get all my DVDs watched...

Anonymous VD March 19, 2014 8:24 AM  

Vox, are you trying for a weekly release schedule? It seems like every week there's a new surprise from CH. Also, is there any news on what might be coming out in the Classics line?

No, we're actually shooting for one book per month, not counting translations. However, in a case like this where the book already has a certain sales momentum, we wanted to disrupt that momentum as little as possible. Mr. Nelson depublished and we republished with the revised cover within hours; he was somewhat amused to see that we had managed to produce the revised cover and republish before his original artist got back to him with the title-free image.

We have three books coming out in the next five weeks. In order: THE ALTAR OF HATE by me, AWAKE IN THE NIGHT LAND by John C. Wright, and TRANSHUMAN AND SUBHUMAN by John C. Wright. Beyond that, there will be a new Ratha story from Tom, a new novella from John C. Wright, and the next QUANTUM MORTIS novel from Steve and me. I'm still hoping to get AODAL #2 out in December, but we'll see.

On the Classics side, THE PROGRAMMED MAN is definite. We have two other Sutton novels ready to go when they have covers. And we will likely do some stuff related to the Night Lands; Andy Robertson is a really good guy and we are both interested in working together.

Anonymous VD March 19, 2014 8:28 AM  

as long as the rate for that exceeds 70-80% I will probably purchase everything published without much thought beyond it appearing here.

That's great and I do appreciate your confidence. That being said, I will do my best to warn people off when it's not something with potential mass appeal. You probably have little need for a curriculum on Newtonian Physics, for example. And I've got a little-known ancient military work by a forgotten strategist that I'm in the process of cleaning up; I can't imagine most people will have any interest in it.

Blogger Joel C. Salomon March 19, 2014 8:48 AM  

It seems Castalia House is not seeking to have a “house style” in covers: Tom Kratman’s book fairly (if falsely) shouts, “Baen!”; this book looks like one of Tor’s offerings; your Selenoth books are distinctive in their own way. Is this a deliberate decision, or just the way things are now when you’re starting out?

Anonymous ApolloK March 19, 2014 8:54 AM  

How does that one reviewer average 4 novels a week?

One makes the time for it. In high school I was devouring at least four novels a week. Nowadays I couldn't keep up that pace and still do my job competently.

All these new releases from CH are very, very tempting. I've read the AToB stories, the first two QM books, and Big Boys Don't Cry and loved them all. I've restrained myself from the others with a limited ebook budget. One weekend of overtime equals a lot of ebook, though...

Anonymous VD March 19, 2014 8:55 AM  

It seems Castalia House is not seeking to have a “house style” in covers

No, we're not. Our style depends upon the series. QM looks like QM, not like Selenoth. Our catalog is too eclectic already to try to impose a house style upon it.

Anonymous VD March 19, 2014 8:57 AM  

One weekend of overtime equals a lot of ebook, though..

Especially since we keep our prices below $4.99 on Amazon. We want lots of readers and we want to push the prices lower, not higher.

Anonymous jSinSaTx March 19, 2014 9:01 AM  

I keep getting a server cannot be found when trying to view Castalia House's website. Anyone else? All my other regular sites doing fine.

Anonymous jack March 19, 2014 9:03 AM  

Never read a screen play before. I downloaded the sample and am trying to get used to it. Maybe this will tell me why Hollywood types read many screenplays aside from the obvious 'I need to see if I want to act in this.'
But, it's good to get a shakeup from some variety in style now and again. No?
If the sample pans out will buy the full book if for no other reason than to have this different 'style' in the queue.
Thanks

Anonymous jack March 19, 2014 9:06 AM  

@ jSinSaTx

Some Vox hater is blocking the site? Did you try approaching the site from Vox Populi?
Or, entering the url directly?

http://www.castaliahouse.com/

Apologies if this all seems overly basic; trying to help.

Anonymous jSinSaTx March 19, 2014 9:11 AM  

I am using the link from this page. Going to google and searching/selecting yields the same result. I am not in the US so I didn't figure his publishing site would be filtered nor has it been unavailable prior to today.

Anonymous jSinSaTx March 19, 2014 9:12 AM  

When is the war in heaven books going to make a return to Kindle? Amazon saying it is unavailable. Thought it used to be a free ePub here... But perhaps that was something else.

Anonymous VD March 19, 2014 9:26 AM  

I keep getting a server cannot be found when trying to view Castalia House's website.

A Wordpress module was updating. Should be fine now.

When is the war in heaven books going to make a return to Kindle?

When we can catch a breather and get them Castalia'd. Probably in late April.

Anonymous RTaylor March 19, 2014 9:28 AM  

Hmmm... this is encouraging --- I do hope this format catches on.

Blogger jaericho March 19, 2014 10:10 AM  

"We have three books coming out in the next five weeks."
I have three book purchases coming in the next five weeks.

(I can't send the book to the Kindle Cloud Reader after purchasing it. I assume it's just an Amazon error. Just fyi.)

Blogger Markku March 19, 2014 10:34 AM  

The book is pretty big. I wonder if the Cloud Reader has a smaller limit than Kindle.

Blogger Markku March 19, 2014 10:34 AM  

Due to the pictures, that is.

Anonymous David March 19, 2014 10:36 AM  

I just finished A Man Disrupted. Two thumbs up. At this rate Castalia House is going to be publishing more fiction than I can keep up with. Nevertheless, I soldier on...to Gravity Kills.

Anonymous VD March 19, 2014 10:47 AM  

Thanks, most glad to hear it. Be sure to share your opinion with others on Amazon too.

Anonymous Eric Ashley March 19, 2014 11:02 AM  

Apollo's right about the four book reviewer. He could be a very fast reader, has a security job, or he needs to escape his present circumstances fairly badly.

GK is better than AMD. Avoiding spoilers, it has a ticking clock which adds an urgency the first book did not have, and a really good fight scene.

Anonymous emdfl March 19, 2014 11:08 AM  

Really hoping that you figure out a way to let those of us who still like to fondle paper without hardcovers become part of the Cas crowd. It seems to me there has got to be a way whereby a self-pub house could be hooked into the system in such a way that someone would buy a copy of the book and get a single use password. This password would get access to the self-pub site and permit the ordering of one copy of a specific book shipped to an address tied to the password. 'Course what do I know; I'm still using XP and IE(at least for a few more days).

Blogger Brad Andrews March 19, 2014 11:16 AM  

I was surprised to see this in one of the many recommended lists for me on Amazon.

What decides if a book is available on free loan? I noticed this one is. Did you choose that or is it an Amazon thing?

I also note that it does not have the standard Baen "disclaimer" that the book is distributed without copy protection. Does Castilia have a position on that?

Anonymous VD March 19, 2014 11:26 AM  

What decides if a book is available on free loan? I noticed this one is. Did you choose that or is it an Amazon thing?

We chose it.

I also note that it does not have the standard Baen "disclaimer" that the book is distributed without copy protection. Does Castilia have a position on that?

We think so little of copy protection that we don't even see fit to mention it. I mean, literally, we never even thought about it. Everything we do is DRM-free.

Blogger Markku March 19, 2014 11:34 AM  

I'd guess "Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited" in the file info would tell anyone who knows about DRM in the first place, that it doesn't have it.

Anonymous bob k. mando March 19, 2014 12:08 PM  

Nathan March 19, 2014 8:12 AM
Also, is there any news on what might be coming out in the Classics line?



speaking of classics, if CH ever goes non-fic you all need to get Gatto on board.

Mask of Sanity and DSM-1 or 2 would also be essential.

if we're going to 'save Western Civilization' we need to understand WHO has destroyed it and WHY.



VD March 19, 2014 8:28 AM
You probably have little need for a curriculum on Newtonian Physics



Stickwick? she's been awful quiet of late.


and i guess that answers the non-fic question.

Twain and Dumas?



VD March 19, 2014 8:28 AM
a little-known ancient military work by a forgotten strategist that I'm in the process of cleaning up



never forget;
the primary purpose of Castalia House *is to keep Vox amused*.

Anonymous bob k. mando March 19, 2014 12:12 PM  

a history of Lycurgus would also be useful as an example of a society which WE KNOW was completely transformed in very short order.

Blogger Marissa March 19, 2014 12:27 PM  

Also the Unwin book which looked at hundreds of different cultures and found none survived a breakdown of sexual mores.

Anonymous jack March 19, 2014 12:37 PM  

Got to about 56% on the sample and got hooked enough to buy it. Most interesting it is. I would like to read the author's efforts done in a traditional novel format just for the giggles of it.

I suspected that your publishing house would not be wedded to the narrow and the traditional. Good Show!

Blogger Brad Andrews March 19, 2014 12:40 PM  

"I'd guess "Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited" in the file info would tell anyone who knows about DRM in the first place, that it doesn't have it."

I didn't think much about it, I just noticed it was missing. Good to know you are not wasting everyone's time with DRM.

Anonymous Dave March 19, 2014 1:02 PM  

What decides if a book is available on free loan? I noticed this one is. Did you choose that or is it an Amazon thing?

We chose it.


Does Amazon provide compensation whenever a book is taken out on loan?

Blogger Vox March 19, 2014 1:35 PM  

They pay $2.04

Anonymous physics geek March 19, 2014 1:51 PM  

Purchased and put into the queue. I find that having 3 children in the house cuts into my reading time, so I've got a bit of a backlog. That said, the screenplay format doesn't bother me as I've read several novels written in the style. All I ask for is a good story, decent character development and believable human interactions. Based on most of what I see sold these days, that is asking too much.

Blogger Harold Carper March 19, 2014 2:20 PM  

589 pages is a hell of a lot of dialogue. The sample on Amazon looks intriguing.

Blogger Tom Kratman March 19, 2014 2:34 PM  

"Tom Kratman’s book fairly (if falsely) shouts, 'Baen!'"

Actually, Joel, the shout was "Kurt Miller," but some peculiar accoustics in the joint make the echo sound like "Baen." Can't imagine what those accoustics would be...

Anonymous Eric Ashley March 19, 2014 3:05 PM  

It is what happens when you shout 'Kurt Miller' while at the same time firing a mortar shell, and a ten megawatt laser.

True story.

Blogger frigger611 March 19, 2014 3:32 PM  

I like to write as a hobby and wish I could be more prolific. But I already have a good career doing something else, so it will just have to remain a hobby that I work on in my spare time. Maybe in another year or two I'll finish my 75-100 page novella...

I once wrote a screenplay (again as a hobby) which turned out alright, I thought. Then I set it upon a shelf, since the hardest part about a screenplay is to actually find someone to read it. Still felt like a little victory.

So this book sounds like it's right up my alley, I like the idea of a novel formatted as a screenplay. (Just as I think the better screenplays come about only after the novel form).

A normal 2-hour movie comes with a 100-120 page script, so at nearly 600 pages, this one would indeed be a miniseries or a franchise of 4 or 5 movies.

So I bought the book with high expectations. Can't wait for the weekend. Congratulations to both the writer and Castalia House!

Anonymous jack March 19, 2014 4:33 PM  

To further qualify my statements of getting used to a novel as a screen play. After some more reading I've found it enjoyable to lock my mind into 'seeing' the novel as a movie playing out as I read. This was a strange feeling at first but has come along nicely. This author may be on to something.

Anonymous Rolf March 19, 2014 4:36 PM  

The funny thing is, I didn't really intend to submit the story in an attempt to get a publisher. I had tried to post a question in a previous thread in which Vox compared indie publishing and working with a publisher, but something kept eating my post, so I just emailed the question to him. Basically I was asking "how does all this affect someone like me, a self-published author that is doing OK, but is a total no-name noob at it all?" He asked me to send in a copy for him to take a look at. I did, more thinking I might get some professional feedback, or maybe a plug on a blog read by people that might like the story. Shortly thereafter, it seemed like we were both a little surprised how things worked out. But as he said, "who am I to argue with the market?"
It's been an interesting ride.
Grendel: glad you liked it!
Ryan: I think he's retired. He writes a lot of reviews.
jSinSaTx: Thank you very much. Hope you enjoy it!
Jack: Hope you get used to it. I was thinking visually, and for dialog heavy writing, having a fast, clear, light format for indicating who is talking helps a lot. It's not a proper screenplay format, more of a bastardized one that is a lot more screen-space efficient. Look at Stephen King's "Storm of the century", or search online for the "Tremors" screenplay to see a proper screenplay format.
RTaylor: You mean you like it a lot? That's good... I think.
emdfl: I like paperbacks too. We'll see.
Frigger611: This is a "high-efficiency" screenplay like format. A normal screenplay is about 20k words. This is about 165k words. I thought I'd start small, work my way up. *cough*

Blogger Markku March 19, 2014 4:45 PM  

#2,469 Paid in Kindle Store

Nice, Ilk.

Blogger Markku March 19, 2014 4:59 PM  

Also, Best Sellers in Military Science Fiction:

#16 The Stars Came Back by Rolf Nelson
#24 Old Man's War by John Scalzi

Do you have a lawn, Rolf?

Anonymous Rolf March 19, 2014 5:00 PM  

I'm a Henchman (ordnance engineer), not an "ilk," thank you very much. But yes, thanks very much to the rest of the ilk for your support.
http://blog.joehuffman.org/2013/03/29/boomershoot-patch-update/

Anonymous Rolf March 19, 2014 5:05 PM  

Markku - yes, I do. Growing nicely right now, as a matter of fact. Might be time to mow. :-)
Tis but a moment in time (a good one!), and sales are a time-integral, so we have a fair bit to make up. Now is as good a time as any to start.

Blogger Subversive Saint March 19, 2014 5:11 PM  

Added to the stack... This Castalia House deal looks like it will shorten my bank account (ever so slightly) but lengthen my reading enjoyment (ever so greatly).

Anonymous AussieTom March 19, 2014 6:05 PM  

I hope you're pushing Mr Kratman to get more Carrera books out. I've been languishing without an update to my crucifixion and impalement quota.
Not to mention I really want to read the big picture stuff of what Carrera does to the Tauran Union in the second invasion. (not just the Amazonian perspective.)

Blogger Nate March 19, 2014 8:19 PM  

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Yes... the screen play aspect is truly bizarre... and it takes a while to get past it.

The best analogy I can make... is its like a foreign language film with subtitles. The first few minutes it bothers you but after awhile you get interersted in the story and it stops mattering. Its like the whole subtitle thing just becomes a process your brain runs in the background and you don't even notice anymore. Its the same with this book. Stick it out for the first several sections. It takes a while to build but once the hooks get set... they really get set and you will have a hard time putting it down.

If this whole aspect is just to off putting... well... maybe one day...

Anonymous jack March 19, 2014 10:31 PM  

Agree with Nate. I'm about 15 to 20 % in after buying the book. The story has really picked up and, like Nate, I'm having trouble putting it down. Any of you that try it, do keep with it a while. I'm at the point where the mysterious 'military' unit is talking to the new ship owner. I don't think this is a spoiler. Get that far and you will be hooked.
Rolf: do you have any other work extant? Are you planning a series of this? Asking without having finished the book. That won't take long at this rate, God help my poor eyes. I've read two novels and a novella this last week alone. I should talk to Vox about becoming a slush reader... If you're going to go blind might as well enjoy the trip.

Anonymous Rolf March 19, 2014 11:47 PM  

Nate: Glad you like it so much, in spite of the format. It's just the way the story made sense to me. Glad to see that the mystery of things being shown without explanation worked as intended.

Jack: No, no other stories at the time. Lots of ideas, nothing in print yet. Looks like a series is planned, but no idea on timeline; I wouldn't want to rush out some drek just to add a title, I'd want the basic plotline to be of comparable quality. Glad you are liking it, too. When you finish, post and let us know what you think and why you think it.

Blogger Eric Wilson March 19, 2014 11:56 PM  

Bahahaha. I am about 35% of the way through. And I came here to congratulate Nate on such a successful and engrossing book. The use of ellipses. The knowledge of guns. The superintelligence of the AI. Only thing was the spelling. That all seemed correct. And Webster's version not OED. But Rolf, thus far, I must congratulate you instead.

Blogger Eric Wilson March 20, 2014 12:01 AM  

Its like the whole subtitle thing just becomes a process your brain runs in the background and you don't even notice anymore.

Exactly. It was weird at first, but now, I'm not even really noticing the whole screenplay thing. It flows beautifully.

Anonymous Anonymous March 20, 2014 1:19 AM  

...and now I am getting a copy.

Anonymous Rolf March 20, 2014 2:41 AM  

EricW: Glad to hear it's working for you. That was the intent.... What, other people (over)use ellipses too? You should have seen my hyphen-abuse before the editor went through it. Whacked more than a thousand in one pass just to perform a hyphenectomy after reading the rules on when to use them.

Blogger Nate March 20, 2014 7:32 AM  

Rolf... I've been accused... of having a problem.

Blogger Nate March 20, 2014 7:43 AM  

One of the things that I really dig about the book is the characters are people of character. Its like the Anti-GRRM. In GRRM trustworthy people do the right thing and lose because of it. In TSCB... trustworthy people to the right thing and win because of it.

Today every story consists of a bunch of characters you like... but the plot is just a series of really bad things happening to them over and over and over... until they change so much that you really stop liking them at all.

In this... The Characters are badass... and badstuff happens to them... and they badass their way through it... and come out even more badass on the other side.

Blogger Tom Kratman March 20, 2014 8:30 AM  

"I've been languishing without an update to my crucifixion and impalement quota."

You know, I can't think of a single instance where I showed someone actually being impaled. Yes, it's the penalty for rape in the Carreraverse, but I've always - now that I think on it - shied away from actual execution of the sentence. Crucifixion, of course, I have shown, one en masse, as a reprisal, and in some detail, once in smaller numbers, out of personal vindictiveness, and once in passing, in a letter to an editor. Funny that I can and do deal with the one but not the other, no?

Blogger Nate March 20, 2014 8:40 AM  

Impalement to gentle for ya?

Blogger Tom Kratman March 20, 2014 11:59 AM  

Don't think that's it.

Anonymous jack March 20, 2014 12:51 PM  

Hey Rolf:
Reading your book has hit the point of the first mission. My largest problem right now is believing that this is a 'first' book. If you are not a one book wonder and it all pans out, you may go far.
imho

Anonymous Rolf March 20, 2014 1:16 PM  

Jack: Thanks. Yes, this is my first book. I don't even have a stack of rejects sitting on my shelf. I posted it as a serialized (almost daily) set of "chapters" for a while at http://blog.joehuffman.org/ , a friend of mine's blog, and took in a lot of feedback from that. Made some minor changes, hired an editor to beat me up, er, I mean, help me beat it into presentably decent condition, (editing that I cut short because of time and funding constraints), and to quote Churchill, I flung it out into public. I don't know if I've got more of this quality in me... Frankly, I'm a little surprised I had THIS one in me.

Anonymous jack March 20, 2014 2:25 PM  

Well, good luck with it all. I probably won't be posting comments on this thread again. Got to finish a book. Do you have a blog? If not, you might want to consider it. Can cut into your writing time, however. I don't know how Vox manages to be pulling so many strings and still have time to eat, crap, etc. I suspect he may be an AI in a human skin. There might be a book there... think on it. And, again, Good Luck!

Blogger Kirk Parker March 23, 2014 3:04 AM  

Harold Carper,

"589 pages is a hell of a lot of dialogue."

All I can say is, all I wished when it was over was that there had been more of it.

I divide my hopes between a/some sequel(s), and some really competent folks actually making a movie version of it.

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