Out of the steppe came a lone rider. A man of destiny whose prowess would change the world of the Bachyan nomads forever. He was not an enemy come to destroy the Bachyan, but a prodigal son returned to lead them to victory over those who would enslave them.
Taken by Nukush slavers when still a very young man, Jenraey has to learn fast to adapt to the civilisation of his new masters. He finds the ways of the Nukush strange – they worship no gods, but use a magic called science to power their weapons and drive their armies to conquest. Torn between his curiosity in the ways of this great Empire and his desire to return to his own, Jenraey knows that his people can only survive the onslaught of Nukush armies if they can change too.
The time of destiny is at hand and only a leader of legendary powers can prevail.
I thought it would be cool to compare Christmas wish lists for books, but not wish-lists for actual books that exist. What are the top 5 books you wish were going to be out for Christmas but aren’t because they don’t exist and haven’t been written yet?
Follow-up to Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
A new story featuring Severian the Torturer, courtesy of Gene Wolfe
A new Robert Harris thriller – I’ve read all of them and even sampled one of his non-fiction works!
Lord of the Rings sequel (Sauron fights back) by J. R. R. Tolkien
A decent sequel to Star Wars turned into a decent film as well – i.e. episodes 7 to 9!
And although I’m not going to buy it today – might request as Christmas present maybe – I think it will still be quite exciting to start seeing gamers reactions to the new Elder Scrolls game, so I’ll be watching out to see what people think over the next few days.
Here’s a video that brings together lots of information about Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim:
Not bad going, 40 pages since 23 December, means I am doing pretty well I think. That’s over 2.5 pages a day, and this was slowed quite a bit by Christmas. The Biog part of the book ends at about page 124, which is another 40 pages away, so I should be there in a week or two maybe. The difficulty will be the letters, which apart from an intro in French, are then in Latin. However, I could perhaps just translate a few of those to get a flavour of his style for now, and then move onto another area.
Also found that Kantorowicz research can be pretty much be taken care of by one long research article, In this time without Emperors, which summarises a lot of the debate about this scholar. I can then scope out whether this subplot can work or not.
I have also been finding the Novel Writer software quite useful for noting down ideas, I’ve had about 9 that I put down in the last week or so!