Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Hugh Cook Info Books Projects Updates

Hugh Cook Info Books Projects Updates

I was amused when I visited http://www.chroniclesofanageofdarkness.info/ on Wednesday 28 February 2007 and saw that someone had cottoned on to the fact that the "Anna Blume" character who crops up in THE WEREWOLF AND THE WORMLORD was inspired by a German poem.

These are the real hard core CHRONICLES fans, and, on the fan site, the text of the poem in question is currently (28th Feb) posted in both English and German versions.

Actually, no, now that I check, they haven't actually posted the text of the poems, but, rather, have provided links to the text in English and German.

For the English:

http://www.anna-blume-charter.de/en/Schwitters/eveblossom.htm

And for the German:

http://www.anna-blume-charter.de/en/Schwitters/annablume.htm

I read the poem in German.

Although I do not read, write or speak German, I picked my way through some German poems, including KASPAR IST TOT, which you can find, if you are interested, in a German version, at:

http://www.uni-stuttgart.de/ndl1/arp1.htm

Also Paul Celan's TODESFUGE, part of which I have by heart. It is surely one of the twenty most important poems written in the West in the Twentieth Century, and deals with the experience of those who died in Hitler's extermination camps.

A complete rundown of the Paul Celan story, if you're interested, is at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Celan

A full text of the poem, in English, is at:

http://www.mat.upm.es/~jcm/celan-daybreak.html

The poem works by a series of reversals. Milk, we know, is white. But, in the world of the death camps, milk is black.

All the above is by way of preamble, a lead up to what follows, which is information about my books (published and to be published) and current projects.

I wrote the following in response to a query from an American fan of the CHRONICLES who was confused, and legitimately so, by the disorderly nature of the publication of the series, only some of which have so far been published in the States.

It was in the course of checking the links that I was going to send him that I came to visit the CHRONICLES fan site on which I found a reference to the poem about Anna Blume.

Here is the text of the e-mail I sent:

8888

2007 February 28 Wednesday
Japan

Dear Adam

A couple of links that will sort out the confusion:

The complete list of the books in the CHRONICLES is at:

http://www.colin-smythe.com/authors/hughcook/hughck.htm

This lists all ten books in the CHRONICLES and you can click a link for each book to see the cover.

These are the English editions.

A bibliography of all my novels is at:

http://zenvirus.com/hugh-cook/bibliography-novels.html

A fan site which explains the whole setup of the CHRONICLES is at:

http://www.chroniclesofanageofdarkness.info/

This site will tell you far more about the CHRONICLES than I can.

A direct link to Hugh Cook books via Amazon.com in the USA is:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/search-handle-url/index=books&field-author-exact=Hugh%20Cook&rank=-relevance%2C%2Bavailability%2C-daterank/102-9355245-9355361

You may be able to get second-hand copies through this source.

The UK THE WIZARDS AND THE WARRIORS was published by Warner books as WIZARD WAR.

The UK THE WORDSMITHS AND THE WARGUILT was published as two volumes in the US, THE QUESTING HERO and THE HERO'S RETURN.

THE WOMEN AND THE WARLORDS was published as THE ORACLE.

One third of THE WALRUS AND THE WARWOLF was published in the US as LORDS OF THE SWORD. There are now plans for a new edition which will contain the complete WALRUS text in one volume, and this should be on the market in the next couple of years in the US.

Each book can be read independently of any other.

Texts are online, at the moment, for three of the books, and one way of seeing what can be read online would be to go to:

http://free-online-novels.sushilotus.com/

and here you see links for QUESTING HERO NOVEL, which is the book THE WORDSMITHS AND THE WARGUILD; MILITARY SF NOVEL, which is THE WORSHIPPERS AND THE WAY, and SWORD AND SORCERY NOVEL, which is THE WITCHLORD AND THE WEAPONMASTER.

Versions that I self-published via Lulu.com can be purchased online from Amazon.com.

The site advertizes PDF downloads for US $5 but the price has now been jumped up to an astronomical amount by changes made by Lulu.com for complicated marketing reasons which are out of my control, so there is no US $5 PDF download available for purchase.

I am currently at work on two projects. One is an SF novel, SINFUL SURVIVAL, and I have some material on the writing of this at:

http://sinful-survival.blogspot.com/

So far there is only one entry there.

I have details of the tenth volume, THE WITCHLORD AND THE WEAPONMASTER, at:

http://witchlord-weaponmaster.blogspot.com/

I have a partial version of a book in progress, a volume of poems to be called GENGHIS LOTUS POETRY COLLECTION, online at genghislotus.com.

I have uploaded the short poems, school poems and city poems, but still have to upload the nature poems, war poems, cancer poems, death poems and assorted poems.

My regular blog, which I update when I can, is

hughcook.blogspot.com

Thank you for your interest in the CHRONICLES and I hope that you find this response helpful.

Best regards
Hugh Cook

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