Tuesday, December 15, 2009

one year has passed since Hugh died

Hello everyone.I am Ms.Murasaki,Hugh's wife.I am just posting this comment to let you know how we have been doing.

The 8th of November was a very special day to us.It had been one year since Hugh had died.I feel as if it was just last month though.

Christmas time two years ago,we came back to New Zealand for his final treatment.The first year was a hard time,but the second year after Hugh died was much harder.

Our daughter and I came back to New Zealand this February as I decided to bring her up in her father's country.She became five in April and started school.I did this because I hope she will get to know her father through his books when she grows up.

Shortly after his one-year memorial day,we finally moved to our own house in Devonport,Auckland.

I thank everyone who sent comments to Hugh's blog and for your appreciation of his writings. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year 2010.



Blogger Steve said...

Thankyou for this message, it's good to hear how things are, and I'm sure all Hugh's fans wish you the best in New Zealand.

Best wishes for Christmas and 2010!

9:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mrs Murasaki and Cornucopia,

I wish you all the best for the Christmas season - this time of the year would heighten the sadness you feel about Hugh not being with you, so thank you so much for your post. My thought are with you and your daughter and I thank Hugh, wherever he may be, for making the world a better place before he left.

Best regards,


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Blogger Bjorn said...

Thank you for this message. Many of us read much about your daughter as a toddler- we all wish her the best as she grows up.

I have a 2 year old girl now myself and I often am amused when I think about what Hugh was writing when Karin was that age.

2:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ms. Murasaki: I consider myself lucky to have happened on Hugh's books once upon a time, years ago, when I was a younger man. His writing is boundlessly inventive, and displays a special kindness. He painted incredibly vibrant places and people that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

I wish you and your daughter all the best as you continue your lives in New Zealand. May you find happiness and enjoy life's small wonders -- and may your little girl come to know her father as a talented man whose creativity touched others.

-- Chad

3:28 PM  
Anonymous Daniel Daly said...

I read all 10 of Hughs 'Chronicles' volumes when they originally came out and loved them dearly. I have just put together a fanfiction website for my continuation of Hugh's chronicles of an age of darkness series. volume 11 is called 'the wyvvern and the warlock'.

I believe Hugh is likely in a better place, resting from his cancer struggles and recovering from his disease.

all the best to you and your family.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was reading the old blog and was very happy to remember the sort of man Hugh was. I loved reading the 2004 entries. Your family is still in our prayers, Ms. Murasaki.

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Best wishes! LET THE WONDERFUL NOISE OF THE SEA ALWAYS SOUNDS IN YOUR EARS! (a greeting of my water dragons' hunters).

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ms.Murasaki I read Mr. Cook's books in my teens. They painted a remarkable, living and creative image of humanity which I will never forget. I have all the volumes and treasure them. I wish you and your daughter all the strength and happiness in the world.

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Blogger Letters on petals said...

I first read the Age of Darkness series as a teenager and now, much older, I read them again and am reminded that we never lose our imaginations, even if they become harder to access. I am saddened by his death. His characters and humour will always have a place in my imagination.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have just finished reading "the Witchlord and the Weapon master" for sixth time.Once again i am moved by the mastery of this man, as far as I am concerned, the greatest writer that ever lived.
I have never read a writer that invented a more vivid world that said more about the world of reality.

I love the man's work. Genius.

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Blogger Sans said...

I have read Hugh's books early in my teenage hood and have recently rediscovered them.

I am sorry for your lost. He was a genuinely talented and an extremely knowledgeable and well read man. Reading his books, it is easy to be impressive by the breath of his knowledge.

I wish you all the best

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Blogger JC LeSinge said...

Mrs M, I was saddened to find that ZenVirus.com is no more. I've always been a big fan of Hugh's work, and chose him as the subject of a university assignment. If possible, I'd really appreciate access to some of his writing exercises.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hugh Cook is my favorite writer and the world lost a great literary talent with his passing. I've read many science-fiction and fantasy novels but none as interesting, absorbing, and funny as those Hugh Cook wrote with his Chronicles of an Age of Darkness series.

I would visit the Zen Virus site perhaps a few times a year. I noticed when it went down and was saddened, since Hugh Cook was an somewhat underrated and overlooked literary genius during his life, it's even more important that we preserve his memory and his novels so that he can be rediscovered by future generations.

I'm currently reading book 10 in the Chronicles of an Age of Darkness series, it's the only one I haven't read yet. It was hard for me to get a copy of this book since I live in the United States where it was never published, but eventually I lucked out and found a copy of the Corgi version (not the indie published version) in an online UK bookstore and had it shipped and everything for around $10. I'll write an Amazon review of it when I'm done as I did with the ninth book.

Also, I was happy to see that a while ago the fourth book in the series, the Walrus and the Warwolf was reissued, so I think that Hugh Cook will be remembered and read for a while yet.

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Blogger inrepose said...

I was very late hearing this news about Hugh. The humour in his fantasy books is still with me and the characters like Miphon are never far from my mind - many years after I read them as a teenager in the early 90's. It was very sad to hear of his death and I wish you a happy future.

11:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I still think about Hugh all the time and he is a great inspiration to me. I own copes of everything he wrote and I treasure them dearly. I wish we lived in an alternate reality where another 10 volumes of the "chronicles" were published. I miss you Hugh Cook, and I send my best wishes to your family. Your name will live on forever in my hearts and I continue to spread the word about his incredible writing to this day.

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Blogger Mike said...

I'll always remember Hugh Cook as the author who first introduced me to the fantasy genre.

His books were, and still are, so unique and it's a crying shame that he was taken from us at such an early age.

Hopefully one day we'll see a big-screen adapt ion of some of his stories - I'd love to see "The Walrus and The Warwolf" as a three-part series of full-on movies.

Best wishes,


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