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January 25, 2019

Ooh, nice placement and words for "The Prisoner of Limnos" in Publishers Weekly today --


The review is spoilerific, but note that PW's main target audience is not end readers, but middle purchasers -- bookstore buyers, librarians, wholesalers -- who don't actually have time to read everything they must buy, but want guidance in selection.

Yay team at Subterranean Press, anyway.

Also viz "Limnos", DreamHaven Books & Comics here in Minneapolis also now has signed copies of the trade (regular) SubPress hardcover available, in-store or mail order.


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Published on January 25, 2019 10:47 • 379 views
It’s alive!

First, a brief technical note. One does not need to own a Kindle device to download and read Kindle books, and I believe the same holds true for Nook and iPad. (Anyone who uses those systems is invited to chime in with details in the comments.) Simply download the free Kindle app onto any device – such as the one you are reading this blog post on right now – and it can be up and you can be reading in minutes. ( https://www.amazon.com/b/ref=ruby_red... )

So, “Knife Children”. What would be the back cover blurb, if ebooks had back covers, goes,

“Lakewalker Barr Foxbrush returns from two years of patrolling the bitter wilds of Luthlia against the enigmatic, destructive entities called malices, only to find that the secret daughter he’d left behind in the hinterland of Oleana has disappeared from her home after a terrible accusation. The search for her will call on more of Barr’s mind and heart than just his mage powers, as he tries to balance his mistakes of the past and his most personal duties to the future.

A stand-alone story set in the world of The Sharing Knife.”

Barnes & Noble link:


Amazon US link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07N4854NX/

iTunes link: at last! : https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/knif...

Not the link we're waiting for, but my iTunes page, which I've been checking for the new entry, looks like this:

B&N was first out of the gate this morning. I will add the other two vendors’ links when they go live, at some random hour later on. iTunes may be up already (or they may lag, I never know) but I have no luck getting its search function to cough up book titles, so if anyone else has it, put it in the comments and I’ll transpose it.

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Published on January 25, 2019 08:31 • 1,879 views

January 21, 2019

If anyone wants more food for thought on the tetralogy, I was just reminded of this older essay --


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Published on January 21, 2019 10:56 • 690 views

January 15, 2019

By artist Ron Miller, again. Hot off his electronic drawing board.

[image error]Image from Gyazo

The final-final-no-really-I-mean-it-stop-hah! edit is still in process, but it shouldn't be much longer. I still need to devise vendor-page ad copy that is informative without being spoilerific without edging into downright secrecy, which is a tricky balance.

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Published on January 15, 2019 13:20 • 1,552 views

January 14, 2019

I received my author's copies of the Subterranean Press hardcover edition of the latest Penric & Desdemona novella "The Prisoner of Limnos" on Saturday, and Uncle Hugo's order arrived today. Owner Don Blyly was kind enough to schlep out their cartons for me to sign this afternoon, so 80 copies later Hugo's now has signed trade (regular) copies ready to go for mail order. (And in-store, of course.)


(Not to be confused with the signed deluxe leather-bounds I did for SubPress, also now available at a different price.)

Uncle Hugo's still has signed copies of most of the earlier titles in the series as well. (Though not the first, "Penric's Demon", alas.) The trio of "Penric's Mission", "Mira's Last Dance", and "The Prisoner of Limnos" do make a nice sub-series, however.

It looks like Subterranean's own website may be shipping now, too -- at least it is listed as "in stock".


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Published on January 14, 2019 14:01 • 334 views

December 25, 2018

I am pleased to report that I have finished the first draft of a new novella in the world of The Sharing Knife. Functionally a novella, anyway; its length, at the moment, is a tad over 49,000 words, so it's technically a short novel. This falls in an odd limbo in categorization -- the official cap for a novella is 40k or 45k words, but the minimum contractual length for a commercially published novel is usually 100k. (It was 80k back when I started, but word-count inflation has occurred since then.) Since it's headed for original e-publication, I don't have to care, so the main concern is to label it so readers won't charge in expecting something twice as long.

The working title was "Barr & Lily", which is also its subject matter, being a sort of slice-of-Lakewalker-life character study. However, that won't do for the final, since it sounds a bit too much like the name of a tea company. The current front-runner is "Knife Children", but I'm not sure yet if that is going to stick.

It takes place about a dozen years after the events of the tetralogy, but should be perfectly readable as a stand-alone. (Old readers will gratify me if they can refrain from fending off potential new readers by telling them they have to read four other books first.)

I won't claim there's no action, *cough*, but the cadre of readers who process only physical violence as "action" may find a sad lack of climactic boss fights. This story has other kinds of business to attend to.

Once my eyes recover from the final push, there's still some editing and proofreading to go, plus arranging for a suitable e-cover. So I'm guessing publication sometime in late January. I will of course post updates here when things are finalized.

Happy holidays to all --

Ta, L.
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Published on December 25, 2018 09:26 • 2,996 views

December 22, 2018

...by the ever-amusing James Nicoll.


The ebook and the audio editions of "The Prisoner of Limnos" are of course out now; Subterranean's collectable hardcover will be along at the end of January.

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Published on December 22, 2018 07:19 • 431 views

December 14, 2018

I ran across this old interview from 2013 this morning, apparently reposted --


There's not much in its content that I would now take back, although since it was transcribed from a verbal interview, I twitch to copy-edit it. So it goes.

More interviews, if you don't already know, make be found on the Vorkosigan Wiki, here.


I believe the wiki mistress is open to help in building it up, last I heard.

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Published on December 14, 2018 10:28 • 400 views

December 1, 2018

...may be read here, if this link works.


A bit spoilery, if you haven't already read the novella. But PW's target audience is purchasing librarians, bookstores, and vendors, not readers per se.

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Published on December 01, 2018 06:38 • 436 views

November 26, 2018

We have a very nice review this month in Library Journal of the upcoming hardcover edition of the novella "The Prisoner of Limnos" from Subterranean Press. I don't see a way to link it online other than typing it out by hand, but it's in the Nov. 15, 2018 issue, page 66, at the start of the Science Fiction/Fantasy column.

Reviews from high-cred journals like this are important for hardcover sales, because librarians can use them to both guide and document their purchases.

More directly, here we are at SubPress:


Publication scheduled for the end of January. We'll miss Christmas but catch, I dunno, Valentine's Day?

Ta, L.

Update 11/30: and I'm also just told that "Limnos" won a starred review in Publishers Weekly, another excellent place to be seen. I hope librarians also realize they need to stock the two prior volumes, "Mission" and "Mira"... both of which are still available at list price afaik.

("Penric's Demon" and "Penric and the Shaman" are both sold out at the publisher, I believe, though copies of the latter are still sloshing around in the distribution systems -- Uncle Hugo's for one place. (Checking... ah, SubPress still has some of the leatherbound "Shaman" on hand. https://subterraneanpress.com/catalog... ) "Demon", which had a slightly smaller print run, has now entered the realm of "used and rare".)

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Published on November 26, 2018 09:50 • 495 views