May TCWT Chain


Happy May! Happy birthday for tomorrow, Erin! Happy Rosalie because my friend Baral Favain came all the way back from Athemyx just especially to help me with a story! Happy bloggers because John Hansen put up another chain! Happy birds and squirrels in the garden because they’re eating my banana cake! (I hate bananas.)

Well. Here we all are again. This month’s prompt: “What kinds of published books would you like to see more of?” I will try to be sensible, but since I am actually listening to the soundtrack from that scene in RotS where Anakin is trying to kill Obi-Wan, while I write, this could be hard.

John Hansen said we should write a list. Behold. A list. (That might help.)

1: Books by me, obviously. (What’s the betting everybody will say that?) But since I mostly write fanfiction – there’s some good stuff drifting around this blog, if you’ll excuse the blatant advertising so early in the post – that probably won’t happen until I am way too old for this chain anyway.

2: Books by ErinKenobi! I want Bound To The Flame! Wouldn’t a forest-green leather binding with gold foil-lettering be nice?

3: ruth baulding from to publish the Lineages and Legacies in hard copy! And Armistice! And Growing Pains!

4: Someone – anyone – who truly understands the genre to pick up where Tom Clancy left off. He died last year and I went into mourning for three days – no longer because I only have three black t-shirts.

5: On a similar note: someone to do the same for John Gardner. Although he actually did it for Ian Fleming in the first place, he was better. More guns and guts, less girls. What could be better? But he died in 2007 before I had even heard of him and definitely before my grandmother would let me wear black. And Sebastian Faulks sucks at writing James Bond. He should definitely stick to the psychological thrillers.

6: Dare I say it – Jill Paton Walsh to pick up her pen again. The Late Scholar was brilliant in every regard, but surely it’s been nearly a year and I totally miss Lord Peter again. Get on with it, Jill, or I will.

7: I seem to love the pick-up authors who carry on a great author’s work and write in their voice, don’t I? So what. Don’t knock it, that kind of writing is hard. Agatha Christie needs a picker-upper too – five books about Tommy and Tuppence Beresford isn’t nearly enough. Anybody out there?

8: Actually, I’d love more mysteries in the style of that era. The early-to-mid 20th century were the golden age of the detective novel. Modern ones are either sexy (which is boring) or boring (which is not remotely sexy. Like, less so than I’m told long woolen underwear is). Also I can usually guess the murderer way, way sooner than a sensible author would ever allow. It’s just plain patronizing to write simple mysteries.

9: (CD switched to Across the Stars hence change in mood.) Can somebody novelize and update more of Shakespeare’s romantic plays? I mean, Romeo and Juliet to West Side Story – yes, yes, yes, but we want more. Much Ado About Nothing. Love’s Labors Lost. C’mon, who said teenagers don’t like the classics? We just don’t like having to study them.

10: Gerald Morris! Dude, keep writing! Arthurian legends – not updated at all and so, so killingly funny. I love Sir Gawain. (Hence I hate Geoffrey Chaucer – I have to study that slanderous Hutt-spawned cretin’s Wife Of Bath’s Tale for literature, so I will keep harping on this until late November.) More Terence and Gawain stories, please, Mr. Morris.

11: Somebody to resurrect Oscar Wilde. Please. If it’s not too much trouble. Or else to write in his style. I love Wilde’s voice – of course, he himself described it best:

“…that curious jeweled style, vivid and obscure at once, full of argot and of archaisms, of technical expressions and of elaborate paraphrases, that characterizes the work of some of the finest artists of the French school of Symbolistes. There were in it metaphors as monstrous as orchids and as subtle in color.”

– From The Picture Of Dorian Grey

Wow, I want a lot of books, don’t I? I think that will do for now.

The directory to where you will find everybody else’s (probably vastly more sensible) ideas:

May 5th –

May 6th –

May 7th – – that’s me!

May 8th – – that’s my friend Erin!

May 9th –

May 10th –

May 11th –

May 12th –

May 13th –

May 14th –

May 15th – – this is a cool blogger!

May 16th – – so is this.

May 17th – – and this.

May 18th –

May 19th –

May 20th –

May 21st –

May 22nd –

May 23rd –

May 24th – – this is the Other Erin!

May 25th –

May 26th – TheUnsimpleMind – Xe absentmindedly forgot to tell John xir web address, and nobody, including me, seems to be able to find xir online.

May 27th –

May 28th –

May 29th –

May 30th – – John will announce the topic for June’s blog chain! (We hope.)


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24 Responses to May TCWT Chain

  1. grins and waves I love your list! It is totally more awesome than mine. 😉
    I know what you mean about style. I tried to write something once, emulating the style of C.S. Forester. It’s not easy!


  2. Good post! Yes, my own books was my first thought too– I’ll try to be more creative when my day comes.


  3. Tara Therese says:

    Oooh! Great post! Your list has gotten me excited. Mysteries where you don’t know whodunit … they are the best! And updating Shakespeare and continuing Oscar Wilde … I’d never have thought of those but I want it too.

    And about reading classics versus studying them … you hit the nail on the head!

    (And I’ve used way too many ellipses.)


  4. Skylar Finn says:

    Oh, you like Shakespeare works re-tellings? I’m not sure if it’s something you would like but Juliet Immortal is a paranormal/fantasy retelling of, yes you guessed it, Romeo & Juliet. 😀 It’s set in modern times.

    (I hate bananas too.)


  5. nevillegirl says:

    I would LOVE to see more mysteries, too! That’s actually one of the things I wrote about in my TCWT post. And it would be nice if someone continued Agatha Christie’s stories…


  6. YES YES YES about the mysteries. I’ve been reading and watching mysteries forever, and I would love to see more of them. And totally agree about Oscar Wilde too. An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest are gold (admittedly I haven’t yet read any more of his stuff.)


  7. John Hansen says:



    Like an early 20’s prohibition-era (at least for the U.S.) mystery featuring underground parties and illegal drinking and fancy post WWI clothing and everything? I WOULD LOVE THAT.


    (Also I totally approve of you slipping that self-promo in there on the first one. That is exactly like me. #ShameIsForTheWeak)


    • Now that would be fun. I… don’t think I’ve ever actually read an American mystery novel I approved of. Odd, no? Being as how it’s the home of Pinkerton’s and the Mob and so forth. Americans seem to do TV/movies and thriller novels better than genuine detection.
      (What, are you going to as well?)


      • John Hansen says:

        I totally agree! I’m a sucker for American thrillers, but we have the worst mysteries. (Any particular UK mystery novels you recommend? I’ve been wanting more great ones.)


        • If you don’t mind philosophy mixed with your mysteries, G.K.Chesterton’s Father Brown mysteries. You can get them free at Kobo or Kindle because they’re out of copyright, or try a second-hand store, if like me you’re usually broke. New copies tend to be expensive.
          If you don’t mind aristocratic sleuths, D.L. Sayers Lord Peter Wimsey books. These are always expensive, unfortunately.


  8. Not a book, but have you seen 10 Things i Hate About You. Kind of a teen flick, but a great re-telling of The Taming of the Shrew. Actually one of my favorite movies.


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  10. Miriam Joy says:

    Oscar Wilde = sass master. Seriously.

    This is an interesting one, in that you mostly focused on specific authors. I’m always a bit weird when authors sort of take over from one another, like a sixth Hitchhiker’s book after Douglas Adams died …. it never seems quite right, you know?

    As for adapting Shakespeare, we definitely need some Hamlet from Horatio’s perspective. You know, like Song of Achilles with Patroclus as narrator? Definitely Hamlet with Horatio as narrator. It’d be awesome. Not that I have a secret desire to write that or anything….


    • I mostly like specific authors – I guess I just find someone I like, and read all their stuff until I get to the end. Then pick up a new one and start over. Yeah, some of the pickups can be lame, but the odd few are really, really good, maybe even improve on the original.
      You totally should.


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