Currently reading …

Actually, I can tell the new book, after its extremely long-drawn-out birth pangs, is going well at last. I’ve got Vol. 25 of Fullmetal Alchemist and, no offence meant to Hiromu Arakawa, my favourite mangaka, but I glanced at it, thought, “Oh, good, at last,” and put it in my stack of things to read later, as horrible things are happening to Z. and I burn to get back to them. The moment that bogs down, though, I’ll devour the latest FMA in one sitting. I’ve also got an interesting book, The Silk Road: Two Thousand Years in the Heart of Asia, by Frances Wood (2002). I wish I’d had it when I was writing Blackdog. I looked for something like it at the time, to no avail. But at least I have it now, and with a couple more used books on Mediterranean natural history in the mail (hopefully not too delayed by the erratic postal strike), I should soon be immersing myself in a summer’s worth of nonfiction to nourish the new project. (And there’s the latest issue of Mallorn, Earwig and the Witch and The Rampage of Haruhi to read, too. I need twice as much time in my life. Speaking of multiplied time, I’m sure “Endless Eight” works much better as a short story.)

About K.V. Johansen

The author of Blackdog, The Leopard, The Lady, Gods of Nabban, and The Last Road epic fantasies from Pyr, I also write for teens and children, including the "Torrie", "Warlocks of Talverdin", and "Cassandra Virus" series, and the "Pippin and Mabel" picture books, as well as a couple of short story collections and two works of adult literary criticism on the history of children's fantasy literature. I have a Master's degree in Mediaeval Studies, and read a lot of fantasy, science fiction, and history. Blog at
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