by Hugh Cook
Section 163 Entry 0001. Date: 2005 September 20 Tuesday.
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Ready to read? The first part of the BAMBOO HORSES novel, a big part, about half of a long novel, is available to read free on this web site. Click on:-
BAMBOO HORSES read first part free online
And, to continue ...
Good news today: my new novel BAMBOO HORSES, which I have published as a print on demand book via the POD outfit lulu.com, is now on sale on amazon.com. Also, although I was expecting to have to upload a cover image to amazon.com, when I looked today I found a cover image already had been uploaded by someone.
The link to the BAMBOO HORSES listing on amazon.com (on the American site, I guess) is:-
BAMBOO HORSES on amazon.com
Incidentally, note that, at this writing, September 2005, seven of the CHRONICLES OF AN AGE OF DARKNESS books can also be purchased from amazon.com - the link is
Hugh Cook's books on amazon.com
The Hugh Cook titles that are by me are THE WIZARDS AND THE WARRIORS (also published as WIZARD WAR), THE WOMEN AND THE WARLORDS, THE WICKED AND THE WITLESS, THE WEREWOLF AND THE WORMLORD, THE WALRUS AND THE WARWOLF, THE WISHSTONE AND THE WONDERWORKERS, THE HERO'S RETURN, THE LORDS OF THE SWORD (which is the first third of THE WALRUS AND THE WARWOLF) and THE SHIFT (today, three second-hand copies of THE SHIFT, a short SF book, available second hand at pretty staggering prices.) Also THE QUESTING HERO. Note that THE QUESTING HERO and THE HERO'S RETURN together make one book, originally entitled THE WORDSMITHS AND THE WARGUILD.
Not in a mood to spend money on books? Okay, three of the CHRONICLES books are online on a read-free-online basis, plus, additionally, I've just uploaded some sample chapters of BAMBOO HORSES ... BAMBOO HORSES is a long novel and I've uploaded about half of it so you can take a look for free. The start is a bit slow, partly because this is a complicated book, a kind of murder mystery, and I take my time at the start to set the scene.
For links to all of Hugh Cook's read-free-online novel texts on the zenvirus.com site use this link:-
For a direct link to the BAMBOO HORSES sample text (roughly, the first half of the novel) click on:-
For a faster-paced SF/fantasy book with quite a bit of violence (terrorism, people exploding, ethnic violence, police shooting a suspected suicide bomber in the head and so forth) check back to the zenvirus.com site in a few months for (all going well) a free sample (maybe half the book, or maybe a little less ... want to be careful about what I put online where minors can access it) of a novel currently underway, TO FIND AND WAKE THE DREAMER.
Quick sample from the work in progress:
In this novel the main viewpoint character, Ibramhim Chess, is a man in an impossible situation, an essentially sane and conservative individual, more or less reconciled to the bumpiness of reality, who finds himself in a world gone crazy, with the middle ground, such as it is, fast disappearing.
The book is shaping up to be pretty savagely bloody in places, and the influence to blame for that is the daily newspaper, which I must confess to reading, though, really, given the unbridled bloodlust, murder, slaughter and mayhem which it documents, it's a wonder, really, that the sale of this document is still permitted.
So that's what's in the words: TO FIND AND WAKE THE DREAMER. A book which aims to pull out all the plugs and play the big organ. Some stuff verging on (or passing right into) the hard core area will make this book definitely unsuitable for minors. Unsuitable, too, for people with sensitive tastes.
The idea is to compete with reality by producing something which is one step more preposterous than the reality which we are living with, but, as the world in which we live comes to look more and more like a skydiver free falling through the burning heavens of insanity, going one better than reality becomes a real problem.
Also in the works, and, in fact, in the final editing stage, a cancer memoir, CANCER PATIENT. One of the chapters of thyis book is already online as the blog entry one entry back from this one - click on:
CANCER PATIENT sample chapter
I hope to have this available for purchase as a PDF computer download from lulu.com (priced at US $5) and as a paperback book available from both lulu.com and amazon.com by, all going well, December this year, 2005, or maybe a little earlier.
I'm also planning to publish, in the next two or three years, a collection of poems to be called ARC OF LIGHT, a collection of short stories to be called THE SUCCUBUS AND OTHER STORIES, and a fantasy trilogy which I wrote back in the 1990s, a trilogy with the title OCEANS OF LIGHT, set in the archipelago of Chalakanesia, and consting of the three books WEST OF HEAVEN, EAST OF HELL and NORTH OF PARADISE.
I'm also thinking (but life is short) of some day putting the text of my first-ever novel, PLAGUE SUMMER, online ... a simple book about drug smuggling in New Zealand with an outbreak of foot and mouth disease as part of the background. And, if I can secure a reversion of rights for THE SHIFT -- I'm part way there already, and I'm guessing that getting the rights back should be doable if I ever get that far down my "to do" list -- then I would like to publish THE SHIFT as a print on demand book.
THE SHIFT is a short science fiction book with, amongst other things, aliens, a machine that can alter reality (the "shift" of the title), and, from memory, at least one terrorist bomb blast.
So manhy books and so little time!
But at least BAMBOO HORSES is finished and ready to buy online now. Once again, for a free sample -- a fairly hefty sample, about half of a fairly long book -- click on
And, just to make sure everything's tied together nicely on the web site (I tend to forget what's linked to what) here's an extra link to a file which gives access to the free novel text which is currently on the site:-
read novels free
Hugh Cook's published novels include PLAGUE SUMMER, THE SHIFT and the ten volumes of the CHRONICLES OF AN AGE OF DARKNESS series. For background information on the CHRONICLES OF AN AGE OF DARKNESS series see:-
This site include a map of the milieu of the CHRONICLES OF AN AGE OF DARKNESS (the world of THE WITCHLORD AND THE WEAPONMASTER, aka WIZARD WAR, and so on.) For the map,see:
Hugh Cook has some comments about the writing of the CHRONICLES OF AN AGE OF DARKNESS series in his diary at: