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Section 165 Entry 0001. Date: 2005 December 20 Tuesday.
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No, I'm not dead, but thanks for the e-mails asking. Have just been EXTREMELY busy finishing off my meganovel, TO FIND AND WAKE THE DREAMER, a novel for the Age of the Suicide Bomber, a novel for the world which we live in now.

I've put 30 sample chapters on this web site to read free, 30 out of a total of 76. The full novel runs to over 700 pages as a printed book, and, if you're in the habit of buying printed books, it should soon be available as a paperback from amazon.com.

Meantime, TO FIND AND WAKE THE DREAMER can be bought right now as a paperback book (not cheap, but then, it is over 700 pages of book) from lulu.com:-

lulu.com/hughcook

If you credit card can stand a five-dollar hit (that's five American dollars) then you can also buy it from the lulu.com site as a computer download in PDF format.

However, realizing that a lot of people will have neither the time nor the inclination to read such a long novel, I've posted, on this site, a short story, SHOOT TO KILL, which runs to only 2,695 words, and which treats with the basic premise: a certain proportion of the population has paranormal powers, and some of these guys can blow themselves up at will, and you don't know which guys these are.

Click here to read full text of
SHOOT TO KILL
war on terror story

The full novel, this suicide bomber novel of mine, I'm billing it as the ultimate fantasy novel. This one pulls out all the stops. After twenty-five years of writing novels, I know where the stops are. If there was a stop, I pulled it.

The novel is, as has been indicated above, about the age of shoot to kill and about people blowing themselves up (and taking other people along with them).

The title is, as has already been stated, TO FIND AND WAKE THE DREAMER, and it's set in a city of twenty millions where about eight thousand people have an interesting paranormal talent: they can, at will, make themselves explode. No detonators required.

As noted above, I've put a sample 30 chapters online.

30 sample chapters
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Finishing TO FIND AND WAKE THE DREAMER makes 2005 a year of three books for me.

Spent 2005 marooned in New Zealand, having chemotherapy and radiation therapy for lymphoma (now in remission) and also undergoing eye surgery. Ended up having a vitrectomy (a jelly-removal operation) in each eye. Also had a cataract removed from each eye.

The upside is that I finished the year alive and intact, managed to complete the BAMBOO HORSES novel I'd been writing on (a murder mystery with a fantasy setting), wrote an autobiographical cancer memoir, CANCER PATIENT, and, additionally, wrote TO FIND AND WAKE THE DREAMER.

Other projects that I'm planning to publish, some time, include a book of poems with the title ARC OF LIGHT, a book of short stories with the title THE SUCCUBUS AND OTHER STORIES, and a fantasy trilogy that I actually finished back in the 1990s, the OCEANS OF LIGHT fantasy trilogy set in Chalakanesia and consisting of the books WEST OF HEAVEN, EAST OF HELL and NORTH OF PARADISE.

But, in the coming year, 2006, I expect to be pretty busy reestablishing myself in Japan, sharing my life with my wife and my baby daughter, so it's realistic to think that 2006 is going to be the Year of the Slender Haiku, not a year of literary megaproduction.

No regrets there. Having spent this long trapped at the keyboard, I'm more than ready to move on with real life.

It was quite a blast writing TO FIND AND WAKE THE DREAMER, but it was also work, hard work, about as hard as any work I've ever done in my life. But very well worth it. I am EXTREMELY proud of the finished result. When I'm dead, you can burn the body and scatter the ashes, and I don't care where. This book, as far as I'm concerned, will be more than enough of a monument for me.

Warning! This book peaks into some quite savagely brutal violence. It's not a happy family-friendly book from the House of Affectionate Mice but an ingestible brain bomb from Dark Lords Incorporated. Something to disturb and offend everyone, I think. In fact, if you are not extremely disturbed by at least something in this book, then you are an extremely disturbed person.

The shoot-to-kill short story, by comparison with some of the outright brutality in the novel itself, is pretty mild, no more violent than the kind of stuff I've been reading in my daily newspaper. (Cops shooting people dead in the head, that's pretty much standard, isn't it? Was the lead story a couple of weeks ago, anyway, and will probably be the lead story again before too very long.)

Don't be scared, click here and read!

The action of TO FIND AND WAKE THE DREAMER takes place in the city state of Oolong Morblock, a highly evolved fantasy environment. Scroll down for map. Feast your eyes!

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A map of the city state of Oolong Morblock, the setting of the novel TO FIND AND WAKE THE DREAMER


Want to download a really large copy of this map? Well, I would advise against it, because the target file, omblock.png is 1.6 megabytes in size. If you want it, you're going to need either a broadband connection or an enormous amount of patience. The link just goes through to the png (portable network graphics) file itself - click the "back" button to return to this page. I have absolutely no idea how big the large version of this map would be if you were to print it out on a printer. Way larger than A4, I would imagine.

To display the large version of the map on your computer screen, click here. If you're trying to download this over an ordinary telephone line, don't be surprised if you're still waiting a VERY long time later. A good time to go do that housework you've been putting off, maybe.


2005 December 20 Tuesday.
In Japan, my daughter Cornucopia, no longer a baby but a little girl

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What's This?

Writer's blog - writer Hugh Cook, normally resident in Japan, is staying with his parents in New Zealand while he receives medical treatment, and is planning to return to Japan in January 2006. Hugh Cook is a British-born novelist, a poet and a writer of short stories.




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:-

CHRONICLES

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:

MILIEU MAP

Hugh Cook has some comments about the writing of the CHRONICLES OF AN AGE OF DARKNESS series in his diary at:

WIZARD WAR


Hugh Cook has some writing about how to write creatively at:

write fiction

For a complete list of the novels Hugh Cook has written together with Hugh Cook's comments on those novels see:

novel list


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