[identity profile] freenarnian.livejournal.com
"That waistband doesn't go with that coat," said the queen.

"As you have already noted, I was late." Eugenides bent his head to look at his waist. His coat was yellow, and so was the waistband, but the shades were not the same. "My attendants have triumphed this morning in their quest to make me look foolish. [...] No doubt in time their taste will improve."

"Perhaps if you did not order your clothes in colors that would suit a canary?"

(Would you believe that, prior to today, I'd never eaten a peep before?! The things I'll do to win an ARC of Thick as Thieves...)

Nook Books

Apr. 5th, 2017 10:10 am
[identity profile] dannybailey.livejournal.com
Just a public service announcement to anyone with the e-book versions of the Queen's Thief series:

I just checked my nook copies and it looks like they have all been updated to the newly released versions, complete with character lists, Thick as Thieves previews, and... the short stories!

I'm not sure about Kindle versions. Maybe someone can check theirs and leave a comment? But for Nook users, you have the new bonus content!


Apr. 4th, 2017 05:49 pm
[identity profile] checkers65477.livejournal.com
Look where MWT is!

Photo from Megan's Tumblr

Screen Shot 2017-04-04 at 5.46.20 PM

(My online heiroglyphics translator says this means, "how cool is that?".)
[identity profile] agh-4.livejournal.com
Welcome to April, the month before the month of Thick as Thieves! This week, we’re reading from “The stool hit the wall with a satisfying crash” to “Costis returned to his room, freed himself of belt and breastplate, and fell, otherwise fully dressed, onto his bed.” As always, these discussions are spoiler free for “The Wine Shop,”The Knife Dance,” and the Thick as Thieves arc, but we WILL probably discuss content from all four published books. Page numbers are from the 2006 paperback.

The discussion for the first five chapters is here. Next week, led by [livejournal.com profile] ibmiller , we will finish the book!

What could possibly happen in a five-chapter chunk that begins and ends in Costis’s room? EVERYTHING.

Summaries and assorted questions )

I'd like to take a moment in this post to acknowledge and remember [livejournal.com profile] philia_fan, whose username came from Chapter Eight. Philia meant a lot to many of us here, and it was very sad to lose her when she passed away five years ago. Her insight shaped my readings of these books as much as her thoughtfulness shaped my experience of this community. So, so, so, shoutout to Philia. <3
[identity profile] pendrecarc.livejournal.com
Hey, everyone! Just stopping in to say I'm planning to run the second Hamiathes' Gift Exchange for fanfiction and fanart this summer.

The current plan is to do wait for the dust to settle after Thick as Thieves is released, hold nominations and signups in the second half of June, have assignments out at the beginning of July, and have gifts due in the middle of August--so six weeks to write or draw.

Any questions or concerns? I'll make more announcements as we get closer to June.

(Also, mods, any chance we can get a tag for the exchange?)
[identity profile] checkers65477.livejournal.com
I've been in a bit of a reading slump lately. How about you?

Have you read something recently that you'd like to recommend to others? Tell us about it.
[identity profile] live-momma.livejournal.com
This week we’re reading from the beginning of the Prologue, "The queen waited..." through the end of Chapter 5, "...knowing himself entirely guilty of what the king had not condescended to assume him of."

Prologue + Chapters 1-5 of The King of Attolia
These discussions are spoiler free for the new short stories, “The Wine Shop” and “The Knife Dance,” as well as the “Thick as Thieves” arc.

There will be spoilers for books 1-4, so if you haven’t read all the published books yet, proceed with caution.

The prologue gives us four little snippets, each is Turner giving the reader hints about the main players in this book.

In the first Attolia waits for Attolis on their wedding night. We get a glimpse at the difficulty of their union, but also this: "Today she had yielded the sovereignty of her country to Eugenidies, who had given up everything he had ever hoped for, to be her king." And with that one line she reminds us that Eugenides never wanted to be king, as demonstrated in the final scene of Chapter 19 of QoA.

The second shows us Ornon's schadenfreude at the new king's "fetters". He seems almost sinister. In case you'd forgotten, Ornon almost succeeded in making Eugenides "safely dead" in Chapter 2 of QoA.

The third introduces us to Costis, a responsible guard whom the captain, Teleus, respects. They both believe the king to be "Attolia's most dangerous enemy." We find out later (Chapter 14) that Eugenides intended to "change the mind of the man next to {Teleus}." This is the first peek at their minds.

And the final tells us that Relius fears the king and wants to limit his powers. Which is ironic since the king doesn't want to rule and the king is the one who saves him from the queen's punishment.

Chapter 1 - Wait until your father gets home!
While Eugenedes and Costis wait for the Queen to come home from hunting to issue a punishment, we learn that Costis's best friend is Aristogiton called Aris and that Costic came from a land-owning (petronoi) farm family, but that Aris's family are landless okloi. We are introduced to Laecdomon (whom the king could do without) and Legarus the Awesomely Beautiful guard and Sejanus. We learn that the king is most unkingly in dress and manner and that he has not lost his ability to enrage people.

    "He said the only thing worse than being wrong in a family argument was being right."

    "You don't walk like a king, you don't stand like a king, you sit on the throne like...like a printer's apprentice in a wineshop."

Chapter 2 - Now you've done it!
The queen comes home, and the king neatly chains Costis to Teleus. Costis is volun-told to be the king's sparring partner, and Teleus agrees to start doing his job. When the king lets Costis see a glimpse of his real self, Costis thinks he's still dissembling.

    "Unkingly, in so many ways, My King. Not the least of which is listening to your guard tell you so."

    "A snake," repeated the queen.
    "A black one. A friendly one."

    "I didn't know, Your Majesty." It wasn't an excuse. It was an admission of failure.

    "Were you lying?"
    "I never lie," he said piously. "About what?"

Chapter 3 - Making your life miserable.
Teleus makes it clear that he expects better things from his men, even if he doesn't actually respect the king, and Costis skips his first sparring match (but not the second) and gets his first taste his new responsibilities. Aristogiton is pretty sure he delivered the note to release the hounds, the king continues to sneak about in his own palace (which no one realizes, even when they see him!), and Costis has not lost the respect of his fellow guards, which baffles him, and the king promotes him to lieutenant.

    "So, so, so," said Aris, "at least my honor will be intact."

    "Shall we begin with the first exercise?"

    "Your guard is low," Eugenides said calmly...

    "When breakfast was over, the king stepped around the table and bet to kiss his wife's cheek."

    "I was listening," the king said, aggrieved. "I closed my eyes to listen better."
    "What did you hear?"
    "I'm not sure," he said. "That's why I was listening so closely..."

    "Out on the steps, Costis stopped to look at the schedule. He stared at the sheet in consternation. The king hadn't needed to hang him; he would be dead of exhaustion within the month."

Chapter 4 - Keeping your life miserable.
Sejanus leads the pack in bullying the king, and the king picks on Costis in turn. Costis receives mysterious study guides. The king gets a lesson in wheat, makes a joke, and sits alone in his room.

    "Sejanus liked his jokes. Costis was growing tired of them."

    "Thank gods I didn't ask about fertilizer," he said.

Chapter 5 - Secrets.
This chapter is very long! Relius witnesses the king's reluctance to rule but misinterprets it. The king visits Artadorus in the middle of the night, and he, too, misinterprets it. Sejanus continues his quest to irritate the king, and the king does the same to Costis. Dite writes a song about the King's Wedding Night, the king loses his temper over it, and Costis earns a day off to recover.  Ornon is no longer pleased that the king is not. The undersecretary for provisions to the navy nearly takes a very short trip to meet Eugenides's cousins, the queen offers the king some wine, and the king requests a dance instead. Eugenides tells Dite that the queen cried on her wedding night, which makes Dite his friend. Costis tells the king he would never reveal confidential information, then does so with both the queen and Baron Susa, and the valet tells him what he overheard Sejanus and Baron Erondites discussing in the baths. The assistant to the Ambassador from Eddis maneuvers Eugenides into building a bridge. Relius is arrested.

    "Don't give up hope just because chances are slim."
    "For the assassination or the heir, Your Majesty?" asked Costis.

    "He wondered how the Attolians thought Eugenides had managed to become king if he was the idiot they assumed him to be. Perhaps because they had never seen him as the Thief, with his head thrown back and a glint in his eye that mad the hair on the back of a man's neck rise up... As a ten-year-old boy, the Thief of Eddis could stop a grown man in his tracks with a single look."

    "Don't be afraid. Before I stole Hamiathes's Gift out from under your nose, these were the only dances I knew."
    "I am not afraid," she said coldly."
    "Good," said the king. "Neither am I."

    "Spare me," said Attolia, "and my court, from dancing on the roof."
    "It probably only works in Eddis."

    "I would never stoop to revealing information I knew was private."
    "Not even if you don't like the person whose privacy you are protecting?"
    "Especially not then."

    "Costis walked on through the palace and down to the Guard's barracks, knowing himself entirely guilty of what the king had not condescended to accuse him of."

Closing thoughts:
If this book is Costis's Hero's Journey, Chapter 5 brings us to #6 TESTS, ALLIES AND ENEMIES. Everyone is being positioned for the main action. Relius's arrest is less important than his absolution later on. Costis is still only beginning to empathize with Eugenides, who is actively avoiding being the king. He would still much rather be the queen's husband and Thief.

Next week we will continue with KoA chapters 6-10 lead by [livejournal.com profile] agh_4!
[identity profile] inkasrain.livejournal.com
This has probably been noted before, but I just wanted to make sure it was out there. If anyone has picked up the beautiful new versions of the books, I'm sure you've noticed the character index at the end. The index is aweome -- it's super thorough, and very detailed -- but it does contain spoilers for Thick As Thieves, so proceed with caution!


Mar. 24th, 2017 09:32 am
[identity profile] mollyringle.livejournal.com
Has this been posted yet? Map! We have a map, and it's online right here! No spoilers really. Looks like they don't draw the exact boundaries of the countries, so there's still some stuff left to the imagination. :)
[identity profile] ninedaysaqueen.livejournal.com
The rodent judges have selected the five finalalists for the King of Legoattolia arc contest. One of them being our very own [livejournal.com profile] an_english_girl!

Go HERE to vote. The winner will recieve an advanced copy of Thick as Thieves!

[identity profile] ibmiller.livejournal.com
Dunno if anyone's read Elizabeth Moon's excellent Vatta's War science fiction series (or her also excellent Paksenarrion fantasy series), but there's a new book coming out in April, and the first ebook of the five book cycle is on sale for a dollar: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00WTKEER4?ref=series_rw_dp_labf

Moon's heroes tend to be more Costis style honorable idealist soldiers, but the secondary protagonist of Vatta's War is a rogue who has a lot of similarities to Gen in his trickery. (Hope this is okay during the ramp-up to Thick as Thieves.)
[identity profile] aged-crone.livejournal.com
Regarding one of the previews:

Read more )

(I'm hoping I did the lj cut properly).
[identity profile] an-english-girl.livejournal.com
1. The Evacuation of Eddis:

2. Spoiler-free chat:

3. Remember the Eddisian military ponies in their winter coats?
[identity profile] ninedaysaqueen.livejournal.com
Read the transcript from Sunday night's chat.

In which we discuss...

The lastest TaT summary

"The Knife Dance" and "Wine Shop"



Goats avoiding Lava


The identity Gitta Kingsdaughter

The Magus's historical writings

Textbooks are $$$

Enjoy! And don't be afraid to join us for future chats. We don't bit! Only the goats do.

[identity profile] smallsotong.livejournal.com
So there were 18 requests for the ARC and sadly, I only have one copy to pass on.

I created a list of all the people who requested the book and wrote some code to randomly pick one. You can relive the amazingly exciting process in this screenshot:

Congratulations to [livejournal.com profile] frosted_feather! I'm going to try messaging you now. While I can write basic code, I have never actually used LJ messaging so we'll see how that goes. If I fail, you can message me with your address.

I hope you enjoy it! And I look forward to hearing what you think!
[identity profile] inkasrain.livejournal.com
Hello, dearest reprobates!

I haven't been here in, like, a million years... except to lurk on ocassion for the news which so delightfully eventually arrived. But in the course of my work, I was very generously sent an advanced copy of Thick As Thieves, which I literally finished five minutes ago and must write about somewhere.

Don't worry, these thoughts are utterly non-spoilery -- but I'll pop them behind a cut in case you (like me) don't want to know even the slightest thing about our next adventure before you experience it yourself.
So, so, so. )

[identity profile] ninedaysaqueen.livejournal.com
There will be a live chat tonight in the Conspiracy Room! Password is HERE.

Stop in for virtual pizza!

You must be a member of the community to use the chat room.

What time?

5pm Pacific Time
6pm Mountain Time
7pm Central Time
8pm Eastern Time

If your timezone does not appear here, check the World Clock.

This week is a break week for the read-along, so everyone has a bit more time to catch up on reading and discussing. I know I have some catching up to do! We will continue with KoA next Sunday.

[identity profile] deirdrej.livejournal.com
Oh, I might almost make it - thanks for the timely reminder, Checkers!

But here I was, sitting in the middle of a raging nor'easter, with nary a LEGO in sight - what's a Sounisian to do?
Find out after the cut! )
[identity profile] aged-crone.livejournal.com
I am carefully not reading the list of characters at the ends of the new editions of QoA and KoA, which I've just bought. But in leafing through the pages to get to the short stories at the end I did read one entry, and was startled, shocked, horrified, appalled to see the inaccuracy, in the form of omission, that it displayed.

"Stenides: Eugenides's brother, a watchmaker."

Obviously, obviously, what it was supposed to say was: "Stenides: Eugenides's brother, a watchmaker with really impressive biceps."

Proofreaders these days just aren't doing their jobs properly.


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