[identity profile] ninedaysaqueen.livejournal.com
We're getting very close to the release of Thick as Thieves (only a matter of weeks!), so I thought it was probably time to discuss a plan to discuss. I've gone over the A Conspiracy of Kings tag, and was reminded that we broke discussions of the book down to a select number of chapters per post, meaning a handful of posts went live the day the book was released. Each one was devoted to four chapters or so.

The cons of the multi-post method-
Discussions can get a bit unwieldy when spread across many different windows.
If you want to discuss aspects of the books as a whole, there can be some confusion about where you should post.
It can get tedious to check all the different posts.

No worrying about spoilers for later on in the book if you want to share your thoughts as you read.

An alternative would be to have one post in which I could place comment threads that everyone could reply to if discussing individual chapters. There's onlythirteen
 chapters in the new book, so one comment thread per chapter? If you want to discuss the book as a whole, you can just reply to the post itself.

To summarize, the cons of this single post method would be-
Spoilers for the whole book in one post. (However, you should be able to avoid them by not scrolling down the whole way.)

Better organized discussions.
You can break your thoughts down by chapter without having to load many different windows or just discuss as a whole

If you're planning to use Sounis to discuss the book, you're welcome to share any ideas on the matter. If everyone is planning to finish the book before they start discussing it online, the cons of a single post would be irrelevant. You can, of course, still create a post of your own to dicuss specific aspects of the book, ask questions, or post reviews.

Right now, I'm eyeing May 28th at the usual time for our first post-TaT Conspiracy Room chat to discuss the book. That should give most reprobates enough time to get a copy and finish it. If your copy is arriving later than that but you'd like to participate in a chat, let me know when you think you'll have the book and will be done reading it. Maybe another chat in June or July would be good for anyone waiting on their copy from the public library or slow Amazon shipping?

If you have an arc and would like to start discussing now, I do have a locked post set up on my personal journal called the Jamey Dodgy Society for anyone wanting to talk about the book now. Simply friend me and drop me a comment or a PM so I know to add you. Livejournal is not always emailing me when someone friends me. (bashes LJ) I will unlock that post on May 16th and everyone can respond to any discussions on the the JDS thread.

Sounis's spoiler policies are HERE and basically ask that all spoilers for new books be hidden under an LJ-cut with a spoiler warning till at least a month after the book comes out.
[identity profile] freenarnian.livejournal.com
Prompted by this post, I have created an aesthetic blog on tumblr inspired by the world of the Queen's Thief!

Visit Of Gods & Thieves on Tumblr!

My thought process was as follows: Crossposting is a Great Idea, and I'm all for spreading the Queen's Thief love, but my tumblr is composed mostly of Random Pretty Things, and I don't really use it for anything else. BUT, Tumblr has a secondary blog feature...and the Queen's Thief series certainly has boatloads of aesthetic quality and appeal...perhaps I could run with that? So I bounced the idea off Sounis and a few of you told me to go for it. I've spent the last few days setting it up and so far it's been super fun! I hope you enjoy it!

Of Gods & Thieves may be a placeholder name until I think of something better to call it. (Suggestions welcome!) I'm still sorting out links and navigation and trying to figure out how to make tags work well. (Feedback welcome!)
This is a secondary blog and so there are certain silly limitations I'll be trying to work around. For example, I believe you can follow the blog but any following back on my part will have to be done through my primary tumblr, quothshe. Tumblr can be a little quirky like that, but I'll do my best to make it function. :) Finally, I'm linking to other QT related tumblrs and websites, so holler at me if you'd like to be included. <3
[identity profile] checkers65477.livejournal.com
Hey, everyone! Lady Jane and I have beek kicking (see icon) around ideas to keep the activity on [livejournal.com profile] sounis going, while doing all we can to spread the love of the Queen's Thief books all over social media. We think cross-posting news and media is the way to go, since there are so many platforms out there used by so many different people. Although a few years ago everyone was using just a few sites, it seems like now there are lots of different favorites.

[livejournal.com profile] dannybailey has come up with some great ideas--more to come from her (hopefully) later. In the meantime, if you are a Tumblr user, please follow our QT-related blogs:



I know lots of you have Tumblr accounts. Please feel free to cross post any Tumblr QT news/fanart here on LJ, or cross post any of our insanity on your own Tumblr pages. And if you leave a comment with your Tumblr site, we'll follow you, too.

If you all have other ideas about how to use other platforms to talk about the books, we'd love to hear them.
[identity profile] freenarnian.livejournal.com
Checkers told me it was OK to be greedy in this instance, while an_english_girl suggested the reverse-psychology of the title (and it struck me as a method Gen himself might employ to achieve his desired ends)...
So without further ado: Why I should [not] have an ARC!
Read more... )
[identity profile] checkers65477.livejournal.com

[livejournal.com profile] sounis is 11 years old, and Ornon's sheep are dancing!

Eleven years ago today Queen [livejournal.com profile] rowana and the elusive [livejournal.com profile] eddis started up this wonderful community, while we were waiting very impatiently for Harper Collins to finish knitting The King of Attolia. So much has happened over the past 11 years. We've grown up and grown older while getting to know other QT fans around the world who love Megan's books and want to share questions, answers, and insanity with others.

Sounis members have come and gone over the years. Some of us have been around since the beginning, and others are brand new. What has never changed is that this online community welcomes everyone. We're the nicest fan community out there!

So, whether you're a oldie or a newbie, it's time for introductions! Leave a comment and tell us

  1. How long you've been a [livejournal.com profile] sounis member

  2. A little about yourself, including where you live (country, continent, city, anything is fine)

  3. How you found Megan's books

  4. Which book is your favorite

  5. Why you love the books with the heat of 1000 suns

  6. Something you *hope* happens in Thick As Thieves

Or, anything you want to share. C'mon folks! It's been quiet around here for too long. Let's hear from you. Happy Birthday to us!

A new Mod

Oct. 10th, 2016 07:44 pm
[identity profile] checkers65477.livejournal.com
The lovely and always witty [livejournal.com profile] ninedaysaqueen has agreed to help moderate [livejournal.com profile] sounis.  Thanks, Lady Jane, for helping get us all whipped up into a frenzy as we count down towards Thick as Thieves.

I was in Barnes and Noble looking at YA books and these covers just seemed so appropriate, like a sign from the gods, whom we do not want to offend. So, now for mods you all have:

[identity profile] freenarnian.livejournal.com
I know a lot of Sounisians are fans of author Elizabeth Wein. In fact, this is where I got the recommendation for her Arthurian novel The Winter Prince. Prior to that, I'd only read her WWII novel, Code Name Verity. I don't know why it took me so long to discover The Winter Prince and its companion novels, but once I got started, I read all 5 books in a month, and they're now firmly placed alongside my favorite Rosemary Sutcliff and Stephen Lawhead novels of a similar vein. In fact, I just reread The Winter Prince and it made me cry. :') Well, thank you to all the good people here who kept on reminding me to read it. I was going to save my praises until the next While She Knits, but then I was over at Chachic's Book Nook blog (another Sounisian, huzzah!) and saw her post about a 6th book (called The Sword Dance) in this series. (For those familiar with the books, it's about Telemakos!) Tragically, it remains unpublished. It seems all we can do to encourage a publisher to deliver it into our anxious little hands is to continue to show interest in the series by purchasing the previous books, all of which are still available as ebooks! Since it's been quiet on Sounis of late, I thought I'd just spread the word. Check out Chachic's post for a message from Elizabeth Wein and for more information about the books and where you can find them!
[identity profile] puppeteergirl.livejournal.com

I had so much fun during the character chat, that I thought it was worth it to pay ten bucks in order to save the full transcript. I do think it's a pretty sneaky way for Chatzy to get money. Honestly, it is better than ads though. Can you imagine being forced to watch a commercial for toilet paper before you are allowed to enter the chat room? Bleh.

Anyway, Livejournal won't let me paste the chat directly into this post, saying that it is too large. So I made a google doc and changed the settings so that anyone can see it, google doc users or not. Let me know if you can't access the link. There is a fun surprise ending (some of you are already aware of it though.)



Mar. 24th, 2015 01:49 pm
[identity profile] puppeteergirl.livejournal.com
Excerpt from CoK:

Sounis turned to the magus. "Did you know?"

"That he was relentless?" The magus finished his question. "Yes. That he had this in mind, no. I did not realize that he disliked the ambassador so much."

"Melheret has a reputation as one of the best swordsmen in the Mede court," a soldier informed them, having overheard. "They say he trained the former ambassador, Nahuseresh."

"Ah," said the magus, understanding at once. "I see that he means to be prepared if he meets him again."

"Surely that's unlikely," said Sounis.

"I don't think unlikely means to him what it does to the rest of us," said the magus.

Sorry magus, I'm starting to agree with Sophos.

Let's do some math, folks!
The Thief 1996
Five years later: QoA 2001
Five years later: KoA 2006
Four years later: CoK 2010

As of yesterday, it has been five years since CoK was released. I think we're due.

Yet, no news. Interviews from MWT have dwindled. Sounis has grown quiet. The majority of posts by its members tend to be about other fandoms, or asking for reading suggestions.  Because we have NOTHING to read.

Will Eugenides ever get his revenge? #watchoutpointybeard #swordskillz

Will the Eddisians escape the sacred mountain in time? #ohnolava #zipcodechange

Will we ever find out why the woman in the kitchen still includes sand in certain recipes?  #what'swrongwiththegravy #i'mnothungry

Is the poor elephant doomed to wait ten years before he is stolen from a nameless intimidator? #impatientpachyderm #omghowcanistealthat

Will I ever break this cycle of despair when I read those fatal words, "'You gave me the gun.' They both laughed." and realize I just finished the book, with nothing new in sight? #whatnow

I know, I know. Stop whining and go to bed.

This has been a pity party by puppeteergirl. #icandoanythingiwant #smashinginkpots

Proceed with your attempted encouragements or your commiserations below.
[identity profile] checkers65477.livejournal.com
A wonderful book blog entry about the experience of reading Megan's books and being a part of the community. 
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[personal profile] filkferengi
If you've ever wondered who filkers are & what we're about, madfilkentist's pithy history of filk is up, for free! here:


The pdf is up now, with other formats to come later.

[identity profile] freenarnian.livejournal.com
Hi, Sounis! Seems like tumblr has become my new hangout spot, while LJ is something of an old haunt, but LJ still has a special place in my heart, and after going back over some old posts today, I'm feeling especially nostalgic and fond. I came out of the lurkdom and joined LJ in 2009, specifically for Sounis and the big party it was having for the release of ACoK. Needless to say, I can't wait for book 5.

But in the meantime, how is everyone? I'm curious as to who's still hanging around hereabouts, even quietly (watching and waiting and rereading). :) Who's willing to do a quick show of hands? Whether you're one of the old gang or the newest member or something in-between, like me, or even just a faithful lurker, why don't you just pop a hello into the comments? It can be short and shy, or a life-in-general update (that would be awesome)! I miss you all & any old chatter would cheer me up considerably as I sit here rereading ACoK and sipping tea and sniffling (ugh, head colds)! And maybe it's time for another batch of icons...? In other words, give me your favorite quotes!
[identity profile] checkers65477.livejournal.com
Are there some newish folks out there?  We'd love to hear from you--no one has posted an introduction in AGES.  So, tell us about yourself!  How did you find our favorite books?  Which one is your favorite?  Predictions for the future?  Any questions you're just dying to find the answers to?  Maybe we can help.

Tell me more tell me more.


Need some inspiration? Take a look at some introduction posts from the past.

(Hey!  I just realized that the girl in Grease is named Sandy.  Coincidence?  I think not.)
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Read more... )

Here are my notes from her talk:

How children choose their books

Teach them to be responsible for their own reading well before 18.

Freedom to read vs. keeping children completely safe.

Look for developmental clues to when & how children are ready to choose.

Examine the book itself to see what it is: intro paragraphs, jacket copy, etc.

A very laudatory shout-out to Checkers [real name] who teaches kids skills.

Sometimes kids make mistakes in what they read, for example Sherwood Smith [[livejournal.com profile] sartorias, great LJ!] who read _Carpetbaggers_ & had a bad experience. mwt's own mom warned her against Alistair Maclean, that she wouldn't enjoy it.

Checking out the back/end of a book is a viable option.

Other people may give your kids books they're not ready for, especially downer/devastating school assignments, e.g. Steinbeck, Poe, _Flowers For Algernon_, etc.

Don't ask, don't tell--mwt's family doesn't make their kids read stuff they don't want to. Kids have agency, the right to control what's in their own heads.

1 complaint gets books pulled from the whole system. Should these books be available?

Ask your kid *why* they don't want to read the book, then ask the teacher why it was assigned. Most will assign another book to read.

**Trust a child to pick their reading material; give the mthe tools to choose, instead of choosing for them. Leave room for excellence, happy accidents. Introduce kids to librarians for good recs, or use the internet.

mwt recommends Andy Goldsworthy [artist], Diana Wynne Jones, Joan Aiken.

Her setting was Greece, not Middle Earth--foreign, but familiar. The cistern in Mycenae [picture on flickr] was the inspiration for the temple, water in the dark.

She recommends the Peter Dickinson article "In Defense of Trash." [He was *her* author, as his wife Robin McKinley was mine.]
[identity profile] attackfish.livejournal.com
Sorry these are so late.  I've been a bit busy with family things.  Anyway, notes and pictures under the cut.

Megan Whalen Turner on the importance of teaching books to children )

I seem to remember other people had cameras, and hopefully someone else in the group is willing to share their photos to make up for mine?
[identity profile] elle-winters.livejournal.com
Hello All!

Just to get some creativity/crack/conspiracies flowing around here, I thought why not have a confession night in Chatzy!? [The link can be found to Left, 'The Conspiracy Room'] That's right!
Where? The Conspiracy Room
When? Whenever it is "Night" in your specific location!
Why? Why NOT?!

Drop by in chatzy with your secret name and leave a secret QT confession. I don't want to limit you, so I'll let you guys take it from here [[this is a safe place to express all your QT related obsessions the good, the bad, the UgLy!]]....All reprobate-ish behavior is welcome, so Feel Free to Confess your Deepest, Darkest, Wildest QT secrets!


Ps. I have one last exam before summer, so I hope to come back and see that hilarity and chaos has ensued.

Be Blessed in your endeavors,

(The Self-Proclaimed-Sounis Matchmaker/SounisTwitter manager)

EDIT: You are are awesome, keep the secrets pouring in! Sylvester showed up after his long disappearance! Keep it going, who knows what sort of special guests might just show up these days! ;-)

-Your secret Keeper, El

[identity profile] checkers65477.livejournal.com
Planning on being in San Diego this summer?  Around July13, maybe?  Boy, are you in luck!

From MWT:

I'm looking to set up another Thief Con if anyone is interested in joining me at Mysterious Galaxy in
San Diego at Noonish on Saturday July 13.  I will hang out at the store and then wander over to the Starbucks next
door.  Anybody ready to sign up to listen to me not answering questions?  I won't be able to stay too long as
the beach will be calling to me . . . . "Megan . . . come try to surf so I can watch you wipe out!"  But I am sure I
can not answer one or two questions at least.

Who is in?
[identity profile] checkers65477.livejournal.com
I was browsing the Sounis guestmap to see who all has added a pin recently, and the answer is--no one!  Not a pin has been added in 2013.  Time to remedy that.

New to Sounis?  Post a pin in the Sounis Map!  Queen's Thief fans are from all over the world--add your location to the guestmap.

To add your location: 1. Click on the guestmap link. 2. Zoom in on your location. 3. Sign your name, choose your icon, add a message. 4. Click "place".  The map can zoom in to the level of individual streets, so to avoid giving your address away online don't zoom in too far when placing your pin.

You can click "message board" at the bottom of the page to read what everyone commented when they place their pins.
[identity profile] shadowgirlvg.livejournal.com
Merry Christmas Eve to those who celebrate it! I just wanted to send out another reminder that we are in the gift-giving period for our Secret Sounisian exchange. You all have until the 31st still, but I just wanted to make sure everyone is still on-track for making and sending their gifts, as I've only gotten a few of people's presents so far.

I hope everyone's holiday season is going well!
[identity profile] checkers65477.livejournal.com
See Rosie's post, below!  And this just in:

I am going to be guest of honor at the Life, The Universe, and Everything Conference at
Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, in February 2013.  Are there any Sounisians
interested in a ThiefCon? 

Details are still sketchy, but more info will be coming soon, I hope.





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