“You mean, if I were the King of the Dragons,” Kazul corrected her. “Queen of the dragons is a dull job.”
“But you’re female!” Cimorene said. “If you’d carried Colin’s Stone from the Ford of Whispering Snakes to the Vanishing Mountain, you’d have had to be a queen, wouldn’t you?”
“No, of course not,” Kazul said. “Queen of the Dragons is a totally different job from King, and it’s not one I’m particularly interested in. Most people aren’t. I think the position’s been vacant since Oraun tore his wing and had to retire.
“But King Tokoz is a male dragon!” Cimorene said, then frowned. “Isn’t he?”
“Yes, yes, but that has nothing to do with it,” Kazul said, a little testily. ” ‘King’ is the name of the job. It doesn’t matter who holds it.”Patricia C. Wrede, Dealing With Dragons (via fireandwonder)
Literary perverts, make some noise! Some quiet, muffled noise.
True Stories With Audiobooks: One time I found myself listening to Mr. Gaiman narrate some details of Tristran Thorn’s conception whilst sitting in a crowded hospital waiting room. This was pre-“50 Shades of public transport” days. Glancing around at strangers like: “THEY CAN TELL”
The last story I had to record last week (when I did the OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE and SMOKE AND MIRRORS audiobooks in Austin) was “Tastings” from Smoke and Mirrors. I remembered that the story contained a lot of sex, but it wasn’t real to me quite how much until I had to read it, to an audience consisting of an extremely beautiful female sound engineer who had listened to me read for six days. And who hadn’t heard anything like that. (I also realised I’d never read it aloud before.)
I worry I’ll get stern letters, when the book comes out.
7 Great quotes about libraries on photos of beautiful libraries
With libraries around the world in danger of extinction, Flavorwire posted a series of great quotes about libraries from famous writers. I decided to pair them with some of the world’s most beautiful libraries. You’re welcome;
- Trinity College Library - University of Dublin
- University Club Library – New York City
- Admont Abbey Library – Austria
- Real Gabinete Português de Leitura – Rio de Janeiro
- Suzzalo Library at the University of Washington – Seattle
- Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Canadian Library of Parliament – Ottawa
Click on the photo to see it full size. Support your local library, kids.