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#26 2014-04-08 23:57:11

Olaf
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Re: The Last King of Osten Ard FAQ

Added new info from the interview with Shawn Speakman.


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#27 2014-04-22 10:12:45

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Re: The Last King of Osten Ard FAQ

Added British publisher Hodder & Stoughton to first post.

http://www.hodderscape.co.uk/announcing … -williams/


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#28 2014-04-23 14:03:50

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Re: The Last King of Osten Ard FAQ

Added a third part to the FAQ called "Progress Report" where I reposted Tad`s status update from the Witchwood Crown speculation thread.


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#29 2014-04-23 16:02:27

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Re: The Last King of Osten Ard FAQ

Nice!


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#30 2014-05-03 14:28:16

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Re: The Last King of Osten Ard FAQ

I'm copying Tad's comments from the Mint party into the Progress Report part.


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#31 2014-05-03 23:51:08

Firsfron of Ronchester
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Re: The Last King of Osten Ard FAQ

Excellent news!

So 12 chapters is 150 pages in DBC trade paperback, or 250 pages in SOF trade paperback, or 250 pages in TGAT trade paperback. 12 chapters is 28.6% of DBC, 42.9% of SOF, or 20% of TGAT. That averages out to be 30.5% done with the first draft. And the announcement was made only one month ago!

Tad is writing as fast as a Sithi rider!


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#32 2014-05-04 02:26:29

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Re: The Last King of Osten Ard FAQ

Would probably be more precise to use the manuscript pages as a basis for the speculation. Anyone know the conversion rate from manuscript pages (A4, but low density, I think?) to hardcover pages?


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#33 2014-05-04 02:54:06

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Re: The Last King of Osten Ard FAQ

I have found one example from GRRM´s Dance with Dragons where 1510 ms pages became 1012 book pages, which would turn Tad´s 196 ms pages into 131 book pages (which would be chapter 11 in DBC using the TPB, so it seems about right).

1510:1012=1,49

196:1,49=131


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#34 2014-05-04 08:46:38

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Re: The Last King of Osten Ard FAQ

Thanks Olaf, that sounds quite solid and is about what I had in the back of my mind (but I can't say where I had that from, because I picked that up a decade ago). Sounds like really good progress too, even though the editing progress may be a bit longer this time, since he's doing a slightly rougher first draft than usual.


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#35 2014-05-04 08:54:40

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Re: The Last King of Osten Ard FAQ

Yes, Tad is making great progress!


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#36 2014-05-13 10:25:59

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Re: The Last King of Osten Ard FAQ

Updated progress report:-)


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#37 2014-05-14 11:02:11

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Re: The Last King of Osten Ard FAQ

Great news!  Cheers for the heads up Ron :)

 

#38 2014-05-14 20:48:17

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Re: The Last King of Osten Ard FAQ

*takes a bow*

Great to 'see' you, Wit!


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#39 2014-09-12 01:02:28

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Re: The Last King of Osten Ard FAQ

First post updated with latest progress report from Tad! 400 pages!!!


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#40 2014-09-12 12:59:37

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Re: The Last King of Osten Ard FAQ

400 pages, 22 chapters.  I'm not working on it this week because I'm finishing up a Bobby Dollar novelette for Xmas-time (I started it last year, but ran out of time.)


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#41 2014-09-12 13:07:06

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Re: The Last King of Osten Ard FAQ

A Bobby Dollar Christmas?


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#42 2014-09-12 14:47:38

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Re: The Last King of Osten Ard FAQ

Yay!


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#43 2014-09-12 15:28:21

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Oh...more Bobby D:-)

To be published on the website? Or some other venue?


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#44 2014-09-21 02:17:47

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Re: The Last King of Osten Ard FAQ

Shawn Speakman has collated all LAST KING answers from recent Reddit AMA into one piece for SUVUDU

http://sf-fantasy.suvudu.com/2014/09/th … tions.html


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#45 2014-09-21 04:32:06

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Re: The Last King of Osten Ard FAQ

Not all. He left out the very important issue of Sithi reproduction.

*pouts*


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#46 2014-09-21 10:25:44

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Re: The Last King of Osten Ard FAQ

Don't worry, Ylvs: it's not all of the TLKOOA questions. It's only six or seven of the answers. A teaser. I did the same myself, on OstenArd.com, here.


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#47 2014-09-21 10:28:08

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Re: The Last King of Osten Ard FAQ

My bad. Did not really check if he did all the LAST KING stuff. Looked comprehensive to me. Sorry for the confusion.


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#48 2014-09-21 10:31:45

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Re: The Last King of Osten Ard FAQ

*takes Olaf's cookie*


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#49 2014-09-21 10:53:12

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Re: The Last King of Osten Ard FAQ

It says he compiled the questions pertaining to TLKOOA, but he missed definitely missed some relevant questions in there, including Ylvs' question and several others.

I'm glad he didn't take the question, asked again, about what TLKOOA is about. I hate it when people ask a question that has already been asked. Why waste an author's time like that?


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#50 2014-09-21 11:31:49

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Re: The Last King of Osten Ard FAQ

*Nooooo. Not  the cookie!*

*is sad*


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