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February 28, 2007

Author Interview: Hal Duncan

The taunting is over: The author interview with Hal Duncan is now up over at By The Way. Hal talks about his books Ink and Vellum, the state of the fantasy genre, and why he writes such long entries over at his blog. It's a really excellent interview. Enjoy.

Posted by john at February 28, 2007 11:46 AM

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Jim Wright who is giggling through his last day at work. Bahwawa! | February 28, 2007 01:21 PM

Is it just me? or does Mr Duncan look a lot like Peter Patrelli from Heroes? How cool is that?

Off to read the interview.

Randy Johnson | February 28, 2007 01:46 PM

Interesting interview. I'll have to look his two books up.

Steve Buchheit | February 28, 2007 02:09 PM

Jim, is this a gold watch day? Congrats!

Jim Wright who doesn't know what to do with himself... | February 28, 2007 02:27 PM

Steve: Not quite Gold Watch day, but definitely getting there. I'm on detached duty for the next couple months, teaching a specialized form of war fighting doctrine at various places around the country. Then out on Terminal Leave in June, retirement is official in August. But for all intents and purposes, I'm done going to work on a regular basis today. Whoohoo! I foresee some George Killian's in my very immediate future. Thanks for the warm thoughts, Steve, which considering the -20 temps outside is the only warm thing in sight.

AliceB | February 28, 2007 02:57 PM

I really liked Vellum. Now I'm off to find Ink...

Justine Larbalestier | February 28, 2007 02:59 PM

Ace interview. Wow, can Mr Hal blather. Though is it actually blather if it's to the point and makes sense? Hmmm . . .

John Scalzi | February 28, 2007 03:14 PM

Are you going to blather as much when I interview you, Justine?

Justine Larbalestier | February 28, 2007 03:53 PM

Scots are famous for their loquatiousness; Aussies steer laconic.

marrije | February 28, 2007 04:08 PM

Thanks for the interview - I'm at least going to stop over on Hal Duncan's blog a few times soon.

Though I have to correct him on a small thing and say it's not the Dutch cartoons of Mohamed that sparked the controversy, they were Danish.

Lugo | February 28, 2007 05:42 PM

He is wasting his time and energy on those multi-thousand-word blog entries that he should be using to write his books. Tsk, tsk, poor writing discipline.

Justine Larbalestier | February 28, 2007 06:23 PM

Lugo, people say that all the time about writers who blog. It might be true for some, but it's definitely not true for the logorrheacs of the world like Scalzi and Hal. I particularly get the sense with Hal that his blogging gives him a place to work out his ideas and theories that than feed directly into his novels. His novels would suffer if he quit.

Eddie Clark | March 1, 2007 12:54 AM

Plus, you know, we'd miss out on gems like "The Protocols of the Elders of Sodom". And that would be a sad, sad thing.

Oh, and good interview, John.

Lugo | March 1, 2007 02:14 PM

A rather scathing review of Vellum here:


I guess it can't hurt to check it out of the library and see for myself...

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