Fleeing Babylon for the loyal fortress of Pelousion, Lydias is dragged into a deadly game — not just between generals and Companions, but between gods. And finally, what would you like to explore further down the road? I hope it will be a pleasure both to Stargate Atlantis viewers and to Jo Graham readers.
Thanks, Jo, for once again taking the time to answer these questions! Well there you have it! Not only will be Jo be bringing us more of her own trademark beautiful tales, following an amazing cast of characters, but she will also be delving into the world of Stargate Atlantis! Posted by Dave de Burgh on June 26, in Interviews.
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Having just read Black Ships , I find myself contented and smiling; the book was a wonderful read, and I recommend it to any lover and ancient history, romance and adventure. J Will you please tell us a bit about yourself — who you are, your influences and loves both in the world of books and outside of it?
In The Persian Boy she also uses a first person narrator, and that is one of the things that gives tremendous immediacy to events and cultures long gone. Her writing is endlessly graceful, but you can see the swift flow of muscle beneath the prose. What led you to write Black Ships, and can you tell us a bit about the journey of starting the novel through to getting it published?
I started writing Black Ships purely for my own enjoyment, and started posting it in bits on the internet for my friends all over the world, who were reading it as a serial.
One of them was the friend of a literary agent, and she showed it to the agent who sold it. It was actually entirely unexpected! When reading the novel, we see, hear, feel and experience the ancient Mediterranean through Gull: was it difficult to stay in her head and keep her voice suited to that world? What I found hard was to find the language to express what was there in terms that a modern person would understand. For example, how to explain the crashing disasters at the end of the Bronze Age without words like economics, ecology, plate tectonics, technological change?
So part of the challenge is to show the events without using any of the words a modern reader would use to describe them! I knew how it would end. One of the first things I wrote in my head was the last chapter and epilogue. I knew what would happen. But I still cried buckets when I wrote the end! One of the critical decisions for Gull is her reaction to seeing Xandros and Ashterah in Byblos. She thinks about it. She could pitch a fit, she could sulk, she could punish him for being interested in someone besides her, she could sour the friendship and the working relationship they have out of jealousy.
Or she could choose not to.
Her choice to conduct herself in this small personal way with dignity and integrity is a major turning point of the book. If she had been jealous and angry, everything from then on built on the trust between Neas, Xandros and Gull would have been impossible. When you watched the movie , were you able to enjoy it or did the reality of what happened spoil the movie for you? After the trauma of watching Troy, I skipped it. Yes, honest to God there is a llama. I just….
I would love to sail on a ship of that era. In nice weather! And I would love to see Egypt in that period. How did you approach getting the research you did for Black Ships done? A little at a time. There was a great deal of it, and some of it got very complicated. I think the Arzawan was the biggest challenge. But in some ways, the research for Black Ships was far easier than for my next book, due out next March. If the challenge in Black Ships was that too little was known, the challenge for Hand of Isis is that too much is known!
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Series: Numinous World 2. Members Reviews Popularity Average rating Mentions 32 61, 3. It is a novel of lovers who transcend death, of gods who meddle in mortal affairs, and of women who guide empires.
No current Talk conversations about this book. Although Hand of Isis didn't pull me in so quickly as Black Ships, Graham's writing still brought the world of ancient Egypt to life in such a visual way that the book was difficult to put down. This is historical fiction about Cleopatra.
Lylee Apr 3, Charmain is the daughter of the Pharaoh Ptolemy and a slave daughter. NineLarks Sep 15, Status Jo Graham — primary author all editions calculated Palencar, John Jude Cover artist secondary author some editions confirmed.
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