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Notes from the Labyrinth

Unobtainium and Dragons' Bones

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Sarah Monette and Katherine Addison are the same person.

HAMLET: Never make known what you have seen tonight.
HORATIO & MARCELLUS: My lord, we will not.
HAMLET:                                            Nay, but swear't.
HORATIO: In faith, my lord, not I.
MARCELLUS:                              Nor I, my lord, in faith.
HAMLET: Upon my sword.
HORATIO:                         We have sworn, my lord, already.
HAMLET: Indeed, upon my sword, indeed.
GHOST:                                                              Swear.
HAMLET: Ah ha, boy, sayst thou so? Art thou there, truepenny?--
    Come on. You hear this fellow in the cellarage.
    Consent to swear.

(Hamlet 1.5.147-154)

Truepenny is also the name of the mole in L. M. Boston's The Children of Green Knowe, which is where I first encountered it.

Born somewhere on the Venice-Simplon leg of the Orient Express, Truepenny has been pursuing her life's calling ever since, rendering porpentines fretful and poking moles with spoons. When not traipsing through the puckerbrush in search of wildlife to perturb, Ms. Truepenny collects ghosts in books, stories in publication, wordcounts, and Lioness jewelry. She is married, for those of you entertaining filthy thoughts, and Quite Respectable besides, so quit it.

(biography courtesy of misia)

Novelist/short story writer/bibliophile
Geek to the tune of a Ph.D. in English literature

If you want to buy my books, I suggest using Powell's--or consult IndieBound to find an independent bookstore near you.

  • The Doctrine of Labyrinths
    • Mélusine, Ace Books, 2005.
    • The Virtu, Ace Books, 2006
    • The Mirador, Ace Books, 2007.
    • Corambis, Ace Books, 2009.

  • The Goblin Emperor, Tor Books, 2014 (winner of the Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel 2015)
  • Two short story collections published by Prime Books, The Bone Key and Somewhere Beneath Those Waves
  • with Elizabeth Bear (matociquala), A Companion to Wolves, The Tempering of Men, and An Apprentice to Elves, Tor Books; also four short stories, "The Ile of Dogges," "Boojum," "Mongoose," and "The Wreck of the Charles Dexter Ward"

    (For a complete bibliography of my writing--novels, short stories, nonfiction, and poetry--including links to free fiction online, look here.)

    email: labyrinthine at sarahmonette dot com

    glass_cats: The Sarah Monette/Elizabeth Bear Joint Extensible Brain Project

    Insofar as I have a policy about my "Friends" list--for which I much prefer the term Reading List--it's here. I keep my Reading List parsimoniously small because that's the only way I can manage LJ without having it eat my life.

alan moore, albinism, algonquin cat, ancient greek, andrew marvell, archaeology, archy and mehitabel, armada of glass cats, arthur conan doyle, atheism, baseball, benton fraser, beowulf, bessie smith, bluthner grand pianos, bram stoker, buffy the vampire slayer, buster keaton, c. s. lewis, callum keith rennie, catacombs, cats, charles lutwidge dodgson, charlotte bronte, charlotte perkins gilman, christopher marlowe, cyril tourneur, david bowie, david marciano, david mccallum, diefenbaker, dinosaurs, don henley, dorothy l. sayers, dressage, due south, early modern english, edgar allan poe, edmund spenser, edward gorey, elisem's jewelry, elizabeth bear, ellen kushner, ellery queen, emily bronte, emily dickinson, emma bull, emma lathen, equestrianism, equitation, fairy tales, fantasy, feminism, fiction, folklore, fountain pens, foxes, free speech, genderfuck, gene wolfe, genre fiction, genre theory, georgette heyer, ghosts in shakespeare, golden age detective fiction, greyhounds, h. p. lovecraft, hand quilting, holsteiner horse, horror, horseback riding, horses, ian mckellen, j. r. r. tolkien, james tiptree jr., jeffrey foucault, john ford, john m. ford, john webster, johnny depp, katabasis, kris delmhorst, labyrinths, latin, lewis carroll, lord of the rings, lucille bogan, lucius annaeus seneca, m. r. james, mark doty, mary wroth, mazes, medea, metatextuality, metatheatricality, middle english, mina loy, mississippi john hurt, mongooses, monty python, mystery, narrative theory, old english, ovid, paleoanthropology, patchwork quilts, paul gross, peace, peaceable drummond sherwood, peter dickinson, peter jackson, peter mulvey, peter s. beagle, philip sidney, piano, pro-choice, ragtime, ray kowalski, ray vecchio, raymond chandler, revenge tragedy, rex stout, robert vaughn, science fiction, scott joplin, shakespeare in performance, shirley jackson, strange enthusiasms, sylvia plath, t. s. eliot, talpidae, tarot, the beatles, the faerie queene, the man from uncle, the princess bride, the yellow submarine, theater, thomas kyd, thomas middleton, thylacines, tiptree award, turn of the screw, ursula k. le guin, virgil, wilfred owen, william shakespeare, women blues singers, writing

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