Merry Christmas to all, and to all a happy New Year! This is our latest Fall/Winter issue to date, but it seemed like the obstacles and interruptions were never-ending, and there was always something else that needed to be done. Hopefully you will have a little time over the holidays to kick back in a comfy chair with your beverage of choice and enjoy!
It is with great regret and no small measure of annoyance that we find the need to warn parents that the sixth and last book of Meghan Whalen Turner’s The Queen’s Thief series needs editing.
After successfully skirting dangerous issues for five wonderful and engaging installments – leading us to recommend the series in our Issue 3 “Book List” – in the sixth installment the author comes out of left field and makes it clear that two of the supporting characters are homosexual.
While there are no gratuitous sex scenes, nevertheless there is also no mistaking it. There are perhaps 5 or 6 scenes throughout the book that make further reference to it, or to the same issue with minor characters.
We cannot express just how disappointing and frustrating this is, and wanted to make sure you had adequate warning before simply purchasing the book for your teens on the assumption that it would be clean like the others.
Below, we have given the pertinent page and line numbers for parents who wish to salvage the book without having the time to read the entire series. The insertions fit smoothly with the general storyline and character arcs.
If anyone finds a scene we missed, please let us know via our contact page.
Spoiler-Free Edits (Hardcover Edition)
Necessary hand-written insertions/replacements are in italics. Deletions are shown by …
- Lines 3-16. Cut entirely.
- Lines 3-4. Cut the first sentence on line 3 up to the word “Teleus.” Then change the rest of the sentence to say, “Teleus turned to see my frown.”
- Line 5. Change to, “He does not approve of my going,” said Relius.
- Lines 19-20. Change to, “Teleus clapped him grimly on the shoulder and left.”
- Lines 22-23. Cut completely.
- Lines 14-15. Cut the sentence about winter sports in Eddis.
- Lines 2-3. Cut the entire sentence about Legarus. You may want to retroactively edit the scene near the two-thirds mark of King of Attolia where Aristogiton’s squad is in prison and Legarus is crying to say that he was betrayed by a “friend.”
- Lines 5-17. Cut the end of Line 5 starting with “I wondered…” through to the section break.
- Line 11. Change to, “that the friend he’d betrayed had died”
- Line 16. Cut “and kisses.” It has been established that formal greetings involve some kind of kiss of peace but in the context it just comes across weird.
- Lines 15-16. Put a period after “Costis was dancing with his younger sister” and cut up to the word “Teleus.” Change Line 16 to read, “I saw Teleus, who’d propped himself against the crenelated wall.”
- Lines 18-19. Put a period after “The captain refused to dance” and then cut the rest of the sentence.
Pages 441-443 (Optional)
- You may want to modify the exposition about the behavior of the gods and goddesses, but since Greek/imitation Greek deities are notoriously immoral it can probably be glossed over and ignored.
…enjoy Issue 11! We made it, yay! (And there’s a bit of an explanation of why this issue is sooooooo late inside.) As always, we welcome your feedback, and we’re always accepting submissions and ideas for future articles.
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Have a blessed 2020!
…but it is coming!
Issue 11 is looking like it will be out in late November or December at this point due to a HUGE sewing project with a tight deadline that is eating up most of our editor’s free time at the moment. (She’s looking forward to having a life again afterwards.)
Submissions are therefore still open, so if you have an idea for an article, or even suggestions for what you would like to see an article on, send it in!
It’s FINALLY here! Before Thanksgiving, no less, which is rather amazing considering how many delays we had this time around. Hopefully you’ll find it well worth the wait, even if we didn’t quite make our All Saints’ Day projection. A huge thank-you to all of our contributors who sent stories and poems!
Stay warm and have a wonderful holiday season with your families!
At the moment, the plan is to put out Issue 9 around All Saints’ Day, at the end of October. Our managing editor moved, again, and since it’s a much more permanent move this time there has been a lot of paperwork and errands that need doing. Plus she doesn’t have internet at her apartment yet, so that makes things go even more slowly.
We are still taking submissions for this issue if you have a piece you’d like to see published!
As of August 5, 2018, two traditional Catholic Benedictine nuns will be relying on the generosity of friends and parishioners for their lodging. To donate to their cause, use this link to their GoFundMe page:
Any assistance will be remembered in the congregation’s prayers!