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okay, so, cuckoo's egg
that is so gross, ewwww
tsukikoushi wrote in teamtemplar
Erf, that's it, stick a fork in it, it's done or at least over: I've given up on Cuckoo's Egg and slapped its poorly-edited corpse up on the website just to get it out of my hair. I still don't like it all that much, but it's written, so I might as well share it.

- Cuckoo's Egg

As threatened, the 'real' Cuckoo's Egg is the first chapter of the novella--the rest has been demoted to the web-exclusive Extended Edition. It's all there, though, every last bit of it.

Several people were kind enough to try and help me with my piss-poor rendition of England and its accents. To them, I say thank you! I must also apologize for, ultimately, wasting their time: over the past year Cuckoo's Egg has swollen to occupy so much psychic space that I finally had to kick it out without fixing those mistakes. I've had the helpful emails sitting in my inbox for all this time and I can barely look at them without beating myself up for being the suckiest writer who ever sucked.

Hey, maybe I'll get to work on No Static now, huh?

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I read the original version as it got posted on LJ - I really think it's better than you make it sound. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in doing something, we can't be objective about it anymore. It's obvious we see it differently, but not all stories have to have 'action'. Having insight into Bran's character places the other stories involving him in an entirely different light.

Bran isn't very sympathetic in those, but you managed to make him human in Cuckoo's Egg. It's a different story from all the others, but that doesn't make it bad. If you had a Kindle version, I'd certainly buy it.

I just read Cuckoo's Egg EE and I enjoyed it IMMENSELY. <3 Thank you for putting it up there for us despite your reservations about it!

I'm wondering whether the e-mail address still work or not? I sent a mail to ask for the permission to translate SotT. Please let me know if that's ok with you. Looking forward to your reply.

You know, after reading how much you dislike CE I was expecting the worst - and was pleasantly surprised. I don't think it is anywhere near as bad as you think it is and make it out to be. Sure,maybe not every chapter was pure gold but I felt that others made up for it and you don't always need action and explosives to tell an interesting story.
I think that CE made me feel more sympathetic towards Bran. I mean, even here he is not the most likable character but I can see where some of his feelings are coming from. I feel like I have a better understanding of the character and for that alone it was worth the read.
The only thing that I would say is that it would have been nice if there had been a chapter or two from Jeremy's perspective as well. There were times when I really wanted to know how he saw, felt and experienced certain things. I think it might not have hurt to see the situation from a different angle.
Also the ending felt a little bit rushed, as if you just wanted to be done with it ( and considering how you feel about CE, that may well be the case ;) ).
But in general I definitely didn't regret reading it.
Also: I really enjoyed seeing more of Ethan. I love that guy!

Mmmm... Shadow of the Templar. I should have known better, I told myself not to, but did I listen? No.

I just re-read everything. All four novels, the Lacunae, the short stories... Everything. It only took about two days all told. It's been two years or so since the last time, and it's just as good as I remembered. Thank you for sharing this with us. I appreciate all the work and joy you put into it, because it brings me nothing but pleasure everytime I read it.

Thanks again! See you next time!

Me too! It took me a little longer than two days, though. I'm so grateful to tsukikoushi for writing this series. ♥

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