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Wednesday, November 21st, 2012
8:49 pm
The Charioteer - Chapter 17
Maybe I should post a link to my continuation of The Charioteer, which I wrote about 3 years ago. You can find it here http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5356573/1/
Monday, November 19th, 2012
3:38 pm
Mary's letter to me, 1977
Dear Mary Renault Fans,

I am so pleased to find others who respect and love the grand master of ancient historical novels as I do for all she has given us. I read several of her novels, but The Charioteer set during WWII in England stayed with me long after I read it in high school. I would say I was about 16 or 17 then, but I had no idea what I was reading. I had never heard of men with men in a sexual context. All I could think of was that beautiful kiss Laurie shared with Andrew and how he wished he could tell him something. The flow of the words kept me reading and wondering. That was about 50 years ago. It took reading on the Mary Renault fic site in LJ last week for me to completely understand TC, The Persian Boy and others. I loved her style and descriptions, but she always held back. In 1977, when I was 32, I wrote her and told her some of this. Here is her reply. I am sure she wouldn’t mind that I’m sharing this with you now. Thank you all again, for your wonderful efforts and pics of Alexander, Hephaestion and especially Bagoas. I hope you all got to see the most complete Stone Alexander, with all of Bagoas’s scenes put back. Fran’s voice is as charming as the rest of him.

My four published novels can be found at web site www.peninakeenspinka.info if you care to look them up. I’ve never attempted Renault fan fiction. As much as I love her and her writing, I couldn't do it. My published novels are my own, but my fan fiction in ff.net can be found under Vampire Reader. I’m improving those stories and changing the names since I wrote them for Moonlight, a vampire TV show of 2008. I hope to get at least one or two of them published. The one set in Babylon makes me think of Bagoas, but that was Iraq. He lived in Iran and this story was before his time. I love good vampire stories, especially Chelsea Quinn Yarbro’s Saint Germain. I wish we were allowed to ff him, but she is against it.

Here is Mary Renault’s letter to me. I am copying her punctuation. Only her signature was in ink, and after 35 years, it is a little faded. The original will stay in my jewelry box.

Best to all,
Penina Spinka

9th Feb. 1977.

Dear Mrs. Aberman,

It was very good of you to write so generously about my books. I do seem to have collected some rather young readers from time to time, but I don’t ever remember hearing from anyone who cut their milk-teeth on THE CHARIOTEER – as you say, it certainly wasn’t intended for children, though it’s mild stuff indeed compared with about half the contemporary fiction one reads today; in fact I wonder from time to time what people of the age you were, who I suppose are often reading them, do make of all these very explicit accounts of sex, and whether it turns them off as I think it would have done me at 12 or ever older.

The hospital in THE CHARIOTEER was drawn from life; it was one of the emergency ones run up early in the war, and very makeshift they were. We did have CO orderlies and some of the background situations are real but the main characters are all invented. Trying to copy characters in depth from real persons is very restricting, and I think very few writers ever do it except in satire, which is two-dimensional.

I have had one book out since THE PERSIAN BOY. It’s not a novel. It’s called THE NATURE OF ALEXANDER and is a straight biography, with illustrations.

All good wishes,

Yours sincerely,

(Signature) Mary Renault
Tuesday, January 12th, 2010
8:09 am
The King Must Die Slashfic: He Will Forget, and Only I Will Remember Part 2
Title: He Will Forget, and Only I Will Remember (title taken from Canon - spoken by Chryse)
Fandom: The King Must Die by Mary Renault
Pairings: Hippon/Theseus
Rating: Moderately hot.
Disclaimer: All Rights Reserved. No copyright infringement is intended and no money is being made.

Author's Notes:
Part 1 here:

This story covers the final chapters of The King Must Die, and possibly some of The Bull from the Sea, from Hippon's pov.

Link to my LJ:
Wednesday, December 9th, 2009
8:59 pm
The King Must Die Slashfic: He Will Forget, and Only I Will Remember Part 1
Title: He Will Forget, and Only I Will Remember
The King Must Die by Mary Renault
Pairings: Hippon/Alektryon; Hippon/The Vine King(Dionysos); Hippon/Theseus (in Part 2)
Rating: Moderately hot.
Author's Notes:
This story covers the final chapters of The King Must Die, and possibly some of The Bull from the Sea, from Hippon's pov.

Link to my LJ:
Monday, April 13th, 2009
3:13 am
Mary Renault's books deranked at Amazon!
Some of you may be aware of the Amazonfail storm.

Briefly (and thanks to several members of my flist, whose clear explanations are partly borrowed here), Amazon.com seems to have adopted a new policy of taking all materials they classify as "Adult" - meaning mostly gay-themed publications, including works that have no no sexual content at all, e.g., the works of Michel Foucault (!) - while not censoring NC-17 heterosexual publications and works that contain graphic violence out of their sales rankings. As I type, you can't find out what the Amazon sales ranking of most works that mention homosexuality is now. Heather Has Two Mommies, a children's book about a gay family, for example, has been deranked. So has Brokeback Mountain. And so has The Charioteer.

Because their sales ranking mechanism is used by their search engines, this affects search results (the deranked works won't list on the first or even the third page, in many cases, because the system decides that they're not popular) and thus affects sales results for those authors.

In effect, Amazon has decided to hide all works that discuss LGBT themes from customers, in order to avoid offending the homophobic part of its customer base. Here's a list of books they have thus censored access is can be found here. Read the L.A. Times article on this.

You can sign a petition against this disgusting policy of bigoted censorship.

And it might be even more effective to write them directly. Contact connect-help@amazon.com.

Or write to their CEO:

Jeffrey Bezos
1200 12th Avenue South
Washington 98144-2734
United States
Phone: 206-266-1000
Fax: 206-622-2405

There's a depression on. They should FEAR angry customers voting with their mice. If the perfect storm currently unfolding on Twitter right now about what cyberspace calls Amazonfail is any indication, they are going to be bitch-slapped. You can help!

ETA: Best (and funniest) post about the whole debacle by copperbadge, here.
I do think some portion of this is sloppy programming, but there's no way this was a computer glitch. Amazon was aware of this at least a few days ago and did shit-all about it until someone started shouting. Presumably, somehow, they expected the internet wouldn't care. The internet. Which is not at all famous for its ability to TOTALLY OVER-REACT TO EVERYTHING, would not care about the biggest bookseller in cyberspace hatin' on the gays. Perhaps because Amazon is ancient, in internet terms -- it was one of the first major internet retailers and I would not be shocked if many of its higher-ups are not familiar with the internet as it exists today. [...]

What nobody seemed to comprehend is that if you shenanigan the internet, the internet generally shoots you in the face. That's the Chicago way! They pull a knife, you pull a gun. They send your gay lit to the bottom of the sales ranking, YOU SEND THEIR STOCK VALUE TO THE MORGUE!
Friday, February 22nd, 2008
11:43 pm
New AU Alexander art sent by yoshikihide
yoshikihide, who lives in a country which bars access to LJ, has sent us another gorgeous piece of art by her friend Doves. It illustrates, she says, an AU story featuring Alexander, Bagoas and Cassander.

Here is a preview:

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Current Mood: aadmirative
Wednesday, June 6th, 2007
9:01 pm
New Bagoas art!
Posted for yoshikihide, who has problems with her account.

(Click on the picture to see a larger version)


Sunday, May 13th, 2007
11:17 pm
MR Book cover site
Finally got around to updating The book covers site with the wonderful additions that people sent to me during the school year.

I don't know if I'm going to be able to work on it much anymore. If anyone else has HTML (and minor JAVA) knowledge, and would like to take the site on, now's the time to speak up.

(crossposted to maryrenaultfics)

ETA: Well, we got someone - will keep you updated. Thanks for looking.
Friday, April 6th, 2007
5:35 pm
The last person's post reminded me of a fic I had lying around! It's Alexander and Hephaestion; fairly short and about PG.

Things He Couldn't SeeCollapse )
9:33 am
Bagoas Fic -- Sacred Fire
A few years ago for Yuletide I did a Persian Boy fic in which Bagoas meets Thettalos in Alexandria some time after the end of The Funeral Games. I've done a sequel to it, in which Bagoas is in Memphis, shortly after Alexander's body is brought there.

Link goes to my journal -- please pardon the cross posting!

Sacred Fire
Wednesday, January 17th, 2007
6:59 am
A. J. Hall's "Out Of Battle" available again!
Out Of Battle is a Renaultverse Charioteer/Persian Boy crossover by ajhalluk. Go read!
Wednesday, December 20th, 2006
8:43 pm
Fanfic recs for 'The Charioteer', batch 1
One of my favorite people asked me for 'Charioteer' fic recs a couple of days ago. These are the first fics that came to mind, in alphabetical order (more or less). I'll probably do another batch later on. My apologies in advance: I'm not much of a writer and I suspect these recs don't do the fics justice.

Five excellent 'Charioteer' fanfics...Collapse )

- xposted.
6:41 pm
REPOST: Besieged Fortress by A. J. Hall [post 2/2]
Explanation, disclaimer, and the first 4 chapters of act I can be found here.

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On to the next parts, previously posted here...
# Act I: chapter 7.
# Act II: chapter 1.
# Act II: chapter 2.
# Act II: chapter 3.
# Act II: chapter 4.
# Act II: chapter 5.
# Act II: chapter 6.
# Act II: chapter 7.
# Act II: chapter 8.
# Act II: chapter 9.
# Act II: epilogue.
6:35 pm
REPOST: Besieged Fortress by A. J. Hall [post 1/2]
'Besieged Fortress' by A. J. Hall (formerly ajhalluk) is one of my favorite pieces of fanfiction. Since the first 6 parts were posted to a journal that has since been deleted, I asked the author for permission to repost them. I'm thrilled that she agreed! I'll be "properly" reccing this fic in an upcoming post (a friend asked for some Charioteer fic recs and I'm still working on the list), but for now I'll just say it's of the good and I think every Renault fan should read it :)
ETA: Post too large for LJ (ugh), so I had to split it. Sorry.

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# Act I: chapters 5-6 + links to the rest of the fic.
Friday, December 15th, 2006
10:50 pm
Hey y'all, I'm updating the site in the first time in forever (so if you've found anything new, send it to me), and I was wondering if anyone had a picture of Mary back in her Black Sash days.

Thank ye much!

(x-posted to maryrenaultfics)
Friday, December 8th, 2006
5:11 pm
Alexander videos
For some reason all I'm able to produce lately is Alexander videos with excessive use of slow motion! ;-D
Here's one
And here's two more!
Monday, September 25th, 2006
11:50 am
The site (for those who don't know) is back up, just as it was before! Of course, on finally visiting the site in first time in many weeks, I notice that it's in sore need of updating, and that's not just counting the various graphics which have piled up on my harddrive waiting for uploading.

SO, thank you all anyone who expressed interest in helping. You can still send me your graphics and corrections (and suggestions - those are cool too).

[x-posted to maryrenaultfics]
Sunday, September 17th, 2006
9:27 pm
Well, as some of you may have noticed, the Book Cover site "Proof of Love" is down. My entire server is down. I know that I haven't updated all summer, but I haven't been meaning to delete the site, if that's what you're after. I just wasn't thinking about it.

In any case, I'm going to find out what happened - if it's a glitch or if I need to renew ownership. I still have the files saved, don't worry about that, BUT, this is the time to speak up if you happen to be interested in taking over the site.

x-posted to maryrenaultfics
Tuesday, August 29th, 2006
4:03 pm
"Boys will be boys, but heaven defend us from Old Boys"
Was just picking up my Charioteer again (had loaned my 1959 version which came back in the mail) and one line of chapter 6 strikes me - when Ralph says "Boys will be boys, but heaven defend us from Old Boys" immediately after calling Laurie by his Christian name for the first time, declining to use "Spud", like at school.

And of course this is one early instance of Ralph deceiving himself, isn't it? Throughout the book, he will, in fact, call Laurie "Spud", not "Laurie," and it will turn out that what saves both of them is precisely what they have in common from school, starting with the bathroom scene with Sandy, when Laurie reflects that Ralph's school-like "casual accolade" (for coping with the mess) "looked strange in this hole-and-corner, squalid setting, touched still as it was with confident assumptions and open skies." (I love that felicitous phrase, confident assumptions and open skies, it reminds me, among other passages, of Lord Peter's century in the Murder Must Advertise staff cricket match.) Later, during their driving interlude, Ralph says that "the further [he] go[es] away, the more patriotic [he] gets. Believe it or not, in Adelaide once I had quite a heated argument with some local who spoke lightly of the English public-school system." School and country are indistinguishable here - and they seem to be Ralph's own self-denied Eden, far more powerful than Andrew's orchard.
Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006
3:49 pm
Bull from the Sea on the radio
Radio 4 are doing The Bull from the Sea, last week and this week, as their Afternoon Reading. I only realised this today, but some of the episodes are available to listen again on that page.
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