Spinning a non-stop adventure tale, Carey’s pace never lets up and his easy, competent style allows readers to slip into this ancient, magnificent world he has so expertly brought back to life. Burroughs and Farmer would have been proud.
It struck me, while reading this volume, that it could be a firm contender for the next ‘Game of Thrones’ style TV show, what with all the political and religious intrigue and epic battle scenes. In keeping with the work of Edgar Rice Burroughs and H. Rider Haggard, who were Farmer’s original inspirations for the series, there are abductions, miraculous escapes, betrayals, alliances and everything else one could wish for…
This book, the author’s best so far, cements his position as quite possibly the best writer currently working in the classic Heroic Fantasy genre.
If you’re interested in knowing a little more about the forthcoming Ancient Opar books I’ve been working on, check out following two interviews:
First up, friend and fine author Dave Gross has interviewed me on his blog for his Creative Colleagues feature. I had fun answering Dave’s questions, such as what was it like to collaborate with Philip José Farmer, and who is my favorite Doc Savage aide? Check out my answers here.
Regarding the Restored Edition of Philip José Farmer’s novel Flight to Opar that I’m editing for Meteor House, my preface will go into detail about the process of how and why the text was restored and show that the excised portions were not a matter of the original copyeditor “trimming unnecessary fat” from the original manuscript. I am not “undoing” the many thousands of generally quite sharp and beneficial line edits made by the copyeditor of the 1976 DAW Books edition. What I’m doing is restoring meaningful passages that were cut to meet an arbitrary page count for the first edition of the novel. I think Farmer fans are going to love reading the new material, which only enhances an already excellent novel. I know I did!
2006 French edition of Hadon of Ancient Opar by Philip José Farmer.
Happy New Year and welcome to the new website! I have retired the old blog, so this is where you’re going to want to visit for news about what I’m up to and to link to going forward.
And there will be—and is—news. Namely, this summer will see the release from Meteor House of the fourth book in the Khokarsa seres: Hadon, King of Opar. The stars aligned, permissions of the multiple parties required to write and publish books about Opar were sought and graciously granted, two new Ancient Opar books were announced, and I got to work. The news is that I am very nearly finished writing the book! Then I’ll take a few weeks for revisions and off to the publisher it will go. After that, in the months ahead, I’ll be writing Blood of Ancient Opar, which, like the fourth book, will be based on Philip José Farmer’s notes for the series. As many readers of the Khokarsa/Ancient Opar books know, Phil had announced at various times that he had plans to write anywhere from five to twelve books in the series!
There’s more news upcoming. Although contracts haven’t been inked yet, it’s looking like there may be new reprints of the Khokarsa series coming soon. I hope to post more details about that in the future.
I’ve also added a section to the new website about the Khokarsa series (see the drop-down tab in the menu above) New features will be added to the section as time goes on, so keep an eye on it. I’m also hoping to be writing a series of posts about H. Warner Munn, whose work I’ve been collecting and reading a lot of lately.
That’s it for now—I’ve got to get back to writing!
Artwork by by Roy G. Krenkel for Farmer’s Hadon of Ancient Opar
The following announcement was made this past weekend at FarmerCon IX/PulpFest 2014. I’d like to give my heartfelt thanks to all of the parties involved for allowing this exciting project to go forward. I’ll be sure to post more details as soon as I am able.
Meteor House is pleased to announce Hadon, King of Opar and Blood of Ancient Opar, new authorized novellas in Philip José Farmer’s epic saga of Khokarsa, a civilization lost to the mists of time. Christopher Paul Carey, coauthor of The Song of Kwasin, will be writing the two novellas based on Farmer’s notes.
Twelve thousand years ago, the vast empire of Khokarsa ringed the shores of ancient Africa’s inland seas. In the novels Hadon of Ancient Opar, Flight to Opar, and The Song of Kwasin, the hero Hadon and his giant cousin Kwasin led the battle against the priests of the sun god Resu, who sought to usurp the beneficent rule of the priestesses of Kho. Twenty years have passed since the heroes’ victory, and mighty Khokarsa lies in ruin, victim to a continent-wide earthquake. Of all the cities of the empire, only shining Opar, the city of gold and jewels, remains standing. Now, Hadon must lead his people against a brutal enemy that seeks to pillage Opar’s most precious treasures and slaughter its king.
Hadon, King of Opar and Blood of Ancient Opar will be published in limited edition hardcover and trade paperback editions (both signed by Christopher Paul Carey), with the first volume to be released Summer 2015. Follow along at meteorhousepress.com and on Facebook (facebook.com/MeteorHouse) and Twitter (@MeteorHouse) for all the latest developments.