Poke the Publisher: The Cats of Lloyd Alexander

I have fond childhood memories of Lloyd Alexander's writings. The Chronicles of Prydain are probably his most famous works, but I always far more enjoyed his "one off" tales of cats and magic. "The Cat Who Wished To Be a Man" was a fun and fascinating fish out of water tale with a transmuted cat who slowly becomes more and more human over time; "The Town Cats" was a delightful collection of short stories that include a princess whose cat helps her show her strict father that her true love is indeed true, and a cat whose chess playing prowess teaches a spoiled young ruler that sometimes the best word you can possibly hear is 'no'.

Lloyd Alexander passed away in 2007, and I do expect that the state of his estate is probably in the same copyright flux that many of our Poke the Publisher authors are currently lost in. I have no doubt, though, that the e-Publishing of his stories would be beneficial to many readers and would additionally help to support his heirs in the coming years, so I'd like to take a moment to encourage everyone to remind the current paper-back publisher that it would be worthwhile to open negotiations with his heirs for electronic editions to be published.

Amazon links here:

The Chronicles of Prydain
The Cat Who Wished To Be a Man
The Town Cats
The Vesper Holly Books

Also, if you want to listen to theme music while poking the publisher, I recommend Heather Dale's haunting The Prydwen Sails Again, from her Trail of Lancelot series. It's not *quite* the same spelling, but it's close enough for me!

Remember: Readers who post in the comments that they've poked the publisher via any or all of these links will be mentioned in a subsequent "Poke the Publisher" entry, which is a level of fame that will open doors at least as easily as infinite wealth, extravagant beauty, and perpetual immortality.

Also remember: By poking the publisher, you are not indicating that YOU are waiting to buy this book in e-Book format, but rather that your dear friend Ana is waiting to buy this book in e-Book format to review, dissect, deconstruct, and otherwise desecrate for your reading pleasure. And buy it I shall, just as soon as it comes available in the U.S. of A.

Credit for last week's Poke the Publisher feature must go to Charleen Merced, Brin Bellway, Amaryllis, Cupcakedoll, Gelliebean, and Kristy Griffin. I'm not saying that all these people started life as cats and later became transmuted into humans via a cranky and cantankerous wizard, but if they did it would certainly go a long way towards explaining their super-human reflexes and hypersensitive instincts.

3 comments:

Gelliebean said...

Poking accomplished!  Can I also request pokes for the Vesper Holly books?  I have very fond memories of getting in trouble for reading them under the table during dinner when I was younger....  :-P

Here's the first one: [link="The Illyrian Adventure"]http://www.amazon.com/Illyrian-Adventure-Lloyd-Alexander/dp/0141303131/ref=sr_1_28?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1310577952&sr=1-28[/link]

Ana Mardoll said...

I haven't read those! Poke, poke, poke!

And I don't know how to make pretty links on Disqus, either. Probably an html tag, but whether it's square brackets or regular ones I do not know... :(

Brin Bellway said...

Probably an html tag, but whether it's square brackets or regular ones I do not know... :(

Well, those italics I just used were angle brackets, so a Vesper Holly link would probably go like this.

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