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Serial Interview: Christopher Golden

May 26th, 2008 (08:56 am)
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MIND THE GAP, the first book in The Hidden Cities series by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon, is now available in stores. If you like urban fantasy - especially if you enjoyed NEVERWHERE by Neil Gaiman - you must pick up MIND THE GAP.

Today.

Right now.

Go. This interview will be here when you come back.

While some of Golden's novels take place in and around Boston, many of his stories and characters travel all over the world. Just follow THE MENAGERIE around for a while, or scout the apocalypse sites in THE GATHERING DARK. STRAIGHT ON 'TIL MORNING takes readers to Never Never Land. While MIND THE GAP takes place in London, the next book in the series, THE MAP OF MOMENTS, mosies on down to New Orleans.

What made you interested in New Orleans? Why set your story there?

I visited once in around 1991 and have always wanted to go back. I've written things set in the city before, but there was an urgency this time. The extraordinary negligence at every level of government and authority both before and after Hurricane Katrina ought to be a source of national shame and guilt. How the people still living in New Orleans can remain there, knowing that they are even LESS protected than they were before and that nothing is being done to rectify the situation, I simply can't undrestand, except that they love their city. I'm hoping to be able to visit New Orleans again soon. But when Tim Lebbon and I came up with the idea for THE MAP OF MOMENTS, New Orleans seemed the perfect place for it. It's about fighting to hold back a darkness you can never fully defeat, when the only victory that can be hoped for is not surrendering. Make of that what you will.

Enter THE HIDDEN CITIES contest and make your mark on the map!

Learn more about THE HIDDEN CITIES at the website for the series - Christopher Golden's website - Bildungsroman

Read the previous parts of the serial interview: Part 1 - Part 2

Read other Christopher Golden-tagged posts at Bildungsroman.

Comments

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: May 26th, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC)

This sounds interesting. I have a friend who loves NEVERWHERE so I'll definitely be picking up MIND THE GAP for him soon. Thanks for the recommendation! :)
-Em (www.emsbookshelf.blogspot.com)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 26th, 2008 09:23 pm (UTC)

Excellent! It should be a perfect fit. :)

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 26th, 2008 11:18 pm (UTC)

WAHOO!

Posted by: dianoraek (dianoraek)
Posted at: May 27th, 2008 09:11 pm (UTC)

Will The Map of the Moments be a direct sequel to Mind the Gap, or are they stand-alone stories set in the same world?

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 28th, 2008 12:26 am (UTC)

From Christopher Golden:
"Each novel of the Hidden Cities is ENTIRELY stand-alone, set in different
cities in the same world. Several concepts are universal in this world, but
the plots do not connect."

Posted by: dianoraek (dianoraek)
Posted at: May 28th, 2008 03:54 am (UTC)

Excellent, that means I can read it now instead of waiting. My memory isn't that great at remembering plot details a year later when a sequel comes out. (Which might be demonstrated by me asking you this, because your/Christopher's answer sounds very familiar and I think I might have asked this before. :D)

My copy arrived from Amazon today - Christopher is one of the few authors I buy, most everyone else comes from the library.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 28th, 2008 03:58 am (UTC)

DIVE IN! Fall into the gap! :)

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