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Dear L. R., I’m Alessandra from Italy and I’m a great fan of yours!! I love your novels, I think they are simply beautiful!! I liked them very much!! Could you kindly suggest me some contemporary Gothic novels similar to yours?? Could you suggest me some titles?? You know, I love Gothic fiction and the Victorian period too!!
Please let me know something because I’m so curious about your suggestions!! Please don’t forget about me!!
Thanks for all, bye, Alessandra
I’m so glad you like my work! Just off the top of my head I could suggest, among recent books, Susannah Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, Sarah Waters’ The Little Stranger and Affinity, Angela Carter’s The Magic Toyshop and of course (as mentioned in Farundell) John Crowley’s stupendous Little, Big. Happy reading!
I fell in love with Fate and am currently reading Farundell. I came to the website to find out if I could look forward to reading anything else by you. I was thrilled to read that there will be another book soon! Best Christmas gift I could have asked for! No questions, just wanted to let you know that a uni student in northern Canada is spending her downtime (and some study time) absorbed in the world you’ve so eloquently created. Thank you!
I’m so pleased you’re enjoying my work! I love writing, and always hope to make a great connection with my readers. Yes, another one is in the works! It will be called The Book of Luce and, after a lot of delays, is now scheduled for publication in March, 2017.
Dear L.R. Fredericks,
I have finished reading the splendid “Fate” a few days ago and I was completely charmed and enticed by its plot and its characters. I miss it terribly; I feel like something’s amiss now that Lord Francis is not around any more, and I have a thousand questions still itching to be answered.
I have not yet read “Farundell” (though I shall, and very soon, as I’m particularly looking forward to meeting my dear friend Francis again), and I know you are writing “A book of Luce”, but I wanted to ask you if you ever plan to delve deeper into Tobias’s story. It would be extremely interesting and inspiring to learn how Tobias himself discovered the existence of the Stone, how it came into his possession and how his equally triumphant approach to its finding faded into despair at him having to abandon his ailing children behind. And, of course, what happened of him.
Thank you for taking your time to answer.
Hello Riccardo, Thanks so much for your kind response, I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed Fate! I must admit to feeling much the same sense of loss when I finished writing it. Francis appears briefly in The Book of Luce, (as does Tobias!) which is set in contemporary times, and will also figure prominently in at least one other planned book, which will be set in the 1930’s. And yes, I do have in mind to tell Tobias’s story as well. All the very best to you, and I hope you enjoy Farundell!
I have read both books twice – hate coming to the end of them- life is not the same without being able to look forward to reading them in bed. Please when is the next one? It looks like I might have to have a 3rd reading of them. They are wonderful – in the full meaning of the word. Thank you.
Hello Meg, thank you for your kind comments! The Book of Luce is due out next year — I’m still writing it now. If you happen to have the paperback edition of Fate, the first chapter is in the back….
I’ve read Farundell and also Fate which I just loved. It really described Lord Francis life well, especially when he tried to strangle his father. Shame so many of the women he had relationships died. Sorry no questions.
Thanks for the comments! It was difficult killing off so many people of whom, in many cases, I’d grown quite fond. But in the 18th century people very often died young, and Francis’s friends and lovers end up doing far better than the average.
I’ve just finished reading “Farundell” which I really enjoyed. I loved Alice but I wasn’t so keen on the character of Sylvie. I thought she was a “cockteaser” but Paul didn’t seem to be aware of that. I also loved the “magic” in the story. No questions – just comments.
Hi Naomi, so good to hear that you’ve enjoyed Farundell. Not everyone likes smart-ass Alice, but I’m glad you do! And Sylvie can’t really be described as a cockteaser because it’s not a tease – she genuinely wants sex and has it whenever possible! But she’d quite annoying in plenty of other ways. Fate, my second novel, is out in paperback in a couple of weeks (hardback and kindle now) – it’s Francis Damory’s story, which you might enjoy as well. Thanks for the comment, and all good wishes to you.
Of course! Like the Astors and the Churchills, American women who transformed the lavatorial experience of the English (maybe British) ruling class. I meant definition 1) pertaining to washing, but come to think of it… No wonder their, and the Damorys’ house parties were so popular. Elsewhere, despite the ranks of servants, it must have been draughty and uninviting. I did not doubt that you had done the research. It is integral, intrinsic, not obtrusive. In short, impressive because apparently effortless. Yes, a compliment. Wasn’t attempting to catch you out – no contest there. How do you do your bibliomancy, on this site, I wonder? The process, I mean. Like Paul’s with the camera and the book? An autograph camera – ah, I want one.
How come Farundell has so many bathrooms? In the 19 teens/20s in Britain? No, couldn’t be. Would they say WC? or lavatory? I know not. Farundell charms me. Would you like to be entertained also?
Ha! I love it when readers try to catch me out in historical errors, but I have done my research! Percy married a very rich American (Odelia) and she (like other American heiresses who married into the English aristocracy) updated the plumbing. The terms WC and lavatory were both used — all the language I used was carefully researched in contemporary sources as well, of course, as the OED
Dear R.L. Fredericks, I am getting to the end of Fate, it’s been four days of reading to fantasy and dream. I loved Farundell too. I want to ask you, how I can study further on Hermetism? Thank you for your time.
Hi Elena, I’m so pleased you’re interested in the Hermetic tradition. First, check out the Wikipedia articles on “The Hermetica” and related topics; they may well lead you to other sources. I can also recommend Freke and Gandy’s book, called The Hermetica, Lost Wisdom of the Pharaohs. Brian Copenhaver’s book is more scholarly, burt very good. Some of these are mentioned in the Notes section of Farundell, in the back, and also in the “Library” on my website. All best!