I got to Barnes and Noble Union Sq at 9 am to get my bracelet. I arrived just as the store opened and I saw the queue of people waiting outside filing in. So I followed the line inside and it was very swift. People went in, picked up Dark Age at the front table and went straight back to the check out. I already had my book purchased from b&n online so I just showed them the receipt.
Then I went to work and got back to B&N around 5:15-5:30ish.
I decided to record the whole thing because I was (and still am) exhausted. I had spent the past several days reading as much and as fast as I could. About 130-150 pages a day. I was still 100 pages shy of finishing during the event.
It didn’t start until 7PM and I was reading up until it started. So yea, I recorded the whole thing because I wasn’t sure how much I would remember from being so tired and also, it makes it easier to write this if I have the video to look back on.
There are some breaks in the video. I tried to break it when people were laughing, but then Pierce would say something funny and I’d miss his one liners. But other than that I think the editing is almost seamless.
The beginning Pierce and Peter discuss their method of writing, how they outline and the layering of their drafts.
Pierce then discusses where Darrow and the Republic stands in the second trilogy, and was it all worth it.
17:15 – That is some Star Wars Sequel Trilogy shade right there. 😉 How the ST dishonors the sacrifices and accomplishments of the OT characters. I totally agree!
18:45 Lyria’s lack of agency but how her POV shows the disillusionment of the Rising.
21:00 Pierce talks about Roman history and Greek history.
25:00 The release date delays and how he kept going on and on with Ephraim’s POV. LOL
27:50 The order in which he wrote the POVs. Darrow, Lysander, Ephraim, Mustang then Lyria (or Lyria then Mustang.)
28:50 About the story having multiple POVs and climaxing at the same time. The innuendo is hysterical.
31:00 Audience Q&A begins.
51:00 Hysterical moment: The question about Mustang being inspired by his mother so how does he write sexual scenes about her?
53:11 The sexual innuendo about what the razors (swords) look like. The gift that keeps on giving. LOL
Around 56:00 – The TV show!
So since I was in the front row I didn’t have to wait long to have my books signed. When I got up there he remembered me (blushes) and then I asked if while writing does he find himself having to reread the pervious books to remember what he wrote.
He answered, “All the time.” That he will reread sections and use control find but would love if the fans built up the wiki pages.
I said that I wanted to do a whole reread of the saga and make an encyclopedia book. He encouraged that idea.
(Funny enough, when I finished reading the next evening I did catch a blooper! He didn’t check a name!)
We took a photo together and then he asked where my sister was. I told him she was at a class. He said to “send her my love” as he pounded his heart. How sweet is he?
So my very spoiled review is coming. I am still processing that mountain of a book. It will take a few days to write. I have no idea what to say in a non-spoiler review. It would be nothing but Servo-like profanity because it was a whirlwind!