Friday, May 20, 2005


This morning I recieved a copy of the paperback edition of Point of Honour! They have lightened up the background color so it's much warmer, and the title and author's name are foiled and embossed (meaning, gold foil raised lettering) which costs extra and is a sign of the publisher's faith in the work, It looks awfully pretty. I urge anyone who can find it to buy many copies; they make excellent gifts. My mother in law believes that someone should make a movie out of the book, but at the moment I'm just happy to see the mass-market edition. Will read it later for the (inevitable) random typo.

It really is like having a kid who's gone off into the world come home to visit: squealing and hugs, followed by close inspection.


Blogger Jonquil said...

Oh, I'd love a movie. Absit omen. (I already own the book in hardback.)

10:09 AM  
Blogger Madeleine Robins said...

Me too. It's almost impossible not to play the casting game after the book is written (I have a whole cast list somewhere for The Stone War, starting with John Cusack for Tietjen, Angela Bassett for Ketch, Joanne Woodward--a younger Joanne Woodward--for McGrath, and Sylvester Stalone for Fratelone). Who would play Sarah? If she were a hair younger, Emma Thompson would be my suggestion.

10:17 AM  
Blogger Jonquil said...

The combination of youth and gravitas is hard to come by. Is Kate Winslet too beautiful? A younger Imogen Stubbs would also work.

10:43 AM  
Blogger C. F. Blog said...

I’ll buy it for sure. To me I always thought it would be a good movie, there are not a lot of strong character roles for women in film and I really like the way the character for Sarah walk’s that fine line between passion and propriety, at least that’s how I see it.

Can you send it to some people who know some people?

10:55 AM  
Blogger Madeleine Robins said...

I've sent it to the few people I know who know people. Alas, you can lead a horticulture but you can't make her think... (Dorothy Parker, my heroine). Kate Winslet might do it. I have a hard time seeing Imogen Stubbs in the role, only because I keep thinking of her as Lucy Steele (hiss! gnash!)

11:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave Smeds said:

Cool. Must be something in the air. Today I received a box full of copies of the paperback of my latest novel, PIPER IN THE NIGHT. It sure looks better than the hardcover (different art). Just in time to have some for Baycon!

12:05 PM  
Blogger Jonquil said...

Re: Imogen Stubbs, see the Trevor Nunn Twelfth Night movie, one of the few productions in which it is plausible that someone could mistake Sebastian for Viola. Also also wik Ben Kingsley as Feste.

I keep thinking of powerful English actresses who are too old; Kristin Scott-Thomas, Harriet Walter (hush up about the bad Austen karma)...

Are you willing to stretch to Miriam Margolyes as Sarah's aunt?

1:13 PM  
Blogger Madeleine Robins said...

Dave--Oh, excellent. We can wave books at each other at Baycon! Nice when they get the art right, even if it's the second time.

Jonquil--Harriet Walters, at the age she was when she played Harriet Vane in the second round of Wimsey movies, might have done nicely, though she has a more brittle voice than I can hear Sarah having. Miriam Margolyes for Mrs. Brereton? I always think of Mrs. Brereton as being more a Jane Fonda type (except English): slender, exquisitely groomed, and steely. Maybe I haven't seen the right Margolyes for reference--I think of her as the hypnosis subject in Dead Again and as Fly's voice in Babe. Actually, Emma Thompson could pull of Mrs. Brereton. As for Versellion, he's a little old now, too, but I was thinking Jeremy Northam. But what to do for Sir Walter? And Lord Balobridge. Decisions, decisions.

(I keep meaning to find a copy of the Trevor Nunn Twelfth Night.. Everyone I know says good things about it.

3:31 PM  
Blogger Christopher Davis said...

I've not only seen the paperback (of Point of Honour, not Piper in the Night—sorry, Dave) in the store, I've purchased it (the book, not the store).

7:47 PM  

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