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I swear I’m going to spend more effort promoting our book than it took to write. We will now have Duck Blood Soup (The Caldarium War) featured on ask David. Reviews are welcome and requested. People who have Amazon Prime can read for free: scifi, science fiction, fantasy, steampunk, novel, kindle, book, YA, teen, wizard, magic, amazon prime, free
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The Origins of our Novel

Jim and I started writing our fantasy novel Duck Blood Soup after we abandoned our attempt at a small humor website. You can still find some of our efforts here reproduced: Jim asked me what creative outlet would be now that we had retired from EGI. I think it was Jim who said something about writing a fantasy novel. I wasn’t too interested in the whole “sword and sorcery” genre; it just never appealed to me. I said that if we wrote something, it should be more “muskets and magic” than “sword and sorcery.” At the time I...
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Duck Blood Soup Overview

When Eizenfeng’s leading wizards combine science with magic, the world changes dramatically.  Technological advancements, coupled with racial and economic tensions propel the country toward war with a long time ally.  Jeunelux is oblivious to the building turmoil; scorching days harvesting tomatoes and her annoying older brother are more pressing concerns.  Suddenly, strange dreams that haunt her nights become reality.  Jeunelux, along with two other untrained and unlicensed teen wizards embark on a quest to save the girl’s father, rescue a giant, and prevent a war.  The three friends must quickly hone their magical skills and take on responsibilities beyond...
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The Food of Duck Blood Soup

I have actually eaten most (but obviously not all) of the culinary masterpieces described in Duck Blood Soup. The were created around 10 years ago by Chef David Kinch of Manresa  and Chef Christopher Kostow who at the time led the kitchen of Chez TJ and is currently at The Restaurant at Meadowood. Fans of Food Network’s Iron Chef America may have seen David Kinch destroy Bobby Flay in Battle Cabbage in 2009. It was one of the most lopsided victories in the history of the show. Neither chef served duck blood soup on any of my visits to...
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Opening Paragraphs

The first couple of paragraphs to Duck Blood Soup: “For someone who loathes humans, you sure waste a lot of time trying to understand them.” Kruk didn’t bother to look up from the tiny book. “It’s because I study them that I despise them. Have you ever read their literature? Volumes dedicated to violence, deception, and adultery. They write about emotions that they have no hope of ever understanding. Their history books are full of weak attempts to simultaneously justify self preservation and self destruction. It’s mind boggling. Besides, it’s no different than you and your spiders.” “It’s completely...
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Choosing a Genre and the Science of Magic

It’s true that I hadn’t read much fantasy. There were some I read and liked; a vampire story by George RR Martin called Fevre Dream impressed me quite a bit, the few fantasies that Heinlein wrote, and of course anything by Harlan Ellison showed me what fantasy could be. When deciding on a genre, I knew we wouldn’t reach those levels. But if we were going to write fantasy and break a few laws of physics, at least we could set some rules and not violate them because we wrote ourselves in to a corner. As we were writing...
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