Thursday, November 19, 2009

Review in Children's Bookwatch

Children's Bookwatch, published by the Midwest Book Review, carried a brief but positive review of The Journey of Odysseus in its November 2009 issue; I especially like that the reviewer understood one of my goals of the series: maintaining the integrity of the original as a way to teach it as well as the culture that produced it.

The Journey of Odysseus
Ed Horatius [sic], author
Brian Delandro Hardison, illustrator
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, Inc.
1570 Baskin Road, Mundelein, IL 60060
9780865167100, $12.00,

"The Journey of Odysseus" (presented by Follow Your Fates) is a reprisal of the ancient Homeric Odyssey as a choose-your-own -adventure role playing game in which the reader is faced with the same choices Odysseus faced. Ultimate, canny survival depends upon the guile of the reader, as it did for Odysseus. Sometimes the choices faced will seem too harsh or the reprisals too severe, but in forcing the reader to experience these differences between modern day sensibilities and the mores of ancient Greek times, a fresh experiencing of the mythic events begins, in full contrast and comparison. "The Journey of Odysseus" will appeal to young adults and juvenile readers ages 12-18 or older. Also in this outstanding series, "The Wrath of Achilles" (97808656-16708, $12.00) is very highly recommended as well. (review appears b/w 1/2 and 2/3s down the page)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Aeneid Back Cover Text

Just received and sent back the back cover text for The Exile of Aeneas, so we're one step closer to publication. Can't wait to get the images in.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Exile of Aeneas Proofs

Received the proofs for The Exile of Aeneas a few days ago and was able to mail them back last night with corrections. Tentative publication date is now mid-December, but we'll see if that changes.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Greek America Interview

Last night, conducted my primary interview with a writer from Greek America magazine, which will do a profile of the books in their Nov./Dec. issue, to be published around the end of November.


Follow Your Fates is a series of books published by Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, Inc. (Mundelein, IL; that introduce the ancient world to readers, ages 8 and up, through interactive fiction. Interactive fiction places the reader in the shoes of the main character; the books are written in the 2nd person (you as the subject) and presents the reader periodic choices. The reader makes a choice and turns to the specified page. If the choice is the correct one, the narrative continues. If the choice is the incorrect one, the narrative ends, and you must choose again. The narrative follows the narrative of the text on which each book is based. The Wrath of Achilles, based on Homer's Iliad, was published in June. The Journey of Odysseus, based on Homer's Odyssey, was published in August. The Exile of Aeneas, based on Vergil's Aeneid, should be published in December.