Posts Tagged ‘Lotus’


So. I thought that I’d talk to you guys some about what’s been going on with my book.

Or, rather, books. Because I have two of them now.

That’s right. I’m working the first draft of a second novel, entitled Daughter of Flame, which is the book that I mentioned in this post. It’s a YA fantasy novel set in sort of semi-quasi-modern times. It’s basically the story of Fiona Lyesmith (American Gods reference intentional), who is the half-mortal bastard daughter of Loki. It’s got a lot of stuff in it. I’m only at the beginning now, but I’m planning on including lots and lots of things: Kitsune assassins, and elves, and dungeon crawling, and chaos magick, and the Fates, and flying goats, and all kinds of other awesome stuff.

And there’s music. Fiona Lyesmith is a singer, and music is a key part of her life, just like writing is a key part of mine. So I’ve sprinkled liberal references to Fiona’s favorite bands throughout the book, which include some of my favorites as well. Of course, I’m not a musician, so I’m mostly making stuff up here, but in the case of fiction, verisimilitude beats realism nearly every time. Besides, I feel like all creative people have the same feelings about their work, whether they’re writers or musicians, game designers or bakers.

In any case: Daughter of Flame is coming along. I’m still at the stage where I’m getting to know the characters, but I like them, and I’m getting to know them better. The novel is YA (young adult), so I have to have a different mindset when it comes to writing it. I’m not as comfortable with including explicit violence or sexual content as I am with some of my other work. In addition, I can’t swear, which feels kind of uncomfortable. I’m a sailor-mouth. I prefer it when I’m able to cuss. The fact that I’m pretty much reduced to using “crap” and “damn” when it comes to swearing feels like a weight around my neck sometimes. (Even so, I’ve kind of fallen in love with the phrase “Jesus Christ on a stick!” which my characters use, and which I’ve found myself saying sometimes.

I’ve also come to realize that Daughter of Flame is sharply different from most YA these days, which I dignify with the term “smoldering magical teen boy with abs abstinence porn”, or SMTBWAAP, for short. (It’s pronounced sumtubwhap, so you know.) You know the kind. It’s the kind of chaste paranormal high-school romance that has been burning up the charts because of Twilight and its ilk. Daughter of Flame is not that. It’s kind of the opposite. It’s heavy-action, slightly intellectual mythological portal fantasy with a kickass soundtrack. I could never imagine Fiona Lyesmith listening to Linkin Park, Maroon 5, or Justin Bieber. She likes to rock out to Lacuna Coil blasting a hole through her eardrums. If she met Justin Bieber, she’d probably pants him.

So, yes. Good music, Norse gods, and cool characters: that’s how I think of Daughter of Flame.

As for Baby #1? It’s coming along nicely. I’ve written six chapters of Draft 2, with a total wordcount of around 25,000 words (basically, this means that it’s a fifth of the length of d1). I’m not looking forward to the massive cuts that I’m going to have to make. I’m probably going to have to get rid of around 50,000 words before I sent Lotus out to agents and publishers. Line edits won’t be enough. I’m going to have to cut whole scenes. Which is bad, because I love what I’ve written. I love the characters and the world that I’ve created. It’s going to be hard to lose some of that.

Oh well. I can put some of the deleted scenes up on Axolotl Ceviche when that happens. (By the way, this summer I’m probably going to migrate everything over to, which I own. Just a heads up.) There’s a lot of work to be done before Lotus is going to be of publication quality, but I can get it done. Finishing d1 has given me a huge burst of confidence when it comes to writing.

Speaking of which: Remember “Cassandra”, that story I wrote WAY back in April of 2012? Well, it’s going to be a screenplay.

More on that soon.

~ Ian





(temporary cover art made with Pulp-O-Mizer)

Well, it’s been a little over half a month since I finished the first draft of The Lotus Imperiate. And, as you can see, I’ve made a lovely piece of cover art to go along with the book.

I don’t know what the scene is depicting. I assume that the young lady is Kitt Ashlocke, but in no place does Kitt wield a laser gun. Or have red hair. Or smile, for that matter.

I think that the man behind her is Taishoan. I believe I will give him a name for the purposes of this temporary cover. I will call him Li. Li’s a good Taishoan name. In fact, there’s already a character named Li in the first draft. This is a different Li. Let’s call him… McGillicuddy Li. McGillicuddy isn’t a Taishoan surname, but I don’t care. The universe of this cover art is already insane enough.

Wait… where was I?

Oh yeah.

One thing that you may have noticed about the cover art is the change in title. Book 1 is now going to be called Lotus. This wasn’t a hard decision. “Imperiate” isn’t a word that I invented, but it’s certainly not common as a synonym for “empire”, and so I was worried that there would be a person one day walking into a bookstore and saying to the clerk, “I heard about a fantasy novel that sounded kind of cool. It’s called The Lotus Something-or-Other. I think that last word started with an I, or something.”

You can imagine that I wanted to avoid that at all costs. Generally a title only works if it’s memorable, and because I didn’t want to confuse people by giving them hard-to-remember words, I changed the title, dropping the first and last words of the title.

So yes. The new name of my book is Lotus, and it will be book one of Song of the Lotus, which is my prospective name for the whole following trilogy. If all goes as planned, the following books in the series will be called Dragon and Black Sun. Or, as I’m going to refer to them for ease of remembering, Lotus 2 and Lotus 3.

The change in title isn’t the only change that I made, though. There’s quite a few others. Like, for instance:

  • The universe in D1 was a sort of uncomfortable mixture between steampunk and samurai epic. There were airships and magic trains, which are hallmarks of the steampunk genre. However, I didn’t feel exactly comfortable with writing an Asian-steampunk universe, for two reasons: while I was writing D1, a book called Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff came out (that was book one of The Lotus War trilogy, no less), and I didn’t want to draw unfair comparisons*; and more importantly, I don’t have much of a handle on steampunk. I enjoy some works of steampunk, like Girl Genius, but I don’t feel like I know the genre well enough to write a fully-fledged steampunk fantasy at this point. So I’ve scaled back the level of technology in the universe, from steampunk-level to the level it was about the year 1600. For those of you who don’t know, 1600 was a significant year in Japanese history, because it was the year of the Battle of Sekigahara, which allowed Tokugawa Ieyasu to unite Japan under his rule, and led to two-and-a-half centuries of Tokugawa family rule as Shogun (the Edo Period, in case you didn’t know). It’s also the year that one of my favorite novels of all time, Shogun, happens to be set, which isn’t coincidental: Shogun really gave me a love of East Asian culture and history, so it was natural to want to write a book set in that sort of time period. What this means is that, while technology will be more advanced than most traditional medieval fantasy, Lotus will still have a very feudal Japanese feel to it. This was the era of the great daimyo, after all, and was a few decades before Miyamoto Musashi wrote The Book of Five Rings, which is the book on bushido and swordplay. This necessitates a change in style, of course, but not an unwelcome one. 
  • Along with that, the Flying City, the citadel of the Lotus Lords (which is a magical city that flies in the air, as you can guess from the name) is gone. I had to think a lot about this, because the image of a flying city was one of the things that made me want to write my book in the first place. However, I felt that a flying city had to have a huge amount of infrastructure that wouldn’t exist in a 17th-century Asian environment. You’d need to have air travel to get to the city, or some form of teleportation (I had both). And since 17th-century Asia had a distinct lack of airships, and I thought that teleportation would be a direct hindrance to the story in Lotus 2 (which involves a lot of walking around from place to place), I couldn’t have either of those without seriously undermining the world I’d built. Which meant that both of them had to go, which meant that there could be no Flying City.
  • Apart from that, there were a lot of other changes. I can’t go into too much detail, not because I’m afraid people will steal my ideas, but because if I told you all that’s been changed, it would make absolutely no sense without the context of having read the book before. Suffice it to say, all the characters will be significantly different in Draft 2. Some will have new dimensions, and new roles to play in the story. Many people had their backstories changed. Two fairly important characters had their nationalities changed. One switched gender, because of the societal role that his/her gender plays would be directly contrary to the position of power I wanted to put them in. One character doesn’t even appear in Draft 2 at all. I felt that he didn’t have much character in D1, and most of the actions that he takes would impede a new subplot for one of the other main characters. And there will be sexings. Many new and strange sexings between characters that did not sex before.
  • That being said, the overarching plot remains mostly the same. For one thing, D2 is still primarily a heist story, and heist stories have a certain structure that works. For another thing, I feel that good storytelling stems from characters, and not from plot, as I stated in one of my earliest blog posts. When I write, I tend to go character first, plot second. That being said, the plots of books 2 and 3 will be significantly different, mostly because of the new role that one of the main characters in Book 1 has.

As of this writing, D2 (which I have started) has around 12,200 words, which is about a tenth of the length of D1. There’s a reason for the fact that I’ve written so much in such a short time. First of all, I’ve done a chapter-by-chapter outline of the book, and I’m writing D2 out-of-order: I’ll write whatever chapter I most feel like writing at that time, and then move onto the next one. This is a change for me because I wrote D1 in a huge lump, starting at the beginning and working my way through the whole book one step at a time. Writing this way feels more like writing a series of interrelated short stories, rather than a big indigestible book.

But there’s another difference, as well. The best way I can articulate them is in terms of relationships.

Writing a story is like a relationship. With a short story of less than 5,000 words, it’s a one night stand: you get it over with as soon as possible, and then don’t look back. When I was writing “Cassandra”, it was a passionate, monthlong fling. The whole process of writing the story took a month from start to finish. (Ah, “Cassandra”, when can I finish you? You and I have so many fond memories, and you’re so beautiful… I’ll have to give you a call sometime, my darling. Wait by the phone. When you see my caller ID, answer.)

A novel is like a fully-fledged longterm relationship. It’s hard work, and it’s not as easy as a month of passionate cheap sex, but you get to know each other. You know how to please each other. You know how to make the other sing. And there are rough patches, just as in any other relationship, but you work through them. Because you love each other. Because you care.

That’s the way I am with Lotus. When I began writing Lotus, it was awkward and uncomfortable for both of us, like it always is among new lovers. I was clumsy and hamfisted, and the book wasn’t performing to its full potential. But it’s been eight months this Thursday since I started writing Lotus, and because of that, we know each other. We’re both in it for the long haul. I know the book, and she knows me. We both know what’s right for each other, and we work together to make that happen.

And then there’s the actual physical writing. If a writing session is like sex, then at the start, I was nervous and awkward, and because of that, we both suffered.

But now we know each other perfectly. And the sex is amazing.

…Okay, this is getting seriously weird. For those of you who are confused, I DON’T HAVE SEX WITH MY BOOK. It’s a metaphor. Geez…

It’s gotten to the point where everything feels right between me and my book. And because of that, I’m writing more and better than I had before.

Right now, only one person has read my book to completion: my friend and beta reader Blake Hihara, who is currently in the LAND OF THE RISING SUN. (Kamisu, in Ibaraki Prefecture, to be precise.) And from what I’ve heard from my other betas, then the book is good. Yes, they say, it has a lot of rough places. But there’s still something there. Something is starting and trying to climb towards the light, to quote Pink Floyd**. Which makes me confident.

A few weeks ago, I announced to the world that I wrote a book, not knowing whether it was good, or whether I’d wasted the last seven months of my life. Because of both the positive feedback I’ve been getting, combined with the incredible writing sessions I’ve been having, it feels like it’s going to happen, for reals. And because of that, my goal of an actual, for-real publication date of 2018 (five years to do the process of rewriting, revising, and shopping for markets) doesn’t seem unattainable. It feels like it’s going to happen.

My basic plan of attack for the years between now and 2018 are as follows:

Now to mid-2014: Finish the second draft of Lotus. (So you know, the attempted finishing date of Book 1 will be very close to my college graduation.)

Mid-2014 to end of 2014: Revise D2, so that it gets to the point where I’m at a penultimate draft. Talk with beta readers, and revise accordingly.

2015 to mid-2016: Let the book sit for a while. Send my shorter work out to markets and get it published, so I won’t be a complete unknown when I send my work in to agents/publishers. That way, I’ll have a resume to work on. Work on Book 2, and hopefully get its first draft done. Revise D2, so that I can get it into Final Draft stage.

Mid-2016 onward: Send it to agents/publishers. When it gets rejected, rinse and repeat.

2017. Get the book accepted. Pre-publication process.

2018: Publication date… I hope!

2018 is still a while off, and I’ve got plenty of time between now and then. But it’s going to be five years of work.

This isn’t because I’m too lazy to send it out right now. It’s because I want it to be the best book it can possibly be.

Regardless, things are going to be interesting.

I’ll be doing State of the Book posts from here on out. Look for at least quasi-regular updates into the status of my book.

In the meantime, I’ll close with a gif, as is the custom of the Internet.


Stay frosty, Canada.

~ Ian

* I’m not too worried about plot similarities between Stormdancer and Lotus, though. I haven’t read Stormdancer, but from what I’ve heard, it’s about a teenage girl with the power to talk to griffons, which is a world away from my deicidal heist novel. Basically, the only similarities between the books are the fact that they’re Asian-inspired fantasy novels with Lotus in the series’ title. I’ll take heart from NK Jemisin and Christopher Paolini, who both have series called The Inheritance Trilogy that are about as different as books can be.

** You know. Like I always do.


Posted: February 8, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Today, as of 5:40 PM, the first draft of The Lotus Imperiate is finished.


Holy crap, you guys.

I wrote a book.

~ Ian

I made a timeline for The Lotus Imperiate universe*.

It covers about 5000 years of history, is 1,797 words long, and takes up five pages. And yet, I still feel like it’s not long enough.

In other words: Preparations for Draft 2 are on.

~ Ian

*note: It’s called the Lotusverse. Or, at least that’s what I call it.

I’m tired.

Looking at the history on my computer, I can see that I started The Lotus Imperiate almost seven months ago, on June 28, 2012.

That’s a long time ago.

And I’m tired.

Writing a novel is like running a goddamn Ironman triathlon. It’s long, and hard, and nearly impossible to do if you don’t have the training…

…but damn is it rewarding.

The Lotus Imperiate is nearly done. I’m at the climactic scene right now, and I just want to put a stake in this goddamn beast’s heart and be done with it. I want to be finished with this book, if only so I can go on to the second draft, and so I can go on to write something else.

It’s exhausting like you can’t believe, if you haven’t tried it. It’s long, and hard, and painful, and complicated, and I’m at the point where I HATE EVERYTHING I’M WRITING BECAUSE IT’S ALL SUCH CRAP but I can’t stop. Because I know that it’s a good story, and I love the characters, and I know that I’m at the beginning of something good.

And it won’t be over until I finish it.

~ Ian

I’ve been taking a break from really strenuous writing for the last couple of days, mostly working on a few side projects that really need revision at the moment. I’ve got a lot of hope for The Lotus Imperiate, and I assume that it’s going to be my first novel (well, not really my “first” novel, but the first one that I’m going to have published), but even so, it’s nice to take a break from the world of the Lotus Lords, and the crazy whacked-out conflicts between gods and mortals that are brewing there. Madness, I know, but still.

Although, I’m looking forward to the next draft, mostly because of the awesome changes that I’m going to put into the world. I’ve got a whole lot of ideas for the culture of Koroshi, the Japanese-analogue empire that is one of the two main countries in the world of tLI, especially revolving around the complicated politics and the caste system. I have to do a lot of research into the actual history and class system of Japan, of course, but that’s going to be part of the fun. After class today, I’m probably going to head up to the McHenry library on campus, and find some books on feudal Japan. I’m aware, though, that Koroshi is not Japan, just like Tai Sho (the other main nation in the world) is not China, and the Northerners are not necessarily Europeans. I’ve got ideas for their cultures that have nothing to do with the real world. And, after all, this is fantasy. I don’t want to restrict myself to actual history. I want to go off into strange new worlds. Japanese and Chinese culture is amazing and fascinating, of course, but there’s only so far you can take reality before it starts to get boring. I need to do research, of course– every fantasy writer does, after all, even if they’re writing a standard Medieval European fantasy novel– but even so, I want the world to be fresh and new, not something people have seen a million times before.

And then there’s the other stuff. One of my characters, Mara, is a little bit dull at the moment, but that’s going to change in the second draft. I’ve got so many cool ideas for what I’m going to do with her character. The book is told from multiple characters’ POVs, so I’m thinking that I want to do something that I haven’t seen anyone else do in fantasy, and have each POV character’s be told in a different person and tense. For example, Mara’s story, and that of Kitt Ashlocke, the Northern thief, basically beg to be told in first person. We need to be inside their heads, hear their voices. And I’ve got great ideas for what I’m going to do with the Lotus Lords, the actual god characters… Just you wait! It’s going to be so cool!

*ahem* Sorry. I’m the only one who’s read any of The Lotus Imperiate so far. I understand that it has to be boring listening to some guy rambling about things that are in his head and his head only. But I’m just so damn excited. Knowing what this book already is, and what it’s going to become… well, that’s an amazing feeling.

It’s a good feeling, when you get excited about something that you made, all by yourself.

~ Ian


It’s the last week of NaNoWriMo. And how am I doing, you ask…?


I’m quite pleased with myself, actually. I’m about two-thirds to three-quarters done with The Lotus Imperiate, and I’m nearly at the 50,000 word mark for November. Which is awesome, because at this point, I’m starting to suspect that tLI is the longest thing that I’ve ever written.

So you know, when I finish tLI, it will be the first time I’ve finished a novel since… a long-ass time, let me tell you. Ever since the early days of my crappy Tolkien ripoffs. And I feel good about tLI. It’s not good yet (I still have a lot of revising to go through), but it feels like this is actually a story that I’m telling that’s good. There’s nothing wrong with the material. It’s only up to me whether I succeed or screw it up.

Anyway, if you’re doing NaNoWriMo, then keep on going. If you’re close to 50k, good luck reaching the top. And if you’re not… well, you tried, and there’s still time to finish with honor.

~ Ian

NaNoWriMo: One Week In

Posted: November 7, 2012 in Uncategorized
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So far, it’s going pretty well. I’m over par by about… oh… seven words, which means that I’ll probably finish on November 30, or thereabouts. I’m planning to write a lot more during the weekends, and it’s a long weekend coming up, so I’m hoping that I’ll gain a little bit of a tactical advantage over the weekends.

And it’s all going pretty damn well. The second third of the book, which is when more interesting stuff starts to happen, is beginning. I’m out of the messy, muddly exposition part, and I’m getting towards the middle, which is really where the meat of the book is. And even though I’m working on the first draft, and will keep on going until I finish it, I already have a lot of great ideas for Draft 2, which I’ll hopefully start on next year after I’ve written draft 1 of Game Over (which you can read about on my Projects page). I’m feeling really confident with The Lotus Imperiate at this point, actually. I’m hoping to get it published within five years, which looks more and more achievable as I keep writing.

We shall see how everything goes. In the meantime, here is a gif:


How’s your November going?

~ Ian

I like to read SFF-related blog sites, especially those that deal specifically with print SFF. When I see that there’s a post describing the first book of a new series, though, I usually see about twenty percent of the commenters saying something along these lines:

This series sounds good. However, I have a policy of not starting series until they’re finished. That way, I always know that I’ll have a complete story.

I always get annoyed with these sorts of posts. And yet, I can sympathize.

So, what are my problems with this?

Well, first of all, not all fantasy series are the same. Fantasy series can be broken down into two main types:

1. Open-ended fantasy series, like Discworld or the Dresden Files, in which each book is much more like an episode in a long-running TV show, and…

2. Series that are building towards an end.

Type 2 can be broken down further into two subtypes: those where the number of books is preset from the beginning, and the series only lasts for that many books (such as your standard fantasy trilogy), and those that the author says has a definite ending, but that ending is an indefinite number of books away (like A Song of Ice and Fire, or, up until recently, Wheel of Time.)

And when people say they don’t want to read series, it’s usually the WoT/ASoIaF kind that they don’t want to read. A series that ends up going for decades with no end in sight.

(Case in point: when A Memory of Light is published next year, the Wheel of Time saga will have lasted twenty-three years between publication and completion– outlasting both its author and original cover artist. The Game of Thrones books have been around for almost that long, with the first book being published in 1996, and it has no end in sight. Interesting fact– both Jordan and Martin both initially planned their respective series as trilogies.)

I can understand not wanting to pick up a new series and wait years, or even decades, to get to a conclusion. I’m a reader and a fan. I’ve been in the same boat.

But when I see comments from people online that they never pick up the first book of an uncompleted series, that makes the writer part of me a little bit freaked.

Let’s look at it this way: it’s an incredibly rare author who sells an entire series first cat out of the bag. Usually publishers look at the sales of a first book of a series to decide whether there will be further books. And when you’re looking at sales of first novels from new writers, it’s low. Fantasy is a lucky genre in that first-novel sales are typically higher than most other genres, but even still, that number is often in the low thousands. Writers like Patrick Rothfuss, who explode onto the scene out of nowhere and get to major positions in the genre with a single book, are incredibly rare. Writers often have to toil in obscurity before they can even begin to build a following.

And that’s part of the problem. Sure, it doesn’t impact the industry at all if just a couple of people choose not to read uncompleted series. But when more and more people choose to opt out of buying a book because it’s the first book of a series, that takes away from sales. And the higher the number of people that don’t buy a book, the bigger the chance that the publisher won’t ask for another book in a series.

What this means is, if enough people don’t buy the first book of a new author’s series, there will be no series. The first book will be the only book.

This wouldn’t be that much of a problem in another genre, like literary fiction (where stand-alone novels are most common) or mystery (where most novels are parts of open-ended series revolving around the same protagonist). But fantasy (and, to a lesser degree, SF) thrives on the serial. And it’s an unfortunate fact that in our genre, the standard unit of storytelling is the trilogy. I’d love nothing more than to see more stand-alone novels in fantasy. But partly due to writers, and partly due to the market, the market expectation is that any novel is part of a series (typically an open-ended series in urban fantasy, and a serial in epic fantasy).

I guess that sounds a little counterintuitive. I was just saying before that if enough people stop buying the first books of series, then no more series will be published. And yet I just said that the standard unit of a fantasy story is the series. How can this be reconciled?

Well, because when a publisher publishes the first book of a new series, even with no guarantee that there will be a second book, they’re publishing it in the hope that it will get a fanbase, or a following, or something, so that it can be a perennial seller. A publisher that publishes a lot of first novels is basically throwing a lot of darts up into the air and hoping that some of them will stick. Some of them do, and go on to become consistent sellers for both the author and publisher. And some of them don’t, and if that’s the case, then the publisher doesn’t have to waste time or money with publishing a second book.

If people don’t buy those first books, though, it means that none of the darts stuck.

There will be no new fantasy series.

There will be no new authors.

And that’s a problem for me. The Lotus Imperiate, my current project, is the first book of a trilogy. And a lot of the reason why I chose for it to be a trilogy is because that would be more marketable to publishers. And my hope is that one day, The Lotus Imperiate finds a home with a good publisher, and that people will read it and like it and buy it, thus giving me shiny gold rocks with which I can buy goods and/or services. But if nobody buys it, then I have no shiny gold rocks, and I can’t buy things. Which means that I’ll have to get a job as a telemarketer or something, and this will eventually end with me dying sad and unfulfilled. 

Basically, what I’m saying is that if enough people don’t buy book one of The Lotus Imperiate, that means that there’s no guarantee that books two and three will get published either. And it’s the same for other new writers too.

I know that people don’t want to get burned with a new fantasy series. They don’t want that book to break their hearts. They don’t want to wait years until they find out how the story ends.

I understand that. I do. But if enough people do it, it hurts the book market. It means that no new authors can enter the fantasy genre, which hurts the genre as a whole, until there’s nothing left but big-name authors who can sell their series because they’ve proven to be marketable. And this would be a terrible thing. What would the fantasy genre today be like if there were no Mistborn, no Kingkiller Chronicles? If nobody bought those first books, then there would be no series. And with that, the world would lose something.

So go ahead. Buy that first book of an unfinished series. Let it break your heart. Because broken hearts can heal, and you might just fall in love again.

~ Ian

November is almost here, and that’s when I’m going to be doing the bulk of the work on The Lotus Imperiate, which currently stands at about forty percent of the way done with the first draft. (Note to self: I should get a little “loading bar” widget on Axolotl Ceviche that shows how far I have to go until I finish a project. You know. Like Brandon Sanderson has on his website.)

Since I listen to music while I’m writing, I usually have several songs that go well with what I’m working on. These are them. If you like, you can make a playlist out of them, and pretend you’re reading a book that nobody has ever lain eyes on but me.

Actually, no. That would be kind of stupid.


“A Change of Seasons”, Dream Theater

“Breaking Into Heaven”, The Stone Roses

“Cantara”, Dead Can Dance

“Echoes”, Pink Floyd

“Hong Kong”, Gorillaz

“I Am The One (Dark Fantasy Version)”, Inon Zur

“Kids With Guns (Schtung Chinese New Year Remix)”, Gorillaz

“Modern Meat”, Animals as Leaders

“Piece for Solo Flute (Live)”, Dead Can Dance

“She Bangs the Drums”, The Stone Roses

“Sorrow”, Pink Floyd

“Tarata Women’s Working Song”, Joe Hisaishi

“The Battle of Evermore”, Led Zeppelin

“The Legend of Ashitaka”, Joe Hisaishi

“The Human Game”, Lisa Gerrard

“The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove”, Dead Can Dance


Actually, you know what isn’t on this list? Traditional Asian music. I really should get some, since tLI is set in an Asian-themed fantasy universe. Or even some more modern music played on traditional East Asian instruments.

If any of my more musically-inclined readers know any good traditional Asian music for me to get, leave me a note in the comments. I’d love to get some suggestions.

~ Ian