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Venture in Vain
« on: May 30, 2012, 07:39:10 PM »
Is anyone here familiar with this short story that was released in 2001?  According to Wikipedia, this story took place in 1089.  Only 300 copies were ever made.
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Re: Venture in Vain
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2012, 09:25:56 PM »
IIRC, this was King Brion's Mearan campaign from the Mearan point of view.  I would love to read it someday, but I don't think copies are generally available.
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Re: Venture in Vain
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2012, 08:40:29 PM »
I have a copy. Unfortunately, it is in storage right now. :-(

It is indeed the story of King Brion's Mearan "adventure" in December 1106 told from the Mearan point of view. Princess Caitrin is the main protagonist. It did not end well. ;-)

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Re: Venture in Vain
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2015, 08:39:14 PM »
I also have a copy of this story. All 300 copies are signed.

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Re: Venture in Vain
« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2017, 11:57:27 AM »
Is there any plans to reissue this book?  I have looked around to buy it and have come up with none for sale
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Re: Venture in Vain
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2017, 12:11:59 PM »
Is there any plans to reissue this book?  I have looked around to buy it and have come up with none for sale

Not that I've heard of.  I would imagine buying a copy would require a remarkable expenditure, since there were only 300 copies made and they're all signed by KK.

Sure would be nice if she'd issue it (even in e-book format), though; I'd love to read it myself.  :D
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Re: Venture in Vain
« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2017, 12:25:55 PM »
I'll let you know that it is a good read. But it would be nice if it made publication in another format so more people could enjoy it.

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Re: Venture in Vain
« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2017, 02:29:48 PM »
By the by, Venture in Vain is not book length. It is short - a short story or a novella, as I recall. (My copy is in storage, alas!) I too think that it would make a fabulous e-book! :-D

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Re: Venture in Vain
« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2017, 09:22:07 PM »
I would love to read Venture in Vain.  Sigh....
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Re: Venture in Vain
« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2017, 11:34:25 PM »
It's really a short story. Don't remember exact page count, but it's under 50, I believe.
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Re: Venture in Vain
« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2017, 12:11:35 PM »
Way under 50 pages. My copy isn't in storage, so I got it off the shelf. A grand total of 16 pages, including title, copyright, and signature pages, but, as one might expect, a well done bit of story nonetheless, though it is a tragedy.  I will post a list of characters below, skip it if you consider that much info to be a "spoiler".

Anyone who wants to read my copy is welcome to come visit me in Sweden. :-P







Characters, listed in order of first mention:

Pardiac
Francis Delany
Caitrin Quinnell
Robbard Kincaid (cousin to Caitrin)
Onora Quinnell
Michael MacDonald, Onora's Husband
Sorchette, Onora's new-born daughter (her 4th child)
Named men-at-arms:
Derek
Dickon Smithson
 ~7 un-named men-at-arms
Morain ap Lewys
Prince Judhael
& his grandson, two-year old Judhael

People not present, but mentioned either by the narrator or the characters:
Judhael of Mera
Jolyon Quinnell (grandfather of Judhael,not only not present, but long dead)
Roisian Quinnell  (also deceased)
Annalind Quinnel  (also deceased)
Malcolm Haldane (also deceased)
Donal Blaine Haldane
Duke Richard
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Re: Venture in Vain
« Reply #11 on: September 18, 2017, 01:00:30 PM »
I would love to come to Sweden if I ever get the chance.

I'm now wondering what the two year old Judhael might have witnessed and how much that subconsciously affected his subsequent behaviour.
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Re: Venture in Vain
« Reply #12 on: September 18, 2017, 01:04:13 PM »
Oh an excuse to visit Sweden. It is on my bucket list. ***Wishing***
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Re: Venture in Vain
« Reply #13 on: September 18, 2017, 01:29:37 PM »
Welcome to the forum, Kareina!  And congratulations on owning the one canonical Deryni story I haven't managed to add to my collection.  *wistful sigh*
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Re: Venture in Vain
« Reply #14 on: October 11, 2017, 09:14:36 PM »
I'm in the middle of packing up for a move across town. And I've found my copy of Venture in Vain

 


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