The game again

October 9th, 2011

What I want to know is, has anyone tried the City of Lies game? And if so, what did you think of it????? Hard? Easy? Fun? A bit snoozy? I am totally not an online game player, but I liked it. Very different from the Museum of Thieves game, of course. I wonder if there will be a game for Book 3 …

Because that’s where I am right now, in the middle of Book 3, Path of Beasts, doing the structural edit. It’s satisfying to see the book improving, but at the same time frustrating, because every time I change one little thing I have to hunt through the whole book to fix a dozen other things that must also change.

I’ve just got this week to read it through and make sure I’ve found all those things, then it has to go back to the publishers. Phew – I’m feeling a bit rushed. And on Friday I’m off up to Launceston for the northern launch at Fullers Bookshop. I’m also going back to my old school, Glen Dhu Primary, to talk to the kids on Friday afternoon. (Look at that old red brick building. It hasn’t changed a bit!)

20 thoughts on “The game again

  1. John Cianchi says:

    Hi Lian
    My eldest daughter (9 years) and I are very excited to learn that the City of Lies has been published. It is so refreshing to find a contemporary book that has a strong girl and that promotes childeren’s abilities and adventurous spirits.
    We live on Bruny and our girls go to the Bruny Island District School. It’s a great little school but I think it is struggling to promote the joys of reading (and the relevance of fiction) to the pupils and their parents. I have started doing some work to improve the library and make it more inviting.
    I wonder if you are available for book readings and what the costs might be, because it would be wonderful to bring you across to Bruny.
    Many thanks
    0428 468 734

  2. Hannah says:

    I have played the game l little bit and it is a bit different than the Museum of Thieves game. It is fun though.:)

    1. Lian says:

      Hooray, I’m glad to hear it, Hannah! It is very different, isn’t it.

  3. Hannah says:

    I love that it shows Goldie’s bluebird pin when it loads!! 🙂

    1. Lian says:

      Yes, I really like that too – the way the colour slowly comes into the brooch.

  4. Roan says:

    I played it to… it was so hard.. >_< I feel so stupid. I can't get the clues right!! But I'll be back once I have completed that game!! 🙂

    Sounds like a very busy week for you, Lian. Don't forget to eat well and have a great rest. 🙂

    1. Lian says:

      Oh me too, Roan! Bits of it ARE hard!

  5. Mia says:

    -twitches- it. wont. work. on. my. laptop.-twitches- must. keep. trying. -twitches-
    Maybe it will work on the comp at schooolll….. hmmm 🙂

    1. Lian says:

      Mia I know there were some people who couldn’t get it to load, and the game makers tweeked it a bit, which seemed to improve things. I’m sorry to hear you’re still having trouble. Do you get an error message, or what? And what browser are you using?

  6. Mia says:

    im using windows the internet explorer thingy, im gonna try at my dads house. whenever i try it just says ‘error, cannot load’ its frustrating!

    1. Lian says:

      Mia, did you see my message earlier about how it won’t work for Internet Explorer 6? You need to have 7 or later. That might be the problem on your laptop.

  7. Ella Lord says:

    I have played the game and found it fun.I especialy liked the riddles.But it was a bit to easy.

    1. Lian says:

      Glad you liked it, Ella. I guess some people are going to find it too easy and some are going to find it too hard. Difficult to match everyone!

  8. Lert&Shelly says:

    That was definitely different from the first one (But so-o-o-o great!). Riddles we quite simple, but the most precious was to find at least something about characters =) Anyway, we’ll get (buy, steal (Ha! I’m too honest…), blackmail) at least 1 copy of your book.

    1. Lian says:

      Hi Lert and Shelly, glad you enjoyed the game. You’ll find more about the characters in the second book here.

  9. Lert&Shelly says:

    That was definitely different from the first one. Riddles we quite simple, but the most precious was to find at least something about characters =) Anyway, we’ll get (buy, steal, blackmail, smuggle) at least 1 copy of your book. =)

  10. Teegan says:

    Dear Lian,
    My name is Teegan and I am 11 years old. I live in the Kapiti Coast in New Zealand. I go to St Patricks School Paraparaumu. I used to live in Christchurch but luckily my family moved from there about a year before the big earthquake that was horrible have you heard much about it in Australia? Have you ever been to New Zealand? Well anyway I have two dogs their names are Ruby and Jess. Dogs are my favourite animals in the whole wide world what is yours?
    I love your books I just couldn’t put them down! I came to read Museum of Thieves when my mum and I were getting a book for my older sister called city of Clockwork Angels or something like that maybe you might of heard of it before it’s by Cassandra Claire. Mum told me that I was allowed to pick a book and after about an hour of reading blurbs I came across Museum of Thieves and thought it looked interesting so I tried it. The Book was great I could not put it down I had it finished in three days! I have recommended it to my friend and now she can’t put it down either she said it was really good. My favourite part of the book was when Goldie was in Care and she picked the lock and Bonnie came up with the plan to get Guardian Bliss’s attention and then Goldie finds the boys who have burnt their beds! Another Part I really enjoyed was at the end where the save the day and the fugleman and Guardian hope float away in the Great Hall.
    The City of Lies is brilliantly crafted sequel with unexpected turns like Flense *******[SPOILER!] and Harrow *******[SPOILER]. The game was quite easy for me because I had a lot of background info about it. A video game company should one day make a full version game for the whole Keepers Trilogy. I enjoyed the first book so much I begged them to get me City of Lies I ended up with it no even a week after it was released here in New Zealand. My favourite part of that book was when they were in the big lie and Goldie figured out how summon a big lie. I’ve got question about when they almost drown is mouse genuinely helping them or did he lead them there on purpose but Flense just let him drown to? I liked the part where they escaped from Smudge and Cord they aren’t very smart I wonder why Harrow wanted them to work for him anyway? Did anyone in Spoke know who he was except Flense? I can’t what until Path of Beasts! When does it come out here?
    Finally the real reason I wrote to you for school we have to present a speech about someone we would like to meet and I chose you because I thought it would be interesting to ask you questions about your books! I was wondering If you could answer a few questions so I can put it in my speech? Okay, What are some of your favourite lines from the keepers books? because I wanted a snappy beginning I thought I might be able to start with an interesting line from one of the books. Do you have any ideas of what could be good to start the speech?? I also wanted know some interesting facts about you and some basics like your Date of Birth, Birth Place, favourite colour ( mine is PInk!) Maybe the type of music you like and stuff like that. If you want to email it to rather than post it on the internet my email address is the one at the top that I filled in at the start. What is another way I could contact you? oh do you have any story writing tips?
    I hope I didn’t ramble on too much and hope you’re not too busy to reply ASAP to this comment.
    Yours Sincerely
    Teegan ( Your Biggest fan ever)
    P.S can i have one of those book plates?

    1. Lian says:

      Dear Teegan, I think that is the longest message I have EVER received. Congratulations, you have set a record! 🙂 You’ve given me lots of questions to answer, but first, you will probably notice that I deleted a few words in your post because they gave away some very serious secrets in book 2. I’m trying to avoid those secrets getting out to people who haven’t yet read the book.

      1. The Christchurch earthquake. Yes, we heard a lot about it in Australia – it sounded quite terrifying. I’m glad you and your family moved before it happened.
      2. I’ve never been to NZ, but really want to go. In fact just a few weeks ago I asked my publisher if they could find me a writers festival or some such in NZ, so that I’d have an excuse for travelling there. Not that I need an excuse …
      3. My favourite animal. Like you, I’m pretty keen on dogs. They are such nice people generally, and very generous-hearted. I also like cats, and would VERY much like to meet an orangutan.
      4. Is Mouse genuinely helping Goldie, Toadspit and Bonnie? Yes, definitely. He has a good heart, Mouse, and would never hurt his friends. The rockfall must have happened fairly recently I think, and he didn’t know about it.
      5. Cord and Smudge. I think Cord is actually pretty cunning. But yes, you’re right, Smudge is dumb. 🙂 But he’s very strong, which is why Harrow employs him.
      6. Harrow. No, I don’t think anyone in Spoke except Flense knows who he is. He’s a mystery. A very dangerous mystery!
      7. Path of Beasts comes out in Australia, NZ and the USA at the beginning of October 2012. A long time to wait, I know!
      8. Favourite lines. I think one of my all-time favourite lines from the books is ‘You’re in the museum now – and anything can happen!’ I reckon this would be an excellent way to start the speech, especially if you say it sort of quietly and dramatically.
      9. Facts about me: I was born in Launceston, Tasmania, on March 17th (St Patrick’s Day) 1951. My favourite colour is green. As for music, I like classical music, Gregorian chant, gospel music and jazz, and have a particular fondness for the clarinet. If you want more facts, have a look here.
      10. Story-writing tips. I’ve got several places where I’ve answered people’s questions about being a writer: here, here (scroll down to my last reply) and here (scroll down to my correspondence with Alfiya) . Read what I’ve said and then if you have a specific question get back to me and I’ll try and answer it.

      Phew! I think that’s it. I’ve emailed you about the bookplates and you should get them soon.

  11. Teegan says:

    Dear Lian,
    Thankyou very much for answering. I think you should come to New Zealand and if you ever come you should visit the Kapiti Coast it is beautiful down here if you came you should go to Kapiti Island as well the walk to the top is tiring and takes around 2 and a half hours but the view from the top is amazing you can see right to the south island as well. I wonder would you mind if I sent you a comment with a story i want to enter in a competition and tell me what you think?
    Your Sincerely

    1. Lian says:

      Dear Teegan, The Kapiti Coast sounds very beautiful, and as I like walking I shall certainly do my best to visit it if I come to NZ. As for the story, I have a policy of not reading other people’s unpublished work and giving comments. I used to do it, but it took up so much time that I stopped. Sorry I can’t help.

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