I wanted to have a long, long news post to go with this latest update. But as usual there is just too much else going on. So, I owe you a State of the Erfworld Address and updates on Linda's treatment (it's going well). Let me just say a couple of things about "End of Book 4" now, though, so you Don't Panic.
Book 3 was called "Hamsterdance vs. the Charlie Foxtrot." As I wrote in some news post a long time ago, that one ended on page 141. (EDIT: Or maybe page 146, as Charles suggested in comments.) It will have no epilogues, but the printed versions will have some bonus content.
Book 4 was called "Lies and Dolls" and has just ended with what's been posted as Book 3 - Page 344. Realigning the archives with the new book breaks was liable to break everything, so the web team is waiting to do that between books. Book 4 will have a handful of epilogues, but nothing like Book 2.
We will start posting Book 5 updates without any major break in the schedule (however much I love cliffhangers, I really can't do that to you), and I'll hold off on announcing the title of Book 5 until we're in it. More to come about plans for book printing, and everything else.
I need large print hardbacks to go with books 1 and 2! Please print at least a few hundred of those!!! I just moved, and found all my old Erfworld stuff - these books have a proud display now.
And how am I to get you to autograph them now that you probably won't be boothing at GenCon again?!? This dire question vexes me. Perhaps a Kickstarter reward tier?
Best of luck to Linda's treatment.
Just a thought but would Book 3 end better on page 145?
It just feels like it wraps things up better for book three and still leaves it with the impendnig feeling of doom on the picture of Caesar's arrival.
You then have page 146 to open up Book 4 with Ceasar getting the scoop from Bunny on the situation which is a good way to get the reader caught up on the situation. Following pages do the same while page 143 and 145 also have good wind downs from Stanley and Charlie
@charles , The end on 141 is a good bookend from the title. Hamsterdance vs the Charlie Foxtrot ended with both of them losing, in a beautiful double panel at the bottom.
To the Erfteam, you guys have been amazing, I'm so glad to hear Linda is doing as well as can be expected, and I am eagerly awaiting Book 5.
This update made me overlook the end of book strip for a while.
Yikes! In a way, it makes sense that Wanda's overpowered story comes to an end; her decryption ability was hugely overpowered. She was in a bad situation, cut off and targeted by multiple forces. There's a certain amount of realism to her death
It also permanently kills off a huge swathe of characters, Game of Thronesishly.
Wanda. Claud & Ivan. Jack. Ansom. Bonnie, Ace, Antium. Countless soldiers of course.
And now we know why that Predictamancer went to so much trouble to switch allegiances to FAQ. To tie her heartstring to a woman who can barely stop herself from killing her. Marie is still alive, I'm sure. She's like a weed, always growing back.
I still remember how she contracted Charlie to alter Jillian's mind in some way. Hoping there will be some more about that mystery in the upcoming book.
Excellent writing! We're all overjoyed to hear that things are looking up on the homefront, and I'm sure the next book we'll have a lot more to look forward to.