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Guestbook

Welcome to the Guestbook!

I'm always eager to read your comments about my books and stories, so please feel free to pitch in. Here are a few things for you to know:

1) I answer the messages here personally.

2) No message shows up here until I actually answer it. To prevent spam and other inappropriate postings. So there will sometimes be a delay before your message posts, especially if I am traveling.

3) Please avoid "spoilers"! If you don't know the term, a "spoiler" is a comment that will give away a surprise or plot twist to someone who has not yet read a story. For example, if you write, "I was so startled by the way the orange baboon ate Bob alive at the end of the story" I can't post your message, because it would spoil the surprise for people who haven't read the story yet.

4) If you provide your email address, you will receive a notice when I respond to your message. (Don't worry—your address will not appear on the Guestbook!)

5) This one is for teachers: While I love hearing from your students, please (I'm begging you!) do not have every child in class write a separate message. I simply don't have the time to respond to 25 messages that all say pretty much the same thing.

With that in mind—post away! I look forward to hearing from you.

-Bruce Coville

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Name: Jessica
Location: Edinburg, tx USA

Hello Mr.Coville i just wanted to tell you what everyone else tells you i really enjoy your books. I started reading your books when i was in sixth grade. I would stay up late just to finish reading magic shop books. Im a junior in college now .Seven years later well im still up late reading the magic shop books... i thought you should know your books are awsome...

Monday, January 07, 2008 at 12:05:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Monday, January 07, 2008:

Hi, Jessica -

I can't tell you how much your words "seven years later, well im still up late reading the magic shop books" delighted me. Makes me want to get right to work on the next one!

Thanks for letting me be part of your childhood - and for holding on even as you move into the next stages of life!

Cheers,

BC


Name: Brice
Location: Palmer, Alaska USA

Hey I loved the Monsters of Morely Manor i read a lot and i have found nothing that really compares do you have any recomandations for other books?

Saturday, January 05, 2008 at 10:57:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Sunday, January 06, 2008:

Hi, Brice -

Hey, thanks for the kind words. To tell you the truth, I don't think there's a lot out there like MORLEY MANOR (not even among my own books - it's the weirdest thing I ever wrote!)

You might try PURE DEAD MAGIC by Debi Gliori. I haven't read it myself, but I heard some comparisons. And my own GOBLINS IN THE CASTLE has some of the same kind of energy as MORLEY MANOR, though it's a very different kind of story. Hmmm. Also my book ALIENS ATE MY HOMEWORK might work for you (it has tiny aliens, instead of tiny monsters!)

Hope you enjoy some of those!

All best,

BC


Name: Emma
Location: USA

Hi! I went on audiobook.com and I listened to a sample of 'the song of the wanderer' It was quite good! Can I buy a video recording from you? Just curios.Which parts do you play? (not just in song of the wanderer). Thanks! Bye!

Saturday, January 05, 2008 at 12:15:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Saturday, January 05, 2008:

Hi, Emma -

Glad you liked the clip! In SONG OF THE WANDERER I'm the narrator. (We try to use the author as narrator whenever possible.)

If I'm not narrating, I often play supporting roles in the recordings. In MONSTERS OF MORLEY MANOR, though, I played Gaspar Morley, which was maybe the most fun thing I've done, since Gaspar is so over-the-top.

We don't have any video recordings - we just do audiobooks!

BC


Name: Josifina

Hi, My name is Josifina (My friends call me Josie) I am 14 years old and even though I'm a girl, I love the alien series. My favorite chracter is Grakker. Do you ever go to Paris? That is where I live. It'll be cool to meet you. I bet I could see you a mile away! So, Happy new year! -Josie

Friday, January 04, 2008 at 12:46:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Friday, January 04, 2008:

Hi, Josie -

Hey, it's perfectly fine for a girl to like the Alien series! (Just like its all right for a boy to like the unicorn books.)

I am very much against putting people in little boxes!

I visited Paris once a few years book. I really loved it there, and would love to return some time.

BC


Name: Stevie
Location: Wheelersburg, Ohio USA

Hi Bruce.I love all your books.You are a fantastic writer.When I read your books,it feels as though I'm really there.It's like I'm in my own world.I just wrote to let you know how great your books are.

Friday, January 04, 2008 at 10:32:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Friday, January 04, 2008:

Hi, Stevie -

I remember, when I was a kid, feeling as if I was living in the books that I read. And, really, when I became a writer it was partly because I wanted to make books that would make other people feel that way. So your compliment is much appreciated!

BC


Name: Emily Gillies
Location: Mountain Home, Idaho USA

I wanted to order online, but my computer said "Cannot display page" and we couldn't figure out why. So my mom ordered for me on the phone number that the website gave. I am really, really hoping it comes today. I'm dying to hear it. I don't have any books of yours, although I have checked out SONG OF THE WANDERER and JULIET DOVE QUEEN OF LOVE from my school library. By the way, that reminds me of something else I wanted to tell you. This year my mom wanted to get her class hooked on a good series, so my brother and I advised her to read aloud MY TEACHER IS AN ALIEN. She did, and as predicted everyone loved it. She said everyone complained when she left off at a chapter (not surprising, since you always work in some sort of cliffhanger)and lots of people ran and got the next books in the series when she was through. One more thing: We've noticed, you love telepathy, don't you? You seem to work it into almost every book.

Friday, January 04, 2008 at 10:05:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Friday, January 04, 2008:

Hi, Emily -

I checked with my staff, and this is on track. You ordered Dec. 27, we took it to UPS Dec. 28. They deliver in 5 - 6 business days, but because of the holiday and weekend that puts it out to an arrival date of Jan. 8. We checked with UPS and they say it is on track for delivery on that day.

I'm delighted that MY TEACHER IS AN ALIEN worked so well for your Mom's classes.

You're right about telepathy. I hadn't realized how often I use it, but now that you mention it . . . yep!

BC


Name: Emily Gillies
Location: Mountain Home, Idaho USA

Hi Bruce, it's me again, from waay down the list in late December. Thanks for writing me back. I thought you said you couldn't write for a while. Guess that's wrong because your Guestbook has become chockfull. I can't wait for DARK WHISPERS. I know I said that before, but I'm just so impatient! When I finished SONG OF THE WANDERER, I misread the back flap, and I thought that A GLORY OF UNICORNS was the third book! I was so disappointed. Good book though. Are you really working on another Nina Tanleven book? I love her. I have all the books except THE GHOST WORE GRAY. That is quite possibly my favorite book in the series. I'm also waiting for SONG OF THE WANDERER that we ordered on Full Cast Audio. Hasn't come yet. Grrrrrrr.

Thursday, January 03, 2008 at 2:41:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Friday, January 04, 2008:

Hi, Emily -

I shouldn't spend as much time on the guest book as I do, but, well . . . I do.

We've been rehearsing for the audio version of DARK WHISPERS, so I'm hearing the book read by some wonderful actors, and I'm getting more excited than ever. You always have to be nervous about a new book, wondering how people will react to it, but this is starting to feel pretty good to me.

I do have another Nina partially done, but now that the stinky-pie publisher has said they don't want it (I do have to admit that it was terribly, terribly late) I am not sure what I will be doing with it.

Did you order WANDERER from the FCA website, or somewhere else??

BC


Name: Emma
Location: USA

Hey! It is me agian. Has anyone ever told you that you were funny? Because you really are. I heard you published 95 books. AM I DREAMING? Wow, you are amazinig i tell ya, just amazing. Have you ever heard of Jonathan Rogers? Did you ever meet him? He is the guy that wrote the wilderking trilogy. (I told you I was reading that) so, how was new years eve for ya? I stayed up the whole night. YAWN. I am still tired. Okay, Happy new year! ( hope you suceed at your resilutions! if you have any of course. ;)

Thursday, January 03, 2008 at 1:23:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Friday, January 04, 2008:

Hi, Emma -

Many people have told me I was funny. They don't always mean it as a compliment!

Jonathan Rogers is a new name to me.

I don't make New Year's Resolutions, as I think that is a losing game. Rather I very carefully set out a set of goals for myself. It feels different, and gives me direction through the year, especially if I am smart enough (I'm not, always) to refer back to them during the year. You might try it. I think it's a good system.

Happy New Year!

BC


Name: Amanda
Location: Warwick, Rhode Island USA

Hey Mr. Coville. I just have a quick question: Do you accept money orders as payment for ordering books on your website? I was just wondering so I could possibly order Dark Whispers when it's available and get that treasured autograph copy I've been wanting. Sorry to keep signing your guestbook and thanks for your help.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008 at 5:35:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Thursday, January 03, 2008:

Hi, Amanda -

Sure, we accept money orders. They're pretty much the same as a check for business purposes.

BC


Name: Illy
Location: Miami, USA

Oh sorry to hear that. It's ok. Your series is awesome already. (And thanks for forgiving me!)

Wednesday, January 02, 2008 at 2:46:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Wednesday, January 02, 2008:

I am a fountain of forgiveness! (Except when it comes to corporations. I generally hold a grudge in those cases for about 25 years.)

BC


Name: Garrett
Location: USA

Hey Bruce!Its GaRrEtT Happy New Year!What of ur books do u like the best?How many books have u wrote?

Wednesday, January 02, 2008 at 2:05:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Wednesday, January 02, 2008:

Garrett -

I love all my books! They are like children to me.

I don't know how many books I've written. (That may sound silly, but it's because I've written a pile that haven't been published.) I have published almost 95 books.

BC


Name: Illy
Location: Miami, Fl. El Salvador(just kidding USA)

Hi Bruce! It's me again! I see Peyton sent u new messages (And she didn't tell me! How dare she!) ANYWAY I was just wondering when u wud write ur 4th Nina Tanleven book? I'm sory I 4got to wish u a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!(please 4give me...)

Wednesday, January 02, 2008 at 11:15:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Wednesday, January 02, 2008:

Hi, Illy -

I'm perfectly willing to forgive you for not wishing me a Happy New Year.

(On the other hand, for the guestbook I prefer real words to IM speak . . .)

I've got about 1/3 of the new Nina Tanleven book finished. However the stinky-pie publisher decided they didn't want it, so I don't know what is going to happen with it. Sigh . . .

BC


Name: Garrett
Location: USA

Hi its GaRrEtT sorry i offended you but my eyes hurt so bad from reading!

Tuesday, January 01, 2008 at 3:19:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, January 01, 2008:

Dear GaRrEtT -

Brilliant recovery. I am impressed!

Bc


Name: Garrett
Location: USA

Hey this is GaRrEtT again and I'm so bored! P.S.Do you by any chance have an aim or aol???

Tuesday, January 01, 2008 at 12:36:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, January 01, 2008:

You have three of my books and you're bored!?! I'm hurt and offended!

No aim ( I don't have enough time in my life as it is! ) and I think aol is an appallingly bad service.

BC


Name: Garrett
Location: USA

Hi its me again I got three books of yours. I'm reading the Skull Of Truth and so far it is great!

Tuesday, January 01, 2008 at 11:12:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, January 01, 2008:

Hi, Garrett -

Glad you're enjoying SKULL. I think it may be the best written of all my books. (Lord knows it was one of the hardest!)

BC


Name: Hannah
Location: USA

Dear Bruce Coville, Remember the "Unicorn Nut"??? That's Me!!! I just recently heard a FCA book. Was it funny pretending to be a grumpy Santa? Hey, I just remembered why I even wrote. Have you ever heard of Zephyr Goza? He wrote "Tales from Under the Crevice" and "Tales from Under the Nook", witch are both about Zephyr finding a secret world ina crevice in his parent's green van. The Goza's are actors and their website is www.activated-storytellers.com. Type to you later, Hannah P.S. Do you know JK Rowling?

Tuesday, January 01, 2008 at 7:52:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, January 01, 2008:

Hi, Unicorn Nu . . . um, I mean HANNAH! ;>

I'm glad you listened to one of our recordings. You bet it was fun being a grumpy Santa. One reason I started the whole company was just because I like doing this so much.

I hadn't heard of Zephyr Goza, but I googled him, and he seems like an very interesting person.

BC

PS: HAPPY NEW YEAR!

PPS: Alas, I have never had the pleasure of meeting JK Rowling.


Name: Emma
Location: USA

Hi, It is me again. I was reading the guest book and I saw that you said you'll sign books that people by from you! Will you be able to sign Dark whispers for me? (When I buy it of course!) That would be sooo cool! I do not have any autograghs, except for unfamous people that were in school plays and stuff. Anyways, Happy 2008! (Time sure does fly!)

Monday, December 31, 2007 at 8:29:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Monday, December 31, 2007:

Hi, Emma -

Sure I'll sign it for you. I always autograph books that people buy from the website.

Note: There is a spot for listing WHO you want a book signed for. If that is not filled in, I just sign it generically.

We won't be selling it until July or August, of course.

BC


Name: Garrett
Location: USA

Hi my name is Garrett and I read your book Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher.It was the best book ever!I think it would make a great movie.

Monday, December 31, 2007 at 5:45:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Monday, December 31, 2007:

Hi, Garrett -

Glad you liked JEREMY. I think it would make a great movie, too! (If the filmmakers didn't mess it up, as so often happens . . .)

Keep your fingers crossed that something might happen with it.

Happy New Year!

BC


Name: Aurora
Location: Cushing, Maine USA

Hi Bruce, Sorry about that last entry, don't pay any attention to it. I hope that your holidays were good. Maybe, just maybe,everyone being in such good spirits the book might be finished faster. I don't know. Just a thought. I can not believe that 2008 will be here tommorrow. It is amazing how time flies. That also means that July will be here before you know it and that means the book will to. Happy New Year. Aurora

Sunday, December 30, 2007 at 12:16:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Sunday, December 30, 2007:

Hi, Aurora -

Thanks for the holiday wishes. As far as time flying - you ain't seen nothin' yet! Wait till your my age. It seems like each year goes by faster and faster!

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU!

BC


Name: Peyton
Location: USA

Thanx for the suggestions. You have a happy New Year too. You know how you said that you got the idea for the Nina Tanleven series because you were doing a play and people saw a ghost in the theatre. How come you wanted to do a second and third book?

Sunday, December 30, 2007 at 10:33:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Sunday, December 30, 2007:

Peyton -

I was staying at an old inn in the Catskills once, and the owners believed that there were treasure buried somewhere on the grounds, for the same reasons (though with less detail) than I used in GHOST WORE GRAY. That was all I needed to get the motor running.

Once I had two books, the third seemed inevitable . . .

BC


Name: Peyton
Location: USA

Dear Bruce Coville, Sorry about shouting at you yesterday. When I read all your Nina Tanleven series, what other books of yours do you think I should read. Also I think your writing tips are cool. My teachers told me the same thing. Thanx.

Sunday, December 30, 2007 at 4:54:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Sunday, December 30, 2007:

Hi, Peyton -

You might try either JULIET DOVE, QUEEN OF LOVE, which is a magic story with a bit of a mystery in it, or the MY TEACHER IS AN ALIEN series.

Hope you enjoy them!

Best wishes for a Happy New Year.

BC


Name: andrea
Location: kilmarnock, ayrshire scotland

hi again forgot to ask if order from your website can you ship to scotland. happy new year andrea

Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 2:53:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Saturday, December 29, 2007:

Hi, Andrea -

Hmmm. We can probably ship to Scotland, but I'm not sure it would be the best route for you, given the cost of postage. You might want to try Amazon.co.uk, as many of my books are available that way, and would be shipped from within the UK.

If you do want to order from us, drop a note to my assistant, Mike Ruffo, via the website's contact page. Tell him what you would like to get, and he can figure out the cost of shipping for you. I will, of course, be glad to autograph and personalize any books you get directly from us.

I sincerely appreciate your interest in my writing. Please tell the twins I said hello.

All best,

BC


Name: andrea
Location: kilmanock, ayrshire scotland

Hi Mr Coville My twin son's have recently discovered your magic shop books and are hooked. Our only problem is getting hold of the books as our bookshops don’t stock them very often. thank you andrea

Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 2:39:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Saturday, December 29, 2007:

Hi, Andrea -

Thanks for this message - lovely to know I have readers in Scotland.

My dear friend Jane Yolen (with whom I collaborated on ARMAGEDDON SUMMER) lives about half the year in Scotland, and I had the pleasure of visiting here there once. I would love to return sometime; it's a truly wonderful place.

BC


Name: Ashley
Location: Kingsport, Tennessee USA

I've been reading your books forever. I espesially love Jermy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher and Into the Land of the Unicorns. Have a good New Year

Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 1:19:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Saturday, December 29, 2007:

Hi, Ashley -

Thanks.

I just came back from a six hour session at the recording studio, working on the audiobook version of DARK WHISPERS (Unicorn Chronicles 3) so I'm particularly excited about that series right now.

Best wishes for a lovely 2008!

BC


Name: Illy
Location: Miami, Fl. USA

Hi Bruce it's me again! (Am i bugging u too much? Sory, u've gotta understand im a big fan!)Would u rather meet a ghost that sleeps in ur bed without permision and takes up all the space, or meet a ghost that in the morning, when ur not looking moves ur breakfast plate from position and takes a bite out of ur food? Thanx!!

Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 12:17:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Saturday, December 29, 2007:

I don't want a ghost in my bed, so the breakfast-eater is definitely the better option!

BC


Name: PEYTON
Location: USA

HI, IT'S PEYTON AGAIN. I DIDN'T TELL YOU MUCH ABOUT MY BOOK IN THE LAST MESSAGE SO I WILL TELL YOU NOW. MY BOOK (TWO LOVEBIRDS, THE GHOST AND I)IS ABOUT A TOM-BOY (IF YOU DIDN'T KNOW IT'S A GIRL WHO ACTS LIKE A BOY)NAMED CAROLINE WHO HAS TWO BEST FRIENDS. ONE IS A ROCKER BOY NAMED PRESTON AND THE OTHER FRIEND NAMED LAURA WHO DOES BALLETT.(SHE REMINDS ME OF ILLY).THEY WORK FOR THIS ELDERLY LADY ACROSS THE STREET NAMED MRS.PUDGE BUT THAT DAY THE HOUSE WAS EMPTY.THE ONLY OTHER THING I'M GOING TO TELL YOU IS LAURA AND PRESTON BECOME IN LOVE. DO YOU LIKE THE IDEA? THANKS AGAIN.

Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 12:16:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Saturday, December 29, 2007:

Peyton -

The idea sounds as if it could be very good. But you have to remember the idea is only a kind of seed. It's what you do with it that counts!

Good luck

BC

PS: Did you know that using all capital letters is considered "shouting"?


Name: Illy
Location: Miami, Fl. USA

Hiya! It's me again! My bff Peyton and I are both writing ghost stories cause we just LOVE ur Nina Tanleven Ghost Stories (Capt. Gray was so charming!!!) I still have to read Ghost in the big Brass Bed and so does she. But we both know that it'll be great! My question is: Do u like writing series or the kind that has no series? Thanx!

Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 12:04:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Saturday, December 29, 2007:

Illy -

I like writing both kinds of books - though sometimes a book I thought was going to stand along =becomes= a series, either because I get a new idea, or because it becomes so popular.

I never intended to write more than one book about Nina Tanleven. But I kept getting ideas!

BC


Name: Peyton
Location: USA

I LOVE YOUR BOOKS, ESPECIALLY THE NINA TANLEVEN BOOKS. MY FAVORITE ONE WAS THE GHOST WORE GREY. THE ENDING IS THE BEST PART. MY BEST FRIEND ILLY ALSO LOVES YOUR BOOKS AND IS WRITING TO YOU.WERE BOTH ACTUALLY WRITING OUR OWN GHOST STORIES. MINE IS CALLED TWO LOVEBIRDS, A GHOST AND I. ILLY'S IS CALLED A GHOST'S FIRST CHRITMAS. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 11:58:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Saturday, December 29, 2007:

Hi, Peyton -

I just got Illy's message, too. I think it's very cool that both of youlike the Nina books so much. Nine and Chris are based on my daughter and her best friend (and Henry is kind of based on me) so I have a special fondness for these stories.

Good luck with your own book!

BC


Name: Illy
Location: Miami, Fl. USA

Hi Bruce! Just wanted to talk to u because im ur #1 fan! Oh and also, i wanted to tell u that i'm actually writing a book (at the age of ten) called "The Ghost's 1st Christmas". Have any tips? Thanx! PS Ur in my dedication!

Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 11:53:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Saturday, December 29, 2007:

Hi, Illy -

There is a page of writing tips on the website. Just go to the top of the home page and look for the link. I like the title - and I'm very flattered that I will be in the dedication!

BC


Name: Emma
Location: USA

Hiya! It is Emma agian, I just wanted to let you know (and everyone else out there) that the section for writing tips is very helpfull. I never really thought about writing in a book how the place smells like... :-)

Friday, December 28, 2007 at 3:40:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Friday, December 28, 2007:

Hi, Emma -

Ah! Very glad to know that you find the tips of use.

I'll confess, I wish I had had some of these when I was starting out myself . . .

BC


Name: Josiah
Location: USA

hi, the names josiah i really like you alien books i like the chracters too my favorite ( believe it or not) i madame pong! I am a boy, and she is a girl! Ptoowwey. so, uh, thanks for the great books and happy new year! ( hopefully!)

Friday, December 28, 2007 at 3:20:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Friday, December 28, 2007:

Hi, Josiah -

Hey, it's okay for a boy to like a female character. I think Madame Pong is utterly cool. She's smart, she's funny, she knows how to deal with Grakker. What's not to like? ;>

Cheers - and Happy New Year!

BC


Name: christina
Location: ny USA

i love the books you write. i have just got done reading jeramy thatcher dragan hatcher.it was an AWSOME book.i am going to start reading my teacher glows in the dark. my friends have read some of your books and said that they are really good books!!!!

Thursday, December 27, 2007 at 8:30:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Friday, December 28, 2007:

Hi, Christina -

Glad you enjoyed JEREMY so much. I think you'll like MY TEACHER GLOWS IN THE DARK, but you might want to start by reading MY TEACHER IS AN ALIEN, which is the first book in that series. Unlike the Magic Shop books, which can be read in any order, the MY TEACHER books tell a continuing, expanding story.

Thanks for trying them out!

BC


Name: Emma
Location: USA

Hi! It has been FOREVER since I posted on here. I have one question, do you have any idea when the fourth book will come out? And I cannot wait till july, when book three comes out, but I think I'll be busy reading other books.I am almost finished with ELDEST the sequel to ERAGON. And I'm starting a new trilogy. The Wilder King. Speaking of trilogy, I am writing one! It is called the DreamQuest trilogy. I am hoping to donate it to mt library someday. Anyway, Happy Hollidays!

Thursday, December 27, 2007 at 2:25:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Friday, December 28, 2007:

Hi, Emma -

Nope, don't have the foggiest when the fourth book will come out. I have to finish writing it first. I'm still doing revisions on three (though doing that helps me get ideas for the fourth, so my momentum hasn't stopped completely.) I'm really eager to get it written. I have some very cool (in my opinion) stuff planned for it.

Good luck with your DreamQuest trilogy!

BC


Name: CoCo
Location: Ontario Canada

Hello! I'm in grade 8 now and have been reading your books since grade 5. The first of your books that I read was Goblins in the Castle, when I got it from the school library (I now own it). I'm in the middle of reading it to my younger brothers, and they really enjoy it too. I've also read the first 2 Unicorn Chronicles books, I look forward to reading the next one! I just wanted to say that you have been one of my favourite authors for several years, and also have been part of my own inspiration, as I enjoy writing stories a lot. But mostly, thank you for sharing your stories with us! ~~CoCo PS: Hope you have a happy new year!

Thursday, December 27, 2007 at 11:32:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Thursday, December 27, 2007:

Hi, Coco -

Very cool that you're reading GOBLINS to your younger brothers. I think it's one of my best books for reading aloud - I wrote the first version when I was still teaching and used to read it aloud to my students at Halloween time. We had a lot of fun with it.

I'm delighted to know that I helped inspire you to be writing your own stories. Thanks for letting me know that.

Cheers (and best wishes for a Happy New Year!)

BC


Name: Nick McNally
Website: http://myspace.com/nickmcnally
Location: Moncton, New Brunswick Canada

Hey Bruce, I really enjoyed looking through your website. I couldn't sleep one early morning and for some strange reason, I was thinking about the characters from some of your books that I read when I was a child. I think I was six or seven when I read "My Teacher is an Alien" I loved it! I never had that much more fun reading a book. I managed to get a few of your books from my school's library and had a little book collection. I've often thought of becoming a writer, I have written tones of poetry and music but would really like to start writing novels. I like to write and would love to be able to inspire others just as you inspired me when I was a child.

Thursday, December 27, 2007 at 3:19:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Thursday, December 27, 2007:

Hi, Nick -

Thanks for the good words. Since one of my main goals in life is to make reading fun, your statement "I never had that much more fun reading a book" is music to my ears. Which makes sense, as I see by checking your page that you are a musician. Hope the debut album is doing well!

Cheers,

BC


Name: Emily Gillies
Location: Mountain Home, Idaho USA

Hi Bruce! I'm so excited for DARK WHISPERS to come out. I'm twelve years old, the same age as Cara, and my mom recently (and by that I mean under an hour ago) finished reading SONG OF THE WANDERER and the first chapter in DARK WHISPERS. She currently knows as much about the stories as I do. We love your books. Mom teaches 4th grade, they read JEREMY THATCHER DRAGON HATCHER every year. I'm pulling my hair out over the date of the new book. I'm already half-bald. Hah-hah. Hope you keep writing awesome books! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 23, 2007 at 8:09:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Monday, December 24, 2007:

Hi, Emily -

Thanks for the lovely message.

We've been rehearsing for the audiobook version of DARK WHISPERS for the last week, and I'm more excited than ever about the book. Hearing it come to life as we sat around the rehearsal table made me think, "Oh, yeah, this really does work!" (Writers are usually a little bit insecure about their books while they're waiting for them to come out and get reviewed.)

Best wishes for a lovely holiday!

BC

PS: Tell your mom I used to teach fourth grade, too. I love that age!

PPS: I've got you beat - I'm MORE than half bald! ;>


Name: Amanda
Location: Warwick, Rhode Island USA

Hey Mr. Coville. I just wanted to wish you and all your fans a happy holiday and new year.

Sunday, December 23, 2007 at 4:37:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Monday, December 24, 2007:

Thanks, Amanda!

May you and yours have a lovely holiday, and a grand and glorious new year!

BC


Name: shelby janes
Location: monroe, washington USA

Hey Bruce! I've signed your guest book before, well a couple months ago, and I stil just can't wait for your next book! I'm still waiting for the next Erin Hunter book and the next Eragon book, but I'm also waiting for yours! I've been having to barrow some of my dad's book to read. Like The Caves of Steel. I just can't wait for your next book!

Friday, December 21, 2007 at 7:50:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Friday, December 21, 2007:

Hi, Shelby -

You've got a pretty wide range of reading there! Some of Asimov's stuff is really cool. And I wish I had bought Erin Hunter's books to produce on audio back when I had a chance. (Duh!)

Thanks for hanging on, waitin' for the next book in the Unicorn Chronicles.

BC


Name: Someone anonymous
Location: USA

So what if you can write books. The next bestseller will be mine and you will be screwed beyond your dreams. ha. haha.hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Friday, December 21, 2007 at 4:43:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Friday, December 21, 2007:

HAH! I kin rite bookz bitter then yew can. So PBLPBLPBLPBLPBL!!!!

BC


Name: John yuniesky the 50th with a hyphen
Location: USA

I think I have bad luck. I woke up and the alarm clock above my bed hit my head. So I reluctantly tried to move my Fat to the edge of the bed, and when I actually rolled off, I landed on a tack and I lost 3 pounds before I put a band aid on. I went to my dresser and chose the first and only shirt I ever got. I ate everything in the refrigerator and went to school. At school, everyone hits me and yells Tubbo! Then the teachers laugh and do the same. After I used my fat muscle to propel me to all my classes, I tripped over a 6th grader and got stuck in the door. Then I went to an all you can eat buffet and got sued for eating everything. When I finally got home my mom had restocked the refrigerator. She hired a bodyguard to the guard the refrigerator but I ate him. I went upstairs and got on my bed, but woke up in the bomb shelter an hour later. My mom wants me to write this to you for advice. Will you help me? From John Yuniesky the 50th with a hyphen

Friday, December 21, 2007 at 4:40:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Friday, December 21, 2007:

Dear John -

This is one of the most tragic stories I have ever read. Unfortunately, the only advice I can offer would require me to have multiple degrees in social work, as well as a license (in order to avoid prosecution). You may need a lawyer to deal with the missing bodyguard situation.

BC


Name: Lavon Youins
Website: http://www.myspace.com/hypnotik_phyre
Location: Richmond Hill, GA USA

Hi, I used to read all of your magic shop books when I was little. You were arguably my favorite author back in the day. I'm 19 now. I'm looking for the story the librarian told at the dinner table in The Skull of Truth. That's always stayed with me. It ended with the happy brother going to heaven but didn't know the difference. I was wondering, did you make that story up (genius) or is that a fable from "long ago?" If so, can you tell me the title and/or where to find it? Kudos for my happy childhood!

Thursday, December 20, 2007 at 8:56:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Friday, December 21, 2007:

Hi, Lavon -

Thanks for the kind words.

The story Ms.Priest tells at the dinner table in SKULL OF TRUTH is called "Do As You Love" and it was, indeed, something that I made up. I use it sometimes in speeches - it plays pretty well when read out loud.

The only place it appears in print is in SKULL.

Glad to have been part of your childhood!

BC


Name: cindy!!!!!!

I said "a spewy volcano in dimension x" in school and a guy named STEVEN BRUCE got addicted to it now we all know "a spewy volcano in dimension x" or Dimension Q

Thursday, December 20, 2007 at 8:29:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Friday, December 21, 2007:

Or Dimension J . . .

BC


Name: Laura T
Location: Ontario Canada

Hey Bruce I am a big fan of your Unicorn chronical series i have all of them so far and can't wait to read "Dark Whispers" it sound like its going to be great. p.s have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year your fan Laura T

Thursday, December 20, 2007 at 7:15:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Thursday, December 20, 2007:

Hi, Laura -

I'm just back from a rehearsal for the audiobook version of DARK WHISPERS, so my head is filled with it right now. I hope readers are going to think it's as good as I am starting to feel that it is!

Best wishes for a lovely holiday season!

BC


Name: Johnny Noface
Location: USA

If flying monkeys attacked you, what would you do? Kick monkey butt or run away? (You have a bowstaff).

Thursday, December 20, 2007 at 2:13:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Thursday, December 20, 2007:

I would attack them by making puns so atrociously horrible that they fell to the ground, clutching their ears in horror . . .

BC


Name: Amanda
Location: Warwick, RI USA

Hi Mr. Coville. Sorry to contact you again. I was wondering if The Unicorn Treasury was similar to A Glory of Unicorns? I have A Glory of Unicorns and I read the summary you have listed for The Unicorn Treasury. They sound similar but since I've never read the book I don't know for sure. I may have to get this book since I'm in love with your Unicorn stories. Well, actually I love Unicorns in general ever since I was a baby. I hav a picture of myself at a very young age with a Unicorn stuffed animal. Anyway, that's more than you probably wanted to know. Sorry for the extended signing of the guestbook. Thanks.

Thursday, December 20, 2007 at 12:46:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Thursday, December 20, 2007:

Hi, Amanda -

"The Unicorn Treasury" and "A Glory of Unicorns" are very similar in that they are collections of unicorn stories put together by, um, ME! The Treasury features some previously published stories, and also some excerpts from longer works (a piece from C.S. Lewis and another from Madeline L'Engle.)

However there is no overlap between the books. Each has a completely different set of stories.

BC


Name: Halley
Location: IL USA

Bruce, I'm a 21-year old who had your books read to me as a young child. I've recently come home from college and I am re-reading your Rod Albright books. Anyway you'll ever write another book wtih that series? Thanks!

Thursday, December 20, 2007 at 10:01:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Friday, December 21, 2007:

Hi, Halley -

I would LOVE to go back and do another Rod Allbright book. They're some of my favorites, partly because Rod is the only charater I ever based totally and completely on myself.

What happened, sadly, was that the publisher messed up the distrbution and sales of the fourth book so badly that they weren't interested in another. I'm hoping now that they're re-releasing them with new covers that there might be a chance to go back and revisit Rod and Grakker and the rest of the gang.

Happy holidays - and thanks for remembering the crew of the good ship Ferkel!

BC


Name: Tyler
Location: USA

Yea, Pretty Much, accept he hates my guts.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at 7:37:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Wednesday, December 19, 2007:

Sorry to hear that. You make me glad I don't have to deal with that kid stuff anymore. (Except that sometimes you run into adults who are even worse . . .)

BC


Name: Tyler
Location: USA

that last one wasn't me, it was my anti friend who hates me.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at 6:48:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Wednesday, December 19, 2007:

Oh. Sorta like my half-mad twin brother Igor, huh?

BC


Name: Kaiya
Location: SC USA

Hey my name is Kaiya and my friends and I are starting a book club at school. The first book we are starting with is one of yours which is the book Into the Land of the Unicorns. We started with this book because my best friend Morgan had suggested it and told me a little bit about it. She said that she loved the way you described the things in your book. She said that she felt like she was really there. I'm really excited about reading this book now!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at 5:53:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Wednesday, December 19, 2007:

Hi, Kaiya -

I'm honored that you're starting your book club with "Into the Land of the Unicorns." Please tell your friend Morgan I said thanks for recommending it!

BC

PS: Cool name!


Name: tyler
Location: nowheresville, USA

hi, i'm tyler and i'm a boy. I have a problem. I like boys. Please tell me what i can do about it.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at 2:24:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Wednesday, December 19, 2007:

Tyler -

Oh, that's easy. Stop thinking of it as a problem.

Sheesh.

BC


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