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Nicole from USA wrote on December 31, 2012:
Happy New Year Mr. Coville! I hope 2013 is happy and blessed :))
Also, I finally succeeded in finding my copies of the Chronicles, and they have been restored to their place of honor on my bookshelf. I also reread them and got very nostalgic...there's a world of memory attached to those stories for me; I was eleven when I first read them and they were the first fictional world I ever truly fell in love with. I dreamed about Luster for years afterwards and forced the stories on all my friends (I'm still badgering one of them to finish the series so we can talk about them; she's read the first two). And I'm seventeen now and am currently on a huge Tolkien kick (and can I say that coming back to Luster after reading Tolkien gave me a new depth and appreciation for Luster, as well as Middle Earth), what with the Hobbit coming out, and coming back to the Unicorn Chronicles just hit the spot after so many years. :'D
I hope this made some kind of sense XD I had so much to say! Merry 2013 to you and yours 😀
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Nicole -

Ah, what a lovely message. It delights me more than I can say to know that the Unicorn Chronicles have continued to be so important to you through all these years.

Tolkien is the master, the greatest of us all, and I owe a lot of what I do to having read his wondrous work when I was younger. He taught me how to build a world.

Have a lovely new year, my young friend. And thanks for staying in touch.

Byron Lee from Skaneateles, New York USA wrote on December 31, 2012:
hey Bruce! Byron again. i remember sending you a message about goblins and orcs and telling their differences. I've fully confirmed that the orcs are going to be the size of humans or slightly taller,and goblins are going to be smaller than humans.
the group that i thought up for them was "The Orc And Goblin Swarms." in the story, they are a group of several clans of either orcs, goblins, or both.
my original was the Orc and Goblin Federation, but i switched it around because the word "federation" might make some people think of star trek.
i was buzzing myself on why they would be waging a war against the empire of Welterr, which is where my story takes place.
what do you think would be a reason for them to be in conflict?
please let me know!
Byron Lee
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Byron -

Clearly you are thinking long and hard about this story, and working on many levels, trying hard to make it fresh and not cliched. GOOD FOR YOU!

Reason for conflict? Well, that will be the very root of the story, won't it? It could have to do with a kind of racial prejudice. Or some long ago injustice. (Look at many conflicts in the world today and you'll find that people are still fighting about things that happened a hundred years or more in the past.) Or perhaps some deep and painful, but at the root innocent - misunderstanding from some time ago.

Lots of possibilities! Keep thinking and writing, Byron. I know you have a passion for this.

Duke from Bentonville, AR USA wrote on December 31, 2012:
Bruce[If I may call you that],
I plan to buy some of your books,but I don't know if there's tax or not!So what I'm asking is,when someone buys your books does it have TAX?
Your friend in Bentonville,
Duke J.
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hey, Duke -

Tax is a state-by-state issue. If you buy from my website and live in NYS, there will be tax. If you live somewhere else it will be tax free.

sara from USA wrote on December 29, 2012:
thanks I'm going to need it my G.A.T.E. teacher is really tough
P.S. you are officially the first author to reply when I sent them a post
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hah! Glad to have that honor . . . though I have to confess, it is partly because you caught me at the right time.

Good luck with the project.

Margaret Ann Dimacali Bautista from morristown, NJ USA wrote on December 29, 2012:
hi everyone i just wanted to say that moongobble and me is a great book every single book i find a awesome adventure
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Margaret -

Thank you for this. My wife (who did the art) and I had so much fun creating the MOONGOBBLE AND ME books. In my career of over 100 books I think this was one of my most enjoyable projects. So it delights me to know that you enjoyed them, too.

All best,

Kenia from milpitas, california USA wrote on December 28, 2012:
Do you belive the world is going to end? Any ways are you ever grumpy? I like your books!!!!!!they're so interesting especially the book juliet dove qween of love.
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Kenia -

Do I believe the world is going to end? Well, probably sometime it will end, some millions or billions of years from now. But in the short term? No, I don't think so.

Am I ever grumpy? Well, if I told you that my license plate is MRCRANKY (really! I'm not kidding!) would that answer the question.

Of course, you have to consider the fact that it was my children who gave it to me...

Delighted to know that you like my books, especially that you like JULIET DOVE, as I think it is one of my very best, but it never got much attention.

All best,

Julia from USA wrote on December 27, 2012:
I love the Unicorn Chronicles! They are one of my favorite series I've ever read. However, I can not find them anywhere with the same binding; some I find in paperback, others in hardback. The first book I can't even buy really anywhere. Your website specifically for the Chronicles is not updated, so I can't buy them from there either. Please, is there anyway I can find a way to buy the books as a set? I really want to have them so I can read them with no limit. Please email me if you have the time; it would be greatly appreciated. I'm sorry if I shouldn't have signed here, but I didn't know how else to contact you about getting your fabulous books.
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Julia -

Oh, I understand your frustration! I pleaded with Scholastic to release a uniform edition of the Chronicles, especially as they had four covers all by the same artist. But they refused to reissued Books One and Two in hardcover, and have not yet released Book Four in paperback. It's slightly maddening. Publishers . . . can't live without them, can't cook them for breakfast. Sigh.

You can buy all four with covers by the same artist. But you can't get all four in the same format (hardcover or paperback) at this time.

Feel free to write to Scholastic and complain!

I am truly, deeply pleased that you care about this. Thank you for taking the time to write.

All best,

Madalynn Allen from Snow camp, Nc USA wrote on December 27, 2012:
You are the reason I started reading books, thank you so much for opening up a whole new world to me.
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Madalynn - Thank you for this. Saying that I got you started on reading is about the highest compliment that I can get as a writer. It makes me very happy to know this.

Best wishes for the holiday season,

Amanda from Warwick, Rhode Island USA wrote on December 25, 2012:
Hey Bruce. My brother got me a mini kindle for Christmas so once I finally got it working I downloaded "The Boy With Silver Eyes" and "Homeward Bound". I'm very excited to start reading them.
Happy Holidays!
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Amanda -

Oh, I do hope you'll enjoy them. I'm honored to know that they were some of the first things that you downloaded!

Mr.Thank-You from ?, ? USA wrote on December 22, 2012:
My friend Duke wants to say MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!That and he hopes to meet you in person.He loves the Magic Shop series, and wishes to read the Unicorn Chronicles.
P.S.Reading YOUR books and others made him want to be an author.
Merry Christmas,
Reply by Bruce Coville
Dear Mr. Thank-You

Please tell Duke that I send him holiday greetings! I hope he'll enjoy the Unicorn Chronicles.

I am honored that my books have made him want to be an author.

all best,