The God of the Hive, part two

The second excerpt of The God of the Hive (pub date 27 April) can be found through the book’s web page: in which we catch a glimpse of Sherlock Holmes, dodging responsibility.

If you come back here to Mutterings on the 29th, you can see what the original draft of this same section looked like, and read my comments on the rewrite process.

Here, by the way, is what the manuscript looked like during the final stages:


  1. Rachael on January 27, 2010 at 3:45 am

    Having little bits at a time is almost too much to bear! And yet…. can’t resist… reading excerpt…

  2. jtb1951 on January 27, 2010 at 6:10 am

    Thanks for the excerpts, Laurie!

    I really like the new look of the website; great job!


  3. Merrily on January 27, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Off to read despite the fact that this is slow, exquisite torture….

  4. strawberry curls on January 27, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Often “upgrades” just mean things will become more difficult to use, but not on this site. Love the new layout, and the design. So much easier to navigate. Well done!!

    Love the picture!! Note to self — purchase stock in sticky notes. 🙂


  5. Erin on January 27, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Oh wow! The new site layout is beautiful!

    And jeez, that’s a lot of post-its! Do the colors have a significance? Or did you just change out post-it pads midway through?

  6. La Donna on January 27, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    OMG — I’ve been in love with Mycroft forever. Not sure I can stand not knowing how he is until April. Arrrrgggghhhhhh.

    Love the new (and very twenties) theme for the website!!

  7. ella144 on January 27, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Ooh, I can’t wait to read it. This is practically torture, you know, dribbling the story out to us like this.

    The website looks lovely, by the way.

  8. Anna Elliott on January 27, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    “Standing over his son’s form, he became aware of the most peculiar sensation, disturbingly primitive and almost entirely foreign”

    What an absolutely great line!

  9. Jessara on January 27, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Three more months. I can wait three more months without going over the edge. Really. Probably. Like pregnancy, though that last week is going to be longer than the entire preceding month. Reading the chapters as they are posted does help.

  10. Chris on January 28, 2010 at 4:33 am

    OK – so I just sneaked a look. I’m always in the ”do I, don’t I” indecisive mode with these previews!

    Laurie – just a thought – but both LANG and GOTH could be a ”Scottish” book in Waterstones if A&B could do a deal – they have a Scottish book of the month, so either author (!) or setting qualify. Better prominence in all the stores, at least north of the border, and in July in particular would stand out. And the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August, maybe…?


  11. Anita on January 28, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Reading a little bit at a time just makes you want more. Then you look on the book cover and see the count-down! Too funny!

  12. Merrily on January 28, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Curiously thrilled to see that you, too, are a fan of brightly covered Post-its. What did we do without them? I myself am fond of the little thumb-sized ones.
    And the latest excerpt is terrific…I love how you are able to evoke the primitive, passionate man just below the surface, while showing Holmes still firmly in control of himself.

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