The Chung Kuo series, when originally published, had only a modest web following, hosted graciously by Bob Newell. The new official website is great, and for us long time Chung Kuo fans, it’s given us an oft-wished for portal to Mr. Wingrove’s creative process. But, with this blog, I hope to pick up where the old fan site left off and provide a forum for all things unofficial for the amazing world of Chung Kuo. And who am I? Just a fan who’s read through the entire original series twice and has always hoped another glimpse into the spellbinding world of Chung Kuo. It’s been a long, long wait, but we finally have our opportunity.
The title of this blog, Of Gifts and Stones, was the title to the synopsis of the story-thus-far that was featured in the beginning of the later books, initially called The War of The Two Directions in the old Book 5 (Beneath the Tree of Heaven), at least in the American edition that I have. At that point it was only two pages, which grew to 17 in MotLD. That’s a lot of ground to cover! It was a much-appreciated addition, and the title always stuck with me. It’s a thinly veiled reference to when… well, let’s not spoil anything. Anyways, I hope that this blog similarly covers a lot of material, so Of Gifts and Stones seemed like an appropriate title. I’m hoping that Mr. Wingrove retains that title for the synopsis again when the time comes, if only to legitimize my borrowing of it.
A few months into running this site, David Wingrove himself reached out to me with an offer to throw the occasional bit of content my way to host here. Immensely grateful and honored, I wholeheartedly accepted. So, every now and then you’ll see something that he’s passed along. Aside from that, I have no affiliation with David Wingrove, Corvus, Atlantic Books, or anybody else. I also don’t make any money off this site — I maintain it as a hobby at my own expense.
Lastly, it has always been my intention for this to be a collaborative site, so if you are interested in contributing, please let me know. This is the perfect spot for reviews, reflections, fan fiction, fan art, etc.
Keep an eye on this space for periodic news, updates, opinions, and more!