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At last, an answer

Stephen Donaldson just answered my latest question to him on his website:

Captain Maybe:  Thinking about it, this seems like an incredibly finicky question, but … why choose ‘last’ instead of ‘final’ for the title of The Last Chronicles?

If I had to choose between the two I’d go for ‘final’ – rhythmically and phonetically it seems to me to fit better with the word ‘chronicles’. What qualities does ‘last’ have for you over ‘final’?

You say “finicky”: I say “subjective,” (“Let’s call the whole thing off”–if you’ll forgive an obscure–not to mentioned strained–joke). But here’s how it looks to me. I understand your point about the rhythm of “final”. To my mind, however, “last” asserts that there will not be any more “chronicles,” whereas “final” suggests that there may not be any more of ANYthing. In other words, “final” sounds more, well, *final* than “last” does.

As I say, subjective….


OK – that makes sense.

Actually, I recently discovered that he’s doing a tour to promote Fatal Revenant the week I return to the UK. I’ll be going to one of those dates – quite possibly the one in Bristol. Hopefully it’ll turn out better than the last (and only other) time I went to see him. Did I ever tell you about that? Remind me to one of these days.

Categories: Literature, Quotations
  1. Drew
    8 October 2007 at 9:49 am

    Hey Sean, tell me about the other time you went to see Stephen Donaldson…

  2. 9 October 2007 at 4:46 am

    Yes, well. Patience, my good man, patience.

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