Below are a few links from Kelly’s recommendations and comments during the interview:
The Sun King by Nancy Mitford.
“A Study in Oils” by Kelly Robson, published by Clarkesworld.
The Uncommon Reader, a novella by Allan Bennett.
The Tremontaine serial, seasons 1 to 4 by Ellen Kushner.
Kelly Robson’s Tremontaine tie-in story “The Eye of the Swan.”
Waters of Versailles
by Kelly Robson
Sylvain stood on the roof of the north wing, the gardens spread out before him. The fountains jetted high and strong, fifteen hundred nozzles ticking over reliably as clockwork, the water spouts throwing flickering shadows in the low evening light.
The gardens were deserted as any wilderness. Inside, everyone was preparing for the evening’s long menu of events. Outside, the statues posed and the fountains played for the moon and stars alone.
Sylvain was taking advantage of this quiet and solitary hour to do one final check of the velvet pipes. He had already felt every inch of the new connection, examined the seams all the way to the point where the fabric sleeve dove off the roof to disappear through a gap above a garret window. (Continue Reading…)