Sunday, September 30, 2007
Yes, Virgina, Giant Squirrels DO Exist
The Empress's Tomb will be out on Tuesday, so I figured I should spend the next few days answering some of the questions that are bound to arise. I'm labeling this series of posts, "Things You Should Know."
For instance, a few people who've read the latest book have wondered if I "invented" a species of rodent known as the Malaysian Giant Squirrel. I assure you all that I did no such thing. (As if!!) Intrepid travelers who've explored the rainforests of Southeast Asia often report spotting enormous rodents perched in the treetops. Though they look much like American squirrels, these beasts can measure more than three feet in length. Imagine finding something like that in your backyard!
Need more proof? Click here.
I've also heard from certain people who believe that cute, fluffy squirrels (even giant ones) could never be responsible for all the mischief they cause in The Empress's Tomb. For the education of these naive individuals I've provided the following evidence of squirrel-related crimes around the world.
1. The Iranians recently arrested 14 squirrels as spies.
2. Many squirrels have become master thieves.
3. Though they appear innocent, they can attack when you least expect it.
4. Squirrels regularly plunge the world into darkness.
5. They're all masters of disguise.