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characters mentioned in other author's novels
« on: September 14, 2013, 10:36:55 AM »
I've started  recently reading Justin Gustainus (Quincey Morris seies) and one of the characters visits Mac's pub  ;) From the Dresden Files was a nice surprise to me anyway

any other novels mention Dresden or an area from the Dresden Files?

It got me thinking that I've seen  Mulder and Scully mentioned quite a few times in passing when reading UF 

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Re: characters mentioned in other author's novels
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2013, 12:14:52 AM »
Benedict Jacka doesn't mention Harry by name in his Alex Verus books, but in the first book, in the first chapter when Alex is explaining that he's a wizard he does throw in a line about a wizard in Chicago who advertises in the phone directory. It's a clever and quite cheeky little reference. If you've read Dresden you know what it is, but if you haven't it won't really throw you, just a small line that will make you go 'Oh really?' Jim Butcher obviously took it in the spirit it was intended as he provided a cover quote/recommendation for the book.
George Martin is one for leaving veiled references to other authors and characters in his ASoIaF books, they can be pretty obscure, but they are there. I particularly liked the reference to House Jordayne which I think is from the mountainous region of Tor.
Terry Pratchett also does it a lot. Can't think of any specific examples of the top of my head, but they are there.
Of course Jasper Fforde does it all the time with his Thursday Next novels as a lot of those take place inside works of classic and not so classic literature.
I will expand your TBR pile.