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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Worst Fantasy Book Cover... Ever?
« on: January 29, 2012, 09:27:42 AM »
I like a lot of these!

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Introductions / Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread
« on: February 17, 2011, 04:16:56 PM »
Oops, missed this, sorry. A bit late, but, hello to all, let's hope we laugh over our differences about comedy books, gasp with shock about the horror genre, and what can we do about Fantasy? I know - Cross Swords! Going now ...

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JK tried something new, and that was letting the books grow with its readers. She got away with it, just, but this was down to literary inertia, seeing it through and all that Johnny. The whole lot very nearly came undone with HP5 Order of the Phoenix, a dreadful, dreadful book. Overlong no matter how you cut it, reams of pages wasted on domestic cleaning chores, taking teenage angst to levels we only see on Jeremy Kyle, all in all - rubbish. However, although it was flawed, she got it back with HP6, her Dickensian interlude was magnificent; in the book I could see Kathleen Harrison a la Scrooge's housekeeper transposed to an Oliver Twist workhouse charge-hand, sitting there drinking that gin; I even think the film makers spotted this and created the scene with such Dickensiana in mind. HP7, badly flawed, really, unacceptable and unwise 'rule breaking' in the guise of over reliance on flashbacks to get the whole story, but - there's enough sheer brilliance in there to forgive JK for this, and for knocking off Fred. One thing was a recurring sheer delight and that was some of Ron's lines kept in line with his general character. The way he gave the thumbs up to Harry ('Nice one, Harry') after Harry had praised Mrs Weasley's cooking; tunnel-mind Ron could only think it was due to help from his birthday gift, one of those 'How to compliment girls' type books. And the way he'd para-phrase Hermione when discussing the laws of magic 'Oh yeah, that's Gamp's Third Law, that is' and so on. Superb. I am a big big fan of HP, as is my daughter. But, now that's it all over - it could and should have been better. Tolkien's long lost descendent she is not.

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Non-Fantasy Books / Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« on: February 17, 2011, 08:32:09 AM »
Anything and everything, crime stories, kids books, classics, some (but not many) biographies - usually Victorian figures, reference books, the lot. At the moment I am reading the original 1908 edition of Scouting for Boys. It's appeal now is in the very fact that it's dated, some wonderful Johnny English gung-ho in there. After this I will need a fantasy/steampunk fix of some sort, these tales (if done well, of course) are so stylish.  Cheers. Gandledore.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: A Steampunk Primer
« on: February 16, 2011, 06:42:19 PM »
Hello, folks, I see it's just snuck in here already, but Philip Reeve's Mortal Engines / Fever Crumb series'sssss needs to be shouted from the rooftops, I am afraid that I ran out of superlatives long long ago (in a time far away ...!). It is indeed being thrown in with the SteamPunk mob, I am not too sure of that, but more importantly, Mr Reeve himself, is by all accounts, not three happy with this either, but, no matter, just like Darth (although it is not spacey in any way shape or form) there are more machine than men type characters, mostly bad, but sometimes good, helping or hindering the central characters. It really is an exceptional read. I am also leaning towards thinking that Mr Reeve and Mr Pullman are secretly working together on a hybrid. Dark Materials / Lyra fans, will know that she writes to and gets letters from a mysterious Tom, in the companion book, Lyra's Oxford. I think the Tom is Tom Natsworthy from Mortal Engines. But, time will tell.

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General Discussion / Re: Gandalf or Dumbledore?
« on: February 16, 2011, 06:27:30 PM »
This is going to be seen as treachery in our house, but, Gandalf, by, I dunno, a length or two. Gandalf for all his age, still moves with the agility of his days of yore (I don't even know what that means, but it sounds about right!), whereas Dumby is what he actually would be in the real world, rather stiff and pedestrian, using his greater skills than most in tandem with his wrist and elbow prowess, but never leaps and strides and all the rest of it. The quickest I saw Dumby move was when he went out of character (thanks, Gambo, get back to skidding on yer corner) "Did yer do it, boy! I've gone and got meself an Oirish accent, did yer put yeour name in the goblet?!"

On a different note, allowing these differences, they're the same fella. HP (sorry, fam'), as good as it was, was not original. Dumby is Gandalf pensioned off by the Middle Earth Emergency Council, and who pops up again in HP.

JR

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Small Press & Self-Published / Mike Miller, Son of Pendragon - Josh Rogan
« on: February 16, 2011, 06:19:08 PM »
This is my new book on Kindle, although it has been around in various forms (although has had many edits) for some years. It is in the HP vein and takes young Mike Miller and his pals, and new friends (and enemies) he makes along the way, on a rip-roarer of a ride around a goodly slice of the globe. It is currently selling well on Kindle; thankfully that's one thing that can't be hyped as the ranking is there for all to see. It is certainly a bargain as the current price is 0.71p although Kindle do seem to like upping and downing the price for some reason, but never by much. If you don't like paying out on new untried authors and books, no probs, Google away, and you may even get the whole lot somewhere, although again, it has had many and serious edits since the early editions.

I am also in the market for a good long fantasy tale to while away the rest of the winter, so feel free to suggest one for me.

Cheers

JR

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