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  1. I was sure I had posted here a long time ago but it must be among the MIA's. I first got into Deaver when on holiday I picked up an American RD condensed book that had The Devil's Teardrop among the stories. I loved it so much I could hardly wait to find a bookshop to buy more of his books. The film version of The Bone Collector has one of the most heartstopping scenes in, to me at least. The shot of the rat jumping onto the still alive man, to eat his face, still scares me rigid. I like the Lincoln Rhyme books but have read some of the others which I also enjoyed but LR is my fave.
  2. My Mother read to me and made up stories for us when I was a child. My love of reading comes from her and among the many books I read, I read fairy tales. To me Fantasy carries on from there for adults. It explores the world of imagination, invents impossible yet believable characters, plots and adds magic or includes a little reality with its own rules of what is possible. I have read many genres, but Fantasy is a steady theme among them now. In the 80's I read Magician and had to read the rest of the series. Then I read David Eddings and thought the reverse of keana, that Eddings had ripped off Feist, lol. I guess they all started with Dungeons and Dragons. Although I had read the occasional short fantasy story, and of course Edgar Allen Poe, I think it was the Hobbit, read at school, that set me on the Fantasy path.I also read LOTR at the time but found the Two Towers too tough at that age though I battled on with it and completed the trilogy. I love Tiffany Aching and the Discworld series, Pratchett is more than a Fantasy writer, he is a satirist of life. Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series is a mix of Fantasy and gritty detective, (it started out as a project in his creative writing class, lol). Stephen Lawhead's Taliesin, Merlin, Arthur series was a great mix of fantasy, myth and 'history'. Mary Stewarts the Crystal Cave is another I liked. One writer I have difficulty in finding in libraries but who's series I liked was Katherine Kurtz 'Camber of Culdi' series, a mix of fantasy and monastic life. More recently I enjoyed Alan Gordon's 'Jester' series with Theophilus as the main character which mixes 'history' and Shakespeare though whether this is Fantasy or fact I am not too sure as he lists his sources as actual documents from a monastery in Ireland. I also like Sci-fi and got into it before fantasy although some of those were hybrids - is H.G.Wells Time Machine SF, or Fantasy class to discuss? But I find some sci-fi more technical than story. I like McAffrey's Pern which starts out as Fantasy and ends up as an SF/Fantasy hybrid. I liked Asimov's I, Robot and some of A C Clarke's stuff. But although I flirt with and am interested in SF I find I am more faithful to Fantasy. Every age needs it's heroes, it's white hat and black hat and the occasional grey-but-shake-the-dust-off-and-it's-a-white-hat characters. Moral compass points, father figures perhaps, white knights on shining steeds or should that be shining knights on white steeds? Life is stressful enough that we all need anescape of some kind, for some it's caffeine, or nicotine, some other drug, or alcohol, or sugar, or fiction, fantasy being one blend of fiction that satisfies my craving. For some it is a mix of these 'escapes'. But by escaping into another world for a while, be it meditation, religion (apologies to those who still have their faith), reading, tv, movies, or one of the others I've mentioned, provided we are not unhealthily addicted, we come back to the real world rested, refreshed and able to do battle with our own 'demons' whatever they may be. Sometimes we find in books what we find missing in life, be it a person or social life, a physical, emotional or mental ability we don't have ourselves, confidence or some other attribute that we need to balance our lives. Perhaps that's why we like Fantasy so much. Sorry for the essay, it's 4 a.m. and I couldn't sleep, lol. I'll shut up now - (why can't I talk as coherently as I sometimes write?)
  3. I just wrote a brilliant, in depth reply, (OK not necessarily 'brilliant') and my dial-up decided to disconnect and I lost it all arrgh! Or as Bob might say 'Stars and stones, Harry!'. Basically I was saying that some of the characters are good and some disappointing in the tv series, but it's all good because it is introducing a wider audience to the books who might otherwise never of heard of them. We readers are a fussy bunch, the film/tv versions of our favourite books are never as we imagine them, or often, the characters as they were written. We forget that real world problems interfere with the process, let's just give an example; where in reality are you going to find someone small enough to play Toot-Toot, the pizza loving fairy? CGI is expensive, lol. Anyway they got Harry right enough for me, Paul Blackthorne is doing a pretty good job. Murphy, though not blonde has the attitude I imagined and Kirmani (Carmichael) is good and Morgan is spot on. Bob was a disappointment not that the acting is bad, just the concept of him as a visible ghost takes away a lot from his 'presence' and mischievousness. Susan seemed a bit weak (and blonde) rather than the strong, sassy, redhaired character of the book. But the basic story is there and they can only do so much in the time and finances allowed, so all in all I liked what I saw on the dvd my US friend lent me (I don't have Sky now). You can also visit this US site to see more: Dresden Files So all in all not as bad as I feared and better than I hoped, and maybe more books sold? ~ sunny I lost it all again but had the foresight to copy it before I clicked this time, lol.
  4. The very first Agatha book I read was the 13 Labours of Hercule when I was eleven. It was my first 'grown up' fiction (unless you count Little Women or A Century of Creepy Stories). I suspect there may be a few I haven't read yet, but if they were in my local libraries I devoured them. I like Miss Marple & Hercule equally but in different ways. Tommy & Tuppence were fun, but no-one has mentioned another of my favourites - Mr Harley Quinn and his friend Mr Satterthwaite - not strictly crime fiction, more problem solving, but I enjoyed reading them.
  5. Great news about the forthcoming TV series of The Dresden Files. Robert Hewitt Wolfe posted the cast list: http://www.exisle.net/mb/index.php?showforum=32 Go to any of the 'DF' threads or click on the Jim Butcher link in my signature for more info.) They have already started filming the made for tv film, (aka a back door pilot), and it should be airing on the Sci-Fi channel (in the US) in summer 2006. Just hope it transfers over here, but if not I will get the dvd. Some changes to the books, but at least it is going to be screened. Great cast so far. Oh and Mister will be played by Mister according to RHW
  6. NB: May possibly offend persons with strong religious convictions, but remember it is a work of fiction. REVELATIONS by Raven Black OK so this book is only available via the internet and there are only 500 copies in total. If you go to the link in my signature you can read the first 3 chapters. I did that, then wanted to read more so I ordered the book. It came in less than a week. Written by a guy who has legally changed his name to Raven Black, he writes programmes for computer games for a living and has an interesting website. Here's the blurb on the back of the book: 'You die. Not an end, but a beginning. Take your time. Remember who you really are. You aren't your day-job are you? You aren't your relationship. You are your own person. That's how Mike's story begins. It's not how it ends. In the course of the story, the unexpected truth about Biblical characters is revealed. Many people die, some of them more than once. Armageddon is brought about. Science is shown to be a big fraud, albeit a correct one. And you die. Not an end, but a beginning.'
  7. Read it, loved it, want more Pratchett. Great new phrase to yell when I get PMS now...er perhaps not, hubby is a farmer, he might just give me one, lol. @My Friend Jack: Get it off the TBR pile and start reading...NOW!!! Blasphemy leaving poor old pterry on a TBR pile, tut, tut...
  8. Only 30 years? Hmm what happened to the other 12? LOL. Cheers for the link David. I'll look out for that recording too, you're a star. I think it was more a case of feeling sorry for Hamble and being annoyed that the pretty Jemima was always favoured by presenters that got to us, yay for the underdog and all that. The Teds & Humpty were just the bees knees (now that phrase dates me!). Aaaargh I can't believe I forgot to mention the Double Deckers! 'On a double decker London bus' Think one of the kids was an American called Sticks and the youngest in the gang was a girl called Billie with a Tiger oh and there was Brains and Doughnut ...I think, forget the others names. I used to want a secret den like that.
  9. Oh boy you had to put this topic up didn't you? Oh well you asked for it, I am a box watcher from when I was knee high to a grasshopper. I remember the Potter’s Wheel and the girl with the clown on the testcard.The first actual tv show I remember was Dr Who with William Hartnell, it was my mother’s favourite programme and I must have been about 2-3 years old. I’ve been interested in sci-fi ever since. I like all the Doctors though Jon Pertwee & Tom rather than Colin Baker and I also liked Peter Davison. The Sea Devils scared me almost more than the Daleks, I think because they weren’t in the studio but actually walking out of the sea so they seemed more likely to be possible in real life and therefore more scary. Other tv I remember: Woodentops The Flowerpot Men - Bill & Ben (original) Busy Lizzie (‘Izzy Whizzy, lets get busy’ she sang as she touched the daisy on her pocket) Andy Pandy (original) Tales of the Riverbank Lamb Chop and Sharray (sp?) Pinky & Perky Pogle’s Wood (honey for tea) Later on I liked Mary, Mungo & Midge, the title song from Barnaby is still stuck in my head: ‘Barnaby the bear’s my name, Never call me Jack or James, Barnaby the bear’s my name, Birds taught me to sing, When they took me to their king, Then I learned to fly,So high, so high, so high…’ It’s very sad, there’s nothing they can do for me I’m afraid. To continue: Joe 90 The Secret Service (another Gerry Anderson gem that I only saw once or twice. Involved a clergyman who worked for the secret service and had a shrinking machine which he used on the gardener who was his partner) Play School (Brian Cant years, we always hated Jemima and rooted for poor Hambel, and we never wanted it to be the square window.) Play Away (had a crush on Jonathan) Jackanory Vision On (Sylvester McCoy) Marine Boy - I loved this programme at the time The History Man (‘History and mystery & tales of long ago…’) Take Hart Magpie Animal Magic Blue Peter with John Noakes et al Newsround Hector’s House Tom’s Midnight Garden (‘midnight is not a moment, Midnight is a place’) Bagpuss Clangers Mr Benn Captain Pugwash Ivor the Engine The Wombles Later Stoppit & Tidyup (Terry Wogan narration) The Smurfs Rhoobarb & Custard (I think I preferred the narration, by Richard Briers, & theme tune to the actual stories) The Herbs - (my youngest sister was nicknamed Parsley’ by my father because she had lions on the cover of her pram mattress. Poor girl it stuck until she was about 4). The Wacky Races Trumpton Chigley Camberwick Green Hong Kong Phooey I got bored with but never missed the opening sequence ‘Hong Kong Phooey, number one superguy..’ Stop the Pigeon The Banana Splits - I loved Arabian Nights liked the Three Musketeers and hated Danger Island. Belle & Sebastian - Wonderful theme track White Horses again - another great track Robinson Crusoe -OK I guess I love theme tracks as much as the programmes wonder where I can get these three? The Flashing Blade - ‘You’ve got to fight for what you want, for all that you believe…’I bought this on DVD and introduced my husband to it he absolutely loved it. Great theme music and plot. The last four programmes listed were always put on in the Easter/Summer holidays. I also loved Herges adventures of Tintin, bought it on video and was disappointed wasn’t the original voices or music. The Mr Men with Arthur Lowe narrating. I am a sad old bean who even now likes watching some children’s shows. Dinosaurs I enjoyed, ‘Not the Mama!’ The X-men (again love the theme tune) I like children’s drama too, The Snow Spider & currently The Feather Boy How many still remember Tales of the Unexpected? You either loved the music or hated it. I loved it my sister hated it. The one story on there that gave me nightmares was the rabbit who ate her babies / smother love story. Alias Smith and Jones I had crushes on each one at different times, fickle child.Loved MacGyver, do you remember Skippy the kangaroo, Clarence the cross eyed lion, The whirlybirds, the lone ranger, Richard Greene as Robin Hood, and what was that dolphin called? Splasher? I remember the Virginian, Bonanza, Little house on the Prairie, The six million dollar man, Charlie's Angels (always wanted to be Sabrina), The Bionic Woman, The A-Team Coronation Street with Ena Sharples, Minnie Caldwell, Albert Tatlock & Annie Walker. Emmerdale when they had farm animals, Crossroads with Amy Turtle and Benny & Miss Diane. Wasn't there a children's drama about standing stones ? Loved Monkey of course until it went weird. Oh and the singing ringing tree I remember it too. All those fairy tale dramatisations too. Sitcoms, how this thread actually started, what a can of worms was opened. George & Mildred, Robin's Nest, The Liver Birds, The Likely Lads, The Good Life, Love thy Neigbour, On the Buses. TV has lost a lot, though there is a lot of good new stuff too. Somehow amid all this box watching, I found the time to be such a bookworm, that I used to use the whole family’s library tickets to take out about 18 books, read them in the fortnight and return them. I guess I just love stories, the world of imagination and fantasy is such a wonderful escape from the harshness of the real world, and we all need to escape at times. I am sad enough to have collected some of my childhood faves on video. Ok this post is far too long, though great nostalgia and therapy! In the words of the Mask - 'Somebody stop me....!!!!'
  10. Thanks Cathy, they look interesting. Afraid I will have to delay my visit to the library though as I've succumbed to a bout of 'flu. In summer, yeah . Not that I can't get there, just don't want to inflict this on anyone else. That dialect book must have been Orton's life work by the sound of it. Cheers, I'm off to get my Beecham's.
  11. OK I have now read 'Only Forward' and once again this writer has blown my mind. Amazing ideas he comes up with. Great twist at the end.
  12. The first in the series is called Storm Front, happy reading!
  13. Hi there, I have to agree, unless you are new to Fantasy, in which case, provided it is well written, it can be a joy. However after you have read several authors works and noted how similar the formula is you can almost predict the plot. My latest Fantasy fave is Jim Butcher's Dresden series, and I am now going to wax lyrical about it for far too long, you have been warned, lol! The protaganist is a detective, (and a wizard) and treads a thin line between good and evil. As the series progresses he sometimes crosses it. Set in Chicago with cops, an organised crime boss, a reporter, coroner, and other innocent and not so innocent humans, it also has the world of Fae, called the NeverNever, alongside it. There are many of the usual Fantasy characters but often with a twist - vampires of varying degrees of evil some bordering on good, sorcerers, wizards, succubae (sp?), zombies, spirits, demons, fairies (some who like pizza), werewolves, humans who become wolves and wolves who become human and some monster versions of a werewolf (loup garou), monsters, plant monsters.... Oh and a character called Sue in his most recent book (who I won't spoil you by telling you what she is), then there is the book in which Harry Dresden is called to investigate death threats on an adult film set. Then there is of course his not so trusty sidekick, romance book crazy, spirit guide/friend (?) that lives in a human skull on his bookshelf, called Bob. As well as another friend Michael, a Knight of the Cross who has a wife (who doesn't like the trouble our hero drags hubby into) and kids. There is action, humour, drama etc. (You get the idea I kinda like these books?). The writing improves with each book in the series. OK I'll stop now, but lets just say I like this writer almost as much as I like pTerry Pratchett. I'm going, I'm going... ~ sunny
  14. 'It's Nothing' and 'David Letterman' on the Power Animal album.(Power Animal )
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