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Postby DaveC » Wed Feb 23, 2011 12:16 pm

pip wrote:I will. Probably be a few weeks til i get to it though.
Starting the last part of the Gormenghast books today .
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Thought that was ages ago?
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Postby Pearwood » Wed Feb 23, 2011 12:54 pm

Tonyblack wrote:I preferred Dick's version of Blade Runner (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep) to the movie version. The protagonist was a much more complex man. :D


Couldn't agree more. Never really understood the praise for Blade Runner. It strikes me as fairly vacuous compaed to Dick's novel.
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Postby pip » Wed Feb 23, 2011 3:45 pm

DaveC wrote:
pip wrote:I will. Probably be a few weeks til i get to it though.
Starting the last part of the Gormenghast books today .
:D


Thought that was ages ago?


Nah. Last one i posted i was starting the second part. Had to take a break then as its quite heavy
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Postby DaveC » Wed Feb 23, 2011 3:50 pm

pip wrote:
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pip wrote:I will. Probably be a few weeks til i get to it though.
Starting the last part of the Gormenghast books today .
:D


Thought that was ages ago?


Nah. Last one i posted i was starting the second part. Had to take a break then as its quite heavy


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Postby pip » Wed Feb 23, 2011 3:53 pm

Its enjoyable but very descriptive.
I've read a few Jasper FForde Philip k dick and Neil Gaiman in between .
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Postby DaveC » Wed Feb 23, 2011 3:58 pm

pip wrote: Jasper FForde .
What are they like? Saw some in a charity shop but was unsure.
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Postby pip » Wed Feb 23, 2011 4:02 pm

I've read Shades of Grey which was absolutely brilliant . The missus has read the whole lot of his other stuff and is a huge fan . Read the Eyre Affair a while back and it is really good.
He's a good turn of phrase and an interesting sense of humour so definitely worth a read. I'll be reading the rest of his books when i get time.
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Postby btlfannz » Fri Feb 25, 2011 9:26 am

Hey Pip
I was quite interested to read that you are in the middle of the Gormenghast
trilogy. I can remember (vaguely) watching a tv adaption of it one time (Zoe Wanamaker as I recall) and it certainly had a fantastic background to the story.

Apparently I've read that the BBC lightened up the storyline to make it less dark. How did you find the first book? was it very heavy??
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Postby btlfannz » Fri Feb 25, 2011 9:31 am

DaveC wrote:
pip wrote: Jasper FForde .
What are they like? Saw some in a charity shop but was unsure.

Dave
Jasper Fforde is definitely an author who polarises people and I have read some scathing attacks on his books by a number of the Forum reviewers.
For my part I (happily) started on the first book (The Eyre Affair) and have never looked back. I've now read everyone except the Sahdes Of Grey which is my next book purchase.

I find that the whole concept of fictional characters being able to flit from a well known book into the treal world and back again really original and a facinating concept.

To each his own I suppose.
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Postby pip » Fri Feb 25, 2011 9:37 am

btlfannz wrote:Hey Pip
I was quite interested to read that you are in the middle of the Gormenghast
trilogy. I can remember (vaguely) watching a tv adaption of it one time (Zoe Wanamaker as I recall) and it certainly had a fantastic background to the story.

Apparently I've read that the BBC lightened up the storyline to make it less dark. How did you find the first book? was it very heavy??


I remember the adaption myself. It had that twat from the Tudors in it.
Peake was an illustrator so his descriptions are quite in depth but this is great for building up an atmosphere.
Its heavy purely because of the level of description used.
It is also quite dark. The first book isn't near as long as the second and is definitely very interesting. The one i'm on now is exceptionally short.
The main reason i took a break is pretty much the length of the second installment.
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Postby pip » Fri Feb 25, 2011 9:39 am

btlfannz wrote:
DaveC wrote:
pip wrote: Jasper FForde .
What are they like? Saw some in a charity shop but was unsure.

Dave
Jasper Fforde is definitely an author who polarises people and I have read some scathing attacks on his books by a number of the Forum reviewers.
For my part I (happily) started on the first book (The Eyre Affair) and have never looked back. I've now read everyone except the Sahdes Of Grey which is my next book purchase.

I find that the whole concept of fictional characters being able to flit from a well known book into the treal world and back again really original and a facinating concept.

To each his own I suppose.


Shades of Greyis completely different from the other books.
No characters from fiction at all. In saying that I thought it was brilliant.
Great pace to it and main characters are very interesting .
The 'kids' one he released, The last Dragonslayer is worth a read as well.
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Postby chris.ph » Fri Feb 25, 2011 7:25 pm

you cant say that shades of grey isnt an original idea thats for sure, and ive counted all my spoons :D
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Postby btlfannz » Sat Feb 26, 2011 8:12 am

The 'kids' one he released, The last Dragonslayer is worth a read as well.

Yeah, I've just finished that one and thoroughly enjoyed it. I get the feel that we've not seen the last of this young lady.
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Postby chris.ph » Sat Feb 26, 2011 2:49 pm

i want her car :D
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Postby DaveC » Sat Feb 26, 2011 2:59 pm

Thanks for the tip Btlfannz! - Pip, I saw the Gormenghast BBC adap when it came out in '99. I like it, but even then I could tell there was more to the books than the show was showing. :)
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