Wicked! and Deadly! by Jennings and Gleitzman

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Wicked! and Deadly! by Jennings and Gleitzman

Postby Quatermass » Mon Dec 05, 2011 11:05 am

I dunno how many of you outside Australia would have heard of these two books. These were serial books done by Australian children authors Paul Jennings and Morris Gleitzman, rather like Stephen King originally did with The Green Mile, as well as those serial books done in the 19th century (like Dickens did).

Wicked! has nothing to do with the book by Gregory Maguire, nor the musical. Rather, it has to do with Dawn and Rory, kid step-siblings who hate each other, but have to work together to deal with mutant worms that emerge from a gift Rory's absent father gave him, which carry a horrendous disease. It's basically Resident Evil for young teens.

Deadly! involves strange goings-on in a nudist colony, where a teenager (who adopts the name of Sprocket, the long-dead son of a hippy couple) wakes up with no memory, no clothes, and strangely adult-acting children sifting through his crap. Meanwhile, Amy suspects her father, a plant geneticist, of having an affair, and tries to get enough evidence to confront him and tell her mother, only to find he was engaged in experiments related to the nudist colony. Oh, and she is saddled with a baby girl that she thinks is her father's lovechild. At stake is a strange plant that makes a special tea, and the nudists will do anything to get it germinated again. I swear I am not making this up. Deadly! is the better of the two.
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Re: Wicked! and Deadly! by Jennings and Gleitzman

Postby author3 » Thu Dec 08, 2011 6:59 pm

I've read Wicked
I thought it was really funny :lol:
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Re: Wicked! and Deadly! by Jennings and Gleitzman

Postby Quatermass » Thu Dec 08, 2011 10:27 pm

author3 wrote:I've read Wicked
I thought it was really funny :lol:


Yeah, but isn't it also horrific?
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Re: Wicked! and Deadly! by Jennings and Gleitzman

Postby Bouncy Castle » Fri Dec 09, 2011 11:50 am

Just had a look on Amazon, and the Totally Wicked books 1-6 are available for a mere seventy three quid! :shock:
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Re: Wicked! and Deadly! by Jennings and Gleitzman

Postby Quatermass » Fri Dec 09, 2011 10:14 pm

Bouncy Castle wrote:Just had a look on Amazon, and the Totally Wicked books 1-6 are available for a mere seventy three quid! :shock:


Pfft. You can get the omnibus edition of Wicked at a bookshop still for maybe $18 Australian. :roll:
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Re: Wicked! and Deadly! by Jennings and Gleitzman

Postby Bouncy Castle » Mon Dec 12, 2011 12:09 pm

A$18 plus flight and accommodation? :D :D :D
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Re: Wicked! and Deadly! by Jennings and Gleitzman

Postby Quatermass » Mon Dec 12, 2011 12:14 pm

Bouncy Castle wrote:A$18 plus flight and accommodation? :D :D :D


Well, for me, it's $18 plus fuel money for the car. :P
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Re: Wicked! and Deadly! by Jennings and Gleitzman

Postby Bouncy Castle » Tue Dec 13, 2011 10:45 am

A tad cheaper than for me!!
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Re: Wicked! and Deadly! by Jennings and Gleitzman

Postby Quatermass » Tue Dec 13, 2011 12:16 pm

Bouncy Castle wrote:A tad cheaper than for me!!


Just a tad. Of course, I can also get it from the library, for free if you don't count fuel money. :P
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Postby Bouncy Castle » Tue Dec 13, 2011 4:06 pm

I don't - I can't drive!!
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Re: Wicked! and Deadly! by Jennings and Gleitzman

Postby Quatermass » Tue Dec 13, 2011 11:19 pm

Bouncy Castle wrote:I don't - I can't drive!!


Just as well. You live in London. The Tube is probably the only sane way of travel from what I saw when I was there on holiday.
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Re: Wicked! and Deadly! by Jennings and Gleitzman

Postby Bouncy Castle » Wed Dec 14, 2011 11:44 am

I won't travel by tube unless there's no other way. I absolutely detest it.

Overground train/bus and the dear old Black London Cab are my travel vehicles.
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Re: Wicked! and Deadly! by Jennings and Gleitzman

Postby Del » Fri Mar 02, 2012 4:32 pm

Are you kidding me Q?

Paul Jennings has written a squillion books! And we have or had most of them.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Jenni ... ian_author)

We were also HOOKED on the TV series "Round the Twist" which was on ABC for ages. It was BRILLIANT! (aired in the UK too) It starred Mark Mitchell (Con the fruiter)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Round_The_Twist
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Re: Wicked! and Deadly! by Jennings and Gleitzman

Postby Bouncy Castle » Mon Mar 05, 2012 11:31 am

Was that the one where they lived in a lighthouse?

I loved that show, though I couldn't tell you what it was about now!!
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Re: Wicked! and Deadly! by Jennings and Gleitzman

Postby pip » Mon Mar 05, 2012 11:36 am

that show was great .
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