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RE: It lives, IT LIVES!! - 18/1/2010 5:45:01 PM   
Harley Quinn


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Ah I see your point now Funky.

Isint the "writer" supposed to be writing another 3-4 books on Merry?

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RE: It lives, IT LIVES!! - 18/1/2010 8:30:22 PM   
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The last couple of Anita books have been like that.
There is a plot, of sorts, along with one or two sex scenes (it's almost as if she feels obliged to include them now), but for the most part it's pointless exposition and navel gazing.

There's a definite feel of writing by numbers going on.

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RE: It lives, IT LIVES!! - 19/1/2010 8:24:22 AM   
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See, this is where I'm going to be shot down in flames but I'm actually about to (can I really go THROUGH with this?) defend her.

Yeah, now see I thought if I typed that quickly enough it wouldn't hurt. That whole ripping off a plaster theory. Turns out it didn't. Anyway, rambling now. LKH has never been the best of writers, not even close to that category, but she is successful. Being successful means mainstream publishers can be as bastardy to you as they want really. I know how hard authors are pushed by the mainstream publishers who expect their authors to churn out at least one book a year. Consequently the writing talent goes out of the window a bit. Even Bernard Cornwell, who is an amazing writer struggles to get a book a year out and with historical fiction, all his resources are available. It's not difficult for him to find information about what happened in the court of Azincourt, because the documents are all there. It's a little more difficult to say what's happening in a Sithen mound.

Now there is absolutely no way I'm comparing Cornwell to Hamilton. In class stakes they are world's apart, but in publishing terms they're both successful which will mean them being pressurised into writing when the imagination just isn't there. It's not easy to be creative to order and I can't imagine it being any easier when you're being pushed for the new Anita Blake AND Merry Gentry book.



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RE: It lives, IT LIVES!! - 19/1/2010 4:55:26 PM   
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*Takes a big Breathe in* Funky, you may be onto something there. When I used to read her blog she did seem to struggle to write if not Anita then Merry certainly.

Maybe she needs to walk away from both characters for a while and try her hand at a new book or story something that does inspire her.



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RE: It lives, IT LIVES!! - 21/1/2010 8:32:04 AM   
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Ah I see your point now Funky.

Isint the "writer" supposed to be writing another 3-4 books on Merry?


Well, I guess she could string out the story a little more if she wanted. She could revisit the series I guess, but she's made it a fairly clear ending.

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RE: It lives, IT LIVES!! - 21/1/2010 9:52:53 AM   
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You mean she's actually finished a series?
Like, brought it to a meaningful conclusion?

I wonder if she'll ever do that to Anita Blake.

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RE: It lives, IT LIVES!! - 21/1/2010 10:59:50 AM   
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Yep, full meaningful conclusion. Happy ending and all.

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RE: It lives, IT LIVES!! - 21/1/2010 11:16:32 AM   
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Good grief!

I have nothing more to add to that...

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RE: It lives, IT LIVES!! - 21/1/2010 1:41:36 PM   
Harley Quinn


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Wow! I thought she was contracted to write more on Merry. I'm happy to be wrong.

Just had a peek at the blog someone dies in the next Anita book. Someone Anita cares about. (Apologies if these are spoilers). Is Laurell really going to trim the fat of characters now and get back to writing semi good supernatural mysteries rather than badly written porn???

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RE: It lives, IT LIVES!! - 21/1/2010 1:50:53 PM   
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I'm starting to wonder...

Maybe she's been paying attention to what her fans have been saying.

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RE: It lives, IT LIVES!! - 21/1/2010 1:57:35 PM   
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Oh Harley, you've ruined it now!

Assuming my incompetence with word games leaves me reading the next one, I'll spend the whole book waiting for something dreadful to happen (something other than the inevitable and terrible sex scene).
I bet whatever you like she bumps Richard off in some horrible manner

(this is what working from home looks like - I could get used to it...)

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RE: It lives, IT LIVES!! - 21/1/2010 2:05:41 PM   
Harley Quinn


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Sorry Flange.

No I don't think it's Richard it's someone Anita and LKH care about a great deal and it's set in a hospital. So it's not one of the Vamps. Could be Edward or Nathanial.

The new book is called.... wait for it.....wait for it.... Bullet!



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RE: It lives, IT LIVES!! - 21/1/2010 2:13:49 PM   
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If it's not Richard (and I still think it's a distinct possibility), then I reckon maybe Micah. Or whatsername, Ronnie or something.
Or that guy who works at the club whose name completely escapes me. Jason? That doesn't sound right.
She'll not bump off Edward, he's probably the only genuinely popular character left in those books.

(I am working, I want to stress that, I'm just doing this as well)

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RE: It lives, IT LIVES!! - 21/1/2010 2:18:57 PM   
Harley Quinn


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It could be Richard, I got the impression it was one of Anita's "Sweeties" so unless Anita has started sleeping with Ronnie it's not her. I think it will be Nathaniel. Would she kill of Micha who is based on her own husband?

Yes Flange we know you're working too.

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RE: It lives, IT LIVES!! - 21/1/2010 2:23:01 PM   
Funkyrae


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Looks like you're working reeeeeaaaally hard too Flange. Time for a game of Word Twist?

EDIT: Considering how long it's been since I played (and it shows from my last score!), you'll do pretty well!

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RE: It lives, IT LIVES!! - 21/1/2010 2:48:37 PM   
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I duuno about that, I've not played in awhile either - Scrabble's been the game of choice lately.

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RE: It lives, IT LIVES!! - 21/1/2010 2:59:07 PM   
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Meh, I hate scrabble.

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RE: It lives, IT LIVES!! - 21/1/2010 3:15:44 PM   
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I remember you saying you weren't a fan.
The games do tend to take awhile, and I still seem to lose more than I win, which is a bit annoying.

My word twist skills don't seem too bad though...

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RE: It lives, IT LIVES!! - 21/1/2010 4:24:44 PM   
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Word twist?

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RE: It lives, IT LIVES!! - 21/1/2010 4:35:23 PM   
Funkyrae


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It's a game on Facebook. Two minutes a round and you have to get as many words as you can from a set of letters. Good fun, but extremely frustrating!

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RE: It lives, IT LIVES!! - 21/1/2010 4:52:30 PM   
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It can be dangerously addictive as well!

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RE: It lives, IT LIVES!! - 26/1/2010 5:08:09 PM   
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I think Im well and truly broken of the Hamilton curse now.

The forum was given a complete overall and everyone basically had to re-register and I, my fellow Anti Anita brigade, did not. And I dont plan to ever. A few years ago I pratically lived over there.

I feel liberated. Its been a long, and very dark road but ahhhh I can see the light now.

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RE: It lives, IT LIVES!! - 26/1/2010 6:06:45 PM   
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I'm "following" her on Twitter at the moment. Mostly it seems to be about what music she's listening to.

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RE: It lives, IT LIVES!! - 26/1/2010 6:36:51 PM   
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She's on twitter??

Ahh man Funky, you know I'll have to follow her now!!

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RE: It lives, IT LIVES!! - 26/1/2010 8:25:32 PM   
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Sharing pain as well as pleasure.

It is her, it's a verified account. I've refrained from being rude. Or honest.

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RE: It lives, IT LIVES!! - 26/1/2010 11:38:02 PM   
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I'm not sure I can bring myself to follow her.
It's tempting, but no...

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RE: It lives, IT LIVES!! - 27/1/2010 2:32:02 AM   
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Seeing as I am such a kind, generous soul (and not in any way because I lost another Scrabble game), I have decided that you good people deserve a little taste of Skin Trade
To this end, I have produced a reading of the main sex scene, which I present here for your edification.
Caution: This video contains an atrocious attempt to sound like a Shakespearean actor and a really, really bad sex scene (being read out. I'm not attempting to recreate it or anything). And a foolish hat.
It's also 25 minutes long.
You have been warned.

http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/lh/photo/lZyOnPk6FfM9JVGnxPLmYg?authkey=Gv1sRgCJP6qOeS5umALQ&feat=directlink


Ohh man why haven't I watched this before? It's 2:30 and I'm pissing myself laughing!

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RE: It lives, IT LIVES!! - 28/1/2010 10:23:51 AM   
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"Damn you McKellen!"

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RE: It lives, IT LIVES!! - 28/1/2010 8:21:38 PM   
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"Damn you McKellen!"


He's a part-stealing swine!
I would have rocked as Gandalf.

Glad you enjoyed it, Amelie!

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RE: It lives, IT LIVES!! - 30/1/2010 7:36:08 PM   
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quote:

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I'm not sure I can bring myself to follow her.
It's tempting, but no...


I'm starting to wish I hadn't...

"End needs some tweaking earlier in book. So rereading where to put in new scenes & have 1 more chance to rewrite history."

"Unlike real life I have ability to rewrite & make the dead alive again, and less stupid, so they can live. It is a weird moment as I debate."

"20/20 hindsight means I know where all the mistakes are & could fix them so we have more happy. Terribly tempting"

"Will reread section & see how it stands. If it reads well & characters are all logical to get to the moment of loss then I must let it stand" and

"But if it doesn't read well, then i can fuss with it. I've never wanted my own writing to read badly before. Weirdly conflicted."

All from Twitter today.

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