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Post by Bluebottle on Mon Feb 09, 2015 10:15 pm

Semiramis wrote:mmmhh, pity Neutral  (it bugs me when I can't remember the music's origin..)

Yeah, the recording is really awesome!!! Not as awesome as Neverwhere but still fantastic! Very Happy

Yeah, I've always been a big Terry Pratchett fan, but for some reason I never got around to reading this. And then I saw this quote recently which made me think I should look it up. Perfect timing, really. Wink

Neil Gaiman wrote:Terry Pratchett and I met in February 1985, in a Chinese restaurant. I was a young journalist. He was a former journalist and Electricity Board PR, and a writer who had just published his second Discworld novel. I was the first journalist who had ever interviewed him.

I remember we made each other laugh a lot. We laughed at the same things. We became friends. It was easy.

In 1987 I wrote a book about Douglas Adams and the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. By the end of it I had learned that I could write in a style I thought of as Classic English Humour. Douglas had science fiction tied up, Terry had fantasy, but nobody was writing funny horror. And an exchange in Marlowe's The Jew of Malta, combined with a late night viewing of The Omen and a love of Richmal Compton's immortal Just William stories, had put a story into my head, about a demonic baby-swap that goes wrong, in which the Antichrist grows up to be a nice kid, with a dog and a gang.

I wrote the first 5,000 words of William the Antichrist. It had a demon named Crawleigh. He drove a Citroen 2CV, and was ineffectual. Proper demons like Hastur and Ligur loathed him. It had a baby swap. I sent it to a few friends for feedback. Then my graphic novel Sandman happened, and it was almost a year later that the phone rang.

"It's Terry," said Terry. "'Ere. That thing you sent me. Are you doing anything with it?"

"Not really."

"Well, I think I know what happens next. Do you want to sell it to me? Or write it together?"

"Write it together," I said, because I was not stupid, and because that was the nearest I was ever going to get to Michaelangelo phoning to ask if I wanted to paint a ceiling with him.
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Re: Radio Programs and Podcasts

Post by azriel on Mon Feb 09, 2015 10:27 pm

The string section half reminded me of the music in "Alien".

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Post by bungobaggins on Tue Feb 10, 2015 3:57 am

Just discovered a great radio show by UK children's author Michael Rosen, called Word of Mouth. A "Series exploring the world of words and the ways in which we use them." Very interesting topics and guests.

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Re: Radio Programs and Podcasts

Post by Semiramis on Thu Feb 12, 2015 6:59 pm

Neil Gaiman wrote:Terry Pratchett and I met in February 1985, in a Chinese restaurant. I was a young journalist. He was a former journalist and Electricity Board PR, and a writer who had just published his second Discworld novel. I was the first journalist who had ever interviewed him.

I remember we made each other laugh a lot. We laughed at the same things. We became friends. It was easy.

In 1987 I wrote a book about Douglas Adams and the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. By the end of it I had learned that I could write in a style I thought of as Classic English Humour. Douglas had science fiction tied up, Terry had fantasy, but nobody was writing funny horror. And an exchange in Marlowe's The Jew of Malta, combined with a late night viewing of The Omen and a love of Richmal Compton's immortal Just William stories, had put a story into my head, about a demonic baby-swap that goes wrong, in which the Antichrist grows up to be a nice kid, with a dog and a gang.

I wrote the first 5,000 words of William the Antichrist. It had a demon named Crawleigh. He drove a Citroen 2CV, and was ineffectual. Proper demons like Hastur and Ligur loathed him. It had a baby swap. I sent it to a few friends for feedback. Then my graphic novel Sandman happened, and it was almost a year later that the phone rang.

"It's Terry," said Terry. "'Ere. That thing you sent me. Are you doing anything with it?"

"Not really."

"Well, I think I know what happens next. Do you want to sell it to me? Or write it together?"

"Write it together," I said, because I was not stupid, and because that was the nearest I was ever going to get to Michaelangelo phoning to ask if I wanted to paint a ceiling with him.

That's sooooo awesome!!! thank you, Bluebottle!  Very Happy

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Re: Radio Programs and Podcasts

Post by Bluebottle on Thu Feb 12, 2015 9:45 pm

Well, I listened to the radio broadcast and liked it a lot. Smile Is the book a lot more comprehensive? I might give it a go some time. Nod

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Post by Mrs Figg on Thu Feb 12, 2015 10:01 pm

I really wish they would make a decent film version of Neverwhere.

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Re: Radio Programs and Podcasts

Post by Bluebottle on Thu Feb 12, 2015 10:17 pm

Is the tv series any good?

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Post by Mrs Figg on Thu Feb 12, 2015 10:31 pm

nope its rubbish. Peter Capaldi is an angel Rolling Eyes like that would work.

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Post by Bluebottle on Fri Feb 13, 2015 6:00 pm

Oh. Shocked I'll approach it with some caution then.

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Fri Feb 13, 2015 6:08 pm

Its 7.3 on IMDb. From what i can remember of it its main issue is not any of the performances (Figg might not like Capaldi in it but he got good notices at the time for it) its that the budget is pretty poor and it shows. Its also dated in look, in that it looks like cheap tv of the time-


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Post by Bluebottle on Fri Feb 13, 2015 6:11 pm

Ah, so it was the novelization that got the plaudits?

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Fri Feb 13, 2015 6:15 pm

Oddly Ive never read the book, so I dont know if its a good adaptation or not- apparently it is. And the performances got good reviews as well at the time.
Its just it all looks very cheap and nasty.

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Post by Bluebottle on Fri Feb 13, 2015 6:54 pm

I actually think he did them concurrently, which struck me as quite interesting and was part of my reason for looking it up.

Ah, well. I might give it a look if I feel like it. Smile

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Re: Radio Programs and Podcasts

Post by Mrs Figg on Fri Feb 13, 2015 7:13 pm

you have to read it Petty and tell me what you think. Its probably my favourite book after LOTR and LOTR is my numero uno. You will see how wrong Capaldi was for Islington the angel.

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Fri Feb 13, 2015 7:23 pm

I liked him fine in the tv version- not that I really knew who he was then mind you- I just  believed the performance and never questioned it- which for me tends to mean the actor did a good job.
I knew Capaldi from the excellent Scottish film Local Hero-



but I didnt actually realise thats who it was when watching him as Islington as it was years later.
I never really became consciously aware of Capaldi the actor until Malcolm Tucker and the Thick of It, then his involvement in Torchwood and of course onto Who.

So Im not beating his drum just for the sake of it- I just thought he did fine in the role when I watched it, and I remember he got good reviews at the time for it. Not having read the book I cant say if he is well cast or not of course. But I dont see anything wrong or glaring in the performance.

But the book has long been on my 'really should read that' list- Ive read plenty Gaiman comics and loved them, and Ive read every Pratchett book and loved lots of them, and liked most and disliked very few (and then only after his illness), so I really should read it.

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Re: Radio Programs and Podcasts

Post by Semiramis on Mon Feb 16, 2015 8:44 pm

Bluebottle wrote:Well, I listened to the radio broadcast and liked it a lot. Smile Is the book a lot more comprehensive? I might give it a go some time. Nod
I can recommend it very highly!!!
It's kinda like the same with the film version of "Hogfather" - brilliant, keeping to the book for the most part - but if you've actually read the book then you know that there's so much more to it!!!

Goes for "Neverwhere" and (especially!) "Good Omens" as well Wink

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Re: Radio Programs and Podcasts

Post by Bluebottle on Wed Feb 18, 2015 12:44 am

Ah,  ok. I might give it a go sometime then. Thanks for the feedback. Smile

Don't hesitate to bring up anything else you feel like talking about. We're pretty open to discussing just about any subject around here. Nod

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Re: Radio Programs and Podcasts

Post by Semiramis on Wed Feb 18, 2015 11:48 am

Bluebottle wrote:
Don't hesitate to bring up anything else you feel like talking about. We're pretty open to discussing just about any subject around here. Nod

Thank you Smile
But mostly when I've discovered something interesting someone else has already brought it up. So I'm quite content with following your postings Wink

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Post by Mrs Figg on Wed Feb 18, 2015 12:45 pm

I think Neverwhere is rare in that every single character is a gem from the smallest to the main character, they are all vibrate with life, even the ones who might not be. pale

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Post by Eldorion on Wed Feb 18, 2015 2:39 pm

Hey Semiramis, it's good to see you around again! Hope you've been well. Smile
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Post by Semiramis on Fri Feb 20, 2015 4:57 pm

Eldorion wrote:Hey Semiramis, it's good to see you around again!  Hope you've been well. Smile
Thanks, Eldorion, very well indeed Very Happy

I'm actually following your posts quite often but as I said, until I've made up my own mind about a topic you've already found something else to talk about, so I contribute very little to this forum Razz

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Fri Feb 20, 2015 5:00 pm

Dont be afraid to bring back up a topic that seems to have been been moved on from if you have something to add Semiramis, we love to hear from you and your thoughts on whatever is on your mind. Nod
And this is Forumshire, off topic is our thing, derailed conversation, topic hopping, and going back and forth is all the norm. So feel free to.

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Post by halfwise on Fri Feb 20, 2015 5:06 pm

Yep, we'd rather you keep ANY conversation going rather than not post. Gets quiet around here otherwise. Orwell famously picks up conversations from years in the past.

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Post by Eldorion on Fri Feb 20, 2015 6:33 pm

Petty and Halfy have covered this already, but yeah, topic drift is welcome here. Please don't hesitate to jump in if there's something you'd like to say! Smile
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Post by Bluebottle on Wed Jun 10, 2015 1:38 pm

I just found out there's a Goon Show episode called The Kippered Herring Gang. Shocked

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