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A.F.'s comments from the THE JAMES MASON COMMUNITY BOOK CLUB group.

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25350 Rick wrote: " The Cater Street Hangman - never heard of that one- whats the theme/author? love hearing titles I never heard of!!
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It's an excellent book. It's the first in Anne Perry's Inspector Pitt mystery series.
25350 My all-time favourite book by a British Writer has to be Possession by A. S. Byatt.
Jan 08, 2010 01:40PM

25350 Martha wrote: "I've just added that title to my "to read" list.

By the way, anyone who's taking part in this discussion: I'll be happy to swap books.

Also, I'm interested in learning what mistakes you think aut..."


I hate weakly written characters, especially if they're female, the ones the scream or whine and have no other function but decoration. Not every character has to be heroic, but they must have depth, even if it is dysfunctional. I want reasons for the actions of the characters.

Jan 07, 2010 04:37PM

25350 Martha wrote: "I agree that a villain is necessary, but a complex villain who is also human, as in the culmination of all his experiences to that point, which what I think we all are.

Mary Shelley's "Frankenstei..."


I agree a villain must have humanizing factors or you run the risk of caricatures not characters.
Frankenstein is a wonderful example. You certainly could make a case for either the monster or the doctor being the villain; that's one of the reasons that book's so timeless.
Jan 07, 2010 01:53PM

25350 Martha wrote: "Dear A.F.:

You've given some excellent examples of great characters. I assume you're an avid readers who's read about thousands of characters. Now I'd love to know why the characters you listed st..."


I think the characters from Persuasion (Anne Elliot and Captain Frederick Wentworth) stuck with me, more than Austen's other characters, because of the subtler nature of their love story. The interactions between the characters are more calculated and influenced by their past history; their characters are built on what isn't said as much as what is.
David Copperfield was the first Dickens novel I read so the attachment to the main character is a bit sentimental. Uriah Heep, well he is just one of the best villains and I love villains. What would a story be without the villain?
Jan 07, 2010 08:16AM

25350 For me, I'd have to say Charles Dickens and Jane Austen have written some of the best literary characters; David Copperfield, Uriah Heep, Anne Elliot, and Captain Frederick Wentworth being my favourites.
Dec 29, 2009 10:20AM

25350 Crowgirl wrote: "I'm not as 'deep' in my choices of reading material. Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman has always entertained me and even done some ed-u-ma-kating. I love the Weird Sisters and [book:G..."

Another fan of Neil Gaiman, here; he's tops on my list of authors, British or otherwise.
Dec 29, 2009 07:05AM

25350 Werner wrote: "Well, Rick, it may not really be a debate subject, since Rob and I both agree on the facts. :-) My point in the original posting wasn't that the original edition was "better" --it was just a factu..."

I agree, I hate it when when movies are "based on" books and then radically change the plotline. I'm willing to put up with a bit of tweaking or updating, but when basically all the movie used from the book was the title and character names, it's too much.

Then there are the movies that change pieces of the plot or add to the plot, apparently for little or no reason. The movies can be enjoyable, but it does leave you wondering why the change.
Dec 07, 2009 12:13PM

25350 Werner wrote: "Paul mentioned the literature of the Commonwealth countries, and I'm ashamed to admit I'm poorly read in that area. I haven't read any Indian literature (unless you count Kipling), or very much wr..."


I didn't know Charles de Lint lived in Canada.
You would also have to add Guy Gavriel Kay to any list of fabulous Canadian fantasy authors.
25350 I'm a little tardy with my introductions, but I'm A.F. Stewart, I'm delighted to be here and I thank Rick for the invitation.
I'm from Nova Scotia, Canada, I'm a fantasy writer and I have a slight obsession with all things British.
Dec 03, 2009 11:24AM

25350 I'm currently reading the The Wonderful Demise of Benjamin Arnold Guppy by Gina Collia-Suzuki;I couldn't resist the sales blurb. I'm glad I couldn't, so far it's fabulous.

I've also got Pride and Prejudice and Zombies waiting in the wings.
Dec 03, 2009 10:47AM

25350 I'm very fond of the crime show "Waking the Dead" starring Trevor Eve.
Nov 27, 2009 11:13AM

25350 Midsomer Murders is a series of TV movies loosely based on Caroline Graham books and the Wire in the Blood TV movies are based on Val McDermid books.
Nov 27, 2009 10:51AM

25350 I have a special fondness for Leslie Charteris who created Simon Templar, aka The Saint.

I also enjoy Agatha Christie, Margery Allingham and Dorothy L. Sayers to name just a few.


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