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Tom Lloyd

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Tom Lloyd was born in 1979 and showed almost no interest in writing until the age of eighteen. I blame the teachers myself.

Nevertheless he did eventually find himself with a long summer to spare before university, and decided to start a novel when it was suggested he get a job to pass the time. This tells you much of what there is to know about him. The rest can be derived from the fact that he first had the idea of writing a book to annoy a schoolfriend by getting published before him.

No, honestly; he's actually that shallow.

It was swiftly apparent that this was not the quick route to fame and fortune that he’d hoped for. The first sign of this was the realisation that being good at writing was required, but he managed to surprise everyone
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There will be, but exactly when I'm not sure. Sorry to be coy about it, but the book is still being considered by some US publishers and while…more
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There will be, but exactly when I'm not sure. Sorry to be coy about it, but the book is still being considered by some US publishers and while the ebook's availability isn't a problem, once print books are distributed into the US no large publisher will want to acquire the rights. So unless it gets signed up there I'd expect the paperback in April-ish to be the one that gets distributed.(less)
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Maybe more of a 3.5 stars, but I did really enjoy it despite a number of flaws. First and foremost, the central conceit of the graces was clever and well work - something that really made the book stand out and I'm sure is a big part of its success. ...more
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A fun fantasy romp of swordsmen (and women), the undead and a little light grave-robbing, all told with real heart. There were missteps along the way, but it kept my attention as the pages went by (not so easy a thing for me these days) and I thoroug ...more
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The story follows Lancelot from a boy in Brittany through to his training and then his time as Arthur's right hand.
While belief in the..." Read more of this review »
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I’ll start my review by saying thank you to Robin Carter from Parmenion Books for recommending thi..." Read more of this review »
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“History is not a map to be read, nor a path to be followed. It is a landscape of contours and textures, of colours and sounds.”
Tom Lloyd, The Ragged Man

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“History is not a map to be read, nor a path to be followed. It is a landscape of contours and textures, of colours and sounds.”
Tom Lloyd, The Ragged Man

“There were plotters, there was no doubt about it. Some had been ordinary people who'd had enough. Some were young people with no money who objected to the fact that the world was run by old people who were rich. Some were in it to get girls. And some had been idiots as mad as Swing, with a view of the world just as rigid and unreal, who were on the side of what they called 'the people'. Vimes had spent his life on the streets, and had met decent men and fools and people who'd steal a penny from a blind beggar and people who performed silent miracles or desperate crimes every day behind the grubby windows of little houses, but he'd never met The People.

People on the side of The People always ended up disappointed, in any case. They found that The People tended not to be grateful or appreciative or forward-thinking or obedient. The People tended to be small-minded and conservative and not very clever and were even distrustful of cleverness. And so the children of the revolution were faced with the age-old problem: it wasn't that you had the wrong kind of government, which was obvious, but that you had the wrong kind of people.
As soon as you saw people as things to be measured, they didn't measure up. What would run through the streets soon enough wouldn't be a revolution or a riot. It'd be people who were frightened and panicking. It was what happened when the machinery of city life faltered, the wheels stopped turning and all the little rules broke down. And when that happened, humans were worse than sheep. Sheep just ran; they didn't try to bite the sheep next to them.”
Terry Pratchett, Night Watch




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