John Connolly
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Author:  Pete [ Wed Mar 10, 2010 12:56 pm ]
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Hands up everyone who likes him?

John has just agreed to be our featured author and give us an interview for the June issue of Black Static. Hodder are sending us copies of "The Lovers", "The Gate" and "The Whisperers" for review, and as they're reissuing the whole series a retrospective look at Charlie Parker might be in order.

I plan to spend April catching up on the Connolly books I haven't as yet read.

I'm excited.

Author:  Ray [ Wed Mar 10, 2010 1:57 pm ]
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A little hit and miss, I find. The early work is more subtle in my opinion, but the latter a little too Stephen King. I also find the assassin stuff a little tired, though refreshing to see such characters as homosexual.

All that said, I admittedly have only read four of his. I am a fan of Parker, though, and look forward to the feature.

Author:  Pete [ Wed Mar 10, 2010 2:33 pm ]
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I read the first five Parker volumes, some of which I bought and a couple as reviews. No review copies since then, so I haven't had reason or time to read the others, though I seem to have stockpiled them, including the non-Parkers. This is my pretext for getting through the rest :lol:

My favourite so far, "The White Road".

Author:  Ray [ Wed Mar 10, 2010 8:37 pm ]
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That was the first I read - maybe I measured his others unfairly by comparing them to that...

Author:  Pete [ Fri Mar 12, 2010 10:08 am ]
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I like all the Connolly I've read, though he's certainly had his ups and downs. I didn't think "Dark Hollow" was as good as "Every Dead Thing", or "The Black Angel" quite up to the standard set by "The White Road".

Reader point of entry into a writer's oeuvre can be important. I disliked the first book I read by both Ramsey Campbell and Stephen King, and it was a gap of years before I returned to them. I also loathed the first Guy N. Smith I read, but have never returned to him.

Conversely, I thoroughly enjoyed the first Richard Laymon books I read and went on to read nearly all his work, whereas if I'd read something like "Resurrection Dreams" or "Long After Midnight" I wouldn't have touched the rest with a bargepole.

Author:  Ray [ Fri Mar 12, 2010 11:12 am ]
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I know what you mean about Laymon, though for me it was splurging on them highlighting a certain repetitveness. I'll always have a soft spot (if that's the right word!) for Stake and One Rainy Night, and Beast House had a certain schlock appeal.

Slights, by the way, is great so far. There was a great line something like "The gardening book said manure was good so I order a shitload to be delivered" and that tickled me. (I'm not doing a good job of selling this - there's way more to it than a poo pun)

Author:  Stu [ Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:27 am ]
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Connolly's great. Obviously the quality varies slightly over the course of his career as he tries different things but generally he's very readable.

Author:  Pete [ Mon Mar 15, 2010 11:27 am ]
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That's an excellent point Stu. While for most authors the career arc is upward, with their work improving as they grow in mastery at their craft, it's unreasonable to expect every new book to be better than the last one.

Author:  Stu [ Thu Mar 18, 2010 8:35 am ]
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Details of John Connolly signings at Waterstones to promote his new novel The Whisperers. ... n|Connolly

Author:  Stu [ Thu Mar 18, 2010 8:37 am ]
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Huh, for some reason the board decided not to acknowledge the end of the link. Just cut and paste instead.

Author:  Pete [ Sun Apr 04, 2010 1:18 pm ]
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Just finished "The Unquiet" as the first step in my month long Connolly catch-up, and one thing that occurred to me. He creates some truly memorable villains, such as Faulkner, the Collector, the Travelling Man, but I can't recall any of these larger than life monsters being women.

My memory isn't perfect, and I'm only something like halfway through his oeuvre, so anybody know different?

Author:  Stu [ Mon Apr 05, 2010 7:57 am ]
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Offhand, you'll have to wait until The Lovers. And The Gates. And there's the short stories 'Miss Froom, Vampire' and 'The Underbury Witches' although to be honest I don't remember those ones too well.

Author:  Pete [ Tue Apr 06, 2010 10:29 am ]
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Cheers Stu. I read "Miss Froom, Vampire" last night - definitely female and definitely a nasty piece of work :D

Author:  Pete [ Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:42 pm ]
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Just a post to get this back on top, so I can link other stuff to it and if anyone feels inclined to discuss Connolly post the feature in Black Static #17.

Author:  Stu [ Wed Jun 16, 2010 8:15 am ]
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Pete, here's the duck joke from Black Angel.

"There's this duck on a pond, and he's getting really pissed at this other duck who's coming on to his girl, so he decides to hire an assassin duck to bump him off. So the assassin arrives, and the duck meets him in some reeds. The assassin tells him that it will cost five pieces of bread to kill the target, payable after the deed is done. The duck tells him that's fine, and the assassin says, 'So, do you want me to send you the body?' And the duck says, 'No, just send me the bill.'"

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