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December 17, 2009


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I really enjoyed that when I read it, and I liked the illos, too.

I'm glad you enjoyed it, Susan.

(Other potential readers of the book: I can testify from personal experience that the book is still a whole lot of fun if the person who recommended it to you told you what the Game was, but I agree with Susan that starting in ignorance is the way to go if you can manage it.)

rather weird line drawings by Gahan Wilson

That's like like accusing me of uttering bad puns.

Wooo! Glad you liked it so much!

(Thought I posted this yesterday but apparently it didn't take.)

Thanks again, Clifton and Paul, for bringing it to my attention!

I'm not familiar with Wilson's work in general; what else has he done that I might recognize?

Andy Wheeler recommended Gahan Wilson: 50 Years of Playboy Cartoons in his blog today.

*grin* Well, I probably wouldn't have run into his art there. Not quite my interest.

I loved a Night in the Lonesome October. Zelazny did a wonderful job of blending humor, mythology, and Victorian-era England. A great book and I really need to read more of Zelazny's work.

I'm taking this book to my local university's Storyreading tonight to see if I can get it selected as this semester's Long Reading. Cross your fingers!

On the subject of books... I now have all four "Women of Wonder" anthologies. Also the "Illuminatus" trilogy. Ah, those temptations so easily fulfilled by Alibris...

Alas, the book wasn't chosen for Storyreading. An adult Roald Dahl novel won.

I've never read anything by Dahl, but I did catch a British anthology show focused on his stories. Unusual, to say the least.

You've never read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory??

You should remedy that.

Of course, right after I posted my earlier post, I remembered that book. Here too, I never read the original, but I had seen Willie Wonka. Out of curiosity, is that version more faithful to the book, or is Tim Burton's? I know some people who were quite mad at Burton because of it. (Me, I still have to forgive him for Planet of the Apes.)

So, I should take a look?

There are adult Roald Dahl novels? His short stories, I knew about, and the memoir; but I thought all his novels were for youngers.

I've not seen the Tim Burton version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The earlier film was scripted by Dahl. From memory it was generally faithful, taking into account the fact it was adapted into a musical.

Wikipedia, everyone's favourite 100% accurate internet resource, lists two adult novels by Dahl.

It was a surprise to me. The book that won was Switch Bitch, which from its description looks like an anthology rather than a novel.

The Burton version had one major addition to Wonka's background, which I felt was totally unnecessary, but overall I liked it a lot and felt it captured Wonka's character in a very interesting way. It was sort of like the RDJr. Sherlock Holmes.

Robert Downey Jr as Wonka...

I liked the Burton movie better, except for the same guy being all the Oompa Loompas.

Robert Downey Jr as Wonka...


I thought that was hilarious.

Susan... :-)

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