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This review is from: Dark Lord: 1: The Teenage Years (Paperback)
High concept novels are ten a penny these days, but it's extremely rare to find one as brilliantly written as this. In the hands of a lesser author this would still be an amusing fish-out-of-water yarn, but Jamie Thomson makes it crackle with mad energy, bags of personality, and such a bravura onslaught of laugh-out-loud humour that readers will be gasping for breath. You'll root for the Lord of All Evil as he suffers the indignity of being trapped in our world without his powers (well, without most of his powers) as a 13-year-old schoolboy. By the end of the book you'll be longing for further adventures of Dirk and his friends (sorry, lackeys) Sooz and Christopher - and we don't have long to wait as the next book is due in March. Dark Lord cries out to be a TV show or movie, so it comes as no surprise that the series has already been optioned by NBC Universal. All hail the Great Dirk!
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Initial post: 10 Oct 2011 12:13:32 BDT
D. Morris says:
In the interests of openness, I ought to add that I co-created Dirk Lloyd with Jamie. However, that doesn't take away in the slightest from my praise for the book. It is one thing for us to have come up with the idea (sitting on the steps of my house with a couple of Becks beers a few summers ago, if you want the details!) but it's quite another thing to make a raw concept actually work. If I had been the one to write it, it would just be that "amusing fish-out-of-water yarn" I mentioned above. It took Jamie's exuberant comedic style to really make this concept fly. (Anyone who remembers his hilarious column in Warlock magazine will know what I mean.)
In reply to an earlier post on 5 Dec 2011 18:36:33 GMT
Mr. A. Fletcher says:
I do remember Jamie's column in Warlock magazine. It was as you say, hilarious. I wasn't quite sure it was the same author until I read this part of the review (I was on a gamebook nostalgia browse when I stumbled upon it). You perhaps should have put this info in the review itself, as it may be Lost In Time here. I've purchased this book on that basis, so thanks for that. I'll make some feeble excuse to my other half about it being a Christmas Present for my nephew. If you happen to speak to Jamie in the near future, please ask him when The Way Of The Tiger part 7 is being released? I've just realised I've never really moved on in life further to the ending of part 6. For some retrospective feedback, the Golden Dragon series was my favourites of your own books (assuming you're the same D Morris). Cost me a small fortune to find Crypt Of The Vampire pre Internet. Now you can't give em' away!
In reply to an earlier post on 5 Dec 2011 18:45:20 GMT
D. Morris says:
We do have plans to get Way of the Tiger reissued as iOS and Android apps next year. (Maybe in physical editions too, if any print publishers are still in business by then!) And then the plan is, if the first 6 books sell okay, maybe we can twist Min's and Jamie's arms to resurrect Avenger from his personal Reichenbach in the Rift. And we're doing a new gamebook (Frankenstein, for Profile Books) that's coming out in April, and hopefully reissuing my book Down Among the Dead Men too. Oh, and Fabled Lands 1-6 on Android, also for April/May... Those gamebooks, they're like vampires, Terminators and Fu Manchu.
In reply to an earlier post on 5 Dec 2011 21:01:43 GMT
Mr. A. Fletcher says:
Good stuff. Let me know if there's any other internet sites to keep an eye out for them. The Falcon books were excellent as well. For some unfathomable reason I sold my Fabled Lands, Virtual Reality and Bloodsword books many years back. Think it was because I was just collecting as much as reading by that stage at the end of the gamebook era, so they never had quite the same impact on me. I've just spotted Fabled Lands were reissued last year, so I may pick them up again (I seem to remember there had been plans to release 12 of them originally.) Anyway, I hope The Dark Lord books take off. Will look forward to reading them. Off now for my recurring falling/floating/arachnid nightmare (and The Apprentice).
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