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Adventures of Willy the Wizard: Livid Land No. 1 Paperback – 5 Nov 1987
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This book really is a waste of paper, and rather than leaving a legacy of a literary charm, the author has left a few less trees in the world and a story that my six year old could better in charm, character development, and writing technique.
As for the allegations of plagiarism well its just laughable, if J K Rowling is guilty then so is every author that ever wrote from the beginning of time.
Why didn't this book take off and become a multi-billion dollar sensation?
Because it is a lame, sloppily written, shallow story with undeveloped characters, no real plot, and a weak, unbelievable universe.
Do not waste your time buying this sad excuse for literature.
Do not even give this useless author (or his lawsuit-happy estate) an excuse to publish more of this useless drivel.
If you have a copy of this book, compost or recycle it please!
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I'm betting all the alleged plagiarisms turn out to be common story elements. There certainly isn't any comparison in the plots or characters.
Just for fun I did a web search on underwater rescues and found a 1960 Tom Swift book in which Tom invents artificial gills and competes against the Bungarians. Harry, of course, gets artificial gills and competes against a Bulgarian.
So I searched and found the website by this author's estate. Please look for it. They have "extracts" of the book for you to read. Please read them and form your own opinion.
To me, they read like a bad English translation of a foreign work. The writing on the website itself is pretty bad too. This is simply not a well written work.
It will probably best be remembered as the story JK Rowling allegedly plagiarized for her Harry Potter novels (specifically Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire).