History Creator / AlanGarner

21st Jan '16 3:48:44 AM AgProv
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The lumbering Franchise Zombie which is Boneland
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* FranchiseZombie: After ''Literature/TheWeirdstoneOfBrisingamen'' and ''Literature/TheMoonOfGomrath'', Garner went on to write a long list of books he considered had far more literary merit and worth, and if he didn't actually ''hate'' his first two published works, he certainly disdained them. He was certainly annoyed with fans of the first two books who demanded and asked and pleaded for more involving the characters of Colin and Susan (the child protagonists). He made his deep dislike of the books, their premis, and their characters, very clear indeed by taking ''fifty years'' to write ''Literature/{{Boneland}}''. In this book Colin has grown up into an over-educated depressive and borderline sociopath with mental health issues, and Susan apparently drowned herself one night when chasing after elves in the starlight. ''Boneland'' is pessimistic, chilly, dark and noir and bleak - with none of the magic or optimism of the books it succeeds. Colin may die on a hospital operating table after ECT for his mental health problems (the book is ambiguous on this). Garner very emphatically answered the fans' request for more by providing ''exactly'' the opposite to what they wanted, and by killing off the beloved lead characters. And a lot of the supporting cast.
12th Jan '16 2:31:37 PM phoenix
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He received a lifetime-achievement WorldFantasyAward in 2012.
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He received a lifetime-achievement WorldFantasyAward UsefulNotes/WorldFantasyAward in 2012.
5th Jan '16 2:14:37 PM AgProv
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Explaining goblins in "Boneland"
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* [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Our non-human but humanoid races are different]] The ''svart-alfar'', called into being for the novel ''Literature/TheWeirdstoneOfBrisingamen''. The name literally means ''dark Elves'', but the underground creatures have far more in common with Orcs or Goblins. In the sucessor novel ''Literature/TheMoonOfGomrath'', the place of evil footsoldier is taken by the ''bodachs'' from far Albany: these are a more lizard-like sort of goblin, still humanoid and intelligent enough to forge metal and organise as war-bands. The concluding novel in the trilogy, ''Literature/{{Boneland}}'', pays {{Homage}} to a well-founded theory that as newer sub-species of the human race arose, the predecessor races they co-existed with and then suceeded over inevitably became the goblins, dwarves and Elves of our legend. The Watcher is clearly of a different sub-species to the Homo Sapiens/Cro-Magnons who rescue him.
4th Jan '16 8:05:32 AM AgProv
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adding other books
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* ''The Stone Book Quartet'' (1979) * ''Strandloper'' (1996) * ''Thursbitch'' (2003)
4th Jan '16 2:01:39 AM AgProv
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tidying
** In ''Literature/Boneland'', Colin and the Watcher are playing out the same issues of loss and trauma, in much the same geological place but separated by up to half a million years in time. Both are struggling to work out what is happening to them according to their conditioning and cultural preconceptions. Garner even hints that {{Recursion}} is happening and they are somehow directly linked.
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** In ''Literature/Boneland'', ''Literature/{{Boneland}}'', Colin and the Watcher are playing out the same issues of loss and trauma, in much the same geological place but separated by up to half a million years in time. Both are struggling to work out what is happening to them according to their conditioning and cultural preconceptions. Garner even hints that {{Recursion}} is happening and they are somehow directly linked.
4th Jan '16 2:01:05 AM AgProv
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Recursion Is Happening
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** In ''Literature/Boneland'', Colin and the Watcher are playing out the same issues of loss and trauma, in much the same geological place but separated by up to half a million years in time. Both are struggling to work out what is happening to them according to their conditioning and cultural preconceptions. Garner even hints that {{Recursion}} is happening and they are somehow directly linked.
4th Jan '16 1:04:14 AM AgProv
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* OminousFog: * Ominous fogs and mists are a part of Creator/AlanGarner's fantasy trilogy beginning with ''Literature/The WeirdstoneOfBrisingamen'', continuing in ''Literature/TheMoonOfGomrath'' and ending - more metaphorically and symbolically - in ''Literature/{{Boneland}}''. The [[OurZombiesAreDifferent dark lich Grimnir]] rises out of Lindow Moss bog in a twilight mist; the battles are fought in fog and mist and snow; and the adult Colin wrestles with the symbolic fog that has settled over his early life and memories, blotting out good and bad together save for flash-frame glimpses.
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* OminousFog: * Ominous fogs and mists are a part of Creator/AlanGarner's fantasy trilogy beginning with ''Literature/The WeirdstoneOfBrisingamen'', ''Literature/TheWeirdstoneOfBrisingamen'', continuing in ''Literature/TheMoonOfGomrath'' and ending - more metaphorically and symbolically - in ''Literature/{{Boneland}}''. The [[OurZombiesAreDifferent dark lich Grimnir]] rises out of Lindow Moss bog in a twilight mist; the battles are fought in fog and mist and snow; and the adult Colin wrestles with the symbolic fog that has settled over his early life and memories, blotting out good and bad together save for flash-frame glimpses.
4th Jan '16 1:03:09 AM AgProv
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* ''Literature/TheWeirdstoneOfBrisingamen''(1960) * ''Literature/TheMoonOfGomrath'' (1963)
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* ''Literature/TheWeirdstoneOfBrisingamen''(1960) ''Literature/TheWeirdstoneOfBrisingamen'' (1960) * ''Literature/TheMoonOfGomrath'' ''Literature/TheMoonOfGomrath'' (1963)

* ''The Owl Service'' (1967) (made into a television series in 1969)
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* ''The Owl Service'' Service'' (1967) (made into a television series in 1969)

* ''Literature/{{Boneland}}'' (2013)
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* ''Literature/{{Boneland}}'' ''Literature/{{Boneland}}'' (2013)

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* ''Literature/{{Boneland}}'' (2013) OminousFog: * Ominous fogs and mists are a part of Creator/AlanGarner's fantasy trilogy beginning with ''Literature/The WeirdstoneOfBrisingamen'', continuing in ''Literature/TheMoonOfGomrath'' and ending - more metaphorically and symbolically - in ''Literature/{{Boneland}}''. The [[OurZombiesAreDifferent dark lich Grimnir]] rises out of Lindow Moss bog in a twilight mist; the battles are fought in fog and mist and snow; and the adult Colin wrestles with the symbolic fog that has settled over his early life and memories, blotting out good and bad together save for flash-frame glimpses.
2nd Jan '16 6:06:50 PM AgProv
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tidying
* PossessionBurnout: In ''The Moon of Gomrath'', an ancient Celtic demonic entity, the Brollochan, is released form its prison cell by human interference. The Brollochan is an entity that lives vicariously through the senses of people and animals it serially possesses - but no host can contain it for long without burning from the inside and crumbling to death.
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* PossessionBurnout: In ''The Moon of Gomrath'', an ancient Celtic demonic entity, the Brollochan, is released form from its prison cell by human interference. The Brollochan is an entity that lives vicariously through the senses of people and animals it serially possesses - but no host can contain it for long without burning from the inside and crumbling to death.
2nd Jan '16 1:34:34 PM AgProv
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* EarlyInstalmentWeirdness: people who read "Brinsingamen" and "Gomrath" first, then expected "The Owl Service" or "Elidor" to be more of the same, were invariably dissappointed. The accessibility and straightforward conventional plots of the first two novels were soon supplanted with the shifting landscapes and ambiguous uncertainties of the later writing, where readers really had to work hard to get at the meanings and the psychodramas being played out.
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* EarlyInstalmentWeirdness: EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: people who read "Brinsingamen" and "Gomrath" first, then expected "The Owl Service" or "Elidor" to be more of the same, were invariably dissappointed. The accessibility and straightforward conventional plots of the first two novels were soon supplanted with the shifting landscapes and ambiguous uncertainties of the later writing, where readers really had to work hard to get at the meanings and the psychodramas being played out.
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