History Creator / AlanGarner

14th Feb '17 2:18:42 PM Kitchen90
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23rd Jan '17 6:29:32 PM LarryMullen
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* CreatorBacklash: Garner had strong critical disdain of his first two fantasy novels, ''Literature/TheWeirdstoneOfBrisingamen''(1960) and ''Literature/TheMoonOfGomrath''(1963). He considered them [[BlackSheepHit jejeune and childish next to his more evolved later work]]. However, fans loved them and kept badgering for a sequel to tie up the loose ends. He forced himself to write the sequel ''Boneland''(2013) - some ''fifty years'' after the two original books. Deliberately, the style is as unlike the first two books as possible. In style and presentation of its subject material, it has more to do with the deliberate ambiguity of ''Elidor'' and ''Red Shift'' than with the two prior books in the series.



* 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.



* SequelGap: 2013's ''Boneland'' is the continuation of his 1960 and 1963 novels ''Literature/TheWeirdstoneOfBrisingamen'' and ''The Moon of Gomrath'' - some ''fifty years'' after the original books. Garner so disliked the original novels, as atypical of what he wanted to be remembered for, that it took him half a century to write the third concluding part of the trilogy.
18th Jan '17 12:57:40 PM Scabbard
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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.

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* [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Our Non-human 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.
18th Jan '17 12:56:14 PM Scabbard
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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.

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* [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Our non-human Non-human but humanoid races Humanoid Races are different]] 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.
10th May '16 2:40:20 AM AgProv
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* AuthorTract: Alan Garner is known to loathe the ongoing "gentrification" of Alderley Edge by the rich and tasteless, which elsewhere he has deplored as sucking out the magic and character from a town he loves and still lives in. In comparing the "old" Alderley Edge to the new, and the change that has taken place in the fifty years since ''Literature/TheMoonOfGomrath'', he is surprisingly restrained, voicing his feelings through incidental asides spoken by Colin. (in ''Literature/{{Boneland}}''). Colin cannot bear going anywhere near the farmhouse he grew up in, now it has been sold on and "gentrified" and is no longer a working farm. Garner is known to feel the same way about the former working farm that inspired the Mossocks' Highmost Redmanhey.

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* AuthorTract: Alan Garner is known to loathe the ongoing "gentrification" of Alderley Edge by the rich and tasteless, which elsewhere he has deplored as sucking out the magic and character from a town he loves and still lives in.nearby to. In comparing the "old" Alderley Edge to the new, and the change that has taken place in the fifty years since ''Literature/TheMoonOfGomrath'', he is surprisingly restrained, voicing his feelings through incidental asides spoken by Colin. (in ''Literature/{{Boneland}}''). Colin cannot bear going anywhere near the farmhouse he grew up in, now it has been sold on and "gentrified" and is no longer a working farm. Garner is known to feel the same way about the former working farm that inspired the Mossocks' Highmost Redmanhey.
21st Jan '16 3:48:44 AM AgProv
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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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* [[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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* ''The Stone Book Quartet'' (1979)
* ''Strandloper'' (1996)
* ''Thursbitch'' (2003)
4th Jan '16 2:01:39 AM AgProv
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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.

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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.
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