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on July 13, 2013 :
I've had this happen to me. More than once, my characters have deviated from what I wanted them to do, and on several occasions they've insulted the author too. Usually this happens when I'm being particularly blockheaded in my work.
(I can honestly say they've never taken it this far, though...)
As is so often the case, Strickland's story made me laugh, always a welcome addition to any day. It made for an interesting read, and certainly projects the author's personality nicely. That said, as an alternative to the usual dragons-and-knights stories mentioned in the latter stages of the novel, I'd refer the author to Simon Green's "Blue Moon Rising", one of my favourite fantasy novels of all time.
(And replying to Mr. Carter; a princess's breasts bounce up and down because all fantasy princesses wear Kangoo Jumps. It's standard footwear for buxom ladies in heroic fantasy, I believe, while female characters wear skimpy armour that leaves their vital organs exposed, in order to trick the enemy into attacking. I thought everyone knew this.)
(review of free book)
on July 12, 2013 :
Firstly I hope this review comes through because Smashwords has gone peculiar today.
Which brings me on to Jonny's new story; in a previous review I accused Jonny Strickland of being bonkers, well here is the proof [if any were needed!].
Claude The Unhappy Caterpillar [etc], is silly, funny, and very bizarre, and an enjoyable easy light read.
However, it actually has, I think, an interesting thing to say about the writing process; what would happen if the characters in a story didn't agree with their author? What if a caterpillar wanted to be a monkey? Why do a princess' breasts constantly bounce up and down? Got you thinking, hasn't it...?
This story [like Smashwords Writers Duel] has been written specifically for smashwords and is very self-aware and contains certain truths about the whole writing/smashwords process [such as why most people only get three reviews]. It's fresh and funny, irreverent [as usual] and self-deprecating and captures fully the personality of the author. In fact there's loads of the author in this work, really quite literally.
For a different and amusing spin on the writing process, a swear-laden kick up the bottom for fantasy stories, a look into the authors spongy beer-addled brain, or just a funny, laugh out loud bit of fluff, give the story a spin. I laughed myself sober reading it, and so might you [if you've had a drink, obviously.]
P.S. There are a few typing errors in here, but they are largely irrelavent in a story about an argumentative monkey!
(review of free book)