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Messages - D. J. R. Allkins

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FantasyCon / Membership numbers
« on: May 20, 2012, 03:00:28 pm »
How do you get hold of your membership number for booking for Fantasy Con?

Other Media / Google +?
« on: October 05, 2011, 06:50:28 pm »
Does the British Fantasy Society have a circle on Google + ?

FantasyCon / Volunteering for Friday
« on: September 26, 2011, 12:49:44 pm »
As I should be there early on Friday, how do I volunteer to help with goody bag stuffing?

General Discussion / Re: just won a competition
« on: October 21, 2010, 12:28:21 pm »
Well done.

General Discussion / Re: November Novel Writing Month.
« on: October 05, 2010, 03:22:34 pm »
Signed up, still not sure what idea I'm going to do this year.

BFS Publications / Re: Proposal to merge Prism with New/Dark Horizons
« on: September 26, 2010, 06:53:28 pm »
I side with the merging or making it an e-newsletter publication.  As it is, it isn't really doing anything unique to justify it's existence.  There are lots of other places for fantasy news and reviews.

General Discussion / Re: The Monster Book for Girls Submission Call!
« on: September 24, 2010, 10:26:08 pm »
Sounds interesting, I can think of at least 1 possibility.

TV and Film / Re: Vampire Awareness Month, 9th July - 8th August 2010
« on: July 07, 2010, 08:15:09 pm »
Why no Hammer films?  And wouldn't this be better named as Frightening Vampire Month?

Books / Re: Opinions wanted - Reviewing bad books
« on: June 02, 2010, 12:01:29 pm »
a. As a reader, would you like to read bad reviews, to warn you not to go near it?

Ye, but I would like to know why it's bad.

b. As an publisher of reviews, do you consider it bad form to print extremely negative reviews?

Unless it turns into a personal attack, I cant see the problem. 

c. Also as a publisher, do you expect reviewers to trawl through a book so bad they can't read it?

Yes, if you don't finish reading it all the way through, I consider that cheating.

General Discussion / Re: Steampunk
« on: May 26, 2010, 10:55:59 pm »
   ‘Fullmetal Alchemist’ takes place in world like 1920’s Europe (they’ve got cars, trains and phones).  The difference is that firstly, there is a form of magic called Alchemy, based on the principle of equivalent exchange, for transmulating substances into other substances.  Secondly, a form of artificial limbs, called ‘Automail’ has been developed.  It is based on a manga series, but diverges from it half-way through the run.
   When their mother dies, young alchemist brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric, attempt to use alchemy to bring her back to life.  This goes wrong, causing Edward to lose an arm and leg and Alphonse to lose his whole body, his soul bound into a large suit of armour.  Edward gains replacement Automail limbs and with his brother follows the path of most alchemists and goes into the military.  There they embark on search for the legendary Philosophers Stone, so that they can get their own bodies back. 
   What does rise this series up is that it goes into dark Faustian territory, with the idea of sacrificing for power.  It also goes into the themes of racial persecution, military cover-ups and artificial life.  Don’t assume characters automatically are going to survive either or you can guess what’s going to happen.  It is this willingness to take risks with the story, that results in the series becoming a great dark fantasy story.  Currently the series is available over 4 DVD box sets. 

I haven’t seen ‘Last Exile’, so I can’t compare it to that.  ‘Ghost in the Shell’ with the movies and ‘Stand Alone Complex’, I enjoyed a lot as well, I just admit that I prefer ‘Fullmetal Alchemist’.

General Discussion / Re: Steampunk
« on: May 25, 2010, 08:32:26 pm »
There is also the brilliant anime series 'Fullmetal Alchemist', which I think is one of the best sci-fi/fantasy TV series ever. ;D

Books / Re: "Dumb books for dumb people"
« on: May 16, 2010, 10:14:44 pm »
But is the problem that dumb books are successful, because they are brought by a mass audience who don't know any better?

Books / Re: HARUKI MURAKAMI - master of the surreal
« on: May 16, 2010, 10:10:19 pm »
With you on this.  I've read 'The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, Kafka on the Shore and After Dark'.  There was a BBC arts programme on him as well for a series called 'Imagine'.

TV and Film / Kick Ass
« on: April 22, 2010, 09:47:02 pm »
Saw the film 'Kick Ass'.  Funny, tense, sick, bad taste, great.  Lovingly refers to other super hero movies and has some moments that are horrible and funny at the same time.  You will never hear the theme to ‘The Banana Splits’ without winching.

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