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Offline Tony Williams

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Greetings all...
« on: January 15, 2008, 03:21:20 am »
I've been a BFS member for over a year now, so I think it's time I joined the forum.

I started reading SFF in the late 1950s, did so intensively as a student in the late 1960s but rather more erratically since then. Now that I'm semi-retired I'm reading more than I have for decades; both new books and old favourites.

I've read less fantasy than SF, but looking at my bookshelves I've still got through a lot...I have to start by mentioning Tolkein, of course. I read Hobbit and LOTR ten times (I've never read anything else more than three times) and although the last time was over 35 years ago, I still have fond memories. Peake's Gormenghast series deserves a mention for its astonishingly powerful atmosphere, Moorcock's Elric sagas for originality,  Sprague de Camp's Enchanter series for humour, Tanith Lee's Birthgrave, Guy Gavriel Kay's Tigana, Kurtz' Deryni trilogy, McCaffrey's Dragonflight, Zelazny's Amber series, and Tepper's Marianne trilogy - my favourite contemporary fantasy. Those authors are all long-established, of course, so I'm loooking forward to discovering good new ones.

Not just reading but writing too...I have always enjoyed putting my ideas on paper and have been writing non-fiction books and articles for years (focused on my long-term interest in military technology). More recently I have tried my hand at fiction and have self-published a couple of novels.  I have posted lots of articles on my website, and also post weekly to my SFF blog. In fact, a couple of weeks ago I reviewed the latest Dark Horizons there. I find that posting book reviews on my blog is a good exercise, as it makes me think critically about what I'm reading.

Enough for now - I look forward to joining in the chat.
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Re: Greetings all...
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2008, 01:17:17 pm »
Hi Tony! Welcome to the forum, if not to the BFS itself :)

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Re: Greetings all...
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2008, 05:29:08 pm »
Hi Tony,

Mark Chadbourn's stuff is worth a butchers if you want more fantasy.    :)
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Re: Greetings all...
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2008, 02:37:13 am »
Thanks for that.

I'll put Chadbourn's name on my "check out" list.

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Re: Greetings all...
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2008, 12:34:06 am »
Hi Tony and welcome.

If you're interested in writing reviews for the BFS, drop me a line at
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Always on the lookout for new blood :-)

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Re: Greetings all...
« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2008, 07:41:48 pm »
Always on the lookout for new blood :-)
It's OK, Tony, I know there are some horror fans/readers/writers around here too (including me), but we don't mean it literally when we say we're on the lookout for new blood!

Welcome.  :D
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Re: Greetings all...
« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2008, 08:05:40 pm »
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It's OK, Tony, I know there are some horror fans/readers/writers around here too (including me), but we don't mean it literally when we say we're on the lookout for new blood!


Speak for yourself Caroline ;D
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Re: Greetings all...
« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2008, 06:04:42 am »
 :o I will attach some garlic to my PC...

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Re: Greetings all...
« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2008, 06:51:36 pm »
It's OK, Tony, .... but we don't mean it literally when we say we're on the lookout for new blood!

Do you prefer it congealed and a bit scabby ?    ::)
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Re: Greetings all...
« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2008, 07:43:38 pm »
It's OK, Tony, .... but we don't mean it literally when we say we're on the lookout for new blood!

Do you prefer it congealed and a bit scabby ?    ::)

I think you know the answer to that, Josh. I live up North - so I eat black pudding!  :o
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Re: Greetings all...
« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2008, 12:39:15 pm »
Black pudding is the food of the frikken GODS!!!

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Re: Greetings all...
« Reply #11 on: February 28, 2008, 02:58:14 pm »
Black pudding is the food of the frikken GODS!!!
Does that explain why I sometimes behave as if I think I'm omnipotent then, Troo?
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Re: Greetings all...
« Reply #12 on: February 28, 2008, 03:18:40 pm »
No, that's the curly hair. It does strange things to the brain...