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#1 2008-03-21 06:07:21

Olaf
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From: Germany
Registered: 2001-07-16
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Wizard of Lies

Just read the first of the TALES OF ORDINARY FARM posted in the VAULT section, and I must say that I am quite intrigued.

SPOILER ALERT. If you have not read the story yet, read no further!
SPOILER ALERT. If you have not read the story yet, read no further!
SPOILER ALERT. If you have not read the story yet, read no further!
SPOILER ALERT. If you have not read the story yet, read no further!
SPOILER ALERT. If you have not read the story yet, read no further!






As I understood it, the series of short stories will explain how important characters arrived at Ordinary Farm in the first place. In this story, the arrival of Ragnar, the Viking king is told, although I think that Gideon, who went to fetch him from the ninth century, was really after the young dragons and not after Ragnar.  Important characters we will probably meet in the books are: mysterious, time-traveling Gideon, Simos Walkwell, the guardian of Ordinary Farm (whatever that actually means, and what is he guarding anyway?) and Ragnar, the unwilling traveler from ninth century England. We do not learn much about Gideon and next to nothing about Simos, so they both remain an enigma for now.

The tone of the story did not strike me as particularly young-adult, especially as the story opens on a scene of torture and violence, so I think that grown-up readers will enjoy it just as much as younger readers.

So, the final question is: when will we see the next story?


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#2 2008-05-05 13:10:51

deborah
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Registered: 2001-06-01
Posts: 164

Re: Wizard of Lies

Hey Olaf - there's a 2nd story sitting with Tad, waiting for his rewrites & edits - it's called "The Blessings Witch" and I hope to get it up on the site soon...

Thanks for you feedback...!

 

#3 2008-05-06 13:39:02

Olaf
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From: Germany
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Re: Wizard of Lies

Thanks, Deborah, I`ll be looking forward to it!


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Writing books, especially long books, is a careful balance between laziness and masochism.
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#4 2009-04-04 14:25:03

Olaf
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From: Germany
Registered: 2001-07-16
Posts: 4908
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Re: Wizard of Lies

Hm...what's up with more Odfarm short stories?

Will there be more?


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Writing books, especially long books, is a careful balance between laziness and masochism.
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#5 2009-05-21 14:02:47

deborah
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Registered: 2001-06-01
Posts: 164

Re: Wizard of Lies

Olaf - there will be more - jut everything's cofussing on Shadowrise and Odfarm 2 at the moment ---

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