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#1 2014-11-11 12:31:47

Olaf
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Bobby Dollar Christmas Novella

http://www.amazon.de/gp/aw/d/B00PAYYC64 … amp;sr=1-2

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlepig: A Bobby Dollar Novella


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#2 2014-11-17 11:30:59

erutanlive
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Re: Bobby Dollar Christmas Novella

And I'm the villian. T_T

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#3 2014-11-17 13:55:26

ylvs
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Re: Bobby Dollar Christmas Novella

Welcome back erutanlive! I don't think I remember you from when you posted back then but I know how you look like. That is a first. Seeing a pic of a Smarcher before reading a post.

I of course refer to the Smarchmoot pics and I talked to cyan and Magpie yesterday.


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#4 2014-11-22 16:05:29

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Re: Bobby Dollar Christmas Novella

Just finished the story. Who else but Tad can write a Christmas story about a mad nazi scientist who is over a hundred years old, looks like Santa Clause and makes Mengele look like an amateur?
And yes, it is a cheerful story with werewolves,  werehogs and the Christmas spirit!


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#5 2014-11-22 17:48:24

Peter
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Re: Bobby Dollar Christmas Novella

Pretty bloody... cheerful.
I'm not much of a Christmas guy, but I prefer a tree and good food to Bobby's style of celebration.


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#6 2014-11-23 01:10:54

Olaf
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Re: Bobby Dollar Christmas Novella

There IS a tree in the story:-)


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#7 2014-11-23 02:37:37

Olaf
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Re: Bobby Dollar Christmas Novella

My Amazon.com review:

After starring in three novels (most recently "Sleeping Late on Judgement Day") our favorite angel Doloriel aka Bobby Dollar returns for an encore performance for the holidays. This novella takes place after the original triad of novels and can be read independently without getting spoiled for the books, but I think it is best enjoyed if one is familiar with the characters and concepts of that particular fictional universe. If you have yet to meet Bobby D. start with "The Dirty Streets of Heaven".

This is not a traditional sappy Christmas story, but rather something else. Bobby Dollar has to investigate (for the sake of a recently deceased soul) a former Nazi mad scientist who is accused of making human experiments with werewolf genes. Bobby enlists the help of his were-friend Fatback aka George Noceda and starts investigating. And then the s*** hits the Christmas fan:-)
Enjoy and I really hope Tad Williams makes this into an annual holiday tradition!


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#8 2014-11-23 06:44:16

Peter
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Re: Bobby Dollar Christmas Novella

Is there any scene that suggests it is after the main novels? I do assume so as well, but can't remember any hard evidence.


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#9 2014-11-23 07:15:54

Olaf
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Re: Bobby Dollar Christmas Novella

Just one sentence where Bobby states that he has actually been to hell and know what its like there.


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#10 2014-11-23 07:18:03

Peter
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Re: Bobby Dollar Christmas Novella

Olaf wrote:

Just one sentence where Bobby states that he has actually been to hell and know what its like there.

Ah, Indeed! This is conclusive proof, of course and I do remember that line. Silly me.
Thanks for noticing (and remembering) :)


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#11 2014-11-23 07:22:26

Olaf
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Re: Bobby Dollar Christmas Novella

Until that line I thought the story might be a prequel, but was then disproved. But still I think this story is not the best place to start with Bobby D. It stands alone, but I think prior knowledge of the concepts and characters helps appreciating it more.


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#12 2014-11-23 07:25:12

Peter
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Re: Bobby Dollar Christmas Novella

Olaf wrote:

Until that line I thought the story might be a prequel, but was then disproved. But still I think this story is not the best place to start with Bobby D. It stands alone, but I think prior knowledge of the concepts and characters helps appreciating it more.

Definitely. Tad doesn't have that much time to set up the characters in the short story and George and Bobby himself are pretty central.


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#13 2014-11-23 07:31:36

Olaf
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Re: Bobby Dollar Christmas Novella

Peter wrote:

Olaf wrote:

Until that line I thought the story might be a prequel, but was then disproved. But still I think this story is not the best place to start with Bobby D. It stands alone, but I think prior knowledge of the concepts and characters helps appreciating it more.

Definitely. Tad doesn't have that much time to set up the characters in the short story and George and Bobby himself are pretty central.

I really hope he writes more of those shorts. And there are some very minor issues with the German expressions he used, but that can be easily fixed.


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#14 2014-11-23 13:40:38

ylvs
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Re: Bobby Dollar Christmas Novella

Oh, are there again? Why didn't he ask his experts? Tsk.


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#15 2014-11-23 13:41:30

ylvs
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Re: Bobby Dollar Christmas Novella

Now I berate myself even more for not getting around to read it yet.
Tomorrow.


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#16 2014-11-23 13:58:21

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Re: Bobby Dollar Christmas Novella

ylvs wrote:

Oh, are there again? Why didn't he ask his experts? Tsk.

I have two minor quibbles. The Umlaute are missing in one case. In other cases they are there. And the main villain exclaims "Scheiss" rather than " Scheisse" at one point.


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#17 2014-11-23 19:41:17

redNathalie
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Re: Bobby Dollar Christmas Novella

Does it say something about me that reading this story really started to get me in the holiday spirit? It really did. ^_^


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#18 2014-12-26 15:42:21

laDuchesse
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Re: Bobby Dollar Christmas Novella

US-Smarchers: it's for free at the moment and soon will be not available anymore (according to Deb on twitter). So get ut now: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00PAYYC6 … Nub04G3R7D


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#19 2014-12-28 00:42:57

ylvs
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Re: Bobby Dollar Christmas Novella

If you want an e-pub instead of whatever format the kindle has: send Deb an email TODAY at deborah.shazam@batnet.com (direct link on the bottom of the main page).
It's an this weekend only offer so write her asap.


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#20 2014-12-28 15:00:05

Kenan
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Re: Bobby Dollar Christmas Novella

I'm considering getting a kindle when I'm in the UK...


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#21 2014-12-29 14:41:30

Sahi
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Re: Bobby Dollar Christmas Novella

I just downloaded it today. (With the kindle app I downloaded for Marian's story.)


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