Update from the book signing! I went last night, it was fun, we bought his two most recent books there and got them signed, and he gave a funny presentation. He is a born entertainer, I imagine he was an excellent stand-up comedian in his younger days. He recited/acted the description of Cluny the Scourge from Redwall. I absolutely love his accent!
I started reading Doomwyte aloud to the sibs almost as soon as we got home. It’s a little bit creepy alright. He managed to make me shiver within the first couple chapters.
Well, I haven’t really gotten far enough to tell, but it doesn’t look like it. However, this time the riddles were written by Gonff himself, and it has a lovely spooky edge. I’ll let you know when I get further whether it looks any different.
I’ve just finished Doomwyte. It has the elements of the previous 19 books (i.e. Riddles, songs, feasts, quests, battle at the end, etc.) but the plot is quite refreshingly different. I won’t say too much, but it was different enough that I found myself wondering what was going to happen next, instead of predicting the climax way before it happened.
“Poor Bilbo couldn't bear it any longer. At may never return he began to feel a shriek coming up inside, and very soon it burst out like the whistle of an engine coming out of a tunnel.” -- J. R. R. Tolkien,