Author Topic: Authors With Characters Who Cross Over Into Other Books  (Read 5076 times)

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Re: Authors With Characters Who Cross Over Into Other Books
« Reply #30 on: December 29, 2017, 09:34:55 PM »
Fizban the wizard in Weiss & Hickman's Dragonlance series, and Zifnab the wizard in their later Death Gate Cycle. And also apparently Zanfib the wizard in their later Starshield series (but I've not read it). Contractually they have to deny that Fizban and Zifnab are the same character, but he obviously is.

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Re: Authors With Characters Who Cross Over Into Other Books
« Reply #31 on: July 13, 2019, 03:52:01 PM »
I wonder if Clarisse’s uncle from Fahrenheit 451 was Leonard Mead from The Pedestrian?

(Any excuse to put this up, probably one of the best short stories ever)

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Re: Authors With Characters Who Cross Over Into Other Books
« Reply #32 on: July 13, 2019, 04:34:27 PM »
Not quite on topic but Neil Gaiman has just turned up in Paul Cornell's The Severed Streets in a scene which was really on the nose, I'd guessed it was meant to be Gaiman before they named him, and if it had been handled more subtly it could have been fun but in the end it made me wince a bit.

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« Reply #33 on: July 14, 2019, 12:14:35 PM »
Not quite on topic but Neil Gaiman has just turned up in Paul Cornell's The Severed Streets in a scene which was really on the nose, I'd guessed it was meant to be Gaiman before they named him, and if it had been handled more subtly it could have been fun but in the end it made me wince a bit.

Agreed. There's a fine line between subtle reference and brazen insertion at the best of times - but that blasted straight past that and got really uncomfortable and distracting - took me out of the narrative. I don't know if it's better or worse if Gaiman knows/approves or not - but it's not as though Gaiman is an obscure author anyway, especially to people who read Cornell. I guess that they both know each other from writing for Dr Who.

I still enjoy the Shadow Police series though - it feels like Cracker to Rivers of London's The Bill.

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Re: Authors With Characters Who Cross Over Into Other Books
« Reply #34 on: July 14, 2019, 05:07:39 PM »
Agreed. There's a fine line between subtle reference and brazen insertion at the best of times - but that blasted straight past that and got really uncomfortable and distracting - took me out of the narrative. I don't know if it's better or worse if Gaiman knows/approves or not - but it's not as though Gaiman is an obscure author anyway, especially to people who read Cornell. I guess that they both know each other from writing for Dr Who.

It had the same effect on me, and though I used to be a huge fan of Gaiman's in my teens and early twenties I've gone off him a bit over recent years, so aren't exactly overjoyed to see him feature in the book.

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I still enjoy the Shadow Police series though - it feels like Cracker to Rivers of London's The Bill.

Despite the above moan I'm really enjoying them, I tried to read Rivers Of London earlier this year but gave up after about sixty pages as Aaronovitch's writing style was really clunky, he has some nice ideas but I just found myself getting annoyed by certain aspects of the novel, the way the lead just accepts magic and ghosts exist without it really bothering him for longer than 10 minutes especially.

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Re: Authors With Characters Who Cross Over Into Other Books
« Reply #35 on: July 19, 2019, 10:00:30 AM »
I’ve quite got into the Rivers of London series. The rational approach Grant takes to understanding magic makes sense to me and I like the stories and the way they’re told.

Bad news for The Shadow Police series though. Cornell said on his blog nearly two years back that the sales aren’t there and the series has been dropped by the publisher. His plans for the last two novels are on hold, perhaps permanently.

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Re: Authors With Characters Who Cross Over Into Other Books
« Reply #36 on: July 19, 2019, 01:06:04 PM »
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« Reply #37 on: July 19, 2019, 01:18:25 PM »
Kilgore Trout is in many Kurt Vonnegut novels. Trout is an unsuccessful author of paperback science fiction novels.
Not really a "character", but doesn't Vonnegut himself cameo in (at least) Slaughterhouse Five and Breakfast of Champions?

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Re: Authors With Characters Who Cross Over Into Other Books
« Reply #38 on: July 19, 2019, 01:29:08 PM »
Randolph Carter appears in "The Statement of Randolph Carter" (1919), "The Unnamable" (1923), "The Silver Key" (1926), "The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath" (1926-1927), "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" (1927), "Through the Gates of the Silver Key" (1933) & "Out of the Aeons" (1933), all by H.P Lovecraft. The HPL wiki suggests there's other recurring characters in the Cthulhu mythos (aside from the monsters) but none other come immediately to mind. Abdul Alhazred is cited many times as the author of the Necronomicon although he never features as a character (that would be a great origin story).

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Re: Authors With Characters Who Cross Over Into Other Books
« Reply #39 on: July 19, 2019, 03:34:07 PM »
Bad news for The Shadow Police series though. Cornell said on his blog nearly two years back that the sales aren’t there and the series has been dropped by the publisher. His plans for the last two novels are on hold, perhaps permanently.

Yeah, I saw that a couple of weeks ago which was disappointing to hear. He did say he hopes to somehow finish the story off one day, perhaps in a different medium, but I'm not getting my hopes up.

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Re: Authors With Characters Who Cross Over Into Other Books
« Reply #40 on: July 20, 2019, 05:05:37 PM »
Could he not just self-publish? Would his contract prohibit that? I imagine that would still be financially worthwhile on his part, given the relatively low overheads. Does mean a bit more work for him to do though.

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Re: Authors With Characters Who Cross Over Into Other Books
« Reply #41 on: July 20, 2019, 05:49:07 PM »
He's talked about possibly using the Unbound crowdfunding site in the future, but right now he's concentrating on his Lychford series which is apparently doing fairly well.
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« Reply #42 on: July 20, 2019, 07:32:05 PM »
Some of the characters from Dubliners make a brief appearance in Ulysses.

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Re: Authors With Characters Who Cross Over Into Other Books
« Reply #43 on: July 25, 2019, 11:54:01 AM »
If children's literature counts, the Roly-Poly Bird appears in both Roald Dahl's The Twits and The Enormous Crocodile.

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Re: Authors With Characters Who Cross Over Into Other Books
« Reply #44 on: July 25, 2019, 12:13:59 PM »
There's a hidden Gruffalo in most of the other Donaldson/Scheffler books. Supposedly you can see his arm in Room on the Broom but I've looked and it's not fucking there.

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« Reply #45 on: July 25, 2019, 09:18:15 PM »
That's just a nasty fucking lie. He's not in RotB, Squash and a Squeeze, Monkey Puzzle or the Ugly 5.

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« Reply #46 on: July 26, 2019, 12:40:15 AM »
Squash and a Squeeze was the first one Julia D and Axel S did together, it's pre-Gruffalo

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Re: Authors With Characters Who Cross Over Into Other Books
« Reply #47 on: July 27, 2019, 11:32:08 AM »
There's a hidden Gruffalo in most of the other Donaldson/Scheffler books. Supposedly you can see his arm in Room on the Broom but I've looked and it's not fucking there.

Similarly, a toy Elmer appears in Not Now Bernard.

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Re: Authors With Characters Who Cross Over Into Other Books
« Reply #48 on: August 04, 2019, 11:13:55 PM »
Minor characters from one Wodehouse series will often pop up in another. There's a Blandings book where Sir Roderick Glossop turns up. And Leave It To Psmith, of course, is the ultimate crossover novel.

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« Reply #49 on: August 09, 2019, 03:50:56 PM »
I haven't even read his work in full but nobody mentioned Molly Millions, aka Sally Shears who appears in a lot of William Gibson's works?