The Storm Trilogy

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    dlavisher
    December 1, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Lets see if I can win a copy!

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      rangerant
      December 4, 2012 at 12:17 pm

      Thanks for entering. Good luck!

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    Tiff
    December 1, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Come on let me win one!!!

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      rangerant
      December 4, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      Best of luck. Thanks for entering 🙂

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    Interview with Anthony Lavisher, Englishj Fantasy Author | Ideas Captured
    December 3, 2012 at 9:48 am

    […] Well, December is here and good friend of mine, Anthony Lavisher has set up a competition.  Some lucky reader will win a copy of Whispers Of A Storm, the first Book of the Storm trilogy in paperback.  Find all the details here:  http://alavisher.wordpress.com/book-giveaway/ […]

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    Emma Hatton
    December 4, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Well, I have shared it on Facebook (with a recommendation) and signed up for your blog. Hope that’s enough!

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      rangerant
      December 4, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      Thanks for that Emma. Very kind of you. Good luck!

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    rangerant
    December 29, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    There’s still time to enter the competition to win the signed 1st edition copy of Whispers of a Storm. Just like the Book Giveaway post and follow my blog (if you haven’t already).

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    Interview with Anthony Lavisher, English Fantasy Author | Ideas Captured
    January 3, 2013 at 7:24 am

    […] Not enough I hear you say.  Then go here and get the rest of Chapter 1:  http://alavisher.wordpress.com/whispers-of-a-storm-chapter-sample/ […]

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    Emma
    February 18, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Hi Anthony, I’m sorry to hear the news and I am one of those people who probably understands quite well. I am quite close to my father in a strangely distant way that I can’t possibly explain but I’ve been anticipating similar news for years as my father is also an alcoholic. I would grieve for what my father has taught me, the man he can be sober, but I grieve for those things anyway.

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      rangerant
      February 20, 2013 at 8:36 am

      Thank you for your reply, Emma. It is a very difficult thing to explain, a personal set of emotions that for every person who has a similar tale, will experience in a differing way. It is a horrible thing to sub-consciously anticipate and, when the time comes, it is, for me, a very strange thing to deal with. I shall hold onto any good memories that rise to the fore and I hope, when the time comes, I hope you can, too. Take care.

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    margaret
    March 10, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    good for you Ant!

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    Andrew Peters
    January 20, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Keep at it!

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    Rachel Amphlett
    January 21, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Can’t wait to read the next instalment!

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    Martin
    January 22, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Oh come ON already! 😉
    (Just off to DL ‘Whispers’)

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    rangerant
    January 23, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Thanks, all! Working hard on getting the manuscript and cover sorted.

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    Anthony Lavisher - Author
    February 10, 2014 at 10:29 am

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    kathyree
    February 10, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Nicely done. I really liked the line about “being familiar with the river you’re in”. The interview questions were well-thought-out too, which makes an interview worth the time to read.

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      rangerant
      February 11, 2014 at 9:34 am

      Thank you, Kathy. Most kind of you to say! I’ll have more interviews in the coming weeks, so I hope you enjoy them, too 🙂

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    February 17, 2014 at 10:54 am

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    Clive Anthony
    March 17, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    I can really identify with the “But I don’t read fantasy” comment and I do find it frustrating. But then it is also true that I need to read more widely. The problem is that I get bored with contemporary fiction, I need more “what if” stimulation of my imagination.
    But I’m concerned that you would liken your writing to George R R Martin without having read his work. I have read his novels and am inspired by him in my writing, but feel it would be presumptuous of me to draw such a comparison. One day, just maybe, someone else might make such a comparison and I would be delighted. Sure it’s helpful that many people are now aware of him and he is an exemplar of the field’ but still…..

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      rangerant
      March 17, 2014 at 2:32 pm

      Hi Clive. Thanks for your kind response. Sorry, I should have clarified it a bit better with regards to George R.R Martin’s books- I liken my book to the Tv series, not the books, because of the style/feel of the program (which I have seen) as a quick way of letting someone know what type of fantasy it is – I had a kind review recently which did actually say ‘If you like Game of Thrones, you’ll love this’ 🙂

      The inspiration behind my writing was actually the fabulous David Gemmell, whose work I love and miss terribly. And, as you rightly say, it would be presumptious of me to liken my own work to the great man, but, should I be lucky enough for a reader, one day, to draw a comparison with my literary hero, I would be a happy, honoured man, indeed.

      I totally understand your need for more ‘what if’ as well.

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    Clive Anthony
    March 17, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Ah, David Gemmell, couldn’t agree more, so many brilliant tales…

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      rangerant
      March 17, 2014 at 4:02 pm

      A true ‘Legend’ of British Fantasy. With so many wonderful tales, I couldn’t chose a favourite – although, I will never forget the feelings, the emotions I had with the first book of his I read, ‘Knights of Dark Renown’ and the influence it had upon me.

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    Aman(@amanhimself)
    April 14, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Thanks for visiting by 🙂

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    Richie Earl’s Tales of Finn Dragon Blog Tour | Anthony Lavisher - Author
    April 25, 2014 at 10:35 am

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    J.D.Hughes
    June 2, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Cheers for following my blog, Anthony and good luck with your sequel 🙂

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      rangerant
      June 3, 2014 at 9:05 am

      Many thanks, JD. Great to connect with you here, also.

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    Author Interview with Rachel Amphlett | Anthony Lavisher - Author
    June 9, 2014 at 9:31 am

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    My Writing Process | The Welsh-Londoner's Literary Adventures
    August 3, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    […] was recently invited to take part in the ‘My Writing Process’ Blog Tour by Anthony Lavisher and, um, kind of forgot. It’s been busy times of late, with lots of projects on the go, much […]

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    Bel
    September 8, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    I’ll have to think about that one. 🙂

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      rangerant
      September 9, 2014 at 10:52 am

      I always take my time over naming charcters. I think names are incredibly important. I have read many books where the characters portrayed are fabulous, but the names just don’t fit.

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        Bel
        September 9, 2014 at 4:54 pm

        I usually just accept the names as the author chose them, but I do sometimes wonder. 😀

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    Literati
    September 8, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Reblogged this on Blätterflüstern and commented:
    If you haven’t read the first two sequels, you should do so now, and then suggest a character name for a chance to win a signed copy of the next instalment.

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      rangerant
      September 9, 2014 at 10:53 am

      My thanks for the re-blog. Most kind. I look forward to receiving your suggestions 🙂

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        Literati
        September 9, 2014 at 7:57 pm

        Will read the second ‘Storm’ first, then see what I can come up with (IF inspiration hits me). 🙂

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          rangerant
          September 10, 2014 at 8:36 pm

          That is most kind. I look forward to your inspiration 🙂

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    Literati
    September 23, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Wish I could go. Hope it will be a great success!

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      rangerant
      September 25, 2014 at 7:30 pm

      Thank you, that’s very kind of you. I’ll update next week to say how it went 🙂

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      rangerant
      October 24, 2014 at 1:35 pm

      Oops! Thought I should update how my book-signing went. A slow day, but a good one. I got to meet some lovely people who were members of local book groups – so am hoping to be invited along to do a few talks in the future foer them 🙂

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        Literati
        October 27, 2014 at 10:34 am

        I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you. I hope people spread the word. 🙂

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          rangerant
          October 27, 2014 at 10:37 am

          Thank you, that is most kind of you. Hope all is well with you!

          Don’t forget, there’s still time to name a character in Vengeance of a Storm 🙂

          • Literati
            October 27, 2014 at 10:47 am

            I’m having a cold, but otherwise well, thanks. I still can’t make up my mind for a name; I haven’t forgotten about it, though. 🙂

          • rangerant
            October 27, 2014 at 11:29 am

            There are plenty of colds going about at the moment. Hope you are feeling better soon.

          • Literati
            October 27, 2014 at 11:34 am

            Thank you, so do I. 🙂 I can’t concentrate, which means I can’t read for long. :-/

          • rangerant
            October 27, 2014 at 11:40 am

            I know that feeling! I am fighting off something at the moment and I really should be writing… should be 😉

          • Literati
            October 27, 2014 at 11:55 am

            We’re in the same boat then – sort of. Get well soon. xx

          • rangerant
            October 27, 2014 at 12:10 pm

            Thanks. you, too x x

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    Margaret Sherborne
    October 21, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    my suggested name is Tobias Tallis

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      rangerant
      October 24, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      Thank you for the entry 🙂

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    Literati
    December 5, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Well, I’ve thought about it on and off for ages now. I suggest Apenimon, which I am led to believe is an Indian name meaning “worthy of trust”.

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      rangerant
      December 8, 2014 at 10:13 am

      Thank you very much for your entry! What a lovely translation.

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    Literati
    February 10, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    OK, I’ll bite. 🙂 Is the manuscript nearly ready for proofreading? Oh, and what is a Welsh Cake?

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    Emma Hatton
    February 10, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Welsh cakes are amazing and don’t taste like anything else! You make dough and cook the cakes on a hot frying pan. Is Welsh Brew a brand?
    I have two questions.
    Are you Welsh?!
    How did you break the writing barrier? The false starts, lack of perseverance, etc. That is, assuming you faced these things! 🙂

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      rangerant
      February 13, 2015 at 9:44 am

      Hi Emma. They (Welsh Cakes) certainly are wonderful, going to be having one (or two) with my mid-morn cuppa today 🙂

      In amswer to your questions, I have lived in Wales for four years now and whilst I was born in Berkshire, I love Wales, its people and way of life here (Welsh Brew is a brand of tea from Wales – not sure if it is available outside Cymru).

      It was my wife Amy, who helped me break that barrier, give me the confidence I needed to take that next step from having it sat on my laptop, to believing that I may have a story other people would like to read. Up to that point, the only real tentative step I had taken was to send, many years before, the first chapter of Whispers off to be critiqued (it was a short story back then and bare bones compared to how it appears in the book) – I had a reply saying if I could flesh out the story some more, I would have a very readable piece of fiction… so that was a big boost – but then, as life always has a way of doing, it got firmly in the way.
      I struggled with balancing a full-time job and writing Shadows of a Storm, which is why, sadly, it took a lot longer to arrive – but since Nov 13, I have been part-time and that is why things have started to happen a lot quicker now. I have a routine at last.

      My real barrier now, is me. I am my own worst critic and I beat myself up probably far too much over all the promotion I have to do for even one person to become aware of me. It means a lot to me when people read my book (whether they like it or not) and it keeps me going through the dark days of self-doubt.
      I have a literary agent, also, which is such a boost to my confidence and it keeps me going on my path, which at times can be a lonely one.
      But I wouldn’t change any of it for a second 🙂

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    judithbarrow1
    December 20, 2015 at 2:21 pm

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    MThomas
    February 5, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    Why is it for some reason I feel like I’m reading my own biography?

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      rangerant
      February 11, 2016 at 10:52 am

      It’s always good to know that we writers are not alone 🙂

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    Sharing an author friend’s blog post | Blätterflüstern
    March 8, 2017 at 10:06 am

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    Terry Tyler
    April 28, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    Oh my goodness, I didn’t realise you published with Author House first time round – I have read SO many bad things about them, not least of all some guy who paid £3000 to go with them, and all he received was a badly edited and produced book, priced so highly that no one bought it! Glad you got out of that contract – this is why I blog about these scammers, and urge new writers to understand that publishers pay authors, not the other way round. Look forward to reading this series of blog posts – I hope they’ll be of help to newer writers 🙂

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      rangerant
      April 29, 2019 at 9:38 am

      Hi Terry. Yes, I didn’t really know what I was doing at the start. I basically paid £600 (so I got off lightly by the sounds of it) for them to produce the book and cover, which you can create for free on Amazon these days. Back in 2011 , unless I missed it, I don’t think there was that option for me then, and I had spent a year sending the manuscript off to publishers, only to hear the standard “no thanks” after months and months of waiting – so I thought I would go for it and just get myself out there.

      The layout of the novel was all down to me, which was why it did look very good inside – AH did nothing with that, just added in copyright blurb. I had very little support through the process, other than to get a few proofs through, but, of course, if you wanted ‘extras’ you would have had to pay for that privelage.

      It did get me out there, give me a small platform to shout from – but all of that was because of my hard work – if I thought my large word count paperbacks are fairly pricey on Amazon these days, Whispers was listed (and I had no control on that if I recall correctly) by AH for something stupid like £17.50 – basically, I sold all the copies myself at shows etc., and only a very small few copies online – so much for the amazing exposure AH would give me.

      The only positives I can see from my own personal experiences with them was that it did get me out there, and, to their credit, the paperback quality that AH produced was of a much higher standard than the ones I recieve from Amazon – but I really did have to pay for that privelige.

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    Terry Tyler
    April 29, 2019 at 10:09 am

    Yes, that’s the problem with vanity presses – they’ve already made their money from the author, they don’t need to promote the books. I can see how authors who really want to have their books in paperback will try this option – I never saw myself as anything other than an ebook seller.

    I don’t seen anything wrong with going with a vanity press if you know what you’re doing, and why; I reviewed a book a while back from a guy who had gone with Troubadour (who seem to be the best of them), simply because he wanted the paperbacks and proofreading service they offered. The problem comes with these scammers who call themselves ‘traditional publishers’ and flatter the authors into thinking that they have a real publishing deal.

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      rangerant
      April 29, 2019 at 10:43 am

      Sadly, as always, the bad companies seem to outweigh the good ones. I had not heard of Troubador. I think AH have re-branded themselves now, so I have no idea who/what name they are operating under.

      Amazon’s service makes it very easy to use for new writers, and the option to have a paperback as well is an added bonus for those authors who want to go that route as well.

      Yes, I think my motto is, “if you are paying anything for your deal, it is not a deal.”

      If I was starting out today, I would not start off the same way I did – but, I guess, this is what the journey is all about – the adventure. I am learning something new every day, it seems. let’s hope that by talking about it, we can help others, too.

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    Terry Tyler
    April 30, 2019 at 9:16 am

    Much more ‘in genre!’ I love the lettering 🙂

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      rangerant
      April 30, 2019 at 10:24 am

      They certainly got it right! Hits the target audience and catches the eye at the same time. I love the lettering as well 🙂

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    Nick Prendergast
    January 23, 2020 at 11:44 am

    Just finished reading “Whispers of a Storm” – what a great read – it has everything- intrigue,betrayal,adventure, romance, and above all the code of conduct of honour. I have just taken out the other two books from Pembrey library – all of the books signed by you, and am looking forward to being thoroughly entertained again. Well done.

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      rangerant
      January 24, 2020 at 9:17 am

      Dear Nick. Thank you so much for taking the time to get in touch. I am always so humbled when people tell me how much they loved one of my tales – especially so, when they have discovered me through their local library. When I am not off adventuring through my imagination, I work two days a week in my local library in the Vale of Glamorgan, and I can tell you that my smile when I read your message, stretched from the coast here to Pembrey Sands.
      I truly hope you enjoy the continuing adventures ahead of you and I would really appreciate it if you are able to spare some more of your valuable time to share your thoughts on Whispers of a Storm with your fellow readers in a review. Word of mouth can be just as powerful as those written on the page, and it would certainly help to spread awareness of my work even further.

      Happy adventuring in the Four Vales, and thank you so much again for getting in touch.

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    Nick Prendergast
    January 24, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    Thanks for replying – so far the first 100 pages of “Shadow of the Storm” are just as riveting as ” Whispers of a Storm”. How do I go about writing a review, or more to the point which platform do I use? You are a talented writer and deserve to have your work very widely read – Whilst I was reading “Whispers of a Storm” I was thinking what a great film could follow – you never know!

    Regards Nick

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    rangerant
    January 25, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    Thank you so much for your kind words, Nick. It’s no small thing to say that you have got my 2020 off to the most wonderful of starts.

    With regards to reviewing, most people tend to use sites like Amazon to leave reviews, or Goodreads. Either of those would help, if you have access to them, and of course, the best way is to tell people yourself about books you have enjoyed.

    I’m so glad you can visualise it that way, it’s excatly how I write my novels, picturing each scene as if I were watching a film, or epic tv show.

    Let’s hope that one day, Khadazin and Cassana’s will be read (and who knows, seen) by many, many more people.

    All the very best,
    Anthony

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    Nick Prendergast
    March 1, 2020 at 7:52 pm

    Just finished reading “Vengeance of a Storm” the last of the Storm trilogy and it is with some regret – I didn’t want the story to end. The trilogy has been written for the romantic adventurer creating hat fulls of skulduggery and valour in equal measure which is occasionally soothed by the promise of romance. The plot is wrought by the sheer nastiness and heroic selflessness of the of the villains and heroes at play and drops ice water or honey into the cauldron to pull the reader deeper into the political intrigues of the Vales. I have to say a special mention to the villain cum hero Arillion who by himself could fire a good many yarns.
    Well done Anthony – what a bloody good film this literary masterpiece would make. Don’t be shy – send a synopsis to the intelligent – you never know!

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    rangerant
    March 2, 2020 at 9:44 am

    I am usually a man of many words, but your kindess has rendered me speechless.

    Thank you so much, Nick. I am so pleased you enjoyed the trilogy. For my first novels, I poured everything into them in the six years it took to write the Storm trilogy, and it touches me greatly to know that others have loved my tale as much as I did crafting it.

    Here’s hoping that we will both return to The Four Vales, once again soon .

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    Terry Tyler
    August 10, 2020 at 9:53 am

    Good questions, Ant – good answers, Simon! I agree, Embers Drift is a terrific title.

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      rangerant
      August 10, 2020 at 3:30 pm

      Thanks, Terry. I will have to get you on here next 🙂

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    Simon Williams
    August 10, 2020 at 8:52 pm

    Thank you Terry- I do always say it takes good questions to generate good answers 😉 Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

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    Brian
    August 18, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    Agreed! What a great film. How about a review of 1917?

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      rangerant
      August 19, 2020 at 9:48 am

      Thanks, Brian. Yes to 1917, it’s one I have to watch again before I share my thoughts, and it will be interesting to see how it transfers to the small screen.

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    Terry Tyler
    September 28, 2020 at 8:12 am

    Thank you for a most interesting article, and the free book, gentlemen!

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    Terry Tyler
    October 7, 2020 at 10:02 am

    I adored this series, and the film, of course! It’s a long time since I’ve seen it and I have a shocking memory – you’ve made me want to watch it again!

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      Anthony Lavisher
      October 7, 2020 at 11:02 am

      Thanks, Terry. It’s a fantastic show/film! And I expect you will pick up even more from a second watch – it was really hard to say something, without saying anything 🙂 A 4th season is coming out soon, though I am avoiding everything about it, as I don’t want any spoilers.

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    Kate Davis
    October 21, 2020 at 11:13 pm

    I recently discovered Dominic’s Daniel Beckett trilogy and am mesmerized by his fast-paced, erotically-descriptive dialogue. Anxiously awaiting release of his fourth book, “Bitter Almonds and Jasmine!” In anticipation, I’m wearing Guicci’s new fragrance and letting my imagination run amok!

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      Anthony Lavisher
      October 22, 2020 at 7:42 am

      That’s great to hear, Kate. I am about to delve into his first offering, so I am even more excited about what’s ahead for me now. Hopefully I can catch up by the time Dominic’s fourth book arrives.

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    Simon Baelz
    January 5, 2021 at 6:27 am

    Thank you Anthony. Very enlightening.

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      Anthony Lavisher
      January 5, 2021 at 9:14 am

      Thank you, Simon. Stay tuned, next up, I will be sharing my thoughts on the films that helped me through 2020.

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    Terry Tyler
    January 13, 2021 at 10:39 am

    And I STILL haven’t watched Parasite…!!

    Adored Joker but found The Lighthouse too slow… I know it’s artistic, atmospheric, etc etc, but it just didn’t grab me, and we turned it off after about half an hour.

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      Anthony Lavisher
      January 13, 2021 at 10:51 am

      Parasite is a must watch – it’s hard to put into words how enjoyable it was. I totally get where you are coming from about The Lighthouse, and we almost gave up on it, too. I am glad we didn’t – it’s stayed with me, that’s for sure. It may be a long time before I watch it a second time (and I daresay my wife will not watch it with me again), but I am looking forward to delving into again – though I may have to put the subtitles on to get everything being said 🙂

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    Terry Tyler
    January 19, 2021 at 10:58 am

    Better Call Saul has got better and better! Easily as good as Breaking Bad now.

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      Anthony Lavisher
      January 19, 2021 at 11:08 am

      Yes, it sure has. I am in good company, it seems in my views. I can’t even predict how this will all end! am hoping it ties up prefectly with how we meet him in Breaking Bad. That would have the best cameos in recent TV history.

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    Terry Tyler
    January 25, 2021 at 10:15 am

    I remember this – it was brilliant. Yo respect to Michael K Williams, one of my favourite actors ever…. and I also love Joshua Jackson.

    You’ve made me want to watch it again!

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      Anthony Lavisher
      January 25, 2021 at 3:29 pm

      Yes,the cast are wonderful, and do justice to such a powerful story. I shall be watching it again at some point in the future, too.

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    Terry Tyler
    February 2, 2021 at 10:05 am

    A fine collection! It’s so long since I watched Fargo that I can’t remember what I thought of it, but tick tick for Queen’s Gambit, and I really must try The Last Kingdom again – loved the first season, but we watched ep 1 of S2 and thought it had become a Happy Shopper Vikings. We will re-visit!

    Loving the TV posts – keep ’em coming!

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      Anthony Lavisher
      February 2, 2021 at 6:37 pm

      Thanks, Terry, Glad you are enjoying them (and if my love of these reviewed shows makes people want to watch/re-watch them, I am a happy man). Give TLK another go (first few of season 2 are a bit meh, as you have said – but defintely worth sticking with).

      Happy watching!

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