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Re: KJA in London Friday 4th Feb 2011

Postby Tleszer » 05 Feb 2011 16:56

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Nice explanation, Amp!
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Re: KJA in London Friday 4th Feb 2011

Postby SandChigger » 05 Feb 2011 17:31

TheDukester wrote:Let's count the number of happy people in this photo ...

Is that where he was having to sign 500 books in 50 minutes? (And somehow got it done, because, you know, he's always on time?) ;)
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Re: KJA in London Friday 4th Feb 2011

Postby SadisticCynic » 05 Feb 2011 18:27

Ampoliros wrote:"Critical darlings" is the term Keith uses to describe people who actually craft their writing and win all the awards with their measly one book while his yearly half-dozen are produced on-time and hit the bestseller lists and have probably never even made it onto a short list for a prize of any seriousness.


I know who he uses it to describe, it just seems like a meaningless combination of words. Does he mean that Mieville and the others are critical of him, he is critical of them, or that their works are critically acclaimed while his aren't? That's what I was trying to ask. :)

(Also, I'm sorry if its blindingly obvious and I'm not getting it; that happens sometimes... :oops: )
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Re: KJA in London Friday 4th Feb 2011

Postby SandChigger » 05 Feb 2011 18:58

I've always assumed he meant that those (better) writers are the darlings of the critics...

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Which when you think about it, doesn't really make a lot of sense, does it? :shock:

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Re: KJA in London Friday 4th Feb 2011

Postby Ampoliros » 05 Feb 2011 18:59

Critical Darlings = the go-to "favorites" of the literary critics. I'm sure Keith sees it as some kind of popularity contest and that the award committees just don't respect the level of his craft (newsflash! they don't!). It really burns his hide that 'quality' wins all the awards over quantity, especially because he refuses to even deal with the 'quality' issue.

He honestly believes that he is a better writer because he publishes more books 'on-time'.

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Re: KJA in London Friday 4th Feb 2011

Postby SandChigger » 05 Feb 2011 19:07

Not unless he really gets down to work.

Who knows, all these years of dictahiking may have given him the lower jaw strength and stamina needed... :think:
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Re: KJA in London Friday 4th Feb 2011

Postby Ampoliros » 05 Feb 2011 19:15

well after reading (most) of the prologue to Hellhole, I'd only say he's getting worse, faster.
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Re: KJA in London Friday 4th Feb 2011

Postby SadisticCynic » 05 Feb 2011 19:36

OK, now I get it. :)

What a wonderful guy.
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Re: KJA in London Friday 4th Feb 2011

Postby Hunchback Jack » 05 Feb 2011 19:45

Ampoliros wrote:It really burns his hide that 'quality' wins all the awards over quantity, especially because he refuses to even deal with the 'quality' issue.

He honestly believes that he is a better writer because he publishes more books 'on-time'.


It's even worse that that. He honestly think that critics *assume* his books are crap because he writes so many of them. As far as he's concerned, he *does* write quality books - just look at how well they sell - but critics won't give him a chance because they're prejudiced against his incredible professionalism, his hard-working can-do attitude, and his refusal to be a writer's-block-ridden prima donna.

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Re: KJA in London Friday 4th Feb 2011

Postby TheDukester » 05 Feb 2011 20:28

SandChigger wrote:Is that where he was having to sign 500 books in 50 minutes?

Possibly. It looks like an Anderson-esque assembly line, don't it? :lol:

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Re: KJA in London Friday 4th Feb 2011

Postby Hunchback Jack » 05 Feb 2011 20:48

After not a single crowd shot at any previous book signing or SuperDuper Dictahiker's Workshop, we get this:

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... at a panel in the UK, with Hamilton, Mieville, and Baxter. Gee, I wonder if Keith was the drawcard?

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Re: KJA in London Friday 4th Feb 2011

Postby SandChigger » 05 Feb 2011 23:24

And Jabecca right there in the front where she can bodyblock—with extreme prejudice!—anyone daring to heckle KJA. :lol:
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Re: KJA in London Friday 4th Feb 2011

Postby Omphalos » 06 Feb 2011 00:53

Ampoliros wrote:well after reading (most) of the prologue to Hellhole, I'd only say he's getting worse, faster.


Remember when he wqs describing 7 Suns as "my masterpiece?" dumb ass just don't get it.

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Re: KJA in London Friday 4th Feb 2011

Postby lotek » 06 Feb 2011 07:41

I guess he knows there are people out there dumb enough to take his word on it.
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Re: KJA in London Friday 4th Feb 2011

Postby inhuien » 06 Feb 2011 07:50

SandChigger wrote:And Jabecca right there in the front where she can bodyblock—with extreme prejudice!—anyone daring to heckle KJA. :lol:

I wonder who her +1 was, someone with the sense to be AWOL. So not a close friend then.
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Re: KJA in London Friday 4th Feb 2011

Postby merkin muffley » 06 Feb 2011 13:04

inhuien wrote:
SandChigger wrote:And Jabecca right there in the front where she can bodyblock—with extreme prejudice!—anyone daring to heckle KJA. :lol:

I wonder who her +1 was, someone with the sense to be AWOL. So not a close friend then.


She is her own +1.

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Re: KJA in London Friday 4th Feb 2011

Postby Hunchback Jack » 06 Feb 2011 18:15

:lol: :clap:

Very nice, merkin. Very nice.

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