dwj-digest (Diana Wynne Jones) V1 #133

Sally Odgers sodgers at hotnet.net.au
Wed Feb 2 09:40:32 EST 2000

> In one of Tom Holt's recent novels, there's a character who gained
> sadistic pleasure from going to book signings and telling the authors
> that their latest book isn't quite up to their early work, and what a
> pity they don't write them like that any more...
> ...when we meet him, he's roasting in the flames of hell, reading _The
> Colour of Magic_ for the five hundred millionth time.

It's amazing how it need not be even a sadistic pleasure. Some people
genuinely don't realise they're being tactless. Other (un)favourite
comments; "Books are so expensive", "I don't have time to read", and, the
grandma of them all... "I'm going to write a book when I get time!"


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