jon_p_noble at yahoo.com
Tue Apr 1 21:45:53 EST 2003
I'd like to nominate a candidate for worst; ER
Eddison's "The worm ouroborus" (an otherwise excellent
book) where the fantasy world (mercury iirc) is
entered through a dream by a central character who is
completely forgotten after about 50 pages. An
achievement surely unique in literature.
--- Charles Butler
<hannibal at thegates.fsbusiness.co.uk> wrote:
> SEGUE. I'd been seeing this word written down for
> ages before I realised it
> was pronounced 'segway'. At which point a lot of
> things made sense - not
> least those adverts at the top of Amazon.com for
> motorized scooters.
> Anyway, now I know what it means I want to use it -
> a lot. Because it turns
> out I've given a lot of thought to segues over the
> years, without knowing
> that's what I was doing. How do fantasy writers get
> from one
> world/perspective to another? Gradually or abruptly?
> Ambiguously or with an
> in-yer-face directness? With or without the aid of
> polders? The answer is of
> course, all of the above - and all can be done well
> or badly (I wouldn't
> like to choose between Alice's Looking Glass and the
> shadowy filters and
> overlaps of F&H, different as they are). I'm sure
> there's room here for
> another interesting taxonomic adventure, but for now
> I wonder if any of you
> have favourite seques? To tempt you in, I'll suggest
> the one that straddles
> chapters 7 and 8 of Time of the Ghost where
> SPOILER SPACE
> the 'maggot' turns into Sally's bandaged foot, seven
> years on. I love that
> because it gets so much done so quickly and
> effectively. And it fooled me
> completely first time round.
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