Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Heh.

So... a new Skulduggery, eh?

I don't have a title for you yet, sorry. I'm close to being halfway through it, though, and so far it's working out to be exactly what I want it to be. Which is good. And I'll also be finished long before my deadline, so I'll be able to go over it a few times. And then a few times more! And possibly even more after that!

Ah, the luxury...

But what CAN I tell you about it?  Well, like I said, it was probably around Last Stand of Dead Men that I realised the story could go longer than I'd planned. I knew vaguely what I wanted to do with certain plot threads, and I knew for CERTAIN what I wanted to do with others, and I made a few notes and jotted down some stuff, but back then I was focusing on making sure Phase 1, as I had taken to calling it, ended just how I wanted it to end.

And it did. Phase 1 came full circle, ending with the same line, pretty much, as the first book. Most of the plot lines were wrapped up, most of the character stories were paid off... it was good. I was happy with it. More than that, I was proud of it.

But I had bigger plans...

My agent already knew, and so did my editor, but when the rest of the Skulduggery team eventually found out, it was all treated with the utmost secrecy. We didn't mention the word "Skulduggery" when discussing it in public. We simply called it the "series after Demon Road". Apart from anything else, such as how much I love springing surprises on the readers, I didn't want anyone to know because I wanted some breathing room. And I wanted, quite honestly, the option to change my mind.

I loved writing Skulduggery. I loved writing the ninth book as much as I loved writing the first. But as I went on to work on Demon Road, I wondered if my love would fade, and take my enthusiasm with it. If this happened, I didn't want to have to turn round to the expectant readers and tell them, "Uh, actually, I've kind of changed my mind..."

Hence, the secrecy.

But time passed, and I was writing other things, and my love for Skulduggery Pleasant remained as strong as ever. And the fact was, the 10th anniversary of the first book was approaching, so if I was going to do this, I'd better make a decision, one way or the other. Either commit, or let it go. So the decision was made, and plans were set in motion.

Over the next few months I'll be able to answer some of the more popular questions, such as how many books will there be and who'll be returning. Right now, I can tell you that Skulduggery and Valkyrie are back, and they have a brand new co-star. Omen Darkly WAS going to be the star of his own trilogy, but Phase 1 worked because it was a combination of three or four separate story ideas all thrown into one, and I figured Phase 2 could use the same kind of mojo.

Deciding to include Omen in Phase 2 saved it, to be honest, because I had one pretty major problem with continuing the series: it's hard to have a "children's" book without any actual children in it.

Now, I've never had a problem with this idea. One of the most popular (new) fictional characters of the last 20 years has been Jack Sparrow, after all, and he's no kid. I've never believed that young people need to read about other young people... but the fact is, Valkyrie is now in her mid-20s, and if there isn't anyone younger in the cast list, then Phase 2 would pretty much become YA.

And while I do harbour dreams of someday writing a Skulduggery and Valkyrie book for adult readers, it's not a bridge I wanted to cross just yet.

So Omen is allowing me to keep the book for younger readers, while also dealing with the ramifications of what Valkyrie has been going through for the past 5 or 6 years. He's also letting me delve deeper into the culture of magic and the rules and traditions and whatnot — basically all the stuff that I glossed over in Phase 1. What I can say is that there'll be loads of new characters, and loads of new villains, and some of these villains will be connected to villains who've gone before, both in the books and the short stories.

Some of your favourite supporting characters will return. Some of them won't. Some will survive the onslaught to come. Some will die. Horribly.

I'll be releasing more information over the next year, both here and on Twitter, so keep an eye out. We've got Tom Percival back doing the artwork (right now he's hard at work on the Phase 1 books, which we're re-releasing with new covers in the first few months of 2017 for the 10th anniversary), so the whole gang is back together for this. It's gonna be fun. Well, it's gonna be fun for US.

For you, it's going to be torture.







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Silente Tempest (Jai) - St Of Sinners said...

Tresha: *smiles, cuddling against him, sat on his lap*


Michael: *isnt as fast as Al*
*especially not with his ribs*
*gasps and tries to run faster, clutching his side*

Inky Flame - member of the butter glutton fandom said...

Flauros: *kisses her cheek*'

Al: *pounces on his back*

Silente Tempest (Jai) - St Of Sinners said...

Tresha: *kisses him with a little passion*


Michael: *cries out as he hits the pavement, fairly certain one of his legitimately just broke*
*squirms slightly*

Inky Flame - member of the butter glutton fandom said...

Flauros: *kisses back passionately*

Al: *straddles him and holds the dagger to his ear*

Silente Tempest (Jai) - St Of Sinners said...

Tresha: *kisses him back passionately*
*presses against him*


Michael: *squirms, crying out, eyes tearing up*
Get off me!

Inky Flame - member of the butter glutton fandom said...

Flauros: *growls playfully*

Al: no! *lstay still *starts cutting into his ear*

Silente Tempest (Jai) - St Of Sinners said...

Tresha: *laughs, kissing down his neck*


Michael: *screams*
STOP!

Inky Flame - member of the butter glutton fandom said...

Flauros: *moans softly*

Al: give me your money!

Silente Tempest (Jai) - St Of Sinners said...

Tresha: *grins broadly*
*kisses passionately*


Michael: N-no!

Inky Flame - member of the butter glutton fandom said...

(Brb food)

Silente Tempest (Jai) - St Of Sinners said...

(Okay :) Enjoy food)

Inky Flame - member of the butter glutton fandom said...

(Back)

Flauros: *kisses passionately*

Al: *cuts deeper*

Silente Tempest (Jai) - St Of Sinners said...

Tresha: *strokes his arms gently, purring*


Michael: *screams, jerking his head to try pull his ear free*

Inky Flame - member of the butter glutton fandom said...

Flauros: you okay?

Al: the money!

Silente Tempest (Jai) - St Of Sinners said...

Tresha: Yes?
*blinks at him, leaning back*
Sorry, am I being too.. Forwards?


Michael: isn't yours!

Inky Flame - member of the butter glutton fandom said...

Flauros: *shakes head*

Al: the ears and tails will get it!

Silente Tempest (Jai) - St Of Sinners said...

Tresha: *kisses him gently, resting her head on his chest*
*hugs him around the waist*
I'll stop.


Michael: l-leave me alone..

Inky Flame - member of the butter glutton fandom said...

Flauros: you don't have to

Al: no *cuts deeper into his ear*

Silente Tempest (Jai) - St Of Sinners said...

Tresha: it's fine.

Michael: *screams loudly*
FINE

Inky Flame - member of the butter glutton fandom said...

Flauros: what do you want ?

Al: *stops*

Silente Tempest (Jai) - St Of Sinners said...

Tresha: *blushes*
*murmurs*
You..


Michael: *whimpers*
*his ear is bleeding quite a bit*

Zanida Laufeydottir Queen of Asgard (Zafira Kerias) said...

*pokes head in* Hmmm....I can take time from my life to pop in.

*Zaffy shadow-walks in confused*

Silente Tempest (Jai) - St Of Sinners said...

(Hey zaffu!)

Zanida Laufeydottir Queen of Asgard (Zafira Kerias) said...

Hi! well this is odd. I don't usually come here.

Silente Tempest (Jai) - St Of Sinners said...

(It has definitely been a while. How you doing?)

Adra Cruciatus said...

FOUR MORE HOURS

Inky Flame - member of the butter glutton fandom said...

Flauros: you have me

Al: *gets off him*

Silente Tempest (Jai) - St Of Sinners said...

Tresha: *blushes and chews her lip*


Michael: *groans and stands up, clutching his ribs*
*definitely at least one is broken*
*shakily places a hand on his ear, staring at the blood that comes back*
You nearly cut my ear off..
*stares at Al*

Inky Flame - member of the butter glutton fandom said...

Flauros: I'm yours my goddess

Al: *shrugs*

Silente Tempest (Jai) - St Of Sinners said...

Tresha: *kneels beside him, whispering in his ear what she meant*
*blushes, sitting down, fidgeting nervously*

Michael: ..take me back..

Inky Flame - member of the butter glutton fandom said...

Flauros: *blushes* I see

Al: will you give me the money?

Silente Tempest (Jai) - St Of Sinners said...

Tresha: *looks up at him nervously*
*trying to read his face*


Michael: I will. I.. I made a mistake.. I left someone behind I shouldn't have..

Inky Flame - member of the butter glutton fandom said...

Flauros: I am y yours..

Al: who?

Silente Tempest (Jai) - St Of Sinners said...

Tresha: *nods slowly, trying to understand in which sense he means*


Michael: *looks at her*
You. Only.. Not you. Nice you. I.. I was scared.. I am scared.. She's fluffy and furry and sweet and..
*sighs*
And love is for fools and idiots. I don't like people. But.. She's alright. I guess.

Inky Flame - member of the butter glutton fandom said...

Flauros. I will do anything for you

Al: *smirks* love is for fools

Silente Tempest (Jai) - St Of Sinners said...

Tresha: *blushes*
So..? I want you to do it for you too..


Michael: Love IS for fools.
*doesnt know what to think anymore*
Being attached at all is stupid.
*looks at Al*

Inky Flame - member of the butter glutton fandom said...

Flauros/ I want to

Al: I know it too well.. Now *holds out hand* date you were taken?

Silente Tempest (Jai) - St Of Sinners said...

Tresha: *smiles, sitting back in his lap*
*kisses him gently*


Michael: *date*
*he doesn't know the date*
*who keeps track of the date?!*
Um..
*looks lost*
It was.. Um.. August..? Maybe.. Or July..

Inky Flame - member of the butter glutton fandom said...

Flauros: *holds her close and kisses*

Al: that's useful..

Silente Tempest (Jai) - St Of Sinners said...

Tresha: *kisses him back, pressing against him*
*smiles at the feel of his arms around her*


Michael: I'm not sure.. Can't you remember when you appeared?

Inky Flame - member of the butter glutton fandom said...

Flauros: *kisses passionately*

Al: no, I have a habit of accidentally time travelling

Silente Tempest (Jai) - St Of Sinners said...

Tresha: *kisses him passionately back*


Michael: You should get that fixed.

Inky Flame - member of the butter glutton fandom said...

Flauros: *kisses along her jaw*

Al: no way to fix it idiot.. What year?

Silente Tempest (Jai) - St Of Sinners said...

Tresha: *purrs loudly, groaning slightly*
*can we time skip cause awkward*



Michael: 2016!
*nods*

Inky Flame - member of the butter glutton fandom said...

Flauros: *okay*

Al: and what month roughly?

Silente Tempest (Jai) - St Of Sinners said...

Tresha: *thanks*
*lays onto of him, curled up on his chest, purring loudly, blushing bright red*
*and praying to god no one heard anything because otherwise she may have to kill Alice*


Michael: Um.. August.

Inky Flame - member of the butter glutton fandom said...

Flauros: *hilds her close, smiling*

Al: okay *holds out hand*

Silente Tempest (Jai) - St Of Sinners said...

Tresha: *blushes, looking up at him, smiling goofily*


Michael: *takes her hand gently*

Inky Flame - member of the butter glutton fandom said...

Flauros; I love you Tresha

Al: *zaps out *
*accidentally travels to early 2017*

Silente Tempest (Jai) - St Of Sinners said...

Tresha: I love you more
*grins*

Michael: *presumably they're in the counts house*
I'll get the money.
*walks to where he knows the count keeps his money, opening it and stepping inside*
*freezes and stares at just how much there is*
*bags and bags and riches and bags*
*grabs five bags, all roughly up to his waist, all full of gold coins*
*grunts, dragging them, kicking the door closed*
*drags them to Al and then frowns when the counts room is open*
*walks in and freezes*

Inky Flame - member of the butter glutton fandom said...

Flauros: oh yeah? *raises an eyebrow*

Al: *waits for him*

Silente Tempest (Jai) - St Of Sinners said...

Tresha: *laughs*
Yep.


Michael: *walks to the desk, staring at the piece of crisp, fancy paper there*
*and the words*
"All furries in this residence are hereby formally invited to the wedding of Alys *last name* and Archer *last name*"
*doesnt read the rest, just stares at the thick cream paper*
"On the 11th of February, 2017"
*runs to Al, money bags forgotten*
What date is it.

Adra Cruciatus said...

God


Danm

TRAFFIC

ITS KILLINGME

Inky Flame - member of the butter glutton fandom said...

(*screeches* IS THIS THE WAY TO AMARILLO)

Silente Tempest (Jai) - St Of Sinners said...

(*windows everywhere smash, unable to handle the brilliance that is Chloe screeching* :P)

Inky Flame - member of the butter glutton fandom said...

(No brilliance xD )

Silente Tempest (Jai) - St Of Sinners said...

(Hehe. Rp?)

Inky Flame - member of the butter glutton fandom said...

(Go on then xD )

Silente Tempest (Jai) - St Of Sinners said...

(*points up seven comments to my last reply*)

Inky Flame - member of the butter glutton fandom said...

Flauros: prove it!

Al: sometime in August 2016?

Silente Tempest (Jai) - St Of Sinners said...

Tresha: and how can I prove it to my big strong warrior?


Michael: Then what is this
*shoves the invitation in her face*

Inky Flame - member of the butter glutton fandom said...

Flauros: you tell me

Al: *reads it* oh

Silente Tempest (Jai) - St Of Sinners said...

Tresha: Hmm..
*bites her lip, thinking*


Michael: OH?! I need to find out what date it is!

Inky Flame - member of the butter glutton fandom said...

Flauros: yes?

Al: look for a calendar or something.. Give me your money

Silente Tempest (Jai) - St Of Sinners said...

Tresha: *blushes, continuing to think*
*kisses him gently*


Michael: *glares at her*
*storms back to the room, digging through the strangely organised draws (Tresha keeps things neat for their rescue business*
*grabs a calendar that's near the bottom*
*studies it - looks like the last time anyone was here was the 9th of August*
Oh no.. That's too close..
*dumps the calendar*
*grabs the four bags of gold, huffing and dragging them to Al, wincing because of his rib*
I need to find Alys

Inky Flame - member of the butter glutton fandom said...

Flauros: *kisses*

Al: first give me the money

Silente Tempest (Jai) - St Of Sinners said...

Tresha: I don't know how to prove it.

Michael: *growls*
*moves and dumps the bags at her feet, clutching his side*
There. That's all we have left. The count never worked, and with my friends helping save furries while I've been gone that's all there is left. Now please.. Help me.

Inky Flame - member of the butter glutton fandom said...

Flauros: okay darling

Al: how do I help you?

Silente Tempest (Jai) - St Of Sinners said...

Michael: Just.. Come with me.. I don't know how to win her back..
Please?
*looks at her, his eyes basically begging her*
Not to mention I can barely walk and some support would be nice..

Inky Flame - member of the butter glutton fandom said...

Al: fine fine! Ugh!

Silente Tempest (Jai) - St Of Sinners said...

Michael: come on!
*grabs her wrist, doing his best to run towards the door*
*he'll have to run back to the house*

Adra Cruciatus said...
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Tomorrow Is The Judgment Day said...

I need to stop putting off doing work for school

...

<3

Adra Cruciatus said...
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Inky Flame - member of the butter glutton fandom said...

(*hits head repeatedly on wall*)

Silente Tempest (Jai) - St Of Sinners said...

(*moves Chloe to a place with padded walls so she won't hurt her head*)

Inky Flame - member of the butter glutton fandom said...

(So freaking nervous for results tomorrow)

Star Inkbright said...

D: Ahhh I feel ya.

*hugs*

Good luck!!!

Inky Flame - member of the butter glutton fandom said...

Thanks *hugs*)

Blake Soul said...

*Dashes in*
*Pokes everyone present*
*Dashes out cause he's at work and shouldn't be here at all at the moment*

Inky Flame - member of the butter glutton fandom said...

(Hi bye John

I'm distant like always

Tomorrow I'll be joining most students in Swansea for a street party
The street? Wind street -pronounced wine'd street)

Star Inkbright said...

@Chloe: XD Wonder what'll happen there.

Inky Flame - member of the butter glutton fandom said...

(Well that street is where the most clubs are in Swansea

Scott from the kardashians went there exclusively once)

Star Inkbright said...

:)

Inky Flame - member of the butter glutton fandom said...

(I mean Swansea, who the FECK goes there.. Let alone from America!)

Star Inkbright said...

HOW, WHY, WHEN AND WHERE AM I NOT ASLEEP

*LOOKS IRRITATED*

Fabi -- The killer that sends heart emojis at everyone and hasn't actually killed anyone yet said...

Well, the when is 2:09 AM, and the where is your room, presumably.

Star Inkbright said...

XD true.

Inky Flame - member of the butter glutton fandom said...

(I'm awake
Been awake for ages worrying

I want to have hope but I can't help but feel I missed out by a margin)

Inky Flame - member of the butter glutton fandom said...

(JUST HAD AN EMAIL

IVE BEEN ACCEPTED TO PORTSMOUTH)

Fabi -- The killer that sends heart emojis at everyone and hasn't actually killed anyone yet said...

HEY CONGRATS

Taia, Raisin, A Good Bear :) said...

Congratulations, Chloe! :D

Good luck to all you other AS/A-level results receivers today! <3

Inky Flame - member of the butter glutton fandom said...

(THANK YOU GUYSSSSS

I WOKE EVERYONE UP IN THE HOUSE

GOOD LUCK TOO TO THE PEOPLE GETTING THEIR RESULTS TODAY)

Star Inkbright said...

YAAAAAAYYYY!!! WELL DONE CHLOE!!

Inky Flame - member of the butter glutton fandom said...

(THANK YOU STARRY

ILL BE GETTING MY ACTUAL RESULTS AT 9:30)

Silente Tempest (Jai) - St Of Sinners said...

(GCSE results are next week.
I hope I react to them the way I initially reacted to hearing about Skulduggery X, although I doubt I will xD)

Star Inkbright said...

I'm getting mine at like 10:15

D:

23rd, right, Jai?

Silente Tempest (Jai) - St Of Sinners said...

(25th)

Inky Flame - member of the butter glutton fandom said...

(Hehe I didn't do too well but I don't care

I'm in!£

Star Inkbright said...

@Jai: Oh.

I did well. *relieved expression *

Inky Flame - member of the butter glutton fandom said...

(Well done Starry!)

Star Inkbright said...

:) Well done to you too! I'm glad Portsmouth decided they liked you. :)

Inky Flame - member of the butter glutton fandom said...

(Thank you
I feel loved xD )

Star Inkbright said...

:) I'm glad you do.

Inky Flame - member of the butter glutton fandom said...

(Thank you ^.^

Right
I have black makeup, black skin fitting dress and black choker.. Also black platform shoes

All dolled up)

Star Inkbright said...

:) :)

Feraaaa32 said...

Yay I passed with mediocre grades for the second time :P

Matex Von Darkhour - マテクス said...

wait are people just not moving to the new post, or?..

Matex Von Darkhour - マテクス said...

also fera do you want to commit double suicide with me regarding the end of bleach

Feraaaa32 said...

yes, definitely. That was just....disappointing at best.

I can't blame Kubo for it though. Also, that announcement...they fucking serious with this shit?!!

Silente Tempest (Jai) - St Of Sinners said...

Oh XD New Post!

Matex Von Darkhour - マテクス said...

I blame kubo 100%, not for it being rushed, but for it being terrible. He had like 10 chapters to work with when they told him to finish it up, and he chose this ending? Chad the boxer, really, even after his whole character was based on not wanting to fight and only ever throwing a punch for Ichigo's sake? Isshin does nothing for the entire final arc of the series, his last panel was posing behind Uryuu's dad? Urahaha's last appearance was almost dying, left on a cliffhanger? But we get an appearance from Soi Fon? We get set up in the second last chapter for return of Ywatch, and it is a complete anti climax and amounts to nothing? We get teased and hyped about the zero squad for 15 years and they get one shot killed off camera - well before Kubo was told to rush the ending. He fucked up the whole arc so bad.

And the announcement was garbage. It took up half the page, it was literally the same size as the announcement that bleach was ending. Like hey its ending but there's a live action movie, really? Those things are equally important? Shounen Jump can go jump jump jump off a bridge.

Inky Flame - member of the butter glutton fandom said...

(I had so much fun tonight down wind street

Saw everyone from English and they gave me a hug :3)

Amy Strange said...

I can't wait :D still haven't read the last book, was worried he would kill everyone off to make us suffer XD reading it from the beginning with a friend who is already hooked! Reading the demon roads trilogy now, and going to see landy on Saturday :D CAN NOT WAIT!!!!!

We Are Like Young Volcanoes said...

I'm rereading SP and it's great because when I read them the first... 500 times, I was reading my brothers copies (at least up until Maleficent Seven bc that's when I started buying them too) BUT I got my own copies for my birthday a few years ago :) so I'm reading my own versions for the fist time and its great

ahhh

new book smell

Queenchen_Eevee said...

So now this. Frikkin. Saved the day. u r AMAZING!!

Valkyrie Padmé Weasley-di Angelo said...

If Falkyrie aren't married in this book, I am going to have a FIT. A FIT. I WILL APPEAR AT YOUR DOORSTEP, DEREK, AND STEAL YOUR OBI-WAN KENOBI LIGHTSABRE FOR MYSELF!

Valkyrie Padmé Weasley-di Angelo said...

If Falkyrie aren't married in this book, I am going to have a FIT. A FIT. I WILL APPEAR AT YOUR DOORSTEP, DEREK, AND STEAL YOUR OBI-WAN KENOBI LIGHTSABRE FOR MYSELF!

IrishTea said...

How dare you. How DARE you. HOW DARE YOU? First Rowling. Then Moffat. Now YOU! I trusted you, Derek. I had come to peace with Skulduggery. I had forgiven you in tricking me to believe my favourite book character and first Skeleton crush would sacrifice himself. (I mean, if one can crush on the Doctor, he's an alien after all and stuff ...)
Whatever, now, I was happy and fulfilled. I had overcome the pain ... the addicting thrill of Skulduggery Pleasant ... the fear of losing yet another friend ... I had found peace. I learned to knit. My nails finally grew back. I looked into a bright future. I found true love.
So, how, Derek Landy, how DARE you?
You know what? I will buy every single book you publish. I will accompany Skulduggery and Valkyrie for any adventure and I will stand side by side with them against any villain you came up with that twisted, brilliant mind of yours. Who needs fingernails anyways? They say reading is fun because you can live the adventurous life you always wanted without getting hurt. You know what, Derek Landy, torturer of innocent souls? They are so wrong.
I just got a papercut yesterday.

Fernando said...

Hello Derek. I lost count of how many times i've read the SP seris (although I have a little trouble counting past 5), but I always finding myself googling for news on a movie/series adaptation. Any news on that front?

(now it's time to go read DR3. bye)

Unknown said...

Oh I can't wait for the next Skulduggery! It is my everything! I am ready for anykind of torture. Give me you best!

Tabitha Davis said...

Omg so many tears will be shed. I love that you kept it a secret as when I asked you if you were going to revisit them you said no and now I'm filled with happiness. There are too many comments for me to read to see if someone already said this but if you revisit them while they are adults I was thinking you could wait 10-20 years so the people who were reading it as a child can have a major joy cry when they rediscover the series as an adult. I dunno (the feels������)

TheGirlFromGallifrey said...

You have no idea how long i have waited for this Mr Landy, Or Derek. Can I call you Derek? I feel we’ve become friends these past few seconds. Can I call you Derek?

Cali-Taylor Wilson said...

Great. Derek is back and he's promising us more depth into one of the best realms i have ever laid my eyes on. He also promises us death! Horray! I just hope Tanith will be ok. I don't want her do die! She's one of my favorites and I already lost a couple of my favs. God bless your heart, Ghastly Bespoke.

I can't wait for it to come out! but for now, I must go back into the books of Skullduggery Pleasant to get ready for this!

Jonathon Clark-Hansen said...

This is sooooo good! It is both SALUBRIOUS and PERFECT (SPlol). Even though I didn't see SP's return coming, at the same time, I don't think I would have coped without new content for forevermore. I mean yes, hopefully one day we will get SP movies and, yes they will probably end up being VERY good, given Derek is a screenwriter by trade (as well as an author) and therefore won't settle for anyone else ruining his precious lovechild. However, I still feel more excited about the concept of a new book series of SP than about SP movies (if they ever occur). It's going to be great to have the universe fleshed out more, and have more banterous (not a word) content between Val and Skul. I picture Val as taking a more Tanith-like role in this new series, being a second tutor to Omen, as Tanith was to her in the early SP books. Which will be great (although Tanith had better be around loads too *threatening growl*). However, I really hope that Derek doesn't make the mistake(s) (and I don't think he will) that Moffat did at the end of DW S9.
{{DOCTOR WHO S9 SPOILERS DOCTOR WHO S9 SPOILERS}}
I don't know about anyone else, but I really liked Clara throughout her time in DW and sereis 9 WAS pretty good, but…I had a few problems with her 'death'. I mean, occasionally she had lines that made her sound a dumb bimbo (and I blame that on misogynistic screen writing), and occasionally the story didn't do her justice, but, overall, Clara was a loveable character and excellent companion. If she was going to die - heart-wrenching as that might be - she needed to die well and for a cause, being given proper closure. And, in a way, she had that. Sacrificing herself to save Rigsy, and accepting that there was no way out this time was a good way to go. And in its way 'Face The Raven' was an okay episode. I mean there were flaws e.g. the slow shot of the Raven flying through Clara with a misty light, thrusting out her boobs to make us appreciate what an attractive companion we were losing here (*grrr*), but, overall, it allowed Clara her death, and gave the Doctor the anger and resolve he needed for a 7 billion year purgatory ('Heaven Sent'). ... … And then they just ruined it all by bringing her back, without warning or explanation, breaking all realistic laws of time and logic, using a Time Extractor-majiggy Ex Machina (*sigh*). And not only did they bring her back, they caused her to eternally live as a ‘time-locked’ being, and sent her flying off in a fucking ‘Murican-diner-shaped TARDIS for f's sake. So much for DW being a show by the British for the British (says the Australian lol)! … *deep calming breaths*.
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Anyway, my point is that I don't want SP characters brought back only so we can see them again. So that means; no Ghastly, Shudder, Ravel, Gordon, SANGUEINE ( D; ) Vile or, above all, Darquesse (#shegone). But that doesn't mean we can't have old, good, characters. Scapegrace can have his hilarious adventures and elope with Thrasher; people like Tipstaff, Weeper, Nye and Clarabelle can still be about; and maybe even older characters like Quiver or the Sea Hag could make a small appearance or get a mention. And some new characters of Derek's genius design and creation would be stupendous also. And above all, I am very excited to see where he goes with the one untied plot thread he left; the secret that Dusk has about Valkyrie, that he never told her. *dramatic anticipation music*.
Anyway, that's my rant over. Thank you for reading if you did. Let’s all love Skulduggery Pleasant together, and await the Golden God’s messenger with fervent awe, and humility ;P
PS Derek, Mr. Landy, sir, if you read this I will literally have an entire nerdgasm all over my computer, so please, spare me the mess that would cause :P

Mum who loves reading your books way too much said...

As the Mum of your redheaded Perth (Australia) Stalker all I can say is my ears are still hurting from the screaming when Dayna heard the news of the new books! I hope you come back to Perth again as we both enjoyed your talks.

Lotemy Life said...

"No one in the history of torture has been tortured with torture like the torture you'll be tortured with" - Crowley
Are you Crowley? My mum thinks I'm crazy because I jumped through the house while screaming loudly....

Feyza Şahini said...

But thats the point isnt it?! How can you say its a children book/series after everthing that happened in Last Stand of Dead Men? What kind children's book has a civil war as the main topic?
I guess im just a bit like China? I don't like change. And I definitely don't want a kid hanging around with Skulduggery and Valkyrie. But noooo, I just have to shut my angry mouth and be grateful that at least I have a new book to complain about! (Not that im complaining, I'm so happy that you decided to continue)

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Benjamin Santino said...

WHAT!? How could I missed that?

Sami Faheem said...

No. I'm sorry, but no. It's not that I think you can't do it well; more that The Dying of the Light was ended so perfectly. Sure, use the same universe and the same style, but for the love of God, just let out current cast live on with what we have of them...

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