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DESERT GOD

Postby tedd » Thu Sep 25, 2014 8:14 pm

Well I bought my copy of Desert God yesterday (1st day of issue in Australia although it was advertised as about to be published in early October) I've started to read it and am pleased that it takes place before Taita changes to a magician and revives his masculinity. Like River God it's written in the first person which probably means that Taita will still be alive at the end of the book - WS has a proclivity for surprisingly knocking off some of his prime characters. No further comment at this stage
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Postby Nefer » Fri Sep 26, 2014 5:44 pm

Ooooh that's sounds very hopeful!
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Re: DESERT GOD

Postby tedd » Sun Sep 28, 2014 8:42 pm

OK - I'd never make a good book critic but now I have finished Desert God I think I can make some general comments without spoiling it for others. I loved it! I shall read it again shortly!! It's intriguing, never stops with the excitement, is better written than all WS's most recent other offerings. - he has given more thought to his style, the continuity, the build-up and the climax - he has been more imaginative, creative - he's kept away from his attempts at sex scenes which he was never good at! -the old WS. What's more - it brings in new scenes (Mediterranean, Crete, Middle East), it's not predictable - very surprising in fact - would make a tremendous film.
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Postby johnrogers » Sun Sep 28, 2014 9:18 pm

tedd wrote:OK - I'd never make a good book critic but now I have finished Desert God I think I can make some general comments without spoiling it for others. I loved it! I shall read it again shortly!! It's intriguing, never stops with the excitement, is better written than all WS's most recent other offerings. - he has given more thought to his style, the continuity, the build-up and the climax - he has been more imaginative, creative - he's kept away from his attempts at sex scenes which he was never good at! -the old WS. What's more - it brings in new scenes (Mediterranean, Crete, Middle East), it's not predictable - very surprising in fact - would make a tremendous film.

Terrific news I'm so damn happy to hear the positive feedback
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Postby tedd » Mon Sep 29, 2014 3:52 am

I found only one spelling mistake "torturous" - there's no such word!! It should be "tortuous" - a common error which should have been picked up by 'spellcheck' Mr Harper Collins! Has anybody noticed the change in publisher?
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Postby johnrogers » Mon Sep 29, 2014 8:08 pm

tedd wrote:I found only one spelling mistake "torturous" - there's no such word!! It should be "tortuous" - a common error which should have been picked up by 'spellcheck' Mr Harper Collins! Has anybody noticed the change in publisher?

Just curious how long did it take you to read Desert God ?
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Re: DESERT GOD

Postby tedd » Tue Sep 30, 2014 4:10 am

Hi John - It normally takes me 7-10 days to read the general standard novel - I seldom read during the day , limiting my reading to evening and in bed before lights out! This time I cheated and read at any old time I could get my hands on the book - so I completed it in four days, probably 3-4 hours a day. Desert Gold did get me in!! - I could have read it through in one sitting except I had other calls on my time - it's not as long as his early books "Lion roars" "Sound of thunder" tedd
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Postby johnrogers » Tue Sep 30, 2014 6:06 pm

tedd wrote:Hi John - It normally takes me 7-10 days to read the general standard novel - I seldom read during the day , limiting my reading to evening and in bed before lights out! This time I cheated and read at any old time I could get my hands on the book - so I completed it in four days, probably 3-4 hours a day. Desert Gold did get me in!! - I could have read it through in one sitting except I had other calls on my time - it's not as long as his early books "Lion roars" "Sound of thunder" tedd

Must say you blazed thru it very quickly but that also must mean it is a very good book.This is really fantastic news
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Postby Matbow » Mon Oct 13, 2014 5:40 pm

I meant to post this a while ago but never got around to it. There was a post from Niso Smith on Facebook (that I now can't find/she deleted) in response to an article about Desert God that said something along the lines of "this book was 100% written by Wilbur".
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Postby tedd » Mon Oct 13, 2014 7:29 pm

Hasn't anybody else read this book yet, or do they think it so bad that it's not worth a comment!!! Would like to hear what others think
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Postby Matbow » Wed Oct 15, 2014 10:58 am

tedd wrote:Hasn't anybody else read this book yet, or do they think it so bad that it's not worth a comment!!! Would like to hear what others think


Not yet released in the US :? :(
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Re: DESERT GOD

Postby jeffw » Thu Oct 16, 2014 11:05 am

As it comes...
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Re: DESERT GOD

Postby johnrogers » Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:13 am

Ok - today is the day I start Desert God.I have waited years for this and now I get to end my obsession with the Egyptian series.No matter what the outcome I am grateful there is a final closure to come my way.

If its like the Quest I may have to shoot myself - ok Taita time for the showdown :lol:
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Postby E-Hoog » Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:42 am

johnrogers wrote:Ok - today is the day I start Desert God.I have waited years for this and now I get to end my obsession with the Egyptian series.No matter what the outcome I am grateful there is a final closure to come my way.

If its like the Quest I may have to shoot myself - ok Taita time for the showdown :lol:


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Re: DESERT GOD

Postby jeffw » Tue Oct 28, 2014 7:49 am

Just read some disturbing news on WS's facebook page : his children, obviously from an earlier marriage are laying into him. Quite shocking, really. Since their postings, his Facebook page has gone quiet. One reader said he has binned all his WS books because of what he's been made aware of. Makes my head spin; can't work this guy out? What do you think? :shock:
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Postby johnrogers » Tue Oct 28, 2014 10:20 am

jeffw wrote:Just read some disturbing news on WS's facebook page : his children, obviously from an earlier marriage are laying into him. Quite shocking, really. Since their postings, his Facebook page has gone quiet. One reader said he has binned all his WS books because of what he's been made aware of. Makes my head spin; can't work this guy out? What do you think? :shock:

What do you mean by laying into him Jeff - hope it is not what I think it is.
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Postby jeffw » Tue Oct 28, 2014 11:22 am

Hi John - I mean verbally - didn't hold back either. Check it out on his Facebook page; on his timeline discussion for Des. God. If no joy I'll copy and paste on here for you. Reckon he's gone into hiding after suffering the embarrassment of their accusations!!!
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Re: DESERT GOD

Postby johnrogers » Tue Oct 28, 2014 3:34 pm

jeffw wrote:Hi John - I mean verbally - didn't hold back either. Check it out on his Facebook page; on his timeline discussion for Des. God. If no joy I'll copy and paste on here for you. Reckon he's gone into hiding after suffering the embarrassment of their accusations!!!
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Well Jeff I read the post on his facebook page just after I posted to you this morning and just went back to his page and I believe it has been deleted.So I take it that the post came from his daughter and what she is saying is that Wilbur was a very hard parent.What the details might be about being put into an orphanage is disturbing whatever the reason may be.It is a rotten thing to abandon your children,the mental suffering never goes away.I know I could not live with this on my conscience.Why Wilbur would cut them out of his will and not be there to help them is a crime knowing that Wilbur has such wealth.I support my children even though they are adults.I experienced a very similar experience with my father and was disowned early in life,to this very day at 64 years of age I still suffer from his mental abuse.No one has the right to treat anyone that way we have a responsibility when we bring children in to this world.Nasty man really nasty.
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Re: DESERT GOD

Postby jeffw » Tue Oct 28, 2014 4:28 pm

Hi John, your kids are fortunate enough to have a great father, I'm sure they appreciate you. Reading that article on his facebook page kind of finished my interest in all things WS. Perhaps occasionally, via my morbid curiosity I will take a 'sneak-peek' at what he's up to. :(
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Re: DESERT GOD

Postby Matbow » Tue Oct 28, 2014 6:56 pm

jeffw wrote:Hi John, your kids are fortunate enough to have a great father, I'm sure they appreciate you. Reading that article on his facebook page kind of finished my interest in all things WS. Perhaps occasionally, via my morbid curiosity I will take a 'sneak-peek' at what he's up to. :(
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There are two sides to every story. Whilst I am pretty sure Wilbur isn't a good father (he admits that himself) it does seem that his daughter is running a bit of a smear campaign against him. Who knows what the real story is?

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