So last week we asked you to name some characters from speculative fiction you thought you really shouldn’t like, but did.
This week we have some answers for you. If you haven’t done the quiz, go and do it now.
Oh, and I hate stairs.
The first time I heard Joe Abercrombie talk was at GenreCon Australia. Come question time, it seemed that all anyone wanted to talk about was Sand dan Glokta, from Abercrombie’s First Law trilogy. You could tell, from the way the audience reacted to both the questions and the answers, that they loved Glokta.
And you have to admit, he is a great character. Even though he does torture people. You even make excuses for him. He’s in pain all the time, he was tortured himself.
I’m the last surviving member of a bikie gang that terrorized the Barbary Coast of California.
The government offers me a pardon if I take a shipment of drugs across country.
Hell Tanner, from Roger Zelazny’s Damnation Alley. He’s the opposite of the unreliable narrator. It’s external people who say he’s one thing, he behaves in another way. That is, we’re told he’s a monster, murder and rapist (and no doubt he is), but we see him as a someone who loves his brother, and tries to stop him going into danger.
We’re on the side of angels, although the angels don’t necessarily believe this is an entirely positive thing.
These are two more characters popular with readers. I first heard about Louis and Angel when I went to a dinner organised by one of our bookstores, Dymock’s. John gave a talk. A member of the audience wanted to talk about Louis and Angel. You could hear from the response of the other people in the room that it was a popular question.
Sherylyn, who has since read some of the Charlie Parker books, agrees. Louis and Angel are great.
They even get their own book, in The Reapers.
Easy? Duh? But which one am I?
I have a granddaughter, Susan, and an apprentice named Mort.
Death, from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series.
What else can I say?
Except that Death is a great character.
I sort of wish we could write characters like Jack Holloway, from John Scalzi’s Fuzzy Nation. I don’t think a lot of Jack, and I still can’t work out if he’s deliberately written to be a decent man who hides the fact that he does a decent thing behind a facade wisecracking and moral unpleasantness, or whether I just didn’t like him much.
Or maybe not.
Loved the book, didn’t know what to think about Jack, even after the story finished.
How did you go?
Incidentally, if you ever get a chance to hear either Joe Abercrombie or John Connolly talk, go along. They’re both great speakers.