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Re: Famous Five 'Adult' Books!

Postby Courtenay » 27 Nov 2017, 23:04

Anita Bensoussane wrote:Just found out that Quercus have published another adult Famous Five title - Five Go Down Under:


As an Australian Blyton fan, I'm extra insulted. :evil:

This is just a bunch of words that include several references to things in Australia. Hard to believe a real person wrote this. It could have been generated by a low-grade algorithm.


I have a feeling "Ausdragon" may have hit on something here... :shock: :roll: :x
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Re: Famous Five 'Adult' Books!

Postby Rob Houghton » 27 Nov 2017, 23:22

There's no real storyline here; events are driven purely by a need to connect one tired cliche to another.


Sounds about like all the other so-called 'adult' Famous Fives. :|
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Re: Famous Five 'Adult' Books!

Postby Courtenay » 27 Nov 2017, 23:31

Well, exactly. I recently picked up another of the new ones, Five Escape Brexit Island, and — just as with all the others — promptly found I couldn't read more than a few lines before my brain turned to mush. :x There was simply no real plot, no resemblance to any of the characters we know from Blyton (other than their names) and nothing even remotely engaging, let alone witty, about any of it.
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Re: Famous Five 'Adult' Books!

Postby Rob Houghton » 28 Nov 2017, 00:50

I wonder why Bruno Vincent stopped writing them? Maybe he saw how badly the last batch were affecting his career as a 'comedy' book writer...
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Re: Famous Five 'Adult' Books!

Postby Courtenay » 28 Nov 2017, 02:29

Or maybe word got around that he was really a low-grade algorithm and the publishers changed the name on the books so the public won't realise it's still the same computer doing the writing. :twisted:
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Re: Famous Five 'Adult' Books!

Postby pete9012S » 28 Nov 2017, 09:09

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Do we know anything about the new writer's background,love of Blyton etc?



The Famous Five have gone on their greatest adventure yet - a trip Down Under to Oz for some gap year fun.
Enid Blyton's books are beloved the world over and The Famous Five have been the perennial favourite of her fans. Now, in this new Enid Blyton for Grown-Ups, Julian, George, Dick, Anne and Timmy head Down Under for some relaxing holiday fun. But will it be the adventure they had hoped for?

Setting up camp in Bondi they soon meet the Sydney Six, a couple of guitar-strumming Kiwis and a rogue South African and find themselves in the thick of Sydney's real estate perils and the attempts of their omnipresent cousin Rupert Kirrin to buy up the local media.

But when the sun, surf and bluebottles have their revenge and things don't quite go to plan, it's time to head for the country for a spot of sheep-shearing and quad-bike riding. Will the country be kinder to them or will their close calls with the Australian wildlife have them heading back to the city before you can say decaff soy latte?


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Re: Famous Five 'Adult' Books!

Postby Rob Houghton » 28 Nov 2017, 12:18

Courtenay wrote:Or maybe word got around that he was really a low-grade algorithm and the publishers changed the name on the books so the public won't realise it's still the same computer doing the writing. :twisted:


Well, Bruno Vincent did apparently co-write that 'best seller' 'Do Ants Have A***holes?' :roll:

But then again, this could also have been a computer...although surely a computer would do a better job?! :lol:
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Re: Famous Five 'Adult' Books!

Postby Courtenay » 28 Nov 2017, 13:17

Whoever the current writer/algorithm actually is, I bet she (it?) doesn't have enough genuine knowledge of Aussie wildlife to end the story with the Five being eaten alive by drop bears. I would. :twisted: :wink:
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Re: Famous Five 'Adult' Books!

Postby pete9012S » 28 Nov 2017, 14:57

...the attempts of their omnipresent cousin Rupert Kirrin to buy up the local media.


Who the hell is he? And what side of the family does he come from??
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Re: Famous Five 'Adult' Books!

Postby Rob Houghton » 28 Nov 2017, 15:08

the transported convict side maybe? :-D
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Re: Famous Five 'Adult' Books!

Postby Courtenay » 28 Nov 2017, 15:12

:twisted:
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Re: Famous Five 'Adult' Books!

Postby Rob Houghton » 28 Nov 2017, 15:16

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Re: Famous Five 'Adult' Books!

Postby Daisy » 28 Nov 2017, 15:43

:lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Famous Five 'Adult' Books!

Postby Lucky Star » 28 Nov 2017, 22:22

Oh dear I had hoped we had heard the last of these "books". :roll:
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