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15. Nov 2003 at 16:19
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So, what Blaylock characters do you like/dislike most?
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Reply #1 - 17. Nov 2003 at 09:01
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I guess I would have to say that Professor Wurzle from the Bulumnia trilogy is my favorite character, with Jonathan Bing the cheeser as a close second, and finally Ahab coming in third.  Typical, I'm sure, but I love the way the professor is seen coming home with a bucket full of water plants so he can watch them grow.  I have a thirty gallon (113.7 liters) fish tank out in the garage that I have been dieing to set up in my basement so I can go and raid the local creeks and river of their plant life to see how they grow...  I never seem to have the time though.  

I like Mr. Bing for his laid back ways and fairly simple outlook on life.  I've been gathering up the courage to make a little room down in my basement where I can take a stab at making some of my own cheeses, but that's another project that will have to wait until I get a little extra time in my life.  I've found a recipe for a soft raisin cheese that I wouldn't mind trying out...  If that's a success, I'll be moving on to try and reasonably emulate Mr. Bing's raisin cheese.  A Pipe dream you say?  We'll see.

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Reply #2 - 18. Nov 2003 at 01:49
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Well, you gotta love the Squire!  And the Linkmen are pretty hilarious, too.

I also enjoyed the zany, old-fashioned scientists of Digging Leviathan.

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Reply #3 - 18. Nov 2003 at 02:22
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Speaking of tanks, ponds, and Twomblians, if you go to:
http://www.loaches.com/species_pages/misgurnus_anguillicaudatus.html
and scroll down to near the bottom of the page, you will see a picture of my loach Sikorsky, named for the villainous dwarf. We currently have another loach named Selznak. Though alas gone now, we even had goldfish named Buffo, Gump, and Ahab at one time.

Someone should really negotiate the rights to make plastic Henny-Penny men for fish tanks.
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Reply #4 - 20. Nov 2003 at 10:40
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Mrs. Dawson from The Rainy Season is the most terrifying villain ever!

Have you noticed how Mr. Blaylock's bad guys have evolved? From the early, silly cartoon characters, making handstands to appear dangerous. To Mrs. Dawson whom I've actually met a couple of times. (creepy!)

Maybe that's where the early books have their extra charm: There's nothing to be afraid of. The bad guys aren't real.
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Reply #5 - 20. Nov 2003 at 11:12
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The bad guys may not have been real in Mr. Blaylock's earlier books, but there was a few frightening scenes from the Disappearing Dwarf.  Headless boatmen rowing about the Tweet River, Goblins setting fire to their own heads (or was that Elfin Ship?), skeletons marching along the beach, and just imagine the old witch looking you straight in the face with her milky white eyes and cackling like there was no tomorrow...  I'm sure I would have immediately forgotten about any self dignity that I may have been clinging to and ran like hell.  Smiley

Oh, and let us not forget that Selznak/Sikorsky was a vivisectionist.  Thinking about that for a while could keep a person up late at night.

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Reply #6 - 28. Nov 2003 at 01:52
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The Bedlington Ape.

He should have a book, nay, a series, of his own.
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Reply #7 - 03. Mar 2004 at 20:21
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Ha!  I was just remembering how wonderful the team-up of Rev. Bentley and Father Mahoney was.  The best part of All The Bells On Earth, I say.
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Reply #8 - 02. Nov 2004 at 19:39
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Theophile Escargoth - i always wanted to be a guy like him.
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Reply #9 - 11. Jul 2008 at 21:07
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I'm surprised not to see the name of Langdon St. Ives.  
Who wouldn't want to be Mr. Ives, I ask?  

Confident, always saving the world from destruction, successfully I might add.  He beats himself up for not being two steps ahead of Narbondo at any given time, and he's willing to risk it all for his one true love Alice.

He's not the most real of Blaylock's characters, but he's easily the most heroic.
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Reply #10 - 08. Jan 2010 at 16:17
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Two years since a reply in this post makes me sad. As my alias would suggest Dooly is my favourite. His complete naivete and utter enthusiasm for everything makes me wish I could be more like that.

Ahab falls into the same pot - skeletons are just more bones to chew and flaming goblins need to be grabbed by their trousers and pitched into the Oriel.

When you get right down to it, I don't think there is a single character in the Cheeser books that I don't like. Although a few folks like Stover in the Stone Giant are close to the line that for sure.



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Reply #11 - 27. Nov 2010 at 07:02
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I'll have to go with Andrew Vanbergen from The Last Coin. You've got to love a guy who obsesses about finding Wheetabix and travels cross country for it, without bothering to step inside a local grocery store first. Maybe love isn't quite the right word, but it sure made for a great story. Jules Pennyman has to be my favorite villain.
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