incidentally, i've got a bone to pick with you, chris. Further to your mentioning it on the Angry Dead thread, i loaned a copy Phil Rickman's The Fabric Of Sin from the library today and, what the .... 542 pages? Are you trying to kill me!
heh, if you read them in order, then Fabric is book #9. They're all about the same length, so that's <counts, moves lips> about 4400 pages to go before you get to chapter 1 of this one
The books should stand alone, but there are a bunch of running realtionships in the back story that might mean less if you haven't been following the series. We both (me & the missus) find them a lot of fun. It is a good series, although woos that I am I have my reservations about the one with the Fred West theme : too soon, too near the knuckle for me.
Is there any of Rickman´s novels which are under the 500 pages mark?
I read a couple of his early novels which I liked, but got stuck on his first Watkins novels. Is this series really worth the effort? His new one is a historical novel about Queen Elisabeth and John Dee. Oh, and King Arthur. Doesn´t sound very compelling.
Not sure if any are shorter, none that I can think of offhand. Maybe Candlemas, but not by much if it is. They're pretty quick reads though. I think I'm up to date with the Merrilys, they usually get read aloud to Babs. I think I've read most of the others too, apart from the new one (will probably pick it up in paperback, Babs will want to check it out anyway) and the one about the rock band which I think introduced some of the characters that pop up in later books. There are certain themes that recurrrr in many of the books: village with odd customs hiding ancient secret; pagan/christian tensions. Sometimes the villagers are more benign than others. Good page turners of novels, well worth a visit.
I read one of the novels published under the "Will Kingdom" pen name and didn't enjoy it nearly as much despite the promising premise. Overdid the quirkiness of the chracaters to the point of parody, I thought.
Actually on the Merrily front I keep expecting them to turn up as a tv adaptation, but they never do. I'm sure they would work well. Physically I picture Merrily as Sharon Small (with dark hair). (Not sure why I had to add that last part :