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From: Tarty (RAVENGIL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host5/22/04 2:22 PM 
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Posted on Sat, May. 22, 2004

Shadowmancer is 'not rocket science; it's a thriller. I want people to keep turning the pages,' says Graham Taylor.

Vicar copes with literary blessing

By SUE CORBETT
scorbett@herald.com

A small bookstore in Southern Virginia is packed when Graham Taylor pulls up, a half-hour late, to autograph copies of his first book, Shadowmancer.

Taylor, dressed in the rumpled costume of the author-on-tour -- dark clothes with tennis shoes -- listens empathetically while the bookstore owner, glancing frequently at the impatient crowd inside, taps her toe.

Taylor has the chauffeur pop the trunk and lifts out his enormous plastic suitcase, laying it on the street. Beneath his souvenirs, his shirts and his socks, he unearths a copy of his unlikely runaway hit, a book dubbed by the British media as the ''Christian Harry Potter.'' He signs it for the woman, shakes the boy's hand, and prepares to face the rest of his public.

''Oh, well,'' he tells his publicist. ``That was the copy I was saving for Pat Robertson.''

The idea for Shadowmancer formed after Taylor said in a talk that he believed the Harry Potter books were being marketed to kids too young to understand the message. He felt the balance of power in the Potter books tilted too much toward evil.

''So a parishioner challenged me to write my own children's book,'' Taylor said. It took nine months. When he finished it, he paid 80 quid (about $80) for a critique through an online editorial service.

Indeed, part of Shadowmancer's success lies in its embrace by church-goers, who have found contemporary relevance in Taylor's allegorical story about an apocalyptic battle between good and evil. Though Taylor says he did not set out to write a story with an overtly Christian message, the symbolism is heavy.

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From: Spirithawk (Domhnaill)6/2/04 12:15 AM 
To: Tarty (RAVENGIL) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (2 of 9) 
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I have read alittle about that awhile ago...I believe the character's name is Chris Porter? It sounds interesting. There is also a comic book called Books of Magic that has a character called Timothy Hunter who is also a teenager/child with magical abilities. I was amazed at how much Harry Potter and Timothy Hunter look alike. :)

Much Love & Dreaming Wolf Blessings,

Domhnaill Emrys

 

 
From: Chakrachick6/6/04 7:09 PM 
To: Spirithawk (Domhnaill)  (3 of 9) 
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I know- I adore both the characters of Tim Hunter and Harry Potter and it is funny- I was reluctant to read the Harry Potter books because of Books of Magic.

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From: Spirithawk (Domhnaill)6/7/04 9:08 PM 
To: Chakrachick  (4 of 9) 
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Yeah, I love both character too! Almost right away I made a connection to how they both looked alike since I am a big fan of the Books of Magic series. I just recently saw Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban yesterday with my best friend. Very lovely movie :)

Much Love & Dreaming Wolf Blessings,

Domhnaill Emrys

 

 
From: Chakrachick6/9/04 2:45 PM 
To: Spirithawk (Domhnaill)  (5 of 9) 
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I don't know if you have heard, but there will be a new Tim Hunter serries sometime soon- writen by Neil Gaiman. Why is it that when ever I quit reading comics that something like this happens?

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From: Ralph (RBGlatt)6/9/04 7:37 PM 
To: Chakrachick  (6 of 9) 
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Well, if you're reading Tim hunter books, I guess I'll have to look into them. ;-) The only "Christian" books I've ever read were the Chronicles of Narnia.

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From: Chakrachick6/9/04 7:40 PM 
To: Ralph (RBGlatt)  (7 of 9) 
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No, Tim Hunter isn't CHristain- he is just another character who has some similarities to Harry. He was actually created before HP, though even his creator states that they have very little in common besides the fact that they are English, Bespecticalled and may be the greatest mage of their age.


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From: Ralph (RBGlatt)6/10/04 7:52 AM 
To: Chakrachick  (8 of 9) 
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Ah, okay, Well, sounds like something I should read, anyway. ;-)

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From: Chakrachick6/13/04 10:22 AM 
To: Ralph (RBGlatt)  (9 of 9) 
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Definatly! I love Books of Magic- you may be able to find the original mini serries in trade form.

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