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My favorite "best of the worst" by Fanthrope was Galaxy 666 by Pel Toro.  (Fanthorpe would dictate his novels over a weekend, producing prodigious amounts of bad lit).  In this one, you can tell that when he got stuck, he picked up a thesaurus and went to town.




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From: Deb Warner <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Fri, December 11, 2009 8:25:17 AM
Subject: Re: [SF-LIT] book title?

Now I'm really curious.Unfortunatly, we don't have anything by him either. Maybe I should address a request to the Flying Spaghetti Monster to help me find a cheap used copy of one of his books. He sounds like MST3K material. I miss that show, at least the versions with Joel. Deb

"The greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion" Arthur C. Clarke

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From: Rachel Thern <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: [SF-LIT] book title?
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Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2009, 2:09 PM


I've only heard of Fanthorpe in that he was famous for producing bad 
writing, but so terribly bad that it's noteworthy unto itself.  I've 
only seen a few samples.  Anyone experienced a whole novel?  My library 
doesn't have any.

Rachel


John T wrote:
> Hi Peggy in Tampa,
>
> Here's what I could find on your question...  at least it fits the
> parameters, except it's a novelette, not novel.. but it was published prior
> to 1970 :)
>
>
> Title: The Flight of the Valkyries
> Author: R. L. Fanthorpe
> Year: 1958
> Storylength: novelette
> Publications:
>   a.. Supernatural Stories, No. 14, (Feb 1958, John S. Manning, Badger,
> #SN14, 2/-, 160pp, pb, magazine) Cover: Ray Theobald
>
> John T - in Bradenton, just south of Tampa :)
>
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Peggy Callahan" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Tuesday, November 10, 2009 8:30 AM
> Subject: [SF-LIT] book title?
>
>
>   
>> Hi all,
>>
>> I got a question from a library patron:
>>
>> "When I was in High School (1971-1975) I read an SF/Fantasy novel that had
>>     
> "of the Valkyre" or "of the Valkyries" in the title. I'd love to read it
> again but can't remember complete title or author's name.
>   
>> It was about people on an airplane that had been lost or re-routed to
>>     
> another planet. These ppl slowly realized they were there for observation.
> They finally escaped by making a boat/canoe which some of them used to go
> downstream and under a fence.
>   
>> Once there, they found that their captors looked like giant spiders (or
>>     
> had machines like spiders?), and one of the ppl got somehow stuck behind
> one, which pulled him to his death.
>   
>> The book made a big impression on me and I've always wanted to reread it,
>>     
> but haven't had luck in finding it, b/c I can't remember the correct title.
> Can you help?"
>   
>> Any ideas?  Let me know and thank you!
>>
>> Peggy in Tampa--
>> curiouser and curiouser!
>>          -- Lewis Carroll
>>
>>
>>
>>     
> Scanned MGW1
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