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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 2:09 am    Post subject: Avengers Files by Andrew Pixley Reply with quote

Hi folks,

I was searching for new book about the Avengers for my collection and found this one:
"Avengers Files" by Andrew Pixley.
But I'm still wondering about, that there are still 2 version of that book.
The first one is from 2004 with a foreword by Patrick Macnee:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Avengers-Files-Andrew-Pixley/dp/1903111749/ref=sr_1_8?s=books-intl-de&ie=UTF8&qid=1327227753&sr=1-8

And a newer one from 2007 with a foreword by Brian Clemens:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/22Avengers-22-Files-Andrew-Pixley/dp/1905287380/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1327227753&sr=1-8

Now I'm a bit confused...
Have you a tip for me what version I should take, or if it's actually worth reading?

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 5:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had no idea the book had been released with a different foreword, but I suspect other than that the versions are identical. Andrew will be able to tell you otherwise, though--he's around here a fair bit. Smile

As for the book itself, I absolutely love it, but you have to be clear on what kind of book it is. It's not a series guide about the making of the show, like one of the Dave Rogers books, or any of the umpteen other texts that are floating around. Andrew has done an insane amount of research and pulled together facts from the TV episodes, the novels, the comic strips, etc., and created highly detailed biographies about the lives and characteristics each of the main characters. It's also written as though the series happened in "real life," and all the characters actually existed, and this means there are lots of little clever bits where he explains away certain things, like why Steed investigates the same assignment multiple times, right down to echoing the same dialogue, in stories like The Charmers/The Correct Way to Kill.

So it all depends on what you want from the book. If you want to learn everything there possibly is to know about the characters, buy it. But if you're looking for something about how the show was made, this isn't going to help you.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 5:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Timeless for that short description of the book.
That's the right book I need. Some other information about the biography of the characters, lives, characteristics...
Well, I don't need a TV guide any more. For that, I've already the Dave Rogers books and some very detailed websites. Wink
In general the main facts, how the show was made, TV guide,... I already know. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 6:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sinus1994 wrote:
Thanks, Timeless for that short description of the book.
That's the right book I need. Some other information about the biography of the characters, lives, characteristics...
Well, I don't need a TV guide any more. For that, I've already the Dave Rogers books and some very detailed websites. Wink
In general the main facts, how the show was made, TV guide,... I already know. Very Happy


Part of the reason I enjoyed the book so much was because it was something different from what had already been put out. So many of the books recycle the same facts and stories, so it was nice to have something different for a change. We don't need another episode guide! But some people bought it expecting a series guide and were disappointed, so I thought I'd give you a heads up. Smile

But if you want all the little nitpicky details about the characters, you'll have lots of fun with it. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 7:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I'm going to enjoy the book! Very Happy
I have enough from all the boring episodes/TV guides! Nearly in every book about The Avengers is an episode guide included and it gradually annoys me...
Timeless A-Peel wrote:
But if you want all the little nitpicky details about the characters, you'll have lots of fun with it. Very Happy

That's what I need/want to bright up my monotone/boring daily routine! Mr. Green

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 7:43 am    Post subject: Re: Avengers Files by Andrew Pixley Reply with quote

Hello Smile

Sinus1994 wrote:
I was searching for new book about the Avengers for my collection and found this one:
"Avengers Files" by Andrew Pixley.
But I'm still wondering about, that there are still 2 version of that book.
The first one is from 2004 with a foreword by Patrick Macnee:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Avengers-Files-Andrew-Pixley/dp/1903111749/ref=sr_1_8?s=books-intl-de&ie=UTF8&qid=1327227753&sr=1-8

And a newer one from 2007 with a foreword by Brian Clemens:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/22Avengers-22-Files-Andrew-Pixley/dp/1905287380/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1327227753&sr=1-8

Now I'm a bit confused...
Have you a tip for me what version I should take, or if it's actually worth reading?

Sincerely yours,
Sinus1994


There was only ever a version with the Brian Clemens foreword - I think the Patrick Macnee one was somebody at the publishers being a bit over-optimistic. And as for Amazon, they actually posted a description of the book on-line before it had been written ... so where they made up their information from, God only knows! Very Happy

If you're desperate to inflict the volume on yourself, the 2007 is probably better because there were a few minor changes and corrections. But either version is pretty mad. It doesn't really work as a book (I can say that now that the publishers have gone into liquidation - the rights had already reverted back to me anyway), but it was fun to do and I'm grateful to those involved for giving me the opportunity to do someting really very, very bonkers indeed rather than just trot out another episode guide book. But it's an acquired taste, upset quite a few people when it was published (mainly because they'd ordered it based on the highly misleading Amazon description) and really, really, really wasn't what "Avengers" fandom wanted.

So ... don't pay over the odds for it! Hope you find it of interest should you acquire one! Smile

All the best

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:23 am    Post subject: Re: Avengers Files by Andrew Pixley Reply with quote

Andrew Pixley wrote:
Hello Smile
There was only ever a version with the Brian Clemens foreword - I think the Patrick Macnee one was somebody at the publishers being a bit over-optimistic. And as for Amazon, they actually posted a description of the book on-line before it had been written ... so where they made up their information from, God only knows! Very Happy

If you're desperate to inflict the volume on yourself, the 2007 is probably better because there were a few minor changes and corrections. But either version is pretty mad. It doesn't really work as a book (I can say that now that the publishers have gone into liquidation - the rights had already reverted back to me anyway), but it was fun to do and I'm grateful to those involved for giving me the opportunity to do someting really very, very bonkers indeed rather than just trot out another episode guide book. But it's an acquired taste, upset quite a few people when it was published (mainly because they'd ordered it based on the highly misleading Amazon description) and really, really, really wasn't what "Avengers" fandom wanted.

So ... don't pay over the odds for it! Hope you find it of interest should you acquire one! Smile

All the best

Andrew


Well, I've red some books about The Avengers, all of them in the style "what the fandom wants".
And now, after I know nearly everything what is written in the books (TV guide, how the series was made,...), I want to know some different/new things especially about the characters, biographies,...
That's why I'd lie to read this book! Mr. Green

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:57 am    Post subject: Re: Avengers Files by Andrew Pixley Reply with quote

Andrew Pixley wrote:
Hello Smile

There was only ever a version with the Brian Clemens foreword - I think the Patrick Macnee one was somebody at the publishers being a bit over-optimistic. And as for Amazon, they actually posted a description of the book on-line before it had been written ... so where they made up their information from, God only knows! Very Happy

If you're desperate to inflict the volume on yourself, the 2007 is probably better because there were a few minor changes and corrections. But either version is pretty mad. It doesn't really work as a book (I can say that now that the publishers have gone into liquidation - the rights had already reverted back to me anyway), but it was fun to do and I'm grateful to those involved for giving me the opportunity to do someting really very, very bonkers indeed rather than just trot out another episode guide book. But it's an acquired taste, upset quite a few people when it was published (mainly because they'd ordered it based on the highly misleading Amazon description) and really, really, really wasn't what "Avengers" fandom wanted.

So ... don't pay over the odds for it! Hope you find it of interest should you acquire one! Smile

All the best

Andrew


Ah, I knew you'd come along to straighten it all out, Andrew. Thanks! Very Happy

I know it got a lot of stick, but I'll just reiterate how much I loved the book--I refer to it more than a lot of my other Avengers reference books now. The detail in it is fantastic, and I loved the way it was written--it's such a fun, friendly book, with a real sense of humour about the absurdities of its subject matter. And it's a gift to fanfiction writers who are saved the necessity of squinting at screengrabs to work out just what the number was on Gambit's ID card. Wink I'd never part with my copy.

It's actually a pretty good guide to some of the more obscure articles and such that were written on the show, too--I remember stumbling across references to The Sleeping Dragon in Gambit's bio and wondering what on earth it was. Gave me something else to track down. Very Happy

If you do get it, Sinus, I hope you enjoy it. It's a real gem.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 9:01 am    Post subject: Re: Avengers Files by Andrew Pixley Reply with quote

Hello Smile

Sinus1994 wrote:
Well, I've red some books about The Avengers, all of them in the style "what the fandom wants".
And now, after I know nearly everything what is written in the books (TV guide, how the series was made,...), I want to know some different/new things especially about the characters, biographies,...
That's why I'd lie to read this book! Mr. Green


In that case, this might just be up your street. I feel a lot happier people buying it when they know what it actually is! Smile

But it is a bit mad ...

Have fun with it! Smile

All the best

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 9:04 am    Post subject: Re: Avengers Files by Andrew Pixley Reply with quote

Andrew Pixley wrote:
If you're desperate to inflict the volume on yourself, the 2007 is probably better because there were a few minor changes and corrections.
What are these changes?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 9:05 am    Post subject: Re: Avengers Files by Andrew Pixley Reply with quote

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Timeless A-Peel wrote:
Ah, I knew you'd come along to straighten it all out, Andrew. Thanks! Very Happy


Always happy to help when I get a moment ... Smile

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I know it got a lot of stick, but I'll just reiterate how much I loved the book--I refer to it more than a lot of my other Avengers reference books now. The detail in it is fantastic, and I loved the way it was written--it's such a fun, friendly book, with a real sense of humour about the absurdities of its subject matter. And it's a gift to fanfiction writers who are saved the necessity of squinting at screengrabs to work out just what the number was on Gambit's ID card. Wink I'd never part with my copy.


So pleased that it did hit the spot for some people like yourself. I think that I just wanted to have a lot of fun with it. Certainly it's the book that I wanted to write, although whether that's a good thing or not is open to debate! For fan-fiction and continuity though, I can see its uses; one of the elements I really wanted to have fun with was all the contradictions of the fiction ... why does Steed keep dogs on year and then a couple of years later refuse even to have them on his tie!?!

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It's actually a pretty good guide to some of the more obscure articles and such that were written on the show, too--I remember stumbling across references to The Sleeping Dragon in Gambit's bio and wondering what on earth it was. Gave me something else to track down. Very Happy


Oh yes - the comics, the books, the annuals, etc. We put a lot of that in at times simply because some of the tie-ins were so very bad and bore so very little resemblance to the show ... and it seemed to be another opportunity to have fun with it.

Thanks for your kind and generous words; much appreciated! Smile

All the best

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it's a bit mad, or not...
I'll have lots of fun with it! Mr. Green

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 2:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Avengers Files by Andrew Pixley Reply with quote

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Hiya Smile

Always happy to help when I get a moment ... Smile

So pleased that it did hit the spot for some people like yourself. I think that I just wanted to have a lot of fun with it. Certainly it's the book that I wanted to write, although whether that's a good thing or not is open to debate! For fan-fiction and continuity though, I can see its uses; one of the elements I really wanted to have fun with was all the contradictions of the fiction ... why does Steed keep dogs on year and then a couple of years later refuse even to have them on his tie!?!

Oh yes - the comics, the books, the annuals, etc. We put a lot of that in at times simply because some of the tie-ins were so very bad and bore so very little resemblance to the show ... and it seemed to be another opportunity to have fun with it.

Thanks for your kind and generous words; much appreciated! Smile

All the best

Andrew


It's all well-deserved, Andrew. Having all that information in one spot is inordinately useful. And seeing how you dealt with the continuity issues was half the fun. (Though Steed always seemed a bit fickle when it came to his dogs--it seemed he had a different one every other week. Maybe one day Freckles turned on him and put him off canines for good? Wink )

And some of the tie-ins were so badly done, they deserved to have the mickey taken out of them. That's the best thing about the book--very tongue-in-cheek. Much like the show, actually. I'm glad you enjoyed doing it, because I enjoyed reading it. Very Happy It's a shame the promotion was misleading. Confused Still, it's always there for the people who want it. Cool
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 12:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm frankly amazed that some people didn't like it. I thought it was the best book on "The Avengers" I'd read. Sure, you needed some background knowledge and a bit of reading between the lines if you wanted "cold, hard facts" but that was it's joy.

Sometimes, people in this game take things too seriously. I certainly gleaned some nuggests that I'd previously overlooked and could add to the website, and had a rippin' good read along the way.
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dissolute wrote:
I'm frankly amazed that some people didn't like it. I thought it was the best book on "The Avengers" I'd read. Sure, you needed some background knowledge and a bit of reading between the lines if you wanted "cold, hard facts" but that was it's joy.

Sometimes, people in this game take things too seriously. I certainly gleaned some nuggests that I'd previously overlooked and could add to the website, and had a rippin' good read along the way.

Well, I suppose that, because of the title, "beginners" read the book first and are disappointed about the content.
I think i'ts a book for "the experts" and fans who alreday have some background knowledge about the whole theme. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 5:30 pm    Post subject: Re: Avengers Files by Andrew Pixley Reply with quote

denis wrote:
Andrew Pixley wrote:
If you're desperate to inflict the volume on yourself, the 2007 is probably better because there were a few minor changes and corrections.
What are these changes?
Well I know there was a spelling correction in one of the chapter titles! I don't think there was anything too major.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MY BOOK ARRIVED TODAY!
I'm so glad to have a new book about The Avengers to read.
My little list I worked off:
Point 1: checked the cover -> great!
Point 2 (very important): view pictures -> marvellous!!
Point 3: read -> in progress...
Well, I'm very content with it!

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Sinus1994 wrote:
MY BOOK ARRIVED TODAY!
I'm so glad to have a new book about The Avengers to read.
My little list I worked off:
Point 1: checked the cover -> great!
Point 2 (very important): view pictures -> marvellous!!
Point 3: read -> in progress...
Well, I'm very content with it!


Glad to hear it, Sinus. And yes, there are some particularly gorgeous pictures in the book. You have many happy hours of reading ahead of you. Smile
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Yes, I have indeed!
It is a pleasure, sitting relaxed in the bus in the afternoon, after a long working day, and reading this book. Very Happy
I love the pictures in the book, there are also some I haven't seen before.

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Sinus1994 wrote:
MY BOOK ARRIVED TODAY!
I'm so glad to have a new book about The Avengers to read.
My little list I worked off:
Point 1: checked the cover -> great!
Point 2 (very important): view pictures -> marvellous!!
Point 3: read -> in progress...
Well, I'm very content with it!


So pleased to hear that it's the sort of book you're after ... and that another copy has found a home where it'll be looked after and enjoyed.

All the best

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