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Thread #161174 Message #3827842
Posted By: keberoxu
21-Dec-16 - 04:36 PM
Thread Name: BS: Robin Jarvis: The Power of Dark
Subject: RE: BS: Robin Jarvis: The Power of Dark
Mudcat introduced me to Robin Jarvis' writing, as it did to the writing of Sir Terry Pratchett. Here in the USA, Pratchett's Discworld books are readily found at places like Barnes and Noble, at least in paperback; and people know and love Pratchett here.
Robin Jarvis seems to be a different story. People in the USA who know of Jarvis are a minority. Only recently has there been a US publisher who would print and sell Jarvis' books directly here, otherwise one was dealing with English publishers. Jarvis' titles are not on the shelves in the bookstores. Even public libraries are as often without his titles as with them; some libraries have them, some branches do not.
I need hardly remind UK Mudcatters how completely the USA has gone gaga for J. K. Rowling and Harry Potter. It is telling to me, that Jarvis's books, at least some of them like the Whitby trilogy, predate Rowling and Harry Potter; and just now, looking online at search results, I uncovered a Robin Jarvis interview in which he confesses that he has never so much as opened a Harry Potter book in all these years, has never read one.
Will Robin Jarvis stand the test of time -- his books, I mean? I also read that there is interest in filming "The Alchemist's Cat," but it is early days and nothing is certain.