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This post is mainly aimed at [ profile] moogle62 and [ profile] _faeriequeen, primarily because they're the only people that I know have read Mark Gatiss' Lucifer Box novels, but if anyone else has, DO FEEL FREE to flail in the comments, because OH MY CRIKEY IT IS SO WONDERFUL.

I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN WITH ALL THE JOY. BECAUSE THERE IS A LOT OF JOY. Just, the sentences fill me with glee because they're all gems, perfectly constructed and sharp and stinging and UNF UNF UNF MARK GATISS I WANT TO HAVE SEX WITH YOUR PROSE PLEASE. It's all very Oscar Wilde i.e. spectactularly enjoyable - I'm glad I didn't read this in public because my giggling and gasping would probably have attracted the wrong sort of attention. DELIGHTFUL. The names alone! Bella Pok and Tom Bowler were a couple of my personal favourites.

Lucifer himself is kind of obscenely delicious, because he's an amazing mix of awesome superspy and sexy bisexualist and horrible bastard. Why do I always enjoy the douchebags so much? It does worry me slightly but OH MY DAYS I cannot bring myself to care very much when I am having such a tremendously good time reading his POV. Also, MARK GATISS YOU EVIL MANIPULATIVE GENIUS, I meeped quite a lot at one point, because we get so used to Lucifer being an uncaring callous fabulous bastard, that when he's like that with intent it really hurts. MORE ON THAT STORY LATER.

BISEXUAL HERO = TWICE THE SHIPPING, Y/Y? I think Moog put it best when she said, "LUCIFER IS LIKE CAPTAIN JACK HARKNESS IN THAT AN OTP IS JUST IMPOSSIBLE". THIS. Because when we met Miracle in the steam baths I was like "HELLO OGLING AND ALSO IS THAT A HINT OF DEEPLY-HIDDEN MANLY PINING?" and I was basically really disappointed that they didn't just GO AT IT there and then. Like, I was deeply frustrated by that (I suppose, though, that I went into it fully aware of HOMG BISEXUAL SPY! whereas in the novel it's more of a reveal! type thing?), and I loved all the oops-Miracle-has-been-arrested-for-murder stuff. OH LUCIFER, YOU DO CARE. And then the fabulous Bella Pok (ooh, I loved her! HEY LOOK LUCIFER I AM IN NAPLES LOL) turned up and I was hoping for despoiling of some kind, not going to lie. And then OH MY HEART AND SOUL CHARLIE JACKPOT. Charlie Jackpot! He was kind of like Scudder from Maurice, only about a BILLION times more awesome. And the bit where Lucifer kind of brings up Bella on purpose so he won't get his hopes up! OW MY HEART WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT TO WONDERFUL CHARLIE JACKPOT AND HIS LOVELY ARSE???

ANYWAY. Let's play fantasy casting!

In other news, I'm totally seeing Jamie Parker in As You Like It and MY ALL-TIME NUMBER ONE FOREVER GIRL CRUSH REBECCA HALL in The Winter's Tale. I love my student loan.

How are you? ♥

Date: 2009-04-27 08:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
OMG I love Mark Gatiss' novels! I've not read the most recent one yet. <3

Date: 2009-04-27 11:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've still only read the first one, but I'm going to have to get the other ASAP because they are excessively brilliant :)

OH MARK GATISS ♥ I have the urge to dig out my complete League boxset and get stuck in but THAT WOULD NOT BE AT ALL PRODUCTIVE.

Date: 2009-04-27 09:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Lucifer is the perfect unreliable narrator, and occasionally I found that to be quite annoying, because he was SO arrogant. It seems like the sort of thing which would work quite well in a film, but his being such a forceful character detracted from my reading of book.

Funnily enough, I think Mark Gatiss would be a pretty good Lucifer Box. And when I read it, I think I had Jamie Bell as Charlie.

Date: 2009-04-27 10:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've read them! I have nothing more detailed than that at this point because I haven't even started on my morning coffee yet, but I love them.

Date: 2009-04-27 12:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yay for Jamie Parker - I'm so excited! :o)

Date: 2009-04-28 02:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I know, it's going to be glorious! What date are you going?

Date: 2009-04-28 06:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ahh, 1st of August. That's good, though, I'll be able to read your review and get fiendishly excited :)

Date: 2009-04-27 05:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
OH HAI!!! The Lucifer Box novels are EPIC, I loved them so much when I read them for the first time, a year or so ago now. Just FANTASTIC, I adored them. :D

Also, when are you going to see The Winters Tale and As You Like It? In London? Because - *grin* - I think I'm going to see those too. ^_^

Date: 2009-04-28 02:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've just bought the second one, I can't wait to get stuck in. OH LUCIFER, YOU MAGNIFICENT SHIT ♥

I'm seeing TWT on Sunday the 13th of June, and AYLI on the 1st of August! I CANNAE WAIT. Yourself? :)

Date: 2009-04-27 07:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Requesting Lucifer Box novels from library! Thanks.

Date: 2009-04-28 02:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yay, hope you enjoy them :)

Date: 2009-04-27 11:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

You do know that Julian Rhind-Tutt was down to play Lucifer in a BBC version that never got off the ground because they wanted Mark to edit it too much?!?
Also, Tom Sturridge should be Charlie!

But yes, you must read the other two books now!

Date: 2009-04-28 02:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I just bought The Devil in Amber, because I have no self-control and also HOMG SO AWESOME AAAAAAH.

JRT! That would be so very delicious (FAIL, BBC, FAIL FAIL FAIL). Tom Sturridge is too posh for Charlie, though! Maybe a Treadaway? THIS NEEDS CAREFUL CONSDIERATION. My loins heart is going HOMG COLIN MORGAN but that reaction is pretty standard and should probably discounted.

Date: 2009-04-28 10:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ben Whishaw would be good too but he's a bit too old for the part now I think. :(


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