But just to prove all media mentions of Dwarf aren’t awful, there’s this little piece in The Observer (second page):

“But vivid, original description is not found only in works of high literature. My favorite description of a face comes from Red Dwarf by Grant Naylor: “When she smiled, her eyes lit up like a pinball machine when you win a bonus game.”

Lovely. Although it does pose the question – what the fuck is “high literature”? I do become worried when arbitary distinctions are made that supposedly make some literature more “worthy” than others – especially when you’ve just admitted that something you think of as low literature has your favourite description of something as important as a face. It’s exactly this sort of attitude that makes mainstream literature reviewers turn their noses up at SF, and it stinks.

Oh, and the disclaimer “The views expressed in this column are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Observer” reaches a new low in showing respect for your readers. YES, I THOUGHT THAT EVERY PIECE OF WRITING IN THE OBSERVER REPRESENTED THE COLLECTIVE OPINION OF THE NEWSPAPER.

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  • To be honest, I’ve been tempted for some time to do a “close review” of the Dwarf novels, evaluating them not on their entertainment value, but on their worth as literature…putting to use all thems greats vocabulary words what I done learned in college.

    I wasn’t sure how that would be received by the community though. Any opinions?

  • I wasn’t sure how that would be received by the community though. Any opinions?

    I don’t think we need to answer that.

    Go review the asses of them, Phil!

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