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 Post subject: Why the Merlin Satanspawn Hate from John Taylor/Simon Green?
PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:37 am 
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Going through the Nightside series right now. Love it. Great series. One oddity though...

Merlin Satanspawn is one of the few (aside from John himself, and some of his companions) unabashidly -good- characters in the series. He is consistantly helpful. He may be 'grumpy good' but he is also clearly a good character, though he was less good before he met Arthur.

Why does John Taylor seem to really just despise him so much? There isn't even any reason for it. It seems like the best thing you could do for the world would be to give him his heart back. But John consistantly dislikes the man, eventually later in the books its made clear that John has (directly or indirectly) pretty much ruined every aspect of the man's life (and, later, unlife) - in pretty unfair and, honestly, evil ways.

Whats the deal with this? Anyone else a bit bothered by John's treatment of Satanspawn?


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 Post subject: Re: Why the Merlin Satanspawn Hate from John Taylor/Simon Gr
PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 9:46 am 
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Welcome to the forums.

In defence of Taylor, it's mostly down to the fact that he doesn't trust Merlin one iota. Merlin has certainly helped out but there's no guarantee that there isn't a hidden agenda when it comes to the old wizard.


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 Post subject: Re: Why the Merlin Satanspawn Hate from John Taylor/Simon Gr
PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 5:18 pm 
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Personally, I think John is a bit of a dick, anyway.

As for Merlin, it's always a tricky issue, using established legends.

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 Post subject: Re: Why the Merlin Satanspawn Hate from John Taylor/Simon Gr
PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:33 am 
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Luc wrote:
Personally, I think John is a bit of a dick, anyway.


He is nicer than Eddie Drood. :?


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 Post subject: Re: Why the Merlin Satanspawn Hate from John Taylor/Simon Gr
PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 7:48 pm 
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I don't like Eddie.

Besides, the 'bit of a dick' comment was something of a pun. Private investigators are sometimes known as 'dicks'. ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Why the Merlin Satanspawn Hate from John Taylor/Simon Gr
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I didn't know that :lol: About Eddie, I think that he was great in the first two novels. After that he is kind of cruel for me.


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 Post subject: Re: Why the Merlin Satanspawn Hate from John Taylor/Simon Gr
PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 1:05 pm 
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Eddie is an operative. They have to be arseholes, to get the job done. Compassion just gets in the way.

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 Post subject: Re: Why the Merlin Satanspawn Hate from John Taylor/Simon Gr
PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:21 am 
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I also put it down to trust issues to be honest, and we all know John has loads of those.
Unsurprisingly with his life really.


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 Post subject: Re: Why the Merlin Satanspawn Hate from John Taylor/Simon Gr
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You don't survive in the Nightside (or any magically charged environment) without trust issues.

...things that only look like cars... and all that.

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