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I don't know if I can post here. If not, please mods, delete.

Well, I was wondering what is the best Phantom novel you gals have ever read. And whose titles would you all recommend to me.

And this is off topic but I would like to know what does Archie's ocean gal mean and who is Archie. I cannot find him....

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Hello my friend,

Well I would like to invite you to read Chanson de L'ange, my Phantom book (in progress), which is located right here on this site:

http://www.gerardbutlergals.com/forums/ind...p?showtopic=180

That is the link for Book One of my story, and here is the link for Book Two:

http://www.gerardbutlergals.com/forums/ind...?showtopic=7169

As a huge fan of POTO, I have read a number Phantom based stories, the most well known being Susan Kay's, Phantom.

Everyone who joins GALS is given a little icon which shows up on their profile, to illustrate their length of time as a member. All "newbies" are Archie's ocean GAL, and then the more you post, your icon changes to a different one of Gerry's characters. Archie Brown is the character Gerry played in his very first film role for the movie Mrs. Brown.

Welcome to GALS!

and let me know how you like my book!

Hugs,

Swannie

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Hi Oceania!

I too am a huge Posted Image and Posted Image fan. Like Swannie, I have read tons of Phantom stories. I have read Gaston Laroux's book which is a must read; for it is the original story. Copies can be found in most used bookstores. I have read the screenplay for the 2004 movie, and Susan Kay's 'Phantom'.

Susan's book is my favorite for it fills in all the holes that Laroux and Lloyd Webber left in Erik's story. There is another novel out there called 'The Phantom of Manhattan' by Frederick Forsythe which I have not read (can't find it! Posted Image) and many phans find fault with. There are also a number of self published books out there by some very talented ladies, like our own Swannie. Just do a title search on amazon.com and tons of books will pop up. Also there is fanfiction.net where many authors post their stories. Posted Image

You can never read enough about the 'unseen genius' known as Erik! :erikrose:

Welcome to GALS! Hope to see you around.

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Hi Oceana! :Welcome2: I've read lots of Phantom books, including Leroux's original novel, Susan Kay's Phantom, and lots of fan fiction. By far, my favorites have to be Phoenix of the Opera and Out of the Darkness, both by our very own Sadie Montgomery. There should be a link from the GALS boutique to order them from Amazon. You didn't ask, but I'll also say that the very worst Phantom book I ever read was Phantom of Manhattan by Frederick Forsythe. I loathed it! :bleh2:

edited to correct stupid grammar mistake :bonk:

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So far I've read a few Phantom books, including Gaston Leroux's original and Susan Kay's "Phantom". I wasn't crazy about Leroux's but I was glad I read it because it is the basis from which all others are launched. Readers usually either love or loathe the Susan Kay book. I personally loved it. I haven't read Sadie's books yet but I've heard excellent things about them so they are definitely on my future "to be read" list!
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I'm a huge Phan-fic reader myself! I, too, LOVE Sadie Montgomery's Phoenix of the Opera and Out of the Darkness.

I also really like Angel of Music by Carrie Hernandez. This book is three short novelettes that are closely tied to the original Gaston Leroux book, but are not so much about the Phantom as they are about how he affects the lives of the other characters in the story. This is a very cool book that is quite imaginative in it's concept. The middle story is fabulous and surprising. I don't want to give it away. You can order this one through amazon.com.

A little more difficult to find, as it is out of print, is Angel of the Opera by Sam Siciliano. If you like Sherlock Holmes mysteries, this one is great! It follows the Leroux story, and involves Holmes as an investigator in the mysterious happenings at the Opera Populaire. I would highly recommend this one. Check with some online used book sellers. I picked up a mint condition copy online for about $25.

I'd also recommend my friend Debbie Whitehead's book, Into the Light. This one is a great mystery that involves the Phantom in a post-opera disaster plot that includes Russian gold, intrigue, a bit of romance, and some very unlikely companions. A wonderful read. Also available through amazon.com.

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Thanks, Kitty, I'll definitely try to find that Angel of the Opera book. It sounds very good. I can't believe I forgot to mention Debbie's book, Into the Light. I agree, it is very good. Another Phantom novel I really enjoyed was Darkness Brings the Dawn by Jodi Leisure Minton.

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Thanks, Kitty, I'll definitely try to find that Angel of the Opera book. It sounds very good.

Elissa and any others who are interested - Check www.bookfinder.com. You can do a search on author and title (Angel of the Opera, Sam Siciliano) and find lots of great used book sellers. I think this is where I found my copy, as I had this site bookmarked. I just checked, and there are a number of reasonably priced used copies of Angel of the Opera listed. Also some VERY expensive first editions. It's a fun book, but I don't think I'd pay nearly $500 for a copy! There are several acceptable looking copies available for less than $30. Not too bad.

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Thank you ladies for your answers. It seems I have to start sparing some money to buy book in US. I don't think I will ever find them translated into Portuguese. And as I see, there are many authors among us. It would be nice if they could get their works translated into other languages. There are Phantom's fan all around the world.

Thank you Swanie for explanation about the icon. I saw the movie Mrs. Brown but cannot recall Archie.... my loss.

I have to compliment you about your beautiful site. The links you provided in this site are not working so I went there and I already registered at your forum to be able to read your book. I will be printing it since I cannot spend much time reading on the computer screen.

I read Phantom of Manhattan and I didn't like it. It is so out of character!! But I learned a lot about the construction of the opera house. It is the best part.

As a former literature teacher I am honored to be surrounded by many authors. The sadness of the literature teacher is to be able to criticize the literary work but not to be able to write!!!! I found my field in the fine arts, never being able to write fiction.

On a side note, aren't you distracted by all the icons of Mr. Butler when reading the posts? Or is it only me? :bonk: I have to start reading and reading again because the tiny pictures distract me!!!! LOL

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Oh I'm sorry oceania, I forgot that you must have over 18 access to read my story on this site. If you would like over 18 access to read some of our other authors, just PM a Mod ( any name that appears in purple on users list) with your birth date and they will grant you access.

I'm glad you've joined my site, and I hope you enjoy my story.

Swannie

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I think I've read every POTO fanfiction that has been written, and I must say I have found great qualities in them all. My far and away favorite, though, is Swansong's Chanson de L'Ange, and I can hardly wait for her to finish it!!!!

Thank you sweet Libby... I appreciate your vote of confidence. I am slaving away on the book, even now.

Love you,

Swannie

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Oh I'm sorry oceania, I forgot that you must have over 18 access to read my story on this site. If you would like over 18 access to read some of our other authors, just PM a Mod ( any name that appears in purple on users list) with your birth date and they will grant you access.

I'm glad you've joined my site, and I hope you enjoy my story.

Swannie

Thank you, dear! I am several times 18! But be sure am only 13 in my heart!!!! :inlove:

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I've read Susan Kay's book many years ago, and currently I'm reading our own Sadie Montgomery's. I enjoyed those very much. They are very serious, and seem to stick to the main/real story as intended.

Before embarking on Sadie's, I read Colette Gale's verion. I found hers enjoyable, because it was injected with some fun, imaginative and outrageous bits, and Christine ends up with Erik! :claphands: It was somewhat difficult imagining all the main characters as total pervs at heart, though! I'm still happy about the fact that she gave a happy ending to Erik & Christine. I wonder if Ms. Gale will do a sequel of the P.T.O. story sometime in the near future?

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I've read Susan Kay's book many years ago, and currently I'm reading our own Sadie Montgomery's. I enjoyed those very much. They are very serious, and seem to stick to the main/real story as intended.

Before embarking on Sadie's, I read Colette Gale's verion. I found hers enjoyable, because it was injected with some fun, imaginative and outrageous bits, and Christine ends up with Erik! :claphands: It was somewhat difficult imagining all the main characters as total pervs at heart, though! I'm still happy about the fact that she gave a happy ending to Erik & Christine. I wonder if Ms. Gale will do a sequel of the P.T.O. story sometime in the near future?

I had heard she is now working on "The Count of Monte Cristo" -- Colette Gale has gotten some seriously varied reviews...I can understand phans being upset with turning this poignant love story into soft porn...but it clearly states that it is Erotica... I had no idea there was humor in it.... feels like Pandora's Box...lol...I am curious... Sadie has gotten a lot of recommendations..so I would love to read hers...and swannies too..that piqued my interest! .......

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I've read nearly every Phantom related book out there! My favorites were Kay's Phantom and the Sadie Montgomery books - all of them. The four part Phantom series carries our Phantom on a journey from the Paris Opera house and into exciting adventures, some tragedy, a deep and abiding love with the light of his life, wonderful children and ultimately (I hope) to a happy, fulfilled life. (I say "I hope" because the forth book won't be out till later this year.) Jodie Minton's Darkness Brings the Dawn was also excellent, as was Into the Light. I haven't read any of Swannie's book because I want to be able to read it all at once. It's hard for me to read a book off the computer because when I read I like to sprawl under my Gerry throw on the sofa with a cup of tea and I can't see the computer screen from there! (Must think about getting a laptop!)

I don't mean to step on toes, but I have to say this.....I'm sorry, but I thought Colette Gale's book, "Unmasked" was gross! I can never look at the beloved characters in the same way again. Ewwww! Even worse, in my opinion, was Phantom of Manhattan. However, at least none of the characters in POM had weird sexual ideas like in Unmasked! OK, I'm Vanilla, I admit it.

Happy reading, all!

Suzie

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I've read all 3 of Sadie Montgomery's books and loved them.I tried reading Susan Kay's Phantom but just couldn't get into it.But will try again at some point because I'm a die hard.I read the original Phantom of The Opera and it was boring.The last one I read was The Phantom Returns that was a good read too.I haven't read Swannie's because like Suzie I want to lie on the couch or on the bed and be comfortable while reading.I can't read a book on the computer.When it's published I'll buy it and read it.

Peggy :wave:

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I like Sadie Montgomery's books best.

http://ms.sadiemontgomery.googlepages.com/home

This isn't a book, but an online fan fiction I like.

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2389681/No_Virginal_Sacrifice

The thing is I am hard headed I accept no Phantom before Gerard.

So I have to see the Phantom as a man with a deformity.

Not a cold entity with no nose that was monstrous.

I have no desire to see the play or read the original book as I have read enough about them that he has magic and though he can be a magician I want him to remain a man.

Maybe that is close minded of me, but I am sorry I have my reasons. I watched Phantom Of The Opera in 2005. I liked it, but was unaffected by it.

I watched it again in 2007 and was profusely affected by it so much so they I cried and cried and cried and cried. Through tears I sat down and wrote 25 pages of fan fiction of him and Meg, as I perceived

his relationship with Christine as irretrievably broken by deceit. I considered it an obsession instead of real love.

When you see Meg at the end with the mask a lot of people want to think she ran after him and had always been intrigued by him to one point or another.

At the time I wrote that. I thought I was unique in my thinking. I did not know anyone else even considered a pairing of Meg and Erik. I did not know his name was Erik at the time.

I Googled that.

Then I went to You Tube and found out there were many Meg and Erik fans and fan videos and such.

This is how I found Gerry. I actually thought his name was Gerald Butler. I know shameless, but thanks to cross referencing at You Tube. I found Gerry.

I also write my own fan fiction call Beyond The Broken Mirrors, but that I imagine will never be on the web and it sure won't be a book.

So to make a short story long my favorite Phantom Books are The Phoenix of The Opera, Out Of Darkness: The Phantom's Journey and The Phantom's Opera and when Sadie's 4th book comes out I am sure it will be a favorite as well.

Love,

Tracy :erik::phantom2::reddeath2::donjuan::phantom:

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:wave: Hey Peggy! The Phantom Returns is my novel! I am so 'appy you enjoyed it!! Always nice to hear!

I started reading a little of Swannie's online last night--registered on her gorgeous site! I could only read a bit-- my eyes started tweaking-- but excellent writing! :pointy:

Sadie and I have put each others books/links on our sites....maybe at some point we Phantom authors could get together and create a site of our own! Do reviews for each other... that might be cool....

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OOOOHH!! The Phantom Returns was wonderful!! It is an absolutely MUST read!!

Stephanie took a different direction from Sadie with this book, but it was very realistic and beautifully written. I really loved it!

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I never heard of The Phantom Returns. Sebbied, you wrote that? I saw a link on Sadie's site to another book? Do you mind if I ask if it is a Meg and Erik pairing. If it is too much of a spoiler. I will hush. I have heard of Susan Kay's version of The Phantom of The Opera.

Love, Tracy

P.S. I went to Sebbid's site. Looks very interesting.

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TexasGramma-- Thank you so much!! You made me blush-- not an easy thing to do to an Italian Scorpio! LOL

That is just so wonderful to read! :wuv:

Tracy-- My book is E/C I guess you could say.... *mysterious* Thanks for the compliments on my site! Sadie and I struck up a friendship online-- she is wonderful-- I loved her words I believe in her first book- "Behind him Christine...." as Erik rode away from everything... anyway hers will be the first POTO novels I read when I can set aside the time to them justice-- trouble is--when you write--you lose the reading time! LOL

If you ever get a chance to read The Phantom Returns--shoot me a PM!

(but buy it through GALS-- they get a percentage!) :pointy:

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i dont know if anyone else saw this - but i immediately started daydreaming of seeing our guy play The POTO or, now we have a name for him, Erik Mulhiem again. We can only hope!! :wuv:

The Phantom of Manhattan

The Phantom of Manhattan

By Frederick Forsyth

First Published: 1999

This is a departure from Frederick Forsyth's normal thriller books. It is a sequal to Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera. Inspired by a meeting with Andrew Lloyd Webber, who longed for a sequel to his world-renowned musical, Forsyth decided after extensively researching the subject to rekindle the legend.

The story opens in 1906, 12 years after the Phantom escapes a bloodthirsty mob at L'Opera in Paris and mysteriously vanishes without a trace. On her death bed, the Mistress of the Chorus, Madame Anionette Giry, confesses that she plucked a horrifically deformed boy from a carnival prison and spirited him away to live in recesses of L'Opera.

Keeping to the shadowy nooks of the opera house, Erik Mulhiem, became known as the Phantom, living a mysterious, solitary existence. However, that abruptly ended when he fell in love with a beautiful diva, Christine Daae. Unable to control his obsession, he flees to America with the help of Madame Giry. There, after years of destitution and misery, he builds a vast empire and devises a plan to ensnare his beloved Christine.

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