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What are you reading?
M1795537 OC Virn
One Spare Part wrote:

Diana Wynne Jones should be re discovered.


I agree. I personally rediscovered a copy of her 'Deep Secret' during recent Spring Cleaning. I think that's the one with a description of a fan convention that sounds remarkably like....well, their 'Ops' reminded me of the one I encountered at B7 cons, anyway! And some of the people were very familiar.... Need to re-read it now!
You're not sulking, I hope?
 
Vanessa Doffenshmirtz
The Handmaid's Tale followed by The Testaments.
I used to be such a sweet sweet thing
Till they got a hold of me.
 
rojroj
Vanessa Doffenshmirtz wrote:

The Handmaid's Tale followed by The Testaments.


I've enjoyed The Handmaid's Tale, both the book and the movie. I haven't seen the series yet.
 
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rojroj
Just started reading Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. The movie was a bit difficult to follow, so I hope the book will be easier.

Deligthed to come across the mention of George Blake in the Introduction, on whom Our Roj was partly based.
 
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rojkerr1
the Alec guinness tv series is very good, and his smileys people
 
rojroj
rojkerr1 wrote:

the Alec guinness tv series is very good, and his smileys people


Yes, I've noticed that John le Carre mentions the series in his introduction. I should try it too. The casting for the movie was excellent, but the storyline was a bit confusing...
 
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One Spare Part
rojroj wrote:

rojkerr1 wrote:

the Alec guinness tv series is very good, and his smileys people


Yes, I've noticed that John le Carre mentions the series in his introduction. I should try it too. The casting for the movie was excellent, but the storyline was a bit confusing...

You do have to concentrate, watching a Le Carre adaptation, but the film failed because there was not enough time to go into the necessary detail. You may still feel confused watching the tv series but it is more satisfying.
As for Smiley's People....I watch it every so often to see if I can manage to follow the story. It never works...
The books are similar in that there is a lot of thinking to do...which is a good thing...but he has a very readable style.
"We're in the centre of a mystical convergence here."
 
rojroj
One Spare Part wrote:


You do have to concentrate, watching a Le Carre adaptation, but the film failed because there was not enough time to go into the necessary detail. You may still feel confused watching the tv series but it is more satisfying.
As for Smiley's People....I watch it every so often to see if I can manage to follow the story. It never works...
The books are similar in that there is a lot of thinking to do...which is a good thing...but he has a very readable style.


Thanks! I think I'll stick to the book :)
 
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Travisina
rojroj wrote:

Vanessa Doffenshmirtz wrote:

The Handmaid's Tale followed by The Testaments.


I've enjoyed The Handmaid's Tale, both the book and the movie. I haven't seen the series yet.

The series (3 of them!) is fantastic. The first is quite faithful to the book, the subsequent ones take the characters in new directions, while remaining true to the overall feel of the original.
But be warned - it's brutal viewing. You need to be in a strong and happy place, because it can be very disturbing and upsetting.
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A statement of fact cannot be insolent
 
Travisina
M1795537 OC Virn wrote:

One Spare Part wrote:

Diana Wynne Jones should be re discovered.


I agree. I personally rediscovered a copy of her 'Deep Secret' during recent Spring Cleaning. I think that's the one with a description of a fan convention that sounds remarkably like....well, their 'Ops' reminded me of the one I encountered at B7 cons, anyway! And some of the people were very familiar.... Need to re-read it now!

Ooh, I've not read that! I'll have to track it down.
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A statement of fact cannot be insolent
 
rojroj
Travisina wrote:

rojroj wrote:

Vanessa Doffenshmirtz wrote:

The Handmaid's Tale followed by The Testaments.


I've enjoyed The Handmaid's Tale, both the book and the movie. I haven't seen the series yet.

The series (3 of them!) is fantastic. The first is quite faithful to the book, the subsequent ones take the characters in new directions, while remaining true to the overall feel of the original.
But be warned - it's brutal viewing. You need to be in a strong and happy place, because it can be very disturbing and upsetting.


The book is disturbing enough for me :)
 
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rojkerr1
Typhon intervention
 
rojkerr1
James bond licence renewed, -got the cover painting
 
rojkerr1
Ghost in the water, dvd too
 
rojkerr1
Lulu biography, she went out with david Bowie!
 
One Spare Part
rojkerr1 wrote:

Lulu biography, she went out with david Bowie!

Love her version of The Man who sold the world with his nibs on bvs.
"We're in the centre of a mystical convergence here."
 
One Spare Part
David Copperfield. It is a larger story than I remember but very readable. There is a lot of biographical material in this and it shows. There is real feeling in his description of Copperfield's childhood woes.
"We're in the centre of a mystical convergence here."
 
rojkerr1
she reckons she got Man with the golden gun bcos she was high profile going out with him
 
rojroj
The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell. I've read the first 40 pages or so. He has a great writing style and it's enjoyable to read his presentations of myths even though it's non-fiction.
 
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Hugbot
Got another batch of reprints of the Airpirate pulp series originally published c. 1908–1910. Usually, reading Wilhelminian space opera provides a welcome distraction from your everyday worries. But guess what happens in issue no. 82? Mankind faces nothing less than a pandemic, ominously dubbed, ‘The Grey Death.’ While a Swedish physician finds a cure, it turns out that the main ingredient is very rare on Earth. The required amounts can only be found on Venus. Hence, Captain Mors has to set out for Venus again, well knowing that the very nature of the planet is as hostile as its inhabitants.

Apart from the topical story, it was quite interesting to read the description of the highlands near the North Pole of Venus: while the authors of the series dreamed up oceans, a breathable atmosphere and giant salamanders, the northern continent looks suspiciously like the real Maxwell Mountains in the Ishtar Terra region of Venus – strangely accurate for a novel written more than 100 years ago!

As far as I know, ep. 140 (which I will receive in January) has a similar plot. In that instalment, Mors even has to fly to Neptune to get a cure for yet another plague! Well, let’s hope that we will never need a cure from outer space...
 
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