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The_Book_Ninja

Joined January 2022

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My penultimate AI themed #tuesdaytunes. I asked for Minnie Riperton (Worst likeness of all AI pics I‘ve had generated) reading The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes; Carlos Santana reading Call of Cthulhu. I specifically asked for Genesis era Peter Gabriel reading Jane Eyre. Chick Corea reading James and the Giant Peach. Obviously Kate Bush would read Wuthering Heights and Elvis Costello doesn‘t want to go to Chelsea so reads Fever Pitch instead.

TieDyeDude I kinda want to see trading cards of these 😄 1d
The_Book_Ninja @TieDyeDude I like it🤩 1d
Bookwomble Love these 😊 Old AI does struggle with fingers, though 😄 1d
The_Book_Ninja @Bookwomble and Peter Gabriel it seems🤔 1d
Bookwomble @The_Book_Ninja He's a bit Keith Moon, isn't he? 1d
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Psycho | Robert Bloch
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#tuesdaytunes Just how intelligent is artificial? Actually that question doesn‘t work. Here‘s this week‘s AI meets musicians meets literature. I asked for: Syd Barrett reading Alice in Wonderland; Marvin Gaye reading Spider-Man; David Axlerod reading The Bible; Patrice Rushen reading Men In Black; Bobbi Humphrey reading 2001 and Robert Fripp reading Psycho.

TieDyeDude Marvin looks adorable in his costume 😃 1w
Bookwomble Syd looks very Mad Hatter 🎩 1w
The_Book_Ninja @TieDyeDude he was a very handsome man…AI didn‘t let me down with this one 1w
The_Book_Ninja @Bookwomble Ever noticed how Damon Albarn stole his whole vibe from Syd? 1w
Bookwomble @The_Book_Ninja I hadn't noticed that, but I can see what you mean from the expression and posture in this image. 1w
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Bonus AI mash-up #tuesdaytune shenanigans. For my brother from another mother, @Bookwomble , I asked AI to give me David Bowie reading Maigret. 🥴

Meshell1313 Amazing! 2w
Bookwomble Ha! You crack me up! 😂 I love this 🥰 ❤️🧑🏼‍🎤 2w
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 2w
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Good news pop pickers…It‘s that #tuesdaytunes mash-up series that no one asked for: Literature meets the musical greats via seven fingered AI. This week I asked for…James Brown reading 50 Shades of Grey. Bob James reading 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Looks like AI took that literally). Barry White reading The Joy of Sex. Wendy Carlos reading Catch 22. Flora Purim reading “Stories” and Herbie Hancock reading House of Usher.

TieDyeDude Ha! Barry's having fun. I like the Floria one, too. 2w
Bookwomble Your mash-up choices are impeccable! 😄 2w
The_Book_Ninja @Bookwomble thank you, sir 2w
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Legend | David Gemmell
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#tuesdaytunes I asked AI generator to do me the following. Jimi Hendrix reading Wizard of Oz. Nina Simone reading Dune. Cal Tjader reading Foundation. Roy Ayers reading Marx. Rick Wakeman reading Legend and Donna Summer reading The Hobbit. ☺️ More shenanigans next week!

IuliaC Nice! 3w
TieDyeDude 🤩 Excellent! 3w
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I was reading Tintins before I read “proper” books. The 7 Crystal Balls was the first really enjoyably creepy story I remember reading. Herge is well into his stride, his comic art was peerless. To me, only he and Kirby finessed movement and action. The cast are all really engaging and wonderful characters and I‘ll argue with anyone that Captain Haddock is one of literatures greatest. The cover is iconic and one of my favourites.

Aimeesue Great suffering swordfish, Captain Haddock is absolutely the best! 3w
The_Book_Ninja @Aimeesue 🤣he truly is! 3w
Bookwomble I read Tintin as an adult along with my kids when they were little & love them. When we finished, my son wanted something similar & found the Blake and Mortimer series by Edgar P. Jacobs, a friend and collaborator of Hergé's, who worked with him on the Seven Crystal Balls and other Tintin adventures. B&M are a British military intelligence officer and a genius professor who get involved in espionage, sci fi and supernatural shenanigans. Good yarns 3w
Bookwomble Just reading Jacobs's Wikipedia entry, and Hergé said that he was a big inspiration for Captain Haddock's character - I'm not sure if that's a compliment! 🤔 3w
The_Book_Ninja @Bookwomble I‘ve seen these but never read one. I shall be giving them a go, thank you! 3w
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Things Fall Apart | Chinua Achebe
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Achebe titled his book from a line in Yeats‘ poem, The Second Coming, which imagines what he apparently saw as the Christian “epoch” coming to an end. It‘s an ironic title as, ultimately, Christianity, in the form of missionaries, “slouches” towards Africa, and things start to “fall apart” for the people of Umuofia. From history, we know what‘s coming but we get a poignant story of life‘s fragility on a smaller scale with our protagonist Okonkwo.

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This Immortal | Roger Zelazny
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Quiet descended upon the crowd at the Sheraton-Cleveland as Asimov sliced open the envelop containing the name of the winning novel of the Hugo Award on a warm September day in ‘66. Big Frank sprayed a mouthful of red wine over the back of Ellison‘s neck as he heard his epic, Dune, would be SHARING the prestigious award with Zelazny‘s slim, dry, Earth-based, This Immortal. He stormed out & missed Rodders‘ premier showing of his new Star Trek pilot

Jari-chan This made me laugh 😅 2mo
The_Book_Ninja @Jari-chan 🤭 2mo
Bookwomble That made me laugh, too 😂 I do like Zelazny, though this isn't one of his I've read. 2mo
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The_Book_Ninja @Bookwomble you‘re not missing much 2mo
Bookwomble @The_Book_Ninja He can be a bit hit and miss. I do love the Amber series, and Jack of Shadows is great and could have stood at least a couple of sequels that we never got. 2mo
The_Book_Ninja @Bookwomble the best thing about it is the humour. It‘s very deadpan which I liked. The story is meh. 2mo
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Strange Weather in Tokyo | Hiromi Kawakami
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Got to 70%. I guess, with such a short book, I could have carried on but, you know what, I just didn‘t care. Across 3 pages in this dull romance, a scene was, I think, set on a beach, then suddenly they were in a room. I either missed the transition because I was bored or it went surreal. That made me think it was going to be “all a dream” or the narrator is in a coma or some such rubbish. If it‘s neither, I predict the novel fizzles out.

suvata I‘m sorry it wasn‘t a good book for you, because I absolutely adored it. To each his own. 2mo
The_Book_Ninja @suvata I think I‘m in the minority. It started intriguingly but It didn‘t hold. I‘m happy you enjoyed it though. I‘m not immune to romance, I just didn‘t think it was that special. 2mo
dabbe #hailthebail! 🤩🤩🤩 2mo
The_Book_Ninja @dabbe a nifty hashtag🤭…positively teaming with curiosities 2mo
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North Woods | Daniel Mason
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White supremacy, puritan hypocrisy: It‘s the rational for colonising & wreaking havoc on an indigenous people & nature. But, as we recklessly devastate the planet over generations, there flickers ephemeral lives. Here, humans can have poignancy & pathos. Lives are brutal/beautiful. They‘re also relentlessly privileged. Yes, survival of the fittest exits in nature, but we add vulnerability & imbalance. This book is a love letter to trees & nature.

BkClubCare “There flicker ephemeral lives…” Beautiful 🌲🌲 1mo
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Paul of Dune | Kevin J. Anderson, Brian Herbert
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There‘s A LOT of hate for Herbert Jr‘s entries into the Duneiverse. Perhaps because he collaborates with someone whose penmanship is not even close to Dad‘s cerebral, intricate plotting. The two guys don‘t seem to be able to weave threads as confidently as Frank. However, I think they know this so don‘t try. They go down the pulp sci-fi route & In that respect, it‘s a rattling good read. If anyone deserves to squat in Herbert‘s worlds it‘s his son

RamsFan1963 I enjoyed the first prequel trilogy they did (House Atreides, House Harkonnen & House Corrino), but they lost me after that. I have this book on my TBR, I'll get to it one day. 2mo
The_Book_Ninja @RamsFan1963 Glad you enjoyed them…I just bought all 3 for 10 pounds on eBay😂 2mo
Bookwomble I'm in the Hate camp! 😏 2mo
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Having a spring clean in my man-cave/office/studio/library and found my old technical college books. Made my blood run cold I tell ya! I never did want to do plumbing when I left school but we can‘t always get what we want. F Hall (his name always caused snickers in class) was the supreme wizard and plumbing mafia, don gorgon for college text books. Hated the books but love the hand drawn illustrations in all of them. He made a crapper vibey af

Bookwomble Nostalgia 😊 3mo
The_Book_Ninja @Bookwomble Or, PTSD flashback😬 3mo
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Dune | Frank Herbert
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I only just found out Frank‘s son did a novel that fills the gap between Dune and Dune Messiah. Also, I booked tickets for the 2nd Villeneuve movie. Those are all the excuses I needed to re-read this masterpiece. This book is so imaginative & evocative. I love Lynch/Villeneuve‘s films but honestly, there is a beauty & depth to this novel that just can‘t exist outside of the page. The phrase is mis/over-used now, but this is proper “world-building”

RamsFan1963 I have Paul of Dune by Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson. I haven't gotten around to reading it, some of their Dune prequels weren't very good (although I did like the first prequel trilogy House Atreides, House Harkonnen and House Corrino). 3mo
The_Book_Ninja Yes, I‘ve seen the hate for the Herbert Jr/ Anderson books. Guess I‘ll have to find out for myself… 3mo
Bookwomble @The_Book_Ninja I'd have to weigh in on the "Hate" side. I read The Butlerian Jihad, and it was a greater abomination than Alia of the Knife ? Now, as pulp space opera, I guess it was ok, but as part of Herbert Senior's legacy, it was a ? from me. Difficult not to play in your dad's 10,000 year sandbox, though. 3mo
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The_Book_Ninja @Bookwomble well I‘m 100 pages in so I‘m committed. But I‘m not someone who‘s afraid to bail on a rubbish book 3mo
Bookwomble @The_Book_Ninja Let us know what you think when you've finished/bailed. 3mo
The_Book_Ninja @Bookwomble yes indeed 🫡 3mo
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Some criticisms of David Lynch‘s Dune are that it‘s bloated and gaudy. This book, with its 500 page word count and metallic red edges is close to being the literary equivalent. I don‘t debate with anyone about Lynch‘s Dune. It‘s a weird, beguiling masterpiece that actually stands outside of the novel as a work of art in and of itself and you either like it or you don‘t. This deep dive on the making of this ambitious flop is probably for fans only.

Ruthiella I only saw the film once, I was about 13 and it so impressed me that I later read the book. 3mo
RamsFan1963 I still like Lynch's Dune, but I agree it does stand out as separate from the novel 3mo
The_Book_Ninja @Ruthiella that‘s a success in my eyes😃 3mo
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The_Book_Ninja @RamsFan1963 it‘s in the Dune multiverse ☺️ 3mo
Bookwomble I love Lynch's Dune. It's its own thing, and gloriously overblown. I'm sorry he's rather distanced himself from it. A flawed masterpiece is still a masterpiece. 3mo
The_Book_Ninja @Bookwomble He says why he‘s done that in an interview towards the end, and I totally get why he has. There‘s probably over an hours worth of stuff they cut out and discarded. It‘s lost forever in a fire 3mo
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Monsters: A Fan's Dilemma | Claire Dederer
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Picked this up on a whim thinking it was going to be a salacious, who‘s who of cancelled celebrity wrong-uns and their crimes. It‘s better than that. It‘s about fandom & the sticky problem “separating the art from the artist”. We see how artists/men behaving badly are given a bye due to their “genius”, while female counterparts are labeled “monsters” for different reason. It‘s all done through a post-modern, Marxist-feminist lens. A great critique

bthegood I like when topics are not reduced to a simple two sides (all or none) - this is a good examination of the complexity of the issue. (edited) 4mo
The_Book_Ninja @bthegood Agreed! I really enjoyed this book. 4mo
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Part 2 of this Sci-fi invasion trilogy set in Nigeria, 2067. Thompson‘s novel is so gloriously African-centric that America has annexed itself from the rest of the world so there‘s no chance of them “saving the day” or some other “world-police” nonsense. Like book one, wild ideas pack this novel. There‘s action, violence, body horror, aliens and espionage, but this time, none of the chronological jumps that made book one so confusing.

Jari-chan I love this trilogy! Glad you like the books as well. 4mo
The_Book_Ninja @Jari-chan I do! Hope the last part is as good as the previous ones 4mo
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Entertaining essays that analyse every story in Jon Pertwee‘s tenure as the 3rd Doctor. The pieces straddle socio/political, academic writings and playful critique (which stops the whole project being too dry). This is the first Doctor I remember & I got a Britbox subscription so I could simultaneously watch and read this book. I realise now my reverence of Doc 3 is based more on the great Target novelisations I read as the show was pretty naff.

Bookwomble The Green Death is the story I most remember with the Third Doctor. I'm not sure if my revulsion for maggots predates it or was caused by it! 5mo
The_Book_Ninja @Bookwomble Same here, maggots and spiders. The effects look terrible now though😬 5mo
Bookwomble @The_Book_Ninja Yeah, my kids just laugh at original Dr Who and Star Trek effects! The Fourth Doctor "The Ark in Space" bubble-wrap monster is a personal favourite ? And don't get me started on Blake's 7! (which I also fondly remember). 5mo
The_Book_Ninja @Bookwomble Blake‘s 7, great ideas but trapped in an era of cheap visual effects 5mo
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Cinema Speculation | Quentin Tarantino
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QT‘s not even half as annoying in written form as he is when interviewed. Whatever the literary equivalent of over-enthusiastic babbling is, this isn‘t it. It‘s palatable nerdiness, focused on what makes films interesting to QT. He makes them interesting to me too: Mostly 70s action films - their stars, directors & producers. You have to take what QT says seriously because he‘s a genuinely successful and this sets it above standard movie critique.

Leftcoastzen I was curious about this one. Nice review. 5mo
The_Book_Ninja @Leftcoastzen Thank you🙌🏼 5mo
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After the exciting build-up of Secret of the Unicorn, the sequel is a bit of an anti-climax. For the first time, we get every famous character associated with Tintin as Professor Calculus makes his debut. It‘s a bit reliant on slapstick but the dialogue, specifically Captain Haddock‘s, is funny. There‘s no disputing the artwork, it‘s glorious as always.

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Watchmen | Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons
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1st time round, I wasn‘t ready for the “deconstructed” superhero novel. Since it was released, & now I‘ve just reread it, I think The Boys & Kickass made the concept more enjoyable. It starts compelling & has some interesting parts (I support Moore‘s politics) but it sags in the middle & loses its way until Moore pulls it back with the climax. His characters are interesting & the art is great but the backstory segments between parts are often dull

breadnroses Been wanting to reread this for a minute! This might inspire me to go for it next lol :) 5mo
The_Book_Ninja I see there‘s lots of subsequent cash-ins….don‘t know if I fancy them🤷🏻 5mo
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It‘s 410 BC & Xenophon leads a 10k strong army of Greek mercenaries, retreating from a failed attempt by their Persian paymaster, Cyrus, to seize the throne from his brother after their father dies. As they make their way back to the Black Sea & eventually Greece, they battle hostile natives & hardships caused by the terrain. Granted, it‘s a classic but it was a bit of a slog. It‘s repetitive & monotonous but, like Xenophon, I got there in the end

Bookwomble I hope you had a great festive and New Year holiday 😊 5mo
The_Book_Ninja @Bookwomble Thank you Wombie! I did. Still no kitchen until 13th of Jan but took the wife and kids to Covent Garden for Xmas dinner. I hope you and Mrs Womble had a good one 5mo
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Im a Fan | Sheena Patel
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I read this because my wife felt aspects of this book put into words her own experiences as a WOC. Think pieces interrupt a fictional story(but never the flow) & read like open wounds festering on an author/protagonist‘s already bruised skin.Thus,smart critique weaves into a harrowing tale of obsession. The myth of equality & Neoliberalism is dismantled via Critical Social Justice ideology & paralleled with a WOC‘s exploration of intersectionality

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It‘s probably polite to call this GoldenAge SciFi. In reality, it‘s massively antiquated. Eurocentric men smoke cigarettes & argue aggressively about politics, resources & a pseudo-religion, created to pacify colonies. The 1st female doesn‘t appear until page 183. Planets replace countries & spaceships, aeroplanes to qualify it all as SciFi. Herbert finessed the hell out of these themes 15 years later with Dune. However…I enjoyed it immensely!🚀

TheSpineView I agree but the story is good and well written. 5mo
The_Book_Ninja @TheSpineView It‘s strangely compelling. I look forward to part II 5mo
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The Buried Giant: A novel | Kazuo Ishiguro
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Profound storytelling at its most beautiful. On a casual level, a compelling story of a couple‘s pilgrimage, set in a fantastical, Arthurian time: A tale that‘s assured and confident in its ability to hide as much as it tells. On a deeper level it‘s about how enduring, yet troubled, relationships (not just marriage) can last because of, or despite, the hurt we can cause each other. Does memory/healing affect the “prize” at the end of the journey?

Billypar Great review! This was my favorite read all year - equally thought-provoking and emotional. 6mo
The_Book_Ninja @Billypar Thank you! 6mo
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If satire was poetry, these collected articles show Lee has the comedy writing equivalent of a poet‘s beautiful turn of phrase. Surreal and bizarre humour dismantles the absurdity of British politics while trolling unsuspecting Guardian readers. However, being roughly 10 years old, it‘s quite distressing & no longer funny to see clowns like Cameron, Gove & Johnson, went on to oversee the Brexit & Covid disasters: Killing the people and the country

Bookwomble I had similar feelings after reading this. I've got his next collection to read, perhaps in the New Year. 6mo
The_Book_Ninja @Bookwomble it‘s taken me a year to read😂 Usually read one or two articles between other books 6mo
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The Stars My Destination | Alfred Bester
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Although the MC starts off as a pretty heavy handed representation of the “lumpen” (both physically & within Marxist theory) I don‘t think this tale is truly committed to being allegorical. It‘s satire, with targets that range from pulp sci-fi to religion, the machinations of corporate capitalism & the bizarre pageantry of the upper classes. The bigger message is the destructive nature of revenge. This would have made a good Python/Gilliam movie

Ruthiella I love that cover! It would be great to see it adapted. Some of the dated aspects could be smoothed out. I‘d particularly like to see Jiz portrayed a little more fiercely, for example. 6mo
The_Book_Ninja @Ruthiella Yep, I agree. Some tweaking would be needed. For a 1950s sci-fi novel it‘s so, so close to breaking stereotypes and having 3 strong and interesting female characters, all quite individual and with one being Black. Sadly, she‘s described using outdated terminology and overall the women classically melodramatic (edited) 6mo
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Dracula | Bram Stoker
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Due to building work, I don‘t have a kitchen at the moment. It‘s not stressing me but it‘s unsettling and consuming my time. Therefore my reading had dropped right off. However, I wanted to finish Dracula today because I‘m taking my daughter @she_she to see Browning/Lugosi‘s 1931 movie at the Prince Charles Cinema this afternoon. Not much I can say about this glorious, gothic classic that hasn‘t been said already.

Ruthiella Good luck with the renovation! 👍 7mo
The_Book_Ninja @Ruthiella why thank you☺️ 7mo
Bookwomble I hope you enjoyed your break from building works 😊 I love seeing old films at the cinema, and Lugosi's Dracula must have looked magnificent on the big screen 🧛🏻‍♂️ 7mo
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The_Book_Ninja @Bookwomble thank you. I saw a double bill of Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein a few weeks ago. Definitely an experience after only ever seeing those films on TV. However, the upstairs screen at the Prince Charles isn‘t the biggest. 7mo
Bookwomble @The_Book_Ninja I was going to say I've never heard of the PCC (which seems to be a cultural blind spot for me that I regret, as I used to live near London), but looking at a picture of it, I think I might have seen Greystoke, The Legend of Tarzan there in 1984. 7mo
The_Book_Ninja @Bookwomble As a regular, I have membership there and I take my wife and occasionally one or all of my kids as they show a lot of classic and cult movies that just don‘t get screened anywhere else. 7mo
Bookwomble @The_Book_Ninja I wish there was an art house cinema near us - we just have the main distributors, and generally films which have little appeal for me 😕 7mo
The_Book_Ninja A lot of classics are getting rereleased. Picture House is a good chain 7mo
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The Talented Mr. Ripley | Patricia Highsmith
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Ripley,full of self loathing, ashamed of his social standing & frustrated with his inability to fit in where he wants to the most, finds some happiness entertaining others at social gatherings with his impersonations & mimicry of others. The chance to actually steal the identity of another is this sociopath‘s natural progression. The tension built as the net tightens and his subterfuge could be revealed is what powers this tight, smart novel along

Bookwomble I enjoyed this first installment, but found my interest waning the further through the series I got. Highsmith's lack of understanding of the genius of Lou Reed's Transformer album in one of the later novels finally did for me 😏 9mo
bthegood I saw the movie years ago - enjoyed it - did not know it was adapted from a novel (should have known, most are right?) - added this to my TBR - thanks for the review 🙂 9mo
The_Book_Ninja @Bookwomble ahhh…I think when I get to that book I‘ll be ignorant of his genius too. Hope I don‘t disappoint, but the only Lou Reed song I know is the one A Tribe Called Quest sampled. But I‘m always ready to be educated. I‘ll give the next one a go as I liked the previous Highsmiths that I‘ve read 9mo
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The_Book_Ninja @bthegood You‘re welcome! I need to watch that movie now the book is fresh in my mind. I will say, if you buy the version I reviewed, don‘t read the introduction as it‘s got unnecessary spoilers in it 9mo
Bookwomble @The_Book_Ninja Given how transgressive Ripley is, Transformer might have been on his wavelength, but I guess it speaks of a different kind of transgression. Have you not heard Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side"? It's pretty famous ? Takes its title from a Nelson Algren novel ? 9mo
The_Book_Ninja @Bookwomble yes, that‘s the only song I know, sampled by ATCQ for “Can I Kick It?” Apparently he took 100% of the royalties. Back in the days sample clearance/permission wasn‘t treated with due diligence. 9mo
Bookwomble @The_Book_Ninja Of course! I know Can I Kick It - it's pretty famous! 😄 9mo
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Chew Omnivore Edition | John Layman
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Tony Chew gets psychic visions when he tastes/eats something. As an FDA agent, investigating murders, you can work out the kind of things he eats to solve crime. You could say Vol 2 of this bat-shit crazy series jumped the shark if it wasn‘t for the fact that Vol 1 already rode the back of 2 sharks on a lead like Poseidon and his dolphins. This is superb and I‘ve got 4 more volumes to look forward to. TW: Massively, disproportionately drawn women.

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I guess, when some random bloke on a book app says that an author with nearly 50 years of worldwide success writes bloated, boring books, it‘s a bit like an out of shape footballer on Hackney Marshes saying he doesn‘t rate Lionel Messi. But the facts are,although I didn‘t bail (Like It) I skimmed. I wish I could “get” King but I think his best ideas are always reinterpreted better by movie makers. Tobe Hooper made ‘Salem‘s Lot iconic. This is dull

bthegood Love this review - 😅 9mo
Bookwomble Hmm, I keep being directed towards King, but I'm just not that interested. You've confirmed this for me! 😉👍 9mo
The_Book_Ninja @bthegood Much appreciated😉 9mo
The_Book_Ninja @Bookwomble Did a buddy read with Mrs Ninja. She‘s absolutely loving it. King fans are passionate 9mo
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Ring Shout | P Djeli Clark
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We‘re in Lovecraft Country; Spell-books written in blood; Mountain top rituals & tentacled beasts. Also, undertones of Barker‘s Hellraiser films. Well crafted characters battle KKK monsters. All good fun and action packed. My gripe: We are led through a linear story like a survival-horror video game. It‘s also too reliant on dues ex machina, even for a fantasy novel. Definitely a solid YA novel with powerful imagery and a rich, evocative setting

TheIntrovertedDodoBird Stacked!! Consider my interest piqued!! 9mo
The_Book_Ninja Look forward to your review if you get round to reading it🙏🏼 9mo
AbstractMonica Nice review! 9mo
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I‘ve had this now sadly faded curiosity since I was a kid. Luckily the sun is out so I read it in the garden. It‘s a shame it will probably never be re-released in all its glory. Neither will Kirby‘s ten issue run that expanded Clarke‘s story. It‘s a strange addition to 2001‘s visual media; the original, languidly paced film, in the hands of the greatest comic book artist ever, becomes, characteristically, action packed and full of Kirby-Tech.

Bookwomble Oh, fantastic! You beat me - I don't have this but would love it 😍 This run introduced Machine Man into the MU, so it's possibly been reprinted as a MM trade paperback. 9mo
The_Book_Ninja From what I can see, potential copyright issues with MGM mean this and the 10 issue run will not see it reissued. I think Machine Man is solely owned my Marvel so the spin-offs are available 9mo
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2001: A Space Odyssey | Arthur C. Clarke
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I‘ve seen the film twice before and read the book twice too. But this third reading was the first time that I‘ve read it days after seeing the film which, incidentally, was the first time I had seen it at the cinema. They compliment each other so well. Both are simply beautiful works of art. I‘ve now become slightly obsessed.

stretchkev It's never occurred to me to watch 2001 and read the book at the same time. Always kept as to separate works. Neat that they compliment each other rather than clash. 10mo
The_Book_Ninja @stretchkev You are left to contemplate the meaning of much of the movie. I feel the book answers some questions but not to the detriment of either. 10mo
Bookwomble I'm slightly obsessed by this film, and love the book, too - I have that same edition! The film soundtrack got me into the music of composer Gyorgi Ligeti. 2001 is something of a cultural leviathan. 9mo
The_Book_Ninja @Bookwomble Yes, that absolutely bonkers stuff he does with the voices is both unsettling and beautiful. If you have, or have read what I‘m reading next then we truly were separated at birth 👯‍♂️ 9mo
Bookwomble @The_Book_Ninja Ha! Well I await the reveal of your next read with anticipation! 😄 9mo
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Shadows Over Baker Street | Michael Reaves, John Pelan
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Well, I didn‘t bail so credit to this collection for keeping me entertained. One too many stories are so-so but as Sherlock Holmes pastiches go, the majority of stories were good yarns. There just wasn‘t enough of that rich, cosmic horror and weirdness that I found in my recent, personal discovery of Lovecraft. A couple of stories came close, but the best of the batch were the ones that capture Doyle‘s penmanship rather than Lovecraft‘s surrealism

The_Book_Ninja @Bookwomble Thank you for the buddy read. I raise a glass of brandy to you my good fellow 10mo
Bookwomble @The_Book_Ninja That pretty much sums up my feeling, too. I did like the story you really hated, but it was Holmesian horror rather than Lovecraftian Sherlockiana. I did also like the Exham Priory story for riffing off HPL's The Rats in the Walls (sans sickening racism) while referencing ACD's J. Habakuk Jephson's Statement. I'm glad to have finally shifted it off Mount TBR ⛰️📚⛰️ (back onto the shelf it's occupied for 20 years 😄) 10mo
Bookwomble @The_Book_Ninja Oh, and, Cheers! 🥃🥃 10mo
The_Book_Ninja @Bookwomble Ahh, I‘ll have to read Rats in the Walls now. And there‘s nothing like TBR books gathering dust on a shelf to make you realise how quickly time goes. 10mo
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The Sign of Four | Arthur Conan Doyle, Martin Freeman
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My great-grandmother came from Ireland in the 1800s and settled in Marylebone. Across the road was a work house; close to where Madam Tussaud‘s is. She had a hard life growing up. She eventually moved to the Cally in Islington. I used to visit when she lived in the flats next to Pentonville prison. She often told me how kindly Mr Holmes would give her and her street-urchin friends a shilling to run some errand or follow some rascal, up to no good.

Bookwomble She sounds like a card, your great grandmother! 😊 11mo
The_Book_Ninja @Bookwomble 😂that was all true except the stories about Holmes. Good news though…That book turned up today 🐙🎻 11mo
Bookwomble Your vignette biography of your great grandmother got me looking at The Cally, which sounds like a street full of history. I know need to visit Housman's bookshop! 11mo
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Bookwomble I've a couple of books to finish before I can get to Shadows, but shouldn't be too long 😊 11mo
The_Book_Ninja @Bookwomble Yes lots of history there and multiculturally rich. My great nan (a widow) lived with my nan(divorced) on the Caledonian estate when I was a kid. It‘s blocks are named after Scottish writers. I imagine it was brand new when my great nan moved from Marylebone. (edited) 11mo
The_Book_Ninja @Bookwomble no problem at all👍🏼 It‘s a big ol‘ book so I‘m sure you‘ll catch me up easily (edited) 11mo
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The Horror at Red Hook | H. P. Lovecraft
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I found this after reading LaValle‘s reworking https://litsy.com/p/QXZMQm54VGg4 To use Lovecraftian parlance, I nearly fainted at the indescribable terror that awaited me as I climbed over the cyclopean walls and into the land of Ra‘Cism.This isn‘t in the Cthulhu Mythos,but as it starts where LaValle‘s cosmic tale ended,it‘s a good retrofit. LaValle doesn‘t attack the racism of this story,he presents what it‘s like to be at the end of such bigotry

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The Ballad of Black Tom | Victor LaValle
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LaValle is a black author and his novella is a modern take on Lovecraftian, cosmic horror. It‘s a decent reimagining which he dedicates to Lovecraft, “with all my conflicted feelings”. The sentiment is profound: for any sensible reader, Lovecraft‘s work is wildly imaginative but his jarring tone exposes some bonkers & racist attitudes. LaValle does a good job of subverting HP‘s racism and putting a black (anti)hero into the Cthulhu mythos

Readergrrl I really enjoyed this novella. LaValle is one of my favorite authors. The Changeling may be my favorite psychological/horror/mythopoeic novels ever! 11mo
The_Book_Ninja @Readergrrl oh ok…I‘ll check that one out. This was a bit short to really get a grip on how good LaValle is. 11mo
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The Horror in the Museum, and Other Tales | Howard Phillips Lovecraft
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“The Horror in the Museum” & the “The Mound” fit into the Cthulhu Mythos & bookend a collection of terror tales. I enjoyed these less than the last HPL collection that I read as I think I prefer his “cosmic” horror. However, the tales are “revisions” of stories from HP‘s “clients” (early fan fiction?) The best, “Winged Death”:stunningly racist yet intriguing detective/Cthulhu mash-up. I‘d read a Sherlock Holmes meets Cthulhu if such a genre exists

Bookwomble Ask and ye shall receive! 🔎🐙 (edited) 11mo
The_Book_Ninja @Bookwomble My good man. You are, indeed, the sardine‘s whiskers! 🎻🐙 11mo
Bookwomble @The_Book_Ninja I've got this Baker Street one on my enormous TBR pile, if you fancy reading it at some indeterminate time in the future. 11mo
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The_Book_Ninja @Bookwomble Great! Can read it soon if you want…just bought a copy. Pulled out the skinniest Holmes (Sign of Four…but you knew that😂) Will read that to set the scene until Shadows arrives😉👍🏼 11mo
Bookwomble @The_Book_Ninja Ok, I'll zip through Museum and we can start on Baker Street together. One of my favourite Holmes quotes is from "The Sussex Vampire" when Holmes is dismissing the supernatural as an element in the mystery: "No ghosts need apply." I'll be disappointed if none of these stories makes some reference to that! ?? 11mo
The_Book_Ninja Don‘t zip on my account, Wombie…I‘m a slow reader so I‘m sure I‘ll be a few days at 221b. 💉 11mo
The_Book_Ninja @Bookwomble Shadows Over Baker Street arrived today but I have to send it back because pages were falling out. I‘ve ordered a replacement🙄 11mo
Bookwomble @The_Book_Ninja Ugh! Hate when that happens 😠 I see you're getting your Lovecraftian fix from other quarters, though 😊 11mo
The_Book_Ninja Quick reads while I wait for the postman😉 11mo
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Last Argument of Kings | Joe Abercrombie
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I don‘t have a cat but here‘s Randall, my daughter @she_she ‘s lizard. Finally completed the trilogy. It has its highs and lows. I think it suffered from that 2000‘s scourge of unnecessary trilogies. Padded stories designed to sell 3 books when one would easily do. A LOTR cash-in. This isn‘t nearly as epic as the author thinks it is. The last quarter of this book picks up the pace and shows what could have been done if the tale was tightened up.

she_she Randall says: “I agree” 11mo
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Bookwomble #LizardsOfLitsy ! 🦎📚🦎 11mo
The_Book_Ninja @Bookwomble I need to up my tag game 11mo
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Snagged 7 HP Lovesauce books for (dd on ebay. @Bookwomble Thoughts?

Bookwomble Those Panther editions are fantastic, aren't they! 😍 I have The Horror in the Burying Ground in that edition, the others in others. Fantastic haul, and some great reading to be done 😊 If you fancy doing a buddy read on any of them, I'm in! 11mo
The_Book_Ninja Good morning. Sounds good. Pick one and let‘s do it. Heads up though, I‘m a very slow reader🤦🏻 11mo
bthegood @The_Book_Ninja @Bookwomble Mind if I join in? I enjoy horror and yet (unbelievably) have not read any Lovecraft -I was looking at Horror in the Museum - is that a good place to start? (edited) 11mo
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The_Book_Ninja @bthegood you are more than welcome to join in! I only just read my first Lovecraft too. Do you have Horror in the Museum too? 11mo
bthegood @The_Book_Ninja thank you and I do have that (I'm able to download it from the library) - 🙂 11mo
The_Book_Ninja @bthegood superb…let‘s wait for @Bookwomble as I‘m sure he has that one too👍🏼 11mo
Bookwomble @bthegood @The_Book_Ninja The confidence with which I said I had your bookhaul in other editions was hubristically misplaced 😔 I do, however, have all but two of the stories in Horror at the Museum in other editions, so I think I can manage 😊. 🤔💭 Those Panthers are hard to come by now - that was a good purchase! I think I might get a more recent cheaper edition so I have those other couple of stories. Anyway, what say we read one story at ⬇️ 11mo
Bookwomble @The_Book_Ninja a time, starting with the title story? @bthegood Ellie, what edition do you have? There are several collections of this title with different contents, so it will be useful to synchronise the running order 😊 This link is to the Panther edition which Jay Tee has, with its contents: https://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pl.cgi?180941 11mo
The_Book_Ninja @Bookwomble sounds good to me!👍🏼 11mo
Bookwomble @bthegood When should we begin? 11mo
The_Book_Ninja I‘m ready to go👍🏼 11mo
bthegood @The_Book_Ninja @Bookwomble I don't have the same edition - library edition has intro by Stephen Jones and is by Ballantine Books - I do have title story- I say start now - I'm ready and thanks for letting me join 🙂 (edited) 11mo
The_Book_Ninja @bthegood ok great👍🏼 11mo
Bookwomble @bthegood Ah, you've got one with lots of other stories, too 😊 We should be able to cover a fair few of them, I think. And, ok, let's saddle up! 😁 11mo
The_Book_Ninja @bthegood is this an early example of what the kids call meta? Stephen Jones is the MC in The Horror in the Museum🤔 11mo
bthegood @The_Book_Ninja @Bookwomble - oh, this is going to be fun!! 11mo
Bookwomble @The_Book_Ninja I noticed that, too! Jones is a Lovecraft scholar - I've other books edited by him, though I'm now wondering if that's his real name 😄 11mo
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I‘ve not seen the film for years but I recently saw Kurosawa‘s Yojimbo upon which the movie, A Fistfull of Dollars, is based. A mischievous cowboy rides into a Mexican town that‘s in the grip of 2 rival families. He sets to work pitting them against each other and his machinations spark a brutal adventure that‘s a quick and easy read but is no Blood Meridian. Besides the filmed “Dollars Trilogy”, theres 5 other novels, if you like Westerns.

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Chamblin Uptown | Jacksonville, FL (Bookstore)
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I mean, if you‘re a serious bookworm, you could spend hours in this dusty joint looking for a gem or two but it was just a bit too overwhelming for a casual browser like what I am. Imma just stick to eBay.

booklover3258 I love Chamblin! I know where my favorite sections are and always get store credit to buy more graphic novels! (edited) 11mo
The_Book_Ninja @booklover3258 It was very quiet in there, I‘ll say that. In fact, the whole area was a ghost town 11mo
Bookwomble I'd need to take a packed lunch and a flask of tea! 🍱🫖 11mo
The_Book_Ninja @Bookwomble it had a cafe at the front where you can chill. There was a whole shelf dedicated to Beat, Kerouac, amongst others-stuff I‘d never heard of. I was thinking about your post from a few months back when I saw that. 11mo
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I‘m left intrigued by what defines “gothic”. All the images in my mind about gothicism are more appreciable when I watch a Corman movie. This is only my 2nd Poe, though. Either way, it‘s beautifully evocative & a pleasure to read such assured wordsmithary rather than something more contemporary & anodyne. I thought this tale might be analogous to the aristocracy‘s fear of a dying bloodline but a Google search reveals a fascinating real-life event

Bookwomble Arthur Rackham cover art, from the looks of it 😍 Have you read The Castle of Otranto, which started the Gothic genre? If not I'd recommend it. It's bonkers but atmospheric 🏰 12mo
The_Book_Ninja @Bookwomble I haven‘t read that but I shall certainly give it a go! 12mo
Bookwomble @The_Book_Ninja I mean, add it to the pile, at least 📚📚📚😄 If it's not rude to ask, what's your tattoo of? I can just see it at the edge of the pic and it looks colourful 😊 12mo
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The_Book_Ninja @Bookwomble @Bookwomble Yes, I‘ll add it to the pile- TBRs and Stacks are words I added to my vocabulary when I got myself a Litsy account. I have a Koi on one arm and a dragon on the other. It‘s based on the Japanese myth/legend of the Golden Dragon. Here‘s a clearer picture The_Book_Ninja's post on Litsy https://litsy.com/p/Q05wQkN4YUV0 12mo
Bookwomble @The_Book_Ninja Ah, yes, I remember your post now I've seen it again. That's a lovely design 😊 12mo
The_Book_Ninja @Bookwomble why thank you☺️ 12mo
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Even without the insipid racism & European exceptionalism of the earlier books, you could argue the Tintins are very white and middle class. However, by now, Hergé is on a roll giving young readers of all classes, everything they could want in old school, thrilling adventure. This was the escapism I relished growing up, taking the stories from the library, again & again. These were my gateway drug into a lifetime addiction of comics.

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Selected Stories | Howard Phillips Lovecraft
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Shame old HP was a rabid racist. I didn‘t realise how awesome his stories are. I‘ve been seeing a lot of re-imagining of his works tantalisingly labeled cosmic-horror & I thought I‘d read some Cthulhu universe tales. He‘s wordy, men & horses faint a lot (Women would too I imagine, if he wrote about them more) & some horrors are not described lest it send the reader mad, but his work was outré & a real joy to read. I see now how influential he is.

SamAnne I‘ve been wanting to dive in. Love your review. 12mo
The_Book_Ninja @SamAnne thank you!☺️ 12mo
bthegood Thanks for the review - I have not read his work, stacked this - 👍 12mo
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The_Book_Ninja @bthegood 😉👍🏼 12mo
Bookwomble I love HLP's stories, despite the obvious flaws. His stories about Randolph Carter's journeys in The Dream-Lands are amongst my favourites of his - less horrific (but still horrific) and more dreamlike ('natch) and delirious. The Cats of Ulthar is particularly good (don't rub them up the wrong way! 😾) HPL's friend, Clark Ashton Smith, is slightly less racist and even more sesquipedalian: the purplest of prose! 💗 12mo
The_Book_Ninja @Bookwomble I just snagged a job lot of 2nd hand HP Lovesauce on eBay. Not much info than “HP Lovecraft and others” on the cover so maybe there‘s some Ashton Smith in there too🤞🏼 12mo
Bookwomble @The_Book_Ninja Usually with HPL the "and others" refers to story drafts sent to him by fans, which he completed and magnanimously allowed them to take full credit for when submitted to the pulp magazines. I think his posthumous editor, August Derleth did a lot of work to establish HPL as the principle author of those stories. Derleth is worth checking out for his own horror fiction, often in the Cthulhu Mythos, if not quite on par with the master 12mo
Bookwomble That job lot sounds cool BTW. I'll check now to see if you've posted a Book Haul photo of the covers (if not, why not? 🧐). 12mo
Bookwomble @The_Book_Ninja Why not? 🧐 12mo
The_Book_Ninja @Bookwomble Wombie, you are a wealth of knowledge!🙌🏼 12mo
The_Book_Ninja @Bookwomble they won‘t arrive until later in the week plus I‘m away visiting my son in Jacksonville USA but I shall certainly upload the haul when I get back. You can tell me what you think☺️ Fingers crossed they‘re not duff. 12mo
Bookwomble @The_Book_Ninja OK, I accept your explanation as passably acceptable! ? Your "wealth of knowledge" is Mrs B's "load of bullshit"! Po-tay-to / po-tah-to ??‍♂️? I hope you have an enjoyable visit with your son ? 12mo
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Hip Hop America | Nelson George
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When I first read this book, Hip-Hop, the music and culture, was in its late teens. It‘s the late 90s & George documented the socio-political environment that created the perfect storm for the creation of a new, black cultural movement. Inner-city poverty, gangs, drugs and a need to escape and party gave us Rapping, DJing, breakdancing & graffiti. This is as powerful & “real” a study as you could get at the time & is still an important commentary.

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I have what they call a “flashbulb memory” with this book. Finsbury Library was my haunt as a kid and I know I must have got this book from there. This was the 1st Tintin I had read and I remember sitting on the floor while my mum listened to the radio. The song playing was January by Pilot. Google says that‘s 1975. I was probably watching Dr Who by then but this must be my first exposure to literary SciFi. It the most surreal Tintin and a fave

Bookwomble I often use the pop charts to figure out the year I'm remembering something from, too 😄 13mo
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Shibumi: A Novel | Trevanian
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“my advice will effect your future as much as a cherry blossom falling into the river alters its course”. Appropriate the cherry blossom was in bloom as I read this. A mostly great book, but..Trevanian tries to outFlemming the master but wanders into pompous parody and I‘m unsure if it‘s intentional. He occasionally sabotages his own story by crafting thrilling tension and then, puzzlingly, puts the breaks on.Hel is a great but unlikable character

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Good Samaritans | Will Carver
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One of those books with twists that you don‘t see coming…at first. That‘s because they are ridiculous and unbelievable. Then when you realise the twists will be a reach, you start to work out which way the story will go. However, it WAS a blast to read. My real gripe is the sex: As a lover of Barry White proportions myself, I don‘t really need naff sex in books. I will read the next in the series: An easy gap filler when contemplating other books

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Now, Hergé is writing his Tintins in occupied Belgium so the politics moves away from the anti-German sentiments that were allegorised via evil characters in the previous 2 books. This is a thematic remake of “Cigars”: drug smuggling, desert setting. From here the books start to become classics. “Crab” introduces the character I loved more than Tintin as a kid: Captain Haddock. He‘s not fully developed but he‘s a more lovable drunk than my stepdad

bthegood Book drunks tend to be more lovable than real life drunks - thanks for the review - make a great day for yourself 😊 13mo
The_Book_Ninja Thank you! You too☺️ 13mo
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