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#481 Slim

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 08:25 PM

I don't read books often, but downloaded Adam Hall's Tango Briefing to my Kindle just before coming on holiday here in Cornwall, and I finished it today.

 

Tango Briefing is one of 19 novels written by the British author Elleston Trevor under the nom-de-plume Adam Hall, about an enigmatic British secret service 'executive' (agent) named Quiller. He also wrote The Flight Of The Phoenix, which became a famous James Stewart film 50-odd years ago.

 

I particular wanted to read this one because a Quiller TV series was made by the BBC in 1975, and the only episode I can remember was based on this book. Older readers may also remember a 1966 film, The Quiller Memorandum, with George Segal.

 

This one was written in 1973 and doesn't have the usual cold war theme. Instead he has to find a freighter plane with a mysterious cargo that's come down in the Sahara, before various Arab government and security services can find it.

 

I found it a frustrating, but ultimately rewarding read. It's a cracking story, told in the first person but bloody hell, he takes his time telling it - in a long-winded, rambling stream-of-consciousness style, sometimes taking in plot aspects that contribute nothing ultimately to the story. He also has this little trick of taking you by surprise by casually referring to something you haven't quite found out about yet, for dramatic effect - "it occurred to me, in one of those stray thoughts that pass through our minds at unlikely moments, that it wasn't a very easy death I was giving him" - Er, what? Oh, right! Even though he's got you under armed guard, you're about to kill him!

 

And it gets a bit wearing after a while.

 

I honestly think you could remove about 40% of the book and it would be all the better for it. Needs an edit but it won't get one, and it's worth a few hours of your time anyway if you're into this sort of thing.



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Posted 16 July 2018 - 04:03 PM

I just read Phil Collins’ memoir - it’s excellent.

Also read Steve Kilbey’s memoir (singer, bass player, songwriter for the Church). Also excellent.

Both have a similar story-arcs. In Collins’ case, he was WAY more successful than Kilbey, but still fell victim to the cliched group of excesses: drugs and chicks, man.

Early in Kilbey’s memoir, he sites Flaming Youth as an influential group.

The big takeaway for Collins book, for me anyway, is that you can’t escape hurting other people without dealing with that resultant guilt. If you hurt people you love, no matter what your excuse is, it will come back to get you and manifest in the worst way.

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Posted 17 July 2018 - 02:25 AM

Been catching up on Dune, on the Kindle. Haven't read the original 5 Frank Herbert books in almost 30 years.


I hear you, Old Worm.


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Posted 17 July 2018 - 04:05 AM

Been catching up on Dune, on the Kindle. Haven't read the original 5 Frank Herbert books in almost 30 years.


I hear you, Old Worm.

BBC America broadcast the 1984 Dune movie yesterday. There is ongoing talk of a reboot.

"Can't help about the shape I'm in, I can't sing, I ain't pretty, and my legs are thin.

But don't ask me what I think of you, I might not give the answer that you want me to."

 

"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."

 

 

 


#485 Wandering Hermit

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Posted 17 July 2018 - 01:45 PM

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#486 chemistry1973

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Posted 17 July 2018 - 08:25 PM

BBC America broadcast the 1984 Dune movie yesterday. There is ongoing talk of a reboot.


Apparently it’ll be a multipart series, and will be more closely aligned with the books.

I love David Lynch but his film is a beautiful shitshow.

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Posted 17 July 2018 - 09:52 PM

Some news today oddly enough:

https://filmschoolre...lleneuves-dune/

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Posted 18 July 2018 - 05:17 PM

Im dont read books often either....but i couldnt resist ordering Stephen Kings newest .  The outsiders.  61TB0uwudsL._AC_US218_.jpg


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Posted 18 July 2018 - 10:39 PM

Just A Shot Away, by Saul Austerlitz. A well done documentary of the disaster that was Altamont. Lots of emphasis on stabbing victim Meredith Hunter, with inferences that he really wasn't getting his ass kicked - until he pulled a piece on the Angels. A powerful, savage book.

"Can't help about the shape I'm in, I can't sing, I ain't pretty, and my legs are thin.

But don't ask me what I think of you, I might not give the answer that you want me to."

 

"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."

 

 

 


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Posted 19 July 2018 - 02:31 AM

BBC America broadcast the 1984 Dune movie yesterday. There is ongoing talk of a reboot.


Indeed. They've even cast the Paul role. :)


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Posted 27 August 2018 - 05:12 PM

Tim Shipman's All Out War - about the Brexit campaign - really gripping.



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Posted 29 August 2018 - 12:20 PM

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Posted 30 August 2018 - 12:16 AM

I just wrapped up the original Dune series.

Next up is probably Dhalgren, by Samuel Delaney. Another one I haven't read in a long long time.


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Posted 30 August 2018 - 10:04 AM

Let's see if anyone can guess, based on a catch phrase of sorts:

Oh, my God!

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Posted 30 August 2018 - 04:16 PM


Indeed. They've even cast the Paul role. :)

 

If Sting ain't in it, I'm not watching! lol.


Hey there goes Alex. He's loaded with money. Wow he's really set himself up great.


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Posted 16 September 2018 - 04:16 AM

Atlas of a Lost World: Travels in Ice Age America, by Craig Childs.

Interesting book on the how North America became populated by humans, with emphasis on people coming from Siberia via a land bridge across the Bering Strait some 25,000 years ago at a sea level some 400 feet lower than now.

"Can't help about the shape I'm in, I can't sing, I ain't pretty, and my legs are thin.

But don't ask me what I think of you, I might not give the answer that you want me to."

 

"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."

 

 

 





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