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  1. Mad_Monster_Party

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    What I’m reading now: Darkest Hour by Anthony McCarten
    What I’m reading next: Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susan.
     
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    Just picked this up from the library today, where it was dangling on the "New Books" shelves.......




    Have just started it. What is appealing to me that the chapters are merely 2-3 pages each, which makes the book very digestible to me. I remember whizzing through the novel of THE BEACH for the same reason. Doesn't say much for my attention span though.

    Am looking forward to the STAN AND OLLIE movie soon, so this is a timely appetiser for me.
     
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    A very interesting read, listing scores of pretty much forgotten authors, from August Delerth to Tom Tryon, with a dash of George Langellan, who is now only remembered for his short story of "THE FLY". And Erich Segal of LOVE STORY is thrown in there too.

    Potted biographies of their lives add to the interest.

    Well worth a browse.

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    What I’m reading now: The Next Person You meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
    What I’m reading next: Burley Go Home by John Swartzwelder
     
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    Yeah, I definitely had fun reading it!:emoji_alien:
     
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    I just started reading Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. I'm only about 80 pages into it, but so far, it's pretty damned good. I'm glad I watched the movie first, because I have the feeling I would have immediately hated it, whereas now, I can still view it as a good movie, just not the same as the book.
     
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    Am just trying to tackle this one again....

    Not doing well so far. None of the characters consistently sound quite like they should. And the author seems intent of bigging up his own rather silly concepts, such as MIND, into the narrative. Plus CARO, a pointless duplicate Orac.

    It has a nostalgic, quirky charm for me, but it is far from what I would consider "The authenic sequel".
     
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  8. ant-mac

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    I read that once...

    That was enough for me.
     
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    Unfortunately I struggled with Paul Darrow's trilogy too - and just ended up leaping to the last few paragraphs in the third book: A notorious habit of mine.

    I do intend to read the trilogy properly at some point. One day.

    Paul, of course, used the book trilogy to honour how Terry Nation mapped out any miniseries sequel. So I would take the Lucifer Trilogy as how Blake's 7 concludes, should one wish to stray beyond the finale of the 52nd episode.
     
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    I think the TV series is perfect just the way it is.

    It's just a shame there wasn't a season prior to the existing season one, because there were a number of background events I'd have loved to see. Blake vs Travis, Avon's attempt at theft, the rise and fall of the freedom party... so on and so forth.

    But besides that, I have few complaints.
     
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    Well, Avon's attempt at theft was covered in AVON: A TERRIBLE ASPECT, of course (which was another book I quickly gave up on). I felt almost obliged to read it coz it was by frickin' Avon himself - but from all accounts not a lot of it gelled with the continuity of the show, despite the lead actor writing it. The Federation was apparently completely unrecognisable from the one in the show, even as a fledgling tyranny - and Anna Grant was now Avon's stepsister or something. I have never read a good review for it. And I hope Paul learned to never, ever put the word terrible in the title of a book before handing it over to reviewers. It will just end in tears! :emoji_head_bandage:
     
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    This reminds me of how all of us Star Wars fans always wanted to know more about the oft mentioned Clone Wars, and of how Vader was seduced by the Dark Side and his final battle with Obi-Wan, and had so many things built up in our heads.

    Then...Uncle George made the prequels.
     
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  13. ant-mac

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    For me, the story had to be made in chronological order.

    If the same characters are involved, they need to be played by the same actors.

    I don't like the idea of going back later.
     
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    What I’m reading now: The Path to Power by Robert Caro
    What I’m reading next: 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
     
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    After you've finished the first one in the book series, don't forget the other three by Clarke.
     
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    Trust me, I won’t!! :emoji_alien:
     
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    Then why bother with the first one?

    The story will be incomplete.
     
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    I am going to be honest with you. I am beginning to feel like I’m on a mission now.

    I will follow up on this. I already have the second book in my Amazon shopping cart as we speak.

    I will finish this!!!!!! :emoji_man_dancing:
     
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    Spooky synchonicity....

    For the first time ever, I pulled this particular book off the shelf and started to read the beginning of this particular book earlier today, only to then read MMP mentioning meaning to read it.....



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    Well, I certainly hope you enjoy them. Personally, I always get a kick out of intelligent and interesting SF.

    And if you do enjoy them, may I also recommend the RAMA cycle by Clarke, later Clarke and Gentry Lee and later still by Gentry Lee.

    The colossal scale of that book series is simply awesome.
     
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