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    Just finished rereading The Invisible Man and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. And The Bottle Imp. Now onto The Penguin Book of Witches. I'm already on a countdown to Halloween reading program, in case you haven't guessed.
  • peterpeter Toronto
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    Heat 2… A masterpiece.
  • mattjoesmattjoes Kicking: Impossible
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    I recently read Joseph Conrad's short story, The Informer. I was motivated to read it after having watched the 1996 film adaptation of The Secret Agent. I'd already read the source book of that.
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    After many years I am re-reading Thomas Gifford's The Wind Chill Factor. This a brilliant thriller I've always thought should have been a film, but there is so much going on it this novel, it would be better as a multi-part series. I look at the waste of something like The Citadel and wish TWCF could make it to the screen. Gregory Peck acquired the screen rights in the mid-seventies, but the film was never made.

    I am so impressed by the originality of this novel. Anyone who likes thrillers and hasn't discovered this one yet is in for a treat.
  • DenbighDenbigh UK
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    I just finished rereading Oliver Twist. It's my favourite Charles Dickens novel and one of the first proper novels I read when I was younger as I was obsessed with the story and watched all adaptations of it. It's really interesting to rediscover all the elements that most adaptations leave out.
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    The Count of Monte Cristo
    The Robin Buss translation of Alexandre Dumas's original text.
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    What can I say, except that this is one of the very best books ever written, a story of revenge told with patience and exceptional character development. It must also have laid the foundation for tons of modern stories. I cannot believe how lively the text, almost 180 years old, still is. These 1243 pages were among the most fascinating I have ever read.
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    Lots and lots and lots of Halloween stories. New and old.

    Specifically, I'm rereading Man Size in Marble by Edith Nesbit. I read it every October: https://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0602511h.html
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    Conan The Barbarian: The Official story of the film ( John Walsh)
    It only took 40 yrs to produce this!!! 🤣
    My Missus ordered this for me as a Christmas present, but it only arrived now! Still, worth the wait. I was aware of the other similar books John Walsh had produced, one on 'Flash Gordon,' one on 'Escape from New York', and one I gave to my brother last year for his birthday on 'Dr. Who and the Daleks' This tome is a nicely illustrated comprehensive behind the scenes look at Arnies first big hit, I remember it well, loved it on first viewing in the cinema and still do ( though why its not released on 4k when its crappy remake is, is a mystery!) There are a lot of photos I hadn't seen before, and Walsh does a good job breaking it down into sections, origins, production, post and legacy! Havent read it all yet, but enjoying it immensely and must give the film another look soon! I may even shell out for the book on 'Escape from New York' another of my favourites of the 80's!
  • CommanderRossCommanderRoss The bottom of a pitch lake in Eastern Trinidad, place called La Brea
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    "There's a war going on but no one can see it" by Huib Modderkolk, Dutch title 'het is oorlog maar niemand die het ziet'. I'd reccommend it to everybody. It's worrysome to say the least, and it's real.
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    Here are the 10 best books I read in 2023:

    The Noble Revolt: The Overthrow of Charles I (2007) by John Adamson. A deep dive into the aristocratic conspiracy that helped bring down a king and start a civil war.

    Peerless Among Princes: The Life and Times of Sultan Süleyman (2023) by Kaya Şahin. The first English-language biography by an Ottoman scholar; immediately definitive.

    Ramesses II, Egypt's Ultimate Pharaoh (2023) by Peter J. Brand. A lengthy but very readable and judicious biography.

    Old Calabria (1915) by Norman Douglas. A trek around the benighted southern parts of Italy, rendered in ornate prose.

    Discriminations: Essays And Afterthoughts (1974) by Dwight MacDonald. Superbly written essays on culture and politics by the great critic.

    The Swiss Family Perelman (1950) by S.J. Perelman. The great American humorist drags his family around the world; complaints ensue.

    Shadows On The Grass (1977) by Simon Raven. Accurately described as "the filthiest cricket memoir ever written."

    Perfect Behavior: A Guide for Ladies and Gentlemen in All Social Crises (1922) by Donald Ogden Stewart. An uproarious send-up of etiquette manuals.

    Napoleon: The Man behind the Myth (2018) by Adam Zamoyski. An excellent, genuinely balanced biography.

    The Exploits and Adventures of Brigadier Gerard (1903) by Arthur Conan Doyle. The wittily-told adventures of one of Napoleon's most egotistical yet valiant soldiers.
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    Spent the first two days of my easter vacation rereading Knut Nærums «Døde menn går på ski» («Dead men Walk on Skis» – 2003), the crime parody novel (and homage) of the crime fiction novels by André Bjerke.

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    The film adaptation of the novel is currently in cinemas here in Norway, but I doubt I'll be able to watch the film until it's available on Blu-ray/digital. The novel is great though. Nobody does parodies like Knut Nærum. Next up on my reading list is the follow-up of «Døde menn går på ski», «De dødes båt» («Boat of the Dead» (2008).
  • DragonpolDragonpol https://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
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    ^ Great stuff. That looks like a Bond novel cover a bit!
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    Dragonpol wrote: »
    ^ Great stuff. That looks like a Bond novel cover a bit!

    It really is! I don't think any of Nærum's novels have been translated to any other languages unfortunately. At the same time, I think a lot of the humour that makes his novels such a fun read, isn't really that translatable.

    As for the cover, this one and several others of Nærum's books, are illustrated by Steffen Kverneland. In the spoiler tag are the other covers Kverneland has illustrated – just for this series of novels: «De dødes båt» («Boat of the Dead»), «Voodoo på vestkanten» (Voodoo on The West Side») and «Den gåtefulle Oberon Qvist» («The Mysterious Oberon Qvist».
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  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
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    Robin by Dave Itzkoff. A bold historical inside look at a beloved, but deeply flawed soul. Highly recommended.
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