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« Reply #1485 on: November 11, 2014, 06:33:01 PM »

2 + 2 + 2

2 non-fiction books

Brad Steiger's
Real Vampires, Night Stalkers, and Creatures from the Darkside
4 more non-fiction written

It'd be a better book, if he was more of a doubter and less of a true believer, but there still is information to be garnered from his book.

Martha Klickstain's
Slimed :
an Oral History of Nickelodeon's Golden Age
5 more non-fiction written

We won't say much now, as we'll have a more detailed report next time.

2 mysteries

Cath Staincliffe's
Dead to Me

Who killed the "good time gal?" Was it her mother, her brother, her mother's female lover, her half breed boy friend, who is also her drug supplier, or was it someone else? It is up to our heroine to decide.

C. C. Benison's
Ten Lords a-Leaping
3rd in the Father Christmas series

Who killed the man staying as a house guest at the house in the country? As the man was probably the most hated man there,  it is a long list of suspects. Was it one of his relations, including the owner of the estate, one of the other guests, including our hero and his 10-year-old daughter, one of the servants, or someone from the near-by village?

Written by a Canadian, one of the most intriguing things about the book, is the amount of sex in it. It must be due to those cold Canadian winters. There's . . .
appropriate sex between adults,
inappropriate sex with children: both boys and girls,
bisexuality and homosexuality,
non-violent sex and violent sex, etc.

Another intrigue I found interesting is the relationship between the hero's daughter and the estate owner's son, who is 12 in the book. They would seem to have nothing in common . . .
He is of the nobility. She is of the middle class.
He is well to do. She is not.
He is Roman Catholic. She is Church of England.
He is politically Conservative. She is politically Liberal/Labor
but . . .

They have a couple of things in common already, that would make them right for each other as husband and wife in a decade or so.
They have mutual respect for each other.
They both are willing to compromise.

Thus, I hope their relationship continues in the next book in the series.

2 graphic novels

Hickman and Dragotta's
East Is West

Scott and David Tipton's
Doctor Who :
Prisoners of Time
in 3 v.

v.1. Is 4 stories featuring the 1st 4 doctors. Read
v.2. Is 4 stories featuring the 2nd 4 doctors. Unread
v.3. Is 4 stories featuring the 3rd 3 doctors + a story featuring all 11 doctors up to the time the stories were published. Read

Next time: 1 report on Klickstein's "Slimed."
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« Reply #1486 on: November 17, 2014, 04:24:39 PM »

Matthew's Klickstein's
Slimed :
an Oral History of Nickelodeon's Golden Age
writer of 5 more non-fiction

The interesting story of the 1st cable channel to specifically program for children.

Not my channel, as the only show I watched on it regular basis was "Are You Afraid of the Dark?," which I must admit I watched from the 1st episode to the last episode, but as I said, an interesting story, if for no other reason, if the best thing someone can do for you to show you how to do something, then the 2nd best thing someone can do for you is to show you how not do do something, which is the story of Nickelodeon. As to the why . . . ? Which the book fails to cover, and which is it's one weakness, I have some ideas.

(1) While the Disney Channel is/was known for its mainstream programming, then Nickelodeon was known for its edgy programming, which is harder to do consistently.

(2) The talent finally wasn't there. Where it started off with talented people, those people left, and the people who came in later, were not as talented.

(3) While the Disney Channel is/was known for its sitcoms, Nickelodeon was known for its game shows and sketch comedy shows, which again are harder to do consistently.

(4) Programming was kept around too round, It should have been replaced, but Nickelodeon had nothing to which replace it.

(5) Nickelodeon was part of Paramount, which is owned by the Redstone family, and the feuds within that family certainly didn't help management wise.

Or, at least that is my take on what went wrong. And I must say, if Nickelodeon is a product of good management going to bad, then Marvel Entertainment is the reverse, or a product of bad management becoming good. Now, there's a story worth telling.

Next time: back to 2 + 2 + 2
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« Reply #1487 on: November 17, 2014, 06:03:56 PM »

I just finished IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS, by Erik Larson - a ground level view of Berlin in 1933-34 from the perspective of the new American Ambassador, William Dodds, and his family.  A fascinating look at a totalitarian society in its infancy, with horrifying hints of what was to come.

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« Reply #1488 on: November 17, 2014, 08:35:31 PM »

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« Reply #1489 on: November 23, 2014, 04:55:03 PM »


2 mysteries

Ann Cleeves
Dead Water :
a Shetland mystery
5th in the Shetland series

Who wanted to kill the local boy made good as a reporter in the big city of London, who returns to his hometown to work on the story of his lifetime. And what, if anything, does a later murder, have to do with the 1st murder.

Same authoress
Silent Voices
1st in the Vera Stanhope series

Who wanted to kill the social worker while she was in the steam room of the local spa. And does it have anything to do with an adoption some years before.

2 non-fiction

Marcus Hearn's
BBC Doctor Who :
the vault
4 more non-fiction by the writer

Doctor Who from . . . to . . . and at times, not only science fiction, but also . . .
a western -- a war film -- scientific -- religious -- political -- philosophical -- horrorific -- historical -- fantastical -- economical (which adds to its appeal) -- comical -- adventureous --  and even a musical.

Eric Jager's
Blood Royal :
a True Tale of Crime and Detection from Medieval Paris
3 more non-fiction by the author

Several salient points.

(1st) While forensic sciences have advanced the detection of crime, some things have never changed in over 500 years.
Visit crime scene. Check
Gather evidence. Check
Interview witnesses. Check

(2) The book does give a look at the common people who inhabited the wealthiest city in the wealthiest country of that time.

(3) If you like the hero in the book, try to do what is right, then someone will screw you over. That hasn't changed much.

(4) I have always disliked Henry V, as I have always disliked men who are portrayed as being too perfect, but as much as I dislike the man, the writer really, really dislikes him.

2 graphic novels

Barnes and Ambaum's
What Would Dewey Do? :
an Unshelved Collection
1 more graphic novel by the writers

a collection of comic strips featuring as its hero, the teen librarian of a small public library, and his compatriots and patrons.

Colfer's and Donkin's
Artemis Fowl :
the Graphic Novel
v.3. The Eternity Code

The 3rd volume in the continuing series about the world's youngest master criminal and his friends and foes.

As they are still publishing these in graphic format, maybe, just maybe we will some day get a film version of his adventures. The idea for the film being kicked around Hollywood for years.

Next time: 2 by 2 by 2

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