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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 3:42 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

tongue  to the lot of ya!


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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyway...... shall I do the reveal now?  Or does anyone want a bit longer?



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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, as no one has raised their voice in protest I shall do the reveal now.


God, I've so been looking forward to this!  Laughing

A - Guess who?    Henry James!  Portrait of a Lady.   Himadri, don't you ever tell me about great writers!     Laughing

B - Chronopolis by JG Ballard.  
Not my favourite Sci-fi author but I quite enjoyed this one.   The extract is from the beginning of the story.  It's about a man who is obsessed with the measurement of time in a world where it is illegal.   And almost forgotten.  
It's a very interesting story about the breaking of rules.  And about the loss of something that we just cannot imagine losing.  How would our society function without the measurement of time?   But how that use can restrict and stifle a society if the 'pedants' are allowed too much power.  I got the feeling that Ballard is not a lover of pedants which gives the story quite a twist as the 'hero' is a pedant to beat all pedants but also the rebel.  

C - The Wish by Roald Dahl.
This is from a selection of short stories called Skin.  Quite an interesting collection but the extract is my favourite.   And one person did guess it was a complete story.   First time I read this I got really wrapped in it.   I was so absorbed in what the Child felt and it brought back such strong memories of being an imaginative child.  
I do like Dahl.  I grew up on him and much preferred his childrens stories to the sugary stuff little girls were usually given back then!  

D -  As most of you guessed, this is Chandler.   It's from Farewell My Lovely which I think is one of his darker stories.  Just before this extract something really horrible has happened and this conversation really made me laugh the first time I read it!    I do like the light and shade in Chandler.



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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Damn! - it was old Henry James! All I can say is that old Henry ought to be hanging his head in shame for writing such a crap sentence. Basically - you've had it, Henry, old chap! I'm never going to take ypu seriously ever again!

As for JG Ballard, you'd think he could be a bit more consistent with his tenses....

But Raymond Chandler ... what can one say? Absolute genius! In fact, I think I'll take a Chandler book tonight for a bit of bedtime reading. (And if you ever do watch a film version of Farewell My Lovely, make sure it's the 40s film with Dick Powell, and not the 70s remake.)


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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've seen that 70s version I think.  Is it the one with Elliot Gould?  Terrible casting!



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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laughing Thanks Miranda A) doesn't really do Henry James any favours but I still put him in my top ten.

B) is a Ballard I've not read but I will look it out as I've a fancy to read more SF in 2010.

Is C) complete? It is very effective in it's intensity.

D) A Chandler re-read is in order, I didn't recognise this.


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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 10:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

C is a complete story.  I was just gonna do a little bit but then I decided it would be better to repeat the whole story so you could get the full flavour.



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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 11:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

miranda wrote:
I've seen that 70s version I think.  Is it the one with Elliot Gould?  Terrible casting!


The Elliot Gould film was The Long Goodbye, directed by Robert Altman. It was highly rated when it was released, but for many Chandler fans (including myself) it was a travesty of the original novel. The remake of Farewell My Lovely starred Robert Mitchum as Philip Marlowe, and, frankly, is not a bad film, but the 40s film starring Dick Powell (and directed by Edward Dmytryk, who was later imprisoned during the McCarthy witch hunts for his communist associations) is even better. But then again, I'm a huge fan of 40s film noir.


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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2009 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah yes!  I have seen that.  It's not a bad film, I agree but Mitchum was too old by that point to play Marlowe.



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2009 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I've missed the boat, sorry Miranda!! I've not been around for a few days or so never mind that was really good not that any of those authors meant a thing to me as I've not heard of nearly all of them. But just for the record after reading them I was drawn to C the most. That one was my favourite.

Also can I just ask unrelated what is your avatar a picture of?? it looks like some kind of mutant darlek!! (no offence or anything)



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