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Rebecca Jansen
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Posted: 26 June 2018 at 7:51pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I'm going to check out those Jonathan Rabb books for sure! I've just finished watching season one of a Sky channel series with a similar setting called Babylon Berlin.

I don't know a lot about Dan Dare myself, but I seem to rub elbows with a lot of people through Gerry Anderson and Doctor Who fanzines who are quite into him and vintage Eagle comics. I'm always getting solicitations for this 'Spaceship Away' magazine which has new 'old' Dan Dare and other comics, plus some historical articles. Might be worth investigating?





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Just finished THE TERROR by Dan Simmons. Totally engrossing book. I enjoyed it. I got interested in it watching the AMC series. When I realised it was based on a book I  stopped watching the series part way through and read the book so could enjoy the book's ending first.

Now reading RACHEL RISING by Terry Moore. Terry Moore is an amazing artist. He has an amazing command of gesture and facial expressions. He claims that this came from his many years as a film editor!
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MONKEY PLANET by Pierre Boulle.

It's very different to the film adaptation, PLANET OF THE APES. It's, well, interesting so far. :)


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James Best
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Now starting:
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Captain Britain by Delano & Davis, it's a good read for the cardio at the gym...
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Going retro this week, circa 1974 and Playboy Press :-) 
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James Best
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Now sampling some older stuff from Don Winslow...
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James Best
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Checking out some older (1999) goodness from cartoonist Wiley Miller.
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I'm finding MONKEY PLANET a real slog. A chapter a day seems enough!

Has anything been lost in translation? I do not know. I am not that keen on the fact it's from a first-person narrative. It just isn't flowing well for me at all.

I can "devour" most books, fiction or non-fiction, in days, but I am finding this to be a chore. I do have a compulsion to finish all books, but I wish I didn't.
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Now starting another Cold War thriller from one of my favorite authors...
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Rebecca Jansen
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Just finished a fairly lightweight book on The Hollies and have one on Bo Diddley up next.Summer reading. Inbetween I have some early '70s Thors and a run of 1979-80 Two-In-One! Also Starjammers and Futurians by Cockrum... I never got around to or knew about when they were new.
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Re-visiting these which are some of the most grotesque, messed up short stories in what we call American "literature."  I love them.  O'Connor sure did not idealize people. 






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  Just starting this:
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Shane, i enjoyed the THIEVES' WORLD books when I read them years ago. I
may need to revisit them!
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Re-reading a lot of Flannery O'Connor's short stories.  They are twisted and fascinating. 


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Wallace, I recently revisited all the short story books and am making my way through the novels for the first time. It took a while for Janet Morris' writing to grow on me. The first time I read the novels I didn't enjoy her stuff as much as Robert Asprin's stories and Andrew Offutt's Shadownspawn stories but on the reread I'm enjoying her writing style quite a bit more. I bought all three of the official Janet Morris' Thieves' World novels (the Beyond Trilogy) and, I believe, the fourth one is an Andrew Offutt's Shadowspawn novel which I'm really looking forward to. There is also a David Drake Thieves' World novel called Dagger. Sadly, these are all out of print, but can be found pretty cheaply used on Amazon and E-bay. 

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Now starting the final book in the Berlin trilogy by Jonathan Rabb. 
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Starting this:





Seems Rump took inspiration from Henry VIII, who once accused the media of 'false fables'.

This is a fascinating book.
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Rebecca Jansen
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Weird! Not the Derek Taylor who was a publicist for The Beatles I'm assuming?

Have the first Jonathan Rabb Berlin book waiting for me. :^)


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No, Rebecca, I don't that's the same guy. ;-)
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I went into The Works at lunchtime. A book that should have been 17 was six quid!!!

I'm home now. So here it is:




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I was wondering if it had gone under, but there is a new Spaceship Away for anyone interested... 'Part 45', Summer 2018.

https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/XioAAOSwk6hbWHBj/s-l1600.jpg

I know Ken Steacy is another big fan of Dan Dare and Fanks Hampson and Bellamy. Some really gorgeous art most Americans have missed out on.

Reading a book on ITV in England I'd meant to get to before and misplaced. It's about all the regions (Tyne Tees, Yorkshire, Granada, Southern etc.), at least I think it is, seems something of an academic text book but hopefully will satiate my curiosity about commercial TV in the U.K. in the '50s-early '90s and why each step happened where it all was gobbled up with less regional programming. I already know Thatcher in her third term was a sort of killing blow, she seemed to particularly and permanently hate some license holders for their news documentaries exposing things she very much didn't want exposed... shades of Trump! Called them the enemy and thought there should be charges. So long London Weekend and Thames.
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Now starting THEIR LIFE'S WORK: The Brotherhood of the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers by Gary Pomerantz.

I read the first couple of pages of the book while on a lunch break at my Barnes & Noble store and enjoyed the writing so much that I grabbed the last copy on the shelf. Which is surprising, for me, since I hadn't read a book about the sport of football since way back in 1989.

A terrific read, so far, and I am only a quarter of the way through the book. :-) 


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BRUCE LEE--A LIFE by Matthew Polly
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