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Robert Cosgrove
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Posted: 21 January 2019 at 8:46am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Been absent from this thread for a good while, so I may do some doubling up to catch up.  I read John LeCarre's latest, A Legacy of Spies.  Went through most of it wondering how much sense it would make to someone who hadn't read his The Honorable Schoolboy and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, only to finally realize the most important background material was from The Spy Who Came In from the Cold.  I'd seen the movie version as a kid, but never read the novel, so I went back and read it.  A very good book.  Legacy I found disappointing, particularly George Smiley's explaining his motivations to Peter Guillam after all these years.  Wouldn't have been surprised if he had concluded by denouncing Brexit.  In for a penny, in for a Euro:  I then listened to the audio book of LeCarre's memoir, The Pigeon Tunnel, which I found very interesting, although the more you know about his books, the more you'll get out of it.  Politically, he's way to the left of me, but so what?  
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Posted: 22 January 2019 at 12:03am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Now starting this very funny book:

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Bernard Cornwell:  Fools and Mortals.  An interesting fictional take on Shakespeare, with his younger brother Richard as narrator/protagonist, largely organized around the first performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream.  Will Kemp and various other names you may recognize appear.  Lots of stuff about how theatre companies work, rivalries with the "boy theaters," censorship, etc.  A fun and painless way to absorb much about the time period, orchestrated by a master storyteller.
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I just read the first two collections of CLEAN ROOM, written by Gail Simone. It's a really great horror comic. I'm definitely picking up Vol. 3. 
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Now starting the latest hardcover release by Michael Connelly, one of the best mystery writers in the business.
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Listening to it now on CD, James.  Never read a bad Connelly yet.
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RIN TIN TIN — THE LIFE AND THE LEGEND by Susan Orlean

A well researched biography* of one of Hollywood’s most famous canine stars. I was surprised to learn that the original Rinty was found with his mother and siblings in a bombed out kennel in France during WW1. His name, in fact, comes from a pair of small string dolls, Rin Tin Tin and Nanette, who French children sold to soldiers as good luck charms.

Which raises an interesting question: the name of the French comic character Tintin is pronounced Tantan. Is it the same for Rinty? Ran Tan Tan? Some credence is given this thought by the fact that his original owner, writing a poem dedicated to the dog when Rinty died in 1932, rhymed Rin Tin Tin with “man”.

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* Albeit heavily leavened with legend. The author repeats as fact the old fable of Rin Tin Tin getting the most votes for Best Actor at the first Oscar awards.

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Going "retro" again this week, circa 1982...
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I read the Susan Orlean book a few years back and really liked it as well.  I seem to recall, years ago, reading somewhere that a child actor--maybe Jerry Mathers of Leave It to Beaver fame, but I'm not quite sure now--had a pet dog he named "Ron Ton Ton" back in the heyday of the RTT tv show.  

Instant update:  my memory seems to be correct.  Doing an internet search, I find a website called "WayCoolDogs" which has an article about Mathers and his german shepherd dog, so named.
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Starting this one. Not the time travel story I was
hoping for ( at least up to where I am in the book now !
), but quite interesting none the less...



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Now diving into some more thriller stuff from Lee Child...
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Currently reading NOIR, by Christopher Moore.
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Now starting...
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Now continuing with some science stufff... :-) 
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Now sampling the second book in which I hope will be a long running mystery series set in Australia... The author's first novel (entitled THE DRY) was terrific and garnered several awards and nominations. Let's see if the author can keep the momentum going.
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I find it curious that this thread -- about a non-visual medium -- has many posts accompanied with an image of the cover of the book, whereas text suffices for the equivalent threads for TV and Movies.
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Every Man Dies Alone

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Now diving into some more WWII history...
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I'LL BE GONE IN THE DARK: ONE WOMAN'S OBSESSIVE SEARCH
FOR THE GOLDEN STATE KILLER by the late Michelle
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BITTER RECKONING by Heather Graham, a Cafferty and Quinn novella. I'm a couple pages over halfway through right now.


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Mister Miracle by Tom King and Mitch Gerads.  This is the "Graphic Novel" collection of the 12-issue series.  It has apparently won a lot of critical acclaim, and the creative team are obviously Kirby fans.  A number of in-jokes, and some interesting ideas.  Good renditions of the characters, though a very different style from Kirby--the entire story is told in 9-panel grid, for example.  I found it intriguing at first, but ultimately it went down roads I found unsatisfying.  
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Brief Answers to the Big Questions (a posthumous collection of essays) by Stephen Hawking.  Questions such as, "Is there a God?"; "how did it all begin?"; "is time travel possible?"; "should we colonist space?" and six others.  Written to be accessible to the lay person, and largely math-free, I found I could follow most of it (or delude myself that I could), but the string theory and time travel discussion was pretty much beyond me.  Hawking's answer to "how did it all begin" suggests that there is now pretty substantial corroboration for the "big bang" theory.  When I was a kid taking seventh grade science, we were taught about the competing theories, "steady state" [the universe always existed], proposed by Fred Hoyle and others, and "big bang."  I was interested to learn that many scientists were resistant to the big bang theory because it seemed to them to require invocation of an outside agency to begin the universe, "which for convenience one could call God."  
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Already around 80 pages in. Very interesting life
experiences and well written.
As I read during my transports, I appreciate the small
"parts" instead of chapters.
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Peter:  “I find it curious that this thread -- about a non-visual medium -- has many posts accompanied with an image of the cover of the book, whereas text suffices for the equivalent threads for TV and Movies.”

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I was thinking the same thing - and the cover art is pretty bad for most of these books.


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Speaking just for myself, I include a picture of the book's cover so that any members of the JBF who go looking for it will have a visual prompt to help them find it, either in a new/used bookstore or at their local library.
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