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Peter Martin
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Posted: 27 September 2021 at 8:02am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Quickly re-read Christopher Hitchens' final book Mortality. Hitchens' writing remained clear-eyed, objective, unsentimental, entertaining and formidable to the end.

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Posted: 28 September 2021 at 3:38am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Non fiction: Capitalist Realism by Mark Fisher.

Ficiton: Cuba Libre by Elmore Leonard.
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Peter Martin
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Found myself starting to re-read Stephen King's Dr Sleep while at the same time kind of watching it in bits and pieces on Netflix, which is an interesting side-by-side comparison.

The brevity of screentime means the film breezes past the squalor of Dan Torrance's alcoholism early in the book. Not a bad thing, as it helps make him a more sympathetic protagonist (also helped by Ewan Magregor). Rebecca Ferguson is a great fit for Rose the Hat.

I'm surprised the film kept one of the truly nasty elements of the book.
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After a bio of The Everly Brothers (Walk Right Back, Roger White), I'm about to plunge into a massive one just published on The Hollies (Riding The Corousel, Malcolm C. Searles)!
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Stephen King's IT. I tried to read it many years ago but only got about 1/4 of the way through. I'm determined to get it finished.
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I love King, but couldn't get through IT either. 

And speaking of King, that's my current read: BILLY SUMMERS. His latest novel. It's good. 
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Just finished this one earlier today. For those of you who can recall actor Robert Shaw's speech about the USS Indianapolis in the movie JAWS, this book does a superb job of informing the reader what occurred before, during, and after that horrific event, which is generally viewed as the worst wartime disaster in the history of the U.S. Navy.

The book also provides insights as to how the Navy brass made the ship's captain the scapegoat for the catastrophe rather than admit to the multiple operational and intel failures that put the ship on its deadly trek and left its survivors stranded at sea for four full days. Charles McVay III became the first captain in the history of the U.S. Navy to be court martialed for having his ship sunk by the enemy.

This injustice would not be corrected until the Indianapolis survivors and the U.S. Congress pressured the Navy to exonerate McVay shortly before this book was published in 2001. Unfortunately, McVay had committed suicide back in 1968 after being tortured by his memories of the event and the hate mail that had been sent to him over the years by the families of his lost crewmen who blamed him for the ship's sinking.


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The Lord of the Rings.

Not read this in decades. I know things were changed, but it is shocking
to realise just how little of the film has so far been as in the book.

Characters act differently (choose plenty, but Mr Maggitty is a good
example), scenes play out differently (choose plenty but see the
crossing of the Bucklebury ferry), descriptions pertaining to why
someone acted in one way to illustrate their character play out the
exact opposite (choose plenty but Gandalf NOT letting off fireworks
early for the children is one example), whole lengthy scenes are
excised & have been replaced by new scenes not in the book (way too
many to mention)

& Iím only on page 110, with them just getting to Frodoís new home
(which doesnít exist in the film).

& Iím not even going to start on the age of Frodo.

How can the films be such a labour of love, have so much of the spirit
of the story, but contain so little of the detail?
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Picked up a hardbound second-hand copy of King Lear for 4 bucks, so I am reading that at the moment. The 'historical' Leir, if he existed at all, is thought to have ruled around the time of Elijah the prophet, eight or nine hundred years BC. Makes me wonder what clothes they wore and what buildings they lived in in Britain that long ago.
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