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    Kindle suggested I read "Last Bus to Woodstock"; the first Inspector Morse novel. So I am. I keep having to remind myself "1975. Remember, it's 1975!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Kindle suggested I read "Last Bus to Woodstock"; the first Inspector Morse novel. So I am. I keep having to remind myself "1975. Remember, it's 1975!"
    I guess you're having to reassure yourself that Morse wasn't really into pornography as much as he appeared to be in the early novels. Surely not.
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    Churchill's Shadow: The Life and Afterlife of Winston Churchill - Geoffrey Wheatcroft

    If you are asking, as did I, "does the world really need another book on Winston Churchill?" I would say that it's probably not necessary. However I think this book may be squarely aimed at the US market and those who have practically beatified Churchill in America. Certainly the subtitle for the book could have been Winston Churchill: Warts and All, But Mostly The Warts.

    So far I'm only one chapter in and find it enjoyable. Like most Americans I'm not that familiar with the details of Churchill's life or his family background, such as his ancestor Lord (John) Churchill supporting the Whigs in the Glorious Revolution of 1688 (along with a lot of other nobility). It's a trivia point today, I suppose, but interesting nonetheless.

    The book has touched on young Winston's early years in Northwest India (where the British troops to which he belonged burned Pashtun villages and stopped up wells in nearby Afghanistan), South Africa and Senegal. His letters home from those locations to his mother and others certainly reflect upper English society at that time with a decidedly racist view. And that's only Chapter 1!
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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    I guess you're having to reassure yourself that Morse wasn't really into pornography as much as he appeared to be in the early novels. Surely not.
    Do you have the original "Lancia" text, or has his car been retconned into a Jaguar?

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    He also hits on women who are suspects in the case, just as he did in the early TV episodes I watched a while back. In fact,
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    the woman he's after turns out to be the murderer.


    I've just re-read one of the Vera books, The Moth Catcher. Mostly because we saw a TV episode based on it last weekend and I kept thinking, wait, that's not like the book! I was right. Several important characters in the book, including a victim, were not in the TV show and vice-versa.
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    I read an old story by Lester del Rey I’d heard of before but hadn’t previously found (most of his books are long out of print and hard to track down). The story was Day of the Giants which was printed as a short novel at one time. However, it turns out it was originally published as “When the World Tottered” in the long defunct magazine “Fantastic Adventures” and internet archive has a scanned copy of that magazine (along with other issues). It was written in the early 50s and it really feels like it. I’ve seen other comments about how a woman character is treated and it certainly isn’t what we would expect today. I will say it is more interesting than good, but I had a chuckle or two - two “modern” men end up in Ragnarok helping the Norse gods fight the giants. I was amused that they used nukes (yes, nuclear weapons, called “U235 bombs”) in the story among other things. Here’s the link to the issue if you’re curious, the text is a bit hard to read (at least on my screen the contrast wasn’t the best):

    https://archive.org/details/Fantasti...52-04/mode/1up

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    I picked up a Humble Bundle of comic book drawing books for my daughter. They are mostly pdf files, which is great for her flip screen laptop she uses for drawing. I loaded them to a thumb drive for her. I flipped through a couple of them and they are right up her alley with magna and fantastic creature titles.

    I guess Humble Bundle is usually known for video games and such, but I've only bought digital books through them. I like they way you can dial in the contribution between authors and the selected charity. This bundle supports "Extra Life". It provides funding to a collection of children's hospitals in the US and Canada, which includes our local children's hospital. Since Humble Bundle has a lot of video games, I love that they named this charity "Extra Life". That's brilliant.
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