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CollectionsYour library (383), To read (12), Read but unowned (2), All collections (394)

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TagsScience Fiction (125), Historical Fiction (51), Architecture (22), Mystery (15), History (13), Movies (8), Doctor Who (5), Philosophy (3), Alternate History (3), Sherlock Holmes (2) — see all tags

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About my libraryA lifetime of reading for education, enjoyment, and my profession has yielded a library of 1000-or-so volumes in a myriad of genres.

Two particular interests are volumes of the Modern Library, published between 1917 and about 1950; and books on architecture.

I also have a pretty hefty collection of science fiction paperbacks, some of which I inherited from my brother when he moved away to go to college.


Favorite authorsPoul Anderson, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Ernest Hemingway, André Malraux, William Shakespeare, Gore Vidal, Voltaire, Roger Zelazny (Shared favorites)

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Member sinceJan 3, 2008

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Scott -

I read your various Holmes reviews. I really should do my own reviews of Holmes since I've read and reread them so many times (they are just easy to read over and over again, don't you think?). But since you said you hated pastiche and that Holmes belonged in Victorian London, I was wondering if you'd seen the series "Sherlock" yet, and what you thought. I was not hopeful given the modern setting and yet they got so much of it right I admit I am now a rabid fan, counting down for season two next month.
You can read the short stories, Simple Art of Murder and Trouble is My Buisness first or last. The novels should be read starting with The Big Sleep and ending with The Long Goodbye, you can read the others in any order you want, except I'd skip Playback unless you have to be a completeist. On Hammett, there really is no order. I liked Red Harvest and The Glass Key best. Another good "hard(ish) boiled detective writer is Ross MacDonald. And Elmore Leonard is good, too, and from Michigan. Do you mean Erle Stanly Gardner? Perry Mason?
Hammett or chandler.
Dad sent laughing whitefish to me. I like the beardsley, too, although not as much as the clarke.
One I don't have - Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Poe illustrated by Harry Clarke, the Irish illustrator. I like Rackham's work, too.
Noticed you liked Clockwork Orange, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here as well as a few other book-related sites. Thought you might like my book since it's also about a group of violent kids (and also a bit dark). I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like (I'm out of physical copies at the moment). Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary (and a sample chapter) in case you'd like to read more about the book before you commit:


Marlowe probably was a spy for Walsingham, or at least an informant. I can't remember if it was Ackroyd who discussed that or if it was in God's Secret Agents. Probably a little of both.
Your review of "Dead Man in Depford" makes me want to read it. And I gave a thumbs up to your review of Ackroyd's "Shakespeare: the Biography." Take that Justice Stevens, indeed!
The health care debate is disheartening, although it's more the nincompoops claiming Obama wants to kill Sarah Palin's kids than the liberals who want Canada care or nothing that bug me.
Scott - When I re-read [I, Claudius] I found that much of what I remembered as juicy was the BBC miniseries, not the book. That meant Derek Jacobi, William Hurt and Jean Luc Picard (or whatever his real name is). The prose in the book itself is rather dry. I know that was because Graves was aping Claudius' voice, but the effect drained the scandalous scenes of their scandal, and made the whole thing less immediate, more . . . dull.

On [Great Expectations], and indeed many of my reviews of re-read classics, I am comparing what I thought about the book twenty or thirty years ago with how it affects me now. Thus, when I was an adolescent hotbed of hormones, I read Great Expectations as a book about Pips longing for Estella. Now, I see the book being more about the father/son relationships of Pip, and see Estella as the MacGuffin she always was. So those reviews are as much about me as they are about the books.

I think my best review, though, is the one I did of Alan Bennett's [The Uncommon Reader]. That was fun to write.
hello scootm
I'd love to know more about your "time travelling." Do you mean in the Herbie Brennan sense? The Joan Grant sense? John Cowper Powys visiting Theodore Dreiser without benefit of convetional trasportation. I'm eager to know.But I'll respect your privacy if you'd rather not tell.
scotty - liked your last three reviews, even though they tell me to avoid the books. Strange how a bad review is more fun to read than a good book, sometimes.
hello scootm
in your review of vidal's wash. d. c. you take him to task for his 'Empire' bashing. it seems to me that letting up on the whip would be much worse. that cad cheney said that, even today, we'd have taken out that papertiger saddam whossain whether he had WMD or no. it seems to me perpetual war for perpetual peace as usual. tho i cd. be wrong.
happy christmas,
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