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The Mind Readers by Margery Allingham

The Mind Readers (original 1965; edition 1990)

by Margery Allingham

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Title:The Mind Readers
Authors:Margery Allingham
Info:Avon Books (Mm) (1990), Paperback
Collections:Your library
Tags:fiction, mystery, Britain

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The Mind Readers by Margery Allingham (1965)

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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Complete Third Season by Joss Whedon (raizel)
    raizel: In particular, see Earshot, episode 18 of 22, in which Buffy is able to read minds.

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A late book in the Albert Campion series; arguably science fiction; it assumes a demonstrable physical confirmation of telepathy is discovered. Allingham herself regarded it as credible. ( )
  antiquary | Jul 13, 2014 |
Good but not the best of the Albert Campion stories. ( )
  charlie68 | Oct 10, 2013 |
I was dubious about The Mind-Readers; I didn't remember much about it. I apparently read through the Allinghams years ago (ten?) and never since – I hadn't thought it to be so long. My impression of MR was of an improbable, not to say idiotic, premise, and a slight reluctance to read it. Happily, I was mostly wrong. It was an improbable premise – but it was handled very nicely. This was written in the 60's, which I happily missed entirely but for four short oblivious months - 1965 to be exact. The Space Race was on, science was exploding in every direction, science fiction was coming to the fore – it seems like if someone had said "I have invented a device that will allow me to read minds" it wouldn't have been so very surprising. There was an element of World Criminal Conspiracy, which is something I despise, but I found the characters to be enjoyable, the suspense involved in the kidnapping (or was it?) to be well managed, and overall the book to be a lark. Not one of the best – but not bad. ( )
  Stewartry | Jan 11, 2013 |
Thoughtful but slightly tedious mystery about ESP/the transfer of a thought or feeling from one mind to another. pub. 1965. ( )
  reader68 | Dec 18, 2012 |
A device that lets the wearer read minds is the MacGuffin in this mystery with Campion, now married and with a son at Harvard. I would have liked even more discussion of how mind-reading would change the world. ( )
  raizel | May 3, 2009 |
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To my technical advisers
in gratitude for their
astonishing new world
and in the pious hope
that I get this tale out
before they do.
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The great city of London was once more her splendid self: mysterious as ever but bursting with new life.
"... As I see it, the word 'private' is goin' plumb out of date...." (p.153)
"... Proper little wizards me and my lot was; in fac', we was the only part of the general public who understood it at all. Anybody over thirty was too thick to take it in." (p. 153)
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Campion's nephew is an ordinary English school boy except that his father is in secret military research, he has to give legal evidence against a favorite teacher, and he can read minds. No wonder he's aroused Uncle Campion's curiosity.

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