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« Reply #750 on: June 13, 2019, 11:38:09 AM »

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« Reply #751 on: July 08, 2019, 07:00:43 AM »

David Bret "Brit Girls of the Sixties Volume Three: Cilla Black, Sandie Shaw & Lulu" via Books google. It's interesting read, seems to be accurate regarding chart statistics about songs & detailed events' timeline - what Lulu did this/ that day, ditto 2 girls. But few info bits look suspicious. Case in point - Dionne Warwick hated Cilla, allegedly she said that she copied her verbatim, took her signature song deliberately. Much to Dionne's dismay, Cilla's cover brought better success than Dionne's. Can't imagine Dionne loosing sleep about it, tbh. Bizarre. Narrator, the Bret chap, says fame got to Cilla's head, she started acting like diva, demanding the best - cars, restaurants, even dressing room. It's revelation if credible - frankly, she doesn't strike it - she seems bubbly backed with easy-going. But maybe there's few things to Cilla than meet the eye. Anyhoo, fave chapter = Sandie Shaw, since out of 3 girls she to these ears possesses the best singing voice. I liked reading about her.
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« Reply #752 on: July 13, 2019, 03:53:36 AM »

"Mommie Dearest" by Christina Crawford. 0/10. Puke-inducing disrespectful book rife with blatant rubbish. Playing victim to get public attention, to be famous via trashing mother = low. Shame to you, gurl. Boo! She waited schemingly when Joan Crawford ceases to exist to tell "the truth". She did it to be rich. If you hate mother, she destroyed childhood - change last name to de-associate with her. Did she do it? Did she? She didn't. It means they got along just fine, she fabricated entire thing, save Joan's clean house attitude since many colleagues knew it, 'Tina added to give credibility to the book. Even if - IF - anything in book took place, instead keeping it family business, she decided to tattle tale it internationally. Either way you look it - she is bad. Classless. Maybe jealousy at play. Crook. Loon. She still sickeningly continues telling about it like broken record. WE GOT YOU, NOW SHUT UP. Poor Joan, doesn't deserve it. I'm glad many don't believe 'Tina Dearest either, including the other 2 adopted daughters. If she did it to ruin "mommie's" legacy, she failed. Joan's still in many "Great Actresses" lists, films with her beloved by many, reading various such films' reviews. Seen few clips to adaptation - sheer manure. It's hilariously OTT rather than looking real. Faye Danaway plays Joan is whose stupid decision? They look ZERO alike. Joan is prettier, elegance thru & thru. The girl playing 'Tina is simply Z-grade acting, very inconvincing. Shan't waste time seeing this entire clownade.
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« Reply #753 on: July 19, 2019, 12:58:45 PM »

I just finished, Sing to It, a collection of short stories by Amy Hempel that came out earlier. If you're a fan of Raymond Carver, you would like her work. This was a fast read.

Next on my stack is The Pale King, by David Foster Wallace.

And I just got a stock of books that I ordered through AbeBooks.com, including:
-The Nearest Faraway Place, by Timothy White;
-The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead;
-Ficcones, by Jorge Luis Borges;
-And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie; and
-The Collected Works of Billy the Kid, by Michael Ondaatje.
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« Reply #754 on: July 21, 2019, 06:03:19 PM »

-The Nearest Faraway Place, by Timothy White
-And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie
These'll be interesting reads.

Henrik Ibsen's plays. 3.5/5.
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« Reply #755 on: August 28, 2019, 07:33:06 AM »

"The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon" by Stephen King. It deceives by seemingly cool annotation. Main idea intrigues, visioned it to be adventurous & psychedelic. When read it - meh. 9-year girl deliberately gets into forest due to being ignored by teenage brother with divorcee mother, fed up by their non-stop bickering with feuds. Then she realizes she got little food/drink in backpack, attacked by mosquittoes, with mud puddles around, torrential rain starts amid her ruining the easily damaged poncho (btw, didn't know what people wear in rain is called poncho in U.S., here we say poncho when meaning western-like triangle loose sleeveless knitted garment) - she panics. Easily Top 10 dumbest book character. Age isn't excuse. The monologs really tried patience getting thru this amazingly dull read. & is it to believe that she could be, at such young age, huge baseball fan? She luckily took walkman with her & earbuds to hear humans, sports commentators describing baseball games & she actually magically (at 9 y.o.!) got every single baseball term, she got what commentators talked about with super ease. Granted, narrator flashes back to the times when their father lived with fam & times when she & brother spent weekends with him & he taught kids to be baseball fans, watched games together. Still, it's veeeery weird that little girl - girl - could be serious baseball fan, be meticulously aware about each team's name, each player's name yada yada. It's ridiculous, if you ask. Besides, how is it that daughter would be closer to father. I got why son, her brother, wished to live with father but shouldn't daughter love mother better? Stand by her 200%? It makes sense them being same gender, no? Again, weird. Adventures & troubles she experienced being lonely in forest isn't how I'd create & develop it if I been Stephen King. It's weak, not frightful in the least bit, isn't macabre as his short tales, it could be thousand times better. But, this psychology/ family relations issues stuff is especially in this book very-very cloying, missed chance, epic fail, annoying as hell. In short, zero sympathy to any character, everybody's just boring & stupid beyond, jeez. 0/5=0/10.
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« Reply #756 on: September 02, 2019, 07:25:10 AM »

"Scarecrow Walks At Midnight", Robert Stine. 10/10

I read it at 12, liked it immediately, re-read it many times since then in different years. Like today - still favorite in Goosebumps series. It isn't exactly the scariest, yet village atmosphere, barns, corn fields, high grass give book the edge. Sth. about it is unsettling. I def. knew I'll like it when reading title - big big big scarecrows fan in horror. It's fascinating figure - what's behind poor guy with 2nd-hand beaten garments? What he does for living? Doesn't he wish to revenge secretly? Will he guard fields when villagers hit the hay or will he step down & eat crows who ridiculed his fright powers? Billion dollar questions.
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« Reply #757 on: September 04, 2019, 06:51:18 PM »

"The Dead Lifeguard" (Fear Street series by Robert Stine). 3.5/5. Nice whodidit, liked "Lindsey" who isn't really Lindsey but Marissa. Glad she isn't dead AND the killer. Puzzled? Tongue
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« Reply #758 on: September 07, 2019, 10:56:07 AM »

Random discovery: Wrath James White "Population Zero". Few pages began well, it then rapidly went repellent. Halfway right now, it's going to be difficult to get to its end.
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« Reply #759 on: September 07, 2019, 02:36:34 PM »

Random discovery: Wrath James White "Population Zero". Few pages began well, it then rapidly went repellent. Halfway right now, it's going to be difficult to get to its end.
Finished book - 0/5 = 0/10.

Next'll be Radii Pogodin "Where Are You, WhereAreYouWhereAreYou?". Really enjoyed this book way back when. It's listed in splendid colorful "Little People" series. Pogodin is very good writer with interesting, *at times* surreal language, little bit like less fantasy-laden Ray Bradbury, i.e. he isn't too out there. He's little bit philosophical, yet accessible. Book named is few interesting tales with many different characters.
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« Reply #760 on: September 09, 2019, 04:07:01 PM »

"Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Stories To Stay Awake By". When at "high school" age, I made really belated transition to literature for grown-ups. I still went to kids' library room. But, nice lady librarian, with kind gullible eyes behind glasses, asked why I still visit kids' library, I can get to different auditorium now, she said. Well, I obeyed & discovered such many books to my adventurous macabre taste. I immediately liked it - 1st books I discovered been these cool collections with Alfred Hitchcock in the cover - same image but different colors. I read green, red, dark-blue books. Sadly, it's 3 colors found in shelves. It's weird I reccognized Hitchcock's name, I didn't see any films by him back at school. I lived in lil town with just 3, at times 2 TV channels, including entirely sports channel dusk till dawn showing just sports commentators in various sports games plus commercials, i.e. dullfest. It leaves single channel that got normal mishmash schedule - news to films to TV games to talk shows yada yada. They aired "North By Northwest" many times but I didn't catch it even single time. It's when I went to college I developed DVD-buying spree, nearly daily would buy them, spending scholarship to it. Mainly horrors & suspense. Back then, DVD with even 16 films in it, even entire 50-episode TV series in single disc cost just 100 roubles. I read it's now 350 roubles, licensed - 500. Anyhoo, I found disc with Hitchcock films. I usually slyly bought DVDs with many films in it - by actors, directors, themes (f.ex. "New horrors No. ###"). Passed by DVDs with single film in it. Anyhoo, I read Alfred Hitchcock "Various Writers" collection books in the dark & really enjoyed such reality escape. The book I read right now - didn't finish yet but like the initial tales - is sth. new, I don't rmbr any the titles listed in The Contents. Good. Then it must be different Hitch collection, as green, red, dark-blue didn't get subtitled similarly "Stories To Stay Awake By".
Fave short tale -  by now - is "Splintered Monday" by Charlotte Armstrong.
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« Reply #761 on: September 10, 2019, 11:40:26 AM »

I read Gidget, by Frederick Kohner, which was a fast and fun summer read. I've been slowly making my way through The Pale King, by David Foster Wallace. I'm also still in the middle of Mystery Train, by Greil Marcus. Maybe with the weather cooling down, I'll be able to make faster progress.
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« Reply #762 on: September 11, 2019, 12:26:24 PM »

I'm also still in the middle of Mystery Train, by Greil Marcus. Maybe with the weather cooling down, I'll be able to make faster progress.

Probably the best book I've read about pop. The massive "Notes and discographies" section at the end will blow your mind--if the rest doesn't blow it first. Grin
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« Reply #763 on: September 12, 2019, 10:33:22 AM »

I'm also still in the middle of Mystery Train, by Greil Marcus. Maybe with the weather cooling down, I'll be able to make faster progress.

Probably the best book I've read about pop. The massive "Notes and discographies" section at the end will blow your mind--if the rest doesn't blow it first. Grin

Part of the reason it's taking me so long to read is the number of books and recordings I want to make note of to check out.
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« Reply #764 on: September 18, 2019, 06:19:20 AM »

I'd seen its screen adaptation in 2012-13. Didn't think back it lives to its cult status, save the song about willow which I really liked & like. Despite its designation, it didn't frighten. It should. Annotation says book's interesting, with chapters/ events cut by film's script. Read few pages by now. Cool thing about it I'll imagine smb. else than Deborah Kerr as governess - she's not convincing actress.
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