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review 2018-12-13 16:22
The Great Dune Trilogy
The Great Dune Trilogy - Frank Herbert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The thing about Dune is that the story revolves around a desert planet that's filled with big deserts with big and nasty worms, so it's naturally to this day still badly accepted by the society that prefers Star Wars and Star Trek kind of movies. But that doesn't mean it's bad, in fact, in my humble opinion, Dune Trilogy is one of the best science fiction Trilogies ever written besides Alien and Isaac Asimov's Foundation. It pretty much brings everything every science fiction buff wants to read about inside of a science fiction novel, and it offers a truly great storyline and a well-crafted fictional Hero, one that shall most definitely keep your interest into the novel, and keep you wanting and searching for a whole lot more. Luckily for you, there is more of the Dune world on the bookshelves inside of a book store, but I suggest you read this Trilogy first, because it's amazing, characters inside it are amazing, and the storyline isn't just truly great but also truly spectacular.

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review 2018-12-08 10:38
Homme Fatal: "The Romantic Agony" by Mario Praz, A. Davidson (Trans)
The Romantic Agony - Mario Praz,Frank Kermode


(Original Review, 1981-03-25)



Speaking of the femme fatale or fatale woman, she is hardly an invention of noir however automatically we identify the two. So much has focused on who and what Sam is, and what he is like, that Brigid's literary identity as opposed to her character and role in the plot get a little lost, which is exacerbated by our tendency to think of the archetype as inextricably identified with film noir. Brigid is an iconic femme fatale but the femme fatale is an ancient literary archetype, at least as old as Aeschylus' Prometheus is, for example Sophocles' Sphinx or Medusa.

 

 

If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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text 2018-12-07 02:10
Reading progress update: I've read 86 out of 142 pages.
The Whispering Master - Frank Gruber

still loving it, but getting tired and saving the rest for tomorrow.

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text 2018-12-07 01:31
Reading progress update: I've read 51 out of 142 pages.
The Whispering Master - Frank Gruber

it moves fast and it’s quite funny. so I’m happy.

 

a woman tosses a phonograph record out her hotel room window just before she is murdered. the record sails across to an adjacent room’s window where, of course, con men and occasional detectives Johnny Fletcher and Sam Cragg are staying. they were about to be tossed out - as was the murder victim back over in the other room- as it seems the hotel is great at letting people stay for weeks who can’t actually pay. anyway, think of the detective duo as a sort of Abbott & Costello pairing - maybe not quite as funny, but still pretty funny - and a few suspects later, some at the hotel and some working at a record company, we have a winner here, so far.

 

turns out Frank Gruber is just another one of those Mystery writers - American, this time - who was, once upon a time, a big deal, very popular, even a Hollywood screenwriter too, but now forgotten. and in Gruber’s case, not reprinted much, lately. but my old, yellowed copy of this Mystery, from a series lots of people used to enjoy ages ago but now no one knows about, is turning out to be a terrifically entertaining investment. and, I’ve gotten far enough to know what the whispering on the record - a master recording of a newly-cut tune by superstar singer Con Carson (he’s dead before the book starts with the poor woman’s murder - his new recording not released yet) - sounds like. I’m guessing that whispering means murder. murders?

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text 2018-12-06 14:56
Reading progress update: I've read 4 out of 142 pages.
The Whispering Master - Frank Gruber

this pick is from my Music-Themed list of Crime novel suggestions; it's from 1947 originally, and incidentally, I am not reading a Large Print edition...but I don't know how to add this old Signet paperback edition to BookLikes, because it is too old to have an ISBN # of any type, and those are required fields when adding a book or an edition.

 

anyway, I suspect the "whispering master" may be a master recording with strange sounds on it, given that it is a Crime novel with a music angle, but I don't actually know for sure yet. plus it seems the killing takes place in a hotel, one of my fave locations for skullduggery. we shall see.

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