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text 2015-04-18 16:25
Waterloo. Really, It's Book Related!

Was going through my eReaderIQ alerts - more on that in another post - and there was a book on Waterloo, and dammit, I have been self-earwormed when least expected. (Actually this happens a lot.) And now I'm going to attempt to drag you in as well!


First, the original...



Regular Youtube link (embeds don't always show in Dashboard) (2:46 min of your time)


That's ABBA (all capitals apparently important) in 1972. When you get used to and love ABBA as a child it's going to forever warp your music tastes. (I am ok with this.) I think their greatest hits was my first real music purchase - on cassette. Ah, lost music media.


Oh and if you don't watch all of it, at least check out the clothes for a few seconds. (Nothing much happens in the video - it was the 70s. People just stood there and pretended to sing. Early MTV was full of similar excitement.)


Comparing the outfits is especiallyimportant if you give in and look at this next example...




Regular Youtube link (3:52 min of your time)


I only know of this Doctor and the Medics 1986 version because 1) I was seriously into my college radio show and would play anything in the box of new records that seemed amusing/gothy/dance-able/etc and 2) oh, the outfits (it helped that there was a vaguely goth look in there with the glam). Even before youtube, you could suss the outfits in various magazines and of course album covers. You have to watch til the end of this video to see the more usual glam rock outfits of the band - the first bit is all Eurovision joking about. Though they do love their 70s inspired outfit. The song itslf doesn'tchange much - more guitars and some "do do do do" background vocals.


Frankly their version of Spirit in the Sky (youtube link) was much more to my taste because those are the kind of guitars I enjoy being added just to just about any remake. If there wasn't enough costume/hairstyle/makeup amusment in their Waterloo video, do look at a bit of this one. I should add here that I can indeed laugh, I still own the vinyl i bought at the time. Also I was known to gad about in somewhat gothy makeup myself in the 80s, so I can really say nothing overly critical. (And I'd probably still wear it now except the looks I'd get would be even odder.)


So now I can completely blame Christopher Hibbert's book on Waterloo: Napoleon's Last Campaign for the reason that this is going to be stuck in my head the rest of the day. (I've not bought it yet. It's on my "if it's ever under $5 I'll consider it, in light of how many other books I've bought that month" list.)

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text 2014-12-18 00:40
US Amazon Ebook Sales I'm Looking At...
The Best American Crime Reporting 2009 - Jeffrey Toobin,Otto Penzler,Thomas H. Cook
Judgment Ridge - Dick Lehr,Mitchell Zuckoff
Birth of the Chess Queen - Marilyn Yalom
Scorpion Tongues New and Updated Edition: Gossip, Celebrity, And American Politics - Gail Collins
All the Best Rubbish: The Classic Ode to Collecting - Ivor Noël Hume
The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities: Exhibits, Oddities, Images, and Stories from Top Authors and Artists - Ann VanderMeer,Jeff VanderMeer,Minister Faust,Kelly Barnhill
A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare - James Shapiro
It's All Greek to Me: From Homer to the Hippocratic Oath, How Ancient Greece Has Shaped Our World - Charlotte Higgins
Madame Tussaud - Kate Berridge
A History Of The Wife - Marilyn Yalom

All of these are priced from 99 cents to 1.99. Or at this moment at least. No idea of the quality of some of these - they're here because I once read something somewhere that made them sound good. I'm still narrowing down which I'll pick myself. If something in here you've read is exceptionally great or absolutely awful, do chime in!


I figured I'd stuff as many of these into one entry and maybe some of you folk would be interested. Because as usual my I'm Interested In This list is always a mishmash of subjects - lots are things that caught my eye eons ago and are only now on sale. Also there were more books than this - this is just the amount I decided to share before I got tired - narrowed down from 58ish books. Some I dropped since they were more than 1.99, which I always feel is a great price for "oh I'll give it a try." Which is why I currently have so many unread ebooks. ...Which is my way of saying, fair warning, perhaps pay no attention to all this.


While I haven't made my mind up on everything I can tell you what I did buy immediately - the one on Madame Tussaud. Because it's one of two books on her I've wanted and the woman has always fascinated me.


I'm assuming all the book images above will give you links to Amazon (again US Amazon, check to see if there's price matching in your location) - here are the ones that wouldn't fit:


Showgirls, Teen Wolves, and Astro Zombies: A Film Critic's Year-Long Quest to Find the Worst Movie Ever Made by Michael Adams


Talking to the Dead by Barbara Weisberg


The Man Time Forgot by Isaiah Wilner


Love and Madness by Martin Levy


Anne Frank by Francine Prose


Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution by Sara Marcus


The Lives of the Muses by Francine Prose


The Best American Crime Writing 2006 (Best American Crime Reporting)


Periodic Tales: A Cultural History of the Elements, from Arsenic to Zinc by Hugh Aldersey-Williams


Reality Matters: 19 Writers Come Clean About the Shows We Can't Stop Watching by Anna David


The Fellowship by Roger Friedland (Author), Harold Zellman (Author)

[I'd forgotten this was on Frank Lloyd Wright and had to look it up because I thought it was about LOTR]


The Greedy Bastard Diary: Around the States in 80 Days by Eric Idle


The Map That Changed the World by Simon Winchester


Note, if you're going to make an impulse buy on Amazon sales, go for the ones marked 99 cents more quickly. Those sometimes go away in a matter of hours. The higher the price the longer you can dither while making up your mind.

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