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Thanks Steve! That's fantastic insight into JDM's thinking. I'm definitely keen to see the film, as I think the two characters he added were Jason and Lois, the central love interests. Which is fascinating, as that's the decision that puts the 'real' plot (Jenny/Judy Garland) into the background. It is also a bit of a wasted opportunity: I can't remember JDM ever writing a book with a central female character, and Jenny Crawford would've been a very intriguing one to try. The cover is from the UK edition (the Hale hb - which I think is the only version besides the Gold Medal first with the tie-in cover... and I still can't get my paws on that one, but will someday). I'll check out A Flash of Green - likewise, it has been years, so I may be unfairly dismissive. I think (and I'm going to eat these words), I thought it was too long - JDM does the 'good man caught by market manipulations' plot very well, but this felt unduly padded out. And the ending was too grim for me. That said, now I want to reread it. And I didn't know there was a film, so that's going on the list as well! Thanks! I think my actual least favourite is Area of Suspicion which I have almost completely purged from my memory.
The lost MacDonald and first American mystery novel. What a pair. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Pornokitsch
Jared has shared their blog Jurassic London
2 days ago
Just wrapped up a review of it for Wednesday! The London bits are fun, but the book itself is pretty average - and I say that as a JDM fan.
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on JDM on London at Pornokitsch
Livingstone's Dicing with Dragons is interesting because it is so dated; Fine's Shared Fantasy because it isn't. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Pornokitsch
"if he had been able to walk on his hands, he would attract very little additional attention" Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Pornokitsch
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at Pornokitsch
Open submissions, free stories, a brand new cover and The Big Book Drop! Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Jurassic London
"I want to see people with disabilities included in SF; I want to hear the voices of people who are routinely marginalized in favour of able-bodied imaginations of the future." Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Pornokitsch
I know! Me too! Maybe their saved Google searches are on "weekly"?
From great literature to bad porn, my favourite (and least favourite) books of August. Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Pornokitsch
We're hosting, alongside The Book Smugglers (our close friends and deadly rivals!), 'The Big Book Drop" - an afternoon at a central London venue where folks can swing by and drop off their unwanted books. It'll be a nice chilled... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Pornokitsch
The SpecFic series was and still is an experiment - one that was made possible by the generosity, tolerance and enthusiasm of many, many wonderful people. Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at Pornokitsch
So it seems - I may need to find a copy, because... wow.
With the first five books already reprinted and the final volumes on their way, Brash Books have done mystery readers an immense favour. Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Pornokitsch
Russian Smoke and Indonesian Glaze! Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at Jurassic London
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at Pornokitsch
Jared is now following Jon Morgan
Aug 27, 2014
"As much as MacDonald disliked the changes he was seeing, he couldn't prevent them in real life." Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at Pornokitsch
I suppose the question with Emma would be whether or not we felt she was genuinely sensitive at the beginning? Was she match-making because she was driven to match-make, or because she cared about other people and such? And do we feel she gets back to match-making at the end, after learning her lesson? I think we could argue she goes from (2,2) to (-2,-2) [when she's stung and withdraws] to (2,-2) [back in the saddle, but more sensitive to others?) I also like the notion of Emma as an action hero. Look forward to her in Expendables 4.
Toggle Commented Aug 25, 2014 on The Metallurgy of Action Heroes at Pornokitsch
This week(ish), the articles and stories on Pornokitsch are all focused around a particular theme: the action hero. The men and women of big guns, cunning stratagems and intense stares. The men and women, they say, of iron. But are... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at Pornokitsch
"Excellent fun of the slightly-sleazy, very cheesy and not-at-all-wholesome variety" Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2014 at Pornokitsch
Toggle Commented Aug 20, 2014 on Irregularity: Out now! at Pornokitsch
Yup! Just that I got Claire North & Cat Webb books signed, but, oddly, nothing by Kate Griffin. Which I find kind of funny. (I should've known you'd be the one to spot that...) What's worrying is that I still have no idea where the Red Seas proof is...
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at Pornokitsch