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Don’t know if you heard Fossil, Tom "Hunt for Red October" Clancy died yesterday aged 66

Wakefield, West Yorks.

"The Aztecs of Mexico" by __G.C. Vaillant 278 pages photo illustrated [Pelican 1950__] (non fiction). Original price : 6 shillings. One of the joys of living in the Merrie Citie is its Tuesday 50p market bookstall man. Allsorts of house clearance treasures from yesteryear, every subject under the Sun, a lot of which is probably still unavailable on Amazon, offered at a mere snip. I always think stuff written pre-1980 has a much more sober, plainer, thorough approach to it. I’ve only had this for an hour and it’s unputdownable. Probably way out of date (if that’s possible for history books) very well researched.

Wakefield, West Yorks.
Just finished Inferno by Dan Brown. I didn’t enjoy it as much as the others I have read.

That’s a shame. I think Mr Brown has lost the plot for writing gripping novels.

Just shows that writing skill is not a lifelong "given" for anyone. Daphne Du Maurier ( author of "The Birds") (Hitchcock film) plus lots of other good stuff, saw writing as a fairweather friend, she’d go for years and years and produce absolutely nothing. JD Salinger locked himself away for 40+ years after writing "Catcher in The Rye", the punk poet John Cooper Clarke ( now GCSE syllabus material) has just made a comeback after a ten year block. Herman Melville succeeded in working his way ‘down’ after his Great(est) American novel "Moby Dick", just jacked in authorship entirely and became Postmaster General instead. Ernest Hemingway blew his brains out with a shotgun when he had nothing left to write. Bram Stoker wrote countless novels which were all equally utterly dire before he hit upon Dracula.

Then again you get jobbing packhorse writers like JB Priestley, Golding, Fowles, DH Lawrence or even Terry Pratchet who were/are constantly writing throughout their entire lives with prolific output.

I get the impression with Dan Brown , having achieved a successful bestseller formula, will now have publisher box-office pressure on him to meet another deadline and it sounds like it’s showing.

Wakefield, West Yorks.

OK, ones to look out for.

Essex UK

You know, I’ve heard so much negative Lit. Crit. about the man from as far as Stephen Fry to Tony Robinson that I’ve never actually read one, even though the subject matter does cross over into my interests.

Didn’t think much of the film and to be honest, I think, ironically, he’s sensationalised what may be the most sensational hidden truth ever and in a way brought the whole subject of ancient mystery exposes into (action packed/car chase/shoot out) disrepute.

If you want the non-fiction equivalent look at the books of Robert Bauval & Graham Hancock ( Keeper of Genesis and Secret Chamber ) Far more in depth, well researched, but no less exciting to read…

…in my humble opinion , of course.

Wakefield, West Yorks.
Just finished Inferno by Dan Brown. I didn’t enjoy it as much as the others I have read.

That’s a shame. I think Mr Brown has lost the plot for writing gripping novels.

Essex UK

Just finished Inferno by Dan Brown. I didn’t enjoy it as much as the others I have read.

London
The Vanished Man by Jeffery Deaver, a Lincoln Rhymes story. Pretty good, trying to track down a magician who uses tricks to escape after his killings.

Just finished this, a very interesting read.

Essex UK

Ooooh now there’s a flashback ! I used to love reading Fay Weldon’s short stories ( Polaris comes to mind) . Good televisualisation of Diary of a She Devil as well.

Wakefield, West Yorks.

I’ve just finished Faye Weldon’s "She May Not Leave"….it reads rather like an Aga Saga, but as always with FW, there’s twists to the story.
Now for my daft moment….I started the first chapter of Kate Morton’s "Secret Keeper" well after midnight last night. The description of the house was similar to mine, being alone down a country lane…and everything was sweetness and light.
Before the end of the first chapter there was a stranger and a murder….and a crash form outside my back door….
It was only the mop which I’d left propped outside, but the dog and I crept upstairs, not quite checking under the bed, but with a noisy wastebin balanced so it would fall with a crash!

Nr. Seascale, Cumbria
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