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Old 04-08-2012   #21
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Finished "A Study in Scarlet" - excellent, even if it almost felt like two different books. Now I'm beginning "The Sign of the Four."
I actually thought it was for a while, then I realised part two was really the backstory of the villain. Has a really huge anti-Mormon feel to it though.
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I actually thought it was for a while, then I realised part two was really the backstory of the villain. Has a really huge anti-Mormon feel to it though.
Study and Sign are my two favorite Holmes novels. I always thought Hound was over-rated and Valley always left me cold. If you get a chance see if Netflx has the BBC Peter Cushing Tv version of A Study In Scarlet. It's very well done. I bought the Cushing set a while ago but I think you can rent it.
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Cushing in it alone is worth it's weight in GOLD
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Cushing in it alone is worth it's weight in GOLD
It's really good, Bill. Most of his TV series got erased by some Doofus at the BBC but you can buy a set with the few surviving episodes, of which A Study in Scarlet is one.

My next book will be Kiss Her Goodbye by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins. Mike Hammer rides again !
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Mickey Spilane....YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
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Mickey Spilane....YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
You are in luck, my friend. Spillane left Max Allan Collins several unfinished manuscripts. The first one is called The Goliath Bone. I have read that one already and it was excellent. It puts Mike Hammer back in action. There are others but the titles escape me at the moment. Enjoy !
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If you dig Mick
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Mickey Spillane as Mike Hammer

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"Don't smile. I don't like people who smile like that." This record, an artifact of Mickey Spillane's high summer of popularity as the people's hard-boiled novelist, is full of such lines. It contains an "original story written and told by Mickey Spillane with Betty Ackerman."

Everything about this record and Spillane's work has been parodied over and over. His own writing was a kind a parody or cartoon version of the hard boiled novel - and suitably, Spillane wrote cartoon stories before he did his first novel.

This item presents Spillane's approach boiled down to its essence. A woman in distress - the record starts off with the sound of her being slapped. (Being entertained by the repellent has since been taken to ridiculous extremes in popular culture.) A white knight, here Spillane's Mike Hammer character (voiced by the author himself), intercedes. The woman falls in love with Hammer. Hammer kills the bad guy. This all happens in two acts lasting a total of 13 minutes, accompanied by bongos.

The flip side of the record contains four musical numbers. First is a portrait in sound of Velda (the women in distress, later Mike's secretary). Next is something called "The Woman" (not sure how she differs from Velda). Then there is "Oh, Mike!," which the cover vaguely describes as "the passion that Spillane has so well expressed in the seven Mike Hammer books." And finally the Mike Hammer Theme.

The music is by Stan Purdy. The cover says that Spillane discovered him in "The Rendezvous" in Carlstadt, New Jersey. I haven't been able to trace Purdy's later pursuits, so maybe he returned to the Rendezvous. The music isn't bad, actually, and there are strings and things, so funds were spent.

I wish they had expended a few more bucks on the cover, which G. R. Wilson appears to have executed with Crayolas. A better choice would have been the artist whom Signet used to do Spillane's book covers, helpfully depicted on the back of the record. You can see some of those book covers here.

The record is from 1954 and appears to be the first (only?) issue on V Records.

<hollar at me in an email if interested as the link here appears dead>
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Ordered the Gregg Taylor Black Jack Justice book last night ! If you need me I will be waiting by the mailbox. Tick....tick..tick...
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I'll be diving into my copy as soon as it arrives too!
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I finished rise and fall of the Third Reich

Have another entitled Stalingrad on my list of WW2 readings
<funny now I want to watch Patton...>

As well as some andre Norton of my dad's ready to go for a read
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