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Old 06-15-2017   #811
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Which is your favourite adaptation of Baskervilles? I plan on having a marathon of lots of them when I am done with the novel. Only the Universal and Hammer films are fresh in my mind, though my favourite screen Holmes is Brett – just pipping Rathbone.

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Re: Recent Reading

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Which is your favourite adaptation of Baskervilles? I plan on having a marathon of lots of them when I am done with the novel. Only the Universal and Hammer films are fresh in my mind, though my favourite screen Holmes is Brett – just pipping Rathbone.
I love seeing how different film/tv renditions imagine the rooms at Baker Street: antiqued walls, cutlasses, and other materials in which can help to tell the stories of Holmes' ongoing research and expertise.
Love this, though Rigby's voice in this clip makes me wince a little. lol
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Re: Recent Reading

One Holmes series viewers may be unaware of is the 2013 Russian version.


Igor Petrenko (Sherlock Holmes) and the late Andrei Panin (Watson) star. This has clickable English subs.
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Too depressed to read anything new, so I am going through Sarban's work again. I would say he is tied with Aickman as the most consistently excellent writer of classic British supernatural fiction.

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Lately, I've developed a habit of reading two short stories and a handful of poems from Baudelaire's The Flowers of Evil each morning. After I come home from work, I then read parts of Leopardi's Zibaldone. I'm trying to save more money, so I'm using my present circumstances as a way to become more intimately familiar with the books I already own.

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Re: Recent Reading

Last night I devoured The Hound of the Baskervilles. A thick Gothic atmosphere and a brooding moor landscape bred a miasma of palpable supernatural fear and dark folk mystery. By some margin the finest Holmes novel so far, and, along with The Adventure of the Speckled Band and Silver Blaze, one of the great sleuth's finest cases.

While the previous two novels were let down by off-kilter pacing and elongated flashbacks, here the story was given full room to expand and breathe, aided by Doyle's judicious move to keep Holmes out of the narrative for the middle portion, which aided the atmosphere and tension considerably as Holmes is a character who is too powerful to be kept around for too long a portion of time if the danger and helplessness are both to be ramped up.

I then watched the 2009 Guy Ritchie/Robert Downey Jr. action film, which I expected to despise, but it was surprisingly entertaining fluff. I loathe modern Hollywood and its blockbusters, but this was pleasant and pulpish Indiana Jones fodder. Hardly as essential as Brett or Rathbone, but a nice distraction. I may check out the sequel.

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Continuing my way through Michael Cisco's 'The Narrator'. Roughly two thirds of the way through it now.

Last night I finished Simon P. Murphy's short story collection 'His Master's Wretched Organ', which I really rather enjoyed. I gave it the full five stars on Goodreads at any rate.
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I am about to start Equus by Peter Shaffer.

Your fall should be like the fall of mountains. But I was before mountains. I was in the beginning, and shall be forever. The first and the last. The world come full circle. I am not the wheel. I am the hand that turns the wheel. I am Time, the Destroyer. I was the wind and the stars before this. Before planets. Before heaven and hell. And when all is done, I will be wind again, to blow this world as dust back into endless space. To me the coming and going of Man is as nothing.
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Currently reading La-Bás and The Consumer. Can't read either for too long at once, as the former is really dense and the latter is really terrifying.

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Currently reading La-Bás and The Consumer. Can't read either for too long at once, as the former is really dense and the latter is really terrifying.
Yeah, The Consumer is perhaps the most unrelentingly depressing book I've read.

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