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Media Monday

A blatant rip off of lost_spook's What I'm Reading Wednesday.

I think I've given up on The Brothers Karamazov. Or maybe I haven't. I shall probably pick it up again, but I've read two other books since I put it down last! Ordinarily I wouldn't struggle on with something, but people who are usually worth listening to keep telling me how good it is. The Kindle tells me I'm halfway through it, although goodness knows how. The less annoying brother just battered the butler possibly to death with a kitchen appliance, so it has briefly got interesting. I may persevere. In the meantime I'm reading something I picked up in a charity store: Spartan Gold by Clive Cussler. A husband and wife team of treasure hunters travel the globe seeking out archaeological finds, whilst being shot at. She's a history buff and a crack shot; he's an engineer and a danger magnet. It reads like a Hollywood blockbuster waiting to happen. It's good, but it's also very annoying - more to do with the writing style than the plot. People don't use cameras, they use Nikon 6FSb97s with HJK982.7 lenses, for example. Possibly he makes a packet on the advertising, as it's a trend that's repeated with cars, boats, jackets, shoes, phones, laptops, etc. But yeah, good story.

In Tellyland, lately I am mostly watching Boy Dominic, which I bought two years ago for about 50p in a Network sale, and am only just getting around to. Richard Todd is believed lost at sea, and his young son Dominic, played by Jim Dale's son Murray Dale, wanders around the Yorkshire Dales in a silly haircut, getting into scrapes and missing his dad. Also starring Hildegard Neil in some slightly alarming make-up, and Brian Blessed apparently auditioning for Long John Silver (but with two legs). They made a sequel a couple of years later, in which both Richard Todd and Hildegard Neil had been horribly murdered, with seems very sad given how jolly hard Richard Todd is trying to get home. I shouldn't bother, Richard. You're safer as a castaway.

(Actually he isn't. He's just been drugged and kidnapped by dastardly foreign types, and is suffering from amnesia. But that probably still beats being horribly murdered in order to give your son a second set of adventures).

It's very well made, anyway. By Yorkshire TV, in 1974. Scarcely anything wobbles.


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Feb. 20th, 2017 09:38 pm (UTC)
On the other end of the scale, Marian Keyes also does product placement which shocks me slightly cos I don't usually read the type of novel where witches use lipgloss.
Feb. 21st, 2017 06:17 pm (UTC)
Witches use lipgloss? Can't they just magic their lips shinier?! It would be a lot cheaper!
Feb. 21st, 2017 05:09 am (UTC)
I'm used to advertising in books but that sounds pretty blatant.

I'm surprised you even made it to halfway in the Brothers Karamazov.
Feb. 21st, 2017 06:18 pm (UTC)
So am I! I usually like books of that era, but maybe it's a Russian/English cultural divide. Or I've just chosen a really dull book!
Feb. 21st, 2017 06:16 am (UTC)
Perhaps he just believes in being specific? Heh. I don't know about The Brothers Karamazov but Crime and Punishment was the most cathartic thing ever and starred David Collings and Patrick Wymark and Peter Bowles. (In my head and the ITV 1964 version, that is, but you don't knock perfect casting.)

I didn't invent the Reading Wednesday thing - it's been around for a few years now, I just wasn't doing enough reading to pick it up. Media Monday is a nice alternative, though!

Hildegard Neil was just in Doomwatch and got treated unfairly in that, too. (I think an NJ Crisp script got butchered by Gerry Davis and she fell victim to it.) Randomly murdering your main characters all off-hand in the sequel is a bit much though!
Feb. 21st, 2017 06:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, "Crime & Punishment" is fine. Although you're wrong; it stars Peter Lorre. :p

Cussler definitely believes in specificity, yes. I may be being unfair in accusing him of product placement. His attention to detail is admirable, I'm sure, but it does nothing for the narrative flow! Apparently he started out writing non-fic about recovering shipwrecks, so he knows his stuff.
Feb. 21st, 2017 12:07 pm (UTC)
I'd find out if all the good stuff happens in the second half of 'The Brothers Karamazov'! It's not sounding essential.

Couldn't they have kidnapped Richard Todd again? Works for old movie serials:D And left Hildegard Neil alone? Typing Hildegard Neil makes me feel all 70s.
Feb. 21st, 2017 06:23 pm (UTC)
Hildegard is such a funky name. I don't know about 70s - it sounds almost 19th century! And apparently she's Mrs Brian Blessed. They made "The Boy Dominic" together in 1974, and then married in 1978, so this might be how they met.
Feb. 22nd, 2017 01:11 pm (UTC)
Yes! I can never remember the name of their daughter though:S
Feb. 21st, 2017 01:56 pm (UTC)
It's often horrifying what happens to background characters just to provide main characters with adventure. Richard Todd would have been far better off getting kidnapped again.

People don't use cameras, they use Nikon 6FSb97s with HJK982.7 lenses, for example. Possibly he makes a packet on the advertising, as it's a trend that's repeated with cars, boats, jackets, shoes, phones, laptops, etc.

I should think that would quickly get annoying...though it could be rather funny, depending on how much detail is included.

As Joe and Jack fought to gain control over the Taurus 709 handgun (a semi automatic in a black finish), Laura fled to the 4.3 metre First Alert rope ladder with steel rungs (comes in its own storage box)...
Feb. 21st, 2017 06:28 pm (UTC)
So you've read it then! :D Seriously, that's pretty much exactly what it's like. I like the characters, so I'm tempted to try the second in the series, but I do wish he'd go easy on the obsessive detail!
Feb. 22nd, 2017 03:44 am (UTC)
As far as I recall I zoomed through The Brothers Karamazov, although this may be the memory cheating since I don't actually recall a great deal of it. It does get more dramatic in the second half; on the other hand, Dostoyevsky ended it with a blatant sequel hook and then promptly died, so there's that.
Feb. 22nd, 2017 05:20 am (UTC)
:D Authors are so damned inconsiderate! Dickens went and died halfway through a whodunnit - and a really good one too. There should be some sort of law passed to prevent such things.

I've nearly finished the current book. I shall go back to the Brothers Dull, Drunk and Insipid then I think. It deserves another go.
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