Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Dracula (Best Cover)Like all classics, Bram Stoker’s Dracula has always been one of those I’ll get to it later type of books. I’ve always wanted to read Dracula. I’ve seen a few of the movies, namely, Francis Ford Coppola‘s version. Also, I didn’t know there was a German film, Nosferatu, that was an unauthorized version of Stoker’s Dracula. Interesting bit of trivia that.

This is the novel that inspired them all.  In the middle of the month, I decided go for it and read Dracula since it’s Halloween and all. Aside: I’ve never observed Halloween for reasons I couldn’t tell you. Just the way I was raised. Even to this day, we cut off the porch light and then hide like fugitives and pretend we’re not home. But back to my book. Continue reading

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Panel Discussion with The Wire Cast 2014

It's all in the game, yo. Photo Credit: HBO

It’s all in the game, yo. Photo Credit: HBO

This is great! The cast, well, most of them, from HBO’s The Wire reunited to talk about the series in a panel discussion at the fan event Paleyfest NY.  It was good to see them again and it made me want to re-watch the series over again. Watch it when you have time. I enjoyed it.

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The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

The Long Goodbye (1953) by Raymond Chandler, paperback

The Long Goodbye (1953) is my second time reading Raymond Chandler. His iconic private detective, Philip Marlowe, embodies much of the traits writers like Chandler thought he should have. Among those traits are the sympathetic “everyman”, the lone wolf, the hero who can physically defend himself: “Don’t let him hit you in the guts,” Menendez said with a sour grin. “His right hook ain’t funny.” Philip Marlowe is a rebel with a cynical worldview. He’s not overly friendly to the cops but he’s not all that friendly with the enemy either. He’s right  square in the middle where you want him to be.

In this story we have a cast of characters to fill in the parts of hoodlums, tramps, writers, lonely drunks, abusive cops, arrogant rich men and beautiful dames set against the backdrop of Southern California. The novel is told from Marlowe’s first person POV and the story’s print length is said to be 384 pages in the first edition copy.  In 1973, Robert Altman directed the movie version of this book that starred Elliott Gould as Philip Marlowe. From a quick look at the reviews, it seems to be a good movie. Continue reading

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