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Rebecca Jansen
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Posted: 14 February 2018 at 4:24pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Interesting about James Ellroy. I might check with the library on him at the very least!

I was getting into Babylon Berlin recently (a Sky TV series based on some books by Volker Kutscher), it doesn't seem the series is available in English yet. So... I dragged out a non-fiction book titled Before The Deluge by Otto Friedrich which I've had for a long time to re-read. It's about Weimar Republic era Berlin in the 1920s. Like Mark Twain is supposed to have said, history rhymes, and you can see some rhyming going on these days (in my opinion, 'ymmv'). "Twas ever thus." sez Mr. Narural?
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While very different, all 3 authors describe the interior and exterior so well that it doesn't seem to matter that I know how they end. They also have such intricate plotting that it's simply impossible to remember it all! 

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Charles:

I remember when I read L.A. CONFIDENTIAL in the late 90's. After I finished it I had to take some time for my brain to fully digest it because of all the layers that Ellroy had stacked on top of one another.

The book had been published in 1990 but the plot and subplots were so dense and complex that it took Hollywood seven years before they could streamline the novel into a workable screenplay. I can't help but wonder if some of Ellroy's other books have failed to be adapted for the silver screen for the same reason.

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Posted: 14 February 2018 at 8:52pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

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His Black Dahlia was translated to film, but in a streamlined version of the book. On several occasions over the last few years (decade?) American Tabloid has been pitched (and maybe a little further along) as a cable mini-series. Obviously, that hasn't happened, although in this long-form TV series age, I cannot understand why. 
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Posted: 15 February 2018 at 11:34am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

About to start THE JUNGLE BOOK. I hope it's as good as the original Disney film. ;-)
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Charles:

I have heard the same rumors about AMERICAN TABLOID and agree that it would work well as a long-form TV series. But I think the real problem is that Ellroy's novels (as Hollywood properties) have "cooled off" a lot from his peak of popularity in the late 90's and early 00's.

While L.A. CONFIDENTIAL did very well at the box office, garnered positive reviews, and earned an Oscar for Kim Basinger, the same can't be said for THE BLACK DAHLIA... I think Hollywood moved on once it perceived that Ellroy was no longer bankable and has little interest in revisiting his stuff.

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Posted: 18 February 2018 at 12:10pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Reading TARZAN ON THE PLANET OF THE APES (Dark Horse).

Not sure the worlds mesh that well, to be honest. I commend it for the effort, but it's not quite working for me. May as well finish it, though, as I bought the trade.
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I wish I could read all the Mike Ploog Planet Of The Apes comics. I could even disguise the purchase as a gift for the BF as he is a fan of it (even the new ones I'm not into). I was looking at the British ones hoping they might be affordable (and because that's what I had one of), but I'm too skint. If I spent on a book right now it'd be that Kurt Schaffenbeger's life book I didn't know about at the time.

I read some Rudyard Kipling and H. Rider Haggard as a kid, but Edgar Rice Burroughs was easier to find thanks to Ace paperbacks. I still have a lot of those Ballantine Adult Fantasy books with Victorian era Haggard, William Morris, Lord Dunsany etc. somehow Kipling like Mary Shelley fits in with that for me.
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