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    The Undiscovered Country
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  1. "The Walking Dead", episodes 7.13 and 7.14 with buddy and pizza. It was okay. Sufficiently entertaining for that night.
  2. The first novel of the series: "Alfred Hitchcock's The Three Investigators and the Secret of Terror Castle" by Robert Arthur. It was nice to read how the whole series started ... in the audio play, all these elements were cut, because they chose a different order and this episode wasn't released as the first. It's great fun to read about Alfred Hitchcock as a fictional character, and how the three boys sneak into his office.
  3. And a third: "Alfred Hitchcock's The Three Investigators and the Secret of Phantom Lake" by William Arden. Another classic IMO, and one of Arden's best episodes in the series. It's a huge fun to revisit the series, this time in written form.
  4. And another one: "Alfred Hitchcock's The Three Investigators and the Mystery of the Talking Skull" by Robert Arthur. Another real classic from the series, one of the only ten novellas the creator of the series wrote. It was one of my favorites when I read it almost 30 years ago.
  5. This afternoon, I read "Alfred Hitchcock's The Three Investigators and the Mystery of the Invisible Dog" by M. V. Carey. It's only 120 pages, so it was a quick read. One of my favorite classics of the "Three Investigators" series. IMO, next to the creator of the series, Robert Arthur, the author M. V. Carey wrote the best classic novellas. I especially like her colorful "California in the 60s/70s" vibe -- as in this novel, the esoterics guy into Eastern mysticism and meditation. She has a knack for colorful nonconformist characters. I guess it's been more than 25 years since I last read that novel, though I'm very familiar with the audio play based on it. It's interesting to compare the original with the adaption, to find out which elements were shortened for the audio play.
  6. In the past week or two, I've been listening to the audio plays a lot (I often do so in bed, when going to sleep) and since my daughter was fascinated by the cover pictures, I bought around 30 of the books second hand online. I picked those books which I remember having read as a kid (usually borrowed from the library) and/or which are my favorites among the audio plays. My daughter is still too young for the books, but I suspect that in a couple of years, she'll be intrigued and I'd love to read them to her. She also loved to listen to the audio plays with me, but because she often said it's too scary, I bought her a couple of audio plays by the offspring series "Three ??? Kids" -- yes, they're actually producing even an offspring series in Germany, for younger kids. It's a kind of prequel to the original series, the three main characters are younger. The target age group of these "junior" stories are kids of the age 6-10, so she's too young even for those, but at least she doesn't find them too scary. And she's very proud of her audio play CDs: Every night when going to bed, she wants us to switch on one of them for her.
  7. That's a great idea, and similar to what came to my mind when reading Cox's novels: IMO, these novels would have been even better, if he had gone even deeper down the conspiracy route -- why not find a behind the scenes explanation for real world events in the 80s, 90s and early 00s, that shows that they are all interconnected, as Khan and his augments are directly pulling the strings in the dark, without anybody noticing until much later?
  8. That's pretty cool! It's not possible to be too geeky. If at all, it's the others who aren't geeky enough ... We continued "Battlestar Galactica" as well: Episodes 3.15-3.17.
  9. I've only seen it once, two years ago, but I was blown away. One of the most perfect endings for a tv show I've ever seen, IMO. I loved the mind-f***ing caleidoscope of "everything that happens has happened a thousand times before", the allusions to several elements from various world religions, which then even neatly allows to tie in the new show into the original 1978 show -- and our "real" universe. Really great stuff, IMO. For a SF show that had been strongly inspired by a Biblical myth, that was more than appropriate. Had an earworm of (the Jimi Hendrix version of) "All Along the Watchtower" for days...
  10. "The Expanse", episodes 1.02 and 1.03. Very entertaining, and makes me curious for more! I'm still not sure which character to focus on, except perhaps the investigator. But the story takes shape: Elements of a political thriller, a noir/hard boiled-like investigator searching for the daughter of a rich and powerful family, a space freighter crew -- all that in a dark hard-SF setting. But the greatest strength of the show are, so far, the amazing visuals and captivating atmosphere. It's most definitely beautiful to look at, and the atmosphere is very impressive. The mix of futuristic design and technology with filthy labor roughness is surprisingly very convincing -- and that's something, because such a mix fails more often than it does not. Perhaps there are even some nods to the "Blade Runner" design. So yeah, I'm definitely hooked, for the time being.
  11. My pizza and tv buddy was here, and because we want to wait until we got all four remaining "The Walking Dead" episodes to watch them at once, we started a new series (well, new for him): "The Man in the High Castle", episodes 1.01 and 1.02. It's been more than a year since I watched the first season, and upon a 2nd viewing even liked it more. It's very effectively paced, features very relatable characters and especially shows a huge love for details: For example, I only now realized that the copy of "Huckleberry Finn" Joe reads to his nephew in season 2 is the book he bought in the Neutral Zone in episode 1.02. Or, if I'm not entirely mistaken, that the title theme of the fictional Nazi-American tv show "American Reich Cops" is taken from a very famous 1960s' German cop show. And that other show on fictional Nazi tv, "who am I?" -- did that format exist in America too, or did they adopt it from the West-German show of the 70s? Someone on TMITHC really did research! The scene when the prisoner tells resignating Frank "the world isn't bad because bad people do evil things, but because too many good people do nothing", and Frank's response is just a very painful scream, was extremely intense. Really an absolute must-watch show for me, among the top of my currently running favorites.
  12. "Battlestar Galactica", episode 3.14.
  13. Hope I'll receive my copy of season 1 early next month, as announced by Amazon...
  14. Exit poll for the Dutch election: Right-wing populists of Islam-hater Wildersnmuch weaker than expected! (Only 19 out of 150 seats!) Yay! :thumbup:

    1. Sehlat Vie

      Sehlat Vie

      At least Germany is wise enough to dodge the populist wave.   

    2. Sim


      Well, the Netherlands, for the time being... hope Germany will be too, in September.

    3. Sehlat Vie

      Sehlat Vie

      You will.  The Dutch have, and I'm guessing the rest of Europe will wake up and see the misery left in the Brexit/Trump wake...

  15. But I suppose you watched it, rather than reading it?