Sunday, 1 October 2017

Earworms & Bookworms


  Mago's recent book post reminded me that I haven't published one since yesterday March!  Not that I've read that many books over the last three months - well, not many that you'd be interested in, probably...
  Anyway, before we get to the books, here's Strawberry Switchblade with "Since Yesterday" (because it was an earworm of mine when I first started constructing this post months ago):




  And, here are the books.  It's all a bit Star Trekky from 16 onwards, though...

11. The Lives of Dax (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), edited by Marco Palmieri (1999)
      I last read this back in 2010, it seems.

12. Martian Time-Slip, by Philip K. Dick (1964)

13. Dirty Beasts, by Roald Dahl & Rosemary Fawcett (1983)
      One of the books I had as a child found languishing in a box at Inexcuseable's house...

14. Hocus Pocus Diplodocus, by Tom Stanier (1980)
      Along with Dirty Beasts was this book - millions of years of evolution on Earth
      condensed into 32 pages of rhyming poems for kids (with some pretty amusing
      pictures, too).

15. Orlando, by Virginia Woolf Rendezvous With Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke (1973)
      I quickly got bored of Orlando, so I moved on to 'Rama.

16. Shield of the Gods (Star Trek: Department of Temporal Investigations),
      by Christopher L. Bennett (2017)

17. Enigma Tales (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), by Una McCormack (2017)

18. Jaws, by Peter Benchley (1974)

19. Rise of the Federation: Patterns of Interference (Star Trek: Enterprise),
      by Christopher L. Bennett (2017)

20. Gamma: Original Sin (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), by David R. George III (2017)



  I'll leave you with the sublime "Pilots" by Goldfrapp - another earworm:




  

19 comments:

  1. Omg blast from the bloody past

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    1. I'm guessing Strawberry Switchblade brought that on? I remember hearing it for the first time when I was still in single figures (just)!

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  2. Oh dear, the only book on this list I've ever gone near is Orlando and I had the same reaction to it as you!
    Did you have the same criterion for a good book that I had as a child - anything mother would disapprove of?

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    1. The Mother didn't really disapprove of any of my reading choices. But then she never knew that I read some of the saucier bits from her book collection!

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  3. I think I read Orlando on a long-haul flight. And left it in NY. I've read most of Dahl, I think, both kids' and adults' books.
    Just about to start "Ants Among Elephants" about a class-less family in India.

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    1. I think I've read most of Dahl's children's books, but none of his adult ones. I must try and rectify that.

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  4. 18. Read it! And it is the only one I know on the list.

    Earworm: Strawberry Alarm Clock's greatest hit.

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    1. Strawberry Alarm Clock?? Are they for real?!

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  5. I adore Strawberry Switchblade! Jx

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    1. I must admit to only knowing "Since Yesterday", but the song and video have stuck with me for the last 30-odd years. They are, as you say, Faboo!

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  6. Yep, #18 is the only one I've read. To be honest, sugar, I didn't listen to the music clips because I don't need another earworm today! (I'l spare you what I've been hearing this morning.) xoxoxo

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    1. Well, your last music choice was pretty good - James Taylor!

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  7. 18. I didn't read it but I saw the movie, and Jaws is still the scariest movie I've ever seen...especially since I luv the beach!

    14. Hocus Pocus Diplodocus, by Tom Stanier (1980) has piqued my interest! It sounds marvelous and fun!

    P.S. Don't worry about Star Trek...I've been immersed in Dungeons and Dragons: Forgotten Realms books over the past few months...I'm a nerd and SciFi Fantasy geek!

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    1. I forgot you liked Dungeons & Dragons! I used to read quite a lot of fantasy when I was younger, but it kind of got replaced by Star Trek...

      Jaws is a very scary and suspenseful film. I always think of it when I take a dip in the sea, mores the pity!

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  8. I read Rendezvous with Rama when it was new and I was 18 and loved it. Like most of Cook's writing, tons of clever ideas, not so much on plot or characters.

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    1. I totally agree - I like his books for the ideas and concepts, and they make for very easy reads as they're not bogged down with pesky human thoughts and feelings!

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  9. Anonymous7/10/17 22:30

    I have to confess, dearest IDV, that all that literature is unknown to me, also the very interesting music.
    I just want to say that your mention of "gun[n]ite" (on my blog some posts ago) triggered me into a journey of the world of "Spritzbeton" and made me discover a lot of wonderous things !
    Goodness - what could be done with this stuff : Forms, colours, surfaces - it is not necessarily always rectangular greyish grime ! We could built really fancy stuff from it.

    What reminds me - excuses in advance, dear - all these space stations, places near wormholes, even spaceship whatshername-sorry - from what are they built ? I think it is not steel. Seriously, what material(s) is/are used for these ships, housing, surfaces ? I know that parts of the shuttles used ceramics on the surface where it got hot through the re-entry into the earthly atmosphere. But the rest ? Plastics ?
    All I know is that should I be reborn as librarian aboard a spaceship of the titanium-class or whatever, I want to sit in a library with paper, wood, leather - tah : Not in a plastic cafeteria !
    Ah, the meds kick in ...

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    1. I must admit, I never really looked further than Roger Dean's use of gunnite or "spritzbeton", but I am intrigued now, so if I get time today, I shall have to do some research...

      As for spaceship/station construction materials, the "technical manuals" spout a lot of complex chemicals and metals - most of it beyond me. However, you may be pleased to know that Star Trek's USS Enterprise NCC-1701-E has a library on board.

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  10. Strawberry Switchblade!!! Always on my walkman during my commute to and from London....
    Sx

    Reading???? I don't think I've read anything this year :-(

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