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Dissing pop fiction – the Chrichton edition

At first I was happy to see an article about Michael Chricton in Vanity Fair. It’s usually fun to read about his wildly successful career. But not far into the article, the same old tired crap about how he didn’t … Continue reading

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Why I Went to Sea with Patrick O’Brian

I knew the books existed because I had seen the movie, which seemed like a good action yarn and one of Russell Crow’s best parts. I had no interest at all in looking up the sea tales it was based … Continue reading

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Missing Lisbeth?

Meet Rita. Long before Salander and Blomkvist, another pair of eccentric sleuths came to life in Dorothy Dunnett’s series about the seagoing, bifocal-wearing British painter-spy Johnson Johnson and his yacht, Dolly. His undercover adventures are chronicled in seven books that … Continue reading

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