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Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Backward books?
« Last post by JRob on March 28, 2020, 06:53:10 pm »
I have a book case in my room and in the living room. Plus a couple of shelves in one of the spare bedrooms.

They are generally organized solely by the authors I want to have on the shelves. They aren't alphabetized by authors but whichever ones are on a shelf see all the books in order of publication.

The shelves in the living room contain some of my mom and dad's books, but I'm slowly weeding those out. As I empty a shelf, I pick an author to dedicate a shelf for their work.

I don't have a designated reading area in terms of decking out a room or anything. I do most of my reading either sitting on the couch in the living room or laying on my bed.
Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Mystery Movies for Self-Quarantine
« Last post by JRob on March 28, 2020, 06:49:17 pm »
I haven't watched many mystery movies lately. I've been watching a lot of comfort food type movies. Nothing too challenging and nothing all that particularly great.

I am thinking of seeing 1917 because I wanted to see it when it originally came out but never got around to it.

And I'm also considering watching some of the Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes movies that are available for free on On Demand.
What I'm Reading / Re: Quarantine Reading List?
« Last post by JRob on March 28, 2020, 06:46:27 pm »
Besides mystery and thrillers, I'm also a comic book fan.

I picked up the first issue of a new comic series called The Resistance. It's written by J. Michael Straczynski, the creator of the TV show Babylon 5. What I didn't realize is that it opens with the telling of a global pandemic breaking out and eventually killing 400 million people.

OOPS! Really not the story I wanted to read right now, even though it is a well told opening chapter.

My comfort reading otherwise was some new Star Wars comics before I dig into a new mystery novel tomorrow.
What I'm Reading / Re: THE SUN DOWN MOTEL by Simone St. James
« Last post by Becke Davis on March 28, 2020, 05:26:37 pm »
I love Simone St. James' books - she's my favorite (current) author of gothic mysteries.

I'm only about 100 pages into this book but it is spooky and as mysterious as I'd hoped. I thought I'd read all her books, but after checking out her book list I think there's one I missed.
Her first book, THE HAUNTING OF MADDY CLARE, made me a fan for life!

I finished THE SUNDOWN MOTEL last night - SUCH a good book! Lots of twists! Most of her books are gothics, but this one is a straight-up ghost story. VERY spooky!
Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
« Last post by Brian on March 28, 2020, 01:53:34 pm »
Hi everyone!

I see we have a lot of new members signing up in the last little while, which makes sense in these strange times.

Please say Hi when you get a chance and tell us about your favorite mystery book, or movie, or TV show--or ask for a recommendation--or anything.

We all need more diverting things to read right now.
Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Mystery Movies for Self-Quarantine
« Last post by AgathaC on March 28, 2020, 01:09:49 pm »
Knives Out is available to rent on Apple TV right now for $6.00. Also on Youtube for $6.00.
Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Mystery Movies for Self-Quarantine
« Last post by Becke Davis on March 28, 2020, 12:49:26 pm »
I really enjoyed TO DIE FOR (1995) a thriller starring Nicole Kidman and directed by Gus Van Sant. Kidman plays a none too bright but relentlessly ambitious aspiring TV personality with a penchant for taking shortcuts. It's a great cast: Kidman, Matt Dillon, Joaquin Phoenix, Casey Affleck, Ileana Douglas. The ending is perfectly excecuted.

How about everyone else? What should we be renting/streaming while we're all self-isolating?

Speaking of Nicole Kidman, have you seen MALICE? It stars Kidman, Alec Baldwin and Cloris Leachman. It's brilliant!

Another favorite mystery - CHARADE, with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn.
What I'm Reading / Re: Quarantine Reading List?
« Last post by Becke Davis on March 28, 2020, 12:47:09 pm »

I'm going for comfort reads. I just finished re-reading The Rose in Darkness by Christianna Brand. Brand is one of my favourites--I don't think anyone could beat her for plot reversals.

Now I'm reading Christie's Five Little Pigs, for the third time, just to see how she did it. And then I'm going on to Peril at End House.

I also have an early copy of The Red Locked Room, a collection of locked-room stories by Tetsuya Ayukawa, and I'm reading those in between chapters of Christie...

FIVE LITTLE PIGS is a favorite of mine. Maybe it's time for a reread...

Do you have A.A. Milne's THE RED HOUSE MYSTERY on your locked room mystery list? Yes, that's the author of Winnie-the-Pooh. He only wrote the one mystery but it's a good one!
Welcome and General Discussion / Re: What's your home library like?
« Last post by Becke Davis on March 28, 2020, 12:43:14 pm »
I just love my home library. It has comfortable wing chairs, cozy rugs, a northern exposure (not too much sunlight on books), and yards and yards of built-in white shelves just packed with books -- and some magazines :) THere's usually a pot of tea or a glass of wine on a side table.  There's a radio and stereo system but no TV. The only thing it lacks is a fireplace but realistically that's a lot of work to keep clean.

Over the past week, I've been organizing my books more coherently. I may try alphabetizing although that's a huge job.

How about you guys? What's your home library or reading area like and how is it organized? Has anyone used a software program to take inventory? If so, what one and what did you think?

Your reading area sounds fabulous! I have wall-to-wall books but, sadly, no built-in bookcases. I'd love built-ins and a cozy reading nook - I love the look of window seats, but don't think they'd be comfortable for reading. I have one bookcase dedicated to Agatha Christie. Beyond that, I have shelves organized by author and by genre. I like the idea of taking inventory - maybe one day!
Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Jokes, Quotes and Anecdotes
« Last post by Becke Davis on March 28, 2020, 12:38:38 pm »
Here's my favorite Sherlock Holmes joke. What have you got? Post 'em here!

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson went on a camping trip. As they lay down for the night, Holmes said: "Watson, look up into the sky and tell me what you see."

Watson said, "I see millions and millions of stars."

“And what does that tell you?" Holmes asked.

"Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Theologically, it tells me that God is great and that we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, it tells me that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow... What does it tell you?"

"Somebody stole our tent, " said Holmes.

I love this!
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