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Becke Davis

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Is a 1983 book vintage?
« on: August 02, 2020, 11:47:47 pm »
I'm used to coming across books I read as a teenager that are now considered vintage. But my daughter was born in 1983, when this book was published. I'm having a hard time thinking of this as vintage, but it's certainly not a new release. The book I just read is THE CASE OF THE MISSING BRONTE by Robert Barnard. He is known for twist endings and interesting plots. This was definitely an interesting plot, but I didn't find it particularly twisty. I thought it was worth reading, but kind of slow going.

I made another trip to the thrift store library and came home with some interesting old paperbacks, a couple hardcovers - Parnell Hall's ARSENIC AND OLD PUZZLES, and Lawrence Block's THE THIEF WHO COULDN'T SLEEP. I thought at first it was one of his series THE BURGLAR WHO... - I really like those, so I hope this one will be similarly entertaining.

I also picked up a couple of old Reader's Digest condensed books for 25 cents each. My parents used to subscribe to those - I read my first Barbara Michaels' book in condensed book form (AMMIE, COME HOME). I picked these volumes for two reasons - Evelyn Anthony's A PLACE TO HIDE and Dorothy Gilman's MRS. POLLIFAX AND THE SECOND THIEF.

I hope you are all finding good things to read!

JRob

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Re: Is a 1983 book vintage?
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2020, 04:05:17 am »
Given how time's passage changes available technology, a story set in 1983 might very well be considered a kind of "vintage".  Kind of like when the TV network TNT started billing the movies they showed as "The New Classics", even though they weren't always very good movies and most were usually 20 years old or less.


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Re: Is a 1983 book vintage?
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2020, 09:29:57 pm »
Given how time's passage changes available technology, a story set in 1983 might very well be considered a kind of "vintage".  Kind of like when the TV network TNT started billing the movies they showed as "The New Classics", even though they weren't always very good movies and most were usually 20 years old or less.

Good point. Everything is "classic" now, I guess.