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  1. It may be just a wild goose chase. I did notice that some of Parker's books and authors were being published by Prentice now. Scott Witt was the author that I zoned in on. Also, Prentice publishes a few books with the titles of Parker Publishing Editorial Staff...yada, yada, yada. The two, combined together, make me think there may have been a wholesale purchase of Parker by Prentice. The real leg work begins to see if Prentice Hall and Simon & Schuster have the copyrights or if Pearson does.
  2. I saw something that said Parker operated from the 60s to the 80s. In your searches, did you come across anything about Parker being bought by Prentice Hall? Prentice Hall was later sold to Simon & Schuster, and it now seems that parts of it may be with Pearson.
  3. Did you think it had a rock-solid, air-tight plot? Did you think it was full of original ideas? Scotty and Bones were about the only larger-than-life characters, and neither of their parts were very large. Fun? Perhaps. My wife is not a Star Trek fan, but she's pretty sure she's seen at least a couple of the movies. She thought it was fun, too. Perhaps it is fun, but in a Michael Bay sort of way. I've just never thought of Star Trek as that kind of fun.
  4. Fictionwise is having another sale. All books have been discounted 30-50%.
  5. Star Trek I don't have much time to type right now, but: It was merely okay. Pros: - Good acting by Pine--rebellious, scrappy, shoot-from-the-hip--a much better Kirk than Shatner was, and without the bad acting - The actor who played Bones was the only actor who seemed to be playing to the original, but did he ever do a good job - great special effects - more of Uhura than we've ever seen before--and I mean that in both ways Cons: - the actor who played Spock was lifeless and had no personality. Spock has no emotions, he does have a personality - small, simple, ri
  6. IMDb says that The Spire by William Golding is in production, with a tentative release date sometime in 2010.
  7. I just finished this and thought it was good--certainly better than Snow which I found rather dreary. It does, however, share a similar dull romance sub-plot and stereotypical characters, not to mention the anti-Islam/anti-tradition tone. Comparisons to The Name of the Rose are inevitable. Although the last half of Eco's novel was very intriguing, Pamuk manages to sustain the intrigue all of the way through, making it the more satisfying mystery of the two. Pamuk is also more subtle than Eco regarding his discussions and has better characterization and language, although the latter may
  8. I think, as a congratulatory gift and to show our appreciation, all of the members here should pitch in a few quid each and buy David a Sony eReader.
  9. I have a cousin living in Guadalajara, and I went through the SARS scare a few years back. He's not too worried, and basically says it's a lot of media hype (although he is scheduled to head home next week for his brother's wedding). We can all attest to the hype. When hasn't the media blown something out of proportion? Nevertheless, there is an uneasiness that I can also sympathize with, especially for those people living in Mexico City. It's the fear of what might happen. It's easy for me to feel safe thousands of miles away, yet something totally different when it's in your own geo
  10. Fiction - Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout Drama - Ruined by Lynn Nottage History - The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed Biography - American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham Poetry - The Shadow of Sirius by W.S. Merwin (Copper Canyon Press) General Nonfiction - Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A. Blackmon
  11. SlowRain

    Coffee

    You Londoners apparently have access to some pretty good coffee and pretty talented baristas. The UK contestant won the World Barista Championship this year. The last three years have all been dominated by Square Mile Roasters and their friends. This year was Gwilym Davies, who has some sort of stand/cart in a market on Whitecross Street and Columbia Road.
  12. The Golden Mile by Martin Cruz Smith, December 2009 - looks like another Arkady Renko novel.
  13. The Humbling by Philip Roth, autumn 2009 - (according to fantasticfiction.co.uk) Everything is over for Simon Axler, the protagonist of Philip Roth's startling new book. One of the leading American stage actors of his generation, now in his sixties, he has lost his magic, his talent, and his assurance. His Falstaff and Peer Gynt and Vanya, all his great roles, "are melted into air, into thin air." When he goes onstage he feels like a lunatic and looks like an idiot. His confidence in his powers has drained away; he imagines people laughing at him; he can no longer pretend to be someone else. "
  14. SlowRain

    Coffee

    For those people who said that coffee is bitter, there are probably two reasons for that: brewing method and the beans. I suggest using either an AeroPress (the all-round greatest coffee making device ever invented; but it doesn't make espresso) or else a pour-over method. Also, since many on here are from England, you could check out Square Mile Coffee Roasters (<--link) in London or Has Bean Coffee (<--link) in Stafford. Has Bean also has a Coffee 101 course (<--link) by email (I've tried it: you don't get any spam). It's informative and really good for beginners. * Use g
  15. Yes. An upsurge in mass shootings in the US and somewhat hostile discussions on BGO. Connection? I'm afraid that's a matter of opinion. I'm chuckling a fair bit at this thread.
  16. I have not read all of the posts in this thread, but two things: 1. I was spanked by my parents when I was young, and I'm better for it. As an adult, I've even thanked them for the spankings (but certainly not at the time). 2. I work with children, and you can see the difference between the ones who have been well disciplined and those who have had a more 'modern' approach--and the difference is not small. If, God forbid, the day ever comes that I reproduce, my children will be well disciplined, and that includes spanking should the situation call for it (easy to say now, harder t
  17. SlowRain

    Tea

    Actually, Taiwan is much worse when it comes to conveniences. I've literally seen two 7-11s two blocks away from each other. People here like things fast and easy--much more so than even Western countries. Nobody walks more than a block or two for anything. On the other hand, they'll wait in line for 15 minutes just to get the cake at a (temporarily) trendy bakery. One method I've learned for making iced tea is the cold brewed method. I put loose tea leaves into a pitcher then add water and put it in the fridge overnight. It makes a rather gentle tea, but not necessarily weak. It is
  18. SlowRain

    Tea

    One of the nice things about living in Taiwan is being able to visit the tea farms nestled in the mountains and actually seeing the picking, drying, and roasting. It's also nice to be able to buy the tea directly from the farmer, although I'm not exactly sure that's a fair trade, but it makes up for the low prices he gets from tea buyers and brokers. I like Taiwanese oolong tea, especially the twice-baked (sometimes called deep-baked). It has a heavier, richer taste. Tea, as opposed to coffee, is the drink of choice here, so there are lots of tea shops everywhere you look. If I walk
  19. SlowRain

    Coffee

    Not that I want to turn this into a tea thread, but I recommend twice-baked oolong tea (deep-baked oolong tea): my absolute favorite, and one that coffee drinkers seem to be drawn to as well.
  20. Here's an article about pharmaceutical companies in Africa which references The Constant Gardener.
  21. Natasha Richardson, Liam Neeson's wife. Actress Richardson dies aged 45
  22. SlowRain

    Goodbye

    Maybe we should refrain from posting more comments in this thread, no matter what our feelings. I just can't see it going anywhere good.
  23. SlowRain

    Goodbye

    Damn, I thought I'd be the one to force people off. Guess I'm slipping. Ian, I can't help but think that if deletion of your account in a genuine effort to leave were your main objective, you would have sent a private message to one of the moderators. You're not fooling anyone by doing it like this. I'm not usually in favor of giving the squeaky wheel grease. That said, I have popped into the thread in question a few times, but usually only when I needed a good laugh. Your comments in there weren't always in the best of taste either, so maybe everything is even. On a totally un
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