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the devil is a gentleman

Post by ken68 » Fri 9 Oct, 2009 18:53:33

hi all
just had an email from amazon.....its on its way woo-hoo :lol: .
anyone got theirs yet?

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Post by Charles » Sat 10 Oct, 2009 19:36:30

No !

I'm expecting mine nearer the end of the month.

If yours arrives sooner, please shout - I'd have to order an extra copy via Amazon - and ask for Special Deivery !

:D
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Post by Steve Whatley » Sun 11 Oct, 2009 00:45:27

Yes, I received a similar e-mail to Ken's on Friday 9th, saying my copy had been despatched by Royal Mail.

It didn't arrive on Saturday, but then I didn't really expect it to. I have high hopes for Monday though!

Once it arrives I imagine I'll be reading it to the exclusion of all else.

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Post by ken68 » Mon 12 Oct, 2009 09:10:49

i have it! a weighty tome, would have made DW proud. i am out tonight and tomorrow night so won't be able to start it until wed. wots that italian curse!
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Post by Jim » Mon 12 Oct, 2009 13:49:39

I just got an e-mail from The Book Depository today--my copy is on its way to NYC!

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Post by Steve Whatley » Mon 12 Oct, 2009 17:54:08

Yes, my copy has arrived too - good old Royal Mail!

I've just been dipping in rather than try to read the whole thing straight off; but not just dipping in here and there - I've been dipping in all over the place. And there's plenty of scope for that in six hundred pages.

My first impression is that it's rich with references to interesting people and events in almost every paragraph - just what I wished for! The emphasis certainly seems to be on the facts rather than the author's opinion. (Not that I have anything against Mr. Baker's opinion, but too much of that sort of thing has been known to ruin a good biography.)

I'm already sure that even after I've read the whole thing through I shall be forever revisiting this monumental work.

Hooray for Phil Baker! [font=Courier New] [/font]

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Post by Stevie P » Tue 13 Oct, 2009 16:43:54

I now have a copy as well. I only ordered it yesterday!!

I also have a problem. Do I carry on reading the next DW book in the series, 'Come into my Parlour', or do I start reading the new Dan Brown book which is is sat on my bedside table or do I start Phil's new book???? So many books so little time!!!!!

Is Phil planning a visit to Elstree? If so a book signing session might be in order. :D

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Post by Charles » Tue 13 Oct, 2009 20:32:09

Dear Steve,

A partial solution ...

Forget Dan Brown and choose from between the other two !

:D

Your old friend
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Post by Steve Whatley » Tue 13 Oct, 2009 22:12:08

Steve, further to Charles's advice, I would forget about this new feller Dan What's-his-name, and read Come Into My Parlour and the biography at the same time (not literally of course).

I often have a novel and a biography on the go at the same time, and I select whichever one I fancy when I go to bed. If I feel tired I usually go for the fiction, but if I'm a bit more alert I tend to reach for the biography. Some nights I start with the non-fiction, then as I grow more tired, I switch to the novel. So there you are - problem solved!

Of course, you could start the biography, then every time you get to the point where DW writes a book, you could stop and read that before you continue. That way you could get the full DW experience - the full life story and the complete works in the order in which they were written. Go on, someone has to be first to do it, and you're just the man.

Enjoy![font=Courier New] [/font]

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Post by Stevie P » Wed 14 Oct, 2009 11:17:10

Gentlemen,

Thankyou for the words of wisdom.
I feel as though a great weight has been lifted!!

Anybody want to buy a Dan Brown book!!!!

;)

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Post by Garry Holmes » Wed 14 Oct, 2009 19:54:11

Hmmmm, only a few months till Christmas. I wonder if I should start dropping hints to my family... :twisted:

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Post by Jim » Thu 15 Oct, 2009 21:23:47

I received my Sexton Blake collection today from the Book Depository--mailed just under a month ago. If the Baker bio (ordered at the same time) went out on or about October 13, I'm looking at a mid-November arrival.

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Post by ken68 » Sat 17 Oct, 2009 07:41:18

well sat up in the small hours this morning to finish it. can't say i am all that impressed to be honest. could he find nothing good to say? and why the keep harking back to the occult novels? a hatchet job not very well written imho.
best thing was seeing our own charles iwan and in there.
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Post by Jim » Sat 17 Oct, 2009 16:12:07

Well, surprise! My doorbell rang this morning, and there was my copy of The Devil is a Gentleman, only a week after it was mailed from England!

I look forward to spending some time with this thick volume in the not-too-distant future...

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Post by Charles » Mon 19 Oct, 2009 07:48:48

Bit short notice, but I'm seeing Phil Baker tomorrow night (Tues 20th Oct at 6.30 p.m.).

They won't be personalised, but if anyone who will be at the Convention wants me to buy a copy of the book down here and to get it autographed for them, Phil has kindly offered to do the honours.

I'd then bring the book to the Convention and you could pay for it / collect it there.

Let me know if it's something you would like - sorry for some it would mean having a second copy ...

Best to all as always
Charles

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