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New Member Introduction

Post by Steve Blake » Fri 8 Mar, 2019 10:06:21

Hello Everyone
Having just joined The Library, I would like let you know about my interest in Dennis Wheatley.
It stems from reading most of his books back in the 1970's and I decided to start purchasing his books about 10 years ago.
I bought first editions wherever possible and have a reasonable collection, including later editions of some books.
However, the cost of obtaining the earlier/rarer books is a challenge as I'm sure you all know!
Over the last two years I have read all of the books again and whilst the tone of some text is probably not acceptable today, the stories and the historical detail are still fascinating.
Regards,
Steve

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Re: New Member Introduction

Post by Steve Whatley » Sun 10 Mar, 2019 17:50:19

Welcome to the Library Steve,
Sounds like we started reading DW at around the same time.
I hope you might be interested in joining us for a Convention or a Field Trip at some stage.
If you've read the complete works in the last two years you must now be an expert.
And what a mammoth feat of endurance - more than a-book-a-fortnight for two years!
Hope you have plenty of matters arising therefrom - we desperately need someone to start some conversations.
All Best Wishes,
Steve W

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Post by Steve Blake » Fri 15 Mar, 2019 17:03:41

Hi Steve
I found that a lot of the books could be read quickly once you got into them. I read each series about a specific character in order and then the separate books. Some of the historical detail covering World War II in the Gregory Sallust books is excellent. I think you and I may have met many years ago when you purchased a Wheatley book from me that had a laser copy dust jacket originally supplied to me by Richard Humphreys? Regards Steve

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Post by Steve Whatley » Sun 17 Mar, 2019 20:23:59

Hi Steve,
I too have read all the series in order. I'd started off reading the black magic novels, then gradually progressed to the others. I never thought I'd be interested in Roger Brook, but after reading The Irish Witch, I tried another title - The Rape Of Venice, I think - then decided to read the whole saga from the beginning, including the two I'd already read (which made it a bit tedious)! I always say that if ever I read them again, I'll skip over much of the historical detail which is gratuitously inserted to complete the background. Although the latter was always useful if I was having trouble sleeping.
I think I'm about due to re-read the wartime Gregory Sallust series; I remember from last time that there was lots of historical detail of which I wasn't aware, and the problem is I just can't remember a fraction of it. What better way to re-read the history of WWII?
I think I probably do have one or more books such as you describe, but I'm afraid my memory is so poor that I need a gentle reminder of the circumstances in which I acquired one from you! Where was the transaction completed?
All Best,
Steve

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Re: New Member Introduction

Post by Steve Blake » Fri 29 Mar, 2019 15:32:06

Hi Steve
My recollection is that I came to your house. Possibly in the Harrow or Pinner area? Regards Steve

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Re: New Member Introduction

Post by Darren » Sun 14 Apr, 2019 07:59:06

Hi Steve - and a belated welcome from me.

Thank you for joining us. If you have followed the library for awhile you will know that activity ebbs and flows. We are going through a dry patch currently, but there will be times when discussions are vibrant. The General Topics page is the main area for discussions.

I am very impressed with your 2 year DW readathon. Did you read them in order of publication?
Regards,

Darren.

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Re: New Member Introduction

Post by Steve Blake » Sun 14 Apr, 2019 17:59:23

Hi Darren
I read each series in order, Brook, Sallust etc. and then the fiction in order of publication, followed by the non fiction. I am currently reading "Red Eagle" which will be the last one. Regards Steve

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