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The Spies of Warsaw by Alan Furst 6 8.33%
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett 19 26.39%
The Day Of The Jackal by Frederick Forsyth 5 6.94%
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carré 12 16.67%
The Scavenger's Daughter by Mike McIntyre 6 8.33%
The Eiger Sanction by Trevanian 3 4.17%
Bangkok 8 by John Burdett 3 4.17%
The Firm by John Grisham 7 9.72%
Heat Wave by Richard Castle 10 13.89%
Vanishing Act by Thomas Perry 1 1.39%
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Old 05-27-2011, 10:36 AM   #76
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On the upside. This vote looks like it's going to be a real opportunity for me to read something I've never thought of reading before.

I didn't even realise that The Maltese Falcon was a book. I thought it was just a movie - pretty dumb perhaps.

Looks like it might be time to try something new - the old kind of new.
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Old 05-27-2011, 11:13 AM   #77
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I voted for The Spy Who Came In From The Cold without looking at the results or reading this thread beforehand. Now that I see the results, I think The Maltese Falcon will be an interesting selection. I honestly didn't know that the film was based off a book. I saw the film a long time ago but luckily have forgotten many of the twists and turns. At least, I think I have. If I start reading it, they may come back to me.

As for The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, it's in third now and I hope it at least ends up in second place so that it will be part of the second-chance month's selections.
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Old 05-27-2011, 12:39 PM   #78
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Actually, there are 3 movies based off of that book!
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Old 05-27-2011, 04:15 PM   #79
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Actually, there are 3 movies based off of that book!
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Old 05-27-2011, 04:25 PM   #80
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Yup,

The Maltese Falcon, 1931, w/ Bebe Daniels and Richardo Cortez
Satan Met A Lady, 1936, w/ Bette Davis and Warren William
The Maltese Falcon, 1941, w/ Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor.
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I always vote for what I want to read and hope that it wins. But in this case, even though The Firm isn't going to win, maybe The Maltese Falcon will be interesting. I'm hoping so.
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Sometimes what is called literature is actually drek in disguise. And sometimes what's not literature is actually a fun read. It all varies.
For some of us, your statement would be truer if it read like this:

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Sometimes what is called a fun read is actually drek in disguise. And sometimes literature is actually a fun read. It all varies.
I think Hammett would have a good laugh if he came back and heard us referring to his books as literature. His wife Lillian wouldn't, but as the two-dimensional oval said of the shoebox, that's another story.

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A lot of what is "so-called" literature is garbage.
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I think Hammett would have a good laugh if he came back and heard us referring to his books as literature. His wife Lillian wouldn't, but as the two-dimensional oval said of the shoebox, that's another story.
I don't believe Hammett and Hellman were ever married.
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Oddly enough, I watched a film last night about Dashiell Hammett without meaning to or realising it while watching.

I watched "Julia" knowing hardly anything about it (it's on a "to watch" list I chose randomly from). I didn't know it was based on anything true. In the film, the writer Lily had a mentor/lover named Dashiell. I thought it was an interesting coincidence.

Once the film was over, I wikipediaed it and discovered it was based on a portion of a Lillian Hellman book. As I read, calling it a "true" film may be a stretch given Hellman's penchant for lying and the circumstances surrounding the real "Julia", but there's no doubt about Dashiell being real.
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I don't believe Hammett and Hellman were ever married.
Yes, I remembered that on the way home on Friday and never got back to MobileRead until now.

You'd never know it, though, to hear her defend and honor Hammett in her interview in the Paris Review.

That interview is what made me think of her in the first place.
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A lot of what is "so-called" literature is garbage.
What exactly is "so-called" literature? It sounds like an exciting new genre!
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What exactly is "so-called" literature? It sounds like an exciting new genre!
So-called literature is books that are called literature but are in reality not worth reading.
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I was only joking. Your use of quote marks makes it appear you're talking about a specific kind of book rather than dismissing boatloads of books you don't consider to be good.

A: Have you got any "So-Called" Literature?

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well back from vaca, ahh what a week it was....and i read maybe 3 total chapters this past week. too much fun in the sun. now to get back to reading.

is this vote over? has falcon won out?
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