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Old 10-02-2008, 07:05 AM   #1
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The Saint Leslie Chateris

Names known to just about everyone, you'd think, especially someone working in a second hand bookshop.
But, no.
Me this morning: "Any Leslie Charteris books?
Pimply faced youth: <Blank look>
Me: "You know, The Saint!"
PFY: <Face lights up with comprehension> "Religious books are downstairs".

Surreal!
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Old 10-02-2008, 07:10 AM   #2
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Names known to just about everyone, you'd think, especially someone working in a second hand bookshop.
But, no.
Me this morning: "Any Leslie Charteris books?
Pimply faced youth: <Blank look>
Me: "You know, The Saint!"
PFY: <Face lights up with comprehension> "Religious books are downstairs".

Surreal!
Does it reveal my age that I knew exactly what you were refering too just by seeing the authors name?
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I must admit that I didn't know that the series originated as books - I only remember it as a TV programme with (?) Roger Moore.
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Old 10-02-2008, 07:46 AM   #4
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I must admit that I didn't know that the series originated as books - I only remember it as a TV programme with (?) Roger Moore.
Yeah, It was Roger Moore that stared as Simon Templar (the Saint), but then they also did an INCREDIBLY cheezy movie starring Val Kilmer as well. But the thing that made the old TV-series popular here in Sweden was the fact that Roger Moore drove a Volvo P1800 in the show

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Even so, the names are familiar to you.
I'm looking for a copy of the first novel "Meet the Tiger". Long out of print, and the cheapest second hand copy I can find online is £50 (Dearest £1306).

I've often thought that copyright should end if a book is out of print. I'd happily buy a copy if in print, or a reasonably priced second hand copy, but I'd not be cheating anyone by downloading it from a Torrent.
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Old 10-02-2008, 07:59 AM   #6
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Even so, the names are familiar to you.
I'm looking for a copy of the first novel "Meet the Tiger". Long out of print, and the cheapest second hand copy I can find online is £50 (Dearest £1306).

I've often thought that copyright should end if a book is out of print. I'd happily buy a copy if in print, or a reasonably priced second hand copy, but I'd not be cheating anyone by downloading it from a Torrent.
Ouch thats costly. Kinda doubt this is "mainstream" enough to be scanned and torrented though.
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Old 10-02-2008, 08:28 AM   #7
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Even so, the names are familiar to you.
I'm looking for a copy of the first novel "Meet the Tiger". Long out of print, and the cheapest second hand copy I can find online is £50 (Dearest £1306).

Some of the copies listed on abebooks seem a bit cheaper (even allowing for postage).
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Ouch thats costly. Kinda doubt this is "mainstream" enough to be scanned and torrented though.
It already has been. I remember when Jon discovered some of the MR books were being posted to the darknet without credit to MR I remember seeing about 50 Saint books posted.

I just checked my shelves and of the five Saint books there, Meet the Tiger was not one of them.
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Old 10-02-2008, 08:49 AM   #9
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Well, that's what happens with older series. I'm sure if I mentioned the name Kenneth Robeson to the same youth, I'd get the same expression. And if I followed up with: "You know... Doc Savage!" I'd get a reply such as: "Medical books, in the corner there. Anything from Africa's on the bottom shelf."

These days, pretty much any of those old adventure and pulp books are forgotten by today's generations, other than maybe Ian Fleming.
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Old 10-02-2008, 08:51 AM   #10
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Well, that's what happens with older series. I'm sure if I mentioned the name Kenneth Robeson to the same youth, I'd get the same expression. And if I followed up with: "You know... Doc Savage!" I'd get a reply such as: "Medical books, in the corner there. Anything from Africa's on the bottom shelf."

These days, pretty much any of those old adventure and pulp books are forgotten by today's generations, other than maybe Ian Fleming.
Who?
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I suppose someone at a bookstore would recognize the name Ian Fleming, but I'm not so sure about the general population.
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You know... Ian Fleming, the series about the writer who thinks he's a spy. Written by that former-spy-turned-writer, James Bond.

(Yeah, I was rushing that train of thought just a bit...)

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You know... Ian Fleming, the series about the writer who thinks he's a spy. Written by that former-spy-turned-writer, James Bond.

(Yeah, I was rushing that train of thought just a bit...)
Oh. I thought that he was a spy who thinks he's a writer.
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Oh. I thought that he was a spy who thinks he's a writer.
Which? Fleming or Bond?
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You know what this world needs more of? Adventurers with cool names. I always loved names like Simon Templar (The Saint), Doc Savage, Peter Gunn, Mike Hammer, Thomas Magnum, Ironside, Longstreet, etc, etc, etc... we need more hero names like that!

That's why I named Captain Carolyn Kestral after a bird of prey.
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