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    The Thing - Alan Dean Foster (1982). This is another library book that I probably read around 1982 or 1983. Really enjoyed it and allowing the imagination to run as I read it. There was a lot of censorship in the movie screening in my country. Very annoyed.

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    I still got a scrapbook newspaper cutting of this guy and his practical effect of this jointed humans. Also kept the movie newspaper ads. I remember one of the ad actually spoiled the plot as it countdown the number of researchers from start to finish. Maybe one day I should share my scrapbooks.

    The ultra simple soundtrack by John Carpenter himself was also very effective in the film, building up the suspense.

    Heard they are remaking the film again.
  • johncolombo
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    168sean168 wrote: »
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    The Thing - Alan Dean Foster (1982). This is another library book that I probably read around 1982 or 1983. Really enjoyed it and allowing the imagination to run as I read it. There was a lot of censorship in the movie screening in my country. Very annoyed.

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    I still got a scrapbook newspaper cutting of this guy and his practical effect of this jointed humans. Also kept the movie newspaper ads. I remember one of the ad actually spoiled the plot as it countdown the number of researchers from start to finish. Maybe one day I should share my scrapbooks.

    The ultra simple soundtrack by John Carpenter himself was also very effective in the film, building up the suspense.

    Heard they are remaking the film again.

    I was thinking about reading this book.
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  • johncolombo
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    edited September 2020
    I finished reading "I am Legend" the other day, then I watched the original film about the book "The Last man on Earth" I liked the book very much and last man is a very good interpretation of the book compared to omega man and I am legend film.
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  • johncolombo
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    I'm halfway through "The Haunting Of Hill House" and am enjoying it very much. I've liked all the books I've read the past month or so
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  • johncolombo
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    Oh I had Read "Earth Abides" before Hill House I forgot to post.
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  • johncolombo
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    edited October 2020
    I finished the haunting of hill house - took me forever- I got lost at some point- it didn't make a lot of sense to me till I red a summary after I finished.
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  • I'm currently reading Bentley Little's The Summoning (a vampire stalks a desert town). His books are always fun reads. He's a favorite author of mine.

    Before that, I read Nick Cutter's The Troop and Thomas Olde Heuvelt's Hex and both were excellent.
  • johncolombo
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    I'm on a Stephen King binge and am currently reading 11/22/63.
    I'll keep the summoning in mind, sounds interesting.
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  • Stephen King is a huge Bentley Little fan. Remember when Stephen King got hit by the van back in the 90s? He had a copy of Bentley's book The House on him. Yikes.

    My personal favorite of Bentley's is The Mailman. It's a very goofy book but definitely makes you feel uncomfortable.
    My favorite Stephen King works are Desperation and Delores Claiborne.
  • johncolombo
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    Stephen King is a huge Bentley Little fan. Remember when Stephen King got hit by the van back in the 90s? He had a copy of Bentley's book The House on him. Yikes.

    My personal favorite of Bentley's is The Mailman. It's a very goofy book but definitely makes you feel uncomfortable.
    My favorite Stephen King works are Desperation and Delores Claiborne.

    I don't know Bentley I will have to look him up. I have Delores Claiborne on hold at the library. I was able to download Rose Madder today which I will read when I finish 11/22/63. Then Delores Claiborne should be available to me by then. I also placed a hold on Misery which it says I have to wait 16 weeks. :o
    I'll add desperation to the list. I'm at the point now almost where I can't remember which of his older books I've read except for the obvious ones like Carrie, the stand, Salems lot etc...
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  • johncolombo
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    edited January 23
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    Loved this book I'll be done reading it today (I have like 20 pages to go or so)
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  • I've just finished Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton. It's the zombie apocalypse (sort of) told from the perspective of a domesticated crow "and his trusty steed, Dennis" who is a bloodhound. Very cute and hilarious and a bit heartbreaking. A sequel comes out later this year.

    Now I'm starting The Chain and it's pretty wild. A woman's daughter is kidnapped and the only way to get her back is to kidnap someone else's child. The people who took her daughter did it to get back their own child from whoever kidnapped him and so on. Thus, the chain. I think a movie based on the book is planned.
  • johncolombo
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    I read Rose Madder last week, was going to follow it with Dolores Claiborne but I'm going to read Misery next instead then get out of King world for a bit.
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    They Called Us Enemy (2019) George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott with Artwork by Harmony Becker

    I just completed this graphic memoir in one hour in a public library. Because I needed a place to sit down and to charge my handphone. And this book seemed easy to read. It is an account of George's account of his experience in the internment camps during WWII. By presenting the account in a graphical manner, I believe this story could reach out to young readers too. The graphic has no colour though. I am aware of this event and the book gives a good personal perspective.
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    edited March 30
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    Signal 100, written by Arata Miyatsuki and illustrated by Shigure Kondo (first published 2015 in magazine Young Animal).

    I was intrigued to read this after watching the live action adaptation which I felt was incomplete.

    The manga story was better and it has only 27 chapters in it. It was captivating and I could finish it in 4 hours. A gore action thriller in the vibes of Battle Royale
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    An Introduction to the Culture and History of The Teochews in Singapore by Tan Gia Lim, 2018

    This is really the definitive book to understand about Teochews in Singapore. In fact there might be only one other book that covered the same subject matter in Singapore

    I stumbled upon this book by accident in the public library. Being of a descent of Teochew, I don't know much about the history of Teochews. My dad, who hardly spoke to me, told me nothing. I feel that I have to understand my roots and this book really helps.

    However, it could be a very dry read as the book was really written in a serious, non fictional style.

    Teochew is a dialect group from the Southern part of China, in the Guangzhou province. I only know that my roots were from Shantou aka Swatow.

    In Singapore, Teochews is the second largest dialect group here. The largest is Hokkien. However most of the young generations now are not able to use their dialects anymore. The only vocabularies they could remember are for scolding people.

    The book covers the roots of Teochew, language, the migration to South East Asia, the trades, the education, the various organisations, cultures, important figures, etc.

    I like the parts that cover language, migration, food. The appendix of the book was good too with commonly used Teochew words in Singapore.

    The book cover is an oil painting that depicts the trading activities at Boat Quay and the warehouses alongside the river.

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    The modern quay area was transformed into an entertainment hub of restaurants and pubs. The only boats that run now are for sightseeing.

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    An important oldest existing teochew temple set up in Singapore as early as 1820s. Picture was taken in the late 19th century or early 20th century. Note the pigtail hairstyle required of males during the Qing Dynasty. This temple was used to worship the sea deity Mazu as sea trade was prevalent for Teochews then.

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    The temple stands today in the midst of financial district with high rise buildings. Picture was taken from Google Maps.

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    The architecture of a Teochew house built around 1870s by a rich and important man. This building was gazetted as a national monument. The building sits in a prime area in the vicinity of Orchard shopping district.

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    A picture from the 1980s with old folks waiting to watch a teochew opera by the Boat Quay. Note that female elders during that era had a fashion code to look bland and dressed down. No one wears like this anymore.
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  • I love the way your Tampines Hub is kind of keeping the tradition of that last photo alive with their movie screenings @168sean168.
    Maybe in another 40 years you might be in a history book about; How we all survived the "Global Pandemic".

  • I love the way your Tampines Hub is kind of keeping the tradition of that last photo alive with their movie screenings @168sean168.
    Maybe in another 40 years you might be in a history book about; How we all survived the "Global Pandemic".

    Haha. I am quite fortunate to be in this town. I believe that Tampines Hub is the only location here doing public movie screenings daily on such a scale.

    This performance art of Chinese opera is dying here. The young are not interested in it. It is usually performed in special deities occasions in modern days attended by some elders.

    These days it is so easy to capture photos and videos. The value of the future media to capture current events will not be as precious as last time. :pensive:
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    @TheRealTiminator in fact I am at the hub now. This is a performance by buskers. Noted how it juxtaposed with the 1980 photo. 🙂
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