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09 May 2005 @ 10:06 am
messages from the misguided  
On my car this morning I noticed an envelope tucked under a windshield wiper. Inside was the torn-off front cover of a book by Alistair MacLean, The Golden Rendezvous. On the back was written this note:
Sea, Anna (sp?):

We're both busy but its sunny now and we should hang out.

XO Nick [phone number]

P.S. The roof of the laundrymat is clean and nice.
What's weird is that it was my car. And I am Anna. And (a) that name is not on my building directory, and (b) there's no way to connect me to my parking space either. Perhaps needless to say, I know no "Sea" or "Nick."

Perhaps friendly aliens.
Cesperanzacesperanza on May 9th, 2005 05:37 pm (UTC)
Fan response: oooh, Alistair McLean! I have EVERY SINGLE ONE of those novels! I used to be a junkie for them.
Anna S.: spandereliade on May 9th, 2005 06:09 pm (UTC)
You crazy junkie you. I don't think I've ever read anything by him, though I've seen his books a million times in used bookstores. Perhaps I should check him out...?
Cesperanzacesperanza on May 9th, 2005 08:43 pm (UTC)
They're great for plot; they definitely influenced me as a writer. It's action adventure all the way--spies and stuff, lonerish guys in rubber suits who swim out of deserted coves, haul themselves aboard old freighters that are really smuggling weapons to small eastern european govenments, and blow them up. If you like that sort of thing.
Hepcatnwhepcat on May 10th, 2005 12:51 am (UTC)
YES! I read him all through high school!

"You are maligning a noble bird."

Cesperanzacesperanza on May 10th, 2005 01:55 am (UTC)
Me too, me too--do you remember (god, forgive me, I"m too lazy to look it up but) the one where there's a guy--Phillip something I want to say--describing for three pages all the damage that a colt shotgun will do if it blasts through your leg, and then finally three pages later we find out that he's got one pointed at him? That's the opening of the book; god, I loved it back in the day. As well as Guns of Naverone; I never really got over Mallory, Miller and Andreas.
Martin Schafermgs on May 17th, 2005 10:17 pm (UTC)
Definitely try some, but be sure to go for his earlier work. MacLean is one of those authors who at a certain point had their brain turn to mush and run out their ear. HMS Ulysses (his first book), Bear Island, South by Java Head, Ice Station Zebra, and many more are wonderful. Athabasca, Goodbye California, and others suck dead diseased rat through a straw.
Anna S.eliade on May 17th, 2005 11:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I will take a look for the ones you rec & avoid the rats. :)