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Day 5

Share something non-fannish you are passionate about with your fannish friends


I love old movies. One of my absolute favorites is the 1941 Humphrey Bogart/Mary Astor version of The Maltese Falcon. Strangely enough, I'd never read the book. It was one of those things I'd just never gotten around to. About six month ago, I picked up a super cheap used copy, and I completely fell in love.

A month or so later, I wandered into a local used bookstore that specializes in mystery and spy thriller fiction. I got into a long discussion with the owner -- who has apparently read every detective novel ever written -- and she recommended I try Raymond Chander's stuff. I bought a $5 copy of The Big Sleep, and I never looked back.

cut for a ridiculous obsession with pulp detective fiction and a school-girl crush on phillip marlowe )


I also like non-fiction, in the form of true crime.

It started innocently enough. I picked up a book about Jack the Ripper on a whim -- I had jury duty coming up, and it looked like something I could get through in eight hours, so. No harm done, right?

Ha.

cut for an unhealthy obsession with victorian serial killers and also a few depression era bank robbers )

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