Tag Archives: 1980s

12 Books of Christmas: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

If the key to understanding a person really is understanding their hobby horses, then understanding me is a matter of understanding the Mystery-Investigation Complex. While I love science fiction and fantasy, my truest love is the detective story, whether playing … Continue reading

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The 12 Discs of Christmas, Stop Making Sense

At different times, we all experience “existential” moments, where we have cause and opportunity to stop and think about what we’re doing. Sometimes we wonder big questions – I’ve always eaten meat, but do I really like it? Are men … Continue reading

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B is for Burglar [1986]

One of the most common critiques of hard-boiled detective fiction is that it is highly masculine. The reasons for that are as complex and inexorable as the male domination of other genres, and exist on manifold layers. In the first … Continue reading

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Clandestine [1980]

James Ellroy’s novels defy easy classification. There are a few early novels that fit nicely in a pigeon hole – the Lloyd Hopkins novels are serial killer procedurals, Brown’s Requiem is essentially “just” a hard-boiled detective yarn. But it’s not … Continue reading

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RoboCop [1987]

I can’t quite muster sufficient enthusiasm to drag myself off to see the recent remake of this classic SF-action dystopia. But, when I couldn’t sleep last night I did manage the enthusiasm to join the “Popular on Netflix” sheep and … Continue reading

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The Anubis Gates [1983]

We tend to think of Time Travel as the quintessentially Sciency Science Fiction. Time Travel narratives are narrative Rube Goldberg machines – the fascination comes from the surprising juxtaposition of events that lead inexorably down a path of barely-believable convolution. Deja … Continue reading

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Clue [1985]

The major conceptual paradigm for mystery novels it the so-called “Fair Play Method”, where the reader must have sufficient information to solve the mystery at the same point as the detective begins his revelation. Just why this should be the … Continue reading

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