Week 97 – Franklin, Harold And Specific Pages

I had mentioned to the wonderful Leila Allison in a comment about how you always remember the first time you hit a ball over three hundred yards whilst playing golf. That got me thinking about ‘Book’ firsts. I hope that these cause you to think back.

My first book that I can remember reading as a kid – ‘The Clue of The Screeching Owl’ by Franklin W. Dixon. I was about ten and found it thrilling and scary. ‘Thrilling’ and ‘Scary’ were words I used when I was ten. (Even at the young age I used colourful adjectives.)

The first and only book I read in one night – ‘Teddy Lesters Chums’ by John Finnemore

There is not much I can say about the title except that it sounds like some sort of eroticism. It wasn’t. It was about cricket and public schools. What a Scotsman knows about cricket, is basically the name. What he knows about public schools is if you go there, you get beat up.

I have no excuse for reading the book and I hated myself for doing so, not because of the what-ho upper-class outstanding fellow storyline, but because I never kept the bloody book. It is between £60-£200 from AbeBooks!!

The first ‘grown up’ book I read – ‘The Fog’ by the late, great James Herbert. My sister was going into town and I asked her to get me a book, she brought this one back and I was hooked from page one.

It was the best tenner I have ever spent. (Wait a minute, that was 1978…Bitch!)

The first book where I read over and over certain pages until the page numbers are ingrained in my brain – ‘The Lonely Lady’ by Harold Robbins. Pages 32, 33, 39, 175, 176, 203, 204 were of particular interest.

The first informative book I have ever read – Aye, you all know where this is going!! ‘The Lonely Lady’ by Harold Robbins. Pages 32, 33, 39, 175, 176, 203, 204 were particularly informative.

The first book to cause cramp whilst I was reading it – Yep, the same book. It was a big book and it was awkward to hold!

The first book that made me look up to the ceiling and say ‘Is that ‘Captain Howdy’ coming to possess me oot ma heid’ – ‘The Exorcist’ by William Peter Blatty.

The first book I ever gave up on – I hate to say this! But it was Stephen King’s ‘The Tommyknockers’ To be fair, he was consistent as I also gave up on the film.

The first book that made me seek out the same character – ‘The Year Of The Tiger’ by Lee Chang. I read the whole series of these books. The main character was called Mace and he was a Buddhist and a martial arts expert. I learnt a lot from these books. Nothing about Buddhism or martial arts, there was a lot of sex in them as well.

The first worst book I ever read – The bible. The grammar is shit.

I hope that this gives you all your own thoughts about your reading ‘Firsts’.

On to the stories! Again we have a mix of topics and a mix of new writers with some old friends.

We have some science fiction, some very topical material, questionable celebrities, rape and a rare medical condition. As always, our comments follow.

We were happy to see the return of Paul Thomson on Monday with his very intriguingly entitled short, ‘Celebrity Unconscious.’

‘This tapped into celebrity status, money making opportunities and most importantly, the nonsensical making of a celebrity.’

‘Very thought provoking.’

‘Let’s be honest, now-a-days, if someone is caught in awful circumstances it seems there is a seam of the public who just can’t get enough.’

On Tuesday we had the first of our new writers. We welcome Titus Green onto the site and hope he has fun with it. ‘The Unsynchronized Death‘ was next up.

‘Well written, cynical and believable.’

‘This is topical and raw to all who read.’

‘A great piece of writing. You get the sense that he has done his homework.’

Kip Hanson is another new writer. Again we welcome him and to all our new writers, we hope they send us more in soon. He had his first story ‘Towers Of Grass And Clay‘ published on Wednesday.

‘This story is just as much about the journey as getting there,’

‘There are so many references to think on.’

‘There is a lot more to this than a simple science fiction.’

Thursday next and we were very happy to see a good friend of the site, Mitchell Toews was next up with his story, ‘Frozen Tag.’

‘I can’t quite define what it is but this clicked with me.’

‘There is no doubt that this is very well written.’

‘I can see that Mitch has spent a long time on this story.’

And to finish the week on Friday, another welcome to Tina Pamar. ‘Post‘ was her first story and hopefully not her last.

‘Tina captured the confusion, fear and mental anguish.’

‘Maybe these feelings are more common than overwhelming fear or acute hate and revenge seeking.’

‘This was good. I share all your sentiments and am happy to say yes!’

That is us for another week folks.

As always we hope that you have enjoyed what you have read.

And please if you have nothing better to do, why not send us in a story.

For me, I’ve not much on today so I was just wondering what to read…Pages 32, 33, 39, 175, 176, 203, 204!


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4 thoughts on “Week 97 – Franklin, Harold And Specific Pages

  1. I’m sorry to say that I have yet to experience the joy of hitting a golf ball farther than I can throw an donut; I’m certain it must be a wonderful feeling. I loved this week’s story collection and I agree with many of your comments in this week’s wrap up, save for the Tommyknockers–I liked the book, but as it goes with a lot of Mr. King’s stuff, it does go on longer than necessary.


    • Thanks Leila!
      I was annoyed not to finish ‘The Tommyknockers’ as I always want to finish a book I’ve started to read. I think it has only ever happened one more time and the book was that boring I can’t even remember the title!!
      Oh and the golf, all you have to do is call a foot a yard and you’ll do it with an iron!!

      You always make me smile.


  2. I enjoyed your roundup this week,Hugh, and your list of first books. When it comes to golf, I’ve hit many a ball over some long distances, I must have done since we never found the bloody things again.


    • Hi James,
      Yep, I’ve hit a few out of sight myself!
      The first time I played Portpatrick I only got through 14 holes as I had run out of golf balls. (And there was no mist to blame!)
      It is always great to hear from you James!!!


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