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Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP08 Feb 2018 5:50 a.m. PST

This one slipped under my radar, otherwise I woud have nominated many of the Flashman books as well as Doyle's wonderful Bigadier Gerard stories.

There was supposed to be a Steve Carrell vehicle for the latter, but I don't know what's become of it. He may be too busy angling for Oscars these days.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP08 Feb 2018 7:00 a.m. PST

You know, it's funny. I've read 12 of the 13 finalists. (Missed Basilisk Station.)I enjoyed all but the Moorcock and the Haldeman. But of the 10 finalists I've read and enjoyed, most would be a mess to adapt. Quite a few are short story collections. One ends on a cliffhanger and one is the third book in a trilogy. The Lovecraft is a unified story and the right length, but I suspect the scriptwriter ordered to adapt telling the entire racial history of the Old Ones in what is otherwise an action-adventure story would take the easy way out and throw himself into the arms of the nearest kraken.

A good book is not necessarily the basis for a good movie.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP08 Feb 2018 1:15 p.m. PST


For "Team Yankee" and "Red Storm Rising" time has passed. In the 80s it would have made sense but the old Cold War is done. Circumstances have radically changed. The Warsaw Pact is no more. Most of the former Warsaw Pact members are now in NATO. A war in Europe would be radically different. I liked both books but they are done.

WillieB Supporting Member of TMP08 Feb 2018 1:30 p.m. PST

Agree, but the sequels to Team Yankee are all too 'realistic'

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