For many years before setting out into the world I loved the challange of tracking down the books that spun out of TV and Film productions. Of course this was before the advent of VHS/DVD etc so in most cases it was the only way to relive the original unless you were lucky to catch a repeat screening. But over time the fun wore off, mostly because I had to start shifting them from flat to flat, and the advent of E-bay and the internet has removed the thrill from the hobby, 'cause it's a lot easier now to get anything now at a price from the safety of a seat at home. Still we love a bit of nostalgia here so here's my guild to the form
The fictional biography John Steed - An Authorized Biography: Volume One - Jealous In Honour by Tim Heald rates as the rarest I know of; I've never seen a copy for sale in the flesh, thus I was dumbstruck to find my local library had a copy in storage, so at least I got to read it many years ago. Last time I looked it had dissappeared. Guess someone got a good deal at one of the library clear out sales. I used to go along to them just in the hope of getting that copy...
The Prisoner novels used to be hard to track down, then the US NEL library versions started turning up in the cheap-o new book bins in New Zealand.
Aside from the legandary Alan Dean Foster, my favourite writers included:
Leslie wrote some interesting TV Tie-ins that were always worth reading:
- Daktari No.4.
- Danger Man Hell for Tomorrow.
- The Invaders: The Autumn Accelerator.
- The Invaders: The Night of the Trilobites.
- The Man from U.N.C.L.E: #5.
- The Man from U.N.C.L.E: #7.
- The Man from U.N.C.L.E: #14.
- The Man from U.N.C.L.E: #16.
Tiger (AKA Walter H Wager), had a hip and amusing approach to his books:
- I Spy #1.
- I Spy #2 Masterstroke.
- I Spy #4 Wipeout.
- I Spy #5 Countertrap.
- I Spy #6 Doomdate.
- I Spy #7 Death-Twist.
- Mission Impossible.
- Mission Impossible #4 Code Name: Little Ivan.
The first I Spy book was a pleasure to read. Very funny. Later ones didn't quite live up to it.