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The Man from the Diogenes Club (The Diogenes Club #1)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  206 ratings  ·  19 reviews
In the swinging seventies, Richard Jeperson-secret agent of the Diogenes Club-solves crimes too strange for Britain's police. His fashion sense is gaudy, his enemies deadly, his associates glamorous.
Paperback, 389 pages
Published June 25th 2006 by Monkeybrain
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James
I don't know whether it's the anthology nature of the book or just the obvious fact that Richard Jeperson is the Jason King post-Thatcherite England needs and not the Jason King it deserves, but I spent most of the book thinking "this should have been an awesome TV show." Which it would have. But that's a distracting thought to entertain when one's not trying to watch TV.

I'm coming to the Diogenes Club after reading the first two Anno Dracula books, and the contrast is disarming. I'd gotten used
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Charles Prepolec
Kim Newman's work always strikes me as having a certain `kid in a candy shop' sort of feel to it, or maybe that's just a reflection of my own enthusiasm for wallowing in a fantasy world so rich in pop culture and literary references that it might make even the most committed Wold Newton enthusiast's head spin! Whatever the case, whether it's Newman or just my own predilection for his work, I find his writing to be infused with an undeniable sense of fun, no mean feat when it also encompasses a r ...more
Bernard
A delightful romp that's a hybrid of the old TV series The Avengers and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (and a good dash of Austin Power's fashion sense). A collection of short stories about Britain's top paranormal investigator, Richard Jeperson, an agent of the Diogenes club—the "least-known branch of the United Kingdom's intelligence and investigative services." Jeperson faces threats ranging from Nazi demons to pornqueen enchantresses to haunted trains.
Morgan
Oh Kim Newman, by all rights you should be too clever for your own good. He's fully embraced camp and genre tropes. He loves meta references. And for the most part he's just so over the top that everything should garner eye-rolling. But he's a damn good writer, clever and witty, and creates characters and scenarios that are just downright engaging.

I heart the Diogenes Club stuff. I really just want more and more. I want to know all the weird supporting characters and I care about their history.
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Deb
May 05, 2008 Deb rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: autumn winters
Shelves: reread
A fun read. The Diogenes Club was where Sherlock's older brother resided, and Newman has used it before in Anno Dracula. They deal with problems not covered by conventional policing or diplomacy, usually things of a supernatural nature. The man in question dresses in C arnaby street finery and possesses many talents not immediately obvious. The book is collection of linked stories, in which some of the later ones explain facts that appear in earlier stories. It is a fun read, likely to be enjoye ...more
Tarl
I was brought into this book from one of Kim's later stories and actually had to hunt for this book fairly hard to find it. Overall it was an excellent read. The language and plots of the stories are wonderful, and reminds me a lot of 70s spy films (and those that parody them like Austin Powers). Those that enjoyed the Avengers (not Marvel's Avengers btw) will enjoy this book as the main pair are mirrored to those two famous characters fairly well, but with their own differences so they aren't c ...more
Riju Ganguly
I belong to that generation which, despte being actually born in the seventies, remember things only from the eighties. The images and life evoked in these stories can not and should not be taken as a socio/anthropo-logical study of the said decade, but should be read for pure-unadulterated fun. Richard Jepperson is a character whom you might meet at some point in your life, but characters like him make certain stories re-readable, which is a rarity among horror stories that are more of "fill it ...more
Lady Entropy

Livro absolutamente espectacular, Fantasia Urbana europeia no seu melhor. Gostei particularmente do ambiente "Os Vingadores", série que adorei quando começou a passar no RTP memória. Foi um livro que me obrigou a fechar computador para me dedicar a ler exclusivamente -- não sendo livro de "desliga o cérebro e lê". Recomendado a todos com as mais altas notas.
James Debruicker
Kim Newman is a master of secret history and pastiche. The collection starts more or less in Swinging London per the cover art, but by the end it turns into a Bubba Ho-Tep level meditation on growing old. Great to play "spot the reference!" with.
Pól
Cracking stuff. Like getting all new episodes of your favourite British telefantasy show from the 60's or 70's (Classic Who, Department S, The Avengers...) seasoned with a wry dose of modern perception. Glorious, glorious fun stuff.
Amanda
Line by line, this is a set of very well-written stories. The Seventies get neatly skewered here, but I wish that Newman had also subverted the horror trophe of the damsel-in-distress. An enjoyable read nevertheless.
Philippa
A lot of fun to read, as Newman's work usually is, but... man. Spends more time on descriptions of people's clothes than anything I've read since American Psycho... or the Baby-Sitters Club.
Karlo
It was a lot of fun returning to "The Avengers" as if written by Grant Morrison. Good enough that I'm going to look for more from Kim Newman in the same vein.
Jeremiah Genest
Superspy Richard Jesperson is the Avengers and the occult with a little of the rest of the swinging superspy scene. Goofy but at points brilliant.
Allison
Apr 30, 2012 Allison added it
Shelves: unfinished
might pick this up again some other time but just couldn't face it. funny but a little exhausting picturing all those day glo colors.
Gsmattingly
I enjoyed this and it was fun but it dragged a bit toward the end. Descriptions are good but at times they got in the way of the story.
Karl Elliott
Gave up halfway through.
Characters not really formed, plot all over the place.

Very disjointed.
Chris
Austin Powers crossed with Men in Black with a little X-Files thrown in.
William
I enjoyed this, but I think it would make a great TV show.
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Note: This author also writes under the pseudonym of Jack Yeovil.
An expert on horror and sci-fi cinema (his books of film criticism include Nightmare Movies and Millennium Movies), Kim Newman's novels draw promiscuously on the tropes of horror, sci-fi and fantasy. He is complexly and irreverently referential; the Dracula sequence--Anno Dracula, The Bloody Red Baron and Dracula,Cha Cha Cha--not onl
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Other Books in the Series

The Diogenes Club (3 books)
  • The Secret Files of the Diogenes Club
  • Mysteries of the Diogenes Club
Anno Dracula (Anno Dracula, #1) Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D'Urbervilles The Bloody Red Baron (Anno Dracula, #2) Judgment of Tears: Anno Dracula 1959 (Anno Dracula, #3) Johnny Alucard (Anno Dracula, #4)

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