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November 28, 2020

'The Queen's Gambit'

This seven-part series on Netflix is fo shizzle.

I mean, it's that good.

I read the book by Walter Tevis upon which it's based when it first came out in 1983: it's really good.

Did you know that three of Tevis's six novels — "The Hustler," "The Color of Money," and "The Man Who Fell to Earth" — were adapted into major films?

But I digress.

"The Queen's Gambit" is so good that I think — but I'm not certain — that I read it a second time sometime this century; second readings are rarer than four-leaf clovers in my world.

Anya Taylor-Joy, who plays the lead in the Netflix series — whom I'd never heard of before — is eerily good; in fact, the whole show seems to edge up against a kind of uncanniness from moment to moment, in a good way.

The rest of the cast, none of whom I'd heard of nor seen before, is top-notch.

Bonus: The show takes place for the most part in the 1960s and the soundtrack is replete with my favorite songs from high school so I had a blast singing along.

The music sounds way better coming out of my TV's speakers than it did back in the day, when a fuzzy AM car radio was pretty much it.

Highly recommended.

November 28, 2020 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


We are in sync today. My wife really liked it and we blazed through it in a few days. I didn't realize about the book or the author. I will have to check it out.

Posted by: Greg Perkins | Nov 29, 2020 8:17:14 AM

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