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February 17th, 2021 at 2:40:41 AM permalink
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George Pelecanos is a very unusual mystery writer
he's a white guy who grew up in DC and he writes about the underbelly of DC - black detectives chasing black criminals
he's no phony - he knows this stuff very well
I recommend "Right as Rain"



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March 6th, 2021 at 3:01:37 AM permalink
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started reading and liking "Blue Highways"
nonfiction - the author lost his job and his wife and so he starts driving and journaling about what he finds in the towns of the back roads of the U.S.
it's called "Blue Highways" because back in the day road maps had back roads in blue and main roads in red




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April 1st, 2021 at 4:42:16 AM permalink
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just started reading a James Swain novel........."Grift Sense"

he writes about gambling cheats, con men and rip off artists at casinos

light stuff..............pretty entertaining



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April 1st, 2021 at 9:30:02 AM permalink
Quote: lilredrooster

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just started reading a James Swain novel........."Grift Sense"

he writes about gambling cheats, con men and rip off artists at casinos

light stuff..............pretty entertaining



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Very light reading but entertaining to those of us that like gambling. He has so much detail of Las Vegas that I wonder if he has lived in Las Vegas.
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April 1st, 2021 at 10:23:32 AM permalink
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Very light reading but entertaining to those of us that like gambling. He has so much detail of Las Vegas that I wonder if he has lived in Las Vegas.



I love James Swain
Just checked my local library to download some Swain to my kindle
They dont have his last 3 books
ugh
May buy them
Reading Michael Connelly latest
The Night Fire. Thank goodness the library had that for me to download
Its just a forum. Nothing here to get obsessed about.
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April 1st, 2021 at 10:44:01 AM permalink
Retire Inspired by Chris Hogan
The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction is supposed to make sense.
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April 22nd, 2021 at 7:38:58 AM permalink
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for the first time I'm reading Agatha Christie............................."The ABC Murders"
I think I didn't read her before due to sexism - thinking a woman can't write a mystery as well as a man

well, I was dead wrong about that
the book is very entertaining and she is obviously very gifted in telling a story


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April 23rd, 2021 at 2:47:41 PM permalink
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for the first time I'm reading Agatha Christie............................."The ABC Murders"
I think I didn't read her before due to sexism - thinking a woman can't write a mystery as well as a man

well, I was dead wrong about that
the book is very entertaining and she is obviously very gifted in telling a story
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Christie's early books are her best, in the later books the explanations of foul play become more convoluted and unrealistic.
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April 23rd, 2021 at 3:07:43 PM permalink
I read a lot of sci-fi.

Currently: Arthur C. Clarke's "The Garden of Rama."

Magazines: Car and Driver, Smithsonian, Hemmings Motor News.
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Artuto Perez-Reverte is my new obsession. He writes complex, elegant mysteries and historical fiction with leading characters that are intellectual - and with beautiful prose. He has been called a cross between Umberto Eco and Anne Rice.

The Club Dumas was made into a movie by Roman Polanksi: The Ninth Gate with Johnny Depp and the yummy Emanuelle Seigner. You will learn a lot about the history of books, Alexandre Dumas and the Three Musketeers (most of this was left out of the movie.)

The Fencing Master was his first book: a romantic adventure set in 1868 Spain full of complex intrigues and adventures. It has the same title as a Dumas novel. It is an erudite book, filled with literary culture, but its a swash-buckling pot-boiler - a beach read. I have just started this one.
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July 17th, 2021 at 5:16:32 PM permalink
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The Club Dumas was made into a movie by Roman Polanksi: The Ninth Gate with Johnny Depp and the yummy Emanuelle Seigner.



The Ninth Gate is my favorite Johnny Depp movie and I have it on DVD and I've seen it at least 10 times, probably more. There's something about it that I like, obviously. And I like that it's about old books and that it is a mystery, and the female lead is gorgeous.
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July 17th, 2021 at 5:19:31 PM permalink
Just finished the last Jack Reacher book, The Sentinel. It was written by Lee Child and his brother and it stinks. Absolutely awful, the worst Reacher book by far. It's like the real Jack Reacher never even shows up. It was boring, it was predictable, it was terrible. The one coming out later this year is written in the first-person, let's see how badly they screw this one up.
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July 17th, 2021 at 8:32:31 PM permalink
FEAR by Carl Bernstein.

Looking forward to reading RAGE.

And also the new book coming out from the WASHINGTON POST reporters.

And before "you" say it, NO these are not FAKE news.
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July 18th, 2021 at 6:46:26 AM permalink
I just bought a copy of Paul Allen's biography. I hope to start it this week.

Idea Man: A Memoir by the Cofounder of Microsoft

At my age, a "Life In Prison" sentence is not much of a deterrent.
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August 2nd, 2021 at 7:51:16 AM permalink
I really enjoy reading popular science books and books in the genre of disaster novels. s/
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August 2nd, 2021 at 9:53:00 AM permalink
I'm reading The Catcher in the Rye again because my son was assigned it, and I enjoyed it back when it was my assigned reading.

He didn't ask, but I translated for him "Boy, she was lousy with rocks" to "Golly, she wore several diamonds."

Also, one of Holden's quirks is exaggeration, and he mentions early that his brother D.B. bought a Jaguar for like 4,000 bucks. One inflation calculator says $4,000 in 1951 dollars would be $41,799. Seems low.
EDIT: Based on this website, it appears you could indeed buy a Jaguar for $4,000.
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August 2nd, 2021 at 2:51:07 PM permalink
My wife is reading Dickens books again while she
is in quarantine with covid even tho she was vaxxed.
I could never read Dickens, too boring. My wife is
a smart cookie, she and her brother were valedictorians
of their class in consecutive years.
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August 3rd, 2021 at 1:48:08 PM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

My wife is reading Dickens books again while she
is in quarantine with covid even tho she was vaxxed.
I could never read Dickens, too boring. My wife is
a smart cookie, she and her brother were valedictorians
of their class in consecutive years.



Dickens novels were written in installments as chapters/segments for magazines or other periodicals. This caused them to be drawn out and overly long. Also, the world Dickens wrote about is long gone which is confusing at times.
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August 3rd, 2021 at 2:39:32 PM permalink
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Also, the world Dickens wrote about is long gone which is confusing at times.



Ah, but the world that existed when the Bible and the Koran were promulgated is long gone as well, but that hasn't stopped people from reading them.
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August 3rd, 2021 at 9:51:24 PM permalink
Tim Truman's "Wilderness; The True Story of Simon Girty"

Simon Girty is pretty much forgotten today but generations of Americans were taught he was the boogie man and if they misbehaved , that Simon Girty will get them.

Simon Girty was born on the frontier and after his parents were killed was raised by Indians until he was forcibly rescued at around the age of 17. He was in poverty when the Revolutionary War broke out and he became a paid agent for the British. During the war he recruited many Indian tribes and bands to attack the American settlers and farms along the frontier. Hundreds, if not thousands of much needed troops were diverted from the war with the British to protect the frontier from Girty and his Indians.
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August 7th, 2021 at 9:43:14 AM permalink
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Dickens novels were written in installments as chapters/segments for magazines or other periodicals. This caused them to be drawn out and overly long.



They are also highly melodramatic. Dickens also over-uses the literary 'chance meeting coincidence' in his books to such a degree that it's ridiculous. I live in the exact same area where I went to high school and shop in the same stores that my classmates left in the area shop at. The last time I ran into one of them has to be 15 or 20 years ago. If this were a Dickins book I would run into them daily.
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August 7th, 2021 at 9:48:32 AM permalink
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They are also highly melodramatic. Dickens also over-uses the literary 'chance meeting coincidence' in his books to such a degree that it's ridiculous. I live in the exact same area where I went to high school and shop in the same stores that my classmates left in the area shop at. The last time I ran into one of them has to be 15 or 20 years ago. If this were a Dickins book I would run into them daily.



My high school English teacher taught my class about the use of coincidence in literature. Shakespeare also did that.

My Vegas-related coincidence is that I walked by my cousin in a Las Vegas mall years ago. She was in town to visit her sister-in-law. I was there for fun. Total chance meeting!
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August 7th, 2021 at 10:00:12 AM permalink
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My high school English teacher taught my class about the use of coincidence in literature. Shakespeare also did that too.



Without chance meeting coincidence books and movies
and TV shows would be out of business. You see it
constantly in all manner of fiction. In real life coincidence
is so rare most cops don't believe it at all. They see the
same person at two crime scenes and to them it's a red
flag, not a coincidence. It's how many crimes are solved
by totally ruling out coincidence as a factor.
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August 7th, 2021 at 10:11:16 AM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

They are also highly melodramatic. Dickens also over-uses the literary 'chance meeting coincidence' in his books to such a degree that it's ridiculous. I live in the exact same area where I went to high school and shop in the same stores that my classmates left in the area shop at. The last time I ran into one of them has to be 15 or 20 years ago. If this were a Dickins book I would run into them daily.



You don't live in Victorian England. With no cars, no buses, no trains, few horses and no public transportation, people in the 1800s rarely moved more than a few miles from their birth unless they went to America or Australia or joined the Armed Services.
No transportation narrowed down ones work opportunities to whatever one could walk to and from in a decent hour. I suspect few people walked two hours to work, worked a ten-twelve hour shift and then walked another two hours to go home.
A girl would be limited to being courted by men in her immediate area ,as well. Chances are she'd marry a local man who had a local job and their kids would do the same thing. In the 1870s/1880s, the British Health Service started a program of lending bicycles to rural villagers just so men could court at a longer distance. As most villages in the country were at least two hour walk from each other, and only the rich had riding horses, riding a bike was the only way a man might court a woman who lived more than a few miles away.
In London, if you were born in a district, chances are your husband will have been born there too, and your kids will be as well.
In the 18th century, most people never went more than twenty miles from their place of birth.
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August 7th, 2021 at 11:41:39 AM permalink
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You don't live in Victorian England..



Dickens has been railed against by critics
for using the coincidence device since he
was putting out his periodicals. He overuses
it to the n'th degree. It's not just people
running into each other, it's often how the characters
are connected in ways they aren't even aware
of.
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August 7th, 2021 at 12:58:59 PM permalink
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Dickens has been railed against by critics
for using the coincidence device since he
was putting out his periodicals. .



Way too many authors have a device or a hook that they use over and over in their books. Lee Child does it in the Reacher books. Almost every one has a character in it that is secretly working for the other side, whatever the other side is in that book. And we the readers are not aware of it till the end. Once I became aware of this I started trying to guess who the insider was and I was always right except once. These gimmicks are annoying and good authors don't use them over and over. Lee Child basically writes pulp fiction so I forgave him.
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August 7th, 2021 at 8:43:30 PM permalink
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These gimmicks are annoying and good authors don't use them over and over.



OMG, Darth Vader built C-3PO! George Lucas is on par with Dickens and Shakespeare!
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September 2nd, 2021 at 2:45:21 AM permalink
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started reading James M. Cain's novel "Serenade" last night
that guy was truly a master - I can't put it down
the forward has a brief bio of him
it's amazing - all of the things he did in his life


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June 15th, 2023 at 2:11:29 PM permalink
Grinding through The Three Musketeers (Alexandre Dumas, although I don't know who did this translation) on audiobook.

Good stuff. Probably explains why the 5 year old talks the way she does.
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June 16th, 2023 at 9:43:36 AM permalink
I just finished "The Sentinel" by Lee Child and Andrew Child. Absolute garbage. Nonsensical and with ridiculous plot holes.

Like, there is a villain who leads a Russian spy cell in the US and who also leads a secret white Nazi organization in Tennessee that worships Adolf Hitler. He has a painting in his office that can be flipped -it has Stalin painted on one side and Hitler painted on the other side. All of the Nazi sympathizers have a large tattoo on their chest of an American Eagle holding a shield with a swastika on it -that's how they identify themselves to each other. And ...um ... to everyone else in the world whenever their shirt is off?

And lots of other stupid things and lots of characters acting stupidly. Very disappointing.
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June 20th, 2023 at 6:00:46 AM permalink
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am reading "If he Hollers Let Him Go" by Chester Himes
he was a black man writing about race relations well before the Civil Rights movement - it was published in 1945
he is truly a master

this and many other books can be read for free at internetarchive.org and (not this one but others) at hoopladigital.com after creating a free account

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June 20th, 2023 at 9:47:07 AM permalink
"The Plains of Passage" by Jean M. Auel.

One in a series about the lives of early humans during the ice age.
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February 20th, 2024 at 1:39:04 PM permalink
Currently rereading "The Hacker Crackdown" by Bruce Sterling, read by Cory Doctorow. (Likely available as a podcast.)

I read it on paper years ago; I find it good to reconsider the moral and ethical implications as parallel AP.
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May 16th, 2024 at 6:27:11 AM permalink
Author Chet Nairene has finally come out with a follow-up to his first novel, PACIFIC DASH, which followed a young vagabond American's life through the gambling business in Asia, from the illegal floating casino boats off the Straits of Malacca to seedy 1990s Macau.

His new novel is PACIFIC ODYSSEY, which is like Poltergeist meets Wall Street in remote tropical Asia. Flashy New York businessman Lew Clarke descends down an existential rabbit hole when he is forced to travel to a strange kingdom somewhere beyond the Golden Triangle, where he learns that Western tech and modern knowledge don't always provide all the answers.

Nairene's books are breezy, fast reads and played for laughs.

If you enjoyed, say, THE WHITE LOTUS on Netflix, you'll like these.
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May 16th, 2024 at 7:14:58 AM permalink
Gosh, I haven't read a book in a VERY long time. 🤔💡 The last book I read was My Booky Wook by Russell Brand in around 2011, 13 years ago! 😵‍💫😱😳
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The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left by Yuval Levin. Got it for my birthday. Been trying to read more early USA philosophical and political commentators and figured this was a good jumping off point.
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