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In the last week I've read:
Doug Harvey's They Called Me God: The Best Umpire Who Ever Lived
James Patterson's NYPD Red 3
Jancee Dunn's But Enough About Me...

All were pretty quick read's with Dunn's memoir about growing up in 1980s/90s New Jersey surprisingly funny.
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Finished Jurgen by James Branch Cabell.

I'm middle-aged, I like the ending a lot better than I did when I was a teenager.

I also understand a lot more of the sexual innuendo. Oho, she was a seamstress!
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I tried to re-read Clancy's "The Sum of All Fears" but it is unreadable. His success had gone straight to his head and he wrote pages and pages of pointless opinion and exposition that did nothing to advance the story. After 100 pages I got sick of it. I hate when this happens. The writer's success means their once-lean prose gets bloated and because they were successful, editors are reluctant to trim the bullshit. Happened with Rowling. Remember the leap in book size from HP3 to 4 and beyond? Clancy, though, was worse.

Reading Chris Kyle's "American Sniper" now. Much easier read.
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I've been reading a lot lately...

The Late Shift (Bill Carter). Interesting look behind the scenes in the Leno/Letterman battle for The Tonight Show.

Old Guy Dad (Jerry Stahl). Not as good as Stahl's first memoir, Permanent Midnight, but still had a few laughs.

I'm Fascinated by Sacrifice Flies (Tim Kurkjian). A few interesting baseball facts and statistics. A quick read.

The Last Gunfight (Jeff Guinn). If you're a fan of the film Tombstone this is a very interesting look at the events leading up to the gunfight at the O.K. Corral and its aftermath. Highly recommended.
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Really good, though to call it "the most original thriller you will read this year" is really stretching it. Unless you're completely oblivious to other horror stories like:
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The Last of Us, Warm Bodies (and other "friendly thinking" zombie stories).


Just seeing the movie of this is coming out in September. Damn, that's fast. Looks to be a smaller-budgeted British production ... which probably bodes better for a good movie. If faithful to the book, the movie doesn't need a big budget. Cast looks pretty good (Glenn Close, Paddy Considine, Gemma Arterton) and the author wrote the screenplay. Only danger sign is the director is a first-timer, but I guess everyone has to start somewhere (he does have a lot of tv experience ... just no features).

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I just started the Red Rising trilogy. I'm hoping it doesn't play out as similarly to the Hunger Games as the first 40 pages is making it seem (dystopian future with oppressive and luxurious center essentially enslaving a caste-like group of colonies ... only to have a plucky teen rise up and organize a rebellion).
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I just started the Red Rising trilogy. I'm hoping it doesn't play out as similarly to the Hunger Games as the first 40 pages is making it seem (dystopian future with oppressive and luxurious center essentially enslaving a caste-like group of colonies ... only to have a plucky teen rise up and organize a rebellion).
It's significantly more satisfying and well written that the Hunger Games Trilogy.
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It's my turn for the selection for our book club and I chose A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James. It's so, so, so well-written. But it's brutal. Just some really tough characters who have some of the most despicable thoughts. Thing is, many of them are stuck where they are, or were conditioned to be evil (like essentially adults who had been indoctrinated as child soldiers, that sort of thing), so while they talk about murdering people there is a sort of pity because of where they came from. Still, members of my book club are not happy about the choice because of the broken English style of the prose, that it can be tough to get through. I've personally been listening to it on Audible and the reading is awesome.

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Finished:
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And I just started:
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and just started this also
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Finished The Last Juror. Why this hasn't been adapted to film I don't know. It was certainly written to be made into a movie, right down to the ending.

On to The Silence of the Lambs. It's been so many years, time to revisit the masterpiece.
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Oooh, I like the blurb on this one. How was it?
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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs



I started this a few times and stopped after the first couple chapters, but I'm glad I went back to it and finished it. It was really good and a lot darker than I was expecting. I'm looking forward to the movie and starting the sequel soon.
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Oooh, I like the blurb on this one. How was it?
It's only OK. Not as good as the blurb suggests. I had read it years ago and had mostly forgotten it. Re-read it a few weeks ago and realized it's because it's pretty forgettable. Not bad by any stretch, and it's a fairly quick read, but not worth going out of your way for.
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