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Doug Centers
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It's been a good 30 years since I last read this. I was prompted to it again after being referenced a few times in "Big Hair and Plastic Grass". Let's see if it's as raucous as I remember.
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"Well, Joe Pepitone or not, I own the inside part of that plate!"
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Now starting FOOL'S RIVER, the latest novel in Timothy Hallinan's ongoing thriller series featuring travel writer Poke Rafferty and set in Bangkok, Thailand.

I also enjoy his humorous crime fiction books starring Junior Bender, the wisecracking, erudite burglar / sleuth. But it was the Rafferty novels that first pulled me into Hallinan's orbit.

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Charles Murray, The Curmudgeon's Guide to Getting Ahead.  Advice to young people, about 18-28.  A variation on the type of book that has been around since The Book of the Courtier.  I'm more in the curmudgeon age group than I am the age of the target audience, but decided to read through.  Good advice, by and large, on making choices, avoiding sending inadvertent signals to older people in positions of power over your life, and on how to write.

Zeitoun.  Heroic Syrian Muslim immigrant stays behind in his adopted town of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina and tries to help others, but is thwarted and imprisoned by racist and inept federal and local authorities before finally being reunited with his devoted American born wife.  Fascinating book, with a definite point of view.  When you finish it, but not before, google Zeitoun to learn, as Paul Harvey used to say, the rest of the story.
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Now starting an older John Hart novel that has been waiting on my shelf for quite some time.

BTW Mr. Hart is the only writer to have won back-to-back Edgar Awards for best mystery novel of the year.
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Be Pure, Be Vigilant, Behave! by Pat Mills, his version
of the secret history of 2000AD and Judge Dredd, a very
interesting insight into UK comics in the 70`s! Some
good points on creator rights and credits.
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The Killer Book Of Cold Cases , by Tom Philbin.


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Robert Cosgrove
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Bill, thanks for the heads up on Be Pure, Be Vigilant.  I wasn't aware of the book, but have now ordered it on Amazon.
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You`re welcome Robert, i was unaware of it too, it was a
Christmas present from my friend, i saved it for my
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   LEXICON by Max Barry.
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As today marks thirty years since THE KILLING JOKE was published, I considered reading it.

But I have read it twice. I didn't enjoy it either time.

This'd probably get me lynched on a DC Comics forum, but I am not a fan of the story. The artwork is okay, but I found the concept pretentious. I never felt the Joker needed an origin. I didn't like what happened to Barbara Gordon. And so much that occurred felt pointless and unnecessary.

I appreciate it has its fans, though. It just wasn't for me (I read it twice, but my view didn't change).
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Robbie, I agree on "Killing Joke."  The art is just gorgeous.  I really do not care for the story or that it became such canon that Barbara was wheelchair bound for what... almost 25 years?

For me, I just read MUDBOUND by Hillary Jordan which was devastating.  Have not seen the film as of yet.  Just started SOPHIE'S CHOICE by William Styron.  I guess I am in a feelgood mood or something.  Never saw that film either but have it waiting for me when I am done, which I assume will be a while; this book is dense! 
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Poking around again in THE AMERICAN WAY OF DEATH, by Jessica Mitford. A book that must be read by anyone who's planning to die.
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I'm aware of that book. Someone mentioned it to me about 3 years ago when the UK did a documentary pertaining to issues similar to those described in the book.

I shall read it. Eventually.
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Add me to the list of people not fond of THE KILLING JOKE. 

We didn't need yet another Joker origin.

What happened to Barbara was horrible, and she shouldn't have been wheelchair bound that long before it was fixed.

The ending. Meh. 

The artwork was great, but the story was not. 

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Just finished a book called Café in Belin, which is a German-language book written for complete simpletons, which is perfect for me, as I read like a complete simpleton in German.

Despite being created as a language-aid, the story isn't half bad.

Next up: Ferien in Frankfurt.
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Now starting:
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2001: FILMING THE FUTURE - by Piers Bizony [1994]

I've had this copy for years, and dug it out again, in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, one of my all-time favorite movies, ever!


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Now starting THE GENTLEMEN'S HOUR by Don Winslow, the second book featuring hardcore surfer / part-time private eye Boone Daniels. I read the prequel (THE DAWN PATROL) last year and really enjoyed it. The sequel likewise earned raves and was nominated for the U.K. Gold Dagger Award as the best crime novel of 2009. 

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Waterstones' synopsis:

In this enthralling cosmic journey through space and time, astrophysicist Jillian Scudder locates our home planet within its own `family tree'. Our parent the Earth and its sibling planets in our solar system formed within the same gas cloud. Without our grandparent the Sun, we would not exist, and the Sun in turn relies on the Milky Way as its home. The Milky Way rests in a larger web of galaxies that traces its origins right back to tiny fluctuations in the very early universe. Following these cosmic connections, we discover the many ties that bind us to our universe. 

Based around readers' questions from the author's popular blog `Astroquizzical', the book provides a quirky guide to how things work in the universe and why things are the way they are, from shooting stars on Earth, to black holes, to entire galaxies. For anyone interested in the `big picture' of how the cosmos functions and how it is all connected, Jillian Scudder is the perfect guide.


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THE PETRIFIED FOREST (1934) by Robert Emmet Sherwood

The stage play on which the movie is based. Interesting to note the changes, and the obvious reasons they were made. The notorious Hays Office, Hollywood's in-house censors, was in full vigor, having been established some ten years before the movie was made. (It was the reason for Bette Davis' character's famous line about not giving "a hoot in a hot place.")

The ending is subtly but significantly different, too.

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Just finished an advanced reading copy of LOW CHICAGO, the next Wild Cards book, due out in June. It's all time travel stories set in the Windy City, one of them with very much a "Days of Future Past" angle on it.
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...Wild Cards...•••

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