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James Best
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I love sports history, professional basketball in particular.  And the more obscure the better.

And it doesn't come much more obscure than this -


Waterloo did indeed have an NBA team in 1949-50 (as did Anderson, IN; Sheboygan, WI and Denver).  This is the story of theat season and how the small Midwestern teams were eventually muscled out by the larger cities.
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James B:  "Speaking just for myself, I include a picture of the book's cover so that any members of the JBF who go looking for it will have a visual prompt to help them find it, either in a new/used bookstore or at their local library."

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You can do what you like, but I don't think it makes much sense. Anyone can find a book by title/author.  Often we just get a picture when you start a book.  I'm much more interested in what you think of a book after you;re done, especially if you recommend it.  

I'm probably just jealous that you are so much better read than I am, James!  I'm a slow reader and don't do the volume that you do!




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Dark Hollow,  by Brian Keene. 

First book I've ever read by him, and it is.....interesting. 

And I don't post covers simply because I'm too busy/lazy to go hunt them down and upload them.





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Now moving on to read the third book by of the new mystery authors I discovered last year...
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Diving into some baseball stuff, since the start of the new season is just around the corner. Buzz Bissinger is best known for his book on Texas high school football (Friday Night Lights) which was the basis for both the movie and television series of the same name. This book, co-written with St. Louis Cardinal manager Tony La Russa, was nominated for the Casey Award as the best non-fiction baseball book of 2005. We will see how it stacks up.
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Not sure what I'll be reading next, but....

I gave Dark Hollow by Brian Keene 4 stars on Goodreads. Just finished its sequel, Ghost Walk, 2 stars (since Goodreads doesn't allow half stars, or it would be 2 and a half). The ending felt rushed, the new hero character isn't all that interesting, and I didn't like the way the hero from Dark Hollow was treated (by the new hero as well as the author). Ghost Walk's lead hero is the star or two or three subsequent books, and I won't be reading those any time soon. 


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The Bird King - G. Willow Wilson
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Now starting the 12th novel in Mr. Lansdale's ongoing series featuring the unlikely duo of Hap Collins and Leonard Pine...
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Krampus: The Yule Lord by Brom, next in line is Doctor Who: Scratchman by Tom Baker...
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Currently finishing up Kitchen Confidential: Adventures In The Culinary Underbelly, by Anthony Bourdain.

I was actually planning to read it shortly before he committed suicide, but never got started, and put it off until now. I also have his book Medium Raw to read eventually.

Up next is either Brides Of The Impaler or The Golem by Edward Lee or When The Man Comes Around by Bradley Wright. I haven't decided which or the 3 to go with yet. 
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Now diving into some more WWII history. I read Eric Bergerud's earlier (and excellent) book Touched By Fire: The Land War in the South Pacific several years ago when I was still on active duty. I hunted around locally for many years but finally had to purchase this "sequel" of sorts online this week so I could sample more of his work. At 670+ pages, this one is going to take a while for me to get through. Hopefully it will be worth the long wait...
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Starting that book now. Several authors in the field
explain their techniques, give tips and suggest
exercises accordingly.

After a Fake TV Fan Fiction novel, followed by an
autobiography, I wanted something a bit different, both
in content and the way to present it.
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Just finished The Fireman by Joe Hill.  I had picked this one up a while back and hung onto it because of the time investment.  Its pretty thick. Yet, it read incredibly fast. I'm very glad I got into it finally, and wished I had much sooner.

Next, I think I'm going back for a reread of Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore.
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I'm going with When The Man Comes Around, by Bradley Wright. Read some mostly spoiler free reviews of the Edward Lee books, and they're not my cup of tea.

(One description for the book I'm going with is `Bourne meets Wick'.)


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Been going back thru Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain.  Been years since I read it.  It is rather haunting due to his suicide but it is as the title suggests it is a raw intimate journal of self introspection.  It's almost impossible not to see the depression that took his life in this book.  And yet it so beautifully written.  It is a far better book than Kitchen Confidential which made him famous.  
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As I said, I have Medium Raw but am holding off on reading it. But what was chilling about Kitchen Confidential was that late in the book he talks about a chef who hanged himself. That's how he committed suicide.

Highly recommend the Bradley Wright book that I mentioned. It was a really great story, and I can't wait for the sequel. 
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Now sampling a new mystery writer who has racked up several award nominations over the last few years. 
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I read MEDIUM RAW a few years ago and really enjoyed it.
I have a copy of KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL and started it but
got sidetracked.
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Next, I think I'm going back for a reread of Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore


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That my friend is one of the funniest books ever written.  I have read it several times.
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My one disappointment in reading Cullen Murphy's excellent Cartoon County a year or so back was that contrary to my hope, he had little to say about one of my artistic heroes, Leonard Starr.  Recently I became aware of The Adventures of the Real Tom Sawyer by Tom Sawyer, and so ordered the book to see what he had to say about Starr.  Sawyer started out as a kid who hated high school and didn't much like his parents, but wanted to be a comic strip artist like his hero Milton Caniff.  Trying his luck in NY, he gets some work with Avon Comics (and later Ziff Davis under Jerry Siegel and Timely Comics under Stan Lee), where a chance meeting with Tex Blaisdell leads to work with Leonard Starr, who becomes a mentor and hero.  That leads to work with Johnstone Cushing doing storyboards for commercials and a stint ghosting for Al Capp.  When Sawyer leaves Johnstone Cushing, his replacement is a young artist named Neal Adams.  Wonder what became of that kid?  Sawyer is not successful selling his own strip, and increasingly doubts that he wants the life of a syndicated cartoonist.  He decamps to Hollywood, produces a softcore movie, then finds himself scripting a variety of tv shows.  Eventually he hooks onto "Murder She Wrote," writing scripts himself and supervising other writers.  Along the way, he turns out an opera/musical about JFK, "Jack."  Lots of show business stories.  There's more, but that's the gist.
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Have enjoyed a few of Eggers' previous books so picked this one up. 

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Since Mr. Winslow is getting so much attention for his "Cartel" trilogy, I figured it was time to sample the first novel...
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