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Drifted away from DODGE CITY. I found the writing to be kind of dull, especially after the first hundred pages, where the writer slipped into a pattern of "then they did this, then they did that, then they did this..."
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Robert Kowalewski II
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Thrawn by Timothy Zahn, from his initial "appearance" in Heir to the Empire I've enjoyed reading his stories.
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  Bloody Ridge and Beyond: A World War II Marine's Memoir of Edson's Raiders in the Pacific by Marlin "Whitey" Groft and Larry Alexander.
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Robert Cosgrove
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Arthur and Sherlock:  Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes by Michael Sims.  Enjoyed it.  The inspiration, to the extent there was a single human inspiration, has never been a secret, as witness ACD's dedication to The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes:

To
my old Teacher
Joseph Bell, M.D., ETC.,
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2 Melville Crescent, Edinburgh

Doyle's literary debts (Poe, etc.) are also traced.
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Wallace Sellars
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I'm rereading THE MAN WITH THE GETAWAY FACE… yet again.
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WONDER WOMAN by GEORGE PEREZ VOL. 1

Never have read any of these issues by Mr. Perez. Looking forward to enjoying myself.
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Wallace Sellars
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I jut finished rereading Richard Stark's THE OUTFIT (again), and will be starting
his THE MOURNER (again) soon.

If you haven't read any of Stark's PARKER novels, I recommend all of them.
Some are better than others, but even the worst of them is great reading. The
books are best read in order since characters and plots overlap, but can be
enjoyed as standalone stories read in any order.

Mr. Westlake certainly gives Walter Mosley a run for his money when it comes
to my favorite author in the crime fiction department. In fact, if I had to choose
right now, he might just edge Mr. Mosley out for the top spot. It truly depends
on whose work I last read.
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Craig Johnson - Any Other Name (A Longmire Mystery)

Looking forward to meeting him at a book signing on May 27th near Harrisburg PA.
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ALMOST INFAMOUS, by Matt Carter.



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Matthew Chartrand
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 Continuing my WWII kick with BAND OF BROTHERS. I have watched the HBO series many times but have never read the book.
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Wallace Sellars
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I'm about to start Richard Stark's THE SCORE.
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Brad Brickley
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Finished up IT by Stephen King and enjoyed the heck out of it. Sucked me from start to finish. I love most of the characters that King writes and am invested in their stories. These kids took on a mission and completed it. 

I feel like continuing my King marathon, but I am going to break it up again. Last time I finished a King book I broke it up with a James Bond book. I was thinking of doing that again, but it's been awhile since I've read non-fiction, so I am grabbing my copy of David McCullough's THE WRIGHT BROTHERS off my need to read stack. I love his writing and am looking forward to learning about the Wright Brothers, two people I am familiar with, but don't really know.


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THIRTEEN REASONS WHY by Jay Asher.  I enjoyed the Netflix series, so I'm giving the book a go.
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James Best
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Now starting the third novel in the Gregor Reinhardt series by Luke McCallin...
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I just started David Sedaris' THEFT BY FINDING. Amazon still lists the book as
available for pre-order, but I received my copy earlier today.

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Michael Penn
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Just finished Amoz Oz' JUDAS.

Moving onto Kory Stamper's WORD BY WORD.
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James Best
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Now starting the second novel in the Gus Murphy series set in the lovely state of New Jersey. Reed Farrel Coleman is definitely one of the best mystery writers that I have discovered in the last few years.
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I'm currently re-reading The Making of Star Wars by J. W. Rinzler.

There's so many little nuggets of information I'd forgotten -- for example, it was production designer John Barry who came up with the sequence where Luke and Leia swing across the chasm.


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Finished listening to the 17-disc unabridged audiobook version of The Aeronaut's Windlass by Jim Butcher.  It's the first book in a new series by the fellow best known for The Dresden Files series, a few of which I've read and enjoyed but haven't become fanatical about.  This is a fantasy set in a world where people live in "spires," towering "for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world," the surface of which they do not venture on.  They sail forth on airships.  War breaks out between two spires, with the battle going on on several levels, including soldiers, cats, and wielders of "etheric energy," aka wizards.  I liked the book, though I thought it was overlong.  Not all the plot threads are wrapped up, it being a series.
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"Children of the Night" by Dan Simmons.  So far a lesser entry from an otherwise strong author.  A lot of history, not a lot of character.  
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James Best
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Now starting book #21 in the John Rebus mystery series by Ian Rankin.
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ARMADA, by Ernest Cline.  I loved the author's READY PLAYER ONE, but this one is off to a rough start.  That the plot seems to be very close to the Adam Sandler film PIXELS also doesn't fill me with confidence. 
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Stanley P. Hirshon, General Patton: A Soldier's Life.   I wanted to read a more scholarly/conventional treatment of Patton after listening to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Patton a while back, and this fit the bill.  A doorstop of a book, this took me a while to wade through.  If you can find a shorter bio--say, 350 pp., I don't think you'd be missing a great deal--this one almost tells you what Patton had for breakfast every day.  Still, a lot of interesting material.  One leaves convinced of Patton's remarkable tactical genius and grateful that he was a leading general in the war, but quite disappointed in him in other respects, including his casual anti-semitism.  Ironically, though, he's the one who advises Eisenhower to film the concentration camps, wise advice which Ike took.
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Wonder Woman ( volume 1 ), by John Byrne.
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