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Robert Cosgrove
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John Clymer: An Artist's Rendezvous with the Frontier, by Walt Reed.  Another illustrator turned Western Artist.  Clymer did about eighty covers for the Saturday Evening Post, back in the day . . .

This was, I think, the major book on his work, although Ballentine did a paperback collection of his illustrations about the time they were also doing the paperback Frazetta collections.  
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Now going retro, circa 1980...
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I finished up THE WRIGHT BROTHERS by David McCullough. It was a nice read about these two brothers who changed the world through smarts and hard work all on their own for the most part. 

Now I'm on to Douglas Adams' HITCHHIKERS GUIDE TO THE UNIVERSE books. I've seen the old BBC series and the movie, but haven't read the books yet.  
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BEREN AND LUTHIEN, edited by Christopher Tolkien from JRR Tolkien's rough drafts. I loved the HISTORY OF MIDDLE EARTH books, and so was excited when I heard about this. However, it turns out every word already appeared in those books. "This book does not offer a single page of original and unpublished work," it says in the introduction, which reading before purchase is a good idea. 

It's a far more reader-friendly presentation of the narrative than following it across four or five books in the HISTORY. And Sauron gets actual "screen time" as a villain, which is pretty cool.  I noted with some amusement the copyright page lists "Beren" and "Luthien" as registered trademarks, just in case some enterprising Hollywood suit gets a big idea about making a "Beren and Luthien" movie based on the 200 or so words that appeared in Fellowship of the Ring.

I eagerly await Christopher Tolkien's next volume, which will reportedly contain every grocery shopping list JRR Tolkien wrote from 1964 to 1967.  
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Juanita Coulson's THE DEATH GOD'S CITADEL
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I miss reading about Moscow finest fictional detective, Inspector Arkady Renko, but even a stand alone novel by Martin Cruz Smith is well worth my time...
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  DRAGON TEETH by Michael Crichton.
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 QUOTE:
Douglas Adams' HITCHHIKERS GUIDE TO THE UNIVERSE

Loved the first one! But each one a little less than its predecessor.
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Finished the audio version of The Wright Brothers by David McCullough, read by McCullogh.  Brad Brickley's summary of the book above pretty much nails it.  Two comments, before I read the book my knowledge of the WB could pretty much be confined to the paragraph or so they get in high school history texts:  two brothers who owned a bicycle shop pull off the first successful powered airplane flight at Kittyhawk.  So much more to the story, and to them, than that.  Neil Armstrong carried a piece of fabric from the wing of WB plane in his spacesuit pocket when he walked on the moon.  Didn't know that.  Neat.
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Richard Stark's THE BLACK ICE SCORE
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I wish I could find a good deal on Stark's books. I really want to read them. 
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Just finished Bill Schelly's handsomely designed and informative book, John Stanley:  Giving Life to Little Lulu.  I met Stanley once, and was too ignorant to be impressed.  If you are a member of the John Byrne forum, it's a good bet you're a superhero fan.  You may also be interested in other genres, but if you're thirty-thirty-five or under you may never have read a John Stanley comic.  If you think you might want to find out about Stanley, there's no better place than this fine book.
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   ARMADA by Ernest Cline.
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Last week I finally finished Roger Zalazny's Amber series,

Now I've started Frank Herbert's Dune , first trilogy. I've only read the first book before and that was about 35 years ago.

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"Summer of Night" by Dan Simmons. I read it 20 years or so ago and enjoyed it. Going through it again, it's a little slower than I remembered but Simmons is always a solid writer. The nostalgic 'neighborhood kids against monsters' is very much in the vein of King's "It" and McCammon's "Boy's Life."
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Re-visiting an old favorite - 

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Robert:

RE: LOOSE BALLS

Excellent choice!  One of my favorites as well.

Be sure to check out Terry Pluto's other book TALL TALES, about the early years of the NBA.
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James - I have that one too (bought it when it came out in 1992).

I also have been reading this one with a similar title recently -

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Ten older pro basketball books I would recommend - 

24 SECONDS TO SHOOT, by Leonard Koppett, 1968

THE BREAKS OF THE GAME, by David Halberstam, 1981

SPENCER HAYWOOD: THE RISE, THE FALL, THE RECOVERY, by Spencer Haywood & Scott Ostler, 1992,

CAGES TO JUMP SHOTS: PRO BASKETBALL'S EARLY YEARS, by Robert W. Peterson, 1990

LOOSE BALLS, by Terry Pluto, 1990

TALL TALES, by Terry Pluto, 1992

THE BOOK OF BASKETBALL, by Bill Simmons, 2009

WHEN THE GAME WAS OURS, by Larry Bird, Magic Johnson & Jackie MacMullan

DREAM TEAM, by Jack McCallum, 2012

MICHAEL JORDAN: THE LIFE, by Roland Lazenby, 2014




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Robert:

Excellent list. I have read the Halberstam and the two Pluto books. I think I will try to track down the Criblez book as well as it looks to be focused on the era of the NBA that I enjoy the most.

A few other basketball books that I have read and collected over the years...

GIANT STEPS (1983) by Kareem Abdul Jabbar - one of the first (and best) sports autobiographies I have ever read. 

FORTY-EIGHT MINUTES (1989) by Terry Pluto and Bob Ryan. 

FALLING FROM GRACE: Can Pro Basketball Be Saved? (1995) by Terry Pluto

THE RIVALRY: Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, and the Golden Age of Basketball (2005) by John Taylor

SHOWTIME: Magic, Kareem, Riley and the LA Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s (2014) by Jeff Pearlman

I have also read a few basketball biographies of Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Julius Erving, Chamberlain, and Russell but I would put them all a notch or two below Kareem's effort.

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James - I actually have all of those books too (some good choices).  I write basketball reference books and try to real all the pro basketball books that I can get my hands on.

A some other good ones that come to mind are - WOODEN by Seth Davis (Besides being a great coach, Wooden was an early pro star after playing at Purdue in the 1930's), THE MOGUL: Eddie Gottlieb, Philadelphia Sports Legend and Pro Basketball Pioneer
(as you probably know, Gottlieb was one of the most influential owners in the early year of the NBA) and SHOWBOAT by Roland Lazenby (a Kobe Bryant biography).

There are still a few subjects I'd love to see basketball biographies written on - David Stern, Bill Sharman, Bob Pettit, etc.).



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