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Robert Cosgrove
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Great book!
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James:

Thanks for the info. Crossing the book off my list.

Finished the book I was reading earlier. Trying to decide between 3 different books for my next one.
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Bought this from Forbidden Planet:





I actually know little about the production/genesis of the show so am looking forward to completing this.

The intro, written by Adam West in 2015, is a little sad. He mentioned how Frank Gorshin continued to receive fan mail after his death. And then West said how he wasn't himself thinking of post-death fan mail just yet. And now he has passed away.

Only done one chapter so far (quite a few pics, too). Learning a bit about William Dozier and others. Chapter happened to mention how the network were looking to make a Dick Tracy series, but the newspaper that ran the strip wouldn't allow it. So we got BATMAN eventually.

It'll be interesting to read some anecdotes and learn more about the series.


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I, ROBOT.  This is my first time reading anything by Asimov, and didn't even realize the book was a collection of connected short stories until I started reading; I had assumed it was a short novel.
I just finished "Robbie" and what a treat it was!  I can only hope the remaining stories are just as good.
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James Best
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Now starting I'M FASCINATED BY SACRIFICE FLIES by ESPN baseball commentator Tim Kurkjian.
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Robert Cosgrove
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Jerry and the Joker: Adventures in Comic Art by Jerry Robinson.  Some overlap with Robinson's earlier biographical book, especially, naturally, in his recounting of his meeting with Bob Kane and his creation of the Joker, but lots of new material as well.  Lots of original Robinson art from the master artist's personal collection, including two Batman stories. Not comic stuff, I know, but I particularly enjoyed the ten or fifteen pages reproducing sketches of actors and actresses he drew for the theatre magazine, Playbill.  Could go for a book devoted just to those.  This guy could really draw . . .
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 KILLING FLOOR by Lee Child.

 Do the Jack Reacher novels need to be read in order? Are they each self contained or is there a greater background thread connecting them?
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James Best
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 Do the Jack Reacher novels need to be read in order? Are they each self contained or is there a greater background thread connecting them?

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There is no major background thread connecting the Jack Reacher novels. Reacher's past comes out as the books progress and there are even a couple of "flashback" novels that take place while he is still in the Army.

That said, I enjoy reading the novels in the sequence they are published because Reacher is constantly on the move from place to place, and knowing where he was in the previous book provides some context for each novel that follows.

I would certainly read the first three books (KILLING FLOOR, DIE TRYING, and TRIPWIRE) in sequence as they provide a lot of the backstory for Reacher's time in the service. And I would read the novels in sequence that lead up to NEVER GO BACK as they have a common thread of Reacher attempting to visit his old MP unit. But aside from those the books are fairly open to being read in any order.



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Good advice from James! I would add, some of the editions include Jack Reacher short stories and will not be more costly than editions without. Of course I recently saw the short stories in a collected edition while at Costco.
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  Thanks for the info guys. The first book is really good, so far.
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Just ordered the TPB of TRIO. I managed to lose the individual issues whilst moving house in 2015. 

Be nice to own it in TPB form. 
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James Best
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Now starting:
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ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1929) Erich Maria Remarque

It's been called "the greatest war novel of all time." Hyperbole like that has kept me from reading it, but last week I decided to give it a try, at last. The story is of young German soldiers in the trenches of the First World War.

One chapter in, and so far my only complaint is that the translation seems unnecessarily ponderous. Perhaps this reflects the original German.

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   Now starting EPITAPH  by Mary Doria Russell. A novel of the O.K. Corral.
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James Best
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Giving a new author a test drive:
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THE 25 RULES OF GRAMMAR

Hopefully I'll learn a thing or two. Always seeking to improve my writing, grammar, punctuation, etc.

One day, whether it's a letter to a solicitor or a post here, I want to write/type the perfect letter/post! ;-)
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1776, by David McCullough

My second time through.
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James Best
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Now starting:
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James Best
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As a guy who likes mystery novels that are set during or immediately after WWII, I decided to give a new author a try...
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Paul Kimball
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How do you like it so far James?
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After reading a couple very good Christies from various eras, I decided to go back and start reading her stuff from the start in chronological order.  This one is her sixth and so far with the exception of half of one book, I've really enjoyed the ride.
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Was a good summer.  I reread "A Tale of Two Cities" for the first time since high school 31 years ago.  Angered to learn that my high school textbook had abridged a lot of it (most of the London scenes had been excised) but as a full book and much more knowledge of the French Revolution, it's amazing.  Even David Mamet, who trashed Dickens in a Wall Street Journal article this summer said it's the only worthwhile Dickens novel.  (I disagree...but anyhow)

Graphic novel: "My Favorite Thing is Monsters" by Emil Ferris is a must. Great, great story. Gorgeous art and intriguing tale.  Just don't read with it resting on your belly, it's over 900 pages.

Am now reading "Duma Key" by Stephen King.  
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How do you like it so far James?

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Paul:  I am about 70 pages into it right now and it is moving along nicely. Still another 300 pages to go before it wraps up but I hope that it finishes as well as it started. We will see ;-) 
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KILLING FLOOR by Lee Child.

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That's the only Jack Reacher book I've ever read, but I enjoyed it.
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