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108. The Traffickers 2009 W.E.B. Griffin

Recently promoted Homicide Sergeant Matthew Payne solves a series of violent murders and breaks up a drug/illegal immigrant/extortion ring. And gets another smart blonde. He seems to have an affinity for same.

500 pgs in the great Reading Race...Not so smart, but an enjoyable read.

CD- thanks for the Western recommendations!
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109. The Vigilantes W.E.B. Griffin 2010

Our intrepid hero Matt Payne solves a string of crimes perpetrated by a vigilante who locates and kills deviant sex offenders who've jumped bail.

Also, he and the blonde from The Traffickers are now expecting.
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What are they expecting?
post #2269 of 3286
List (Click to show)
1. All Tomorrow's Parties
2. Undivided: Part 3
3. High Fidelity
4. Hard Boiled Wonderland at the End of the World
5. Polysyllabic Spree
6. Armageddon in Retrospect
7. South of the Border, West of the Sun
8. What we talk about when we talk about love
9. Norweigan Wood

10. The Master and Margherita

11. The Fault in Our Stars

12. Of Mice and Men

13.Fade to Black

14. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

15. Watchmen

16. Captains Courageous

17. A Brief History of Time

18. The Trial

19. Wind up Bird Chronicle

20. A Visit from the Goon Squad

21. Neuromancer

22. Count Zero

23. Shadowboxing

24. Hell's Angels

25. Anansi Boys

26. Steelheart

27. A Hero of Our Time

28. Mona Lisa Overdrive

29. The Complete Collection of Flannery O'Connor

30. The Last Blues Dance

31. Gularabulu

32. The Glass Canoe

33. The Lies of Locke Lamora

34. Handmaid's Tale

35. Girt

36. Museum of Innocence

37. Neverwhere

38. The Ghost's Child

39. Picnic at Hanging Rock

40. Submarine

41. Name of the Wind

42. Wise Man's Fear

43. A Million Little Pieces

44. The Promise

45. Father's Day

46. Swan Book

47. Red Seas under Red Skies

48. Republic of Thieves

49. Labyrinths

50. Carpentaria

51. Snow

52. Straw Dogs

53. Wrong about Japan

54. Wish

55. Monkey's Grip

56. The Plains

57. Wild Abandon
58. The colourless Tsukuru Tazaki
59. Homage to Catalonia
60. Oliver Twist
61. Trilobites and other stories
62. The Narrow Road to the Deep North
63. Paddle your own Canoe
64. When Gravity Fails
65. Glow
66. Holy Fire
67. The Outsider
68. Taipei
69. Dispatches

 

69. Dispatches

 

Michael Herr's novel about the Vietnam War was really bizarre, but actually very rewarding. It's not really a narrative per se, but a meandering passage through his experiences, reflections and ideas about Vietnam specifically, and war more generally. At times it was hard to keep track of (and my knowledge of Khe Sahn being limited to Cold Chisel didn't help much), but it was also fascinating - there's the parts of the novel that were then made famous in films he worked on (the soldiers' ragged and dispirited attitude), but also a very occasional mention of the excitement, the adrenaline and the - for lack of a better word - enjoyment of war. It ends with a plaintive and nostalgic note about the correspondents and the bond that they shared as volunteers in the insanity of Vietnam.

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Clockwise counting 110/50: Marco Malvaldi - Game For Five (2007)

Italian crime mystery. Young, sarcastic, witty bar-owner Massimo figures out who killed a local sexually promiscuous young woman. The story centres around life in Bar Lume with Massimo and a quartet of elderly regulars gossiping over coffee and grappa. Enjoyable and fun but maybe not world class literature.
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List (Click to show)
1. All Tomorrow's Parties

2. Undivided: Part 3

3. High Fidelity

4. Hard Boiled Wonderland at the End of the World

5. Polysyllabic Spree

6. Armageddon in Retrospect

7. South of the Border, West of the Sun

8. What we talk about when we talk about love

9. Norweigan Wood


10. The Master and Margherita


11. The Fault in Our Stars


12. Of Mice and Men


13.Fade to Black


14. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay


15. Watchmen


16. Captains Courageous


17. A Brief History of Time


18. The Trial


19. Wind up Bird Chronicle


20. A Visit from the Goon Squad


21. Neuromancer


22. Count Zero


23. Shadowboxing


24. Hell's Angels


25. Anansi Boys


26. Steelheart


27. A Hero of Our Time


28. Mona Lisa Overdrive


29. The Complete Collection of Flannery O'Connor


30. The Last Blues Dance


31. Gularabulu


32. The Glass Canoe


33. The Lies of Locke Lamora


34. Handmaid's Tale


35. Girt


36. Museum of Innocence


37. Neverwhere


38. The Ghost's Child


39. Picnic at Hanging Rock


40. Submarine


41. Name of the Wind


42. Wise Man's Fear


43. A Million Little Pieces


44. The Promise


45. Father's Day


46. Swan Book


47. Red Seas under Red Skies


48. Republic of Thieves


49. Labyrinths


50. Carpentaria


51. Snow


52. Straw Dogs


53. Wrong about Japan


54. Wish


55. Monkey's Grip


56. The Plains


57. Wild Abandon

58. The colourless Tsukuru Tazaki

59. Homage to Catalonia

60. Oliver Twist

61. Trilobites and other stories

62. The Narrow Road to the Deep North

63. Paddle your own Canoe

64. When Gravity Fails

65. Glow

66. Holy Fire

67. The Outsider

68. Taipei

69. Dispatches

69. Dispatches

Michael Herr's novel about the Vietnam War was really bizarre, but actually very rewarding. It's not really a narrative per se, but a meandering passage through his experiences, reflections and ideas about Vietnam specifically, and war more generally. At times it was hard to keep track of (and my knowledge of Khe Sahn being limited to Cold Chisel didn't help much), but it was also fascinating - there's the parts of the novel that were then made famous in films he worked on (the soldiers' ragged and dispirited attitude), but also a very occasional mention of the excitement, the adrenaline and the - for lack of a better word - enjoyment of war. It ends with a plaintive and nostalgic note about the correspondents and the bond that they shared as volunteers in the insanity of Vietnam.

That is one of the best journalistic accounts of Vietnam I have ever read Read it in 1981 and Heart of Darkness then went to see the documentary about Australian camera man Neil Davis One Crowed Hour tis then went to see Apocalypse Now. Why? Well I wanted to understand what my old man went through in the Pacific Theatre between 1942-45. Conclusion until there is full body suit immersion in virtual reality forget you can never really understand what they went through.

Somehow I lost my copy of Dispatches in a move around 1983 but in 2008 I was at charity sale saw it and grabbed it. If you want to read an interesting take on the Vietnam War from the perspective of the VC then try The Sorrow of War by Bao Ninh.
post #2272 of 3286
List (Click to show)
1. All Tomorrow's Parties
2. Undivided: Part 3
3. High Fidelity
4. Hard Boiled Wonderland at the End of the World
5. Polysyllabic Spree
6. Armageddon in Retrospect
7. South of the Border, West of the Sun
8. What we talk about when we talk about love
9. Norweigan Wood

10. The Master and Margherita

11. The Fault in Our Stars

12. Of Mice and Men

13.Fade to Black

14. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

15. Watchmen

16. Captains Courageous

17. A Brief History of Time

18. The Trial

19. Wind up Bird Chronicle

20. A Visit from the Goon Squad

21. Neuromancer

22. Count Zero

23. Shadowboxing

24. Hell's Angels

25. Anansi Boys

26. Steelheart

27. A Hero of Our Time

28. Mona Lisa Overdrive

29. The Complete Collection of Flannery O'Connor

30. The Last Blues Dance

31. Gularabulu

32. The Glass Canoe

33. The Lies of Locke Lamora

34. Handmaid's Tale

35. Girt

36. Museum of Innocence

37. Neverwhere

38. The Ghost's Child

39. Picnic at Hanging Rock

40. Submarine

41. Name of the Wind

42. Wise Man's Fear

43. A Million Little Pieces

44. The Promise

45. Father's Day

46. Swan Book

47. Red Seas under Red Skies

48. Republic of Thieves

49. Labyrinths

50. Carpentaria

51. Snow

52. Straw Dogs

53. Wrong about Japan

54. Wish

55. Monkey's Grip

56. The Plains

57. Wild Abandon
58. The colourless Tsukuru Tazaki
59. Homage to Catalonia
60. Oliver Twist
61. Trilobites and other stories
62. The Narrow Road to the Deep North
63. Paddle your own Canoe
64. When Gravity Fails
65. Glow
66. Holy Fire
67. The Outsider
68. Taipei
69. Dispatches
70. The good man Jesus and the scoundrel Christ

 

70. The good man Jesus and the scoundrel Christ

 

A friend lent this to me. It is a retelling of the story of Jesus. The main change between the Biblical version of Jesus and this novel is that Jesus and Christ are two separate people (brothers): Jesus represents an outwardly extreme, very charismatic and uncompromising leader - someone many rally to, but also people are confused by. Christ, on the other hand, is a flawed person - much more confused - but is much more aware of how to interest and engage people.

 

The two do not work together - Jesus rejects Christ completely, but Christ works by writing down what Jesus says, secretely, but these scrolls and ideas become edited, changed and re-shaped to reduce some of the inconsistencies.

 

I don't really know what to make of this novel. I'm not sure what it's getting at. I imagine that an author like Phillip Pullman re-telling a very sacred and meaning-laden story must be getting at something, wanting to draw attention to something, yet I couldn't say what he was trying to say - perhaps my lack of knowledge about the Bible makes it harder for me to get where this is coming from. I did think, however, that Pullman uses the two characters to highlight why the Christian religion is fundamentally flawed: there is too much inhuman and illogical going on.

post #2273 of 3286

i dont understand reading books unless its to learn something, might as well watch a movie vs reading some fictional story. Im not a big reader nor heavy into movies this is just how i always looked at it...

post #2274 of 3286

What's the point of your statement?

 

GF: thanks, as always, for the recommendations.

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Originally Posted by LonerMatt View Post

List (Click to show)
1. All Tomorrow's Parties

2. Undivided: Part 3

3. High Fidelity

4. Hard Boiled Wonderland at the End of the World

5. Polysyllabic Spree

6. Armageddon in Retrospect

7. South of the Border, West of the Sun

8. What we talk about when we talk about love

9. Norweigan Wood


10. The Master and Margherita


11. The Fault in Our Stars


12. Of Mice and Men


13.Fade to Black


14. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay


15. Watchmen


16. Captains Courageous


17. A Brief History of Time


18. The Trial


19. Wind up Bird Chronicle


20. A Visit from the Goon Squad


21. Neuromancer


22. Count Zero


23. Shadowboxing


24. Hell's Angels


25. Anansi Boys


26. Steelheart


27. A Hero of Our Time


28. Mona Lisa Overdrive


29. The Complete Collection of Flannery O'Connor


30. The Last Blues Dance


31. Gularabulu


32. The Glass Canoe


33. The Lies of Locke Lamora


34. Handmaid's Tale


35. Girt


36. Museum of Innocence


37. Neverwhere


38. The Ghost's Child


39. Picnic at Hanging Rock


40. Submarine


41. Name of the Wind


42. Wise Man's Fear


43. A Million Little Pieces


44. The Promise


45. Father's Day


46. Swan Book


47. Red Seas under Red Skies


48. Republic of Thieves


49. Labyrinths


50. Carpentaria


51. Snow


52. Straw Dogs


53. Wrong about Japan


54. Wish


55. Monkey's Grip


56. The Plains


57. Wild Abandon

58. The colourless Tsukuru Tazaki

59. Homage to Catalonia

60. Oliver Twist

61. Trilobites and other stories

62. The Narrow Road to the Deep North

63. Paddle your own Canoe

64. When Gravity Fails

65. Glow

66. Holy Fire

67. The Outsider

68. Taipei

69. Dispatches

70. The good man Jesus and the scoundrel Christ

70. The good man Jesus and the scoundrel Christ

A friend lent this to me. It is a retelling of the story of Jesus. The main change between the Biblical version of Jesus and this novel is that Jesus and Christ are two separate people (brothers): Jesus represents an outwardly extreme, very charismatic and uncompromising leader - someone many rally to, but also people are confused by. Christ, on the other hand, is a flawed person - much more confused - but is much more aware of how to interest and engage people.

The two do not work together - Jesus rejects Christ completely, but Christ works by writing down what Jesus says, secretely, but these scrolls and ideas become edited, changed and re-shaped to reduce some of the inconsistencies.

I don't really know what to make of this novel. I'm not sure what it's getting at. I imagine that an author like Phillip Pullman re-telling a very sacred and meaning-laden story must be getting at something, wanting to draw attention to something, yet I couldn't say what he was trying to say - perhaps my lack of knowledge about the Bible makes it harder for me to get where this is coming from. I did think, however, that Pullman uses the two characters to highlight why the Christian religion is fundamentally flawed: there is too much inhuman and illogical going on.

LM

Sound interesting and will see if I can pick up a copy have you read The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin. The crucification seen is one of the most savage I have ever read does in words what The Body of the Dead Christ in the Tomb by Holbein does in images also The Last Temptation by Nikos Kazantzakis is well worth reading and Quarantine by Jim Crace.
post #2276 of 3286
110. The Last Witness 2013 W.E.B. Griffin

Plot very similar to no. 108. The Last Witness is a social worker who has evidence to take down the criminals. She escapes Philadelphia and then hides in the American Virgin Islands until the cops catch the bad guys.

Reading this one catches me up on Griffin's Badge of Honor series, but it was pretty lame.
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What's the point of your statement?

I think the poster says that we are wasting our precious time. We might as well get wasted with rum and coke in front of some TV show.
post #2278 of 3286
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I think the poster says that we are wasting our precious time. We might as well get wasted with rum and coke in front of some TV show.

I do that with football and the rum has to be a dark rum like Bundaberg, white rum is for pussies, and the consumption is proportionate to how badly the Wallabies are playing.

76 FALLING FREELY AS IF IN A DREAM by Leif G.W.Persson a reopening of the Olof Palme murder investigation twenty years after the fact. Highly readable half way in.
post #2279 of 3286
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LM

Sound interesting and will see if I can pick up a copy have you read The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin. The crucification seen is one of the most savage I have ever read does in words what The Body of the Dead Christ in the Tomb by Holbein does in images also The Last Temptation by Nikos Kazantzakis is well worth reading and Quarantine by Jim Crace.

 

Will look into it.

 

Pretty sure that your business card reads: "Geoff - recommendations."

post #2280 of 3286
111. The Trail to Crazy Man 1986 Louis L'Amour

This one has it all- an escape from ship shanghai, a range war over oil, friendly Indians, and cavalry to the rescue. And of course the bad guys who lose and the good guy, who gets by with a little help from his friends and wins the girl.

A literary B-movie, but I liked it anyway.
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