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Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by chorse123, Mar 13, 2006.

  1. ballmouse

    ballmouse Senior member

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    Finished reading L.A. Confidential by Ellroy last night. I think I preferred The Big Nowhere (both of same L.A. Quartet series, with the latter set a few years earlier). Nonetheless, I'm going to read White Jazz just to find out what happens.

    As a breather, I'm reading The Name of the Game is Death by Dan. J Marlowe. I'm liking it so far - may be a new series I could read after I finish White Jazz.
     
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    I enjoyed that when I read it years ago. Her writing seemed to go off a cliff and fall into the Sea of Pretentious Unsufferability after that, but obviously it's possible that has more to do with my tastes and mindset than her writing. Haven't read any of her recent stuff because I so hated the one or two things I did read after Shipping News that I stopped paying any attention.
     
  3. VaderDave

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    I happened to read an interview with her on the NYT website a couple of days ago and she did seem a little pretentious to me, but perhaps I'm just too much of a rube to appreciate her obscure literary tastes. But I like TSN so far.
     
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    Cool. As I said, I liked TSN.
    She has some book with accordians in the title. Accordian Crimes, I think. Anyway, it was awful. You've been warned
     
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  5. The Ernesto

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    I really enjoyed The Shipping News.
     
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    This has picked up considerably and I'm nearly done. However, this came in the mail a few days ago...


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  7. dragon8

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    Just finished reading Red Notice. Very interesting book.
     
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    Finished reading "the Search for the Man in the Iron Mask."

    Very hard read as the size of the letters could have been bigger instead of all crammed in.
     
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    Just read Fast One by Paul Cain. Pulp fiction hero gets pulled into a few double crosses and a few femme fatales who might not be who they appear to be. Surprised this was never made to film as it reads like what we would nowadays consider an action film.
     
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    Finished Thomas Thompson's true crime novel Blood and Money. It read like a combination of the JFK assassination and The Thin Blue Line. A Houston socialite's bizarre death and subsequent suspicion of foul play sparks a chain of events among a her ambitious doting oil baron father, adulterous aloof widower, and a cast of Texans that read so vividly you'd think the entire story could have been a season of Dallas.
     
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    I finished it last night. I really enjoyed it as well.

    At the end of the e-book was the first chapter of Barkskins, AP's most recent novel. I liked the first chapter, so I downloaded the whole book and am about 50 pages in now. So far so good.
     
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    Not great but he wasn't in Hue either. Def a solid vacay read. Turns out this was the competent Lt. in HBO's miniseries on the Iraq invasion "Generation Kill" so if you're looking for a reason to (re)watch that..
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  13. dragon8

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    Just finished reading "Full Circle." a memoir of Erin Callan, the former CFO of Lehman Brothers.
     
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    Finished 2 true crime novels: Blood and Money by Thomas Thompson and Till Death Us Do Part by Vincent Bugliosi.

    Both are set in the late 60s and early 70s. Blood and Money in Houston and Till Death Us Do Part in LA. Both are pretty much about alleged murderers who have a good deal of circumstantial evidence to cause suspicion of their responsibility of the murder. And both alleged murderers are two of the oddest characters I've ever read about. I guess they're almost so odd they have to be real.

    The rest of the characters in Blood and Money are just larger than life Texas characters that would satirize Texans were they fictional. It's just a conspiracy of murders one after another after an oil baron's only daughter marries a doctor who loves spending money (but doesn't have any).

    In the other novel, it's almost like reading about a real life Double Indemnity and Strangers on a Train and the insurance-related murders appear to be stimulated by lust, greed, and a calculated psychopath. Just really bizarre.

    I found both novels to be interesting, although both seemed to become laborious to read by the final few chapters. They seem to tie up the story, but I would say no fiction writer would ever drag out the end like the way these 2 novels finished.
     
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    Yes, its pretty good. Talks about her career and how she got to LB and how they made her the "fall guy."
     
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    I finally finished Barkskins this morning. It was enjoyable and I liked her writing style again. The book covers hundreds of years and generations of a couple of families, so one doesn't have a protagonist to root for through the whole story.

    I haven't decided what to read next, but I'm ready for a break from Annie Proulx-style naturalism. I'm toying with the idea of reading some more Bret Easton Ellis, which I haven't done for many years.
     
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    I'd wager half of SF has readenth AmPsych+LTZero. There's where ya start. Lunar Landing or w/e was OK. The start about his life as an unhinged druggie was stellar lol
     
  19. dragon8

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    Just finished "Billion Dollar Football." I knew college football was big business but good lord!!! Great read and good writing style.
     
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    I have been owed North Dallas Forty from a buddy twhom meh lended Leaving Las Vegas for nigh on two years. 'pparently a great NFL behind the scenes of that era.
     

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