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Old 05-18-2017, 12:43 AM   #16301
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Read 52 Pickup by Elmore Leonard for about the fourth time. The opposite in description from James Lee Burke. Both writers good and worth reading.


I remember watching this movie when I was like 12. So much boobs.
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Old 05-18-2017, 09:34 AM   #16302
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Reading in Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald considered it his masterpiece and was disappointed by its reception. It has a bit too much authorial intrusion for my taste, but that was more common and acceptable in Fitzgerald's day. It tells a story more complex and nuanced than Gatsby and is at least Gatsby's equal.
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Old 05-21-2017, 06:25 PM   #16303
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I'm halfway thru Richard Russo's Everybody's Fool. I have mixed feelings about this. At times I feel Russo is trying to stretch thin gruel to make it more than it is, trying to make a middle brow novel come off as literary. It's trying so hard to be funny with all the characters little quirky anecdotes that it starts seeming sweaty and desperate. The characters are mostly pathetic horrible people verging on caricature, so it's also a little depressing.

I liked his Empire Falls and Straight Man books, but I'm not really feeling this one.

edit: most of the people aren't really that horrible, to be fair. Just blue collar folks that life has kicked around.
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Old 05-22-2017, 06:17 AM   #16304
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Re: Books: What are you reading tonight?

Tess of the D'Urbervilles is the first Thomas Hardy I've read. Victorian love story between a milk maid with a noble name and an atheist from a religious family. The novel's got a couple twists I didn't much like, but it is a good story and well-written.

The Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison. Fun, fast-paced sci-fi heist story follows con man Slippery Jim DiGriz who is recruited into a special corps of rehabilitated con men. The plot isn't particularly slick, but the book still has an engaging, down-n-dirty style that I like.

And I also read Frederik Pohl's classic sci-fi book Gateway. Frame story told from the analyst's chair about a space miner who is dredging up traumatic experiences. So you've got your standard Freud / Oedipal references, but wrapped around a cool story about an abandoned FTL civilization whose ships humans use to discover new worlds. The book is clearly a setup for future books, but as far as series intros go, it's a good one.
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Old 05-22-2017, 12:10 PM   #16305
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I'm halfway thru Richard Russo's Everybody's Fool. I have mixed feelings about this. At times I feel Russo is trying to stretch thin gruel to make it more than it is, trying to make a middle brow novel come off as literary. It's trying so hard to be funny with all the characters little quirky anecdotes that it starts seeming sweaty and desperate. The characters are mostly pathetic horrible people verging on caricature, so it's also a little depressing.

I liked his Empire Falls and Straight Man books, but I'm not really feeling this one.

edit: most of the people aren't really that horrible, to be fair. Just blue collar folks that life has kicked around.
Did you read Nobody's Fool first?
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I pity the fool*.


*Well, someone had to say it so it might as well be me.
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I did not, I did see the Paul Newman movie way back when though. Paul Newman GOAT, although that was not one of his better ones.

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I did not, I did see the Paul Newman movie way back when though. Paul Newman GOAT, although that was not one of his better ones.
I barely remember it, to be fair. From the looks of the imdb reviews, it looks like it's actually pretty good, maybe I'll rewatch it.
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