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What I’m Reading (August 2015)

August equaled a superb memoir, a further descent into the work of Don Winslow, an introduction into the work of Ross Thomas, and the long-awaited publication of Huraki Murakami’s first two novels into English.

BOOKS

Book of the Month: The Splendid Things We Planned by Blake Bailey. Known more for his biographical works, The Splendid Things We Planned, is Bailey’s memoir of growing up in a dysfunctional family and dealing with an older brother’s addictions. Heart-wrenching story of attempts to deal with a brother held in the chains of addiction.

Other great books this month:

Wind & Pinball by Haruki Murakami. Murakami is one of my favorite writers and his writing is mesmerizing. For the first time, his first two novels are available in English along with an introduction on how Murakami came to be a writer, which is worth the price of the book itself (and shall not be spoiled here- although a few book reviews have).

I continued to be amazed by the writing of Don Winslow. Three more great crime novels from his backlist.

  • California Fire and Life
  • The Winter of Frankie Machine
  • The Dawn Patrol

Somebody mentioned Ross Thomas on Twitter, indicating that during his day, he happened to be one of the best crime writers working. So far, Thomas has not disappointed.

  • Briarpatch
  • The Cold War Swap
  • Cast A Yellow Shadow

TV & FILM

I’ve heard much praise heaped on Deadwood, an HBO show, but I’ve never given it a look. Not finding much to watch, I decided to give it a try. I’m only part way through the first season, but the praise is warranted.

I’ve managed to watch one episode of Mr. Robot and it looks intriguing.

WRITING

Two years in thTaken for granted ebook final copye making, look for Taken For Granted in September. The cover is done. I have one last copy edit to make.

Max can’t get seem to get a break. His two best friends are dead. He’s broke, homeless, and stealing cars to earn money. 

Jefferson did everything they said and it wasn’t enough. He can do what they say or lose everything. Of course, doing what they want might land him in prison.

When the police can’t find who murdered John Petri, his employer hires Linus to investigate. The case leads Linus back to the people responsible for him being forced out of the police department. 

Al prides himself on thinking of everything. In his business, it’s paramount if he wants to remain free. His new money laundering scheme is working to perfection. Then Al’s partner wants him to kill someone who has become a problem.

Who knew trying to kill one man could unravel so many lives?

 

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