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What I’m Reading (Oct 2015)

October equals colder, wetter weather and chocolate. Lots of chocolate. This October also involved a trip to Charlotte for work, which meant a few hours of uninterrupted reading time on the plane.

It was hard to choose a best book of the month as I read so many good ones this month.


Jim Thompson. What can you say about one of the best noir writers ever? A number of years have passed since I last read Thompson, so I thought I’d re-read a few of his book and read some others for the first time. He writes as well as I remember. There’s a reason so many writers point to Thompson as an inspiration. He is the best. Superb characters (as in twisted, tortured, and sometimes downright creepy), fast moving plots, and pure entertainment. I only got through a handful of them and it doesn’t matter where you start. Each one is fantastic: A Swell Looking Babe, The Grifters, Pop.1280, After Dark My Sweet, The Getaway, and The Killer Inside Me (which might have one of the creepiest psychopaths for a main character in any book ever).

No Tomorrow by Jake Hinkson. He’s one of my favorite modern day noir writers and No Tomorrow is another outstanding addition. I wrote about it here.

Some other good books:

  • Van Halen Rising: Howe a Southern California Backyard Party Band Saved Heavy Metal by Greg Renoff. An encyclopedic look at the creation of Van Halen. Entertaining.
  • How Star Wars Conquered the Universe by Chris Taylor. Everything you wanted to know about Star Wars and fans of Star Wars.
  • The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer. An insightful book on what it means to ask someone for help.
  • The Chili Cookbook by Robb Walsh. Another very good food book from Robb Walsh, this time on another favorite dish of mine- chili.
  • He Died With His Eyes Open by Derek Raymond. British noir. So good.


A few shows I’ve started. Fargo (season 2). So far, excellent!

A show that might have promise, this one from Amazon, The Man in The High Castle. Amazon has only released two episodes to date, but the rest are due to be released on November 20. The show operates on the premise of the US having lost WW2 and Germany and Japan having control of the United States.



Taken For Granted is out and available. If you’ve read it, I hope you enjoyed it. If you haven’t, what are you waiting for? The ebook is only .99. The response has been great and I’m hard at work on another book, no title yet.

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