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What I’m Reading (Dec 2015)

Another day, another month, another year. December came and went fast, as it seems 2015 did. For once, I can’t say that I read anything that blew me away or that stood out from the others. They were good reads, but nothing great.

Of course, I’m reading a couple of books right now that are outstanding, but I haven’t finished them yet. Next month…

Overall, 2015 was great year for reading. I discovered some new authors (Malcolm MacKay, Don Winslow), introduced myself to some old ones (Jim Thompson, Harry Whittington), read some by my favorites (Ken Bruen, Jake Hinkson, Jo Nesbo), and enjoyed some other good books The Long and Faraway Gone, The Marauders, The Mockingbird Next Door, and My Father, The Pornographer.

BOOKS

Here’s a list of what I read this month:

  • Sharecropper Hell by Jim Thompson. You should read Jim Thompson. You really should. He is one of the best.
  • The End of Everything by Megan Abbott- A creepy, tense novel about the abduction of a teenage girl. Nothing and no one is how they seem. The age of innocence falls away through the eyes of thirteen year old Lizzie Hood
  • You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott- I read an advance copy of this one. What parents and coaches will do in the world of competitive female gymnastics to try to get to the highest echelons.
  • Cemetery Road and Assume Nothing by Gar Anthony Haywood- Solid crime fiction.
  • Alphabet Land by Max Eberhart- Good noir.
  • Divine Invasions: A Life of Philip K Dick by Lawrence Sutin. After watching The Man in the High Castle on Amazon, I became interested in the life of Philip K. Dick. Very interesting life of a man who was able to produce many great books while struggling to keep a grip on reality.
  • Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church. If you’ve seen the movie Spotlight, this is the book and stories on which it is based.
  • The Legends Club by John Feinstein. I read an advance copy of this as well. Feinstein does a solid job as always, telling the story of three coaches in the ACC- Dean Smith, Jim Valvano, and Mike Krzyzewski.
  • Exploring Calvin and Hobbes– Contains a lengthy interview with Bill Waterson.

TV & FILM

It’s cold (somewhat cold) outside, which means hours of pedaling away on the stationary bike while watching the iPad

  • Fargo Season 2- Outstanding, outstanding, outstanding.
  • River– Found on Netflix. A detective’s partner is murdered and he’s on the hunt. Part of the problem- dead people talk to him and he talks to them. Pretty good show.
  • Jessica Jones– Have watched a couple of episodes so far.
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens– Pretty good movie.
  • The Big Short– not so good.
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