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Matthew Chartrand
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Posted: March 23 2017 at 4:26pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply



 Just finished SHARUQ by Bill Keith.  A modern day submarine thriller similar to Tom Clancy but way shorter.

  Now starting NORSE MYTHOLOGY by Neil Gaiman.
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Now starting:
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Just finished DICTATOR, the last in Robert Harris's trilogy based on the life of Cicero.  

Although Cicero had no advance knowledge of Julius Caesar's assassination, he is drawn to the side of the conspirators.  Immediately he realizes that they erred in leaving Antony alive.  As Antony moves to seize power, Cicero conceives an audacious plan to restore the republic by checking Antony with Caesar's chosen heir, Octavius.  It works surprisingly well . . . at first.


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The recent efforts by the campus young fascist left to prevent Charles Murray from speaking reminded me I had earlier read some of Murray's books, including the one which first brought him to public attention, Losing Ground, as well as his most recent book, published a few years ago, Coming Apart.  I decided I'd try his In Pursuit of Happiness and Good Government, which I enjoyed well enough, but if you're interested in Murray, I'd suggest starting with one of the other two.
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Since baseball season is now under way, I'm starting:
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Now starting book #4 in the Penn Cage series by Greg Iles...
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Been on a Stephen King binge lately with finishing THE STAND, EVERYTHING'S EVENTUAL and 11/22/63. I also read CITY AT WORLD'S END between those last two. I enjoyed all those books, but enjoyed 11/22/63 quite a bit.
I was going to start IT next, but I needed a King break so I'm finally reading CASINO ROYALE. I figured it would be a quick read before I went back into King with IT. So far, so good.
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Doc Savage Skull Island I just picked it up a week ago and it's a very interesting read so far.
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 The Android's Dream by John Scalzi.
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STEPHEN KING'S IT; geez, it's wordy.  Every time some tension or horror starts to build, King goes into a 500 word detour about some tertiary character.  I'm skimming a lot, which I seldom do.
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"Ghosts from our Past' by Erin Gilbert, Abby L. Yates
and Andrew Shaffer

Funny. I can hear Melissa Mc Carthy in my head when I
read her character's parts.
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I see on the previous page a mention of Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammeth.
JB will maybe say if he liked it; for me i read it last year and loved it. 
This book was also a favorite of Raymond Chandler.
The continental op, a recurring character in both Red Harvest (Moisson rouge), The Dain Curse (Sang maudit) and many other Hammeth short stories, is at the center of this novel and one of the reasons i am fond of this book.
Also: my edition too (Quatro Gallimard, french translation) contains his five novels [Red Havest, The Dain Curse, The Maltese Falcon (all those three i loved), The Glass Key (I'm not a fan and didn't even finish it), The Thin Man (Didn't start it yet, cause you know.. i wanted to finish the Glass Key first and instead i did read many other books)]

NB: I already knew the continental op from some short Hammeth stories i read in the late 90s. Amongst which, one where he falls...or jumps or is trown away from the Golden Gate Bridge and has to swim back to the shore. I think he was thrown inconscious from the Golden Gate Bridge and awakened by the cold water.... that or he was simply thrown from a boat in the San Francisco bay and i probably read too much Spider-Woman. 

NB #2: After a google check it seems to be from "The Tenth Clew", a short story from 1924 (so no Golden Gate Bridge and too much Spider-Woman for me) where he is "dumped in the San Francisco Bay".



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It took me a couple of chapters to get into Fleming's voice for the book, but after that I cruised right through CASINO ROYALE.
Overall I enjoyed it quite a bit and it has one of the great last lines of any book I've read. 
I was gonna read IT next, but I'm tempted to read LIVE AND LET DIE next.  I'll probably go with IT and Bond afterward again.

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The Bond books are a brisk, fun read. From Russia With Love, for me, was the high point of the series. Fleming knew his stuff but also didn't try to reach too far. The ingredients of lean thriller and jet-setting travelogue mixed with the frisson of upper-class lavishness against a backdrop of post-war austerity made for an attractive brew
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