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 Posted: Fri Aug 8th, 2014 09:41 pm
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Reading "Pinkerton's Great Detective: The Amazing Life and Times of James McParland" by Beau Riffenburgh. 

Very interesting biography about early undercover detective work as McParland infiltrates the Irish immigrant gang the Molly Maguires on behalf of the Reading Railroad in the years following the Civil War.  Also a good look at labor relations as most of the Molly Maguires were disgruntled miner union workers who had their foremen, and anyone else they didn't like, killed.

 



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The new Don Fargo bio. So far it's great. Given his rich and entertaining career, I suspect the entire book will be great



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Just finished "The Book Thief" by Marcus Zusak.  Phenomenal and depressing book about Nazi Germany, more from the typical poor Germans' point of view than most.  It's a movie now and I guess I'll watch it, but I know it won't be as good.



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I just started reading Sycamore Row by John Grisham. It's the long awaited sequel to A Time To Kill.



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Marvel 1602-Very well done. Not your typical comic book fare.



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clawmaster wrote: I just started reading Sycamore Row by John Grisham. It's the long awaited sequel to A Time To Kill.

Best thriller I've read in a while. Excellent unexpected ending. The best for all parties involved.

The following characters return. I'm listing them in order of importance to this book and am using the actors that players the characters on screen for those that never read the first book.

Matthew McConaughey as Jake Brigance
Donald Sutherland as Lucien Wilbanks
Ashley Judd as Carla Brigance
Oliver Platt as Henry Rex Vonner
Charles S. Dutton as Ozzie Walls
Kevin Spacey as Rufus Buckley

Jake is the star along with a black maid. Of the remaining characters from the first book, the Lucien Wilbanks character plays a vital role. Carla Brigance, Henry Rex Vonner and Ozzie Walls are virtually interchangeable in terms of importance to the book. Rufus Buckley is there for the first half of the book then is promptly kicked to the curb.

I don't want to give too much away about this book. The only bad thing about the book is it is a bit wordy. But it's a John Grisham novel. What do you expect?

Not sure this book will make it to the silver screen. They definitely would need MM to play Jake Brigance and Donald Sutherland to play Lucien. The other characters could be played by different people. They'd need a very good middle aged black actress to play the maid.




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I'm finally reading Bob Holly's book.  It's a surprisingly good read and Holly comes across as really down-to-earth and likeable and a guy who just out his head down and did his job.  Everyone should come across good in their own books, but most actually don't. 

A few interesting pay-off related tidbits.  He made $20,000 for the 3-way match with Gunn and Snow at WM XV, by far his biggest single pay-off ever.  The following WM in 2000 he made $9,000, his second biggest payoff.  He claims 2000 was the only year he received more than his downside guarantee, making almost double his minimum. 

He clears up a lot of things about the Tough Enough incident with Matt Cappotelli and the broken neck he suffered at the hands of Lesnar, which he insists was just an accident and he laughs at the people who claimed he sandbagged him on the move when he got hurt, and I believe him. 



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About halfway through "One Summer: America, 1927" by Bill Bryson.  About exactly what it sounds like.  Charles Lindbergh, Al Capone, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Babe Ruth, Henry Ford, the first "murder of the century" with Ruth Snyder, Jack Dempsey vs. Gene Tunney, Sacco and Vanzetti, the seeds of the Great Depression being sown.  Amazing cast of characters, all beautifully intertwined into a compelling narrative.  Phenomenal book, highly recommended. 



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Starting to get into classic literature again after a spate of non-fiction.  Just finished "Journey to the Center of the Earth" by Jules Verne, which was really only average at best.  But now I'm reading "The Gilded Age" by Mark Twain, a really hilarious and brilliant look at greed, politics, and corruption in the late 1800s (or now, for that matter).  I know so many Escol Sellers' that it isn't even funny.



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Just Finished reading Gray Mountain by John Grisham, Grisham is one of my favorite authors, this one is about a female attorney from Wall Street who loses her job and ends up in Appalachia coal country where she ends up working for a free law clinic for poor people and takes up the fight against big coal mining companies and their practices, a pretty darn good read as are all of Grishams books.

Yesterday, I received in the mail a copy of the book "Life aboard a Laker from 1964 to 1999" by Capt. Richard D Metz (retired), in which the good Captain talks about his career sailing the Great Lakes, which is totally fascinating to me as I grew up in a town where they built the big Lakers and they came in and out of the harbor 2-3 times a day loaded with taconite and coal for the Steel Mill.



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Read Chris Jericho's 3rd book, which is good but there clearly wasn't as much for him to say as in the first 2 books.  He mostly covers the Shawn Michaels and Rey Misterio feuds and his outside projects involving Fozzy, Dancing With The Stars, and the game show Downfall. 

Now I'm almost done with "Destiny of the Republic" about James Garfield and his assassination.  Brilliantly written book, so interesting and sad to see how he held on for 2 1/2 months as the nation waited to see if he'd survive and how his doctors did everything wrong because his old guard didn't believe in antiseptic treatment that was already in use in Europe.  Lots of great stuff on his delusional assassin Charles Guiteau and Alexander Graham Bell's efforts to invent a device to locate the bullet.  Really fantastic read about the guy who by most accounts was the nicest guy to ever be President and never got to do anything in office before being killed by a madman.



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Reading "Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern" by Joshua Zeitz.  I love reading about the '20s, and the seismic shift in mores between 1900 and 1920.  This book gets bogged down a bit in the minutiae of the fashion houses of Coco Chanel, et al and I'm really not all that interested in going into that much detail with that aspect.  But it's a very interesting read and there's tons of stuff on F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald of course.    



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I've just started Jeff Guinn's "Manson". It's one of those books you can't put down.
It's no wonder Manson turned out the way he did. He had one fucked up childhood.
Guinn has also written books on the shootout at the OK corral & Bonny & Clyde.
Looks like I'll be reading them as well.

 



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