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 Posted: Thu Feb 17th, 2022 04:44 pm
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The Cartel trilogy of books by Don Winslow:
- The Power of the Dog
- The Cartel
- The Border

These fiction novels focus on America's war on drugs in Mexico and Central America, the rise/fall of the drug cartels, and the impact these events have on the main character's (DEA agent) life.

I have finished the first 2 books and am 1/3 of the way through the third book. The books were highly recommended on a number of websites so I checked it out from the local library. Apparently, FX picked up the rights to produce a TV series based on the books in 2019 but I haven't seen anything more about the TV series yet. I am guessing that COVID has slowed production.

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 Posted: Sun Mar 27th, 2022 11:00 pm
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I liked the Don Winslow "Cartel" trilogy so I read a couple other of his books:

- "Kings of Cool" (prequel to "Savages")- "Savages"- "The Death and Life of Bobby Z"

All of the books were good and I was able to finish each of them in about 2-3 days since they were only about 300 pages each.

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 Posted: Sun Mar 27th, 2022 11:08 pm
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As a guy, I should probably be ashamed to admit this but I am also reading the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. I saw Evanovich mentioned in one of the "Spenser" series books that I had read earlier so I figured I would check out one of her books once I was caught up on the "Spenser" books  and "Jesse Stone" books. I am hooked and am now on book #11 of the series.


The Stephanie Plum series books are quick reads and entertaining. They are crime dramas but they also have a lot of humor in them. As I am reading them, many of the scenes seem to be like something you would have seen on the old "I Love Lucy" TV show with Lucy and Ethel getting themselves into all kinds of mischief. Apparently, this series is very popular since it has about 30+ books and many of them proudly display "#1 New York Times Bestseller" on their covers.

** Note: On a wrestling-related side note, Lance Storm and Kurt Angle got name dropped in the "Vision of Sugar Plums" novella of the Stephanie Plum series. Maybe that will make me seem a little less feminine for reading them. ** :)

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 Posted: Mon Mar 28th, 2022 04:02 pm
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Earlier in the month I read Kim by Rudyard Kipling.  It's the story of a young Irish boy who is orphaned in colonial India (actually in what would become Pakistan) and grows up native.  He attaches himself to a Tibetan Monk, come down from the Himalayas in search of a river that will grant enlightenment.  From there, he's "captured" by a British regiment and sent to a British school for expatriate children.  His cleverness and ability to go local brings him to the attention of secret agents, both Indian and British, who are playing the "Great Game" of spycraft against Russian agents in South Asia, and he's dispatched on missions to that end.  In some way the story can be related to Huck Finn, in that it's the traveling adventures of an adolescent boy.  In that sense it's a great adventure.  The only negative is that the dialogue takes some getting used to.  I assume it's supposed to be an English translation from Urdu (and Hindi) but it sounds so stilted to 21st century ears.  Eventually you get used to it, but for a children's book it's difficult to slog through parts of it.    

After that, I read a somewhat fictionalized biography of Thomas Paine, called Citizen Tom Paine, written in the middle of the 20th century.  Good God, was this ever a depressing story.  The 350 pages were one endless tale of misery, drunkenness, abuse, and privation.  

At the same time I bought Kim, from my local library, I also picked up a copy of The Trumpet of the Swan, by E.B. White.  I read it in third or fourth grade and I figured I need something lighter after the last two books.  



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 Posted: Mon Mar 28th, 2022 05:48 pm
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I'm reading volume 5 of Jeff Lindsay's Dexter books. In "Dexter Is Delicious", our fearless serial killer is on the trail of a cult of cannibals.

There are quite a few diffrences in the tv show & the books. The first season of Dexter followed the books but from season 2 onwards, the show took a left turn & has never come back.


In book # 1, Dexter doesn't kill Brian, but lets him escape. Also, La Guerta is killed off in the first book.
Other differences, Dexter doesn't love Rita in the books, but
in the show falls in love with Rita. Rita meanwhile gives birth to a daughter. In the tv show, Rita gives birth to a son, which was important to the plot in season 4.
Also, besides needing a beard, Dexter sees signs that Cody & Astor show great pottential in becoming serial killers & Dexter wants to be there to mentor them. So he marries Rita.

I'm almost finished with "DID". Both Dexter & Deb are being held captive as they await their fate. I have a feeling that brother Brian will show up to rescue Dexter, or possibly to kill him, as he may be the leader of the cult. Brian has a habit of showing up, much to Dexter's chagrin.

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 Posted: Wed May 11th, 2022 01:12 am
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Reading 'Bullshit Jobs' by David Graeber
I'm about a quarter through and not yet sure whether my own job falls under the 'bullshit' category, as per Graeber's criteria. It's close though.

Good book so far.

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 Posted: Tue May 24th, 2022 08:32 pm
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The Lightning Rod by Brad Meltzer. This is campy as hell, light reading, but fun so far.



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 Posted: Tue May 24th, 2022 08:44 pm
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I am reading the Buddy Rogers biography by Tim Hornbaker. It is interesting so far and I'm only 4 or 5 chapters through so it hasn't gotten to the really juicy stuff yet.


Interesting to know he was basically a top guy from the very start. I didn't know that.

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 Posted: Tue May 24th, 2022 08:56 pm
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Big Garea Fan wrote: As a guy, I should probably be ashamed to admit this but I am also reading the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. I saw Evanovich mentioned in one of the "Spenser" series books that I had read earlier so I figured I would check out one of her books once I was caught up on the "Spenser" books  and "Jesse Stone" books. I am hooked and am now on book #11 of the series.


The Stephanie Plum series books are quick reads and entertaining. They are crime dramas but they also have a lot of humor in them. As I am reading them, many of the scenes seem to be like something you would have seen on the old "I Love Lucy" TV show with Lucy and Ethel getting themselves into all kinds of mischief. Apparently, this series is very popular since it has about 30+ books and many of them proudly display "#1 New York Times Bestseller" on their covers.

** Note: On a wrestling-related side note, Lance Storm and Kurt Angle got name dropped in the "Vision of Sugar Plums" novella of the Stephanie Plum series. Maybe that will make me seem a little less feminine for reading them. ** :)


The first book in this series ("One for the Money") was made into a movie starring Katherine Heigl in the lead role. It was listed on TUBI so I tried to give it a watch. I only made it about 5 minutes into the movie before I had to turn it off. The actors on the screen didn't even come close to matching the characters that I had created in my head from reading the books.

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 Posted: Wed May 25th, 2022 08:54 pm
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That's usually the way alright.

No Country For Old Men was an exception, for me. I'm sure I'm forgetting one or two more but in nearly every instance if I've read the book then the film is a let down.

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Jim_Irish wrote: I am reading the Buddy Rogers biography by Tim Hornbaker. It is interesting so far and I'm only 4 or 5 chapters through so it hasn't gotten to the really juicy stuff yet.


Interesting to know he was basically a top guy from the very start. I didn't know that.


Please let us know what really happened that fateful night in Madison Square Garden.  

Finished The 12 Year Reich by Richard Grunberger yesterday.  Each chapter in the book looks at the impact National Socialism had on various aspects of life in Nazi Germany, such as theater/film, journalism, public corruption, religion, etc.  Written 50 years ago, so it's much more scholarly and dispassionate than you'd get from some Nazi-hunting leftist professor today.  It's time to hit the library and find something new.  



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