I'll continue to update this as I read through the short stories.
I liked the introduction of the book that talked with Elmore Leonard about his experiI'll continue to update this as I read through the short stories.
I liked the introduction of the book that talked with Elmore Leonard about his experiences writing in the western genre, which is also his first foray into professional writing. This is particularly interesting as you hear how he got started as a writer and how he had to manage having a full-time job, a family and pursue his dreams. Since Leonard's style has evolved quite a bit, it's interesting to hear about his aspirations as a young writer.
Trail of the Apache - 1951
I wasn't sure what to expect of this first story, Leonard first published piece of writing, and I was somewhat surprised by it. Because of the decade, 1950s and watching reruns of "The Rifleman," "Bonanza," and other TV westerns from that era, I expected a sedate, perhaps lighthearted tale of the Wild West with macho cowboys and politically uncorrect, if not stereotypical portrayals of Native Americans and instead I read a modern and sympathetic description of the Apache Native Americans and how bureaucracy can make a mess of their lives. While the story starts off slow, it is all a setup for a turn of events, a build up to some unexpected violence, a scene that is almost brutal in it's description, that really pulled you emotionally into the story. I was really surprised by this scene, and you can see the beginnings of how Elmore Leonard would later experiment with the genre, an ability to prod and pull at a genre's boundaries, something he'd pull off with greater accomplishment in his later westerns and especially when he transitioned later to the crime genre....more
I picked this book up from a recent sale, and I was immediately impressed with the writing. The author Bonnie Nadzam is able to write sharp, clear senI picked this book up from a recent sale, and I was immediately impressed with the writing. The author Bonnie Nadzam is able to write sharp, clear sentences that are able to capture little nuances in her character's behavior.
I was wary of the subject matter of a divorced older man and his odd relationship with a little girl, however the based on the strength of the writing, I decided to purchase it. Not quite a thriller, but perhaps more about two lost souls, orphaned by society.
Having watched the excellent BBC detective series, "Foyle's War", set during WWII England, I came across this WWII-era thriller about a English/AmericHaving watched the excellent BBC detective series, "Foyle's War", set during WWII England, I came across this WWII-era thriller about a English/American journalist living in 1939 Germany, right before the war, and follows his escapades as he gets embroiled with both the Nazi and Soviet power struggles.
The opening chapter was both light-hearted, as you see the journalist celebrating New Years in Danzig, Germany with fellow foreigners, and also tragic as the next day, he witnesses a train load of Jewish children, 10,000 in fact, departing the station on their way to England for safety as thousands of Jewish parents watch in tears.
I don't know much about David Downing, but this first book as part of a series hooked me. His writing is both light and emotional and I liked the back drop of historical events. Looking forward to reading the rest of it....more
Often regarded as the one book you must read if you care about programming well and I'm beginning to understand...
Only a five chapters in, I can see iOften regarded as the one book you must read if you care about programming well and I'm beginning to understand...
Only a five chapters in, I can see it's already improving not only my programming skills, but also with how to correctly deal with clients and bosses in order to minimize risk and increase productivity.