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The Outlaw Album: Stories
I bought this book as result of a goodreads recommendation. I found the writer's style very interesting and it made me want to read more of his full-l ...more
Nov 13, 2011
Oct 07, 2011
Baseball Blues
I don't know what to say. I love baseball and nearly everything about it, however, this book sets many baseball records. First: It was the shortest ba ...more
Jun 21, 2012
Jun 20, 2012
The Great Divide
I never seem to know what I will read next but this book was selected because I lived in Chicago for a number of years and recalled listening to Studs ...more
Jun 29, 2014
Jun 25, 2014
God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian
I read short books like this occasionally when I am in the midst of an epic long or tedious novel just to break up the routine. I thought that this wa ...more
Nov 06, 2013
Nov 06, 2013
The Strong Shall Live
This book is a collection of Louis L'Amour short stories that he wrote early in his career. I have read several volumes of his short stories and I did ...more
Mar 29, 2015
Jul 21, 2014
Russell Baker's Book of American Humor
This is a pagan review of a book assembled by Russell Baker who has been a two time Pulitzer Prize winner, a columnist for the New York Times and the ...more
Jul 22, 2014
Jul 02, 2014
The Elephanta Suite: Three Novellas
One of my fascinations has always been the culture, history and geography of India. Ever since my travels to this mystic land I have taken every oppor ...more
Aug 14, 2014
Aug 04, 2014
Paris Was Ours
There was no option other than to purchase this book when my eyes passed over it on the bookstore shelves. I have always had a passion for the city an ...more
Aug 03, 2013
Jul 19, 2013
Blockade Billy
Stephen King wrote a baseball book! Not a surprise since you can often see him highlighted as a spectator at Boston Red Sox games. This seems to be a ...more
Jan 20, 2013
Jan 20, 2013
State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America
Fifty authors from fifty states all combining to produce an usual book. This group of writers are often enthusiastic, funny, boring, entertaining, ted ...more
Sep 25, 2012
Aug 23, 2012
Listening for the Crack of Dawn
This book and author is often described as having a cult following and nature. Although it is nostalgic and cute it just did not command my attention. ...more
Oct 30, 2014
Oct 29, 2014
William Faulkner Reads
Please forgive me for my pagan behavior because I was dissilusioned by this effort. There is no doubt that Faulkner was one of the most noteworty Amer ...more
Apr 10, 2015
Apr 10, 2015
In Our Time
This book is unlike any other Hemmingway book that I have read and was his first published endeavor. Ernest Hemmingway was married in 1921 to his firs ...more
Oct 20, 2013
Jun 06, 2013
Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories
I hate to admit that I did not know that this was a collection of short stories. My problem with short stories has been simply that they are often dif ...more
Jun 16, 2013
May 31, 2013
Angle of Investigation
Collections of short stories are difficult to review because in themselves they have indivual impact. They also, somewhat like movies, are unable to d ...more
Jan 07, 2014
Jan 03, 2014
The Good Old Stuff
John D. MacDonald was one of the most read mystery writers of the sixties, seventies and eighties. Prior to that time he made a living in what was kno ...more
Jan 16, 2014
Dec 09, 2013
This novella is a fictionalized account of top selling author Nelson DeMille's experiences in Viet Nam. While an easy short read, it is an intensely t ...more
May 22, 2013
May 22, 2013
The Pacific and Other Stories
This very well written collection of short stories was a pleasant change of pace from my normal reading genres. Helprin not only has excellent writing ...more
Jul 24, 2012
Jun 11, 2012
The Peripatetic Coffin and Other Stories
This selection of short stories is exceptional. The story from which the book is named is a fictionalized account of the ill fated submarine, the Hunl ...more
Aug 12, 2013
Jul 04, 2013
Pure Drivel
I am not a fan of comedians, but Steve Martin can on occasion be hilarious. He was very funny in this book appropriately called Pure Drivel, but not f ...more
Apr 18, 2015
Apr 10, 2015
The Safe Man: A Ghost Story
Michael Connelly is one of the most read mystery writers in America today.I have finished over twenty of his novels including the "The Lincoln Lawyer" ...more
Dec 2012
Nov 01, 2012
Smoking on Mount Rushmore: Sixteen New and Selected Short Stories
I have followed Ed Lynsky's reviews since signing on Goodreads several years ago. I have enjoyed his summaries since they center mainly on mystery nov ...more
Aug 15, 2013
Feb 12, 2013
Pale Horse, Pale Rider
It took me forever to obtain a copy of this book and I was not disappointed in any of the three stories. I thought, however, that Pale Horse, Pale Rid ...more
Feb 07, 2013
Jan 10, 2013
The Third Man and The Fallen Idol
Sixty-five years ago I was given my first novel to read as a Christmas present in 1949. This gift was from a friend of the family who kindly nurtured ...more
Mar 16, 2014
Jan 18, 2014
Valley of the Sun
Whenever I read a L'Amour western I find myself critical because the western genre is so unpopular and unpolitically correct. But when I finish I real ...more
Mar 04, 2013
Aug 31, 2012
Quitters, Inc.
No one could have written this story other than Stephen King. I know no better way to stop smoking than not being able to hold the cigarette, but the ...more
Jun 26, 2013
Jun 26, 2013
Deep Down (Jack Reacher, #16.5)
I never tire of Lee Child's ramblings with his Jack Reacher character. This short story came out on the ebook readers and was gobbled up by the Lee Ch ...more
Jan 23, 2014
Jan 19, 2014
Train Dreams: A Novella
I read this book as the result of a review done by one of my Goodreads friends. To my pleasant surprise I learned that it had been selected as the fav ...more
May 25, 2012
Feb 17, 2012
Not a Drill (Jack Reacher, #18.5)
Not the best Jack Reacher story of all time, but I have never found one that I would not read again. This tale takes place in the northern woods of Ma ...more
Aug 13, 2014
Aug 12, 2014
Lake Wobegon Days
When I picked up this book I thought that I was about to enter in to a romp of nostalgia. It was funny, clever, familiar, religious and just good old ...more
Jul 16, 2014
Jan 21, 2014
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