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September 02 2017

The Choirboys by Joseph Wambaugh Jonathan gave 5 stars to The Choirboys (Hardcover) by Joseph Wambaugh
bookshelves: fiction, crime
A book that cracked up to be as good as advertised. Think Catch-22 / MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors, but for the LA PD. Funny, insightful, crazy, with tons of pathos and laughs. I can't recommend it enough.
Out of the Ice by Ann   Turner Jonathan wants to read Out of the Ice by Ann Turner
An Isolated Incident by Emily Maguire Jonathan wants to read An Isolated Incident by Emily Maguire
Crimson Lake by Candice Fox Jonathan wants to read Crimson Lake by Candice Fox
The Dry by Jane Harper Jonathan wants to read The Dry by Jane Harper
Getting Away With Murder by Duncan McNab Jonathan wants to read Getting Away With Murder by Duncan McNab

August 28 2017

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - My Only

August 23 2017

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead Jonathan wants to read The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
The Choirboys by Joseph Wambaugh Jonathan is currently reading The Choirboys by Joseph Wambaugh
What Makes Sammy Run? by Budd Schulberg Jonathan gave 3 stars to What Makes Sammy Run? (Hardcover) by Budd Schulberg
bookshelves: fiction, movies
You know, it's strange. I kept thinking I was going to give up on it, but then there would be a scene that was just riveting. Telling the story of a conscienceless creep crawling over bodies to get to the top of 1940s Hollywood, by way of his only lifelong "friend". It was still a pretty interesting description of the time, place and people. Kit, the woman screen writer, was by far the most interesting character. She had some amazingly insightful quotes.

In the end, I enjoyed it. Sammy was a jerk who embodied nearly all the horribly selfish character flaws of the people in charge, both then and probably now. His rise rise rise was fascinating thing to watch, in an "oncoming trainwreck" kind of way. Despite only 3 stars (probably more like 3.5), I would still recommend it to anyone with any interest in Tinseltown.

August 21 2017

August 19 2017

The Corporation Wars by Ken MacLeod Jonathan gave 4 stars to The Corporation Wars: Dissidence (Hardcover) by Ken MacLeod
bookshelves: fiction, sci-fi
Pretty solid far future hard science sci-fi about virtual reality, robots becoming sentient and a war for the future. To be honest, sometimes I got lost in the meta descriptions of things. And the ending had so many twists and turns, I got confused so now I have to read The Corporation Wars: Insurgence, the second book in the series, just to figure it out!
We'll Always Have Casablanca by Noah Isenberg Jonathan gave 4 stars to We'll Always Have Casablanca: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywoods Most Beloved Movie (Hardcover) by Noah Isenberg
bookshelves: movies, non-fiction
Pretty solid discussion of Casablanca, the movie and the phenomenon, even for this long time Casablanca fanboy. I learned a few things, like only 3 of the 15 named parts in the movie were natural born American citizens - you can guess 2 of them pretty easily (Bogart and Dooley), but the 3rd one you'll find hard to do:

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and a few other tidbits. It was also fun to read about how the movie and its reputation grew as the years went by. And how even today, when many of the youngsters haven't seen it, it is such a cultural touchstone that references can be made to it in places like The Simpsons and Saturday Night Live knowing it will still resonate.

And I've added another place to go before I die - Rick's Cafe just outside of, yes, Casablanca Morocco!

August 18 2017

Carl Craig - Sandstorm (Versus Version)
Chain of Title by David Dayen Jonathan gave 4 stars to Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street's Great Foreclosure Fraud (Kindle Edition) by David Dayen
bookshelves: american-history, current-events, political, non-fiction
Not surprisingly, it ended badly. Despite rampant malfeasance and fraud and crime, the banks, in the end, get away with it all. For some reason, a homeowner, wondering who actually owns the title and mortgage on their house, is the one considered the deadbeat when banks fail to provide a paper trail and are assumed guilty. Even if they were trying to "get their house for free", it still shouldn't excuse the evil the banks did, all with the powers that be, all the way up to President Obama, looking the other way. Terrible, horrible, and they got away with it scott free, kicking millions of people out of their homes, leaving them empty, often without a shred of proof.

It was written pretty well, although you could tell it was his first book. Sometimes, the details got too overwhelming and sometimes his heart got ahead of the story, but at least the story gets told, even if it gets ignored.

August 16 2017

The Dollyrots - I Do

August 15 2017

Two Nights by Kathy Reichs Jonathan wants to read Two Nights by Kathy Reichs
Beartown by Fredrik Backman Jonathan wants to read Beartown by Fredrik Backman
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