What are you reading?

8,788 posts 21 reps Joined Nov 2009
Mon, Mar 8, 2021 1:13 PM
posted by ptown_trojans_1

Yeah. It is Dan Simmons. I liked the AMC show a lot a few years ago and figured I would dive into the book. 


I finished the Terror yesterday, finally. I forgot how it ended, so the last 100 pages threw me off. I enjoyed it though and after it ended I did feel a little cold ha. 

Next up is Color of Law, which is a history of housing segregation laws and their impact today. 

Dr Winston O'Boogie Senior Member
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Mon, Mar 8, 2021 1:28 PM

Rereading The Godfather by Mario Puzo.  I read it about 30 years ago and really liked it.  The reason I'm rereading it is because I'd like to read the entire Godfather book series.  The first two - the Godfather and the Sicilian are by Puzo.  The second and third - The Godfather Returns and The Godfather's Revenge are by Mark Winegardner (a Cleveland guy) and the last if The Family Corleone by Ed Falco.  The last three were written after Puzo's death.  The authors had to basically audition to get the job.  I don't know if any of them are good, but we'll find out.

8,788 posts 21 reps Joined Nov 2009
Thu, Mar 25, 2021 12:45 PM

Started Rum Punch last night from Elmore Leonard. It was the basis for the movie Jackie Brown. 

I've made a point to read as many Elmore Leonard and John le Carre novels as possible. 

kizer permanente Senior Member
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Thu, Mar 25, 2021 1:17 PM

Just finished The Institute from Stephen King. Great book. 

Dr Winston O'Boogie Senior Member
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Thu, Mar 25, 2021 9:08 PM
posted by ptown_trojans_1

Started Rum Punch last night from Elmore Leonard. It was the basis for the movie Jackie Brown. 

I've made a point to read as many Elmore Leonard and John le Carre novels as possible. 

I love John le Carre's books Leonard's are good, but I get tired of them. 

Zunardo Senior Member
815 posts 13 reps Joined Nov 2010
Mon, Mar 29, 2021 6:27 PM

"The Void Protocol" - by F. Paul Wilson

Pretty interesting.  I don't know how Wilson keeps up with the "secret history of the world" he's created, but he comes up with some doozies.  It ties in with the Repairman Jack series in a tidy fashion.

8,788 posts 21 reps Joined Nov 2009
Tue, Mar 30, 2021 8:28 AM
posted by Dr Winston O'Boogie

I love John le Carre's books Leonard's are good, but I get tired of them. 

Yeah, I like to usually toggle between the two of them. le Carre's books are pretty deep, complex, while Leonard's are just great pulp reads. 


Dr Winston O'Boogie Senior Member
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Tue, Mar 30, 2021 9:27 AM

I reread The Godfather by Mario Puzo.  I read it about 20 years ago and wanted to do it again because I love the films so much.  Overall it is excellent.  It provides some background on characters the film just doesn't have time for.  It also contains some filler on Johnny Fontaine that I thought did nothing to advance the story - plus I just don't like the Fontaine character.  It is one of those rarities where the 1 & 2 films are better than the book in  my opinion, but the book is still very good.  


I'm now into The Sicilian, Puzo's second work in the "Godfather universe".  The Corleone family is not a big part of the plot, but I'm really enjoying it.  It is a cool look at the way of the Mafia in Sicily during the middle of the 20th century.  It's set in there during the time Michael was in hiding after killing the NYPD captain.  But again, Michael is not a primary character.  The main players are guys that did not figure into the original Godfather novel.  So far, so good.

8,788 posts 21 reps Joined Nov 2009
Tue, Mar 30, 2021 1:03 PM
posted by Dr Winston O'Boogie

I reread The Godfather by Mario Puzo.  I read it about 20 years ago and wanted to do it again because I love the films so much.  Overall it is excellent.  It provides some background on characters the film just doesn't have time for.  It also contains some filler on Johnny Fontaine that I thought did nothing to advance the story - plus I just don't like the Fontaine character.  It is one of those rarities where the 1 & 2 films are better than the book in  my opinion, but the book is still very good.  


I'm now into The Sicilian, Puzo's second work in the "Godfather universe".  The Corleone family is not a big part of the plot, but I'm really enjoying it.  It is a cool look at the way of the Mafia in Sicily during the middle of the 20th century.  It's set in there during the time Michael was in hiding after killing the NYPD captain.  But again, Michael is not a primary character.  The main players are guys that did not figure into the original Godfather novel.  So far, so good.

Sounds interesting. The Godfather has been on my list for sometime. It will probably stay down the list as Amazon has had some good Kindle deals recently. Over the past few weeks, I have picked up:

-Color of Money: Walter Tevis

-The Things they Carry: Tim O'Brien

-A Perfect Spy: le Carre

-Exhalation: Ted Chiang

-The Devil all the Time: Donald Pollack 

-Out of Sight: Elomore Leonard 

-Ohio: Stephen Markley 

Dr Winston O'Boogie Senior Member
3,345 posts 24 reps Joined Oct 2010
Tue, Mar 30, 2021 4:06 PM
posted by ptown_trojans_1

Sounds interesting. The Godfather has been on my list for sometime. It will probably stay down the list as Amazon has had some good Kindle deals recently. Over the past few weeks, I have picked up:

-Color of Money: Walter Tevis

-The Things they Carry: Tim O'Brien

-A Perfect Spy: le Carre

-Exhalation: Ted Chiang

-The Devil all the Time: Donald Pollack 

-Out of Sight: Elomore Leonard 

-Ohio: Stephen Markley 

Donald Ray Pollack is a favorite of mine - and a Chillicothe boy. The Devil All the Time is great. A really good movie version came out last year.  His most recent novel The Heavenly Table is excellent too. But for my money, his collection of short stories called Knockemstiff is a10/10. One of my favorite books of all time. Not for the faint of heart. 

8,788 posts 21 reps Joined Nov 2009
Wed, Mar 31, 2021 12:30 PM
posted by Dr Winston O'Boogie

Donald Ray Pollack is a favorite of mine - and a Chillicothe boy. The Devil All the Time is great. A really good movie version came out last year.  His most recent novel The Heavenly Table is excellent too. But for my money, his collection of short stories called Knockemstiff is a10/10. One of my favorite books of all time. Not for the faint of heart. 

Oh did not know he was from Southern Ohio, awesome. I saw the movie last year and loved it, so figured I would give the book a try. I may add the other novels to the list. 

Dr Winston O'Boogie Senior Member
3,345 posts 24 reps Joined Oct 2010
Wed, Mar 31, 2021 2:07 PM
posted by ptown_trojans_1

Oh did not know he was from Southern Ohio, awesome. I saw the movie last year and loved it, so figured I would give the book a try. I may add the other novels to the list. 

He has a cool story.  He worked at the Mead paper plant in Chillicothe until he was 50 and then went to college to study writing.  While there, his collection of short stories (Knockemstiff) was published.  He's authentic to the area and people he writes about.

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