Part of my background noise today was the audio cd/book of Charles Bukowski reading some of his poetry/short stories at a bar in Redondo Beach in 1980.

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This morning, I remained in bed to finish “The Late Show”, the new Michael Connelly novel that introduces a new protagonist into his Boschland world of Los Angeles. Harry wasn’t mentioned by name, but there  was a minor crossover to that universe, so I won’t be surprised for any future crossover.

Renee Ballard, is a spunky female detective that found herself on the wrong end of a sexual harassment claim which found her transferred to the night shift, aka Late Show. 

The crossover involved a son of a cop that was  in a couple of the Bosch novels. 

It was a good read and I look forward to the next one.

Reading List:

To think, I had this baby down to 12… Oh well. 

12 turns into 23…  I think it was 12 at last count. Oh well 

I’ve blown my reading list up. Added a couple. I picked up the Warren Zevon hard copy off Amazon, got a couple as a gift and added the Mickey Mantle for 1.06 following a google play $7.00 credit. I’m fairly certain that it’s the copy that I saw at B&N on a discount stack once and said I’ll get it next time, but the next time it was gone. I’m not sure how factual it was, but when I was browsing it seemed to be pretty interesting.  

I added the new Michael Connelly novel “The Late Show”, where he introduces a new character into his Los Angeles world, so far no mention of Bosch, or Haller, but there was a tie-in to a character from one of those books, so maybe Harry will show up. 

Thanks to a power outage and a thunderstorm, I was able to finish “Raylan” by Elmore Leonard today. According to good reads I started reading it 12/11/2015. It’s not that it was bad, I normally have a 10 deep reading list, then I made the decision to read the other three Raylan Givens Novels first.

This was the 4th novel off of the Given character, but this was more of 3 novella’s or 3 extended short stories intertwined into one book. I have the digital copy so I’m not 100% certain of the hard copy layout, but it didn’t seem very separated in my version. 

13 becomes 12 (can’t almost smell single digits)

I finished the audiobook version of Charles Bukowski’s “Ham on Rye” earlier. It might be his strangest yet.   It was all over the place.  Talking about details in the 4th grade that a 4th grader shouldn’t be talking about, I alluded to that when I first started it.

It remained strange. It remained Bukowski

13 becomes 12.

A little bit ago I finished “Golden Prey”, by John Sandford, it was his most recent “Lucas Davenport” novel that came out in April. I’ve been trying to not add things to my reading list until I knock it down some.  I made a comment at the end of one of these posts that if a new Sandford/Connelly/Tropper novel came out then I’d likely add it to it, so I did. It’s come and gone and outside of adding the other three Elmore Leonard books, I’ve been pretty good at sticking to that wish.

In a strange way reading this novel was in a very faint sense of the phrase, a lot like catching up with an old friend. You really weren’t provided with any great details about how anyone else was doing, but a couple of old names made a brief appearance. This one was centered around Davenport’s first adventure as  US Marshall, and the more things change, the more they stay the same.  It was a good read.

Reading list:Fourteen is still Fourteen: “Raylan” is a little under 50% finished. 

Last night, I finished “Fire In The Hole” by Elmore Leonard. I knew it was going to be short and quick and likely very familiar. It was originally published in a book of short stories and goodreads.com has it down as 240 pages.   

It was very familiar to parts of season one of the FX show “Justified”. While it was an outstanding show, and I wish it was still on and I would take it back on FX in a minute, this was one that I really wish would have been on HBO/Showtime/Cinemax so there were fewer restrictions to be placed on it.

Spoiler Alert, but it’s not a huge secret. 

The story differed some from  the show in that Raylan Givens, the US Marshall shot and killed criminal Boyd Crowder when he put a gun on his sister-in-law Ava Crowder who also had a gun on Boyd.  Thankfully in the show this didn’t happen exactly like that and Boyd lived and was his trouble making self throughout the entire show. 

Boyd on the show was far more likeable and a bit toned down on some of his racially based rants than he was in the book, but in the show he seemed like he was screaming white power, and creating the skin-head army more so to simply attract a group to help him fight the fights that he wanted to fight as opposed to purely being some backwoods racist. 

15 becomes 14

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After finishing it, I was able to knock 5% more out of “Raylan”, before my eyes started to close. It’s the 4th and final Raylan Givens installment that Elmore Leonard wrote. 

Ole Hunter and I had  short visit while I was waiting on my computer to reboot after it gave me one of those lovely blue screens.