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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Today, my background noise was “Last Words” George Carlin’s memoir.  The beauty of this audiobook was that it was read by his brother Peter and it sounds just like him. A bit eerie, but you just go with it. 

Reading List, hasn’t changed since this one wasn’t “officially” on it.

I finished the novel “Bucky ‘F*cking’ Dent” today. It was written by David Duchovny, yes that David Duchovny, and while it was an audio book format and he was the one narrating it, I couldn’t help but picture this as a Hank Moody venture from “Californication”. 

It was an interesting story about about a man reconnecting with his dad who was dying of lung cancer, learning more about life and how it was different than what he visioned as he was growing up. 

I enjoyed it even if it wasn’t really Hank Moody finishing it off with “Whiskey, Weed and Warren Zevon”. 

Reading List, back down to 21. “The Cold Dish”, by Craig Johnson, 7, The Mickey Mantle “NOVEL” which is somewhat fictionalized and the Warren Zevon book are the top 3  battling for my attention at this point. 

How I am still ahead of pace, I do not know, but that is quite okay :).

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. 

Blind date with a book?

I saw a post on another blog with a smaller image, and it’s the first I’ve seen of something like this. I’m not sure I’d be willing to drop $10-15-20 on something I might not enjoy.  This is something that I could see me doing more at a library, but I’m either too poor or too frugal to drop money on something like this.

In a way I do it each month with Amazon’s Kindle first program when Prime members get to choose between one of 6 titles each month.

That isn’t quite blind, but in a way the short review is like the black letters on the paper. Obviously one could turn to Google or goodreads.com and learn more about one of the six options, but that is a little too much effort. This month I chose, “Beach Lawyer” by Avery Duff, above. I haven’t started it yet(I’m trying to whittle down my reading list before adding more). 

I’ve known about the program for about 8 months and have  stock-pilled a book each month. I’ve read one so far, and it was good. It was called “The Night Bird” by Brian Freeman, the first novel of his I’ve read. I like the program(it’s free, I doubt I’d even pay $1.00 for one of them unless it really jumped out at me). 

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.