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So what are you reading?

What books, zines or other pulp are you reading? What aren't you reading? What should everyone else read?

Re: So what are you reading?

Postby Henry Vilas » Mon Aug 19, 2013 8:58 am

I just finished Don Winslow's novel, The Powerof the Dog. Written in 2005 after six years of research, it cover the DEA Mexican drug wars from 1975 through 1999. A roman à clef, the tale reads true. Besides the DEA and the Mexican cartels, included are the CIA weapons for drugs program to support anti-communist efforts in Latin America, the roles of the Catholic Church (including Opus Dei) and even the American mob.

Much longer and much more detailed that the three other Winslow novels I have read (all dealing with the failed war on drugs). Nearly all the characters are deeply flawed, but there is a degree of redemption at the end. I highly recommend this book.
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Re: So what are you reading?

Postby pjbogart » Wed Oct 02, 2013 11:19 pm

True to form I'm wasting my time on yet another entertaining yarn from Stephen King, "Doctor Sleep". I think Mr. King is using a ghost writer these days, perhaps guiding them through the plot but leaving the typing to a USA Today journalist. Somehow I sat down and read 150 pages straight without even looking at the clock. Either the book is that good, or essentially I'm reading a pornographic version of Harry Potter.

Danny Torrence (yeah, THAT Danny Torrence) is a drifter, prone to alcohol and drug abuse, perhaps an indication that King is revisiting the mindset that brought us "The Shining". Apparently there are some bad "shiners" too. It's not really a sequel, just a revisit to see what Danny is up to. I hate to say too much because I'm only 150 pages in and I'm not sure what amounts to a spoiler. So far it's a good yarn, though.

I predict that this will be Stephen King's 150th novel that doesn't earn him a Pulitzer.
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