Quarry’s Cut

Found it. Wasn’t that hard really. Just looked at the last few things on the list and picked out the one without a post. This Quarry book was interesting, since it took place at a porno shoot, from back in the day, when there were directors and stars as opposed to all this amateur stuff out there today. I liked it.

I do other things besides reading, but as I’ve said in the past, I find blogging to be more of a chore than something I enjoy. Same with Twittering, facebooking, snapchatting, and all the rest of that social media shit.

Bad Chili

Yes, yet another Hap and Leonard book. I’ve yet to be disappointed, so will keep on reading. This is the fourth in the series and introduces Jim Bob Luke, PI. Having read the books all out of order, I’m already familiar with the gentleman and it was quite a pleasure to see his introduction to the boys. I liked the book so much, I’m going to get another right now.

Atlanta Burns

I’m not sure how this ended up on my Kindle. It was either one of those First look free books that come with Prime or I bought it on a recommendation and have just forgotten. Still, I enjoyed it. I’ll check out the next book in the series. It seems a bit too much on the lawless side (or maybe I’m just naive), but I let that go and just had a good time.

I finished this last week, but forgot to put it up, also I think I forgot another book before Leather Maiden, I need to put that up here for posterity. The book I actually finished tonight is …

Leather Maiden

Ah, another great book from Joe Lansdale. I just can’t get enough. I stayed up way too late reading it last night. There’s something about the way he writes dialog that makes me want to keep reading. The sad part is that I’m going to run out of his books soon. I suppose I can re-read them, but I find that while reading a book again, I remember what I read and don’t enjoy it as much. Also, if you read a book again, that’s a new book you didn’t read and there are so many books out there, that it would be a shame to deprive yourself.

Top of the Heap

A private detective crime novel by the author of the Perry Mason novels. Enjoyed it immensely. It certainly is dated in a lot of ways, but the mystery was engaging and mostly made sense. There was a leap in knowledge that I missed 2/3rds of the way through the novel that made it a bit too convenient, and the fact that it relied on the right person showing up at the right place at the right time to wrap things up, was a bit much. But the payoff was good, so I’ll let that pass. I’ll read more of his work.

Random Metal Music

Randomly clicking things on the internet leads to experiencing new and sometimes interesting things. Today, I landed on this album on YouTube. Fides Inversa, a heavy metal band from Italy. I think I’m going to listen to a bunch of random metal bands for awhile and see how I feel. Is it good? I don’t think I’m qualified to give my opinion. I listened to the whole thing and some of it was enjoyable. Certainly better than anything Justin Bieber ever made.

Metal Encyclopedia listing:
Fides Inversa

Passport to Peril

This one is interesting. I bought it because I decided I wanted to read something by Robert Parker, the author of the Spencer novels. I read it and enjoyed it, but something seemed off. The afterword of the book is by the author’s daughter and she tells about his time serving in World War II and being a war correspondent. And how he had died at a much too young age. This isn’t what I knew at all about Robert Parker, so I did a little googling and look at that, it’s two completely, unrelated people. It was interesting anyway, so I don’t regret it, but I still need to read a Robert Parker book. I have to watch out though because the new ones are all written by someone else.

Fletch

I have seen the movie starring Chevy Chase and enjoyed it. It’s been probably twenty years though. The only scene I really remember is when he goes to the doctor and gets the prostate exam. “Moon River”

The novel is similar but different from the movie. It’s still humorous, but the humor is much darker than in the movie, at least as much as I remember. I need to see if I can watch it again, to get a real comparison. It was a good read though, so I’ll try the next one in the series.

George A. Romero RIP

George A. Romero died today. More than probably any other film maker, he is the one that shaped my childhood. I watched Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead and that was it. My favorite genre was horror and zombies were the sub genre to rule them all. He was 77 and I’ve been watching his films for 30 years. I’ll have to go watch a Romero marathon in tribute.

Zombie films were always a very niche category, but he got to live to see them taken seriously, written about, discussed with intelligence and shown on television.