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The Rally Onion wants 150 fans before Opening Day.
Anyone here read Calico Joe by John Grisham? I'm about 2/3 the way through it. Sweet story, not so much baseball as initially implied, but a pleasant read sofar, despite the fact that where I am in the book right now, Daddy dearest needs thrown off a cliff into a pool of Great Whites.
I'm re-reading Bouton's Ball Four (for the 4th time, I think). I also picked up Earl Lawson's Cincinnati Seasons.
Finished Revival by Stephen King. I really enjoyed it. I think it's basically King's version of Frankenstein in a way.
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A mild spoiler:
Reviews tend to mention Poe and Hawthorne, but they somehow leave out the direct influence here, one that's not simply hinted at. King has played around with Lovecraft since the beginning, but here he goes the full Howard, even managing a trademark bleak, despairing Lovecraftian ending.
fwiw, the somewhat slow middle part is likely what's bringing in the literary references. I thought that part of the book was reminiscent of Chabon, particularly Kavalier and Klay.
Just finished reading the First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie. I loved every second of the series. Good stuff. Started the Emperors Blades last night. So far so good. Going to try and read Brandon Sanderson's new stuff this winter. I have so much to read sitting on my bookshelf, it's impossible to get caught up.
I just finished The Cincinnati Reds by Lee Allen. This was written in 1947 by Mr. Allen. It's a really good history of the Reds from 1869 until the start of the 1947 season. He writes it in a very good narrative form with plenty of stories about players who have long been forgotten. Any Reds fan should like this and be required reading for them.
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I'm getting ready to drive to Florida in a couple of days, so I picked up an audiobook, 'The Killer Next Door', the new book by Alex Marwood. Marwood's first book, 'The Wicked Girls', was one of my favorite books that I read this past year, a sort of Tana French book without a police narrator.
fwiw, French's latest, 'The Secret Place', might have been my favorite book of the year. I'm not sure--I read several good ones.
The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson.
Very enlightening read, especially when applied to political forum discussions.
Cincinnati Reds 2014 W-L Record: 76.6-85.4*
Cincinnati Reds 2015 W-L Record: TBA
Anxiously awaiting Erik Larson's (In The Garden of Beasts and Devil in the White City) new book Dead Calm. About the last crossing of the Lusitania due out March 10th. Early reviews are good, and the story sounds fascinating.