Sunday, March 16, 2008

Curmudgeon in the Wry 384

Sunday, March 16, 2008---725 Words---Average reading time: 2-minutes, 51 seconds (time frittered away) (a pointless waste of time)
Offending readers and hindering productivity one issue at a time since 2001.
Almost completely free of original ideas.
Often wrong…never in doubt.
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Rave: George Raft
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On the Hi Fi: “Day Trip” by Pat Metheny.
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Reading: “Nameless Night” by G.M. Ford.
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Quote: "Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views."---William F. Buckley.
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Fare thee well: Brett Favre, gunslinger as quarterback…an NFL original.
A reminder: Set your clocks back one hour on October 25, 2008.
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Rant: Those TV spots that scream, “Apply directly to the forehead” give me a headache.
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Rave: James W. Hall is masterful at creating villains.
It is not just that they never consider the moral consequences of their deeds, carry violence to an art form, create a combination of terror and tension---it is their “nothing to lose attitude” that is most frightening.
The fact that you know these people actually exist is genuinely terrifying. You sense them in real life, and cross the street to stay out of their path.
In Dr. Hall’s latest Thorn novel, such a piece of work is Sasha Olson. Her outrage stems from the early death from cancer to her husband and the same disease ravaging her son. She blames it on Bates International who controls a gigantic phosphate strip mining operation in the middle of Florida.
Sasha’s initial victim is the Bates International’s family matriarch, Abigail Bates. Her preferred macabre method is death by drowning. Immediately before she places her prey under water she asks, “How long can you hold your breath?”
Abigail turns out to be Thorn’s grandmother. Thorn’s parents were killed in an auto accident shortly after he was born. He never knew about his family tree.
Thorn’s uncle and his daughter appear to be clients on a fishing expedition where Thorn acts as a guide.
Sasha is on a mission to wipe out the Bates family. She haunts and hunts the family members deep in the remotest part of the Everglades. The outcome is in doubt until the final chapter.
The characters will hook you just as much as the plot that has as many twists as the Everglades. You just may want to sleep with light on after you experience “Hell’s Bay.”
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More book biz: Any book with this line deserves your readership. “Merle Haggard looked seventy years old and too mean to die, which Hood figured was pretty much what Merle was.”---from “L.A. Outlaws” by T. Jefferson Parker. Just a terrific book.
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Furthermore: “You know what I’m thinking? Suicide.” Sergeant Tom Galway ran his hands through his neat salt-and-pepper hair. “I’m guessing our boy had been pondering the inequities generated by geopolitical gamesmanship, got so depressed he went and shot himself in the back. Four times.” From “At the City’s Edge” by Marcus Sakey. It is just his second novel and he writes like seasoned pro. If you enjoy Jim Hall, Dennis Lehane, Michael Connelly, Laura Lippman or George Pelecanos---then Marcus Sakey is your new discovery that you will thank me for.
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Rant: Curt Schilling is psychologically incapable of staying in the background very long.
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Decision 2008: Thelma or Louise?
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Rant: Anyone who attends a Will Ferrell movie needs to check his or her IQ at the door. He is truly lame.
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Quote: “A baseball season without Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds is like summer without crabgrass and mosquitoes.” ---Bob Molinero, The Virginian Pilot.
In addition, I might add---more pleasant and far less tedious.
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Didjaknow: Sometime back in the late 1950s, Bill Sharman of the Celtics used to go to a high school gym on game days and shoot around. His teammates thought he was nuts. Sharman brought the idea with him when he coached the Lakers in the 1970s. Now every pro and college squad in the USA has pregame shootarounds. Now you know the rest of the story.
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Book BIZ: Only three writers have won two Edgars for best novel: T. Jefferson Parker, James Lee Burke and Dick Francis.
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If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading it in English thank a Veteran.
That is all.
As you were.
We return you to your regular programming

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