Valdez is Coming

This is a short Elmore Leonard western (232 pages) that I read in a day on the way back from vacation in the Mayan Riviera. It went fast and was a boat load of fun, which made the flight seem really, really short. That’s a great combo. Continue reading

Burning Angel

This is not the James Lee Burke novel for the uninitiated. It’s complicated, obtuse, and mystical. I’m deep in the series, reading them in order, and I generally liked this one. I found my mind wandering at times, but there were several riveting passages. Continue reading

A Mind to Murder

The second book in the Adam Dalgliesh series by P.D. James. Oh, I’ll read all of these at some point. This one takes place in a psychiatric hospital and you get to know all of the key players as the clues are released. Nice ending.

[aside] Note About Forthcoming Content

It’s about this point where I started to significantly decrease the amount of time spent on this blog. I can’t quite explain it, it’s mostly a combination of being busy, being lazy, and being bored. I’m not sure when I’ll be back to full blast on this. I’ll at least keep track of books and screened entertainment so I can record what I’ve read/watched, but it will be brief.

Macfarland, USA

Killer story, perfect job by Costner, bad movie, I liked it a lot. Go figure. Macfarland is a small California town that dominated in cross-country under the tutelage of a former football coach who figured out how to coach running on his own. Continue reading

The Fall – Season Two

Netflix took this thing over from the BBC (or some British network) and carried on the tradition well I think. It’s the same uncomfortably twisted characters and follows the same uncomfortable story line; both of which are fine with me. Continue reading

The Man in the High Castle

I had no idea what to expect from this novel. I bought it years ago in Kindle format because Amazon cajoled me into it with a sale and some algorithm-based sales push. Then Gail mentioned that it was coming out in TV format and that she wanted to watch it, so my hand was forced and I cracked the book open. Continue reading

John Wick

Movies with choreographed violence prompt a guilt response in me. I think they’re cool and enjoyable, but feel that I shouldn’t partake. I do have a tendency to over-indulge at times. This is one of those movies, it got some good reviews and I’ve found myself needing escapism recently. Continue reading