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    I decided to return to a series I have not read in over 30 years: The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant. Aside from that one unforgivable act, I will admit to feeling a lot more empathy towards the main character as I did as an idealistic teen, and later young man (this is my third go around with this series). I am also enjoying Donaldson's idiosyncratic writing style a lot more when I can concentrate more on the prose and less on just following the story line. I love re-reading old favorites!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveSly View Post
    There is certainly a lot of questions as to how much of the book is actually true or not, but so far I am enjoying reading it.
    I have myself on the "hold" list at the Boston Public Library. I suppose before the movie one could just grab it off the shelf, now I'm 15th in line.

    By the way, Steve, I read that Gianni Russo book on your recommendation a while ago. Loved it, but I, too, wonder how much of it is really true. How he even found the time to do all that stuff, flying here and there on some big shot's orders, amazes me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lopez View Post
    I have myself on the "hold" list at the Boston Public Library. I suppose before the movie one could just grab it off the shelf, now I'm 15th in line.

    By the way, Steve, I read that Gianni Russo book on your recommendation a while ago. Loved it, but I, too, wonder how much of it is really true. How he even found the time to do all that stuff, flying here and there on some big shot's orders, amazes me.
    The further I get into Sheehan's book, the more it reminds me of Russo's. Both guys place themselves at many places in mob history that seem to be just a bit too much to be true, but who knows I guess. Both books are entertaining reads and even if just half of them are true, give interesting insights into "the life".

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    Re-reading Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., now that the end of the world is fast approaching.



    Halfway through Cat's Cradle. Lovely and fascinating weird.
    It's a trip. Vonnegut's minimalist style reveals such depth that it reminds me of the way David Gilmore slays me with a guitar note or two.

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    The Stake by Richard Laymon (1947-2001)
    Published 1990

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crawford Glissadevil View Post
    The Stake by Richard Laymon (1947-2001)
    Published 1990
    A Comfort Zone is not a Life Sentence

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crawford Glissadevil View Post
    The Stake by Richard Laymon (1947-2001)
    Published 1990
    Love me some Richard Laymon. I've had a bunch of his books in my "to be read" pile for a number of years. The first Laymon book I read was Midnight Lair. If I remember correctly, the mayhem began on the second page.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lopez View Post
    Love me some Richard Laymon. I've had a bunch of his books in my "to be read" pile for a number of years. The first Laymon book I read was Midnight Lair. If I remember correctly, the mayhem began on the second page.
    Yeah, Laymon doesn't waste mayhem time. That said, Laymon dialed down the mayhem in Stake, because Stake is a fiction/autobiographical novel. Laymon stumbled on a corpse in a western ghost town. So he added a stake in the corpse's chest. Instant vampire novel. I wonder what Laymon's wife thought about the pseudo-fictional, horror author protagonist's voyeurism addiction?

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    Time for my annual CHristmas reading. THis year is Fulton SHeen's Life of Christ.
    Maka ki ecela tehani yanke lo!

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    So who thinks the recent news/announcement from George RR Martin ... that he will have the next book published and available by summer 2020 ... is real and true and will happen? Or is it more likely that he will get hit by lightening and Branden Sanderson will finish the series?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BobM View Post
    So who thinks the recent news/announcement from George RR Martin ... that he will have the next book published and available by summer 2020 ... is real and true and will happen? Or is it more likely that he will get hit by lightening and Branden Sanderson will finish the series?
    A source that is based in New Mexico told me a while ago that the problem with George's book isn't that he writes slow, it's that he's got 1600 pages of book and keeps nitpicking at it. Maybe he's finally gotten himself to the place where he's ready to let the beast go out into the world.

    He has said repeatedly that if he dies, the series dies. But I suspect that Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham would be the more likely candidates for filling in the blanks. Ty worked as GRRM's assistant for years and both of them write far grittier than Sanderson.
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    Haruki Murakami: Killing Commandatore

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    The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer by Philip Carlo. About Richard Kuklinski, an unfeeling serial killer who also killed for the mob. I first heard about this guy on one of those Mafia's Greatest Hits or something like that shows on the Reelz channel. Supposedly Kuklinski has some inside info on the Jimmy Hoffa killing. Haven't got to that part yet. Got interested in this after seeing The Irishman on Netflix.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lopez View Post
    The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer by Philip Carlo. About Richard Kuklinski, an unfeeling serial killer who also killed for the mob. I first heard about this guy on one of those Mafia's Greatest Hits or something like that shows on the Reelz channel. Supposedly Kuklinski has some inside info on the Jimmy Hoffa killing. Haven't got to that part yet. Got interested in this after seeing The Irishman on Netflix.
    I have read that one. Like some of the other Mafia connected books we have discussed here, the Kuklinski book has detractors who dispute some of the facts. That being said, like the other ones we have discussed, if even 75% of it is true, it is still facinating stuff.

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    The little prince.My youngest nephew likes to hear me read to him the story of the little prince.

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    The little prince.My youngest nephew likes to hear me read to him the story of the little prince.
    "The Little Prince" always reminds me of Annette Peacock's Survival in which she quotes the prince, while it also ends with a Christmas-song:



    Here - upon a now
    Much below
    Reaches
    To touch above
    And all exists by
    Devolution or catastrophe

    Personally
    What in me - unknown
    Seaks to be
    And struggle - naturally
    Strenghtens me
    (The meaning between the conscious and identity
    And the - it remains to be seen - destiny.)

    "I exist, therefore, I am becoming !"

    Science
    (Which is discovering - that wich already exists
    And acting as a catalyst
    To control the quality and quantity of life,)
    Is a competitive sport between governments !

    Each one afraid to stop
    The economy might - suffer
    Or drop
    If we don't keep up with the other
    Anyway man
    We can have catastrophe on the installment plan
    "Your generation won’t have to pay the price
    For our generation's mistakes."
    (And that's how it goes.)
    "That’s the breaks
    It's no skin of my nose."

    Still genetic engineering
    Is not at all
    Endearing to me!

    While calculating the promise
    Remember this
    (The real of the matter)
    To shatter tradition makes us feel free
    And danger
    Is nourishment for the brave
    But tradition Is:
    A static defense, against a
    Chaotic community
    And what would we save
    By destroying ?

    "Would we
    Ever be
    Happier than we are
    Here - upon a now?"

    Difference is not equal to inequality
    Inequality is not even a reality - only a power play!
    Don't resist
    Don't believe it, and it won't exist
    (That don't mean it'll disappear
    But it won't, corrupt you personally, with fear.)

    "Any resolution must come from the - personal revolution !"

    True values is our age
    Compete upon a stage
    Of - not better, but more
    Than before
    And hey (sons of science)
    Technology’s a groove
    But the faster that we move
    The more we risk to lose
    By the - anyone’s hand of unforseen consequence...

    The last
    Of the natural peoples, are said
    To be living in the past
    Theirn innocense is no bastion
    Against the modern dangers, and innevitable exploitation
    Innocense is no protection
    They cannot, comprehend
    The impending
    Future

    "An age of the individual is over !"
    All leaders
    Are
    Opportunists
    Or
    Idealists
    Drawn by the cry
    Of a multitude I
    And all systems exists
    Because of
    Supply
    And demand
    On the other hand
    Cause and effect
    Is perhaps the only - definitive - perfection
    A dedication to change. A dedication to survival !

    Will I leave up to my ideals ?
    The question reveals
    The answer. But you gotta try !
    How much too fast or too slow
    Are we going ?
    Only too late will we know
    What great work, is the real of the matter ?
    To awaken from the self-imposed sleep !

    It was childs-play
    To look ahead
    Some-star away
    "The Little Prince" once said
    "Mine is a very small planet !"

    Here - upon a now
    Somewhere
    Accidentaly balanced precariously
    -Within hypothesized somehows-
    Is a greenandblue microdot
    Still in orbit
    As the plot thickens

    The urban planners continue to paint
    Geometric-greyness everywhere
    A good artist will know when to stop!
    Potential management
    Devoid of peripheral vision
    Continue to inspire discontent
    Not to mention
    The brilliant
    Designers
    Actively inventing
    Attracting toys, and
    More efficient ways
    In order to do (as yet)
    -Any undetermined amount of us in-

    The ineffectual dreamers
    Are still waiting for
    The Messiah Scientist, or
    Some Essential Miracle !

    But
    So far
    This is all there is
    There is no
    Place left to go
    In our little time !
    (Holy infant so
    Tenderandmild.)

    HOLY INFANT SO TENDER AND MILD
    SLEEP IN HEAVENLY PEACE
    SLEEP IN HEAVENLY PEACE

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