Warning!!! This post will cost you hours of time
So... I promised I'd give you all an update on writing progress, and I will. Soon. Before that let me show you what I've been reading, not all of it, because there were some duds and I'm not going to talk about those. What I am going to do is write about the books that really grabbed me - some great writing; books I believe you'll love.
So, no messing around, let's get right into it (opening my Kindle app now to read through the library); also, there is no rank, nor order, just listing them as books I read or reread in the last three months:
The plots are somewhat meandering and occasionally a little far-fetched but James Crumley writes a great story with language that's as noir as it gets - the characters all have their flaws and are what makes the stories well worth your time. He's gone now but you can still get his novels, my favorite (so far) was his first, The Last Good Kiss.
I'd read about S. A. Cosby in a couple of places and had him on my list to read for a while but hadn't gotten around to it... one night I couldn't sleep and bought his first book to read - big mistake - no sleep at all. Devouring that in a day and a bit, I jumped into his second - Razorblade Tears. Highly recommended.
This was an amazing read with a bang of a twist at the end; great writing. There are no heroes here, only those serving their time in life through the daily struggle in Warsaw pre 2nd world war. The story is well told with writing that is tense. Sometimes translations lose something in the act of transformation from one language to another; what means something in a particular language can have a dual meaning in another language - not so King Of Warsaw; great book.
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