Saturday, March 28, 2020

13. U is For Untertow

By Sue Grafton (483 ebook)

I loved the early Kinsey Millhone books and then lost interest around N or O. Since the author died I have been going and reading the ones I missed. I only have Y left.  I love the character but I got a little impatient with some of the long-winded meandering in the narrative.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

12. Slumdog Millionaire (Original Title Q&A)

By Vikas Swarup (318 pp)

I bought this after I saw the movie (2008) and it's been sitting on the shelf ever since. It's the story of a kid born into poverty in India who wins big money on a game show and is arrested for cheating. It's a little different than the movie but an intense story.

Monday, March 23, 2020

11. Audiobooks

I can't remember what I decided about listing audiobooks here. I just started listening to audiobooks the last couple of years. I didn't realize how much I would enjoy being read to.

A friend recommended a bunch of celebrity memoirs so since the beginning of the year I have listened to:

Trevor Noah, Born a Crime -- this is a fantastic book. I kept getting recommendations but I'm not that familiar with Noah and didn't think I was interested. I was extremely wrong. He's a great story teller and funny but also, wow, what a life. He grew up in South Africa under apartheid and as the country was changing. I learned a lot. Very highly recommend.

David Spade, Almost Interesting.  Spade had a tough journey to success. His story is also more interesting than I would have guessed. Loved all the behind the scenes at Saturday Night Live stuff.

Illeana Douglas, I Blame Dennis Hopper. Lots of amazing Hollywood stories. The things these people go through before they are successful -- broke ass, odd jobs, auditions. Loved the behind the scenes of making the movie: Alive.

Rob Lowe, Stories I Tell My Friends. Another amazing career with so many stories. I especially loved the story about making Outsiders. I'm ready for a rewatch of St. Elmo's Fire. I thought I owned it but couldn't find it in the DVD closet. I wonder how it holds up. I have never watched The West Wing -- might have to check out a couple of episodes.

Friday, March 20, 2020

10. Doomsday Book

By Connie Willis (578 pp)

What better book to read right now than one about time traveling academics who experience a pandemic in real time while trying to rescue a historian back in 1300s plaguey England? I've read this before and it was just as fun to read again. People seem to either really love or really hate Connie Willis. I understand the frustrations of the haters. Her books can get long on piddly misunderstands and repetitious setbacks. But I love the characters and find her books tough to put down.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

9. Secrets of Story

By Matt Bird (336 pp)

This is another writing book that I've been dipping in and out of for months. One of my favorite writing books in a long time. His website is here. Lots of great stuff about story and characters and revision.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

8. Yours to Tell: Dialogues on the Art & Practice of Writing

By Steve Rasnic Tem, Melanie Tem (242 pp ebook)

I've been dipping in and out of this on my rides to work and finally finished. Great writing book by a couple of great speculative fiction writers and workshop instructors. I highlighted dozens of bits I want to go back to.