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Reading Slothfully

I was told in elementary school that I only could read at half the speed for success in college. Oh well, one benefit of slow reading is you get to live with the characters a longer period of time. I read in a vain attempt to better understand people. At my other homes, I'm known as a spouse, pop, guy in the choir, physical chemist, computer/web dilettante and child-care provider. In theory, I'm a published author, if you consider stuff like Quenching Cross Sections for Electronic Energy Transfer Reactions Between Metastable Argon Atoms and Noble Gases and Small Molecules to count as publications. I've strewn dozens of such fascinating things to the winds.

Currently reading

A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens
The Way Some People Die
Ross Macdonald
Envy of Angels
Matt Wallace
The Fellowship of the Frog
Edgar Wallace
Code of Conduct (The Jani Kilian Chronicles Book 1)
Kristine Smith
A Good Death
Christopher R. Cox
The Black Cargo
John P. Marquand
A Highland Christmas
M.C. Beaton
Tales from Moominvalley
Tove Jansson, Thomas Warburton
Moominland Midwinter
Tove Jansson, Thomas Warburton

Affair in Tokyo

Affair in Tokyo - John McPartland I rather liked this book. It's pulp fiction, I'll never be able to award it more than 3*s. One reason I wish I could give +s and -s is that it would be nice to be able to separate the good pulp fiction from the dreck. This one would garner a ***+.

So, this book is about a sergeant in the Army, Robert E. Lee, who works as a reporter for the military paper, The Stars and Stripes. At a dive bar, he meets and instantly falls in love with a beautiful, red-headed news photographer, Satin Shea, who also happens to be engaged to a Major General. They get involved with a ship wreck at the sight of a volcanic eruption in the ocean, a murder investigation, drugs and prostitution, and all the regular good stuff of pulp fiction.

It's not great literature by any means, but is just fine for a spot of escapist literature, something for reading on a plane or train, or for getting away from the mindless hysteria that obsesses the alleged news services of our modern world.