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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


Playmates - Robert B. Parker The last Parker book I read, I can't remember the name, didn't interest me much, so I figured I'd never read another. But, this book was lying in a pile on the bedroom floor, and my spouse wants the pile sent to the church fair. Well, I should read it before recycling it, huh? So that's what I did.

I found this book to be rather engaging. Sure, there was all the annoying cutsey flippancy and wearying, adolescent sexual innuendo, which are the primary reasons I'm not much interested in Parker books in general. But the book dealt with the cesspool of college sports, specifically college basketball quite well. Hey, it's "March Madness" time, so all the more reason to be reading this. Anyway, I thought it treated the subject reasonably well. I may actually break down and read another Parker book one of these days.