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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 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
On The Beach (Vintage Classics)
Nevil Shute Norway
The Maltese Falcon
Dashiell Hammett
Obscure Destinies
Willa Cather
A Start in Life (The Michael Cullen Novels)
Alan Sillitoe
Mobilizing Web Sites: Strategies for Mobile Web Implementation
Kristofer Layon

The Bloody Spur

The Bloody Spur - Charles Einstein This is pulp fiction, so clearly not "literature". None the less, it isn't bad. It revolves around a struggle in a news organization between the top department chiefs to succeed in becoming the head honcho, so to speak. So we follow their Machiavellian machinations, which appear to involve a good deal of sleeping around with other people's women, or else catching others doing same (hey, it's pulp fiction). There's an understory, a series of lurid murders, naturally. The news guys figure the person to solve the murders, or at least the first one to break the news of the solution to the world, will win the coveted head-honcho status.

So, in keeping with the pulp fiction genre, we have lots of floozies sleeping around (it's manly to sleep around, but women who do the same are, by definition, floozies), a deranged murderer with weird fetishes and so forth. There's also lots of nerd details about the workings of the press back some 60 years ago when people didn't have computers or cell phones, just typewriters and the need to hunt up a public phone when necessary. The nerd details got a bit much at times, but overall, this was fairly well written. I think in terms of pulp per se, it deserves to be 4*s, but since we kind of have to have a one-size-fits-all grading system, and because this isn't exactly Dickens, it has no chance to be better than 3*s.