Last Train Out.
Here's one of my brothers reading my book, Lottery President. He seems to be enjoying it. I swear I didn't pay him to do this.
Operation Detour (or, the first half of it here, free)
Books/publications by other family members
"This is Lionel Joseph Holmes's autobiography, illustrated with pictures taken over his life."
"This book tells the tales of the Portuguese "Pioneers" of the Sacramento area. Many old pictures"
"This novel might be "historical fiction" or "Faction" since it's created from facts (at least according to the Internet). It is a compilation of pretty much all current "conspiracy" ideas put in story form. There are 5 parts. It started with Ken who was unfamiliar with "conspiracies" being put into the world of them. He met a Daniel and the Daniel's sister, Margot, who were involved in a New World Order conspiracy. The story was how Ken jumped into the whole thing, how the New World Order came to be, how it affected the world, and how it was defeated."
"This is a pictorial trip on the American River (Jedediah Smith) bike trail from Old Sacramento, to Beals Point, and back to Old Sacramento"
"This story is about a group of teenagers cycling across the USA, from east to west along the BikeCentennial bike trail. The leader of the group had the enthusiasm for the trip but lacked knowledge, so he got a friend to help with that. Along with them is are two couples who are friends, a younger teenager who thinks he's a real racer, and another young woman who brought along her young cousin."
"This is the story of a cyclist who likes to race in local races. Lots of the story takes place in Ventura, California."
"This is sort of a silly "conspiracy" story about wolves and dogs that talk"
Bill's bookshelf: read
Once it comes down in price, I might buy it.
Thoughts on writing
Louis L'Amour once said he could write while sitting in the middle of the freeway. That didn't impress me at the time, but now it does.
Tell No One
by Harlan Coben
This one was pretty good. Once I got used to the narrative switching back and forth, by chapter, from first-person to third-person, I couldn't put it down. Really good plot. Here's a hyperlink to his web site: harlancoben.com
by Caleb Carr
This one stank. I'd read The Alienist by the same author several years ago, so I gave this one a chance. Bad choice. I don't know how many times I threw it down in disgust. I get that way when a book doesn't keep my interest. Anyway, click on the following hyperlink for a copy of its back cover on Amazon's web site. Something, probably its juvenile quality, tells me he wrote this as a teenager, dragged it out of the closet, and submitted it to his publisher merely for the sake of having something to publish. Its locale and discussions of terrorism are eerily prescient in light of September 11, but that's pretty much all it has going for it.
by Dave Barry
Yes, that Dave Barry. It was actually a good, funny, light-hearted action adventure novel. Maybe you've seen the movie they made out of it? Anyway, I'm always surprised when a novel can keep me interested and turning its pages, which this one definitely did.
by Michael Tolkin
It's been made into a movie. Maybe you've seen it? Anyway, the book is very well-written, and we don't say that often. It's about a Hollywood movie studio mogul and what happens to him after a disgruntled writer threatens to kill him. We can't really tell you any more without giving it away. All we can say is that, sadly, it doesn't end the way we would have liked. But it's still good.
by John Grisham
I had heard it was good. But it's not, particularly. In fact, I'm pretty amazed it became a bestseller. It must be people's apparent fascination with lawyers that makes it so appealing. It sure isn't the writing. I'm a pretty tough critic, but I figure a bestseller should be well written. Call me crazy. The book starts off well, but by the end the whole thing gets pretty "hackneyed," as they say. Oops, after saying this, I just remembered that it didn't start off well. It was at least page 100 before anything interesting happened! The only reason I kept reading beyond that was because I had heard it was good! Oh well, the middle 100 pages are okay, I guess. Maybe the movie will be better.
by Umberto Eco
Virtually unreadable, though every once in a while I pick it up again and make another stab at it. If I ever finish it, I'll let you know.
by Dick Francis
See "Focault's Pendulum" review.
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