52 pick up: August update!

33. Death Wish by Brian Garfield

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Most people are familiar with the Bronson movies, but they were based on a book.  This book.  And a very good book it is indeed.  I loved reading this one, but then I loved the movie and I love all things vigilante-related.  Top notch.

34. A Rage In Harlem by Chester Himes

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The second Chester Himes novel I have read this year (the first being Cotton Comes to Harlem).  This was even better than the first one, I think.

35. Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard

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When I posted about reading Swag earlier in the year, I mentioned that Elmore Leonard’s work sometimes falls flat for me.  I know I should enjoy it, but I struggle to find the enthusiasm.  I liked Swag quite a bit and it made me reconsider my opinion of Leonard’s work, but Get Shorty I genuinely loved.  It was a great book and completely entertaining, so now I need to read some more of these books.

Rest in peace, Mister Leonard.

36. Branded Woman by Wade Miller

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Another Hard Case Crime novel to keep me going.  This one had some nice twists, but I didn’t enjoy the writing a great deal.  It might have been partly that Get Shorty was such a hard act to follow.

37. Breakfast Of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut

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I have read a lot of Kurt Vonnegut’s work.  Although Breakfast of Champions is not his best, it is still good.  Full of charm and insight.

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