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The Girl in the Plain Brown Wrapper2019-07-11 20:36:11

Book #18 of 2019 is The Girl in the Plain Brown Wrapper, last one of the Travis McGee books available at my local library. Now I need to find something else. This one was slightly better than average of the lot, I'd say.

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The Green Ripper2019-07-11 20:34:35

Book #17 of 2019 is The Green Ripper, yet another of the Travis McGee books. This one was a little meh. There's a similar Jack Reacher book, although of course this one came first.

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The Lonely Silver Rain2019-07-01 15:18:41

Book #16 of 2019 is The Lonely Silver Rain, again of the Travis McGee series. Also good. My local library only has a couple more of the series (which is part of the reason I've been reading them out of order) so I might as well finish those before moving on to something else.

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Cinnamon Skin2019-07-01 15:15:47

Book #15 of 2019 is Cinnamon Skin, of the Travis McGee series. I liked this one more the ones I've read so far because it was all about the nitty-gritty of the chase. Surprisingly few dead ends though (seems to be a theme in his book - somebody hypothesizes something and it invariably turns out to be truth).

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The Dreadful Lemon Sky2019-06-25 15:34:08

Book #14 of 2019 is The Dreadful Lemon Sky, also of the Travis McGee series. The implausible thing about this one was the number of villians.

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Free Fall in Crimson2019-06-19 19:54:19

Book #13 of 2019 is Free Fall in Crimson, another of the Travis McGee books by John D. MacDonald. This guy doesn't hold back any punches, that's for sure. I was pretty surprised/shocked by the way the book turned out towards the end, but won't go into details to avoid spoilers.

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up2019-06-16 19:59:06

Book #12 of 2019 is The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo. This was an interesting one. Although I liked some of her ideas on how to go about tidying up, I think a lot of it is impractical for me, at least as described in the book. Perhaps in individual consultations she's able to customize her suggestions and tailor them better to the client. Still an interesting read, and it was good to be exposed to ideas from different cultures which I wouldn't have otherwise come across.

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Nightmare in Pink2019-06-09 15:14:15

Book #11 of 2019 is Nightmare in Pink by John D. MacDonald. #3 of the Travis McGee series. Slightly less fun than the previous one because I wasn't totally satisfied with the way he manages to extricate himself from the situation near the end.

Also something I realized I prefer about MacDonald's writing compared to Lee Child (for instance) is that he doesn't go into a blow-by-blow account of physical action/fights. I find that I tend to mostly gloss over those parts of other books since it's not worth trying to build a mental video of the fight because it's a lot of effort and only the outcomes of the fight are relevant to the plot. MacDonald likewise tends to gloss over the details which saves me some time :)

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The Deep Blue Good-by2019-06-09 15:08:42

Book #10 of 2019 is The Deep Blue Good-by by John D. MacDonald. It's the first of the novels featuring the Travis McGee character (see my previous blog post). It was pretty decent, I thought. I'm amused by the random tangential, almost poetic/stream-of-conciousness paragraphs that the author throws in once in a while. Reminds me of George Carlin. My local library doesn't have the whole series but I guess I'll read whatever they do have.

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The Killing Floor2019-05-29 20:46:15

Book #9 of 2019 is Killing Floor by Lee Child. This is another re-read, because I felt in the mood for some mindless fiction after book #8. I read this a few years ago when I read the Reacher series, and I still remember the plot twists, but it was still fun to read again. This library copy had an introduction (or maybe a foreword) by the author that I hadn't seen before and it was moderately interesting. He mentioned the Travis McGee books as being some kind of inspiration so I've requested the first couple of those from the library to see what they're like.

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