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No Second Place Winner versus No Friggin’ Clue

I was cleaning out my bookshelves the other day and I came across a 25-year-old copy of Bill Jordan’s No Second Place Winner.

That’s not all that unusual. I have ancient copies of Massad Ayoob’s In The Gravest Extreme and Stress Fire along with a number of other shooting and law enforcement books.

What is weird is that my copy of No Second Place Winner is signed to me personally by Bill Jordan and I have absolutely no memory of meeting him or sending away for a signed copy.

2 comments April 18th, 2012

Ironically enough…

I find a real book supposedly written by a fictional TV writer to be a little weird.

3 comments November 4th, 2009

I sometimes think…

J.K. Rowling could publish a book titled “Selected Readings From The Back Of The Cereal Boxes Of The Wizarding World” and make another six million bucks.

1 comment December 10th, 2008

I’m rereading…

Watership Down for the sixth or seventh time.

It’s one of the few things keeping me from going tharn at the moment.

1 comment December 5th, 2008

Nelson DeMille’s new book sucks

In general, I’ve loved Nelson DeMille’s books. (Especially, The General’s Daughter.)

But I’ve been reading his newest one: The Gatehouse…and it should never have gotten out of the gate.

Add comment November 23rd, 2008

If someone dies in the woods, does it make a good book?

I just finished reading Into the Wild, the story about the young man who died trying to live off the land in Alaska, and I don’t share the sympathy he was treated with by the author Jon Krakauer.

8 comments October 22nd, 2008

I’m an agnostic

But I try never to make fun of other people’s religions.

For one thing, I can never be sure which one will turn out to be true.

But, I have to admit, before reading Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith, I had no idea that Mormonism was quite as wacky as it seems.

Plus, considering fundamentalist Mormons’ predilection for polygamy, I still don’t understand why the religion isn’t called Morwomen.

4 comments October 12th, 2008

I just finished reading…

“The Forever War”.

It’s full of vivid, ground-level observations about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But if you’re looking for advice where to go from this point forward, you won’t find it here.

Add comment September 23rd, 2008

I just tore through a new book…

…called The Name of the Wind, just to discover that it was “to be continued.”

After I got over being pissed, I discovered that the author is a fellow Cheesehead, Patrick Rothfuss.

Nicely done, sir. Nicely done.

Now get back to work and get the rest of the damn story in my hands.

Add comment March 24th, 2008

Prediction:

J. K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, will not be able to resist writing another book set in the Potter universe.

5 comments February 24th, 2008

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