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Book Review: The Hunters

November 1, 2019 Leave a comment

The Hunters: A Novel by [Salter, James]

In James Salter’s novel fortune favors the bold–and not necessarily the skilled, the just, or the deserving. And is it any wonder that winning is everything, especially to the top brass? Not so much. The Hunters is like the dark underside of my favorite book from childhood, Sabre Jet Ace, Connell vs McConnell? Coincidence? Hmmm… This well crafted presentation of fighter pilot life strays a bit into the predictable. (4 of 5 Stars)

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Book Review: Anything Other Than

October 4, 2019 Leave a comment

Damnit! No self-control. None. Whatsoever. Zero-zip-nada. I knew from Volume I: Fate Fell Short that these were rich, tasty truffles to be saved and savored.  But noooooooo.  I had to snarf them all down at once. And here I am with literary chocolate smeared all over my face, staring at an empty box in despair…wishing for more.  (5 of 5 Stars)

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Book Review: To Squeeze a Prairie Dog

August 30, 2019 Leave a comment

I have to admit I was sold on the title alone. I’ve been “free range” so long that I had almost forgotten the drone life lived out in the honeycombs of bureaucratic cubicles.  Semegran brought back all the odd camaraderie of office workers and the capricious quirks in the business of pushing paper in a muted Carl Hiaasen style with a tale that leaves you smiling in the warm Texas Hill Country breeze. (4 of 5 Stars)

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Book Review: Heart of Darkness

April 12, 2019 Leave a comment
Confession time: this was a self-inflicted homework assigment for my next book, which is set in Congo. My re-read felt like I was experiencing a kinetoscope version of Apocalypse Now, especially with Conrad’s nesting of a narrator within a narrator—which results in some pretty dense prose.  A good tale told much more vividly by Coppola. Unfortunately, it was not much help to me on my novel. So, take my rating with a grain of salt. (3 of 5 Stars)

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I found a typewriter!

April 3, 2019 Leave a comment


Hello everyone!

Since yesterday, I have been crazy ecstatic about a little discovery I made. Look at this beauty!

My mother completely forgot to tell me that there was a typewriter in our apartment. I moved back home more than a month ago and I didn’t know it was here. It was actually at the bottom of MY NIGHTSTAND. I was cleaning up my room and just organizing some things I was postponing and then I just noticed this green case, pulled it out and found this beautiful typewriter there.

I remember commenting about it on Twitter with one of the poets I follow and we were actually talking about writing books on old typewriters. I don’t know how much do you believe in signs but I think this might be a sign I should start writing my first book because I’ve been talking about it for ages. I think…

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Book Review: The Aviators

March 29, 2019 Leave a comment

As a pilot and aviation aficionado, my familiarity with the lives and exploits of Eddie Rickenbacker, Charles Lindbergh and Jimmy Doolittle gave me a case of literary empty field myopia, where at first I did not see and appreciate the story telling craftsmanship of Winston Groom (author of Forest Gump). Like a Bach fugue, The Aviators tells three biographical tales simultaneously, taking the reader from rag wings to aluminum overcast. The result being that these giants of aviation somehow came off as even more larger than life for me. (5 of 5 Stars)

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Book Review: Chaos Monkeys – Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley

March 15, 2019 Leave a comment

This is a book of two tales.  The first one, the adventure of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur-buccaneer’s no-holds-barred battle to survive and cash out, was  fascinating.   The second, about life as a Facebook corporate drone…not so much.  The Zuckerberg brand of palace intrigue is, really, not so unique and special in the annals of American Corporate Manifest Destiny. I have to say, though, that the author’s Afterward—an update written after Antonio’s “departure” from Facebook and the original publication of Chaos Monkeys—is a great essay on current events involving the social media giant.  (4 of 5 stars for the first half; 3 of 5 stars for the second half; 5 of 5 stars for the update)

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