Book Review of My Gun Has Bullets

During my Personal Dark Moon,  I read My Gun Has Bullets by Lee Goldberg.  It was written in 1995, and I generally read books that are written more recently because we are having such a rapid  change in consciousness that older books do not quite hit the mark for me any more.  The title  of this book hooked me as funny and compelling and creative. Lee Goldberg also writes for television. He has written for some shows I enjoy, like Ashley Judd’s star turn in Missing, and the older TV shows of  Nero Wolfe’s mysteries.  So, I went into this book with the likely probability of enjoying Lee Goldberg’s writing and I did.

Goldberg wrote compelling characters, ones that I rooted for and convincing villains that I disdained.  The plot was make-believe in parts and convincing in enough other parts to keep me turning the page.  With Lee Goldberg’s history in the TV industry, maybe the parts that stretched the imagination, such as a cop getting a TV series to hush a bankable star’s violent crime, are not far-fetched, I don’t know, however, I doubt it.  The far-fetched parts were written in good fun it seemed, and I enjoyed them in that same vein.

Enough suspense kept the plot moving and me interested in the outcome. It was interesting to read about behind the scenes behaviors on TV shows.  I was also hooked by the pieces where Charlie stretches into the capacity of his TV character, like rising to his own potential. I enjoy reading about that kind of  personal growth.  It was a light-hearted read and I would have enjoyed a series about this fellow Charlie Willis.

Book Review of One Dog Night

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Just finished reading this delightful story by David Rosenfelt.  I can tell a book by its cover, mainly, the inner jacket cover and Mr. Rosenfelt’s photo.  I recalled seeing his photo from another book of his that I enjoyed, so I picked this one up and didn’t want to put it down until I was finished with the read.  He had me laughing out loud at his dialogue.  Laughing is good medicine and I appreciate it when I find it in a book.  He brought characters to life that I cared for and there were consistent twists and turns to make the outcome uncertain. The roots of the intrigue went deep, pun intended and you will recognize  it if you read the book!

Reading mysteries is good exercise for the mind and  suspense is a part of daily life, especially when one tries to live in the moment.   Even though dealing with suspense on the page is easier than real life, reading about suspense counts as practice for daily life, as no story is really new in the human experience.  It is good to have adventure with people whom one cares about and this book delivers adventure and laughs and caring.

Book Reviews

I read mysteries all the time, one of my favourite things to do for rest and relaxation and replenishing self.  It helps that I live in Cincinnati, Ohio which has one of the best library systems in the United States.  There is always a great selection of new mysteries to check out, no matter what branch of the library I visit.

Today’s review is of Michael Connelly’s The Drop, which I find to be a thoroughly enjoyable read.  It held suspense, compelling enough to wonder what was next, yet not harsh on the heart.  The  layers of vulnerability within this work show up  between protagonist Bosch and his current partner, Chu, his romantic interest, Hannah, and Bosch’s regard for the criminals involved in the plot.  The intrigue between Bosch and his past partner, Kiz,  also speak to change within relationships and transparency. The ebbs and flows of the characters and plot lines in this work present the dynamic friction within relationships that strive for coherence and respect. Connelly’s The Drop seems to me to be a moral of what it is to attempt  to live a life true with one’s self and one’s equals and how this all relates to parenting an individuated child.

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