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The Cold Dish (Walt Longmire #1) by Craig Johnson

★★★★★

I stumbled on the TV show Longmire in December, and ended up watching the first season in a couple of days (it’s only 13 episodes). The second season showed up on Netflix a few weeks ago, and I ended up watching that season in a couple of days, too. I was really looking forward to reading the books; so much so that I ended up buying the first four as a box set.

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Fire in the Hole by Elmore Leonard

★★★★★

I really enjoy the F/X show Justified, and I’m one of the (apparently) rare folks who actually reads the credits for most of the shows I watch. Right there in the opening credits, it states that the show was based on a short story by Elmore Leonard. Sometime around season 3 I decided I liked the show enough to read the short story. And now I’ve finally gotten around to it. I had sort of the same reaction reading Fire in the Hole the story (inside Fire in the Hole the book – a collection of short stories) as I did watching the first season of Game of Thrones only in reverse. The shows and their source material are so close, it almost doesn’t make sense to invest time both reading the source and then watching the show. In the case of Game of Thrones, it’s way shorter to watch the show than to read the books, so definitely do that. In this case, I would also recommend watching the show rather than reading the story. Not because the story isn’t good, because it is. But because it isn’t any better than the show, and the story stops. The show is on its fourth of fifth season.
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Skin Game (Dresden Files #15) by Jim Butcher

★★★★★

There’s power in the touch of another person’s hand. We acknowledge it in little ways, all the time. There’s a reason human beings shake hands, hold hands, slap hands, bump hands.

It comes from our very earliest memories, when we all come into the world blinded by light and color, deafened by riotous sound, flailing in a suddenly cavernous space without any way of orienting ourselves, shuddering with cold, emptied with hunger, and justifiably frightened and confused. And what changes that first horror, that original state of terror?

The touch of another person’s hands.

Hands that wrap us in warmth, that hold us close. Hands that guide us to shelter, to comfort, to food. Hands that hold and touch and reassure us through our very first crisis, and guide us into our very first shelter from pain. The first thing we ever learn is that the touch of someone else’s hand can ease pain and make things better. That’s power. That’s power so fundamental that most people never even realize it exists.

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Archangel Protocol by Lyda Morehouse

★★★★★

Adrian recommended this book to me a million years ago, I think around the first time I read Snow Crash. The thing that stuck out about it most in my mind was the specific way in which one of the characters in the book existed on the novel’s equivalent of cyberspace. It’s really hard to describe that any better, because it’s potentially spoilery, but once you read the book, I think you’ll know what I’m talking about. That whole concept had me hooked. I really wanted to love this book. Unfortunately, when Adrian recommended it to me, it had been at least a year since he had read it, and it was another … 5 or 6 years from when he suggested it to when I actually read it. So either he didn’t remember much else about the book, or I didn’t remember much else of his description of the book. It turns out that that minor detail that I had fixated on was a very small portion of the text.
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