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Number One with a Bullet

Elmore Leonard is back. Hot damn.


1 bags   ~  Jan 30, 2012 9:36 am

just finished it. liked it. excellent final paragraph.

2 Alex Belth   ~  Jan 30, 2012 9:55 am

Nice. I have never bought an Elmore book in first run hardcover. Always get them in trade paperback. But man, with this one...glad to hear it's a good one. Dude, Elmore is 86. And still the Boss.

3 Matt Blankman   ~  Jan 30, 2012 11:17 am

This will be the first novel I attempt reading on a Kindle. I agree with you Alex, although I would add that the BEST way to read Elmore Leonard is a used trade paperback with some cheeseball out-dated cover art. You know, like a 1981 copy of UNKNOWN MAN #89.

4 RIYank   ~  Jan 30, 2012 11:58 am

[3] I know what you mean about the used paperback, but damn I love my Kindle now. I can't remember how I ever got by without it. Especially traveling -- I can now carry three or four books in practically no space at all, and even check out a new one from my library while I'm on the road. Indispensable.

5 Alex Belth   ~  Jan 30, 2012 12:01 pm

4) I can see that. I haven't made the switch but I've been curious about maybe reading some Charles Dickens and those books are all huge and it got me to thinking, "Hmm, this would be ideal for a Kindle."

6 Matt Blankman   ~  Jan 30, 2012 12:19 pm

I broke down and bought myself a Kindle Fire, and it's a pretty cool device, but I have yet to do any serious reading on it. It really is ideal for travel. If I were still a commuter, I would have bought one ages ago.

7 bags   ~  Jan 30, 2012 12:29 pm

i've had a Kindle for a year. I'm a luddite and a purist about a lot of things (film photography for example) but the Kindle experience is great:

- no backlight; it reads like paper
- the books cost $12 or less
- you can buy a new book in about 30 seconds
- you can carry 20 different books around at once
- you can read a long book without lugging a bible sized object

get one. will change your life.

8 The Hawk   ~  Jan 30, 2012 12:47 pm

The problem I have with reading on a device is you can't lend it to someone. A book, once you buy it you can do what you want with it. Even sell it! I understand the convenience factor 100% but it seems like a rip-off. I love lending and borrowing books!

Also love Justified!

9 Matt Blankman   ~  Jan 30, 2012 1:25 pm

But yes, getting back to the subject at hand - looking forward to this one. Big Elmore fan and Justified is a great show.

10 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jan 30, 2012 7:29 pm

[4,5,6,7] I'm still too old-skool, love dog-eared paperbacks I can curl up with on the sofa..and doesn't the glare from the screen hurt your eyes when reading for too long?

[5] AB, skip the Charles Dickens. Life is too short. :)

11 Boatzilla   ~  Jan 31, 2012 12:51 am

[10] Me too. I will hold out until the last paper book turns to dust.

I do admit, however, that it's a pain to haul around a big book and sometimes that factor influences my reading-on-the go (which is most of the time) selections.

Jazz, if you haven't read it I wanna loan you The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. Just finished it. Michael Chabon is killer, yo.

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