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Mungo Binkie

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  1. I really like Chester Himes. A Rage in Harlem, The Real Cool Killers, etc...
  2. It is a fantastic book. As is The Corner. Some character names, dialogue and incidents from the books did make it to The Wire and Homicide: Life on the Streets But as Jen says they are different.
  3. I've just finished this. Like a few people before me, I found that it dragged in places; especially the beginning. However halfway through it kicked into gear as a thriller and had me gripped. The second half is much better in terms of pacing and the discovery of new information. A few people have mentioned the use of brand names. I was thinking about this as I read it. For a writer to ignore brand names is to ignore the reality of the world in which we live, but, as in this book, using them can seem clumsy and jarring. Some brand names, like Ford, Coke or Pizza Hut, don't really seem out of place in books. I guess the difference is that we actually use the brand names in our heads when we think about them - 'I feel like a can of coke' - but a computer is usually just a computer in our heads not a 'Dell PX4117' or whatever. What do you think?
  4. Hi. Like most people here I love reading and want to talk about the books I read. My new year's resolution was to not spend any money on books. Hopefully, this will get my to-read pile down to a sensible size. Probably not though. Anyway, I'm looking forward to talking about them as I go. The last book I read was A Star Called Henry by Roddy Doyle. I really enjoyed it. Great energy - entertaining and serious.
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