Friday, October 1, 2010
Elmore Leonard Month!
Welcome to Elmore Leonard Month.
Elmore Leonard was the author who put this whole blog idea in my mind last November. I was perusing ebay, looking for bargains, when up popped a lot of Elmore Leonard paperbacks. 25 books for $25. Who in their right mind can pass that up? I bought them immediately, anxiously awaited for them to arrive, and when they did...I stared at them. Damn, that's a lot of pages to read. I better give myself a reason to read them all.
Honestly, I never thought I'd get around to reading them all. I still haven't. I've picked a few up and devoured them, but there are still plenty sitting on the shelf, waiting to be enjoyed. This month I'm going to grab a few more.
And here's the beautiful thing, Dutch's books have been translated, and translated well, to every other medium. There are television shows (though not many) and movies both made from his books and written specifically by him. I'm only missing out on comics. Seriously, someone get on that. I want a Karen Sisco comic book.
So for this month I go back to the old format, with a few changes. Monday's will still be television, Tuesdays short stories, Wednesday will now be for westerns, Thursday is novels, Friday is films, and Saturday will still be whatever the hell I want. Those of you who love covers will still find some great choices up on Sundays.
But why October? It's Elmore Leonard's birthday month.
Do I need a better reason to celebrate the man?
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