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text 2018-08-15 13:01
Reading progress update: I've read 36 out of 188 pages.
Black Klansman - Anne Nall Stallworth

This is fascinating so far. Stallworth occasionally writes a bit about being Colorado Springs' first black police officer and the challenges he faced - even something as simple as getting a uniform cap that would properly fit his head. He had a small Afro at the time and was deliberately measured so his cap was a size and a half too small to accommodate it.

 

He's only just now getting into the KKK thing a bit more. I had wondered why the CSPD continued with the two-man thing after the initial phone call, considering it would have been easier for a white man to just play both the phone and in-person role. The way things were set up, Stallworth was the phone guy and his fellow officer, Chuck, was used in in-person meetings, and they had to keep track of each other's conversations to make sure they could believably pretend to be the same person. It turns out that they did this because Chuck's availability was limited - Stallworth had involved him spur-of-the-moment. Also, Stallworth only narrowly got permission (went over his direct superior, in fact) for a potentially lengthy undercover operation.

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text 2018-08-14 06:06
Reading progress update: I've read 12 out of 188 pages.
Black Klansman - Anne Nall Stallworth

I don't know if I'll see the movie (I wouldn't be surprised if it never makes it into my local movie theater), but I figured I'd give the book a shot. It has several things going for it: it sounds like a fascinating story, it's short, and it's set in Colorado Springs, where I lived for several years.

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text 2018-08-13 22:07
Reading progress update: I've read 331 out of 436 pages.
Binary Storm (Liege-Killer) - Christopher Hinz

I'd like to start Halloween Bingo with a relatively clean slate (manga, audiobooks, and the nonfiction book I just started don't count), and so I'm working to finish this. I should be done with it fairly soon.

 

In the past 150 or so pages, there's been the revelation that some matchmaking has been going on, which would have been sweet except it was fueled by particularly invasive date rape drugs. Also, Gillian entered the story and has been acting creepy - he likes to sniff Bel's face and neck. I can't recall if the trilogy ever explained how Gillian and Nick came to know each other and how Gillian and Catharine were separated, but I certainly don't recall the details that have come up here. The way this book set things up, it's a wonder Gillian didn't kill Nick after he got his memories back.

 

It's too bad the last two books in the trilogy were so terrible, or I'd be tempted to reread them to see whether everything Hinz wrote then and now actually fits together.

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text 2018-08-12 16:48
Reading progress update: I've read 12 out of 230 pages.
The Sting of the Wild - Justin O. Schmidt

I hope the organization becomes clearer later on, because right now it feels like a bunch of insect stories that could have been put in any chapter. But they're relatively interesting stories so far. I imagine Schmidt's parents used to despair that he would survive childhood. The few childhood stories he has included make it seem like he spent a lot of time seeking out stinging insects and seeing what they would do under certain circumstances.

 

The page I'm on right now has an interesting tidbit I didn't know: honey bees can identify the scent of mammalian breath and consider it a cue that a potential predator is near the nest. Here's his trick for Africanized honey bees:

 

"The solution to close-range observation was simple: be 'invisible' to the bees. To achieve invisibility in the presence of bees, stop breathing (granted, it is hard to stop breathing entirely for long) and move slowly. Hold your breath as you stand inches to the side of the landing board and then turn your head to exhale gently a few feet behind the hive between breaths." (12-13)

The last sentence confuses me a bit. It sounds like a difficult trick to get the hang of - I wonder how many times he was stung before he picked up the technique?

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text 2018-08-08 15:44
Reading progress update: I've read 284 out of 284 pages.
Read It and Weep - Jenn McKinlay

The developments at the end of this book tell me that the next book is probably really going to annoy me. Only just yesterday (before the plot twist, even!) I was telling a friend that this series was okay, but that the contrived wedge between Sully and Lindsey irked me to the point that, if it weren't for the library aspects and the niceness of reading something I can actually discuss with people around me, I probably wouldn't make it further than this book.

 

Now that I've finished, I can say that this is definitely a series I'd be quitting if it weren't for those two things. I had wondered whether something like that plot twist was going to happen, but dismissed the idea because I figured McKinlay wouldn't do that to her readers. Well. She sure showed me. -_-

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