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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Thanks & Book Reviews

First, I just wanted to say a HUGE, GINORMOUS thank you to all of you for coming out to the Writing Nut for my big spotlight yesterday. It meant the world to me and.. Well,  I LOVE you, my Imaginarians, you are the BEST!

Second, I have just finished two of the coolest books I have ever read. I mean we are talking Steve McQueen, vintage Harley-Davidson motorcycle cool. The books...Savages and its prequel, Kings of Cool by Don Winslow. Let me introduce you to So Cal pot dealers, Ben and Chon, plus their playmate/girlfriend, O (Multiple O) which is short for Ophelia and... I think you can probably guess the rest of that nickname's origin. Ben and Chon are not just pot dealers, they are pot artists, growing the very best hydroponic weed ever. They can customize that White Widow seed to the particular high that you want and their clientele is more loyal than a soldier's dog. They are living the high life until a Mexican drug cartel starts to muscle in. Then it's on like two angry tigers.

The first chapter of Savages is literally just "Fuck You." From there it races down the highway in your head, a rocket fuel concoction of poetry and prose. The chapters are short, like machine gun bursts. It is a masterpiece of violence, demented plot twists and some of the best descriptions I have ever read. Winslow dives head first into the deep end of So Cal slang. For instance: instead of saying Chon drove his Mustang to San Diego, it reads: Chon rode his Pony to Sun Dog. I love it! Favorite line: Do not fuck with anyone unless you know who the fuck you're fucking with. Then don't do it.

Kings of Cool takes us back to how these three arrive at their place atop the pot scene. We see Chon as a Navy SEAL, smuggling the seeds in from Afghanistan. We ride along with Ben as he goes from college do-gooder to D o B (Doctor of Boo). It delves into their families and the surf culture drug scene in the late 60's through the cocaine party train in the early 80's. There also plot twists galore that foreshadow what is to come in Savages. I recommend reading Kings first, but that's just me.

I had no interest in the California drug trade before, but once I started, I was hooked. I finished both books in a matter of days. And it's not just the writing. Winslow's knowledge of the drug world and law enforcement is breathtaking. These books are rife with inside knowledge of how to set up grow houses, supply chains and stash houses. He sheds a lot of light on the US government's corruption and failures in the so-called War on Drugs. My jaw was agape as I sped through the pages, devouring each syllable.

These characters are not heroic by any stretch of the imagination. You will not like them, but you will be enthralled. They are savages, criminals on the fringe with no where to go but straight to the bottom. It is no wonder Oliver Stone chose to make Savages into a film. These stories will shove you out of your comfort zone and make you think. And for my fellow writers, Winslow's style is certainly one that will have you re-thinking parts of your own.

Now I have two more reviews coming out probably tomorrow and Saturday. Bear with me as I get myself organized around my own writing. I've had multiple doc appointments of late because well, my diabetes is starting to affect my kidneys. I had these two books with me to entertain myself in the waiting room because the others are ebooks and unfortunately, I don't have a Kindle or anything. 

22 comments:

  1. Wonder how you will like SAVAGES film which is out later this year.

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    1. and what's with this drug dealing/trade interest, Melsy, are you changing professions? :PPP

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    2. Well, it has Taylor Kitsch so you know I'm going to see it and probably like it. Especially if he's scantily clad. LOL

      And you know I'm not working right now... A girl's got to eat. ;P

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    3. oh, then we must share our secrets for perfect watering of weed :)

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  2. It's not the same as the movie Savages that came out this summer, is it?

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    1. The one and the same. I have not seen the movie, yet, but judging from the way I loved the books, I may only like Taylor Kitsch in the movie.

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  3. Interesting book choices. Surprised that you don't have a kindle or ebook reader of an kind.

    Siv Maria's blog, Been there, done that...





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    1. I was surprised myself at the book choices, but once I got them, I was absorbed.

      I have Kindle for PC. I always intended to get an e reader, but when it came time, something else always came up.

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  4. I hope you heal up quick. Melissa. Will keep you in my thoughts. These do sound like great books.

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    1. Thank you, Mary! I'll take those good thoughts. I appreciate them very much.

      I was surprised when I got them just how much I enjoyed them. I haven't ready crime this good since Casino.

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  5. Your interview over at the Writing Nut was great! Sorry I didn't comment on your hidden talent, I was probably distracted by exploring your writing space. :)

    I had no idea you're good at faking accents. I'd love to hear you speaking with British and Aussie accent as well as Southern American accent, like a Texas chick... "y'all" and stuff like that. That would be fun. :)

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    1. No worries! I knew you would get a kick out of my talent. :) You know I'll gladly do those accents for you.

      Glad you loved the interview. I had such fun answering the questions and I can't believe how much I revealed. LOL

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  6. Kings of Cool looks so....well, damn cool!

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    1. It is! YOu should read if you get a chance.

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  7. Wow - I'm not sure if I'd like these books or not - but I like that you like them!

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    1. My enthusiasm certainly know no bounds with these books. I was shocked at how much I enjoyed them. They were definitely out of my norm. LOL

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  8. Might be a little too dark for me. I'm too much of a happily ever after kind of gal.

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    1. I love my HEA's too, but sometimes I like to take a chance on something where things don't always work out.

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    2. Call me a bit twisted like that, Diane. :)

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  9. Gosh you sound really enthusiastic about these novels, though I don't think it would be my cup of tea at all. Glad you really enjoyed it.

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    1. Hi Madeleine! These novels are definitely not everyone's cup of tea. I was surprised at how much I did like them. Glad you enjoyed my review. :)

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  10. ROFL "The first chapter of Savages is literally just 'Fuck You'." I love that sentence, made me lol :-D

    Nice to see that you also have no Kindle. I'm old-fashioned when it comes to books. The kindle is cool but it never can replace the smell of a good old, much-thumbed book :-)

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