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Looking out for a Hero

My Patreon supporters are awesome – but you already knew about that. And because they are awesome, I received as a gift a copy of Lee Child’s new ebook, The Hero, about 48 hours after I became aware of its existence, and I signalled my interest.
That’s how great they are.

I have read a few of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels, and found them fun, over the top, entertaining and diverting, and more than competently written. Can’t say I’m a fan of the character, but I have read a few interviews to the author, and I like his approach to writing. Also, he started writing when he lost his “true job”, and I can relate to that.
The idea of an essay, written by Child and called The Hero really sounded like the sort of thing I wanted to read, despite a fair number of very negative reviews I saw on Amazon.
And so I read it.

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Other Peoples’ Pulps: Jack Reacher

70243455I saw Jack Reacher, last night.
No, not the guy – the 2012 movie featuring Tom Cruise, and based on the work of British author Lee Child, and on the novel One Shot in particular.

I was not overwhelmed – it’s a good movie, a nice way to spend two hours while sitting by the electric fan.
The temperature outside is well over 36° C, and a fan, a bowl of ice cream and a good movie are all that I can take. Reading is impossible, as the light attracts hordes of mosquitoes1.

So, as I was saying, I liked the movie, but had some real problems with the star – Tom Cruise can do action all right, but basically he is not the 6-foot 5-inches guy Lee Child writes about.
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