February 1st, 2021

Book Review of the Crime Novel 'L. A. Confidential' by James Ellroy

Book Title: 'L.A. Confidential'

Author: James Ellroy

Publisher: Warner Books

Number of pages: 496

Fiction-Genre: Crime Fiction


How I discovered or acquired this book: Several years ago I heard about the crime writer James Ellroy and started collecting his books.

When & where read: I started reading Ellroy's novel 'L.A. Confidential' about the beginning of January 2021.

Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: I can't say I had any noteworthy experiences reading this crime novel. The novel did though cause me to remember when I was young and we lived in L.A..

Check out author's other books? Or related books? I did buy used James Ellroy's novel, 'White Jazz'. I already have a stack of Ellroy's novels in our library. I can't say right now I plan to read soon any more of Ellroy's crime novels.

(If yes, add them to Books I'd Like to Read-see page 145.)

Rate on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being exceptional)

Quality of writing-I would describe Ellroy's writing style as being cartoonish. Ellroy's character's all come off unreal. Too generalize/stereotypical.

Pace- Even though the crime novel comes off unreal it does have a certain pace to it. The main story does flow through the novel. One does wonder where the story is going to lead/how the police will solve the crimes.

Plot development-I suppose there was a plot to the novel but it did not stand out that clearly.

Characters-all the characters came off like bad movie actors in a Cop Movie.

Enjoyability-I can't say I enjoyed this novel. In some ways the novel made me feel sick inside. I was exposed to the depravity of man page after page. Reading this novel was like have my face shoved into a pool of human blood continually.


Ease of reading-a High School kid or even a Middle School kid could read this crime novel.

Photos/illustrations None

Recommend this book? To whom? I would not recommend this novel to anyone. But if you are looking for a cheap thrill read it/the novel was a absolutely terrible piece of shit.

Notes And Opinions:

Basic plot or contents, setting, main character, point of view, how this book made me feel or what it made me think, great lines of quotes, etc. . .

Overall rating: I would give this novel a two star rating. A compete waste of time.
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a walk through Nantucket

It is 1:13 PM Monday afternoon here in West Michigan. It is a cold sunny day. I am thankful for sunshine when I feel so sick inside lately. I am suffering from being overexposed to the world/the evil American Empire/the dead American world. All we can do in these dark times is fall down on our knees and pray.

I got up this morning around 6:15 AM. Carol had gotten up around 5 o'clock AM. When I got up I got myself a bottle of cold water and sat in my living room chair. It always amazes me what goes through my mind in the morning. We do not forget everything. It is weird how ones memory can spring up constantly. I see constantly in front of my eyeballs my Past/all my evil deeds.

After I woke up I made a pot of oatmeal for breakfast for Carol and I. I am thankful for oatmeal in these days at a COVID-19 plague rages throughou the earth killing millions (and millions will die of this deadly virus in the near future).

I really did very little during the morning hours. Carol left this morning to do errands. While she was gone I filmed a video for my Youtube channel.

Not much else to report this afternoon. Carol is outside shoveling snow off our driveway. I am reading from a book titled, 'Time & Tide: A Walk Through Nantucket' Travel Memoir by Frank Conroy. I got out of the lower level this afternoon a book titled, 'Vintage Nantucket' History by A.B.C. Whipple.

Last night I barely remember right now. I suppose I will close to wait it out.
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