Book 38 (of 52) – The Case Of The Dubious Bridegroom

The Case of the Dubious Bridegroom – Erle Stanley Gardner

When Perry Mason catches a woman on the fire escape outside of his office, he becomes entangled with the a businessman whose first wife is trying to steal his company out from under him as payback for his getting a Mexican divorce and quickie re-marriage.  When she turns up dead, Perry has to defend his client for both bigamy and murder, unless he can figure out who the true killer is.

Erle Stanley Gardner’s The Case of the Dubious Bridegroom, originally published in 1949, is the 33rd entry in his Perry Mason series and the third of six novels re-released last year in conjunction with the new adaptation on HBO.  Things were going along well, until the abrupt ending, where Perry figured out what really happened.  Rather than him showing it in court, which is what usually happens in the TV show, it just ended, with the trial still happening and without a definitive ending.  I look forward to seeing the TV adaptation from the Raymond Burr version of the show, released during its second season, so I can compare the filmed version with the original.

Book 37 (of 52) – The Final Girl Support Group

The Final Girl Support Group – Grady Hendrix

Imagine, if you will, a world where slasher films like Halloween, Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Scream were not works of fiction, but instead were based on real life events and the final girls, the real life Laurie Strodes and Sydney Prescotts, all travelled to Los Angeles for a monthly group therapy session?  That is the basic premise of The Final Girl Support Group, that latest entry from Grady Hendrix.  When someone starts attacking the remaining Final Girls, all evidence points to it being one of their own, but the truth is even more insidious.

Through the first 2/3’s of this book, I was completely on board.  But, I feel like things went a little off the rails in that last third.  You know going in to a book like this that there is going to a twist or two, but there really wasn’t so much twists as characters jumping back and forth from suspects like crazy.  Still made for an enjoyable read, but I feel like it missed the landing just a little bit.


Fitbit VII – Week 33

Another disappointing week in the books.  Things got off to a slow start on Sunday, as I finished with a mere 2400 steps.  Monday saw a slight improvement, as I managed to get all the way up to 3600 steps.  Tuesday was even better, finishing 26 steps shy of 4300.  Wednesday was a complete and total bust, ending the day with nearly 1600 steps.  Thursday jumped back up to 4200 steps, while Friday managed to go up to 4300 steps.  Saturday brought me back out to the ballpark which catapulted me up to 5200 steps.

Total steps: 25,778

Daily average: 3682.6

Prolific Authors – 3 Books

Way back in December of 2011 (and again every other December since), we’ve taken a look at the authors I have read the most, dating back to high school.  This year, since I’ve far surpassed my reading output of any year on record, I thought it would be nice to take a deeper dive into those books I’ve read through August. Since our last check-in, I’ve read an additional 60 books from 54 different authors. There shouldn’t be much movement over the past 2 years, but it’s time to take another look and see if my “favorite” authors have changed much in that time span.  We continue today with the 12 authors I’ve read thrice.

Kevin J. Anderson

I’ve read the 3 X-Files books he has written.

President Me: The America That’s In My Head – Adam Carolla

Adam Carolla

The former comedian and current right wing lugnut managed to get me to read three of his podcast regurgitations.

Bill Carter

The former media reporter for the New York Times delivered three behind the scenes looks at the television industry, including the transition from Johnny Carson to Jay Leno and from Jay Leno to Conan O’Brien and back again.

Max Allan Collins

Author of all entries of the Reeder and Rogers trilogy.

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

Suzanne Collins

The woman behind a little trilogy about a young woman who upends her entire world.

Keith R.A. DeCandido

Two Buffy the Vampire Slayer novels and a Spider-Man novel make up his works.

David Lagercrantz

The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest – Stieg Larsson

Stieg Larsson

Stieg Larsson wrote the first three entries in the story of Lisbeth Salander.  Following his death, David Lagercrantz continued the series with three entries (to date) of his own.

John R. Maxim

Last read in 2001, I would have liked to read more but it seems like he stopped writing.  Or they stopped publishing his work.

Kimberly McCreight

Her latest came out earlier this year, so she should be moving up the charts.

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By The Numbers – 39

In 1929, uniform numbers appeared on the back of baseball jerseys for the first time, thanks to the Indians and the Yankees.  By 1937, numbers finally appeared across all uniforms, both home and away, across both major leagues.  Since that time, 81 distinct numbers have been worn by members of the White Sox, while the Cubs boast 76.

Today, we continue our look at those players, picking our favorite, if not the best, player to wear each uniform number for both Chicago teams with #39.  77 different players have donned #39 while playing in Chicago, 31 for the White Sox and 46 for the Cubs.

First acquired in 1989, Roberto Hernandez, donning #39, made his major league debut on September 2, 1991, getting the start and going 7 innings for the victory in the White Sox win over the Royals.  He appeared in 9 games in the final month of the season, making the only 3 starts of his career, and finished the year with a 7.80 ERA.  In 1992, Hernandez split the year between Triple A and Chicago, eventually supplanting Bobby Thigpen as the team’s primary closer.  He finished the year with 12 saves and a sparkling 1.65 ERA.  Hernandez had another great year in 1993, saving 38 games in 70 appearances with a 2.29 ERA as the White Sox won their final AL West title.  During the ALCS against the Blue Jays, Hernandez threw 4 scoreless innings in 4 appearances, earning 1 save.

In the strike-shortened 1994 season, Hernandez struggled.  His ERA jumped to 4.91 and he saved only 14 games before the season ended on August 12, despite leading the league in games finished.  When baseball returned in 1995, Hernandez bounced back somewhat, once again leading the league in games finished and lowering his ERA by nearly a full run to 3.92.  1996 was a true return to form for Hernandez.  He led the league in games finished for the third straight year and lowered his ERA by 2 full runs to 1.91.  He earned his first All Star selection and, with 38 saves, finished 6th in Cy Young Award voting.  Hernandez was well on his way to another strong season in 1997, with 27 saves and a 2.44 ERA, when he was included in the infamous White Flag trade on July 31, joining Wilson Alzarez and Danny Darwin in going to the Giants for the collection of Brian Manning, Lorenzo Barcelo, Mike Caruso, Keith Foulke, Bob Howry, and Ken Vining.

On the other side of town, Andrew Chafin wore #39 for the 11 months he was a member of the Cubs.  Acquired on August 31, the trade deadline of the shortened 2020 season, Chafin pitched in 4 games over the final month, posting a 3.00 ERA and retired the only batter he faced in the Wild Card series against the Marlins.  In February, Chafin re-upped with the Cubs and became sort of a cult hero.  On June 24, he was part of a combined no-hitter against the Dodgers.  In 43 appearances for the Cubs in 2021, Chafin recorded a 2.06 ERA with 37 strikeouts in 39.1 innings of work before being traded to the A’s on July 27th.