Category Archives: reading

FFB: A Gladiator Dies Only Once

this is the 100th in my series of seldom read or forgotten books A Gladiator Dies Only Once The Further Investigations of Gordianus the Finder by Steven Saylor © 2005, St. Martin Minotaur 2005 trade paperback, featuring Gordianus the Finder – historical mystery short story … Continue reading

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Agatha H and the Airship City

Agatha H and the Airship City A Girl Genius Novel by Phil and Kaja Foglio, Night Shade Books, 2011 trade paper YA fantasy-adventure – novelization of Girl Genius graphic novels I’d been seeing write-ups and reviews here and there for the Girl Genius … Continue reading

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New Arrivals, Current Reading

The Fall-Winter weather continues to be typical: not fierce, but cool and wet, with a sunny day now and then. We enjoy it. New Arrivals - Just when I think I’m doing pretty well with the new books and incoming, along comes … Continue reading

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New Arrivals, Current Reading

I’ve been working in the yard, Winterizing the yard – spreading soil amendments, mulch, raking leaves, fallen berries and pine needles, doing some light, early pruning and the like. All just before the rains set in for keeps, and before … Continue reading

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Roots

Roots - the Saga of An American Family by Alex Hailey Doubleday & Co., © 1976 hardcover, 688 pages I well remember when there was a huge amount of press and discussion about this book, it’s rise on the bestseller list, the … Continue reading

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Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey

Leviathan Wakes by Corey, James S.A. © 2011, Orbit 2011 trade paperback, science fiction – The Expanse book 1 After three false starts, setting this book aside after twenty or thirty pages and getting distracted by something else, I dug in and finished … Continue reading

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The Bookman by Lavie Tidhar

The Bookman by Lavie Tidhar © 2010, Angry Robot 2010 mass market paperback, fantasy-steampunk – 1st in trilogy Once in a while, you just have to have a book. This is one of those. I saw it and I’d wanted it for … Continue reading

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FFB: How Like An Angel

this is the 87th book in my series of forgotten or seldom read books How Like An Angel by Margaret Millar, © 1962, Carroll & Graf 2000 mass market paperback, mystery – Joe Quinn, P.I. Private detective Joe Quinn gambles. That’s how he’s … Continue reading

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John Cheever: 100 years

It was George Kelly who reminded me with THIS post on his blog today. I’m joining the chorus (of 2) with my own cover and comment. The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever, preface by John Cheever, Alfred A. … Continue reading

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Friday Forgotten Book: The Mysterious Affair at Styles

this is the 86th book in my series of forgotten books The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie © 1916, Bantam Books 1961 mass market paperback, mystery – first Hercule Poirot It had been a very long time since I read this … Continue reading

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Friday Forgotten Book: A Killing in Comics

this is the 85th book in my series of forgotten books A Killing in Comics by Max Alan Collins © 2007, Berkeley Prime Crime 2001 trade paperback, mystery, 1st in Jack Starr “comics mysteries” series I like the writing of Max Alan Collins, … Continue reading

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Under the Moons of Mars

Under the Moons of Mars – New Adventures on Barsoom Edited by John Joseph Adams, © 2012 – Simon & Schuster 2012 hardcover - SF – Fantasy short story collection featuring John Carter and other characters Sometimes anthologies like this can be … Continue reading

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Friday forgotten: the facts of the matter…

Nope, no FFB again this week. You may have noticed I’ve been missing a lot lately. Why, you may wonder. Several reasons: 1) I haven’t been reading as much or as fast. 2) I’ve been reading more recent books that … Continue reading

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New Arrivals, March 5 – 11, 2012

After last week’s landslide of books, things have settled down a good deal. There had been a good deal of talk about reading Ed McBain, especially 87th Precinct books, for Friday Forgotten Books, and I admit I had none. That’s … Continue reading

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FFB: Playgrounds of the Mind

this is the 80th of my series of forgotten books Playgrounds of the Mind by Larry Niven, some contents co-authored, July 1992 mass market paperback, science fiction and fantasy I bought this used copy for the car. If you’re like … Continue reading

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How to Be A Bad Bird Watcher

How to Be A Bad Birdwatcher by Simon Barnes © 2004, Short Books, 2006 trade paperback - non-fiction, biographical treatise on bird watching That’s the problem with reviews, isn’t it? You read a review that may say a book is “an emotionally charged … Continue reading

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FFB: Death in the Middle Watch

this is the 78th in my series of forgotten books Death in the Middle Watch by Leo Bruce © 1974, Academy Chicago Arts 2004 hardcover, mystery featuring Carolus Deene This is the second Carolus Deene mystery I’ve read, the other being Death at … Continue reading

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FFB: Sands of Mars

this is the 77th in my series of forgotten books Sands of Mars by Arthur C. Clarke, © 1951 -[publishing history: U.K.: Sidgwick & Jackson, London 1951, U.S.: Gnome Press 1952, Science Fiction Book Club 1953, Pocket Books 1954, Permabook (this … Continue reading

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FFB: Toujours Provence

this is the 76th in my series of forgotten books Toujours Provence by Peter Mayle, published by Alfred Knopf 1991 hardcover (second of two volumes in two book boxed set) National bestseller taking up where his beloved A Year In Provence left … Continue reading

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Last Word on Anne McCaffrey

I was greatly saddened by the passing of Anne McCaffrey, a very favorite author of mine. George Kelly alerted me to the January 2012 issue of Locus magazine, which is the McCaffrey issue. I was too late to find it … Continue reading

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