Monthly Archives: October 2009

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Saturday Soundtrack # 5 The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Hollywood Records, 52 minutes, released only as a download Based on a controversial book by Irish author John Boyne, published in January 2006, this 2008 British drama was directed by … Continue reading

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Friday Forgotten Book – Mr. Calder and Mr. Behrens

Michael Gilbert, Penguin, 1982 paperback “It was six o’clock, on as foul a morning as could be imagined. In Warsaw it was raining, in the way it rained just before the rain turned to sleet and the sleet to the first … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Getting Old(er)

I had a birthday recently. There are times of the year when we all think about time passing, New Year’s Day, the beginning of a new calendar year, is one. The changing of the seasons. Birthdays, as much because there … Continue reading

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Plein Air

A Sunday Special Okay, I’ve been interested in art since I was a kid. I took art classes in high school, art was half my double major in college (along with Literature) and I went on to art school after … Continue reading

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The Lion in Winter

Saturday Soundtrack # 4 The Lion in Winter  Film released in the 1968 Original Sound Track Recording, music composed and conducted by John Barry The 1968 big screen adaptation of the stage story of The Lion in Winter remains an impressively … Continue reading

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Friday Forgotten Book – The Way the Future Was

Frederik Pohl, © 1978, Ballantine 1978 hardcover,  autobiography It’s funny how books find a person. I stop by Fred Pohl’s blog every now and then, and he has the cover of this book up as a permanent header. Then one day Steve … Continue reading

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Space: 1999

British television series, broadcast 1975, 1976 If you’re a science fiction-on-television fan, you’ll remember this program with either fond thoughts or a “Uck!” of loathing. Seems there’s not a lot of middle ground on this British science fiction television show. It’s … Continue reading

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Heaven’s Keep

William Kent Krueger, © 2009, Atria Books, 2009 hardcover. 9th in the Cork O’Connor series. The first book in William Kent Krueger’s series of mystery novels featuring Cork O’Connor is Iron Lake. I read it just after it won a Barry … Continue reading

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Rest of Bouchercon Awards

** Anthony Awards, Shamus Awards I posted about the awards given Thursday night, You can find the rest here at Janet Rudolph ‘s site, Mystery Fanfare. Congratulaitons ot all, including those who made the short lists!

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Saturday Soundtrack # 3 – Deutsch: The Maltese Falcon & Others

Adolph Deutsch – The Maltese Falcon and Other Classic Film Scores, 1941-1944 Naxos Film Music Classics series, Naxos 8.557701 DDD, 2002, music composed by Adolph Deutch, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, William Stromberg Score restorations by John Morgan In honor of Bouchercon and all the … Continue reading

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Friday Forgotten Book – The Double Take

The Double Take Roy Huggins, © 1946, Pocket Books # 2524, paperback The book shown is the 1959 2nd printing NOTE: this post originally identified Huggins as a pseudonym of John Thomas James. That was incorrect. (see NY Times obituary: http://is.gd/4QyNe . Thank you … Continue reading

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Awards at Bouchercon

Art Scott is presented with the Don Sandstrom Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement in Mystery Fandom Many awards were handed out last night at Bouchercon. Congratulations to all the winners, and an especially loud “Hooray!” to Art Scott for receiving the … Continue reading

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Bouchercon 2009

Bouchercon in Indy While I’m sitting here at home, many of my friends and a host of mystery readers, book lovers, mystery authors, book sellers and all the usual suspects are in Indianapolis for Bouchercon, the annual mystery fan convention. … Continue reading

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Goodbye Mystery News

Mystery News closes the doors. Recently came the news that Mystery News, a fine mystery review and interview publication for which I had the honor and pleasure of doing a column for a while some years back, is turning out the … Continue reading

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Saturday Soundtrack #2 – Ralph Vaughan Williams

This is the second in a series of soundtracks – original music composed for film, television or other media The Film Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams   volume 1 music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, performed by the BBC Philharmonic, Rumon … Continue reading

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A Classic!

Them! Warner Brothers, 1954 I hadn’t seen this in years, but after posting (August 30) about ants in the house I decided to get it from Netflix, and we finally watched it tonight. It’s a classic. While I remembered most … Continue reading

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Spitting Image

I don’t watch much baseball during the season – perhaps a handful of games – but when the playoffs come around I pay attention, especially when southern California teams are involved, as are the L.A. Dodgers and Anaheim Angels this … Continue reading

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Friday Forgotten Book – Trouble in Bugland

William Kotzwinkle, 1983 clothbound, David R. Godine, Publisher No one can say William Kotzwinkle writes boring, normal, everyday fiction, because he doesn’t. What he does write is clever, nutty, off the cuff, creative, funny and smart. This one is no … Continue reading

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August 1945 Front Page Find!

I recently found this in the bottom of a box of things that had been stored in my mother’s basement for countless years. For a moment I thought it was just protective paper, until I turned it over and saw … Continue reading

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SF Gets No Respect

As if that’s any surprise. There’s a good article, well worth the few minutes it will take you to read it, on the lack of respect science fiction as a genre and the writers thereof receive. At SFF Media: SF authors … Continue reading

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