Monthly Archives: November 2009

El-Hazard, the Symphonic World

Saturday Soundtrack # 8 El-Hazard (the Symphonic World) original score and orchestration by Seikou Nagaoka, SM Records, Ltd. 1990 I wish I could give you more information about this one, but the entire booklet is in Japanese. Also, I have … Continue reading

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Midnight Specials

by Bill Pronzini, Editor, Avon Books, 1977,  mass market paperback short story collection The 14th entry in a series of Friday Forgotten Books. I’m not sure how “forgotten” this one is, nor do I know how widely known it is, or was back … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving already. Wow, where has the year gone? There is much to be thankful for. Here’s my “grateful for” list: My health, family, home and friends Books, and the people who write, publish and sell them CD player technology and classical … Continue reading

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Hound

Hound Vincent McCaffrey, © 2009, Small Beer Press, 2009 hardcover, first Henry Sullivan mystery “Death was, after all, the way Henry made his living…” Hound is a new mystery novel, intended to be the first of a series of novels featuring Henry … Continue reading

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Favorite Television of the Past

Patti Abbot, she of wise and interesting ideas, suggested bloggers write something on their favorite television shows of the past. Being a slow starter, I’m posting this early in the afternoon, West Coast Time, so most everyone else has already … Continue reading

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The Man From Snowy River

Saturday Soundtrack # 7 The Man From Snowy River music by Bruce Rowland, Varese Sarabande VSD-47217, released 1982 This is music from the 1982 film starring  Kirk Douglas, Jack Thompson. The Australian Film Institute named this the Best Music Score for … Continue reading

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Decoys

by Richard Hoyt, © 1980, Penguin Crime, 1984 mass market paperback, first John Denson mystery I’d read this one back in 1985, I think it was, and I liked it a lot. Denson is a very much a part of his … Continue reading

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Miracle Kicker

Dark Captain, Light Captain – debut album, released October, 2008 Loaf Records, ASIN: B001G67UQ4, Mp3 download – available at iTunes, Amazon, LALA, similar music download sites. The powers that decide what category a group, album or song belongs to must view the world … Continue reading

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How I Became A Famous Novelist

by Steve Hely, published by Black Cat – paperback original imprint of Grove Atlantic – 2009 I read two reviews of this, both full of praise, so I got a copy. There is much humor here, but this isn’t really … Continue reading

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How to Flatten a Book?

Just a quick post – I’m really still off on an expedition – but I have a question: how can I flatten a mass market paperback that is buckled?  This isn’t water damage, the book doesn’t appear to have been wet, … Continue reading

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Happy Veteran’s Day!

Though it’s not one of the “big holidays” in my way of thinking, it’s an important one. I was in the US Army, went in Fall of 1963 after high school. After boot camp at Fort Ord, I spent most … Continue reading

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The Shame of the Book Addict

We all have the problem, don’t we? More books than shelf space. More books than we have time to read. It may be that due to reading speed (or lack of it, actually), other demands on our time, more books … Continue reading

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The Lineup

edited and with an introduction by Otto Penzler, published by Little, Brown, 2009 As a way to help increase business and give attention to his New York book store, The Mysterious Bookshop, Penzler decided to ask a number of authors … Continue reading

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Saving Private Ryan

Saturday Soundtrack # 6 Saving Private Ryan, Dreamworks Records DRMD 50046, released 1998, 60 minutes, 10 cues. Music by John Williams In honor of Veteran’s Day, next Wednesday November 11, here’s a CD of Music From the Original Motion Picture … Continue reading

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Friday Forgotten Book – Diamond Head

by Charles Knief, St. Martin’s Press, 1996, St. Martin’s Dead Letter paperback 1998 paperback (shown) This book was the winner of the 7th St. Martin’s/PWA contest for Best First Private Eye novel and is Charles Knief’s first John Caine novel, … Continue reading

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To Omnibus or Not to Omnibus?

Lately I’ve had the good fortune to add a few very nice omnibus editions to the Teetering Stack that is my To-Be-Read pile. In looking them over (I won’t actually read any of them until I make a dent in … Continue reading

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Bouchercon 2010

San Francisco, California, October 14-17, 2010 We missed B’con in Indy, but we’ll be in San Francisco. We’re signed up (well, the check is in the mail) and we have our hotel room. We hope to see many of our mystery … Continue reading

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Halloween, The Clocks

Halloween It was pretty quiet this year. Often we don’t even bother turning on the porch light, but we got a little candy and made our home available to trick-or-treaters. We had four doorbell rings, 13 children, all of them … Continue reading

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