Monthly Archives: February 2010

Saturday Soundtrack – a question

Yes, I have the soundtrack CDs organized and shelved. Darn thing is, with all the other stuff I have piled up everywhere, I’m gonna need at least another week, maybe two, before I can get organized and write a new … Continue reading

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FFB: Sherlock Holmes by Gas-Lamp

This is the 24th in my series of Friday Forgotten Books Philip A. Shreffler, Editor,  Fordham University Press, 1989 hardcover anthology of essays The subtitle of this book is “Highlights from the First Four Decades of The Baker Street Journal”. … Continue reading

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Ed Thomas, R.I.P.

The owner of one of the best, if not the best used and new mystery book stores in Southern California died Tuesday February 23. He was 77. Here is the link to the local newspaper article: He read Orange County … Continue reading

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The Bear Went Over the Mountain

by William Kotzwinkle, Doubleday 1996 hardcover It has been said William Kotzwinkle doesn’t write the same novel twice, and it does seem to be true. He’s written, or co-written, over fifty books, in several genres for several age groups. A few of … Continue reading

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Happy (belated) Birthday, Handel

Okay, so it’s not really a birthday, it’s one of those anniversary of his birth, as of yesterday, 325 years ago. whoopee and all that. Hey, Handel was a world-class composer, and he wrote some music every one of us … Continue reading

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Good…Better…Best…Bad

The GOOD news is I found a couple of books I’d been looking for over on PaperBackBookswap. Nothing like free books! The BETTER news is that I’ll be doing an actual post of the book review nature a little later … Continue reading

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an M Day

Some places, there are Snow Days. Here at Casa Broken Bullhorn we occasionally have, unfortunately, Migraine Days. This is one of them. Brightness and noise are intolerable, looking at a computer screen, reading, television, listening to music, squinting at CD … Continue reading

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Book & CD Reorganization Update # 2

As you may have read in my Feb 16 Update #1, I’m in the midst of reorganizing my books and media. A description of the room, the state of organization – lack of it, actually – is in that previous post. This … Continue reading

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reminder…

Saturday Soundtrack will be back next week (hopefully!!) after I finish the CD reorganization.

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The Case of the Vanishing Beauty

This is the 23rd in my series of Friday Forgotten Books by Richard S. Prather, Gold Medal, 1950 paperback, mystery (hard-boiled) first Shell Scott “She looked hotter than a welder’s torch and much, much more interesting.” Los Angeles private eye Shell Scott … Continue reading

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Norman Saunders, illustrator

Norman Saunders by David Saunders, published by Illustrated Press, 2008 I don’t often buy coffee-table type books, they tend to be read once and put on a tall shelf somewhere, to be taken out only very occasionally. The siren song … Continue reading

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Book & CD Reorganization Update # 1

As you may know from reading previous posts, I’m in the midst of reorganizing my books and media. When I bought this place twenty some years ago, I was single, and after a year or so I hired a carpenter … Continue reading

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Happy President’s Day

Hope everyone is safe, warm and content on this two-for-one holiday. I remember when the U.S. workaholic ethic (or the “less time of you lazy louts” attitude of the bosses) still allowed two holidays, one for each of the presidents, … Continue reading

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Saturday Soundtrack – suspended!

My Saturday Soundtrack feature will be suspended for two weeks as my CDs are all boxed and unavailable while I try to clean and organize the book & CD mess that is my Study. Please forgive. I’ll return with a new … Continue reading

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Star Surgeon

This is the 22nd in a series of Friday Forgotten Books by James White, © 1963, 2nd in the Sector General series, science fiction This second novel in the Sector General series – and in the omnibus edition I read it in … Continue reading

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Waves and Murder

The Dawn Patrol Don Winslow, © 2008 Vintage Crime/Black Lizard 2009 trade paper I hadn’t read any Winslow in a while and had forgotten how good he is. The characters in this one , especially surfer/P.I. Boone Daniels, are three … Continue reading

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The Sci-Fi Experience Challenge: Update

Just a day under three weeks remaining in the Sci-Fi Experience Challenge. Since January 1, 2010 I have read 6 qualifying books: The Ship of Ishtar by A. Merritt – fantasy (um, maybe this doesn’t technically qualify for the SF … Continue reading

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The Day After

So yesterday was the big day. Uncountable slices of pizza, chili dogs (I helped) and so on consumed. Countless cans of beer. The can recycling places will be busy this week. Over on his blog (Not the Baseball Pitcher) Randy … Continue reading

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Happy Super Bowl Day

Just thought I’d blow in (like the proverbial ill wind. Or something.) and wish everyone a happy Super Bowl day. If you’e enjoying a party, be safe, drive safe and al that stuff. If not, you apparently have no friends. … Continue reading

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Princess Mononoke

this is # 17 in the ongoing Saturday Soundtrack series Princess Mononoke Music from the motion picture, composed by music by Joe Hisaishi, [Milan, 59:12, 32 cues] Like most film music written to carry the mood and emotion of the film … Continue reading

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