Monthly Archives: April 2010

The Department of Dead Ends

by Roy Vickers  –  Penguin Books  –  1955 paperback mystery short story collection This is the 33nd in my series of Friday Forgotten Books “If you were to inquire at Scotland Yard for the Department of Dead Ends, you might … Continue reading

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Ghosts of A Chance

by John Harvey Smith/Doorstop Books, UK 1992, £5.95, trade paper [out of print] Wrapping up National Poetry Month with a wonderful collection Seattle, 1994 (goodness, can it have been that long?) I attended my first Bouchercon, and one of the … Continue reading

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Enchanted Night

by Steven Millhauser, (c) 1999  –  Vintage Books trade paper edition After reading two reviews of this book, one by Chris at the Stuff As Dreams Are Made On blog, the other by regular commenter here, Carl V. on his blog … Continue reading

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A Body for McHugh

by Jay Flynn  © 1960  – Avon 1960 paperback original This is the 32nd in my series of Friday Forgotten Books This is the second of five McHugh books Flynn wrote. I picked this up for a song at the paperback collectors’ show … Continue reading

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Poul Anderson short works collection from NESFA

The Collected Short Works of Poul Anderson, Volume 1: Call Me Joe edited by Rick Katze & Lis Carey, NESFA Press 2009 hardcover science fiction short story collection Poul Anderson. I’m sure there’s nothing new I can say about an … Continue reading

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Ah, Spring!

The weather here in SoCal has been great the last week or two, and a gentle rain yesterday hasn’t changed that in my opinion, just freshening things up after a week of high 70s to mid 80s. The garden is … Continue reading

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on loving books and hoarding

note: see addendum at end of post for an update on this. Last night was the third time we had watched the A&E show “Hoarding”. Like the other times I’d seen it, I was both apalled and deeply affected. As a … Continue reading

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Saturday notes

Saturday Soundtrack I know I’ve been derelict in my posting of Saturday Soundtracks, but it’s been one thing or another and I just haven’t had the time – or sometimes the inclination – to pull out film music and write … Continue reading

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Curios

by Richard Marsh, (c) 1898 – this edition: Valancourt Books trade paper, 2007 – short story collection This is the 31st in my series of Friday Forgotten Books This thin volume (155 pages) containing seven amusing short stories provides something … Continue reading

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A Coney Island of the Mind

poems by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, © 1958 – New Directions, 1958, trade paper April is National Poetry Month, so naturally I decided I should read some poetry. For some reason I’d had a line or two from a Ferlinghetti poem in my … Continue reading

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falling apart at the seams

Wondering why there hasn’t been much in the way of book reviews, or music reviews or anything here? Here’s why: Sheesh, what is it with this aging thing? Or maybe it’s just an out-of-shape thing. Whatever the cause, this has … Continue reading

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update: reading challenges

I’ve updated my Reading Challenges page to reflect the last two things I’ve read for the Once Upon A Time challenge.

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Nashville P.I.

Dead Folk’s Blues by Steven Womack  –  Ballantine Books paperback original, January 1993  –  featuring Harry Denton, private investigator This is the 30th in my series of Friday Forgotten Books “All right, I’ll tell you. But you have to promise not … Continue reading

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reading habits

Frank Denton, a long-time friend who lives in Seattle, once told me about the way he reads, and I remember thinking “that seems pretty odd, but whatever works…”. Frank is always reading several books at once, usually each a different … Continue reading

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the new blob by my name

If anyone happens to wonder what my newest icon (gravatar, actually) is, here’s a slightly larger view of it. I clipped it from an illustration by SF artist extrodinaire John Berkey.

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architecture and murder in the desert

Murder in Perspective by Keith Miles  –  Walker and Company 1997 clothbound  – historical mystery Miles pseudonymously writes two historical series as Edward Marston and I enjoy those books, particularly his Domesday series, which I’ll review here one of these … Continue reading

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Hugo Awards

In case anyone reading this hasn’t already seen one of the many, many other blogs and websites with the list, the nominees for the Hugo Awards have been announced. I’d give the list, but, you can find the list at … Continue reading

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shake ‘n’ roll

We got a pretty good shake – a long rolling action, half a minute or so and that’s a long earthquake – from the Mexacali earthquake (as they are calling it, it was actually many miles south of that city) … Continue reading

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Happy Easter

For those of you who celebrate the observation of Easter, I hope your day will be a happy one, whether it be filled friends and family, with colored eggs, chocolate-marshmallow bunnies, religious observances or just enjoying a pleasant meal and … Continue reading

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The Deryni Archives

by Katherine Kurtz, © 1986, Del Rey Books mass market paperback Deryni series – fantasy short story collection This is the 29th in my series of Friday Forgotten Books Katherine Kurtz has written a lot of fantasy, most of it novels … Continue reading

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