Monthly Archives: May 2010

Memorial Day 2010

Originally called Decoration Day and intended to honor the fallen military who fought for our country, Memorial Day has  pretty much become a general day to remember anyone who’s passed away. That may be good or not, depending on your … Continue reading

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Mailbox Monday, May 24-29

New arrivals – Week of May 24-29, 2010 A little less this week, but still some interesting things: * *   click on a cover to see it full size   * * * *   click on a cover … Continue reading

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Erle Stanley Gardner: The Case of the Real Perry Mason

Erle Stanley Gardner: The Case of the Real Perry Mason Dorothy B. Hughes, William Morrow & Co. 1978 hardcover – biography (authorized by Gardner’s estate) This is the 35th in my series of Friday Forgotten Books If you want to know just … Continue reading

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Pulp Writer – Twenty Years in the American Grub Street

by Paul S. Powers, Edited and with Introduction by Laurie Powers University of Nebraska Press © 2007 trade paper  –  autobiography of a pulp writer I didn’t know what to expect  of this when I ordered it. I knew that … Continue reading

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Mailbox Monday, May 16-22, 2010

New arrivals – Week of May 16-22, 2010 * *   click on a cover to see it full size   * * The inflow of pulp reprints continues, increasing to flood stage this week. Yikes! City of Corpses by … Continue reading

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Saturday Soundtrack – Foyle’s War

Foyle’s War – original television soundtrack, music composed and conducted by Jim Parker, on CD: Harkit Records HRKCD 8200 This is the 20th in my series of  Saturday Soundtracks I’ll start by saying I like Foyle’s War a lot. Excellent screenwriting, … Continue reading

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The Wall Around the World

by Theodore R. Cogswell, Pyramid Books, 1962 mass market paperback This is the 35th in my series of Friday Forgotten Books Science Fiction and Fantasy short story collection, two introductions and 10 short stories (described in the cover blurb as … Continue reading

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More About Boy

by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
 2008 hardcover – autobiography This is the 25th anniversary edition of Dahl’s book Boy, updated and with additional material. I read some Dahl when I was young, notably Charlie and the Chocolate … Continue reading

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Size Matters #1 – computers

Yesterday I was using the computer and when I opened a program – Adobe Elements, I think it was, there was one of those “Program Update” messages. Now, if I use a program very often I usually install these, but … Continue reading

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Poul Anderson collected short works from NESFA

Okay folks, buckle your strato-belts. We’re going to talk about a giant in field of science fiction of writing. Poul Anderson won 7 Hugos and 3 Nebulas over his career. He was named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in … Continue reading

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Mailbox Monday – May 9-15

Books, etc. that came through the front door – Week of May 9-15, 2010 Mystery Cats edited by Cynthia Manson [mass market paperback published by Signet Books, 1991, used copy] – 16 short stories featuring cats and crime, from EQMM … Continue reading

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The Wolves of Savernake

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buying and reading a fantasy trilogy or series – what to do?

It’s the old question: read the books as they are published, one at a time, or wait until the trilogy, quartet, or whatever is complete, then read them all? This post is inspired by a comment by Evan Lewis made  in response … Continue reading

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Mailbox Monday

In the Monday Mailbox group, each person posts a list of the books received the previous week. If I don’t buy any books, I won’t do a Mailbox Monday post. This week there are several. Seems like many of the … Continue reading

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upon observing books

I don’t have a Friday Forgotten Book today, I’ve been too busy to either read or write any reviews, but I do have these thoughts. I related this in an email to a good friend earlier today, and upon glancing … Continue reading

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The Golden Goshawk

James Reasoner reviewed this one on his blog. (I give it to you in full, right here) and everything he said was spot on. This is terrific fun, well worth the price and I’ll be looking for more by Bedford-Jones if … Continue reading

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An Old Steamer Looks Great!

Yesterday (Friday, April 30) we noticed a small article in the L.A. Times: The Central Coast Railway Club and the Pacific Locomotive Association announce the San Diego Steam Special-II, powered by former Santa Fe 4-8-4 3751. Our train will depart … Continue reading

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