Monthly Archives: July 2010

forgotten book: The Philosophical Corps

by E. B. Cole, 1961, Gnome Press 1961 hardcover – science fiction (edited into novel form from short stories) This novel is another mosaic novel (like Hospital Station and Star Surgeon, the first two Sector General SF novels by James White, reviewed here). … Continue reading

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first person, present tense

I’ve started reading a book by a favorite author, but this one is not in her regular series. It was a surprise when I opened it and began reading to find it in first person present tense (fp,pt), and I … Continue reading

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New Arrivals: July 11 – 24

I wasn’t able to do a Monday Mailbox / New Arrivals post the last two weeks, so this is going to cover the entire period. Not that things pour in daily around here, but there’s always a trickle… This time … Continue reading

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Soundtrack: Panic in Year Zero

Panic in Year Zero – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack LaLa Land Records LLLCD 1111 (Limited Edition of 1200 units) Les Baxter wrote a lot of jazz. It’s too bad that most people these days remember him primarily for albums such … Continue reading

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Iron Lake

by William Kent Krueger, © 1998, Pocket books 1999 paperback mystery, 1st in the Corcoran “Cork” O’Connor series This is the 40th in my series of forgotten books Re-Reading WKK’s Cork O’Connor #1: Iron Lake As I write this, there will … Continue reading

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Favorite Series: Reading, “Saving”, Re-reading

It’s something I’d bet almost all of us do. By “us” I mean readers, those of us who read a lot, whatever the genre. I know it’s something I didn’t do as a kid but started doing as an adult: saving … Continue reading

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NESFA Gives Me A Nice Surprise

I just received The Collected Short Works of Poul Anderson Volume 3, The Saturn Game. NESFA (New England Science Fiction Association) is a fine publisher of science fiction collections and this is NESFA’s latest in the fine series of Poul Anderson short … Continue reading

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Feeling better

Thanks for the many comments here and emails with the get well messages. I’m just about back to normal (whatever that is!) and I should be posting something new tomorrow. Not sure what, but it may have to do with a … Continue reading

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There should have been a New in the Mailbox post today, but I can barely do this, let along do a “real” post. I’ve got a really sore shoulder. Wife says she thinks it’s an “impingement” whatever that is, and … Continue reading

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South of Sulu

by George F. Worts, © 1930 – this edition: Black Dog Books 2007 trade paper – adventure  short story collection, pulp reprint This collection of 5 stories, all published in 1930 in Short Stories magazine, one of many collections by the fine … Continue reading

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Nomads of the Burning Quicksand Jungle Swamp Death Demon Crime Gunsel Secret Masters of the Forbidden Sky!

…and that doesn’t begin to cover it. I’m in pretty big trouble here, and it’s the kind of trouble that’s put a big grin on my face. Remember that scene in the old western, the one where the sidekick crumples … Continue reading

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Mailbox – New Last Week

New arrivals – July 5-11, 2010 I’m cutting back, but a few things that I’d had on order did trickle in. Two more pulp story collections and two SF-F collections. All short stories. Seems like I’m getting overwhelmed with short … Continue reading

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forgotten book: The Forever War

by Joe Haldeman, (c) 1974  –  science fiction this edition: 2007 St. Martin Press trade paper – introduction by John Scalzi This is the 39th in my series of forgotten books No, it’s probably not a forgotten book, just an old … Continue reading

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Shuttling the Profit Units

My wife was in Grand Junction, Colorado attending a wedding over the weekend. She was ticketed both ways on United Airlines. On the way over, her flight to Denver was diverted to Colorado Springs because of bad weather. She missed … Continue reading

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Happy Fourth!

Here’s hoping your Summer is delightful, your celebration of Independence Day is safe and that the cow doesn’t step on the cake!

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