Monthly Archives: August 2010

The Music Box Murders

by Larry Karp, © 1999, Worldwide 2000 paperback, mystery featuring Dr. Thomas Purdue, first in series Having read an review of this book by Walter Albert in February, I tracked down a used copy and gave it a try. Walter and I … Continue reading

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New Arrivals August 16 – 29

Two weeks worth this time, I was in Portland for nearly a week, so I didn’t post a New Arrivals last week. Here are the things I got before and during that trip, and a few that came after I … Continue reading

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Broken Bullhorn Turns 1

Today, or maybe it was yesterday, I’ve forgotten already, was the one year anniversary of my starting this blog. The time has flown by. I’ve enjoyed having you visit and look forward to another year of Friday Forgotten Books, travel … Continue reading

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Maigret and the Death of A Harbor-Master

by Georges Simenon, © 1932, (first U.S. edition published 1942), Harvest Books paperback, translation by  Stuart Gilbert, mystery featuring Inspector Maigret the 43rd in my review series of “forgotten” books A man found wandering in Paris has been shot in … Continue reading

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Portland: The Umpqua Ritual

When we flew into Portland, it was sunny, warm, beautiful. Isn’t it always? We got our car at the airport, drove towards downtown, crossing a bridge – I never seem to go across the same one on my way in, but … Continue reading

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…and back again.

Portland made us welcome as always. We had a great trip, very busy, lots done and always more we wish we could have made time for. Trip thoughts and report over the next few days. Very briefly, we went to Powell’s, … Continue reading

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I’ll be away from the computer, probably until next Tuesday. I’m headed for Portland. I’m expecting to visit both Powell’s Books locations.  Of course, I won’t be buying anything… just “window shopping”. I won’t be participating in Friday Forgotten Book this … Continue reading

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New Arrivals – August 9 – 15

Okay, I admit I may have bought a couple of things I didn’t really need, but I had a bit of a scare when I read about Dorchester Publishing going to all e-book or POD and then other articles about the … Continue reading

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Ray Bradbury Week in L.A.

Regular readers know I commenced on my re-reading of Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine last Wednesday – finished it last night – and in one of those serindipitious moments discovered this morning that next week (most of which I will be … Continue reading

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forgotten book: The Case of the Caretaker’s Cat

by Erle Stanley Gardner, © 1935, edition read: Pocket Books, 1962 paperback –  Perry Mason # 7 the 42nd in my series of Forgotten Books. This, the seventh of Gardner’s Perry Mason novels, has possibly the most convoluted plot of the … Continue reading

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a Summer ritual renewed

In the late 1970s and through the early 1990s, every 2 or 3 years I used to read a particular book. I read it in April or May, when, where I live, the first waves of Spring were recently passed … Continue reading

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Hard Case Crime announces HC via Subterranean Press

Hard Case Crime, a premier mystery-crime publisher which has been published and distributed by Dorchester Publishing (see my previous post) is making a move. Posted today at the Subterranean Press site: “We’re pleased to announce that we’ve just reached agreement … Continue reading

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On books, e-books and Dorchester Publishing

By this time I assume most of those who visit this blog know about the announcement from Dorchester Books to halt publication of mass market paperbacks and move exclusively to publishing POD trade paper or electronic books. It was explained, … Continue reading

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What the.. ? Changes

Yesterday afternoon when I popped into my blog it had morphed. Without me touching a thing, the theme had changed, the sidebar was almost completely gone and other things were different. I have to assume WordPress is doing changes / … Continue reading

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New Arrivals – August 2 – 8, 2010

After a blank week at the end of July a few things arrived this time. Mostly from good old Black Dog Books, and a new one from Planet Stories. Here they are, covers first, descriptions below. * * Click an … Continue reading

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Chandos film music on sale

Just a quick note – Arkiv Music (where I buy a lot of my classical recordings) is having a sale on Chandos label CDs, including 26 of their fine film music CDs. Certainly worth a look for anyone interested in … Continue reading

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Quarter Share by Nathan Lowell

Nathan Lowell, © 2007, Ridan Publishing, May, 2010, trade paper – 1st of Golden Age of the Solar Clipper series – science fiction – cover art by Michael J. Sullivan I first read a review of this on one of … Continue reading

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New Arrivals July 25 – August 1

I got nothin’ for ya this week. Not a blessed thing. Darn. Hope someone else got some goodies!

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