Monthly Archives: September 2010

The Winner!

After a couple of days, there were only 7 comments asking for the book. So I asked the Wife if we had already hit the winning number. “Yes”, she said, “the number is FOUR.” So congrats to Bill Crider. The … Continue reading

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This Book Could Be Yours!

I bought this, read it, now it needs a new home. The Investigations of Avram Davidson edited by Grania Davis and Richard Lupoff St. Martin’s Press, hardcover first edition, February 1999 in excellent condition. Here’s how you can make it … Continue reading

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Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories TOC

Finally. Couldn’t find it elsewhere so I typed it out myself. Any typos are my doing. contents: Forward: Otto Penzler Introduction: Keith Alan Deutch Erle Stanley Gardner: Come and Get It Fredric Brown: Cry Silence Peter Collison: Arson Plus Fredrick … Continue reading

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Yikes, it’s Hot!

It was 113 in Los Angeles today, the hottest day ever recorded here. I stayed inside as much as I could, though I had a couple of errands I had to do, which I took care of early. Then I … Continue reading

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New Arrivals, September 20-26, 2010

Just two books again this week, but what books! In both size and contents, these babys are imposing. Here we go, here they are, with – as always – the covers first and the descriptions below. * * Click on an … Continue reading

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Revelation Space

by Alastair Reynolds, © 2000, Ace mass market 2002 paperback, first of Revelation Space series – science fiction In spite of positive “critical reviews”, after 94 pages of this one I gave up. The number of plotlines, subplots, characters, timelines and flashbacks simply … Continue reading

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Comcast feedback?

Looks like in Portland we’ll be using Comcast, it appears to be the only cable provider available in our zip code. Or we can go satellite, but I’m not sure if we’d get the local stations…  So, any feedback on … Continue reading

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forgotten book: Assignment Budapest

the 46th in my review series of “forgotten” books by Edward S. Aarons, Gold Medal #971, © 1957, this 2nd ed. 1960, pb, spy – Sam Durell “The war that Durell fought was not one that rang with bugles or trembled to … Continue reading

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Autumn!

The moon was a dandy last night, I hope everyone had a chance to see it. Not every year that the Autumn Equinox and full moon coincide. For people in many places, the coming of Autumn means cooler weather, Fall … Continue reading

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Our Latest Addition!

No, not another cat. I’ve mentioned before that Wife is a quilt maker, and a new one has just been finished. It’s called Aurorabearialis. All our quilts get names, as is traditional. First, a picture or two, (click to enlarge) then … Continue reading

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New Arrivals, September 13-19, 2010

Last week 4 books, this week just 2. Yes, loyal readers you should be alarmed. But there’s a reason. Everything that comes into the house now has to be boxed and go into a moving van in about seven weeks. … Continue reading

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Taking the Leap!

We bought a house! As many of you who follow this blog have already guessed, we have been seriously looking at houses in the Portland-Lake Oswego area. We found one – in far SW Portland, right on the Portland-Lake Oswego … Continue reading

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No FFB this week

sorry, just too darn busy… next week, I hope.

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Speaking of Powell’s Books

There has been a good deal of comment in my Portland posts about Powell’s Books, an excellent bookstore. There are several branches, the main one downtown, the second largish store in Beaverton, a technical book store and another. Both the … Continue reading

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Portland Trip – Downtown, then Home

This is final installment in my set of posts on our Portland trip. The previous posts: heading for Portland (see post here), arrival, ice cream and dinner, (see post here) spending the day in town and meeting with Evan Lewis and wife … Continue reading

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New Arrivals September 6-12

Just one this time, a lean week but then that’s okay, maybe I can read more than came in for once. I’m trying to cut back, so get used to this. Death of An Old Girl by Elizabeth Lemarchand, [Walker … Continue reading

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September 11

One of the days most of us will always remember where we were, how we heard about it, what we saw. I know I do. The History Channel has specials (run in past years) on the event as usual, and … Continue reading

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Interrupted Aria

by Beverle Graves Myers, © 2003, Poisoned Pen Press, 2005 trade paper, the 1st Tito Amato mystery the 45th in my review series of “forgotten” books I bought this this thin trade mystery about the 1731 Venice opera scene while we were … Continue reading

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Portland – a day in the country, sort of

So far, we had flown to Portland (see post here), had ice cream and dinner, (see post here) spent the day in town and met with the Lewis persons for dinner down south in Bridgeport/Tigard. (see post here) An excellent … Continue reading

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My New Arrivals, August 30 – September 5

Just four items this time, and there will probably be less next week. As Summer wraps up, I’m hoping to get more reading time. So here are the newcomers, with – as always – the covers first and the descriptions below. … Continue reading

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