Monthly Archives: July 2012

2012 London Olympic Games

I’m burned out. I like swimming, and there has been a lot of it, but the constant hammering of the Phelps-Locte rivalry was old after about a day, and has turned out to be a very minor story. Also, the … Continue reading

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New Arrivals, Current Reading

New Arrivals: two things this week: Dare Me by Megan Abbott [Little, Brown 2012 hardcover, new] – mystery – another of Abbott’s novels of youth, angst, crime. I bought this based on the last book by her I read, The … Continue reading

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New Arrivals and Current Reading

New Arrivals: No new arrivals this week. I did order a couple of used SF paperbacks, but they haven’t shown up yet. Current Reading: I’m almost done with A Helmet for My Pillow, by Robert Leckie.It’s very good, very well written … Continue reading

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FFB: Maigret and the Headless Corpse

this is the 90th in my series of forgotten or seldom read books Maigret and the Headless Corpse by Georges Simenon, ©1955, translation by Eileen Ellenbogen © 1967, Harcourt Brace, Harvest Books 1968 mass market paperback, mystery, Chief Inspector Maigret, # 75 of 103 … Continue reading

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New Arrivals, Current Reading

Two New Arrivals this week, both as a result of a July 3, 2012 post by James Reasoner on his blog Rough Edges. James has been posting older war films for the Tuesday “forgotten films” meme hosted by Todd Mason. A … Continue reading

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FFB: Where There’s A Will

this is the 89th in my series of forgotten or seldom read books Where There’s A Will by Rex Stout © 1940, Bantam Books 1975 mass market paperback, mystery, Nero Wolfe It’s been a while since I read any Nero Wolfe. No reason … Continue reading

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New Arrivals, Current Reading

One New Arrival this week: Carroll Shelby – The Authorized Biography by Rinsey Mills [Motorbooks 2012 hardcover, new] – biography of race driver and car builder Carroll Shelby – Shelby died May 10, 2012. This biography has been under way … Continue reading

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Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey

Leviathan Wakes by Corey, James S.A. © 2011, Orbit 2011 trade paperback, science fiction – The Expanse book 1 After three false starts, setting this book aside after twenty or thirty pages and getting distracted by something else, I dug in and finished … Continue reading

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Happy Fourth!

Hope everyone has a wonderful July 4th, the celebration of our country’s Independence. Enjoy whatever activities you have planned. For us it’s grilled steaks, corn on the cob, deviled eggs and strawberries for dessert.

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New Arrivals, Current Reading

Hey there, faithful readers. No new arrivals this week – again – which as I’ve been saying each time is just fine with me. I’ve decided, since I have so few new arrivals these days, to combine them into a … Continue reading

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