Monthly Archives: August 2012

Going Down

By this time tomorrow – 11 a.m. Pacific time – I will be off line and it could be a week or so before I return. I’m having some major problems with the iMac, I screwed up a file copy … Continue reading

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New Arrivals, Current Reading, late August 2012

One new arrival this week, and it’s not a book. It’s a digest, the January 1960 issue of Astounding Science Fiction. The cover story, serialized in three issues (Jan, Feb and Mar 1960), is Deathworld by Harry Harrison. I decided … Continue reading

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New Arrivals, Current Reading

Our heat wave here in Portland has continued. It was in the triple digits Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, better yesterday and finally cooler and nice today. As I said before, I know that may not be a big deal for you … Continue reading

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FFB: Helmet for My Pillow

this is the 90th in my series of seldom read or forgotten books Helmet for My Pillow by Robert Leckie © 1957, this edition: Bantam 2010 trade paperback, non-fiction, WWII autobiographical A war “classic” I’d not read. This one takes Leckie from his … Continue reading

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Roots – the Saga of An American Family by Alex Hailey Doubleday & Co., © 1976 hardcover, 688 pages I well remember when there was a huge amount of press and discussion about this book, it’s rise on the bestseller list, the … Continue reading

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New Arrivals, Current Reading

While the Summer blahs have let up some, I’ve been having an absolutelymiserable time of it the last week and a half. Standing up from a chair 11 days ago, my back went out. By that I mean it kind of froze … Continue reading

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New Arrivals, Current Reading

I seem to have the Summer blahs, both in reading and writing on this blog. It got hot here for the first time this year, we broke 100 yesterday with a high of 102, hottest in many years. I know … Continue reading

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