Monthly Archives: January 2013

FFB: The Case of the Substitute Face by Erle Stanley Gardner

this is the 104th in my series of forgotten or seldom read books The Case of the Substitute Face by Erle Stanley Gardner © date 1938, this edition: Ballantine Books 1987 mass market paperback – mystery – Perry Mason 12th (by publication date) … Continue reading

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There’s Rex, and no one else

A couple days ago I finished reading Robert Goldsborough’s Archie Meets Nero Wolfe. I thought it was pretty fair and it was fun to see how the author set up that first meeting and case, culminating with Wolfe hiring Goodwin. I … Continue reading

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New Arrivals, Current Reading, January 21 – 27, 2013

NEW ARRIVALS – Something used, something shared (passed along from a friend, technically gifts). Nothing brand new. Still, these things take shelf space and add to my stress about more intake than finished reading. Sigh. Listings and descriptions below the images. A … Continue reading

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Apollo’s Outcasts by Allen Steele

Apollo’s Outcasts by Allen Steele, Pyr Nov 2012 Hardcover, YA/adult science fiction, 305 pages. Also available as an e-book for Kindle What a marvelous book! I’ll start off by directing you to another review, over on Carl Vincent’s fine blog Stainless … Continue reading

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Winter Roses

My head is still splitting, so here’s a quick post… a pair of pictures from our garden taken yesterday when we had our fifth consecutive day of freezing fog. FYI, the roses have been trimmed, but we don’t prune them … Continue reading

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Ow!

They don’t come very often but when they do… OUCH. I’ve got a migraine, the first since last October or so, and will be out of commission for a day or two as it’s a lulu.

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New Arrivals, Current Reading, January 14 – 20, 2013

Yes, I’m a bad person. Okay, I’m not really a bad person, I just can’t seem to reign in my desire for more books and music. Sigh. I’ll keep working on it. Meanwhile… NEW ARRIVALS – It should be no surprise to … Continue reading

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FFB: The Mankiller of Poojegai by Walter Satterthwait

this is the 103rd in my series of forgotten or seldom read books The Mankiller of Poojegai by Walter Satterthwait © 2007, Crippen & Landru 2007 hardcover – mystery short story collection This is one of the many fine mystery short story collections … Continue reading

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On Reading Short Stories

I decided to read some of the many unread short story collections I have here. There are a lot of them. So I picked one each of pulp mystery, straight SF, classic mystery, and fantasy stories and decided I’d rotate through them, … Continue reading

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New Arrivals, Current Reading, January 6 – 13, 2013

It’s been quite cold here, with snow again Friday and maybe today. I’m trying to get out and walk, get back on the diet and exercise after all the holiday treats, but it’s hard in this weather. NEW ARRIVALS – Despite … Continue reading

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FFB: The Twelve Deaths of Christmas by Marian Babson

this is the 102nd in my series of forgotten or seldom read books The Twelve Deaths of Christmas by Marian Babson © 1979 – this edition St. Martin’s Dead Letter 1996 mass market paperback – mystery novel Yes I know the holidays are … Continue reading

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Phantoms on the Bookshelves by Jacques Bonnet

Phantoms on the Bookshelves by Jacques Bonnet © 2012, Overlook Press 2012 hardcover – translated from French by Siân Reynolds – non-fiction essays, reminiscences about books, personal libraries and people The review I read made this sound irresistible, suggesting this is a book … Continue reading

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New Arrivals, Current Reading, December 31 2012 – January 6, 2013

Here it is the new year, and I have a resolution. It’s the same as the last couple of years, and I’ve had mild success with it: read more of what’s on my shelves – and from the library – … Continue reading

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Coffee Maker?

Our Cuisinart coffee maker died this morning. We never thought it made very good coffee (our previous Krups made great coffee) anyway, but used it because it worked, which probably sounds dumb, but there it is. We grind our own beans … Continue reading

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