Monthly Archives: June 2013

New Arrivals, Current Reading June 24 – 30, 2013

NEW ARRIVALS: I have loved some of the famous comic strips drawn by exceptional artists over the years: Prince Valient, Tarzan and Flash Gordon. The latter, drawn by Alex Raymond is both fun SF and terrific art. I finally pulled … Continue reading

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FFB: Summer Reading List

Most of the books shown and discussed below are either forgotten or seldom read. A couple of them are new within the last year, but not the majority of them. So I’m counting this as this week’s Friday Forgotten Book … Continue reading

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New Arrivals, Current Reading June 17 – 23, 2013

NEW ARRIVALS: Once again, nothing new here. I didn’t buy anything, nothing on pre-order has been published, and I haven’t gone book hunting. So, nada. CURRENT READING And on it goes: my reading slump has reached three weeks and shows … Continue reading

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Play Ball!

Summer is officially here in a day or so and that means a lot of things to people: picnics, vacations, grilling, gardening, shorts and sandals. Summer also means baseball. Wednesday evening we went to the third home game of the … Continue reading

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SFAL art – a closer look, part 3 of 4

Here’s the third installment of a closer look at some of the artwork I got, via Carl Vincent, from Spectrum Fantasy Art Live! Once again, this is to give you a better look and a little more information. Part 1 is HERE. Part 2 … Continue reading

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New Arrivals, Current Reading June 10 – 16, 2013

NEW ARRIVALS: Nothing this week, but then I didn’t expect anything. Oh, and it’s supposed to start getting wet here again, just in time for the first home stand of our single-A pro baseball team. Rats. CURRENT READING The reading … Continue reading

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SFAL art – a closer look, Part 2

Here’s the second installment of a closer look at some of the artwork I got from Spectrum Fantasy Art Live! in order to give you a better look and a little more information. Part 1 is HERE. First up, a delightful painting by Brian … Continue reading

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New Arrivals, Current Reading June 3 – 9, 2013

NEW ARRIVALS: In addition to the artwork that I’ve been filling the blog with the last few days, I did get three books. Abaddon’s Gate by James S. Corey [Orbit Books 2013 trade paperback, new] – science fiction novel – … Continue reading

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SFAL art – a closer look, part 1

I’ve taken photographs of the artwork – all of it prints, many of them signed – that I posted about in the Spectrum Fantasy Art Live! swag post. To give a better look and a little more information I’m going … Continue reading

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Spectrum Fantasy Art Live swag

The large box (see previous post) arrived mid day, and was it ever loaded with goodies! There are a couple of things to point out before I reveal the goodness. First, Carl Vincent is my hero for doing all the … Continue reading

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On the way…

Friend and blogger extraordinary Carl Vincent has blogged several times about both the Spectrum books and his attendance at both the first (2012) and second (this year) at Spectrum Fantasy Art Live! art convention. After he raved about the first … Continue reading

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New Arrivals, Current Reading May 27 – June 2, 2013

NEW ARRIVALS: Just two things this time. After Carl Vincent’s posts about Spectrum Fantasy Art Live last year and this, I wanted to take a browse through the Spectrum annuals I have. I saw that I’d fallen behind, so ordered … Continue reading

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At Last – Bookcases (and a functioning room around them)

It’s been 5 months since we started the hunt for more bookcases to hopefully get the rest of the books onto shelves. Those books have been in boxes, in stacks, in closets. The shelves are in, and books have been … Continue reading

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