Monthly Archives: February 2015

The Blog Has Moved!

Effective February 21, I’ve decided to switch to a new name, new blog sorta thing. Go to Tip the Wink now. So the new blog is Tip the Wink. Just about everything will be the same over there except the blog address, … Continue reading

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New Arrivals, Feb 18th, 2015

I took 2 large boxes of books to the library used book store and donated them a few days ago. Some were already in a box labeled “donate” and others were just pulled from the shelves. Not much room was … Continue reading

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Current Reading, February 9 – 15, 2015

I didn’t read as much this last week. I finished the short story collection Lights In the Deep by Brad Torgerson, which I’d been reading for the last few weeks, a story here and there. I rate as just okay. Torgerson has some … Continue reading

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We’re Having Spring in February

While a sizable swath of the country is laboring under record cold and snowfall, here in the Pacific Northwest we are having a very early Spring. At least it feels like Spring, with lots of sun and temperatures in the high … Continue reading

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ffb: Behind That Curtain

Behind That Curtain by Earl Derr Biggers, 1928, New York: Bobbs-Merrill, 1928 hardcover. My copy: Avenel Books omnibus edition, 1988 This is the third of the five Charlie Chan novels Biggers wrote, and the third I’ve read, because, you see, I’m reading … Continue reading

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The Romantic Piano Concerto Series

The Romantic Piano Concerto Series, Hyperion Records, now at 64 volumes. See listing here. I love piano concertos, especially written in the “romantic period style”, and unless I want to hear a specific favorite by the big name composers, this … Continue reading

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Current Reading, February 2 – 8, 2015

From the this last library came Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, the book on which was based the current film of the same name. For any who haven’t already heard, it’s about Olympic runner Louis Zamperini, whose B-24 bomber went down in the … Continue reading

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ffb: Cons, Grifts and Scams

this is the 165th in my series on forgotten or seldom read books Cons, Scams And Grifts by Joe Gores, Mysterious Press (Warner), 2001, hardcover, mystery – DKA “It was Easter. From his exquisite one-story art deco building in the mid-9100 block of … Continue reading

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Me and E-books

Sometimes I embrace change and other times, not so much. The “not so much” particularly applies to electronic books. I really prefer ink-on-paper books, and that’s that. I love the feel, the heft, the look, the smell…okay, I’m getting all … Continue reading

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Current Reading, January 26 – February 1, 2015

I read Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan, the second in the Lady Trent series. While I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as the first book, I’m looking forward to the third, which will be out in March. Also this week … Continue reading

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