Category Archives: reading

New Arrivals, Current Reading March 4 – 10, 2013

NEW ARRIVALS: A few things this time, all in a series, and you can blame George Kelley (I do) for some of these arriving at my home. The reasons for the rest are elucidated below. This is what I meant … Continue reading

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review: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan © 2012, Straus and Giroux 
2012 hardcover – novel Mr. Penubra’s 24-hour Bookstore first came to my attention through reading a review of it online, possibly on the Washington Post or Boston Globe site.  Regardless, it sounded … Continue reading

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New Arrivals, Current Reading February 25 – March 3, 2013

NEW ARRIVALS – not a thing this week. There have been enough lately, and there always seems to be something in the pipeline, so this week is more of a relief than a disappointment. CURRENT READING – lots to say here. … 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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my year in reading

As a year-end wrap up, here in a nutshell are my reading numbers, by genre. The total books read in 2012 was a little higher than my usual average of about 85. The spike in non-fiction is due to a … Continue reading

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FFB: A Gladiator Dies Only Once

this is the 100th in my series of seldom read or forgotten books A Gladiator Dies Only Once The Further Investigations of Gordianus the Finder by Steven Saylor © 2005, St. Martin Minotaur 2005 trade paperback, featuring Gordianus the Finder – historical mystery short story … Continue reading

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Agatha H and the Airship City

Agatha H and the Airship City A Girl Genius Novel by Phil and Kaja Foglio, Night Shade Books, 2011 trade paper YA fantasy-adventure – novelization of Girl Genius graphic novels I’d been seeing write-ups and reviews here and there for the Girl Genius … Continue reading

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New Arrivals, Current Reading

The Fall-Winter weather continues to be typical: not fierce, but cool and wet, with a sunny day now and then. We enjoy it. New Arrivals – Just when I think I’m doing pretty well with the new books and incoming, along comes … Continue reading

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New Arrivals, Current Reading

I’ve been working in the yard, Winterizing the yard – spreading soil amendments, mulch, raking leaves, fallen berries and pine needles, doing some light, early pruning and the like. All just before the rains set in for keeps, and before … Continue reading

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Roots

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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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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The Bookman by Lavie Tidhar

The Bookman by Lavie Tidhar © 2010, Angry Robot 2010 mass market paperback, fantasy-steampunk – 1st in trilogy Once in a while, you just have to have a book. This is one of those. I saw it and I’d wanted it for … Continue reading

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FFB: How Like An Angel

this is the 87th book in my series of forgotten or seldom read books How Like An Angel by Margaret Millar, © 1962, Carroll & Graf 2000 mass market paperback, mystery – Joe Quinn, P.I. Private detective Joe Quinn gambles. That’s how he’s … Continue reading

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John Cheever: 100 years

It was George Kelly who reminded me with THIS post on his blog today. I’m joining the chorus (of 2) with my own cover and comment. The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever, preface by John Cheever, Alfred A. … Continue reading

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Friday Forgotten Book: The Mysterious Affair at Styles

this is the 86th book in my series of forgotten books The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie © 1916, Bantam Books 1961 mass market paperback, mystery – first Hercule Poirot It had been a very long time since I read this … Continue reading

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Friday Forgotten Book: A Killing in Comics

this is the 85th book in my series of forgotten books A Killing in Comics by Max Alan Collins © 2007, Berkeley Prime Crime 2001 trade paperback, mystery, 1st in Jack Starr “comics mysteries” series I like the writing of Max Alan Collins, … Continue reading

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Under the Moons of Mars

Under the Moons of Mars – New Adventures on Barsoom Edited by John Joseph Adams, © 2012 – Simon & Schuster 2012 hardcover – SF – Fantasy short story collection featuring John Carter and other characters Sometimes anthologies like this can be … Continue reading

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Friday forgotten: the facts of the matter…

Nope, no FFB again this week. You may have noticed I’ve been missing a lot lately. Why, you may wonder. Several reasons: 1) I haven’t been reading as much or as fast. 2) I’ve been reading more recent books that … Continue reading

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New Arrivals, March 5 – 11, 2012

After last week’s landslide of books, things have settled down a good deal. There had been a good deal of talk about reading Ed McBain, especially 87th Precinct books, for Friday Forgotten Books, and I admit I had none. That’s … Continue reading

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FFB: Playgrounds of the Mind

this is the 80th of my series of forgotten books Playgrounds of the Mind by Larry Niven, some contents co-authored, July 1992 mass market paperback, science fiction and fantasy I bought this used copy for the car. If you’re like … Continue reading

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