Monthly Archives: January 2019

FFB: Islands in the Sky by Arthur C. Clarke

Islands in the Sky by Arthur C. Clarke, 1952, Signet Books edition (this book) March 1960 Signet S1769, 127 page paperback, science fiction I bought this copy when it came out in 1960, I was a sophomore in high school. … Continue reading

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Reading in 2019

I was taking another look at my reading by genre counts (here) the other day, thinking what I might focus on more this year. In 2018 the majority of my reading was mystery fiction, with science fiction and fantasy a … Continue reading

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Current Reading: Mike Shayne comics collection

The Complete Mike Shayne, Private Eye, Guandanaland Comic, 2018 On his blog Rough Edges, James Reasoner said in a May 9, 2009 post: “When I was a kid, I bought a lot of comic books published by Dell. Where I … Continue reading

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Forgotten Book – Space Tug by Murray Leinster

I’ve been reading some older science fiction lately, and here’s another one. Space Tug by Murray Leinster (William Fitzgerald Jenkins) © 1953, this edition Pocket Books 1954 mass market paperback, science fiction – 2nd Joe Kenmore novel Science fiction was an entirely … Continue reading

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Current Reading: Stephen Kelly, Ron Corbett

The Language of the Dead by Stephen Kelly, mystery. Bombing runs by the Luftwaffe are only the most obvious sign of conflict in journalist Kelly’s first novel. It’s July 1940. Despite the proximity of a Spitfire factory, nobody thinks there’s anything in … Continue reading

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Friday Forgotten: A Killing In Quail County by Jameson Cole

A Killing In Quail County by Jameson Cole, Saint Martins Press; March 1996) This 1996 hardcover had been sitting on the shelf since new, and I finally pulled it off the shelf in a fit of “I don’t know what … Continue reading

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Current Reading: Penzler, Penny

I’m running behind on these posts, what with the holidays and (so much) football, so these were read in December. The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries edited by Otto Penzler, mystery anthology. I did a Friday Forgotten review of this … Continue reading

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FFB: Mr Calder and Mr. Behrens by Michael Gilbert

This is a revised version of a post that originally appeared in The Broken Bullhorn Mr. Calder and Mr. Behrens by Michael Gilbert Penguin Crime, 1982 paperback “It was six o’clock, on as foul a morning as could be imagined. In Warsaw it was … Continue reading

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Favorite Books of 2018

Last week I posted my reading count (129) for the year, which for me is a good year. Today I’m sharing some of my favorite books read during the year. Note I didn’t say “best”, but rather favorite, I think … Continue reading

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Friday Forgotten: Sands of Mars by Arthur C. Clarke

Sands of Mars Arthur C. Clarke, publishing history: UK: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1951, as The Sands of Mars, US: Gnome Press, June 1952, as Sands of Mars, this copy Anchor  Permabook, 1962. Sands of Mars was Arthur C. Clarke’s first published novel. I bought this … Continue reading

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