Monthly Archives: March 2020

A Bit of Cheer

I had set aside the book I’m reading for a moment to gaze out the window when I spotted this fellow, or one of his cousins. It’s a Song Sparrow, and it sang a sweet song. It really brightened my … Continue reading

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Monday, Monday

I’ve been feeling a lot of stress over the Covid thing, and it’s playing hell with my glucose numbers, so I’m cutting out as many carbs as possible and eating practically all protein. Still, we’re doing okay here in Portland, … Continue reading

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Reading, or not.

Strange, upsetting times, and honestly, it’s getting pretty darned hard to maintain. I usually have more than one book going at a time, unless possibly a novel and a short story anthology/collection. But now I have five going, and it’s … Continue reading

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a posting adjustment

For some time now, I’ve usually been posting on my current reading on Mondays, and putting up a Forgotten Book post on Fridays. But with things as they are, that’s feeling too regimented for me. So this week I’m going to start just … Continue reading

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Computer problem solved (I hope)…

But I’m just plain frazzled. I’m reading a small mass market paperback but am only managing to read a dozen pages per day. I’ve stopped watching the daily Trump-fests called briefings. A house that backs up to us is building … Continue reading

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Computer probs, no current reading

We’re not sick, but the computer has a virus I can’t shake. I’d take it to the Apple store, but they’re closed. Apple support wait is 3 hours. So I’ll shut down. Email will still come in to my iPad. … Continue reading

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FFB: The Great Merlini – The Complete Stories of the Magician Detective by Clayton Rawson

The Great Merlini, The Complete Stories of the Magician Detective by Clayton Rawson, Mystery short stories, 2012 Mysterious Press/Open Road Integrated Media ebook. These stories were published in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine over a period of twenty five years, beginning in … Continue reading

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Current Reading: Deception Cove by Owen Laukanen

Deception Cove by Owen Laukeanen, Mulholland Books 2019 mystery novel. After reading a thumbnail review of this in Mystery Scene Magazine, I got it from the library. It’s the first in a new series. Amazon shows this as the first … Continue reading

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Pulp Art by Robert Lesser

Pulp Art by Robert Lesser, Random House / Gramercy Books 1997 hardcover. Non-fiction, mystery / art theme. In honor and respect to Robert Lesser, who passed recently, I decided to reread his book Pulp Art, which I bought and read years … Continue reading

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Current Reading: Balam, Spring by Travis M. Riddle

Balam, Spring by Travis M. Riddle, self published 2018 trade paperback, fantasy-mystery I saw an image of the cover and liked it, I followed that with reading a blurb, which sounded interesting, and wound up putting it on a wish list. … Continue reading

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