Author Archives: Richard Robinson

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Enjoying life in Portland, OR

Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne, adapted and illustrated by Gary Gianni, introduction by Ray Bradbury, Flesk Publications 2009 hardcover graphic novel. Verne  wrote a great many wonderful books, and this is one of my favorites. This may … Continue reading

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FFB: Death of A Busybody by George Bellairs

Death of a Busybody by George Bellairs, © 1943, introduction by Martin Edwards, British Library Crime Classics 2017 trade paper, mystery. The titular nosy parker in Death of a Busybody is Miss Ethel Tither. She has made herself deeply unpopular in … Continue reading

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Short Story Wednesday – “Oomphel in the Sky” by H. Beam Piper

Ministry of Disturbance and Other Science Fiction by H. Beam Piper, Adventure Paperback – April 1, 2007 “Oomphel in the Sky” by H. Beam Piper, originally published in Analog Science Fact and Fiction, November 1960, Aegypan 2007 trade paperback, 200 pages. This … Continue reading

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Reading E. B. White

E. B. White has long been a favorite writer of mine, since reading things by him written for The New Yorker long ago. Reading Is Sex Necessary?, James Thurber’s humorous book co-written with White, led me to reading more of White, and … Continue reading

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Ice Storm Snarl

It snowed Thursday and freezing rain Friday and lost power about midnight. Power company says we should have power sometime Monday. Meanwhile, we have a gas fireplace for some heat and the stovetop to cook. We’re iced in so home … Continue reading

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Bought a Few Things…

I read the Black Gate blog daily, and occasionally the chief editor, John O’Neill, posts about lots of science fiction and fantasy books he buys on eBay. Last time he did this I was inspired to try it, and this is what … Continue reading

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Short Story Wednesday

Ministry of Disturbance and Other Science Fiction by H. Beam Piper, Adventure Paperback – April 1, 2007 “Ministry of Disturbance” by H. Beam Piper, originally published in Astounding Science Fiction, December 1958, Aegypan 2007 trade paperback, 200 pages. This is part of … Continue reading

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short story Wednesday – Thrilling Stories of the Railway by Victor L. Whitechurch

I read this in ebook form, a Kindle compilation of British Mysteries. Except for the review cited at the end of this post, the author is new to me. Thrilling Stories of the Railway by Victor L. Whitechurch, 1912.  Contents:“Peter Craine’s … Continue reading

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Up Yours, WF!

When we bought this house, we did it long distance from southern California, through a realtor here and the financing and so forth handled through an agency here. When all was said and done, our mortgage was handed off (sold) … Continue reading

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Shelf Shot 14

I love the artwork of Greg Manches, and was delighted when Above the Timberline came out. It’s both written and illustrated by him, and is a fun story. Next, you can see the first five (thick, meaty) volumes of The … Continue reading

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