Author Archives: Rick Robinson

About Rick Robinson

Enjoying life in Portland, OR

Update to “Some Days the Bear Wins”

Posted by Barbara, Rick’s wife: It was so difficult to read Rick’s last two posts at the time he wrote them. And it is even harder now to post this update, but he would have wanted me to. All of … Continue reading

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gloomy days

As June pushes on, the days have been gloomy, without any reading or gardening. Barbara keeps busy, I rest. I have no appetite and am losing some weight but things aren’t cheery, what with war, murder and noisy neighbors. Oh … Continue reading

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Some Days the Bear Wins

About forty years ago I was diagnosed with Epilepsy. Seizures have been controlled with meds ever since. Over the decades I’ve had four breakthrough seizures, one of them about a month ago, at the wheel, causing a multiple car accident. … Continue reading

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The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part XIII: 2019 Annual (1881-1890) edited by David Marcum

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part XIII: 2019 Annual (1881-1890  edited by David Marcum, MX Publishing 2019 trade paper short story anthology Anyone familiar with my reading habits, though not always reflected on this blog, knows I’m a … Continue reading

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reading short essays: SF 71

Slightly Foxed No. 71 – Autumn 2021 issue, quarterly literary publication, 94 pages In 2022 I subscribed, getting a few back issues at the same time, to Slightly Foxed,  which describes itself as “an independent-minded quarterly that combines good looks, good writing and a … Continue reading

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Poems by J. H. Prynne

Poems by J. H. Prynne, Bloodaxe Books Ltd. 2015 trade paper edition, 671 pages plus index of titles, expanded edition of 2005 publication plus several newer collections. I know poetry isn’t for everyone, by my love of poetry began when I … Continue reading

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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter to all! I didn’t grow up in a particularly religious home, so for me Easter was more about colored eggs and jelly beans than church, though we did go on Easter morning, but I do remember the chocolate … Continue reading

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Golden Age Detective Stories edited by Otto Penzler

Golden Age Detective Stories edited by Otto Penzler, Penzler Publishers, 2021 trade paper, part of the American Mystery Classics series The blurb from the publisher: The greatest detectives of the Golden Age investigate the most puzzling crimes of the era. Sometimes, the police … Continue reading

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short stories: In Space No One Can Hear You Scream

In Space No One Can Hear You Scream edited by Hank Davis, Baen Books 2013 mass market paperback, science fiction – horror I don’t read a lot of horror, not being much of a fan of being scared or feeling … Continue reading

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The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi

The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi, Tor Books (March 2022) hardcover, 272 pages The Blurb: (from the publisher’s website) “When COVID-19 sweeps through New York City, Jamie Gray is stuck as a dead-end driver for food delivery apps. That is, until Jamie … Continue reading

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