Author Archives: Rick Robinson

About Rick Robinson

Enjoying life in Portland, OR

short stories read

The Golden Anaconda and Other Strange Tales of Adventure by Elmer Brown Mason, introduction by John Locke, [Off-Trail Publications, 2009 trade paper, 269 pages] – pulp reprint – Five short stories featuring Wandering Smith (from The Popular Magazine) and five … Continue reading

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National Pie Day!

Sunday, January 23 is National Pie Day! I love pie, and will be having some on this very special day, my favorite, strawberry/rhubarb. I hope you enjoy some pie too! From the National Pie Day website: ”Sponsored by the American Pie … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays!

It’s almost Christmas Day, and here in Portland the weather is cold and rainy, though as I type this we’re getting a sun break. There’s a very slight chance of some snow on Christmas afternoon. Fingers crossed. Here’s hoping you’re … Continue reading

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short stories read

Having finished two collections the previous week, I read a novel and then shifted to these for a change of pace. I finished Renegade Swords, a sword-and-sorcery anthology, then got back to the huge Thinking Machine collection, which I’ve been … Continue reading

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reading short stories – Nov 24, 2021

It’s Thanksgiving week! I finished the Maigret stories by Georges Simenon, started a collection by Patricia Highsmith, and I’ll get back to the Andrea Camilleri later.  “The Man On the Streets” by Georges Simenon, from Death Threats and Other Stories – Maigret … Continue reading

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reading short stories – Nov 17, 2021

I’ve finished Guilty Creatures, continued the Simenon collection and started on a new collection by Andrea Camilleri. You may notice in the cover gallery that the cover images move to the left as I continue and then finish a book.  “The Man … Continue reading

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reading short stories – Nov 10, 2021

This week I’ve been reading from two anthologies and a collection:  “The Adventure of the Lion’s Mane” by Arthur Conan Doyle from Guilty Creatures – Sherlock Holmes is asked to discover the killer, by scourge or whip, of a local … Continue reading

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niggles & peeves

The anti-vaxers top the list, but not by much. What the hell has happened in America when “you can’t tell me what to do” is more valued than logic, rules, and science, even common sense? Just get vaccinated, people. It’s … Continue reading

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reading short stories – Nov 3, 2021

Let’s face it, single comic book issues tell a short story, and a series is a set of stories. So this time I have Arrowsmith for you. These are the first six issues of Kurt Busiek’s 2004 magic & war … Continue reading

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TILISMA Handmade Wooden Book Stand 

This has arrived, and it’s a wonderful thing. It will come as no surprise that I have many large, oversized books, art books and many others. They are often heavy, bulky and can be challenging to read unless laid on … Continue reading

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