Author Archives: Rick Robinson

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Enjoying life in Portland, OR

Arrrgh! Too Hot!

I’m not a fan of hot weather, it’s one of the reasons we moved from Southern California to Portland, Oregon more than a decade ago. But it gets hot here too, in the Summer, and it’s hot here now, and … Continue reading

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The Readers’ Room by Antoine Laurain

The Readers’ Room by Antoine Laurain, translated by Jane Aitken/ Emily Boyce, Gallic Books 2020 hardcover, mystery fiction, 172 pages I first became aware of this author when in 2017 I read The Red Notebook [© 2014], about which at the time … Continue reading

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short stories – Hayden’s World

Hayden’s World Volume 1 by S. D. Falchetti, 2018 trade paper, science fiction I’m not sure how I came across this self-published hard science fiction collection, probably saw it on Amazon. The cover is certainly eye-catching, don’t you think? James Hayden … Continue reading

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meanwhile… Maple Syrup

We don’t use maple syrup often, but a couple times a month we enjoy either pancakes or waffles, and when we do, we have them with butter and maple syrup. Growing up, I remember we had either Log Cabin or … Continue reading

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Seventy-Seven Clocks by Christopher Fowler

Seventy-Seven Clocks by Christopher Fowler, Bantam 2008 trade paper, mystery, 3rd in Bryant & May series. I’m continuing to read the series of mysteries featuring Braynt & May, written by Christopher Fowler. This is the 3rd. The odd couple of detection … Continue reading

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reading short stories – end of May

It’s HOT here! 90s again today, too early in the year for this. I’ve continued to read short stories this last week, but only from this one of the three books I showed last time, and I finished it. The … Continue reading

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A Favorite Iris

Happy Memorial Day! Here’s a touch of late Spring in our garden for you. As you can see, our Iris are in bloom. This one is “Rustler“, a favorite of mine. Click to make bigger, and you can then scroll … Continue reading

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reading short stories

This time it’s a real smorgasbord, I’m reading from these three anthologies and collections: (*asterisk indicates one I especially liked) from The Mammoth Book of Locked-Room Mysteries and Impossible Crimes edited by Mike Ashley: “Waiting For Godstow”  by Martin Edwards * … Continue reading

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On A Rainy Afternoon

Nothing for Pongo to do but… As you can see, I have — at least for now — gotten the blog working again.

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WordPress Problems Again

WordPress has done it again. As of Sunday afternoon, the Classic Editor has become unavailable. Again. I’m beyond disgusted, have tried to get WordPress Help to no avail. DAMN WORDPRESS. All I want to do is make a simple, old … Continue reading

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