Category Archives: Books & Reading

NEW! That Old Scoundrel Death by Bill Crider

That Old Scoundrel Death by Bill Crider, Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries (Book 25), Minotaur Books February 19, 2019, hardcover 288 pages. Published today, I got it about 4:00 p.m. His last book and the final Sheriff Dan Rhodes mystery. That’s both sad … Continue reading

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Current Reading: Christopher Paolini

The Fork, The Witch and the Worm by Christopher Paolini, fantasy, Alfred Knopf, 2018 If you liked The Inheritance Cycle, consisting of the four novels Eragon, Eldest, Brisinger and Inheritance, then this is for you. If you didn’t read those, … Continue reading

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Friday Book: Death In the Old Country by Eric Wright

Death in the Old Country by Eric Wright © date 1985, Charles Scribner 1985 hardcover – mystery – 3rd Inspector Charlie Salter. (later paperback cover shown) After reading a review of this one, I decided I had to read it so I … Continue reading

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Current Reading: Markel, Symonds

The Kelloggs, The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek by Howard Markel, biography. When I was a child, I remember my parents taking the family Pomona to see the Kellogg horse show. Beautiful Arabians in the ring prancing. I also remember … Continue reading

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Friday Books – Interstellar Patrol by Christopher Anvil

Interstellar Patrol – Christopher Anvil, Baen Books 2004 paperback, “Colonization” series, 592 pages Interstellar Patrol II – Christopher Anvil, Baen Books 2007 paperback, “Colonization” series, 882 pages The pseudonym of Harry C. Crosby Jr., “Christopher Anvil” was one of my favorite authors in the days I … Continue reading

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Current Reading: Otto Penzler, Nicholas Fisk

Two fat anthologies and a slender tween/YA sf story this time. My reading has been very scattered. Bibliomysteries edited by Otto Penzler, mystery short story anthology. Very enjoyable. CONTENTS: • “An Acceptable Sacrifice” by Jeffery Deaver deals with a Mexican … Continue reading

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FFB: Islands in the Sky by Arthur C. Clarke

Islands in the Sky by Arthur C. Clarke, 1952, Signet Books edition (this book) March 1960 Signet S1769, 127 page paperback, science fiction I bought this copy when it came out in 1960, I was a sophomore in high school. … Continue reading

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Reading in 2019

I was taking another look at my reading by genre counts (here) the other day, thinking what I might focus on more this year. In 2018 the majority of my reading was mystery fiction, with science fiction and fantasy a … Continue reading

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Current Reading: Mike Shayne comics collection

The Complete Mike Shayne, Private Eye, Guandanaland Comic, 2018 On his blog Rough Edges, James Reasoner said in a May 9, 2009 post: “When I was a kid, I bought a lot of comic books published by Dell. Where I … Continue reading

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Forgotten Book – Space Tug by Murray Leinster

I’ve been reading some older science fiction lately, and here’s another one. Space Tug by Murray Leinster (William Fitzgerald Jenkins) © 1953, this edition Pocket Books 1954 mass market paperback, science fiction – 2nd Joe Kenmore novel Science fiction was an entirely … Continue reading

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