Category Archives: Books & Reading

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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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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A Murder Is Announced by Agatha Christie

A Murder Is Announced by Agatha Christie, first published in the UK by the Collins Crime Club, June 1950 and in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company in the same month. I read Open Road ebook (Kindle) edition Plot Summary: … Continue reading

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short stories read – Poirot Investigates

Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie, Delhi Open Books. Kindle ebook edition This is a short story collection written by Christie and first published in the UK by The Bodley Head in March 1924. In the eleven stories, famed eccentric detective … Continue reading

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Daylight Savings Time

Bah. I dislike it, intensely. It’s unnecessary, expensive, annoying, senseless and “saves” nothing. I say do away with it! D

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The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz, original (c)2017, this edition Harper Perennial (c)2019 trade paperback, mystery novel, 390 pages The Blurb: The Word is Murder is a 2017 mystery novel by British author Anthony Horowitz and the first novel in … Continue reading

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