Category Archives: Books & Reading

Short Story Wednesday – “Bug Eater” by Nathan M. Beauchamp

Story from: Oceans, The Anthology edited Jessica West, Holt Smith 2017 trade paperback, SFF anthology This is a new idea, proposed by Patti Abbott (here) that people can do a post each Wednesday about a single short story, a collection or … Continue reading

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FFB: The Constant God

The Constant God by Rufus King, The Sun Dial Press, Garden City, New York; First Edition, January 1, 1937. I don’t remember when, but at some time in the last few years someone mentioned this or another book by King, … Continue reading

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Short Story Wednesday – “Diplomat-At-Arms” by Keith Laumer

“Diplomat-At-Arms” by Keith Laumer, from Fantastic, January 1960. Source: Keith Laumer’s Retief (Giants of Sci-Fi Collection Book 4), 2020 Kindle ebook This ebook collection of Retief stories collects the earliest 16 of Laumer’s stories featuring what will become his most enduring character. … Continue reading

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Currently… October 12

The weather turned, and it’s been very windy and we’ve had rain, which is welcome. In addition to helping put out the still-burning wildfires, it’s refreshing, Autumnal, and helps with drought. Reading: I had been reading Grant by Ron Chernow, the 1,100 + page … Continue reading

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FFB: Crime Through Time edited by Miriam Grace Monfredo & Sharan Newman

Crime Through Time by Miriam Grace Monfredo & Sharan Newman, Berkeley Prime Crime 1997 – paperback – historical mystery short story collection Note: this is a slightly edited post originally put up in 2015. A few years back, I saw a mention of this … Continue reading

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Friday Forgotten, sort of, Shelf Shot 14

This post combines a shelf shot and a Friday Forgotten books. It’s the contents that are forgotten, if a few years qualifies as such, certainly in one of these books, though the books themselves maybe don’t. Let’s take a look. Starting … Continue reading

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Currently… Holmes pastiches

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part XII: Some Untold Cases (1894-1902 edited by David Marcum, MX Publishing, 2018 trade paper, mystery, Holmes pastiche anthology. This, and the volume preceding it, collect 33 of the many “untold tales” from … Continue reading

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FFB: Settling Scores edited by Martin Edwards

Settling Scores edited by Martin Edwards, Poisoned Pen Press 2020 trade paper, mystery anthology of stories with a sports element, stories originally published from 1940-1975. I liked this anthology quite a bit. Rather than me blathering on about it though, I’ll … Continue reading

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Shelf Shot 13 – more poetry (part 2)

This will be the last poetry shelf shot, at least for a while. left to right: If You Call This Cry A Song by Hayden Carruth Poems by Agatha Christie Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering First Poems By Minou Drouet – she was eight years … Continue reading

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Reading: short stories

I’ve been reading short stories lately, since my concentration has been iffy the last month(s). Here are the books I’m dipping into. MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories, Part XII: 1894-1902 features contributions from C.H. Dye, David Marcum, Thomas Fortenberry, … Continue reading

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