Category Archives: current reading

Friday Forgotten Stories: Bodies From the Library

Bodies From The Library selected and introduced by Tony Medawar, mystery, subtitled Lost Tales of Mystery and Suspense by Agatha Christie and other Masters of the Golden Age, Collins Crime Club 2018 hardcover. Stories from the Golden Age. Sixteen forgotten tales … Continue reading

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current reading: Cinda Williams Chima

The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima, fantasy, Hyperion Books, 2009 hardcover, 519 pages 16-year-old Han Alister encounters three underage wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea. Alister is unaware that this will lead to a series of … Continue reading

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Friday book: The Smoke at Dawn by Jeff Shaara

The Smoke at Dawn by Jeff Shaara, Ballentine Books 2014 historical novel, Civil War It is Summer, 1863. The Federal triumph at Vicksburg has secured complete control of the Mississippi River from the Confederacy, cementing the reputation of Ulysses S. … Continue reading

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current reading: Eight Million Ways to Die by Lawrence Block

Eight Million Ways to Die by Lawrence Block, graphic novel version, adapted and illustrated by John K. Snyder III, IDW Publishing (July 17, 2018), 144 pages There were several mentions of this in the latest issue of Mystery Scene magazine. Several reviewers … Continue reading

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current reading: Child of the Daystar by Bruce O’Conner

Child of the Daystar by Bruce O’Conner, ebook, Lulu Publishing, 11-16-2015, 280 pages, fantasy, Wings of War series, book 1 of 4. In the mood for fantasy, which you may recall I said in this blog in January that I planned … Continue reading

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current reading: The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney

The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney, William Morrow trade paperback, February 10, 2015, 464 pages, mystery, P.I. I read strong reviews – extremely positive in every way – on this, and several people had recommended this one, so … Continue reading

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Current Reading: The Man Who Read Mysteries

The Man Who Read Mysteries, The Short Fiction of William Brittian by William Brittian, Crippen & Landru 2018 short story collection This light, easy, set of short stories by Brittan, which appeared in Ellery Queen’s Magazine over a span of decades … 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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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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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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