Category Archives: Fiction

Incoming

Despite efforts to limit incoming, in light of having too many things already, sometimes it can’t be helped. That may be a good thing. So here’s a varied lineup of recent arrivals. The Singers of Time by Frederick Pohl and … Continue reading

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Trust Your Instincts

Trust your instincts. How often have you read a mystery in which the policeman, private detective, amateur investigator says or thinks that? Lots. When it comes to reviewers of mystery fiction, especially older books, the instinct I trust is to … Continue reading

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Forgotten Book: Final Proof by Marie R. Reno

this is the 256th in my series of forgotten or seldom read books Final Proof by Marie R. Reno, Popular Library 1977 mass market paperback, mystery This is one of those books I read something about somewhere, very possibly in … Continue reading

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FFB: Impossible Stories by Zoran Zivkovic

I revamped this from Wednesday’s post, as I think it qualifies as overlooked. I found out about these on the fine Black Gate blog. Covers first, info after. From the February 24th Black Gate post by John O’Neill: (reposted with permission) “Serbian master … Continue reading

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Short Story February – Week 4

Here’s week four (Feb. 20 – 26) listed in story-author-source format. * An asterisk indicates a story I particularly liked. White Lies * – Paul Theroux – The Collected Stories Clapham Junction – ibid The Odd-Job Man * – ibid Portrait of A Lady … Continue reading

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Short Story February – Week 3

Here’s week three (Feb. 13 – 19) listed in story-author-source format.          * An asterisk indicates a story I particularly liked. Death in December * – Victor Gunn (Edwy Searles Brooks) – Crimson Snow edited by Martin Edwards From … Continue reading

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Short Story February – Week 2

Here’s week two (Feb. 6 – 12) listed in story-author-source format. * An asterisk indicates a story I particularly liked. A Place In the Shade – Robert Reed – Worldbuilders, SF Adventures in Terraforming, edited by Gardner Dozois The Border-Line Case … Continue reading

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Short Story February week 1

Here’s my first week (five days, Feb 1-5) of reading, in story – author – source format. An asterisk indicates a story I particularly liked Alien Animal Encounters * – John Scalzi – Miniatures Bring Bring * – Conrad Aiken – Collected Stories of … Continue reading

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February: Short Month, Short Stories!

Short Story February Last year I tried focusing on short stories during the month of February, and I read a lot of stories. I picked a dozen collections and anthologies and cycled from one to the other throughout the month. I … Continue reading

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Forgotten Book: All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren

this is the 252nd in my series of forgotten or seldom read books  All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren, 1946 , Harcourt, Brace & Company political fiction  All the King’s Men portrays the dramatic political rise and governorship of Willie Stark, … Continue reading

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