Category Archives: Fiction

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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New arrivals: Birthday Swag

It happens every year, I get older, and a few books celebrate the occasion. Sometimes I’m amazed I’ve lived as long as I have. I hope I have a few more good years in me. Here’s the birthday Swag (the … Continue reading

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Current Reading: Gil North, Kent Krueger, Mark Billingham

I took a break from Krueger to read a quite different book, The Methods of Sergeant Cluff  by Gil North. This 1961 novel is the second in the Cluff series, and I wish I’d gotten the first one, Sergeant Cluff Stands Firm … Continue reading

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Forgotten Book: Samsara by John Hamilton Lewis

this is the 232nd in my series of forgotten or seldom read books Samsara by John Hamilton Lewis, Durbin House, 2002 hardcover, historical, 1940-55, Asia/Hong Kong I’m not terribly fond of books written in little bits and snatches like two page paragraphs, and I’m … Continue reading

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Current Reading: Krueger, Grecian, and some GNs

Realizing a new Cork O’Conner novel by William Kent Krueger is coming next month, I thought I’d better see where I was in that series. I’m much further behind that I realized, so I’ve started Vermillion Drift, which is the 10th in the … Continue reading

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Current Reading: Henning Mankill, more graphic novels

We’re both doing less reading, due to watching a lot of Olympics plus Barbara’s quilting and my current lack of enthusiasm (perhaps due to the fact that our weather has caught up to the rest of the country and it’s … Continue reading

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Current Reading: non-fiction & more graphic novels

I finished  The Long-Winded Lady, notes from The New Yorker by Maeve Brennan. It’s a collection of pieces printed in The New Yorker magazine in the”Talk of the Town” column, and I enjoyed it a lot. Review coming Friday. I’m still reading through the … Continue reading

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Current Reading: graphic novels

I discovered last week Expresso had “marked” the spines of some graphic novels on the bottom shelf of a bookcase full of them. I’ve been cleaning them up the best I can, and some can be saved, but many cannot. In the process … Continue reading

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Current Reading: White, Brennan, King

I finished The Galactic Gourmet by James White, one of his Sector General science fiction novels. As always, White tells an interesting story in an entertaining way. I love these things, and since this was the first of three novels in an omnibus, … Continue reading

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