Category Archives: Non-fiction

Forgotten Book: The Department of Dead Ends by Roy Vickers

this is the 254th in my series of forgotten or seldom read books The Department of Dead Ends by Roy Vickers, © 1949, my copy: a 1955 Penguin paperback Vickers has here selected his “ten best” DoDE stories. These are all “inverted” mystery … 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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Forgotten Book: The Long-Winded Lady, Notes from the New Yorker by Maeve Brennan

this is the 230th in my series of forgotten or seldom read books The Long-Winded Lady, Notes from the New Yorker by Maeve Brennan, 1969, 1998 non-fiction, collection of essays. I grew up in the country, and the closest I ever … Continue reading

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Friday Special: Brave New Words edited by Jeff Prucher

Brave New Words – The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction edited by Jeff Prucher, Oxford University Press, 2007, soft cover edition 2009, non-fiction I’m not sure how this one slipped past me, but I just came across it and immediately had … Continue reading

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Current Reading January 18 – 24

I finished The Builders, review this coming week. Also read was Woman With A Blue Pencil by Gordon McAlpine. It’s a difficult book to summarize or explain. It’s a multi-layerd story of a Japanese-American author writing a book which he started and submitted … Continue reading

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Current Reading: September 28 – October 4

I’m still reading Holmes stuff, and there is the new MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories that came a few days ago to start. Whew! But there’s more, a whole lot of book goodness going on (apologies to Jerry … Continue reading

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Current Reading: September 21-27

~ Sherlock Holmes month at Tip the Wink is almost over ~ I finished the nearly 500 page Holmes short story collection I’ve been reading, and I enjoyed it (see my Friday review). Now I’m reading Killer’s Wedge by Ed McBain for … Continue reading

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Current Reading: September 15-21

~ Sherlock Holmes month at Tip the Wink ~ I’m still reading my way through the 493 page (plus two appendices) The Mammoth Books of New Sherlock Holmes Adventures. I’m at the two-thirds point, and so far only one story has been less … Continue reading

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Current Reading, August 31-September 6 – Sherlock Holmes Month begins

Sherlock Holmes month begins at Tip the Wink! I’ve been in the mood to read Sherlock Holmes for a couple of months, and have been dipping into the canon with The Adventures. After finishing Michael Dirda’s On Conan Doyle I wanted to read more Doyle, so last week … Continue reading

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Current Reading, August 24 – 30

A break in the weather with cooler temperatures also brought a storm that, by lightning strike, fried our Comcast connection. Thus we were without internet, cable or landline phone for three days and have just now had services restored. The … Continue reading

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