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In which the Blogger is Very Truly Run After
Those happy few who have read Vikings at Dino's sure seem to like it; the...
June 23, 2015
The Daughter of Time, by Josephine Tey
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May 26, 2015
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I recently received a review copy of The Gospel of John, by Francis Martin and...
May 20, 2015
Steven Pressfield: The Lion’s Gate
Last year I read and reviewed Steven Pressfield's excellent book The Lion's Gate, which tells...
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Puttin’ on the Ritz in Fits: Fred Astaire meets Gene Wilder
Because these things make me smile, here are two famous performances of Irving Berlin's "Puttin'...
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Night at the Vulcan, also published as Opening Night, is the sixteenth of Ngaio Marsh’s...
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Julian May: The Saga of the Pliocene Exile
Julian May's Saga of the Pliocene Exile is a collection of four books: The Many...
April 28, 2015
Ngaio Marsh: Death in a White Tie
I’ve been re-reading Ngaio Marsh’s “Roderick Alleyn” mysteries in publication order; and one of my...
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They’ve Seen Him Out Dressed In My Clothes
Johnny Cash sings the best song about Original Sin I've ever heard: "The Beast in...
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Ngaio Marsh: Vintage Murder
Ngaio Marsh’s first novel, A Man Lay Dead, is a competent, entertaining mystery, and already...
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Ngaio Marsh: A Man Lay Dead
Ngaio Marsh (pronounced "NYE-oh") is one of my favorite mystery authors; and she’s striking because...
March 31, 2015
A Tour of Tim Powers: On Stranger Tides
After the disappointment of Dinner at Deviant’s Palace I waited with muted anticipation for Tim...
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A Tour of Tim Powers: Dinner at Deviant’s Palace
This week we continue our tour of Tim Powers' works with his fifth novel, Dinner...
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C.S. Lewis: The Space Trilogy
A couple of weeks ago, Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry posted about his first encounter with C.S. Lewis’...
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A Tour of Tim Powers: The Anubis Gates
This week I continue my tour of Tim Powers with his first big hit, The...
February 24, 2015
Review: Between Silk and Cyanide
I’m taking a break from the Tim Powers tour this week to review a book...
February 17, 2015
A Tour of Tim Powers: The Drawing of the Dark
The third book in Tim Power's body of niftiness is distinctly better than his first...
February 12, 2015
Steven Brust on Being at Peace with Yourself
I remember being accosted on Forbes and Murray in Squirrel Hill by a Buddhist who...
February 10, 2015
A Tour of Tim Powers: The Skies Discrowned and Epitaph in Rust
I had a lot of time on my hands recently, being home with the 'flu...
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Review: The Incrementalists
Despite being a long-time Steven Brust fan, I had somehow missed his collaboration with Skyler...
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The False Religion of Tomanāk
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Having been a Tolkien fan since I was nine years old, I naturally nabbed Wyatt...
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I'm a longtime fan of David Weber, and especially of his Honor Harrington series, which...
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There are three authors whose latest books I have regularly bought in hardcover on initial...
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