What I’m Reading: Permanent Californians

Permanent Californians: An Illustrated Guide to the Cemeteries of California by Judi Culbertson My rating: 4 of 5 stars I think I remember reading this long ago from our library, which no longer has a copy. Maybe I’m the only one who ever read it. At any rate, I love the Permanent Parisians and Permanent [Read More...]

2011 Best Books List

Best to me, of course, not definitively “best,” which is impossible to say. This was the year I was not going to do a “best of” list. Not. going. to. Done and done. And then The Anchoress challenged me and put her own book list up. Plus she put Brandon Vogt’s 2011 book list link [Read More...]

In which Hans Christian Andersen’s soldier proves his mettle in various adventures.

Another Forgotten Tale from Joseph, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, is ready for your listening pleasure at Forgotten Classics! [Read more...]

Free Audiobook: The Island of Dr. Moreau

Via the SFFaudio podcast, which will feature a discussion on the book later this week. [Read more...]

Kindle Free Book Finding Guide

For those who, like my sister, got a Kindle Fire or just plain Kindle for Christmas. Check it out here. [Read more...]

Better Book Title: The Gift of the Magi

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O. Henry: The Gift of the Magi Redesign and titles by Dan Wilbur at Better Book Titles (Language warning for some titles at the site) [Read more...]

Better Book Title: Mein Kampf

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I found Better Book Titles through Books on the Nightstand podcast. The concept is simple. As creator Dan Wilbur puts it: This blog is for people who do not have thousands of hours to read book reviews or blurbs or first sentences. I will cut through all the cryptic crap, and give you the meat of [Read More...]

What I’m Reading: Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop

Just a little booktalk as I make my way through these short stories. Christmas at The Mysterious Bookshop by Otto Penzler My rating: 3 of 5 stars I heard about this when it came out (last year?) and was immediately interested. Every year Otto Penzler would give 1,000 copies of a specially written Christmas story [Read More...]

Romeo and Juliet in Limerick Form

My friend DJ wrote this delightful piece. It is too good to keep to myself so, with her permission, I am sharing it. For best effect, read aloud (with dramatic gestures). It’s what I did. Romeo and Juliet (with apologies to Wm. Shakespeare) In Verona, a city so fair, Two families were oft feuding there. [Read More...]

The Anchoress Sees My List and Raises Me One

The Anchoress took a look at my 2012 personal reading challenges and then challenged me to name my favorites from 2011 … with a review of ten words or less. Oy veh! What she did to me! I can’t turn down that challenge. Though I don’t know if I can meet those expectations. Check out [Read More...]


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