Monthly Archives: October 2011

Happy Halloween from 1914

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“The Return,” John Freeman

The Return I heard the rumbling guns. I saw the smoke, The unintelligible shock of hosts that still, Far off, unseeing, strove and strove again; And Beauty flying naked down the hill From morn to eve: and the stern night … Continue reading

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The Circle of (Convention) Life

This post first appeared at the Novelists, Inc. blog. On October 14th, I was on a train from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. so I could attend CapClave, sponsored by the Washington Science Fiction Association. It’s a fairly small conference if … Continue reading

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Kindle Lending

I have successfully lent a Kindle book! A friend of mine in Minneapolis recently purchased a used Kindle. We share many tastes in romance and speculative fiction, so we decided to give the lending function a try. We went through … Continue reading

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Myers-Briggs Characterization

If you missed it on Friday, at The Criminal Element I chatted about Maria Duenas’ novel The Time in Between. And now, fun with personality tests! If you’re ever feeling at a loss about a character – either one you’ve … Continue reading

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“The Island of Skyros,” John Masefield

The Island of Skyros Here, where we stood together, we three men, Before the war had swept us to the East Three thousand miles away, I stand again And hear the bells, and breathe, and go to feast. We trod … Continue reading

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Hotels & Motels – Hotbeds of Naughtiness

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Recent DNF Crankiness

As usual, I’m going to avoid mentioning details that might make it easy to identify these books! 1. A steampunky steampunk. Yes, definitely steampunk. In case you missed it. This book which I didn’t finish had perfectly fine prose. It … Continue reading

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Magnum, P.I. post

I had a new post up at The Criminal Element over the weekend: A Remembrance of Magnums Past.

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WWI-era Mysteries?

I’m attempting to compile a list of mystery series that are set during World War One or shortly afterwards (say, through the 1920s) that refer back to the war or the resulting social changes. I am looking for suggestions! Doesn’t … Continue reading

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