Archive for the ‘Books’ Category


Merciless Tread

August 15, 2009

“Seven guards were shortsighted enough to wind up in my way. Five were lucky enough to be knocked aside with a few broken bones. Two ended up under my feet, and their body armor cracked and their vulnerable biological bodies squished beneath my merciless tread.”

The Automatic Detective, by A. Lee Martinez


Orwell Diaries online

August 5, 2009

George Orwell’s diaries have been converted into a blogsite.

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Tim Dorsey: Atomic Jellyfish

August 4, 2009

“You never want to be tied up by a obsessive compulsive person. We over-engineer everything!”

Tim Dorsey’s Serge Storms, educating two henchmen as he gift wraps them with duct tape in the incredibly educational, entertaining and culturally enlightening novel Atomic Jellyfish. Dorsey’s books are often described as a roller coaster ride of one sort or another, but the analogy is true. When you take a ride on one of his stories you never know what is happening next, which way is up and where you’re going to end up. That you learn more than ever conceived possibly about Florida history and culture is just gravy on the killing spree.

If you’re having a so-so day, the dialog will lift your spirits as the bodycount rises.

Today listening to Atomic Jellyfish in the car (I read the book a year or so ago) I learned about all sorts of great places I should have visited when living in Lauderdale. Like the Wreck Bar at the historic Yankee Clipper hotel on Lauderdale Beach. Dorsey claims that the windows behind the bar show the interior of the hotel pool. Is this true? Why didn’t I ever visit such a place? Ah well, lost opportunities.


Library book

July 23, 2009


Cover design by Abner Graboff. Paperback book courtesy of the St. Louis Public Library. There are more recent issues of this book online, but the covers on those volumes feature a cute, excessively floral image of a little old lady and little old man. I actually prefer the funky cover shown above. Who is Abner Graboff? Funny you should ask. Drawn! The Illustration and Cartooning Blog asked the same question and looked it up for us.

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“…Oarios! Almoazin! Arios! Membrot!”

July 20, 2009

“There was hidden meaning in the names he must call, the letters he must chant. That didn’t mean he had to approve or even be impressed by them. As he recited the Grand Conjuration, he thought that some magicians might have better served the world by writing crossword puzzles.”

From Johannes Cabal The Necromancer, by Jonathan L. Howard.


A Reporters Life

July 18, 2009

Somewhere buried in a small storage room in Ft. Lauderdale (where I have all the stuff that would not fit in my car when I moved up north – and which I’m still paying rent after all these years) is a copy of A Reporters Life; an autobiography by Walter Cronkite

I found the book while on vacation years ago. I picked it up, looking for something to read while on the beach or eating dinner and thought it looked interesting. I spent the next two days pouring over it. Read the rest of this entry ?


Inevitable Words By Bill Fitzhugh

February 4, 2009

“Eddie was troubled. In his mind everything had gone to pieces. Nothing made sense. His emotions were all over the road, like George Jones behind the wheel of a lawn mower on his way back from the liquor store. He felt abandoned, cheated, guilty, violated., confused, remorseful, anxious, and saved, all at once. Eddie didn’t know how to deal with the emotional chaos, except with his guitar. He was scared half to death and he knew he had to find words for his confusion or it would consume him. But words wouldn’t be enough: the emotional turbulence had to be set to music. The dissonance in his mind had to be translated into melody. Minor chords seemed inevitable.”

Bill Fitzhugh, Fender Bender