Thursday, November 26, 2020

Book Excerpt for the Day

    “I didn’t drop acid before writing the lyrics, as many people later assumed.  And the lyrics weren’t about an acid trip.  I may have smoked a joint that night, but that was it.  Since birth, I’ve had achromatopsia – complete color blindness.  If I had dropped acid, I would have been hallucinating in vivid black-and-white.  I doubt that would have helped me or the song much.  (John Kay, regarding “Magic Carpet Ride”)

    (from Anatomy of a Song by Marc Myers)


    8½*/10.  The complete review is here.


Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Tuesday, November 24, 2020


Word for the day: *Waldo* (n.): a remote manipulator, as for puppets, operated either mechanically or electronically.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Book Excerpt for the Day

    “I’ve left my husband,” she said, “and it’s for real, and I’m never going back.”

    “To him, or to New York?”


    “How come?  Is he the mayor?”

    “What?”  She looked blank for a second, and then she laughed.  “It’s all connected in my mind,” she said.  “It’s a journey into independence.  Or does that sound stupid?”

    “No, I can see that,” he said.  “If you’re making a big move, you want to make a move.”

    “Right,” she said.  “If I’m leaving, I’m leaving.”

    “Sure,” he agreed.  “If you’re throwing out the bath water, you might as well throw out the baby.”

    She frowned at him.  “Somehow that doesn’t sound the same.”

    (from Dancing Aztecs by Donald E. Westlake)


    9½*/10.  The complete review is here.


Friday, November 20, 2020

Creating Jobs

   Today's Wondermark comic.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Art Appreciation Thursday

  Or "your weekly Calvin & Hobbes dose".  Either one.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Scientific Proof: The Earth is Flat

    You can argue with me, but you can't argue with Science.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Horsing Around

    It took me a moment to 'get" this.

Monday, November 16, 2020

Book Excerpt for the Day

    “It’s not fair, not fair.”

    “Your world is always fair.”  I didn’t make it a question, and she just straightened and looked at me without speaking.  I don’t think she would have or could have answered it anyway.  “There’s no fairness to worlds.  Fairness is a thing created by men.  It doesn’t exist.  It isn’t the same in different cities, or among different people.  How can fairness be the same thing in two different worlds?  In your world you were a scholar, in this one you’re nothing.  In this world I’m a warrior, but if I went to yours, I might be a beggar.”

    (from Warrior of the Altaii by Robert Jordan)


    8*/10.  The complete review is here.


Saturday, November 14, 2020

Thursday, November 12, 2020


I hear you, Pig. My company once ran a "drug-free workplace" campaign. Turns out they weren't giving out any drugs, free or otherwise.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Book Excerpt for the Day

    “What happened?” he asked.

    “You were in a fugue state,” Josephine said.

    “What did I do?” Gary asked.

    “Nothing,” Josephine said.

    “You made it really cold in here,” Alice interjected.

    “That is exactly why it was necessary to sever the link between you and Gary,” Morgan said to Josephine.  “There’s no predicting what can happen when you have a splintered subconscious.”

    “You certainly know how to toss around buzz words and psychobabble,” Alice said.


    (from Grumpy Old Wizards by John O’Riley)


    4*/10.  The complete review is here.


Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Monday, November 09, 2020

Saturday, November 07, 2020

Changing of the Seasons

    99°F for a high temperature two days ago.  62°F for a high two days from now.  Hello, Autumn.  Goodbye, Autumn.

Friday, November 06, 2020

Book Excerpt for the Day

    “Gentlemen, I am going to tell you about the OSS … the most fantastic damned organization in all our armed forces.  Its people do incredible things.  They seduce German spies, they parachute into Sicily one day and two days later they’re dancing on the St. Regis roof.  They dynamite aqueducts, urinate in Luftwaffe gas tanks, and play games with IG Farben and Krupp, but” – throwing up his hands – “90 per cent of this has not a g**d***ed thing to do with the war.”

    (from The Secret War by Max Hastings)


    9*/10.  The complete review is here.


Thursday, November 05, 2020

Wednesday, November 04, 2020

Monday, November 02, 2020

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Book Excerpt for the Day

    “So you dance now, Gully?”

    “I dance, speak four languages miserably, study science and philosophy, write pitiful poetry, blow myself up with idiotic experiments, fence like a fool, box like a buffoon...In short, I’m the notorious Fourmyle of Ceres.”

    “No longer Gully Foyle.”

    “Only to you, dear, and whoever you’ve told.”.

    (from The Stars My Destintion by Alfred Bester)


    8*/10.  The complete review is here.


Friday, October 30, 2020

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Billionaire Limit

    I'd vote for this.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Book Excerpt for the Day

    I stopped for a drink.  The cafĂ© overlooking the pyramid (or pyramids) had opened its terrace, and I treated myself to a highly alcoholic cocktail.  The tourists at the other tables had their noses in their guidebooks.  There is a class of tourists who never seem to see the things they’re visiting, I thought.  They prefer to look at directions to the next place they’re not going to look at.  A hot-air balloon piloted by naked can-can dancers could have flown past and no one would have seen it except me.

    (from A Year in the Merde by Stephen Clarke)


    8½*/10.  The complete review is here.


Monday, October 26, 2020

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Saturday, October 24, 2020


    For the record, I have no idea what this comic strip's about.  That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Friday, October 23, 2020

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Book Excerpt for the Day

    The Forum had that look it always gets when everyone knows there is bad news in the air.  Instead of the usual drifting, shifting mass, people gathered in tight little knots, each one feeding the other’s ignorance with rumors and omens.  I overheard talk of military disaster, civil war, invasion by foreign enemies, plague, famine, earthquake and wondrous visitations by the Olympian deities, all before we reached the steps of the Curia.

    (from The Sacrilege by John Maddox Roberts)


    8*/10.  The full review is here.


Monday, October 19, 2020

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Writing Sentences

    I'm proud to say I made it through Grades 1-12 without ever being paddled.  But sentences?!  Lord, did I have to write sentences.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Friday, October 16, 2020

Risk Assessment


   Support an Indie Author Friday!

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Bilingual Thursday

   Because I just started reading a book titled "A Year in the Merde".