Thursday, April 30, 2015
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
FWIW, my older sister did this once, when she was very young. A neighbor gave her a chicken and said she could keep it if she kept it in her bed overnight.
She believed him and gave it a try. Even got it up the stairs and to her bedroom, so the story goes. But the smells and sounds were her undoing.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Monday, April 27, 2015
Album : Stormbringer
Artist : Deep Purple
Genre : Rock
Year : 1974
- Tracks - (favorites in pink)01. Stormbringer
02. Love Don't Mean A Thing
03. Holy Man
04. Hold On
05. Lady Double Dealer
06. You Can't Do It Right (With The One You Love)
07. High Ball Shooter
08. The Gypsy
09. Soldier of Fortune
It was 1974. The Beatles had broken up, Jimi, Janis, and Jim Morrison were dead, and a dark and monstrous force called Disco was about to jump onto the music scene. Rock & Roll had lost its creative momentum, and was searching for its identity.
This was especially true of Deep Purple, who had shed its Prog Rock mantle, but wasn't quite sure what to be next. In a couple years, they would redefine themselves, and quite successfully so, as a kick-ass Hard Rock band, but for now they were in limbo.
Et voila, Stormbringer, one of DP's least-remembered albums. Ian Gillan and Roger Glover had quit the band, the lead singer was a new guy named David Coverdale, and Ritchie Blackmore had one foot out the door. There are arrangements for horns and if you listen closely, you can hear Disco and Pop trying to edge their way in.
For all that though, Stormbringer is still is good album. Without a doubt, its title track is the showpiece, but there are enough guitar licks, drum riffs, and synthesizer showing-off to make this a worthwhile album. The members of the band simply have too much talent and musicianship to let the marketing suits ruin the album.
I picked the Stormbringer LP up in Seattle for $1.99. It was in decent shape, although there were enough scratches to warrant using the de-scratching program to automatically take them out. And while it isn't my favorite DP album (those would be Shades of Deep Purple and The Book of Taliesyn), it still is a treat and a delight to listen to. Amazon offers the album both as a CD ($13.99) and MP3-files ($8.99). Purple peeps should give it a try.
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Bak eyed her long and hard. “You seem an intelligent woman, mistress, and all the world knows you toil each day by your husband’s side. You can’t have been blind to his wrongdoing.”
“He has many admirable qualities, Lieutenant. He’s kind and generous and loving. His heart is filled with laughter.” She caressed her husband’s cheek with the back of her fingers and a smile touched her face, a tenderness that vanished in an instant. “I take him for what he is and close my eyes to his faults. That’s what makes a marriage, and ours is a good one.”
(from A Face Turned Backward by Lauren Haney)
8*/10. The full review is here.
Friday, April 24, 2015
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
“Teresa, what do you want to be (when you grow up)?”
Teresa looked up from her planes. “A pilot.”
“You mean a stewardess.”
“I don’t want to be no stewardess.”
“I don’t want to be a stewardess,” said the teacher.
“Me neither,” said Teresa.
“I’ll be a stewardess,” said a boy named Billy, whom the teachers were already concerned about.
(from The Stingray Shuffle by Tim Dorsey)
8½*/10. The complete review is here.
Monday, April 20, 2015
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Friday, April 17, 2015
Thursday, April 16, 2015
I liked him, but since his particular field of interest was Remote Suggestion – the skill of projecting thoughts into people’s heads from a distance – I didn’t know whether I actually liked him or he was suggesting I like him, which was both creepy and unethical. In fact, the whole Remote Suggestion or “seeding” idea had been banned once it was discovered to be the key ingredient in promoting talentless boy bands, which had until then been something of a mystery.
(from The Song of the Quarkbeast, by Jasper Fforde)
9½*/10. The full review is here.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Word for the day : "Vellichor" : n. the strange wistfulness of used bookstores, which are somehow infused with the passage of time—filled with thousands of old books you’ll never have time to read, each of which is itself locked in its own era, bound and dated and papered over like an old room the author abandoned years ago, a hidden annex littered with thoughts left just as they were on the day they were captured. (Source : The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows)
And here's the link for TDoOS :
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015
“We need to stop the bleeding,” Alex said, speaking in Russian without thinking.
“There is little bleeding left to stop, my friend,” the man said, laughing a little. “I am in God’s hands.”
The flares hit the ground and died; one, two, three.
“You know,” the Russian said – he didn’t seem to notice the sudden darkness – “for the first time in two years I am not hungry. Also I am not cold. This dying is not altogether a bad thing.”
(from Time After Time by Allen Appel)
8½*/10. The full review is here.
Friday, April 10, 2015
Thursday, April 09, 2015
Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Tuesday, April 07, 2015
“Looks like you cleaned up this joint,” he said as we passed through the great room.
“It’s about time,” I said.
We walked into the kitchen and he sat in his usual spot at the table by the window. He watched me with curious eyes as I got garlic and fast-acting yeast out of the refrigerator.
“So what are we having? Can I smoke in here?”
“It’s my house.”
(from Black Notice by Patricia Cornwell)
7*/10. The complete review is here.
Monday, April 06, 2015
Sunday, April 05, 2015
Friday, April 03, 2015
Thursday, April 02, 2015
“Bridget wants to get married.”
“To me,” Binky said gloomily.
“Archy, I don’t know what to do and I need your advice. I am smitten but do you think a man can be satisfied with one woman?”
“At a time?” I said. “Surely.”
(from McNally’s Puzzle by Lawrence Sanders)
8*/10. The complete review is here.